STYX performing in Northfield, OH on Tuesday, November 15 at Hard Rock Live.

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Legendary and multi-Platinum rockers STYX–Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars), James “JY” Young (vocals, guitars), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums) and Ricky Phillips (bass), along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo—are back on the road for their 2016 tour.
This show features a set list packed with hit songs, classic tracks, and fan favorites, including “Lady,” “Too Much Time On My Hands,” “Rockin’ The Paradise,” “Come Sail Away,” “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man),” “Renegade,” and “Suite Madame Blue.”

At each tour stop, Rock to the Rescue—spearheaded by Tommy Shaw’s daughter, Hannah and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by the band, whose mission is to build strong, healthy communities through the support of grassroots organizations across the country–researches local nonprofit organizations and picks one to see if they are interested in volunteering to help the band sell $10 tickets for a drawing to win a signed STYX guitar at the shows. They give these organizations a percentage of the sales as their way of supporting their cause and thanking them for supporting the band’s cause.

Rock To The Rescue was founded on the principle that our communities are stronger when we work together in mutual aid. Having played thousands of shows in the last 15 years, STYX has been strongly connected with communities across the country. With local fans and community members making an effort to join in support of STYX, it is important to the band to actively participate in these communities as well. What makes Rock to the Rescue unique is that they work on a grassroots level with small groups, giving real support to real individuals who are creating positive changes in their communities. Rock to the Rescue is building initiatives in the areas of music education, health and well-being, disaster relief and aid, and animal welfare and rescue.

Rock to the Rescue originally started in 2001 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is the brainchild of STYX singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw and REO Speedwagon singer/keyboardist/guitarist Kevin Cronin. The two musicians brought together bands and artists such as Bad Company, Journey, Survivor, Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others to be part of “Volunteers For America” concert events in Dallas and Atlanta that ultimately raised over $775,000 for victims of 9/11, as well as the Port Authority police department in New York City.

In 2014, Rock To The Rescue raised $10,000 for the Philadelphia Fire Department Local #22 Widows Fund at the “Soundtrack of Summer” show (with Foreigner and former Eagles guitarist Don Felder) in Camden, NJ on July 3, as a thank you to the local fire department for cooling down STYX’s burning crew bus the day before. And in 2013, Rock To The Rescue hosted a sold-out concert with STYX, REO Speedwagon, Ted Nugent, Survivor, Richard Marx and Larry The Cable Guy, in Bloomington, IL at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum that raised $450,000 for victims of the horrible storms in Illinois. Also in 2013, Rock To The Rescue presented the Boston One Fund with a check for $108,000 for victims of the Boston marathon bombings as a result of funds raised during the “The Midwest Rock ‘N Roll Express” tour with STYX, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent.

On November 19, 2015, Rock To The Rescue donated $25,000 to The Sweet Stuff Foundation to help victims of the Paris terrorist attacks. In honor of the musicians and crew who lost their lives in the attack at The Bataclan music venue in Paris where Eagles of Death Metal were performing, from that date through December 31, 2015, Sweet Stuff dedicated all money received directly to the surviving families of those who passed away, including that of the band’s merchandise manager, Nick Alexander. The Sweet Stuff Foundation was founded by Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, who is also a key recording member of Eagles of Death Metal.

The Ethan Brosh Band announce November tour !

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One of the best virtuosos on guitar has announced he will be doing a November tour.He has shared the stage with Yngwie Malsteem and Jake E Lee, if you want to see guitar done to the extreme , we recommend checking out this tour.

11/16 Waterloo NY – Lizard Lounge (featuring Jim Crean)
11/17 Syracuse NY (Liverpool) – Sharkey’s Bar(featuring Jim Crean)

11/18 Toronto ON, Canada – The Rockpile

11/19 Ottawa ON, Canada – The Brass Monkey

11/20 Buffalo NY, Rockin’ Buffalo Saloon (featuring Jim Crean)

11/25 Teaneck NJ, Mexicali Live (with Joe Lynn Turner)

11/26 Highline Ballroom, NYC (with Joe Lynn Turner)

11/27 “89 North Patchogue”, Long Island NY (with Joe Lynn Turner)

Image of the day ! Country Star Ira Dean thanking Johnny Cash at the Johnny Cash Rock Hall Tribute Concert

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WARNER BROS. RECORDS TO RELEASE AVENGED SEVENFOLD’S THE BEST OF 2005-2013 ON DECEMBER 2

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TWO-CD SET FEATURES 18 SONGS TAKEN FROM AVENGED’S BEST-SELLING WARNER BROS. ALBUMS INCLUDING CITY OF EVIL, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, NIGHTMARE AND HAIL TO THE KING,
INCLUDING COVERS AND RARITIES

October 21, 2016 (Burbank, CA) – On December 2 Warner Bros. will release a best-of compilation package of Avenged Sevenfold’s biggest Warner Bros. hits to date. The two-disc set, titled The Best Of 2005-2013, features 18 songs from Avenged Sevenfold’s best-selling Warner Bros. albums released between 2005 and 2013 including City Of Evil, Avenged Sevenfold, Nightmare and Hail To The King. The package also features a cover of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid”, originally on the Warner Bros. tribute album Covered, A Revolution in Sound as well as two original songs that Avenged Sevenfold wrote for video games: “Carry On” (Call Of Duty II) and “Not Ready To Die” (Call Of The Dead). The album will be available at all physical and digital retailers on December 2.

While at Warner Bros., Avenged Sevenfold achieved worldwide success with a string of best-selling albums – including their 2005 platinum breakthrough City Of Evil, 2007’s Avenged Sevenfold, which topped the Billboard Alternative, Hard, and Rock Charts, and two consecutive No 1’s on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart, Nightmare (2010) and Hail To The King – achieving Diamond, Platinum and Gold awards for album sales in nearly a dozen countries. They have also scored a series of Top 10 singles at multiple formats, including “Bat Country,” “Almost Easy,” “Scream,” “Nightmare,” “Welcome To The Family,” “So Far Away,” and “Hail To The King,” and their latest, “Shepherd of Fire.” The band, which hails from Huntington Beach, Calif., have become known for their spectacular live shows, routinely selling out arenas worldwide and headlining some of the biggest and most prestigious music festivals.

Avenged Sevenfold The Best of 2005-2013:

Disc One:

Bat Country (City Of Evil)
Beast And The Harlot (City Of Evil)
Seize The Day (City Of Evil)
Critical Acclaim (Avenged Sevenfold)
Almost Easy (Avenged Sevenfold)
Afterlife (Avenged Sevenfold)
Dear God (Avenged Sevenfold)
A Little Piece of Heaven (Avenged Sevenfold)

Disc Two:

Nightmare (Nightmare)
Welcome To The Family (Nightmare)
So Far Away (Nightmare)
Hail To The King (Hail To The King)
Shepherd of Fire (Hail To The King)
Walk (Diamonds In The Rough)
Flash Of The Blade (Diamonds In The Rough)
Paranoid (Covered: A Revolution In Sound)
Carry On (Call Of Duty: Black Ops II)
Not Ready To Die (Call Of The Dead)

Country Superstar Ira Dean to appear at Johnny Cash Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame Music Masters Concert !

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An event honoring 1992 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Johnny Cash.

Grammy-winning producer, author and singer, John Carter Cash will serve as executive bandleader of the 21st Annual Music Masters concert. Alongside John Carter Cash, keyboardist Tony Harrell will serve as the band director. Harrell, a veteran studio musician has laid down tracks for Johnny Cash and country royalty Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Hank Williams Jr. and Ray Price. He’s also appeared on many top records and recorded with such superstars as Vince Gill, Taylor Swift, Sheryl Crow, and dozens others.

Acts & artists scheduled to appear:

Sam Bush
Paul Cauthen
Ana Cristina
Ira Dean
Nikki Lane
Terry McBride
Bill Miller
The Oak Ridge Boys
Charlie Worsham
Mike Ness of Social Distortion
Eilen Jewell
L.A. punk band X
WS “Fluke” Holland

This should be an epic night !
Info and images courtesy of The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame and Museum 14608902_10154132077554107_7397774438119222097_o

ALL-GIRL POP GROUP L2M LAUNCH YOUTUBE SERIES

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FIRST EPISODE OF “L2M POP SHOP” PREMIERES ON YOUTUBE

October 14thth, 2016 – All-girl pop group L2M premiere the first episode of their brand-new web series – L2M Pop Shop – via YouTube. A new episode will debut each Thursday for seven weeks. Watch it HERE

The all-access series follows the girls – Mariangeli, McKenzie, Lexi, Tati, and Jenna – as they attend “Pop Star Summer Camp” and find out what it takes to become a successful pop group, including vocal training and dance rehearsals, and showing fans what they’ve learned. Viewers will go behind the scenes and see the girls develop their singing, dance moves, and on-stage style at their exclusive two-week band camp all the way to their first live performance in front of brand new fans in Los Angeles. As Mariangeli says: “Because if we can do it, you can do it too!”

The bond between the members of L2M bubbles up in their music, inspiring an infectious and irresistible energy. They instantly clicked and formed that forever bond upon meeting up to work on their debut single “Girlz” for the 2016 LEGO® Friends movie Girlz 4 Life. In a few months’ time, the movie sold over 400K units and the track accumulated over 8 million cumulative streams across YouTube and Spotify. As a result, L2M landed a major-label deal with Warner Bros. Records. Celebrating the signing, they turned up in New York City for an inaugural live show that ended with countless signed autographs and screaming #Listeners. Along the way, they earned early acclaim from Celebuzz, Gurl.com, J-14 Magazine, Huffington Post UK, and more. In July, they released “Incredible,” which was featured in a commercial for Target’s entirely kid-created Back to School campaign.

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Saint Vitus Review- A Fans Tale !

We met up with some super fans who drove all the way from Rochester ,New York to attend the Saint Vitus concert. After speaking with them we decided to let them do the review  and back story ,so ladies and gentleman I present guest writers Alex Greywitt  and  Nick Greywitt.

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I first discovered Saint Vitus in the Summer of 2014 about the time I graduated from college. While in school, I documented every band I had discovered and no genre was ignored. NWOBHM, Black Metal, Death Metal, early 80s English Hardcore/D-beat, American Hardcore 80s Punk, and eventually Doom Metal. My brother, Nick, and I have an extremely eclectic music taste but we largely ignore bands past the 90s because we feel the best music was made between the late 1950s until the 1990s, starting with Chuck Berry. We especially seek out old school metal/rock bands who espouse the old school/analog sound. The more obscure the better.

My interest in doom metal and the impetus for re-examining my love of bands that used the Black Sabbath formula I credit to Witchfinder General and Saint Vitus. I discovered Witchfinder General in late 2012/early 2013 my Junior year. Around that same time I was voraciously listening to Black Flag, reading some of Henry Rollins’ books, and had read some excerpts from Rock and the Pop Narcotic by Joe Carducci (the producer of the first 4 Saint Vitus albums). I read Black Flag from 1982-1984 was absorbing influences from bands such as Black Sabbath, Void, and Saint Vitus (their newly acquired labelmates at the time) when My War was released. The slower parts of My War and Witchfinder General’s hailing of Black Sabbath made me seek out this type of music I had always known and listened to; but was unaware of the scope of its genre.

So not long after I graduated in May 2014, I stumbled upon the song Born Too Late. I will never forget those seven minutes of my life. While I am being crushed by perhaps the heaviest riff I have ever heard since the ending of “Under the Sun” by Black Sabbath, I read the lyrics to that song. Never had I seen a set of lyrics that so accurately and uncompromisingly described my life. Nick and I knew we were always different from people our age and perhaps alienated by what we enjoyed. It was a struggle to find anyone with an interest in old music in bands like Led Zeppelin, Blue Cheer, Sabbath, Alice Cooper etc. let alone anyone who would have the simple interest in asking why or what you liked about these seemingly alien music men. Very few people I knew were into wearing long hair, spending your time playing your guitar or drumset, and listening to a vinyl LP. It was just far too foreign for others to understand or explain. To be told by older people you were probably born in the wrong time or you can’t be this way because of that belief can wear on the soul. However, as the song explains, “I know I don’t belong/And there’s nothing that I can do/I was born too late/And I’ll never be like you” you have to accept what you are and take solace in the fact that you will never just be another face in the crowd. Dave Chandler and Scott Reagers had written the ultimate song as the catharsis for the people that felt the way they did. The people that feel at times they “carry a cross” for a belief few others may understand and never will. In the end, it is a piece of your individuality no one can take from you.

After I heard the song I sent it to my brother who had a similar experience as I did listening. We were so moved by this type of music we obsessively bought doom records from bands like Trouble/The Skull, Cathedral, Sleep, The Obsessed, Pentagram, Witchfinder General, Candlemass, Dream Death, and Electric Wizard. We both agree it is sobering to think what our lives would be like had we not listened to Saint Vitus.
To that point, we hold Trouble and Saint Vitus in the highest regard for staying true to themselves in an era where this type of music was so underground it was virtually ignored by many even within metal circles back then. Trouble/The Skull and Saint Vitus have proven it is the power of the riff that reigns king in heavy metal with their influence from Black Sabbath deserving especially high praise in our eyes. The Skull and Saint Vitus also exemplify you don’t need to play 100mph in order to be heavy. In fact the slower you go, the more punches you can throw in! From the production, musicianship, and attitude the outputs of these bands epitomize why I personally enjoy this genre of music above all others. Scott Wino, Dave Chandler, Bruce Franklin, Rick Wartell, Phil Cope, Gaz Jennings, Adam Lehan, Victor Griffin, and most importantly, Tony Iommi are all Guitar Gods!

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So when we heard The Skull and Saint Vitus were playing in Cleveland, we drove four hours from Rochester, NY. We met up with our cousin Zak and saw two of our most highly respected bands live. Both bands played incredible setlists with high points being “Assassin” and “The Tempter” by the Skull and “Burial at Sea” “Mystic Lady” and the incomparable “Born Too Late” encore by Saint Vitus.
Eric Wagner pointed out my old school Trouble shirt on stage and funnily asked if I was even born when that shirt was made! Nope! I was born in ’92!
I talked to Dave Chandler after the show and told him it was another check off the list for the “Summer of Doom” tour (dubbed by Nick and I) we were on, as we saw Black Sabbath in Toronto on August 29th and Sleep in Pittsburgh on June 22nd. The show was everything we could have hoped for and was a testament to our love of heavy/doom metal! It is highly refreshing to see people, young and old, enjoy themselves to this music because where we come from no one we know appreciates it! Kudos to the Grog Shop!

“If it ain’t heavy, it ain’t shit.” – Scott Wino

Written by Alex Greywitt with input from Nick Greywitt for Neo-Examiner.

UFO & SAXON Announce Spring US Tour – The British Invasion 2017!

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Rock legends UFO have announced a US tour with very special guests SAXON, beginning March 9 in Houston, TX and continuing into early April.
 
UFO, with their long standing line up of Phil Mogg (Vocals), Paul Raymond (Keyboards / Guitar), Andy Parker (Drums), Vinnie Moore (Guitar) and Rob De Luca (Bass), are back in the US after a phenomenally successful sold out tour in early 2016.  They are currently working on their 22nd studio album after the last studio release A Conspiracy of Stars in 2015.
 
SAXON are touring on their latest release Battering Ram together with the new double live album set Let Me Feel Your Power (out October 28 in North America), both on the UDR Music label. After great success with both US headline shows and dates with Judas Priest over last few years, the band are back as part of this great package. SAXON are Biff Byford (Vocals), Paul Quinn (Guitar), Nigel Glockler (Drums), Doug Scarrett (Guitar) and Tim “Nibbs” Carter (Bass).
  
UFO‘s Phil Mogg states, “We are polishing the guitars, cleaning up the drums, I have a new front tooth, and our crew have bought themselves fresh mascara, some new tunes, and an airline ticket to the USA, to be joining our old pals SAXON on what will be a celebrational tour of all our favorite places. Look forward to seeing you there! Kisses, UFO.”
 
SAXON‘s Biff Byford adds, “It’s great to be back on the road with UFO. The last time we toured together was in the 80’s so it should be fun and a unique package for the fans. See you in March. Keep the faith.”
 
Special guest on all shows is Jared James Nichols.
 
UFO & SAXON US Tour Dates:
March 9 – Houston, TX / SCOUT BAR
March 10 – Dallas, TX / GAS MONKEY LIVE
March 11 – San Antonio, TX / ALAMO CITY MUSIC HALL*
March 14 – San Diego, CA / HOUSE OF BLUES
March 15 – San Francisco, CA / THE INDEPENDENT
March 16 – Los Angeles, CA / BELASCO
March 18 – Anaheim, CA / THE GROVE
March 19 – Las Vegas, NV / HOUSE OF BLUES
March 21 – Denver, CO / SUMMIT CONCERT HALL
March 24 – Sioux City, IA / ANTHEM @ HARD ROCK CASINO
March 26 – St. Charles, IL / ARCADA THEATER
March 28 – Cleveland, OH / HOUSE OF BLUES
March 29 – New York, NY / BB KINGS
March 30 – New York, NY / BB KINGS
April 1 – Jim Thorpe, PA / PENN’S PEAK
April 2 – Allston, MA / BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL
 
*SAXON to close
 
Tickets are available from all usual agents and outlets.