Sunday, July 25, 2010
Great review of Rob Halfords triumphant return to his solo project Halford on Rockoveramerica.com!! The Metal God will be returning with a new CD slated to come out in Sept and a tour to follow!! I am so excited for this as I am a HUGE fan of Halford and his solo band!! Go here for the review:
SICK ASS Video for Silent Screams from the show!! WOW!!
MADE OF METAL (new song)
MADE IN HELL
HEART OF A LION
I AM ALIVE
ROCK THE WORLD FOREVER
More info on the Metal God here:
I went to all the events here in Vegas for Corey Taylor, which was the radio station gig, the Hard Rock Pool gig, the display induction at the Hard Rock Casino and the Wasted Space gig. Plenty of details and photos from the weekend posted in my review of the whole weekend.... here:
And a shortened review of the whole thing is also on backstageaxxess.com too here:
I work for both websites so we got Corey covered!!!!
Also someone posted a video of the induction that is pretty good here:
Last night at the High Voltage Festival in the UK, Jorn Lande and Glenn Hugh performed Heaven and Hell with the band Heaven and Hell as a tribute to our sadly departed Ronnie James Dio. I am excited to see if there will be more videos posted and how many other songs they may have sang. One fan was insightful and took video of this so fans that couldnt be there got to see it the next day!! Thanks man!! Hope a DVD will be made of this...
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
This info was taken from the Sliknot website:
The Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas will be unveiling a special new Corey Taylor case on July 17th at 8:00pm! The case will feature masks and uniforms that Corey has worn on stage with Slipknot as well as some of his plaques, photographs and some other special memorabilia. To celebrate this special honor Corey will be performing two solo shows at the Hard Rock. The first will be Poolside on July 16th at 9:00pm with his Junk Beer Kidnap Band. The second will be a solo acoustic show at Wasted Space in the Hard Rock on July 17th at 11:30pm.
Come see the case with this photo this Saturday night!!
Go to: http://www.slipknot1.com/ for more info on Tickets.
Slipknot: Before I forget
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
I am overwhelmed by all the positive response regarding "Song for Ronnie James", and all the warm comments I have recieved from all around the world.
It means a lot to me that you have embraced this song as something coming from the heart, and I'm truly grateful.
In just a few days more than 100.000 people have viewed the video on the internet, and the number is still rising...
Many people are too busy trying to reinvent the wheel, forgetting the talent, quality and originality of the people that paved the way, like Ronnie James Dio.
My intentions for writing ”Song for Ronnie James” was to bow down and pay respect to one of the greatest, most influential and unique artists the world has ever known.
When Ronnie passed away so sudden, I wasn¨'t sure whether or not the release of the song should be postponed for a while, but we decided to proceed with the release of the song as planned.
"Song for Ronnie James" was written before Ronnie got sick last year, and it makes me sad to know that he never got to hear it.
Without Ronnie's presence, I would not have become the artist I am today.
It’s hard holding back the tears when reading all your wonderful comments, and once again I thank all of you for your support and recognition.
Ronnie James Dio lost his battle against cancer, but we must continue to fight this disease. Medical researchers are doing progress every day, and they need our help.
You can help World Cancer Research Fund International by following the link below.
I urge you all to contribute in any way you can, your help will make a difference.
Jorn & Dio at the House Of
Blues, Orlando in 2000
Jorn's Website: http://jornlande.com/mainsite/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1
Friday, May 21, 2010
NEW VIDEO RELEASED EARLY BY THE RECORD COMPANY, NOT THE BAND HERE:
"SONG FOR RONNIE JAMES"
JORN LANDE WEBSITE: http://www.jornlande.com/
STATEMENT FROM JORN ON HIS WEBSITE:
Ronnie James Dio has passed away and my sorrow runs deeper than words can describe. When the world became a colder place, Ronnie was a symbol of fire and honesty.
His magic will forever stay with me, and inspire me to go on. My thoughts go to his wife Wendy, his family and friends, in their devastating loss.
I will honor Ronnies memory, and he will always live in my heart and music.
Just posted the reviews and photos for the Bullet For My Valentine and Airbourne show at the HOB in Vegas on rockoveramerica.com!!
The post is here:
Under The Moon
Far From the End of the World:
The guy has his own channel on Youtube here and he is very talented!!: http://www.youtube.com/user/Volta4401
Legendary BLACK SABBATH /HEAVEN & HELL bassist Geezer Butler has offered the following thoughts on the passing of his bandmate and "soul mate" RONNIE JAMES DIO (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, RAINBOW, ELF) who lost his battle with stomach cancer on May 16th at 7:45 AM PST at the age of 67:
"It’s impossible to express in mere words the relationship Ronnie and I, Wendy and my wife Gloria had. He was much more than a friend, fellow musician, band mate. If I have a soul, then he is part of it. I truly believe God, fate, destiny, whatever it’s called, brought us together again in 2006, after not seeing each other for 14 years, to do one final tour, which turned into 3 major tours and an album. We were having a blast together, enjoying each other’s company more than we had ever done before, talking about maybe doing one more album, when fate intervened again. We were planning on doing a 2 or 3 part North American tour, after having toured South America and Europe in Spring /Summer 2009, but on the first leg of the North American tour, Tony’s hand ligaments were in a bad way, Vinny’s shoulder became dislocated, and Ronnie was having terrible stomach pains. We decided to cut the tour, get healthy, and carry on the following year. Tony and Vinny had successful procedures to fix their ailments, but Ronnie’s stomach pains were worsening. I saw him at the Dio Halloween party , but he wasn’t drinking, unusual for Ronnie who liked his tipple. He was telling me he had made an appointment with a specialist, to see what it was…..
Wednesday, May 12th
Wendy invited Gloria and I to lunch in Santa Barbara. A few close friends of Ronnie and Wendy, Omar, Simon, Paul, Tim, and Diana, had dropped by. Ronnie had no appetite whatsoever- the disease and the chemotherapy were taking an immense toll. As usual, we talked sports and had a laugh together- it would be the last time. That night, I had a beautiful email from him, that I will treasure forever. I sent him an email saying I’d see him during the following week.
Friday, May 14th
Wendy called to say she had taken Ronnie to hospital. The pain had become unbearable. We got to the hospital around 2 p.m. The doctor eventually sedated him. More and more friends were coming to visit- we took it in turns to hold Ronnie’s hand, and whisper our thoughts to him. Wendy wouldn’t leave his side- she stayed curled up on his bed the whole night. Gloria’s assistant, Debi, kept her company. I emailed Tony to prepare him for bad news.
Saturday, May 15th
There was no mistaking Ronnie’s room. There were around 25 to 30 friends outside his room. We knew the end was imminent. We all wanted to say our goodbyes. It was a day filled with tears and reflection. In the evening, the chaplain came, and we all gathered around Ronnie’s bed and prayed. Ronnie wasn’t going easily. At 11 p.m., most of us left, leaving Wendy her privacy to say her last farewell. The devastation was palpable.
Sunday, May 16th
7.46 a.m. As we were preparing to leave for the hospital, Gloria called Wendy to see if she wanted a coffee or any breakfast- she broke the sad news. Ronnie had just passed away.
Wendy Dio has been a true saint through all this. She has been with Ronnie every step of the way. Her courage has amazed us all. Even as I write, she is ensuring Ronnie has the finest send off possible. God bless you, Wendel.
Most people who were there for those last days chose to keep their thoughts private. I wanted to keep my thoughts private, too, but I’ve been overwhelmed by emails, and requests from the media and fans for comments.
I can truly say I’ve never known anyone to have such loyal, loving friends, fans, and family as Ronnie. He really was a special person, blessed with a unique voice and presence. He loved his fans - he would stay meeting and talking to them until the early hours of the morning. One of my fondest memories of him comes from last year, at the Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth. He noticed my sister and her husband at the side of the stage. During our opening song, he took the time to go over and hug them. Just a little thing like that made him special to me. Of course his music will live on forever, as will his influence. I have never seen so many tributes from so many musicians and fans, so many good wishes, no cynicism, just pure love and appreciation for a great man.
God bless you Ronald – thank you so much for the wonderful memories."
Posted on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 22:17:52 EST
I wanted to write a short tribute to a man that I have revered as one of my favorite vocalists of all time. A man that lost the battle with cancer but went out with dignity and strength. It took me a few days to be able to write this as the first couple of days all I could do was cry and just feel the sadness. I didnt actually know him but I met him at NAMM a few years back and wanted to tell the story as it was one of the coolest meetings I have ever had with a rockstar. I want to also say that I have been a huge fan of Ronnies since I first heard Heaven and Hell in 1980, one of my fave albums of all time. I am a fan girl of his for 30 years.
I waited 28 years to meet this giant of metal and I finally got my chance when my friend told me Dio would be at NAMM. I decided to go just to meet him. (It helped that Nikki Sixx would be there too but thats another story)
I got my pass to go the infamous NAMM convention in Anaheim and went with a bunch of friends including my soon to be good friend Tore Moren (Who shreds in Jorn Lande's band, whom was visiting from Norway at the time. Jorn is a huge friend and fan of Ronnies and he was his mentor)
I get in line for Ronnie and it was super long,like a few hundred people. My good friend Gus was up there with me when it came to be my turn to meet the singer that sings to my heart and soul. I get up to the table and Gus says to Ronnie, Hey Ronnie (as he points to me!!) this girl is a HUGE fan and loves you! Ronnie just gave me this beautiful smile and proceeded to grab me and pull me behind the table and spin me around to meet the band (including the amazing Rudy Sarzo, who I adore!!) and it was so fast that I was in such shock and just in plain joy that this small ,but immensley caring and loving singer of all singers was showing me all this attention, like I was the only person in the room. I squeeled in delight as he hugged me and kissed me on the cheek and signed my drumhead ( MAGIC!!) and photo...we got a few photos throwing the horns, and if you know me you know every single pic of me is with the horns, I just cant help it its been a habit for years!! ( I get a ton of shit because of it too...but screw them!) I walked away from this legend with so much love and respect for him as he made me feel like I meant something to him, like I mattered!! I have only felt that way with a few rockstars and Jorn Lande and Jon Schaffer from Iced Earth were the other two exceptions.
My fave song by Dio ever...always made me weep live....his voice was incredible...
All the Fools Sailed Away
My good friend Don Brown Sr did a kick ass review and I shot the photos for H.I.M concert here at the HOB in Las vegas on April 24th. We are a great team as I make sure he gets the set list and he makes sure I get the good review and can focus on what I love, shooting photos. The whole thing is posted here: http://www.rockoveramerica.com/index.html?view=Concert&id=142
H.I.M. has an official Youtube channel that has all their video's!!
Check out their website for all kinds of cool stuff here: http://www.heartagram.com/
Thursday, March 18, 2010
In other news, the band has just finished filming a video for the
"Gravity Of Light" will be released outside Finland on April 23 via Nuclear Blast Records.
The track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. Satan Is Dead
02. Hell Knows
04. The Pilot Of All Dreams
05. Magic And Technology
06. Calling Down The Rain
07. Caught In The Deadlights
08. I Walk Forever
09. Sleep In The Dark
Most of the demo work for "Gravity Of Light" was done in August and September 2009 by Marco Hietala, Zachary Hietala and Janne Tolsa, the main writers of the band. The actual recordings for the album started immediately after that in November 2009. Mixing was done by Janne and Mikko Tegelman and the mastering by Mika Jussila at Finnvox studios in January and February 2010.
According to a press release, "The album feels like meeting an old friend. Some things are the same, but your friend has gained weight. He shows new scars, and tattoos. The beard is longer and he projects a meaner and faster temper. At the same time there's still a big heart at the center. The blood might rush to your head when your friend takes you to a weightless sauna orbiting the sun.
"When you hear 'Gravity Of Light', you will believe."
TAROT has been confirmed for this year's ProgPower USA XI festival, set to take place September 8-11 in Atlanta, Georgia.
"Undead Indeed", the latest DVD from TAROT, topped the Music DVD chart in Finland in its first week of release.
The two-DVD and two-CD versions of "Undead Indeed" were made available in Finland on June 11, 2008.
"Undead Indeed" was filmed/recorded on August 17, 2007 at club Rupla in Kuopio, Finland with director Harri Mielonen.
TAROT: ASHES TO THE STARS, FROM UNDEAD INDEED,LIVE DVD
Thursday, March 11, 2010
I did a review of the new H.I.M CD Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice and its posted here at www.backstageaxxess.com. at http://www.backstageaxxess.com/index.php/cdreviews
New H.I.M video: Heartkiller
Official Site: http://www.heartagram.com/
In world full of imitation and impersonators, it’s nice to know you can still have the opportunity to see and hear the real thing. In I WANNA ROCK!
LIVE! … you’ll get to do just that. This exclusive show at the Las Vegas Hilton offers up some of the biggest stars in rock music performing their biggest hits … one after the other, in a solid night of REAL ROCKSTARS and MEGA HITS. The show stars Twisted Sister frontman and all-around heavy metal icon, Dee Snider, and Lita Ford, former lead guitarist for The Runaways, who then went on to a successful solo rock career. They’ll be joined by Jeff Keith, lead singer of Tesla, and Mark Slaughter of the group Slaughter. If you like rock, don’t accept second best … you deserve the REAL ROCKSTARS and the MEGA HITS. Don’t miss this special event in the Hilton Theater.
Date: March 26-27, 2010
Price: $29 - $49 (plus tax and service charge)
Location: Las Vegas Hilton Theater
Book today! Please call the Las Vegas Hilton Box Office (24 hours a day) at 800-222-5361
Friday, March 5, 2010
Rob Zombie commented, "The dream or nightmare comes true! Me and The Coop have been talking about touring together for about 15 years and finally the moment is here. This will be without a doubt a rock 'n' roll spooktacular for all the cool ghouls."
Alice Cooper added, "I'm looking forward to these concerts with Rob. It's sort of like Dracula vs. Frankenstein, we're like this generation’s classic monsters. When we're not onstage frightening audiences, we'll be backstage trying to scare each other."
ROB ZOMBIE/ALICE COOPER - "The Gruesome Twosome Tour"dates:
Apr. 26 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
Apr. 27 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union
Apr. 28 - Edmonton, AB- Rexall Place
Apr. 29 - Calgary, AB - Corral
May 01 - Vancouver, BC - Pacific Coliseum
May 02 - Kennewick, WA - Toyota Center
May 04 - , WY - Casper Events Center
Tickets go on sale February 23. and ROB ZOMBIE — will play an exclusive limited run of North American tour dates beginning April 26 at the MTS Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Not a bad song at all!!
On April 3rd the two brand new Avantasia albums "The Wicked Symphony" and "Angel Of Babylon" will be released. The two albums be released seperately, but also in a deluxe edition featuring both albums in two digibooks with two beautiful booklets plus an additional book with interview, history, biography, linernotes and the download code for exclusive bonus material. The albums feature guest stars like Klaus Meine (Scorpions), Eric Singer (KISS), Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween), Ripper Owens (ex-Judas Priest), Jon Oliva (Savatage), Bob Catley (Magnum), Jorn Lande (Masterplan), Russell Allen (Symphony X), Jens Johansson (ex-DIO, Stratovarius), Andre Matos (ex-Angra), Bruce Kulick (ex-KISS, ex-Meat Loaf) and many more.
Now is your chance to listen to the first track off the album, a short edit-version of the track "Dying For An Angel" featuring Klaus Meine of the Scorpions as guest vocalist, Tobias on vocals and bass, Sascha Paeth on guitars and Eric Singer (KISS) on drums.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
MASTERPLAN vocalist Jorn Lande told Germany's Rock Hard magazine last year about his renewed collaboration with MASTERPLAN, "We never had problems with each other, but professionally, we decided for to go separate ways for a while. . . I am happy that we are . . . working together again — mainly because the combination of MASTERPLAN's music and my singing [is] truly something special."
Lande left MASTERPLAN in May 2006, citing "musical differences" between the vocalist and the rest of the band. During the songwriting process for the group's third album, it became increasingly apparent that the other members of the band had different visions and plans for the group's musical direction. While Jorn allegedly wanted MASTERPLAN to follow a more melodic path, the rest of the band apparently wanted to return to the metallic roots of their debut album.
Vocalist Mike DiMeo (RIOT, THE LIZARDS) announced his departure from MASTERPLAN in January 2009 after recording just one studio album with the group — 2007's "MK II".
Lande's latest solo album, "Spirit Black", was released in June 2009 via Frontiers Records. The follow-up to 2008's "Lonely Are The Brave" CD — which entered the national chart in Norway at No. 28 and Sweden at No. 42 — was described by Jorn as "a solid and defined album that will shake the classic metal world and hammer the future Jorn legacy in stone!"
Jorn Lande cut his teeth with such internationally renowned acts as ARK, MILLENIUM, VAGABOND and THE SNAKES.
Roland Grapow and Jorn Lande (2009):
(re-posted from www.blabbermouth.net)