JUDAS PRIEST ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED 50 HEAVY METAL YEARS TOUR

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One of heavy metal’s all-time greats, Judas Priest, will finally get the opportunity to celebrate their 50th anniversary this year with the launch of a North American tour this fall. The 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour will also feature Sabaton as openers and is being fueled by the highest charting album of Priest’s career, ‘Firepower,’ which peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200.

Produced by Live Nation, the North American tour – which will run throughout September (kicking off on September 8th in Reading, PA) and November (concluding on November 5th in Hamilton, Ontario), will feature a variety of special effects, which will undoubtedly enhance the might of Priest’s metal.

Rob and Andy on stage

Tickets for the newly announced dates will go on sale beginning this Friday, June 11th at 10am local time at http://Ticketmaster.com

Tickets for the previously announced tour dates are available now.

“Defending the heavy metal faith for fifty years, the Priest is back!” – Rob Halford

“Time to don the leather and studs and roll out the Priest Machine – celebrating our 50 Heavy Metal Years!!” – Glenn Tipton

“After the horrific year of restrictions we’ve all had to endure, what better place to break free, than the land of the free – the USA!” – Ian Hill

Judas Priest originally formed in 1970 in Birmingham, England (an area that many feel birthed heavy metal). The original nucleus of musicians would go on to change the face of heavy metal. Throughout the 70’s Priest were responsible for helping trail blaze metal with such classic offerings as ‘Sad Wings of Destiny’ (1976) ‘Sin After Sin’ (1977) and ‘Hell Bent for Leather’ (1978) as well as one of the genre’s top live recordings ‘Unleashed in the East’ (1979) among others.

It was during the 80’s that Priest conquered the world, becoming a global arena headliner on the strength of such all-time classics as ‘British Steel’ (1980) and ‘Screaming for Vengeance’ (1982), as well as being one of the first metal bands to be embraced by the then-burgeoning MTV, plus performing at some of the decades biggest concerts (1980’s Monsters of Rock, 1983’s US Festival, and 1985’s Live Aid) and being the first to exclusively wear leather and studs – a look that began during this era and would eventually be embraced by metal heads throughout the world. Priest’s success continued throughout the 90’s and beyond with the addition of drummer Scott Travis, as evidenced by such additional stellar offerings as ‘Painkiller’ (1990) ‘Angel of Retribution’ (2005) and ‘A Touch of Evil: Live’ (2009) the latter of which saw Priest win a Grammy Award for a killer rendition of the classic ‘Dissident Aggressor’.

In 2011 new guitarist Richie Faulkner came in to replace the previous guitarist who had left in 2010 – the move seemed to have reinvigorated the band, as evidenced by a show-stealing performance on the ‘American Idol’ TV program that also served as Faulkner’s debut performance with the band (also in 2011 was the release of a new compilation ‘The Chosen Few’ which included Priest classics selected by some of metal’s biggest names) and the ‘Epitaph’ concert DVD in 2013.

Priest’s next studio effort would arrive in 2014 ‘Redeemer of Souls’ which was supported by another strong tour. In 2017 (and again in 2019) Judas Priest received a nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and got ready to unleash their latest studio album ‘Firepower’ (produced by Andy Sneap and Tom Allom) which received global success and critical acclaim. In 2020, a fully official and authorized photographic book, ‘Judas Priest: 50 Heavy Metal Years,’ was issued.

Few rock or metal acts remain as much of a must-see live attraction as Judas Priest. Having been forced off the road for over a year, Priest will soon make a most-welcomed return to metalheads coast to coast, with the 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour.

Get tickets here https://www.ticketmaster.com/judas-priest-tickets/artist/807246

CONFIRMED TOUR DATES:

9/8/2021 Reading PA Santander Arena*
9/9/2021 Virginia Beach VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater+ 9/11/2021 Orlando FL Central Florida Fairgrounds^# 9/13/2021 Charlotte NC PNC Music Pavilion 9/14/2021 Raleigh NC Red Hat Amphitheater
9/16/2021 Grand Rapids MI Van Andel Arena*
9/17/2021 Youngstown OH Covelli Centre^
9/19/2021 Detroit MI Fox Theatre*
9/20/2021 Rosemont IL Rosemont Theatre*
9/22/2021 Milwaukee WI Miller High Life Theatre^
9/23/2021 Minneapolis MN The Armory*
9/25/2021 Maryland Heights MO Saint Louis Music Park
9/26/2021 Louisville KY Louder Than Life Festival^#
9/29/2021 Denver CO The Mission Ballroom^
9/30/2021 West Valley City UT Maverik Center*
10/2/2021 Everett WA Angel Of The Winds Arena*
10/3/2021 Portland OR Moda Center*
10/5/2021 Oakland CA Fox Theater^
10/6/2021 Los Angeles CA Microsoft Theater^
10/8/2021 Las Vegas NV Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood
10/9/2021 Phoenix AZ Arizona Federal Theatre
10/12/2021 San Antonio TX Freeman Coliseum^
10/13/2021 Cedar Park TX HEB Center Cedar Park^
10/15/2021 Irving TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
10/16/2021 Oklahoma City OK The Zoo Amphitheatre^
10/19/2021 Independence MO Cable Dahmer Arena*
10/21/2021 Nashville TN Nashville Municipal Auditorium*
10/22/2021 Alpharetta GA Ameris Bank Amphitheatre*
10/24/2021 Charleston WV Charleston Civic Center Coliseum*
10/25/2021 Philadelphia PA The Met*
10/27/2021 Newark NJ Prudential Center*
10/28/2021 Oxon Hill MD The Theater at MGM National Harbor
10/30/2021 Mashantucket CT Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand Theater^
10/31/2021 Lowell MA Tsongas Center At UMass Lowell*
11/2/2021 Halifax NS Scotiabank Centre*
11/4/2021 Laval , QC Place Bell*
11/5/2021 Hamilton ONT First Ontario Centre*

Vinyl Review-Tiffany – Hey Baby

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Today was a good day , not every day is a good day , but today most certainly was ,the reason you ask ? I got a package in the mail and it was an awesome package . Legendary 80’s icon, Tiffany, has just released her new single “Hey Baby” which is taken from her forthcoming album, ‘Shadows’. Tiffany says about the new single, “Hey Baby is a little wink to the retro 80’s punk flare with the modern production of today. This song is quickly becoming one of my favorites to perform. It’s flirty and fun.” “Hey Baby” is out now digitally and also available on a limited 12” Vinyl picture disc along with the re-record of her #1 Hit “I Think We’re Alone Now” and I have a copy !

Tiffany Live On Stage

I listened to it several times already today , it just grows on you . I was lucky enough to see her perform in 2011 and it was an amazing performance and show , I cant wait to see her again and so should you with a new album to be released it .

“Hey Baby” is an ode to punk pop with some nitty gritty thrown in and you can hear the Nashville influence in her voice .It is just a fun song and makes you smile .She is doing s summer tour with some heavy hitters to help her out . To help deliver this rocking sound, she has enlisted current L.A. Guns members Johnny Martin and Scot Coogan to join her as her rhythm section on the ‘Shadows’ tour . Visit Tiffany’s site for a full list of current tour dates and stay up to date on more shows being added.

You can hear it here https://youtu.be/V9pyYw6LapU

You can order it here https://www.merchbucket.com/collections/tiffany

To keep up with all things Tiffany check out the official site https://tiffanytunes.com/

Tommy Amato Rock Relief 2021 -A Tribute To Helping Others !

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The annual Tommy Amato Rock Relief benefit was held over the weekend at Slim and Chubby’s in Strongsville ,Ohio this past Sunday .The annual event chooses a local musician in need every year as its recipient, usually due to a medical condition .Now in its 17th year( 2020’s was cancelled due to the pandemic ), this years recipient was famed drummer Don Kruger of Beau Coup . The event brings together some of the best artists around and this year show, tribute was the name if the game musically along with a host of celebrity items up for auction .

Some of The Items Up for Auction

One of the bands performing was” The Diamond Project” , a Neil Diamond tribute and you would swear he was right on stage , They were that good ! This is a must see if you ever see them coming to a venue near you !

The Diamond Project

Up next reliving some Tom Petty was ” Shadow Of A Doubt” and I would have thought Pandora was playing on the radio they were that close .

Shadow of a Doubt

One of acts I was extremely excited to see was the” Best of Times ” a Styx tribute band and to say they did not disappoint is an understatement, They channeled JY, Tommy, Lawrence and Dennis. The drummer even hit every signal fill and beat Todd does live . Get to a show right way and see this band !

Best Of Times

Last of the evening but not least was ” Straight On” a Heart tribute act and the vocals were near perfection …. You could feel the magic in the air .

Straight On

All in all , a great time was had by all especially the fans of live music who came out after 16 months of hibernation and showed they still love to rock and help one of our own .It was nice to see Don Kruger out and about , you could tell he was very touched by the out pouring of support from the community, until next time see you in front of the stage .

Alan Parsons Awarded OBE

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A huge congratulations to the Alan Parsons family for his recent honor bestowed by the crown . Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is not to be taken lightly and it is a huge honor . Alan announced this on his twitter page this weekend .So to Sir Alan Parson we salute and congratulate you …! Well done sir, well done.

Album Review -Styx Crash of the Crown -out June 18th

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As I write this I have had a couple of weeks ( and several listens ) to preview the latest album by the legendary Styx . This is the 17th studio release by the group and in it one of the best .

Styx live on stage

The album opens with the track” The Fight of Our Lives ” and it tackles head on all the thoughts everyone has had in 2020 / 2021 . Basically about overcoming obstacles and never giving up . I try not to do a song for song detail review because if I do then It will spoil the magic but I will highlight some of my favorite parts .But I do really like the bridge in ” A Monster ” The drums and lead guitar work really shine on this track .Lawrence’s vocals take it up a notch in ” Reveries ” Touching and thought provoking, ” Hold Back The Darkness ” is a song that gets more serious as you listen more and more . It does remind me a little of Pink Floyd at times in certain spots . A rockin tune , ” Save Us From Ourselves ” reminds us that Styx is a rock band and with this they get back to their roots .The title song ” Crash of The Crown ” is perfectly named in these trying time . The duel lead guitars and vocals and is a little reminiscent of Queen but this is destined to be a classic .One of my favorite of my songs of theirs .

On a positive note is ” Our Wonderful Lives ” It just makes you smile and think of great times of the past and of the future . A really awesome song . I thought Styx went industrial via Terminator on ” Common Ground ” intro but that is Styx , they can put anything in a song and make it gel and blend together and sound natural .

There is 15 tracks on this album and it is a fluid transition from their previous effort “The Mission ” I rarely do this but I give it four stars out of four stars . If you are a rock fan and want some new music to listen to then this is the album for you .Its available in just 10 days so mark you calendar and reserve you copy. To learn more about the band and all things Styx check out the official page at https://styxworld.com/

Ricky Phillips, James Young and Tommy Shaw of Styx

THE VOICE OF “EYE OF THE TIGER” DAVE BICKLER HITS THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT AND COMMENCES WORK ON SECOND SOLO ALBUM

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The voice on one of the most instantly recognizable and celebrated rock anthems of all-time recently appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to reprise his singing role in this iconic song, this time aimed at the recovery of the Tiger recently on the loose in Texas. Dave was contacted by his label Deko Entertainment early Monday morning after the show had reach out to them to get Dave to participate in the opening of Monday night’s show. Dave had this to say about it, “I had to find new gear to keep up with the late show crew….Super fun!!”

See video clip here: https://youtu.be/X3s_BpT1YIY

Dave started his musical career as lead singer of the 1970s rock group Jamestown Massacre (best known for the Billboard Top 100 Song, “Summer Sun”) and doing commercial jingle work in Chicago, Dave was the lead singer of Survivor from 1978-1984 and 1993-1999, and co-lead singer 2013-2014. “Eye of the Tiger” – the theme song for the hit film ‘Rocky III,’ topped the Billboard charts for six weeks and won a Grammy Award for ‘Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.’

Dave released his first ever solo album ‘Darklight’ in 2019, the ten-track album recalls the singer’s classic rock roots with a modern sound – and features contributions by the likes of Ryan Hoyle (Collective Soul) on drums, Brad Smith (Blind Melon) on bass, Grammy nominated producer Steve DeAcutis (Vanilla Fudge, Corey Glover, Vinnie Moore, Overkill, etc.), and Grammy Award winning mastering engineer Alan Douches (Fleetwood Mac, Yes, Mastodon, Monster Magnet, etc.).

Work has commenced on his follow up to ‘Darklight’ which he hopes to complete later this year. ‘Darklight’ is available on both CD and Vinyl from Deko Entertainment and there is a small quantity of autographed items available while supplies last.

‘DARKLIGHT’ TRACKLIST:

  1. Hope
  2. Kaleidoscope
  3. Fear Of The Dark
  4. Magic
  5. The Gift
  6. Always You
  7. Time
  8. Sea Of Green
  9. Lights
  10. Angel Heart
  11. The Sky Is Falling

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:

www.davebickler.com
www.dekoentertainment.com

Exxxotica is back !

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OFFICIALLY BACK! All four locations confirmed, including Chicago, July 16-18. So Exhibitors, Press, Attendees: Hit us up at https://t.co/PsFmmkxNZx! Time to get to work!

Chicago #Miami #Edison #DC #OnlyAtEXXXOTICA

Band Spotlight-1988

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In case you didn’t know it but Ohio is one of the best states for music , we do have the Rock Hall ( okay its more of entertainer hall of fame ) but one thing we have is musicians . Members of Kiss, Guns N Roses , Black Veil Brides , Faster Pussycat , The James Gang, The Eagles ,Warrant , Steel Panther, Nirvana and many many more call Ohio their birth state . However besides the bands and names you know, there are a plethora of amazing and talented bands you do not know .

One of the bands you do not know but should is Ohio’s own ” 1988 ” I am not sure on the age of this band but 20 years is a pretty close estimate . Not only do they keep the best of the hair bands music alive , in the 1980’s and 1990’s they were the ones making the music happen playing right on stage with the bands dominating MTV and Headbangers Ball .

The band’s current line up is founder and bassist Dave Belanger ,singer and co-lead guitarist Alex Schreckemgost, co-lead guitarist Rob Draye and last but not least is drummer extraordinaire Todd Shelly . I call him thats because he can sing so well he rivals David Coverdale .The entire band sings and plays but it is the love of the music and the enjoyment on the faces of the crowd that keeps this band motivated. After the year plus of Covid 19 we have all had , we can definitely use a night of fun .

If you are out and about and see ” 1988 ” on a marquee on in a flyer make sure you check them out and if you want to learn more about them check out the official website at http://www.1988rocks.com

MEGADETH & LAMB OF GOD The Metal Tour Of The Year

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Rescheduled North American Dates For The Co-Headline TourSpecial Guests Trivium & In Flames

It’s time. MEGADETH and LAMB OF GOD cannot be stopped and today announced the rescheduled run of the Metal Tour of the Year. Joining them, as previously planned, will be special guests TRIVIUM and IN FLAMES, heralding the long-awaited return to the stage for these bands, who are every bit as excited about these historic and not-to-be-missed shows as fans are. Tickets for the rescheduled dates will go back on-sale beginning Friday, May 7th at 10am local at LiveNation.com.

MEGADETH, fueled by Dave Mustaine’s triumphant return to the stage following his diagnosis and recovery of throat cancer, will finally embark on their first North American tour since 2017. Speaking on the long-awaited announcement of the rescheduled run, MEGADETH’s leader and frontman, Dave Mustaine says

“Can you hear that sound of armies on the march – of destruction on the horizon? That’s this tour, coming for you. We cannot wait to return to the stage and I promise you you do NOT want to miss these shows. You’re not going to know what hit you!”

LAMB OF GOD pressed ahead with the release of their crushing self-titled album, Lamb of God, which was one of the best-selling metal albums of 2020. The band now looks to take the show on the road as they return to the stage for the first time since the release of the record. Randy Blythe, inimitable frontman of LAMB OF GOD, adds

“It’s been far too long since we got together to do our thing— by ‘we’ I mean bands, road crew, bus drivers, truck drivers, local venue staff, vendors, audience, parking lot attendants, the freaking janitors- the whole damn enchilada. ALL OF US. TOGETHER. Everyone has been waiting, but the time has come to put the puzzle back together— I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been more ready to hit the road with lamb of god. See y’all in a few months with Megadeth, Trivium, & In Flames.
Over a year with no live music? These shows are gonna be INSANE…”

TRIVIUM’s Matthew Kiichi Heafy adds

“The Metal Tour of the year couldn’t be stopped by anything. It is still happening, and we can’t wait to bring back shows with this monumental tour. We’re ready. Are you?”

With IN FLAMES singer, Anders Fridén stating

“I can’t really describe how good it feels to be really talking about going on tour, let alone The Metal Tour of the Year. This setup is long overdue and we can’t wait to finally make it happen.”

Produced by Live Nation, the epic, rescheduled tour will now kick off on Friday, August 20th in Austin, TX and hit a further 26 cities before wrapping in Quebec City, QC on Saturday, October 2nd . Full tour itinerary below.

All previously purchased tickets for any of the rescheduled dates listed below will be valid for the new date. For any cancelled dates, refunds will automatically be processed at your point of purchase.

Tickets and VIP packages for all artists go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, May 7th, 2021 at 10am local time at LiveNation.com.

Megadeth and Lamb of God 2021 North American Tour Dates:

Fri Aug 20 – Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
Sat Aug 21 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Sun Aug 22 – Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
Tue Aug 24 – El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
Wed Aug 25 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
Fri Aug 27 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
Sun Aug 29 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
Tue Aug 31 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
Wed Sep 01 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
Thu Sep 02 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
Sat Sep 04 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Sun Sep 05 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
Thu Sep 09 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago
Sat Sep 11 – Danville, VA – Blue Ridge Festival*
Sun Sep 12 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Mon Sep 13 – Boston, MA – Leader Bank Pavilion
Wed Sep 15 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
Thu Sep 16 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Sat Sep 18 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
Sun Sep 19 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Mon Sep 20 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion
Wed Sep 22 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
Fri Sep 24 – Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre
Sun Sep 26 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis
Tue Sep 28 – Minneapolis, MN – Armory
Thu Sep 30 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Fri Oct 01 – Laval, QC – Place Bell
Sat Oct 02 – Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron

*Festival Date featuring all 4 bands.

2021 Mentor Rocks Final Schedule Announced

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2021 Mentor Rocks Schedule Announced

[Mentor, OH] – The City of Mentor is pleased to announce the final schedule for the 2021 Mentor Rocks summer concert series presented by Lake Health. Mentor Rocks is held Tuesday evenings from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the state-of-the-art Mentor Civic Amphitheater. The concert series will run fourteen weeks this year from June 1 through August 31 and features national recording artists Lita Ford and Cracker.

Mentor’s New Amphitheater

The 2021 Mentor Rocks Schedule is as follows:

June 1

Double Vision

Foreigner Tribute

June 8

Tricky Dick and the Coverups

Dance & Part Music

June 15

Nightrain: The Guns n Roses Experience

Guns n Roses Tribute

June 22

Trippin’ Billies

Dave Matthews Band Tribute

June 29

Cracker

National Recording Artist

July 6

Hollywood Nights

Bob Seger Tribute

July 13

KICK

INXS Tribute

July 20

Lita Ford

National Recording Artist

July 27

No Duh

No Doubt Tribute

August 3

Ultimate Aldean

Jason Aldean Tribute

August 10

Uptown Funk

Bruno Mars Tribute

August 17

The Ten Band

Pearl Jam Tribute

August 24

Queen Nation

Queen Tribute

August 31

E5C4P3

Journey Tribute

Mentor Rocks is an all-ages event which promotes a festival-like atmosphere each week. In addition to great music, attendees can enjoy a great selection of food from area vendors as well as an assortment of beers and wines. The venue features lawn seating, so bring your own blankets or chairs. Outside food is permitted although outside alcohol is not. Coolers will be checked at the gate. Admission and parking are free of charge.

So that Mentor Rocks can be safely enjoyed by everyone, social distancing among non-household members and other health and safety protocols will be practiced on the Amphitheater grounds this summer. The following guidelines will be observed:

If you are sick, or experiencing symptoms that may be related to coronavirus, please do not attend.
Amphitheater grounds will be fenced off and attendance will be limited as required by guidelines set forth by state and local health officials.
Attendees will be responsible for maintaining a social distance of no less than six feet from those not in their immediate household while on amphitheater grounds.
One-way entrances and exits will be established.
No standing or congregating of any kind in front of the stage/railing area will be permitted.
Walking paths will be marked through amphitheater grounds.
Hand sanitizer stations will be present and available for use by all attendees.
All restrooms will be sanitized immediately prior to the start of each event.
Amphitheater grounds will open at 5:00 PM. No early drop-off/setup of chairs will be permitted as entry is not guaranteed. Personal items which are placed on the field before 5:00 PM will be removed and placed outside of the fence perimeter. The City of Mentor is not responsible for lost, stolen, or misplaced items.
No tents, shelters of any kind, or umbrellas larger than personal size will be permitted.
The food truck area will be expanded to reduce congestion, and social distancing in line is required.

These events are being conducted in accordance with procedures and protocol reviewed and approved by the Lake County General Health District and are subject to change. We encourage all attendees to observe these rules so that the program may continue uninterrupted throughout the remainder of the season. The Mentor Civic Center Complex is a public space. It is up to the individual to determine his or her level of comfort and acceptable risk when entering the grounds. If you are concerned about public gatherings, do not attend.

Additional rules and information may be posted as they become available. Learn more at www.mentorrocks.info.

The Mentor Civic Amphitheater is located at 8600 Munson Road in Mentor, Ohio.