Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham form Caifornia Breed

Posted in Hard Rock with tags on February 9, 2014 by Patrick Prince

California Breed seems like a weird band moniker for Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham’s new band/project (do we call it a band or a project?), but I’m just glad something is back together after Black Country Communion (a damn good band) called it quits.


Maybe it’s a way for Hughes to justify his new hair style (above), who knows?

But now you also have 23-year-old newcomer guitarist-singer Andrew Watt.

Hughes says: “California Breed is real rock’n’roll — but made for right now.”

OK, let’s take a view (below).

3 INCHES OF BLOOD Announces Co-Headlining Tour with GOATWHORE

Posted in Heavy Metal with tags , on February 10, 2013 by Patrick Prince

What’s with all these concert cruises? Does the captain know what a Goatwhore is?

February 8, 2013 (Los Angeles, CA) — Vancouver metal mavens, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD has announced a co-headlining North American tour alongside blackened thrashers GOATWHORE. The tour brings 23 days of menacing metal to the masses and will make a memorable stop in Worcester, MA for the infamous New England Metal & Hardcore Festival on April 20th. Making their triumphant return from defending the traditions of heavy metal at sea on the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD will continue to support their fifth studio album, LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL on this forthcoming tour. The music video for “Metal Woman” from the current release can be seen below along with the complete list of tour dates.

“Metal Woman” Music Video:

Tour Dates with Goatwhore:

04/11/13 – Kelowna, BC @ Level Night Club

04/12/13 – Calgary, AB @ Gateway

04/13/13 – Edmonton, AB @ Avenue Theatre

04/14/13 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange

04/15/13 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo Cabaret

04/16/13 – Eau Claire, WI @ House of Rock

04/17/13 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s

04/18/13 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups

04/19/13 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar

04/20/13 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium – New England Metal & Hardcore Festival

04/21/13 – Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques

04/22/13 – Quebec, QC @ L’Agitée

04/24/13 – Charlottetown, PE @ Hunters Ale House

04/25/13 – Fredericton, NB @ Lava Vodka Bar

04/26/13 – Moncton, NB @ OC Nightclub

04/27/13 – Halifax, NS @ Michael’s

04/28/13 – Bucksport, ME @ The Kave

04/29/13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus

04/30/13 – Burlinton, VT @ Nectar’s

05/01/13 – Middletown, NY @ Sounds Asylum

05/02/13 – Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar

05/03/13 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House

05/04/13 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class

For more information on 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, please visit:



Posted in Heavy Metal with tags , on February 10, 2013 by Patrick Prince

Some pre-Grammy PR:centerstage_logo

LOS ANGELES, CA, February 5, 2013–A catalyst for music innovation in the digital era, CENTERSTAGE Powered By Grammy® Amplifier is the first-ever program uniting emerging artists with GRAMMY-Award®-winners to mentor their career.

Mike Shinoda member of two-time GRAMMY®-winning band Linkin Park and CENTERSTAGE program mentor; Evan Greene (CMO, The Recording Academy); and Jon Budd (Sr. Group Manager, New Media, Hyundai) were on hand today at a press conference in downtown Los Angeles at The Recording Academy’s Social Media Rockstars Summit to announce the online platform designed to provide professional mentoring and exposure for undiscovered musicians discovered through The GRAMMYS’® visionary GRAMMY® Amplifier program. For CENTERSTAGE Powered By GRAMMY® Amplifier, Shinoda will serve as GRAMMY® ambassador and curator.

CENTERSTAGE was developed on the success of GRAMMY® Amplifier which was launched by The Recording Academy® in January. It allows musicians to share their tracks via SoundCloud for a chance to have their music shared on-line by a panel of musical icons. CENTERSTAGE will select three artists based on criteria including “amplification” (shares/likes) and individually award them with a recording session with:

A recording session with a leading GRAMMY® producer.
Production of a music video with a noted producer and/or director.
An opening act performance slot on a major tour or music festival.

The winning artists will be announced at the GRAMMYs® annual SXSW party in March which will take place during SXSW 2013 in Austin, TX. Visit or for more details and for a chance to enter the program. See official rules at

As part of a three-year partnership as the “Official Vehicle Partner” of the GRAMMY Awards® Hyundai teamed with The Recording Academy® to create CENTERSTAGE. “Hyundai’s partnership with The Recording Academy ties together music’s biggest brand with Hyundai’s passion for creativity and innovation,” said Steve Shannon, Vice President of Marketing, Hyundai Motor America. “In continuing our successful relationship, CenterStage and GRAMMY Amplifier allow Hyundai to connect with an audience that loves music and to share great music with fans everywhere.”

Hyundai will also play a starring role at the GRAMMYs® as both the “Official Vehicle Partner” of the GRAMMY Awards® and GRAMMY® Week. As part of GRAMMY Week, Hyundai Equus and Genesis vehicles will grace the red carpet, chauffeur VIPs to the awards ceremony, and be on display at the official GRAMMY Celebration® after-party. The 55thAnnual GRAMMY Awards® will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 10, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround-sound on the CBS Television Network from 8-11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

For more information, please visit:

Rival Sons new video set in a Southern-style church community

Posted in Hard Rock with tags on August 10, 2012 by Patrick Prince

California blues rockers RIVAL SONS have finished filming a brand new music video in Los Angeles.

The clip for the track “Keep On Swinging” — which is the first single from the band’s highly anticipated new album, “Head Down” — was shot with director Greg Ephraim (THE SMASHING PUMPKINS), who also helmed the band’s videos for “Pressure And Time” and “All Over The Road”.

The “Keep On Swinging” video, which will make its only debut later this month, is set in a Southern-style church community, with the band performing in front of a captivated congregation, while a young woman is marched towards a river to be baptized.

Commented RIVAL SONS guitarist Scott Holiday: “Churches, people feelin’ the spirit, and a handful of snakes! That’s a little taste of the new video — the first from our new record, ‘Head Down’. The song? ‘Keep On Swinging’. Directed by our buddy Greg Ephraim, who did ‘Pressure And Time’ and ‘All Over The Road’, this idea was an easy choice when we read his treatment. A little bit of Southern baptist evangelical churchin’ spirit and a big dose of rock ‘n’ roll. We actually had a bunch of people from the actual parish of the church we played in sitting in during the performance, and I think they were actually feeling the spirit! It was pretty far out… A really fun way to kick off the new album. People fainting in the aisles, Jay as a possessed preacher and, well, you never can go wrong with the serpent making an appearance in a rock ‘n’ roll video.”

Photos from the video shoot can be found at here (see sample above).

RIVAL SONS will release their new album, “Head Down”, in Europe on September 17 via Earache Records. The CD, which will be made available in the U.S. in November, was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with Grammy-nominated producer Dave Cobb (JAMIE JOHNSON, SHOOTER JENNINGS) and Grammy-wining engineer Vance Powell (JACK WHITE, THE WHITE STRIPES, KINGS OF LEON). The artwork was created by Jason Holley (JOSH RITTER, RAY LAMONTAGNE).



New Queensryche singer: not using Geoff Tate’s backing vocals in performances

Posted in Queensryche with tags , , on August 3, 2012 by Patrick Prince

Photo credit: Mike Savoia Photography

Really? What a surprise statement!

New singer Todd La Torre (also of vintage class metallers Crimson Glory) posted the following message on his Facebook page:

“I’ve been asked about backing vocal tracks and that many believe they are hearing [original QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff] Tate’s voice on them. Let me clearly state that there are NO backing vocals with his voice in ANY songs with my performance. Any tracks that have accompanied backing vocals have all been re-recorded with my voice and Eddie’s [Jackson, bass]. We don’t use any tracks to fake a lead vocal with me, but to simple give a fuller nicer sound to a chorus as backing vocals, NOT to replace my lead vocal role. Yes, they are very similar and would naturally be heard as Geoff’s, but they are not. All recordings are time-stamped and recorded in the computer and Pro Tools and my point is indisputable. … just needed to clarify that, and I also sing the full chorus live to ‘Empire’ since some have asked me about that.”

La Torre and his new band have launched a new web site at

In the meantime, via Blabbermouth: STRYPER Frontman Says TODD LA TORRE ‘Has Breathed New Life Into’ QUEENSRŸCHE.

La Torre replies, on Facebook again: “What can I say: I am so honored and thankful for Michael Sweet’s comment.”

Oh brother.

This Geoff Tate vs. Queensryche thing is getting too sordid for anyone’s taste. Really.

Vince Neil to headline ‘family-freindly’ festival

Posted in Motley Crue with tags , , , on August 2, 2012 by Patrick Prince

The Tybee Island Pirate Festival offers world-class entertainment with Vince Neil and family-friendly activities throughout the weekend at one of the liveliest celebrations along the coast.”

Hmnn. ‘Family-friendly’ and Vince Neil are not usually two things that go together but …. sure will be lively.

Here’s the press release:

Mötley Crüe Frontman Vince Neil to Headline Tybee Island Pirate Festival,
Event to Offer Swashbuckling Fun October 4-7

Swashbucklers of all ages will converge on Tybee Island, Georgia, an island paradise located just 20 minutes east of historic Savannah, for the 8th Annual Tybee Island Pirate Festival on October 4-7, 2012.

Mötley Crüe lead singer Vince Neil will be the headliner at a live concert on Saturday, October 6 at 7 p.m. Best known for his work on legendary Mötley Crüe albums like Shout at the Devil and Girls, Girls, Girls, Neil will perform a variety of Mötley Crüe hits at his Tybee Island Pirate Festival performance, much to the delight of attendees. Since the band’s founding in 1981, Mötley Crüe has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide.

The festivities will kick off with the coronation at the King and Queen at the Buccaneer’s Ball at the Crab Shack on Thursday, October 4. Friday evening entertainment will include live music by the Jimmy Buffett tribute band A1A, pirate performers, street performers, magicians, puppeteers, weaponry demonstrations and more. Eric and Susan Scites of Faire Wynds Historical Entertainment will demonstrate fire-eating and perform acts of magic throughout the weekend.

Additional highlights for the 2012 Tybee Island Pirate Festival include The Pirate Victory Parade, Scallywags Costume Contest, Little Matey’s Cove, Thieves Market and the new Pirate Pub with live music.

Every Columbus Day weekend, Tybee Island transforms into a lively pirate village, celebrating the colorful seafaring history that defines the Georgia coast.

“We invite everyone to get in touch with their inner pirate at this popular annual event,” said Lindsay Fruchtl, director of marketing for the Tybee Island Tourism Council. “The Tybee Island Pirate Festival offers world-class entertainment with Vince Neil and family-friendly activities throughout the weekend at one of the liveliest celebrations along the coast.

The Tybee Island Pirate Fest originally began in 2005, attracting pirate enthusiasts from across the country. All 2012 Pirate Festival events will be held at the South Beach parking lot located at Tybrisa Street on Tybee Island, Georgia.

Organized by the Tybee Island Tourism Council, the Pirate Festival will showcase the best of Tybee Island, from award-winning restaurants to six miles of sandy beaches. Visitors are invited to escape the ordinary, if only for a weekend!

Pirate Festival Weekend Passes are $20 through August 31 and $22 after August 31. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. Weekend Passes may be purchased in advance at.

For more information about the 2012 Tybee Island Pirate Festival please call 912.786.5444, or visit

Slayer word of the day is ‘Cool’

Posted in Slayer with tags , , on August 1, 2012 by Patrick Prince

Slayer frontman Tom Araya says it’s all cool.

When Tom recently spoke to the Boston Phoenix about Slayer’s music becoming more mainstream, he said: “Nowadays, people who would never have been into metal can ‘get’ SLAYER, and honestly it’s because of the ‘wow’ factor. I think people have adapted to that, they’ve realized it’s cool. People don’t have to buy into any kind of message; someone can just go ‘Wow, this is really cool,’ and no one’s gonna think ‘Oh, you’re a devil worshipper’ or ‘Oh, you’re a Nazi.’ Now, they’ll just think, ‘Okay, he thinks that this is cool,’ and that’s about it. Music has gone through an evolution; metal has evolved and become part of the scene, and it’s accepted. We’ve become part of the fabric of America.”



Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 165 other followers