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Some of rock’s biggest names have joined together in an auction to benefit famed music producer George Tutko (OZZY OSBOURNE, KISS, LITA FORD, PAT BENATAR, JOURNEY, ROD STEWART), who was recently diagnosed with cancer. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of rock ‘n’ roll history, and all proceeds will go to the George Tutko cancer fund to aid with his medical bills.

Up for auction is a Schecter Diamond Series guitar signed by:

* Vince Neil (MÖTLEY CRÜE)
* Bruce Kulick (KISS, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD)
* Vivian Campbell (DEF LEPPARD, WHITESNAKE, DIO)
* Rick Springfield
* Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE)
* Richie Kotzen (POISON, MR. BIG, THE WINERY DOGS)
* Micky Dolenz (THE MONKEES)
* Uli Jon Roth (SCORPIONS)
* Albert Lee (legendary blues guitarist)
* Kerry King (SLAYER)
* Carlos Cavazo (RATT, QUIET RIOT)
* GREAT WHITE (Mark Kendall, Audie Desbrow, Michael Lardie, Scotty Snyder, Terry Ilous)
* QUEENSRŸCHE (Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton, Parker Lundgren, Todd La Torre)

To bid, please go to this location.

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Just in time for Halloween — the first-ever all–metal tribute to the King Of Pop, Michael Jackson, will be released, featuring an all-star lineup that will raise the dead!

“Thriller – A Metal Tribute To Michael Jackson” features outstanding performances by Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT), Danny Worsnop (ASKING ALEXANDRIA), Elias Soriano (NONPOINT), Lajon Witherspoon (SEVENDUST), Phil Campbell (MOTÖRHEAD), Doug Pinnick (KING’S X), Chris Jericho (FOZZY) and more!

With the amps turned up to 11 and guitars tuned low, get ready to hear the darker side of such favorites as “Billie Jean”, “Beat It”, “Rock With You”, “Black Or White” and more!

“Thriller – A Metal Tribute To Michael Jackson” features appearances by the following musicians:

* Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT)
* Danny Worsnop (ASKING ALEXANDRIA)
* Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG)
* Angelo Moore (FISHBONE)
* Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE, DIO)
* Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE, DIO)
* Lajon Witherspoon (SEVENDUST)
* Bruce Kulick (KISS)
* Tony Franklin (THE FIRM)
* Priya Panda (DIEMONDS)
* Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (GUNS N’ ROSES)
* Corey Glover (LIVING COLOUR)
* Phil Campbell (MOTÖRHEAD)
* Elias Soriano (NONPOINT)
* Doug Pinnick (KING’S X)
* Chris Jericho (FOZZY)
* Paul Di’Anno (IRON MAIDEN)
* Craig Goldy (DIO)
* Lonnie Jordan (WAR)

Track listing:

01. Thriller – Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT)
02. Man In The Mirror – Danny Worsnop (ASKING ALEXANDRIA) & Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG)
03. The Way You Make Me Feel – Angelo Moore (FISHBONE), Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE), & Rudy Sarzo (QUEENSRŸCHE)
04. Black Or White – Lajon Witherspoon (SEVENDUST), Bruce Kulick (ex-KISS), & Tony Franklin (THE FIRM)
05. Beat It – Priya Panda (DIEMONDS) & Ron Bumblefoot Thal (GUNS N’ ROSES)
06. Billy Jean – Corey Glover (LIVING COLOUR) & Phil Campbell (MOTÖRHEAD)
07. Shake Your Body (DOWN TO THE GROUND) – Elias Soriano (NONPOINT)
08. Rock With You – Doug Pinnick (KING’S X)
09. Dirty Diana – Chris Jericho (FOZZY)
10. Bad – Paul Di’Anno (ex-IRON MAIDEN) & Craig Goldy (DIO)
11. They Don’t Care About Us – ICARUS WITCH
12. Never Can Say Goodbye – Lonnie Jordan (WAR)
13. Smooth Criminal – ALIEN ANT FARM

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Video footage of QUIET RIOT‘s first uplugged/acoustic performance, which took place last night (Thursday, September 26) in Jensen Beach, Florida can be seen below. Photos are available at GaterRocks.com.

QUIET RIOT in March 2012 recruited Scott Vokoun as its new lead singer.

The band played several shows in early February 2012 with ex-MONTROSE vocalist Keith St. John following the departure of Mark Huff.

QUIET RIOT‘s current touring lineup is as follows:

Scott Vokoun – Vocals
Frankie Banali – Drums
Chuck Wright – Bass
Alex Grossi – Guitar

QUIET RIOT singer Kevin DuBrow died in November 2007 of an accidental cocaine overdose. He was 52 years old.

QUIET RIOT was perhaps best known for its 1983 cover of “Cum On Feel The Noize”. The song, featuring DuBrow‘s powerful, gravelly voice, appeared on the band’s album “Metal Health” — which was the first by a metal band to reach No. 1 on the Billboard chart.

“Cum On Feel the Noize”:

“Mama Weer All Crazee Now”:

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On November 7 at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, California, the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE will acoustically perform the entire setlist that was played by the original band during their 1992 “MTV Unplugged” show. They will also perform other QUEENSRŸCHE hits and favorites.

“MTV Unplugged” setlist was as follows:

01. I Will Remember
02. The Killing Words
03. Della Brown
04. Silent Lucidity
05. Scarborough Fair/Canticle (SIMON & GARFUNKEL cover)
06. The Lady Wore Black
07. Anybody Listening?
08. Rockin’ In The Free World (NEIL YOUNG cover)

For more information, go to this location.

Video footage of the original “MTV Unplugged” performance of “Della Brown” can be seen below.

Tate‘s QUEENSRŸCHE now features Tate along with guitarist Kelly Gray (QUEENSRŸCHE 1998-2001), keyboardist Randy Gane and the band’s latest additions, guitarist Robert Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, HURRICANE) and drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO, RHINO BUCKET).

“Frequency Unknown”, the new album from the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE, sold around 5,500 copies in its first week of release in the United States to land at position No. 82 on The Billboard 200 chart. Issued on April 23, the CD was produced by Jason Slater at a studio in Northern California.

“Frequency Unknown” is packaged with bonus tracks — four QUEENSRŸCHE classics, newly recorded, including the smash hit single “Silent Lucidity”. Guest musicians on the CD include K.K. Downing (JUDAS PRIEST), Chris Poland (MEGADETH), Ty Tabor (KING’S X), Paul Bostaph (SLAYER, TESTAMENT, EXODUS), Lita Ford, Brad Gillis (NIGHT RANGER), Dave Meniketti (Y&T) and Craig Locicero (FORBIDDEN).

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Years prior to MTV and decades before public Internet, there was an intransigent force of high-energy rock ‘n’ roll that dominated the city of Los Angeles. Lost in oblivion over the past 30-40 years, only a handful of stalwarts survived the new millennium yet these bands and artists set the blueprint for the hair metal, power metal and thrash metal bands that would soon follow and reign over Los Angeles and the entire global hemisphere throughout the ’80s and into the 2000s. These artists were the groundbreakers and trailblazers that set the course of heavy metal history!! Yet, for some reason, very little is known about these founding fathers of hard rock and heavy metal music… until now!

Reality Entertainment takes you on a transcendental journey into heavy metal yesteryear in this compelling DVD (the first of many series to come) “Inside Metal: The Pioneers Of Los Angeles Rock And Metal (1975-1981)”.

In the mid-’70s throughout the early ’80s, cutting-edge hard rock bands such as SNOW, LEGS DIAMOND, SMILE, A LA CARTE, STORMER, AXIS, EULOGY, DANTE FOX, XCITER, THE BOYZ, LONDON, WOLFGANG, SUITE 19, AIRBORN, DETECTIVE, QUIET RIOT (the early incarnation with Randy Rhoads), SOUND BARRIER, MICKY RATT, STEELER, THE GREG LEON INVASION, MAX HAVOC, SORCERY, VENDETTA, THE SHARKS, PRETTY POISON, and many others (including a little-known band from Orange County called METALLICA and another band from Pasadena you may have heard of named VAN HALEN) ruled the Los Angeles and Orange County nightclubs such as The Starwood, The Whisky, Gazzarri’s, The Woodstock, The Woodsound, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, The Stardust Ballroom, The Troubadour, The Fleetwood, Valley West, and backyard parties throughout the southland. This DVD features extraordinary interviews with many of the prime players of the late ’70s L.A. rock scene and its surroundings, including:

* Carlos Cavazo (SNOW, QUIET RIOT, RATT)
* Jack Russell (DANTE FOX, GREAT WHITE)
* Don Dokken (AIRBORN, DOKKEN)
* Brian O’Brian (A LA CARTE)
* Stephen Quadros (ORANGE, SNOW)
* Greg Leon (SUITE 19, DUBROW, DOKKEN, GREG LEON INVATION)
* Joey Vera (SAPHIRE, GREG LEON INVASION, ARMORED SAINT)
* Roger Romeo (LEGS DIAMOND, FUNKIN MANIACS)
* Pat McKeon (BADMOON, MAX HAVOC)
* Scotty Waller (SMILE)
* Bernie K. (SOUND BARRIER)
* Frank Dimino (ANGEL)
* Paul Shortino (ROUGH CUTT)
* Ron Keel (STEELER, KEEL)
* Kelly Garni (QUIET RIOT)
* Vinnie Paul Abbott (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN, HELLYEAH)
* Ann Boleyn (HELLION)
* Vinny Appice (AXIS, RICK DERRINGER, BLACK SABBATH, DIO)
* Marq Torien (Ratt, BULLETBOYS)
* Michael DesBarres (SILVERHEAD, DETECTIVE, CHECQURED PAST, POWER STATION)
* Steve Plunkett (WOLFGANG, AUTOGRAPH)
* Jon Hyde (HOKUS POKUS, DETECTIVE, FUNKIN MANIACS)
* Lars Ulrich (METALLICA)

Directed by Bob Nalbandian (The Headbanger fanzine), the DVD also features interviews of major supporters of the L.A. club scene of that era, including David Forest (promoter/manager of The Starwood and The Whisky), Malcolm Dome (U.K. journalist), Alan Wood (L.A. scenester), Kevin Estrada (photographer), Jon Sutherland (journalist), John Kornarens (journalist, scenester), and Brian Slagel (journalist, founder/CEO Metal Blade Records).

A trailer for “Inside Metal: The Pioneers Of Los Angeles Rock And Metal (1975-1981)” can be seen below.

Bob Nalbandian founded The Headbanger in early 1982 when he was just 17 years old, and released the inaugural issue later that year. The seminal fanzine featured articles and interviews that vividly captured the emerging heavy metal scene.

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James Anaya of “The Hellion Rocks” on Bleach Bangs Radio recently conducted an interview with legendary bassist Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, DIO, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT). You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.

Asked about his current gig as the touring bassist for the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE, Sarzo told Frankie DiVita, radio personality at Southern California’s 96.7 KCAL Rocks: “[The reception from the fans has been] incredible. I mean, going out there and just watching the audience react to what we’re doing. We’re actually performing the whole ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ record — every single song — and it’s just such an iconic album; it’s a timeless piece of music.”

Regarding how performing with QUEENSRŸCHE is different to what he has done with his previous bands, Sarzo said: “I have not in the past ever toured doing a concept album. Once you do a concept record, you perform it live, you’re telling the story for an hour-plus rather than telling vignettes, which is separate songs. So it’s a whole different mindset, because there’s much more to grab onto as a performer. Rarely do you ever get to perform a whole album, even if it’s the band or the album that you recorded… unless it’s the first tour, like [with QUIET RIOT‘s] ‘Metal Health’, yes, we did the whole album, because that’s all we knew. And we started headlining, so we had to, like, find rejects — songs that did not make the album — and start including them in the set. But as far as a concept album, that there’s a storyline to it, it’s a very unique situation, to go on stage like that.”

On the topic of what it’s like to perform with Geoff Tate, Sarzo said: “Oh my God! He’s unbelievable. Just to be on stage next to him — the power and his passion, it’s contagious.”

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In the four-and-a-half-minute clip below, legendary bassist Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, DIO, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT) and his guitarist brother, Robert Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, HURRICANE), share how the JTV-89 guitar and Relay G50 digital wireless system help them recreate the iconic concept album “Operation: Mindcrime” on tour with the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE.

The current touring lineup of Geoff Tate‘s QUEENSRŸCHE also features drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO, RHINO BUCKET), guitarist Kelly Gray (QUEENSRŸCHE 1998-2001) and keyboardist Randy Gane.

Deadline Music/Cleopatra Records released “Frequency Unknown”, the new album from the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE, on April 23. The CD was produced by Jason Slater at a studio in Northern California.

“Frequency Unknown” is packaged with bonus tracks — four QUEENSRŸCHE classics, newly recorded, including the smash hit single “Silent Lucidity”. Guest musicians on the CD include K.K. Downing (JUDAS PRIEST), Chris Poland (MEGADETH), Ty Tabor (KING’S X), Paul Bostaph (SLAYER, TESTAMENT, EXODUS), Lita Ford, Brad Gillis (NIGHT RANGER), Dave Meniketti (Y&T) and Craig Locicero (FORBIDDEN).

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Raiding The Rock Vault — the ultimate classic rock concert experience — has announced Lou Gramm, best known as the founding vocalist of the rock band FOREIGNER, as the next singer in its Icon Series. Gramm will perform in five shows from October 18 to October 22.

One of the best-selling bands of all time, with worldwide sales of nearly 80 million albums, FOREIGNER has created generation-spanning hits, including “Feels Like the First Time”, “Cold As Ice”, “Urgent”, “Hot Blooded”, “Double Vision”, “Juke Box Hero” and “Waiting For A Girl Like You”, most of which were co-written by Gramm.

Lou Gramm is one of my favorite vocalists of all time,” said Raiding The Rock Vault creator, director and producer John Payne. “We pay tribute to the legend that is FOREIGNER in our show every night, and to have him here as part of the experience is beyond exciting.”

Gramm‘s guest appearance will follow YES‘s Jon Anderson, who takes the stage September 20-24 with Raiding The Rock Vault.

The story of classic rock comes to life with Raiding The Rock Vault. Boasting the ultimate set list, the show takes audiences on a magical musical journey, traversing the genre’s history from the ’60s through the ’80s.

Raiding The Rock Vault features classic anthems from THE ROLLING STONES, THE WHO, THE DOORS, LED ZEPPELIN, JIMI HENDRIX, THE EAGLES, QUEEN, VAN HALEN, AC/DC, JOURNEY, FREE, BRYAN ADAMS, SUPERTRAMP, TOTO, DEEP PURPLE, and more, truly boasting “The Greatest Set List Ever.”

The show’s all-star lineup includes:

* Howard Leese (HEART) – Guitar
* Tracii Guns (L.A. GUNS, GUNS N’ ROSES) – Guitar
* Robin McAuley (MSG, SURVIVOR) – Lead Vocals
* John Payne (ASIA) – Lead Vocals, Bass
* Paul Shortino (ROUGH CUTT, QUIET RIOT) – Lead Vocals
* Jay Schellen (BADFINGER, ASIA) – Drums
* Andrew Freeman (LYNCH MOB, THE OFFSPRING) – Lead Vocals, Guitar
* Michael T. Ross (LITA FORD, HARDLINE) – Keyboards

Ticket prices for Raiding The Rock Vault range from $49 to $125 (plus fees) for a special Rock Star Package (which includes tickets in first five rows, t-shirt, concert program, album, meet-and-greet and VIP pass). Special discount tickets for $39 are available for locals. For an up-to-date schedule or to purchase tickets, visit the LVH box office or log onto thelvh.com, vegas.com, or ticketmaster.com. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 702-732-5755 or 1-800-222-5361.

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Bass Player Live! 2013 is scheduled for November 9 and 10 in Hollywood, California. The annual event will feature musician clinics and exhibitors at S.I.R. Studios and will be highlighted by the November 9 Bass Player LIVE! Concert & Awards Show presented by Hartke. This all-star concert will take place at the historic Fonda Theatre and will honor heavy metal legend, BLACK SABBATH‘s Geezer Butler, and rockabilly bass legend Lee Rocker, while jazz-rock phenom Tal Wilkenfeld will be presented with the “Young Gun” award.

Tickets are on sale now at BassPlayerLive.com. Weekend package tickets that include the concert and awards show along with all clinics and exhibits are available for only $90.

The Bass Player LIVE! concert will feature an all-star band of rock luminaries performing with BLACK SABBATH‘s Geezer Butler, including:

* Lee Rocker (STRAY CATS)
* Billy Sheehan (THE WINERY DOGS, DAVID LEE ROTH)
* Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (OZZY OSBOURNE)
* Buzz Campbell (LEE ROCKER)
* Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX)
* Corey Taylor (STONE SOUR, SLIPKNOT)
* David Ellefson (MEGADETH)
* Frank Bello (ANTHRAX)
* John “J.D.” DeServio (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY)
* Kerry King (SLAYER)
* Rex Brown (KILL DEVIL HILL, PANTERA)
* Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT)
* Tal Wilkenfeld
* Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY)

Doors for The Fonda Theatre open at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 9 and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

The Bass Player LIVE! clinics and exhibitors will be located at S.I.R. Studios on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, California on Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Bass players of all ages, levels and styles are invited to attend.

Bass Player LIVE! is the biggest and baddest bass event of the year,” says Bass Player editor Brian Fox. “And this year’s lineup is our heaviest yet.

“When it comes to hard rock bass playing, Geezer Butler wrote the book. That he continues to perform with every bit the raw intensity of his early days in BLACK SABBATH is an inspiration for players of all ages and all styles.

“With the STRAY CATS, Lee Rocker took the upright bass — already one of the coolest instruments ever — and somehow made it even more hip, slapping the snot out of it to codify the sound of rockabilly bass.

“To our ears, Tal Wilkenfeld personifies the bright future of rock bass. From her work with Jeff Beck, Herbie Hancock, and Joe Walsh to her fleet-fingered solo work, Tal‘s refreshing fusion of jazz, soul, funk, and rock is something we’ve had our ears and eyes on for a long time now.

“We’re thrilled and honored to have these three artists anchor an evening of amazing performances.”

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Bass Player Live! 2013 is scheduled for November 9 and 10 in Hollywood, California. The annual event will feature musician clinics and exhibitors at S.I.R. Studios and will be highlighted by the November 9 Bass Player LIVE! Concert & Awards Show presented by Hartke. This all-star concert will take place at the historic Fonda Theatre and will honor heavy metal legend, BLACK SABBATH‘s Geezer Butler, and rockabilly bass legend Lee Rocker, while jazz-rock phenom Tal Wilkenfeld will be presented with the “Young Gun” award.

Tickets are on sale now at BassPlayerLive.com. Weekend package tickets that include the concert and awards show along with all clinics and exhibits are available for only $90.

The Bass Player LIVE! concert will feature an all-star band of rock luminaries performing with BLACK SABBATH‘s Geezer Butler, including:

* Lee Rocker (STRAY CATS)
* Billy Sheehan (THE WINERY DOGS, DAVID LEE ROTH)
* Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (OZZY OSBOURNE)
* Buzz Campbell (LEE ROCKER)
* Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX)
* Corey Taylor (STONE SOUR, SLIPKNOT)
* David Ellefson (MEGADETH)
* Frank Bello (ANTHRAX)
* John “J.D.” DeServio (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY)
* Kerry King (SLAYER)
* Rex Brown (KILL DEVIL HILL, PANTERA)
* Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT)
* Tal Wilkenfeld
* Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY)

Doors for The Fonda Theatre open at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 9 and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

The Bass Player LIVE! clinics and exhibitors will be located at S.I.R. Studios on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, California on Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Bass players of all ages, levels and styles are invited to attend.

Bass Player LIVE! is the biggest and baddest bass event of the year,” says Bass Player editor Brian Fox. “And this year’s lineup is our heaviest yet.

“When it comes to hard rock bass playing, Geezer Butler wrote the book. That he continues to perform with every bit the raw intensity of his early days in BLACK SABBATH is an inspiration for players of all ages and all styles.

“With the STRAY CATS, Lee Rocker took the upright bass — already one of the coolest instruments ever — and somehow made it even more hip, slapping the snot out of it to codify the sound of rockabilly bass.

“To our ears, Tal Wilkenfeld personifies the bright future of rock bass. From her work with Jeff Beck, Herbie Hancock, and Joe Walsh to her fleet-fingered solo work, Tal‘s refreshing fusion of jazz, soul, funk, and rock is something we’ve had our ears and eyes on for a long time now.

“We’re thrilled and honored to have these three artists anchor an evening of amazing performances.”

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