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  • GN'R keyboarist Dizzy Reed's side band Hookers & Blow reveals debut album's track list
    by ABC Audio on April 9, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Courtesy of Hookers & BlowHookers & Blow, the covers band led by longtime Guns N' Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed and Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi, has finished recording its debut studio album and has unveiled the full track list. The 12-track album, which will be released later in 2021, features renditions of such classic rock tunes as The Rolling Stones' "Under My Thumb" and "Rocks Off," Led Zeppelin's "Trampled Underfoot" and "No Quarter," David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust," Eddie Money's "Shakin'," Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' "American Girl," The Zombies' "Time of the Season," and Elton John's "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting." Late Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali is featured on both Led Zeppelin songs, while sibling rockers The Okai Sisters lent their talents to a version of Blue Oyster Cult's "Godzilla." The album will be available for pre-order soon. Hookers & Blow has lined up a series of 2021 concerts, beginning next month with a run of Texas shows kicking off May 19 in Austin. Grossi says in a statement, "With SO many of these one time cash-grab 'ALL STAR' projects that literally release a record that in most cases is recorded remotely and most of the time the 'band' never even steps on stage with each other[,] Hookers & Blow are proud to be the real deal. We have been doing this (whatever it is) for almost 20 years and the record speaks for itself." The band's current lineup also includes Danzig drummer Johnny Kelly, longtime W.A.S.P. bassist Mike Duda and singer Nadja Reed, who is Dizzy's wife. Here's the full Hookers & Blow track list: "Rocks Off" (The Rolling Stones)"Shakin'" (Eddie Money)"Trampled Underfoot" (Led Zeppelin) -- featuring Frankie Banali"Ziggy Stardust" (David Bowie)"The Winner Loses" (Body Count)"Time Of The Season" (The Zombies)"American Girl" (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers)"Godzilla" (Blue Oyster Cult) -- featuring The Okai Sisters"You Gotta Fight for Your Right (to Party)" (The Beastie Boys)"Under My Thumb" (The Rolling Stones)"No Quarter" (Led Zeppelin) -- featuring Frankie Banali"Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" (Elton John) By Matt FriedlanderCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Yes' Steve Howe, Deep Purple's Ian Paice featured on "X Moves," new collaborative single by late rapper DMX
    by ABC Audio on April 9, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Cleopatra RecordsA new collaborative single called "X Moves" featuring the unusual pairing of late hardcore rapper DMX with Yes guitarist Steve Howe, Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice and legendary Parliament-Funkadelic bassist Bootsy Collins has just been released as a digital download and via streaming services. The track features DMX's profanity-packed rapping over Howe's spacy guitar riffs, Paice's stampeding beats and Collins' funky bass grooves. Bootsy also trades some spoken verses with DMX, who, sadly, died on Friday after suffering a heart attack at his home last week. The track was co-produced and mixed by Jürgen Engler, frontman of the German industrial metal band Die Krupps. The song's other co-producer, Cleopatra Records founder Brian Perera, said in a statement, "As 'X Moves' shows, [DMX was] one of the most innovative and original hip hop artists around. Our hearts go out to all of DMX's family, friends and supporters." A seven-inch, colored-vinyl single version of "X Moves" pressed on red or silver vinyl will be issued this August, and can be pre-ordered now at CleoRecs.com. (Video contains uncensored profanity.) By Matt FriedlanderCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Ex-Blue Oyster Cult drummer Albert Bouchard's Re Imaginos livestream show takes place Saturday
    by ABC Audio on April 9, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Credit: Ace BouchardJust a reminder that former Blue Oyster Cult drummer Albert Bouchard will play a special livestream concert this Saturday, April 10, that will feature, for the first time ever, a full performance of his 2020 solo album, Re Imaginos, which is a reworked version of his old band's 1988 concept album, Imaginos. The show will take place live from the Deko Entertainment label's 2Trax Studios, and will be viewable at Mandolin.com, starting at 4 p.m. ET. The event celebrates the arrival of a two-LP vinyl edition of Re Imaginos, which was released today. Bouchard will be performing live, with accompaniment from David Hirschberg on bass and backing vocals, as well as pre-recorded tracks. In addition, Albert tells ABC Audio that his brother and ex-Blue Oyster Cult band mate Joe Bouchard has contributed some video of him playing trumpet parts that will be featured in the presentation. In addition to performing all of Re Imaginos, Albert will be playing some Blue Oyster Cult deep cuts and solo tunes, as well as doing some musical improvisations. Standard tickets for the concert cost $10, while VIP tickets offering a virtual one-on-one meet and greet with Albert can be purchased for $40. Limited-edition colored-vinyl Re Imaginos bundles and a T-shirt commemorating the livestream event are available now at Merchbucket.com. Fans purchasing those items will receive a 10% discount on the livestream show. As previously reported, Bouchard says he recorded Re Imaginos for Blue Oyster Cult fans "so that they can hear a more properly realized version of the tale" told on the Imaginos album. Albert considers Re Imaginos a tribute to late Blue Oytser Cult manager, producer and lyricist Sandy Pearlman, whose surreal horror- and science fiction-influenced writings were the basis for Imaginos. By Matt FriedlanderCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • What does Metallica's #BlackAlbum2021 post mean?
    by ABC Audio on April 9, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    Credit: Ross HalfinMetallica fans are in a frenzy after the metal legends posted a hashtag related to their iconic 1991 self-titled release, aka The Black Album. On their Instagram, Metallica shared a video from a 2012 live performance of the Black Album closer "The Struggle Within." The caption includes a quote from the song -- "Boredom sets into the boring mind" -- as well as the hashtag #BlackAlbum2021. It's that list bit that's got everyone worked up. Since The Black Album turns 30 this year, fans are speculating that Metallica might be planning an anniversary tour. Also of note, the video in the Instagram post comes from a show in Nickelsdorf, Austria, during which 'Tallica performed all of The Black Album in reverse order. Nothing's been officially announced yet, though, so stay tuned. By Josh JohnsonCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Dennis DeYoung debuts surreal video for upcoming album's lead single, "The Isle of Misanthrope"
    by ABC Audio on April 9, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Frontiers Music srlFormer Styx singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung has released the lead single from his upcoming farewell studio album, 26 East, Volume 2, a six-minute, prog-rock-flavored rock tune titled "The Isle of Misanthrope" that's available now as a digital download and for streaming. Coinciding with the track's release, DeYoung has debuted a surreal, over-the-top music video for the song at his official YouTube channel. Writing about the clip on his Facebook page, DeYoung humorously points out that it features "rockin' monks, space travel, time machines, mysterious orbs, dinosaurs, ancient ruins, three masters, strange sunglasses, beautiful sea sirens, howling wolves, fake lutes, screaming guitar solos, funky monks, (can you ever have too many monks) and hidden Styx stuff." He adds, "There's a mysterious narrative unfolding in this six-minute opus with numerous musical and video twists and turns, harkening back to [Styx's] great Equinox and Grand Illusion albums. Harken harken." DeYoung explains in a statement that, lyrically, the songs "is a commentary on the contemporary state of mankind under the guise of ancient times. The more things change the more they remain the same." 26 East, Volume 2, a sequel to DeYoung's 2020 album 26 East, Volume 1, will be released on June 11, and is available for pre-order now. Ides of March and ex-Survivor member Jim Peterik, who co-wrote five songs that appeared on 26 East, Volume 1, collaborated on an additional four songs on Volume 2. Peterik also contributes guitar, bass and backing vocals to the record, while The Ides of March's horn section is featured on a track called "Hello Goodbye." In addition, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello lends his talents to the song "The Last Guitar Hero." Here's the full 26 East, Volume 2 track list: "Hello Goodbye""Land of the Living""The Last Guitar Hero""Your Saving Grace""Proof of Heaven""Made for Each Other""There's No Turning Back Time""St. Quarantine""So Little Did We Know""Always Time""Isle of Misanthrope""GIF" By Matt FriedlanderCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Cheap Trick's Tom Petersson reveals he's recuperating from a recent heart operation
    by ABC Audio on April 9, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    Mike Pont/Getty ImagesOn Thursday night, Cheap Trick celebrated the release of their new studio album, In Another World, by performing on CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  Fans who watched the band's rendition of the rocking "Boys & Girls & Rock N Roll" probably noticed that bassist Tom Petersson was sitting down throughout the performance, and now he's revealed why that was. In a message posted on CheapTrick.com, Tom, who turns 71 next month, explains, "I had to have open heart surgery a month ago and I'm under doctor's orders to take it easy. I'm currently recuperating and slowly but surely getting stronger every day. Can't wait to get back to see all of you again soon." You can check out Cheap Trick's Late Show performance on the program's official YouTube channel. In Another World was released today, and features 13 tracks, including "Boys & Girls & Rock N Roll" and a cover of John Lennon's "Gimme Some Truth," the latter of which boasts a guest appearance by Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones. Cheap Trick is scheduled to begin a tour of Australia on April 30 called Under the Southern Stars 2021 that also features Bush and Stone Temple Pilots. It's not known if Petersson will be participating in the trek, which runs through May 16. By Matt FriedlanderCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.