Rumor Mill: Has Slash left Velvet Revolver?

From Metal Sludge:

An inside source has revealed the following rumor to Metal Sludge:

“Slash has left VR he took his stuff out of the studio and looks like he is out of the band.”

I never dug Velvet Revolver but they became a big success, sold some records, and toured. If Slash has left VR, I’ll bet the “reunion with Axl” rumors are next…..

Press Release: Def Leppard – Yeah!

From Def

Coming hot on the heels of their platinum-certified 2CD hits package Rock Of Ages, Def Leppard have announced that they will release their 12th studio album Yeah! on May 23.

On their highly anticipated new album, Def Leppard have created a heartfelt and hard rocking tribute to their musical heroes of the late 60’s and 70’s – The Kinks, Badfinger, T. Rex, David Bowie, Sweet, Roxy Music, Mott the Hoople, Free, Faces and Thin Lizzy. Recording essential versions of the music that influenced their youth, the band have brilliantly merged the “Now” with the “Then” to create a buzz that can only be summed up in one word: Yeah!

Said Joe Elliott, “I thought it was about time we showed the world what our true roots were… British pop rock from the early to mid 70’s. The songs on this album are at least partly responsible for us making the kind of music that we do.”

Added Phil Collen, “We didn’t want to make the standard covers album and gave this a lot of deep thought as Joe has been going on about doing this sort of project for 26 years. We wanted to express ourselves through these songs and approached the recording process as if they were our own.”

The final tracklisting for Yeah! is as follows (running order TBA):
10538 Overture – originally recorded by Electric Light Orchestra in 1972
20th Century Boy – originally recorded by T.Rex in 1973
Don’t Believe A Word – originally recorded by Thin Lizzy in 1976
Drive-In Saturday – originally recorded by David Bowie in 1973
Hanging On The Telephone – originally recorded by The Nerves in 1977, and Blondie in 1978
He’s Gonna Step On You Again – originally recorded by John Kongos in 1971
Hell Raiser – originally recorded by Sweet in 1973
Little Bit Of Love – originally recorded by Free in 1972
No Matter What – originally recorded by Badfinger in 1970
Rock On – originally recorded by David Essex in 1973
Stay With Me – originally recorded by Faces in 1971
Street Life – originally recorded by Roxy Music in 1973
The Golden Age Of Rock & Roll – originally recorded by Mott the Hoople in 1974 Waterloo Sunset – originally recorded by The Kinks in 1967.

New Release Tuesday – 3/28/06

Rob Zombie released Educated Horses yesterday. The $10.88 sale price at the local shop didn’t entice me to bother, Rob Zombie/White Zombie just isn’t my thing. Maybe I’ll grab it when I find it used next week but only if it’s under $10.

The only thing that I found interesting was the new Planet of the Apes Ultimate Collection DVD set.

Included are the 5 original movies, the 2001 re-make, the T.V. series, and the cartoon series. Throw in a bunch of extras and package it in an ape head… you’ve got my attention! Didn’t buy it…..I need permission for that one.

So what do you do when you have no new CDs or DVDs to buy at the local shop? You order online!

But I didn’t because next Tuesday (April 4th) sees new releases from:
Queensryche – Mindcrime II
Lacuna Coil – Karmacode
The new Evergrey and Sonata Arctica albums
The new Poison greatest hits collection

Press Release: Saxon – The Eagle Has Landed Pt. 3


BW&BK has received the following press release from SPV Records regarding the release of The Eagle Has Landed Pt. III, due out on June 2nd (Germany), June 6th (Europe) and June 27th (North America): Every truly great act in the history of rock music has had two distinctive traits: a sure hand for hit-worthy compositions, but also the skill and that inner fire to translate these compositions just as hauntingly in their shows. Saxon certainly have both characteristics: having composed countless metal classics, they are also indisputably at home live on stage. 24 years after the release of their live classic, The Eagle Has Landed I (1982), and 10 years after The Eagle Has Landed II (1996), Steamhammer/SPV are due to release Saxon’s brand-new live album, The Eagle Has Landed Pt. III, featuring the first recordings with drummer Nigel Glockler, who has returned to the Saxon fold following an extended creative break. In other words, The Eagle Has Landed Pt. III was recorded by two different line-ups: the cuts from 2004 feature drummer Jörg Michael, the 2005 material presents Nigel Glockler. Consisting, next to Glocker, of founding members, Biff Byford (vocals) and Paul Quinn (guitar) plus the long-serving Nibbs Carter (bass) and Doug Scarratt (guitar), Saxon are still one of the hottest contemporary live acts. The double album, The Eagle Has Landed Pt. III, will be released in a top-value digi-pack. CD1 contains many of the classics from the band’s early years up to 1984, including the release of their landmark album, Crusader. CD 2 features the most important songs from the recent past, starting with tracks from their 1991 comeback release, Solid Ball Of Rock, and ending with material from Lionheart (2004) – with one exception: ‘Broken Heroes’ from their 1985 recording, Innocence Is No Excuse. An amazing set list with numerous tracks that Saxon haven’t performed in a long time and that many of their fans have never heard live before. To cut a long story short: a worthy successor to Saxon’s fantastic offerings, The Eagle Has Landed I & II!

CD 1 – ‘This Town Rocks’ (Stockholm 2005), ‘Backs To The Wall’ (Nuremberg 2005), ‘Redline’ (Hamburg 2005), ‘Stand Up And Be Counted’ (Berlin 2005), ‘Never Surrender’ (Berlin 2005), ‘Frozen Rainbow’ (Fulda 2005), ‘Suzie Hold On’ (Nuremberg 2005), ‘Play It Loud’ (Nuremberg 2005), ‘Warrior’ (Nuremberg 2005), ‘See The Lights Shining’ (Hamburg 2005), ‘To Hell And Back Again’ (Hamburg 2005), ‘Stallions Of The Highway’ (Fulda 2005), ‘Wheels Of Steel’ (Nuremberg 2005), ‘And The Bands Played On’ (Wacken 2004), ‘Crusader’ (Wacken 2004).

CD 2 – ‘The Return’ (Paris 2004), ‘Lionheart’ (Paris 2004), ‘Man & Machine’ (London 2004), ‘Beyond The Grave’ (London 2004), ‘Searching For Atlantis’ (London 2004), ‘To Live By The Sword Pt. I’ (London 2004), ‘Unleash The Beast’ (London 2004), ‘To Live By The Sword Pt. II’ (London 2004), ‘Flying On The Edge’ (Paris 2004), ‘Jack Tars’ (Kiel 2004), ‘English Man ‘O’ War’ (Kiel 2004), ‘Court Of The Crimson King’ (Kiel 2004), ‘Broken Heroes’ (Kiel 2004), ‘Dragon’s Lair’ (Kiel 2004), ‘Rock Is Our Live’ (Wacken 2004), ‘Travellers Time’ (Wacken 2004), ‘Solid Ball Of Rock’ (Wacken 2004).

For more info on Saxon, go to their official website

Resin – Truth Be Told (2006)

Resin – Truth Be Told (2006)

1. Song F
2. Not For You
3. Tomorrow
4. For A Reason
5. Feel
6. In The End
7. Innocence
8. Done To Me
9. Lost
10. Down The Line
11. All My Life

Resin official website
Resin’s Myspace page

Nothing is better than discovering a new Rock band thru straight up word of mouth. Bursting out of the Massachusetts Rock scene, Resin is a strong Hard Rock band with influences I detect from: Velvet Revolver, Staind, Godsmack, Nickelback, Saliva, Audioslave…..especially Godsmack. I found out about the band from a co-worker that happens to be the brother of the lead singer. I always support local bands…..they are the future.

Now I don’t usually get into bands that follow trends of the current Rock scene but this band is damn good. The band has a local buzz in the RI/MA area getting some local airplay on 94.1 WHJY & 95.5 WBRU. So far, I’m enjoying Tomorrow and For A Reason the most and the opening track kicks major ass.

Go to the band’s website and Myspace page for more info and tour dates. You can also pick up the CD from CD Baby for $8. It’s worth the $8, trust me.

Def Leppard tour dates for U.S. announced

Def Leppard just announced 33 shows for their 2006 U.S. tour, a co-headline affair with Journey.

23 – Camden, NJ at Tweeter Center
24 – Wantagh, NY at Jones Beach
27 – Holmdel, NJ at PNC Bank Arts Center
28 – Uncasville, CT at Mohegan Sun
30 – Scranton, PA at Toyota Pavilion

1 – Atlantic City, NJ at Borgata
3 – Hershey, PA at Hershey Pavilion
4 – Raleigh, NC at Alltel Pavilion
7 – Bristow, VA at Nissan Pavilion
8 – Virginia Beach, VA at Verizon Amphitheatre
10 – West Palm Beach, FL at Sound Advice Amphitheatre
11 – Tampa, FL at Ford Amphitheatre
13 – Atlanta, GA at Chastain PArk
15 – Charlotte, NC at Verizon Amphitheatre
16 – Nashville, TN at Starwood Amphitheatre
18 – Minneapolis, MN at Target Center w/Journey
19 – Chicago, IL at First Midwest Bank Amp
21 – St. Louis, MO at UMB Bank Pavilion
22 – Indianapolis, IN at Verizon Music Theatre
24 – Detroit, MI at DTE Music Theater
25 – Cincinnati, OH at Riverbend Music Center
28 – San Antonio, TX at Verizon Amphitheatre
29 – Dallas, TX at Smirnoff Music Centre
30 – Houston, TX at C.W. Mitchell Pavilion

15 – Denver, CO at Red Rocks
18 – Las Vegas, NV at Mandalay Bay
19 – Irvine, CA at Verizon Amphitheatre
22 – Phoenix, AZ at Cricket Pavilion
23 – San Diego, CA at Coors Amphitheatre
25 – Concord, CA at Chronicle Pavilion
26 – Mountainview, CA at Shoreline Amphitheatre
27 – Sacramento, CA at Sleep Train Amphitheatre
30 – Portland, OR at Clark County Amphitheatre
31 – Seattle, WA at White River Amphitheatre

Where is the Mansfield, MA at Tweeter Center date? C’mon boys, announce it so I don’t blow more money at Mohegan Sun Casino!

MSG and Saga new releases coming

Taken from…..

News from SPV Records in Europe. The new Saga album, Trust, will be released in Europe on April 21 via InsideOut/SPV.
The tracklist: That’s As Far As I’ll Go, Back To The Shadows, I’m OK, Time To Play, My Friend, Trust, It’s Your Life, Footsteps In The Hall, Ice In The Rain, You Were Right, On The Other Side.

And the new MSG album, Tales Of Rock N Roll (a 25th Anniversary celebration), is due out in Europe April 28 with the single, Revolution Mind, due out March 31.

Weekend Playlist – Madden 06 version

I took a short break from the Web this weekend (except for Ebay!) and I devoted this weekend to right the sinking ship that was my beloved New England Patriots in year 10 of “franchise mode” in Madden 06 for PS2. Of course, you can’t play video games (and hide from your family!) with out a stack of CDs at the ready…..

1. Alcatrazz – No Parole From Rock’n’Roll (1983)
By far, one of the lost gems of the early 1980s. Featuring Graham Bonnet on vocals and Yngwie Malmsteen on guitar, Alcatrazz created one of the classiest debuts among U.S. Hard Rock acts. The album is solid from start to finish, standout cuts: Island In The Sun, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Too Young To Die, Too Drunk To Live, Kree Nakoorie.

2. Triumph – Live At The US Festival (2003)
Capturing the band at their best during their performance at the legendary US Festival in 1983. All the hits are here, an excellent live album. Get the DVD too.

3. Manilla Thrills – Tomorrow’s Waiting (2006)
This CD is a remastered special collector’s edition, from Retrospect Records, of songs taken from 1988-1990. This has never been available on CD and includes 4 bonus tracks. This is one of Retrospect’s better releases all around, props to the label. The music herein is Melodic Hard Rock/80s Metal sure to please fans of the era. I just started listening to this one and I like what I hear.

4. Edguy – Rocket Ride (2006)
POWER METAL!!! Had this since last Tuesday and only managed a couple of spins…..

5. The Police – Synchronicity (1983)
Classic album from a classic band. A radio and MTV staple. This and Night Ranger’s Midnight Madness were the soundtracks of my life at age 11 in ’83. on hiatus

Unfortunately, fellow music collector Volkher Hofmann, at, has to take a break from his websites due to health reasons. Volkher’s sites are superb, very well written and informative. The Living With Music site is one I really enjoy because I’m a collector as well and Volkher and I seem to think alike on MANY topics.

Best wishes and a speedy recovery Volkher! I’ll be looking forward to you returning to action soon.

Hydrogyn – Bombshell (2006)

Hydrogyn – Bombshell (2006)

1. Vesper’s Song
2. Blind
3. Look Away S.P.
4. Breaking Me Down
5. I’ve Been Waiting
6. Confession
7. Love Spoke
8. Back In Black
9. The Sand
10. Whisper
11. Circle
12. Book Of Names
13. Come Back To Me
14. Mutilated Mind

Hydrogyn official website
Chavis Records

I picked up Hydrogyn’s debut, Best Served With Volume, last year after I read a positive review online. I listened to the album many times because I really wanted to like this band. A good debut: Julie Westlake (lead singer) provided great vocals and the rest of the band brought the musicianship (the band becoming very tight due to numerous live gigs). There was something missing. Turned out that I didn’t like the production, it sounded muddy, the vocals drowned by the band.

Well that has all changed on Hydrogyn’s sophomore release, Bombshell, after enlisting famed producer Michael Wagener (produced Accept, Skid Row, Metallica, Motley Crue and more). Wagener has taken the best from the band and helped bring that out in the recording. No more muddy mix, nor more drowned out vocals….Westlake is now front and center showing off her talent. I also think the guitars sound crisper on Bombshell, especially come solo time. Too bad Wagener didn’t produce the debut!

I’ve been at this one all day. Favorite tracks here: ALL! I am really digging this album! I could have done without the cover of AC/DC’s ‘Back In Black’… just seems out of place in the middle of the album. It’s done well, just out of place.

The pre-order was $10 at the Hydrogyn website and it arrived in 3 days with a band window decal and a B&W 8X10 pic of the album cover signed by Julie Westlake. Now that’s a band giving their fans some value! Hopefully the band will tour in the Northeast (RI/MA area) so I can check their live show.