Kings Of The Sun Break Up Again

January 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

AUSSIE rockers Kings Of The Sun have again broken up. Hot Metal reports drummer and co-founded Clifford Hoad told his Facebook followers in mid January that “Kings Of The Sun are over for me”. It’s the latest in a long line of career pauses for the Gold Coast band since Cliff and brother Jeffrey formed it in 1982. The pronouncement came after it became apparent by other Facebook posts that there was increasing tension between the camps of the two warring brothers. Perhaps not coincidentally, Jeffrey Hoad is relaunching his musical career after a brush with the law in 2011. While Cliff says he owns the name of the band, [read on]

Malmsteen Postpones Oz Trek

January 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

SWEDISH guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen has postponed his Australian tour and cancelled a date in Hobart. Malmsteen was to tour Australia and New Zealand in the coming weeks but most shows have been put back until June “due to scheduling issues”. The February 10 gig at Hobart’s Hellenic Hall has been cancelled with ticket holders advised to seen refunds at their point of sale. Fender introduced a “Malmsteen Overdrive Pedal” at the recent NAMM Show in Anaheim. New Yngwie Malmsteen Tour Dates: Thursday June 4th – Powerstation, Auckland, NZ Saturday June 6th – The Astor, Perth Wednesday June 10th – 170 [read on]

Michael Sweet Says Sebastian Bach’s Fans Want Skid Row Sound

January 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet says Sebastian Bach’s fans want him to revert to a classic Skid Row sound on future solo albums. And Sweet, who is about to release an record with ex-Dokken guitarist George Lynch, has told the Trunk Nation program on Sirius XM’s Hair Nation channel that he entered into talks over producing just such an album. “This isn’t a bash against Sebastian at all, it’s just my opinion,” Sweet told host Eddie Trunk. “I think people want to hear Sebastian of old. They want to hear the Skid Row Sebastian. They want to hear the hits. He’s giving them modern rock. “It [read on]

Motley Crue Confirm Final Date

January 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

MOTLEY Crue have confirmed their final show as a touring act, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on New Years’ Eve. The show comes at the end of a second leg of the All Bad Things World Tour, which will include 33 North American dates. Another Los Angeles date, on December 30 also at the Staples Center, has also been speculated upon. A single, “All Bad Things” was released last week. It is slated to appear on a boxed which will drop on an unspecified date later this year. Before the American leg of the current tour resumes in Eugene, Oregon, on July 22, a trip to Japan is planned in February, following by Australia, New [read on]

Jack Russell Is Sued

January 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

GREAT White vocalist Jack Russell is reportedly being sued by a former manager, who claims she is owed US$30,000. Metal Sludge reports Dreams Carry On Entertainment and personal manager Valerie Ince lodged papers citing Russell in the Los Angeles Superior Court on December 16. Ince claims she used her personal credit card to finance Great White’s tour and purchase merchandise. She and Dream On Entertainment are suing for commissions. There are two versions of Great White currently touring. The legal action is aimed at Russell himself – neither of the bands have been the subject of the claims. [read on]

Former Skin Guitarist Myke Gray Returns To Music

January 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

ENGLISH guitarist Myke Gray, formerly of Skin, Jagged Edge and The Red, White & Blues, has reversed an earlier decision to retire from music. Gray, 46, announced a year ago he was quitting the music business, citing personal reasons. But on January 18, he told his Facebook friends and followers: “Have decided to start writing and playing music again! Didn’t think I had anything worthwhile left to contribute but the Christmas break has made me think otherwise.” Gray rose to prominence in the late eighties with Jagged Edge, before becoming a founding member of Skin. His most recent project – The Red, White & [read on]

Ace Frehley Announces Australian Tour Dates

January 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

ACE Frehley’s Space Invader Tour is to land in Australia during April, it has been announced. Frehley played his first dates in support of the critically-acclaimed album during August and will visit New Zealand an Australia on an eight-date tour which concludes on May 7. The former KISS guitarist last visited Australasia in 2010. He is quoted in the tour media release as saying: “I can’t wait to get down to New Zealand and Australia with this new lineup. I’ll be performing Ace classics as well as songs off my new CD Space Invader for the enjoyment of the fans. “Let There Be Rock!” Frehley’s touring [read on]

Aerosmith Donington Show To Be Released Theatrically

January 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

AEROSMITH’S taped performance at Donington last July is to gain a theatrical release in the United States. The 19-song Aerosmith Rocks Donington set will be shown in some 300 theatres belonging to the Fathom Events and Cinema 1 chains and also streamed on Fathom’s digital network on Thursday, February 26. In a media release, singer Steven Tyler was quoted as saying: ““It’s always an absolute hoot that leaves me howling at the moon, performing at Donington we couldn’t have had a better time on stage that night. “I could feel the vibes of all the greats pulsing through the stage like AC DC, Rage Against the [read on]