ROCK ROYALTY JOIN FORCES FOR A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR TONY MACALPINE
(Los Angeles, CA) Guitar legends Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde and John 5, along with drum powerhouse Mike Portnoy, bass icon Billy Sheehanand keyboard phenomenon Derek Sherinian are joining forces to play a benefit concert for guitar and keyboard virtuoso Tony MacAlpine, who was recently diagnosed with colon cancer.
The Benefit for Tony MacAlpine will take place at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on December 12, 2015, at 7:00pm, featuring performances from John 5 & The Creatures, Zakk Wylde with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian; Steve Vai and band, and culminating in an all-star jam with house band Portnoy, Sheehan, Sherinian featuring special guests. Eddie Trunk will serve as master of ceremonies for the night.
In addition to this extraordinary musical event, Steve Vai, John 5, Paul Gilbert and Joe Satriani have all graciously donated personal guitars to be auctioned during the event. Tony’s gear manufacturers Ibanez, Hughes & Kettner, EMG Pickups, Ernie Ball, Source Audioand Voodoo Lab have also generously donated equipment to be raffled.
Tony’s cancer diagnosis comes on the heels of his wife’s diagnosis with breast cancer in June, making the situation even more trying for Tony and his family.
“Tony is a dear friend, an absolutely sweet human being and one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever worked with,” says Mike Portnoy, “We are coming together to help raise money and awareness to help him fight his battle and come out on top!” Adds Steve Vai, “It’s a great privilege to take to the stage with my friends Zakk, John, Mike and Billy in support of our dear friend Tony. Tony has always been blessed with an exceptional talent and more so, he’s an exceptionally cool guy. It’s a great cause and will be a magical evening of guitar extravaganza.”
“Tony has been such an inspiration to me,” says John 5 “He is an incredible musician and an unbelievable talent. Please let’s all come together and beat this!”
“Tony is our brother. We look forward to making a historical night, and raising a lot of money to help our friend in need.” said Derek Sherinian.
Tony MacAlpine is widely known as a guitar virtuoso who is just as skilled on the keys. Edge of Insanity, his classic debut album, was recently ranked by Guitar World magazine as one of the Top Ten Shred Guitar Albums of all time. Aside from his solo work, Tony has also been part of several rock supergroups including Planet X with Derek Sherinian and Virgil Donati; PSMS (Portnoy/Sheehan/MacAlpine/Sherinian); as well as the Grammy nominated CAB with bassist Bunny Brunel and drummer Dennis Chambers. MacAlpine also spent seven years playing guitar and keys in Steve Vai’s touring band The Breed.
Tony’s most recent album Concrete Gardens was released in May. Tony toured the US in June to promote the album, but was forced to cancel tours of Asia, Australia and Europe when his health deteriorated.
Tickets are on sale: Saturday November 7, at 10am PT through LiveNation.com, with all proceeds going to help Tony and his family. A GoFundMe campaign will be set up for fans who can’t make the show, but still want to contribute.
Doors will be at 7 pm with the show set to begin at 8 pm. For tickets, visit www.livenation.com
This special event will take place at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on December 12, 2015, at 7:00pm, featuring performances from John 5 & The Creatures, Zakk Wylde with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian; Steve Vai and band, and culminating in an all-star jam with house band Portnoy, Sheehan, Sherinian, and featuring special guests. Eddie Trunk will serve as master of ceremonies for the night.
Arriving at the venue and seeing a hoard of hairy denim cut clad fans gathering outside, set the tone for what would be a fantastic evening. The crowds were eager and the mood outside the venue was excitable to say the least!
When Metal All Stars tour was first announced, many people had doubts about the quality and legitimacy about this specific project simply because of how impressive the line-up was. In the very beginning Metal All Stars was a tour that would take many musicians, like Zakk Wylde, Tom Araya, Vince Neil, Cronos, Phil Anselmo and many more on a tour across Eastern and Northern Europe, but after few artists cancelling or denying their appearances on Metal All Stars tour, it was questioned by even more people.
The truth is, until the actual day of the show, many heavy metals fans of Latvia really had no clue if the performance is actually going to happen due to lack of advertisement and news about artists, like Vince Neil, Phil Anselmo, Cronos, etc cancelling their appearances just days before the tour kicks off. However the show DID happen and we were there to see it all for ourselves. Read the rest of this entry »
REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA AND ARTO LEHTINEN
The Metal All Stars touring circus landed at Finland in April. The whole tour had been advertised to have all the legendary heavy metal stars altogether such as Rob Halford, Vince Neil, Cronos, Tom Araya, Phil Anselmo and the former Megadeth guys Nick Menza and Martin Friedman. However the tour turned out to be one hell of a bluff when these legends vanished from the poster or announced no taking part in the Metal All Stars thing at all. Obviously the organization behind the curtains hasn’t pleased the bands and musicians that much either. When Metal All Star finally arrived after wild rumours and gossips, the 12000 seat Hartwall Arena was literally empty when only 2000 had crawled to witness the Metal All Stars. Well the Metal-Rules.Com was at present, witnessing this eccentric spectacle. Read the rest of this entry »
Thursday, February 13 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Friday, February 14 Duncan, BC Cowichan Theatre
Saturday, February 15 Kelowna, BC Level
Monday, February 17 Edmonton, AB The Ranch
Tuesday, February 18 Calgary, AB Flames Central
Wednesday, February 19 Medicine Hat, AB The Esplanade Arts Centre
Friday, February 21 Regina, SK The Exchange
Saturday, February 22 Saskatoon, SK The Broadway Theater
Sunday, February 23 Winnipeg, MB The Garrick Theatre
Monday, February 24 Thunder Bay, ON Crocks
Wednesday, February 26 London, ON London Music Hall
Thursday, February 27 Toronto, ON The Danforth Music Hall
Friday, February 28 Montreal, QC Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
Guitar icon Zakk Wylde, leader of Black LabelSocieity has announced An Evening With Zakk Wylde a solo13-city tour across Canada featuring intimate versions of some of the band’s most popular songs, as well as songs from Wylde’sbest-selling solo album Book of Shadows and Southern rock band Pride & Glory.
“This is a special Thank You to the Canadian fans for making “Ain’t No Sunshine” top 20 – Top 20 people!” said Wylde. “I love Canada! They always welcome BLS and are so supportive. To do a more intimate, stripped down show, especially in cities where you’re so embraced – is just the ultimate. You can take a song that you’ve played thousands of times, rearrange it and suddenly its something totally fresh and new. Acoustically, the songs are just as powerful and heartfelt. Even transposing them and performing them on piano, they are no less raw and familiar.
Zakk also has a special message to his Canadian fans: “Thanks to the Canadian chapter of the almighty Black Label for the success of Unblackened and the single, “Ain’t No Sunshine!!!” I am looking forward to an special evening with our Canadian family.”
Former Pantera bassist Rex Brown has been speaking to Big Music Geek about his recent musical dealings, as well as the prospect of a Pantera reunion. According to Brown, rumors that the famed metal group may be getting back together with Zakk Wylde replacing the late Dimebag Darrell are completely unfounded:
“People actually believe in blogs. They read that and it becomes a myth and then people think that it’s actually true. And that’s what kills me about some of these editorial social networks. That actually have nothing better to do but give you stuff that’s not true, ya know? Something that’s really not happening, ya know? They’re like ‘Here comes the three-legged dog’. What the fuck? That’s not news. Tell me something good, ya know? There’s nothing else to tell.
“I haven’t talked to Zakk Wylde about any of this stuff. In fact, I have talked to him about the situation and we just laugh, ya know? No, there’s no truth to that.”
While Brown states that he would never say never to a reunion, he questions whether it would be right to reform without Dime, or his brother Vinnie, who is currently not on speaking terms with the other band members:
“Look, I never say never. Phil [Anselmo] and I have opened our arms up to Vinnie many a times and without Vinnie and without Dime, it just ain’t right. Especially without Dime, ya know? It’d be a hard place to fill … I was watching a video this fan sent me yesterday. I clicked on the link and checked it out. I don’t watch the old stuff. I like to move on with my musical journey, but I went back and watched this thing and it kind of got me teary-eyed, ya know? That’s just how bad ass this band was.”
March 20th, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA: Guitar Icon Zakk Wylde has teamed up with Grill ‘Em All to create theBERZERKER BURGER; a monstrous burger with two blackened half pound patties, Eagle Rock Solidarity battered onion rings, white truffle pomme frites, chipotle ketchup, cheddar, and thick cut bacon all smothered in chili. Grill ‘Em All has honored many hard rock and metal legends on their menu – such as Dee Snider, Behemoth, and Napalm Death – but this is the first collaboration of its kind. Fans and burger enthusiasts alike will be able to get their hands on the BERZERKER starting at 12:00pm on Saturday, April 20th at Grill ‘Em All’s restaurant located at 19 E Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801.
“Doing a Zakk Wylde burger is a dream come true for us because the guy is everything we dig about Metal,” saidMatt Chernus, co-owner of Grill ‘Em All. “We though, ‘What would Zakk Wylde like? Um, yeah, beer and spice!’ TWO blackened patties with boozy onion rings, truffle fries, and chipotle ketchup; we know this burg is going to make people meat drunk.” Read the rest of this entry »
Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, etc.) will hit the road next month for a West Coast solo acoustic tour. The intimate run of shows coincides with the paperback release of his book “Bringing Metal To The Children: The Complete Berzerker’s Guide To World Tour Domination” on April 09th. Dates for the acoustic trek include:
04/21 San Francisco, CA – Independent
04/22 Chico, CA – El Rey Theater
04/24 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
04/25 Reno, NV – El Dorado
04/26 Modesto, CA – Fat Cat
04/27 Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Hotel
04/28 Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock
04/30 San Diego, CA – Belly Up
05/01 San Juan Capistrano, CA – Coach House
Marshall Amplifiers have been the corner stone of many a practise room, live performance, studio and bedroom essential for many musicians over the last fifty years. Ranging from Jimi Hendrix right up to Lemmy Kilmister being well renowned users, the amps have become something of legendary status.
So what better way of celebrating the fact that these fantastic amps have been around for fifty years that showcasing the talent behind the airwaves, with a collage of talent here tonight all playing songs of their own, and many they made their own. Read the rest of this entry »
Last night, Black Label Society kicked off their Canadian tour in St. John’s, NL. The Canadian national anthem played before the BLS show began with the song “Godspeed Hell Bound”. SOME of the other songs preformed included: Destruction Overdrive, Bored to Tears, Bleed for Me, In This River, Parade of the Dead, Overlord, The Blessed Hellride, Suicide Messiah, and Stillborn.
Black Label Society: Live @ Mile One, St. John’s, NL, Oct. 16, 2012
Opening bands for the show were Protest the Hero and local support provided by Wizards of Kaos.
A full review and more pics will be posted to Metal-Rules.com in the coming days.
Black Label Society: Live @ Mile One, St. John’s, NL, Oct. 16, 2012
Complete Canadian tour dates include:
Oct. 16 Mile One Centre, St. John’s, Canada
Oct 18 Halifax Forum Halifax, Canada
Oct 20 Métropolis Montreal, Canada
Oct 21 Rapids Theater Niagara Falls, NY
Oct 23 Guelph Concert Theatre Guelph, Canada
Oct 24 Kool Haus Toronto, Canada
Oct 26 The Community Auditorium Thunder Bay, Canada
Oct 27 Burton Cummings Winnipeg, Canada
Oct 28 Odeon Saskatoon, Canada
Oct 30 MacEwan Hall Calgary, Canada
Oct 31 Edmonton Event Centre Edmonton, Canada
Nov 01 Edmonton Event Centre Edmonton, Canada
Nov 03 The Vogue Theatre Vancouver, Canada
Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) recently answered a number of fan-submitted questions via his official YouTube channel.
Good memories: Dime, Zakk, and Kerry.
When asked about former PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott’s recent comment that if PANTERA ever reformed, Zakk would be the man to replace the band’s late guitarist — and Vinnie’s brother — “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, Zakk said (see video below), “My thoughts on the PANTERA thing… Everybody’s been asking me about it now, too. Which is cool. I love [Vinnie Paul]. Rex [Brown, PANTERA bassist] I saw at my roast [in January]. It was great seeing Rex again. And Phil [Anselmo, PANTERA singer], I know. . . Put it this way, if the guys were ever to do that and they asked me to… Obviously, it would be to honor Dimebag’s greatness and the band’s amazing achievements. I mean, to me, as far as I’m concerned, if the guys were to do it, it would just be a celebration of everything they achieved and a celebration of Dime’s life and Dime’s greatness. So, of course, I’d be honored to play my fallen brother’s stuff, without a doubt. And I know he’d be getting a kick out if it, too. That’s for sure; he’d be laughing his ass off. But that’s all up to the guys. So whatever… I’d always be there for them. Without a doubt.”
Speaking to Cindy Scull of the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas radio station 97.1 The Eagle Rocks back in March, Vinnie Paul stated about the possibility of a PANTERA “reunion” with Wylde filling in for Dimebag. “[Zakk] and my brother were so tight. If [a PANTERA reformation] ever were to happen, [Zakk] would be the guy [to step in for Dimebag]. But I honestly think, out of respect for my brother, we should just leave the 14 amazing years PANTERA had be. We’re all happy doing our own thing. We have to continue living and do other things.”
Last month, former PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo was asked by Ned of the WGRD 97.9 FM radio station in Grand Rapids, Michigan about the likelihood of a PANTERA reformation with Wylde, “That’s an interesting question,” he said. “Well, look, before anything like that could possibly happen, Vince and I would have to actually be in the same room, we’d have to sit down, hash out whatever differences, demons… whatever… we’d have to hash it all out. And as far as Zakk Wylde goes, I’m not so sold on all that, because I think he and I have to sit down and hash some crap out. That day has not come yet, and [when] that day comes, I can comment further on it. As of right now, it’s just talk.”
Former PANTERA bassist Rex Brown also addressed the possibility of Wylde taking Dimebag’s place in a reformed PANTERA. He told the San Antonio Metal Music Examiner last month, “You know, we keep hearing rumors about a reunion with Zakk Wylde on guitar, and that is such bullshit. You can’t replace my brother.”
Bringing Metal To The Children: The Complete Berzerker's Guide To World Tour Domination
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY mainman Zakk Wylde (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE) spoke with Billboard recently about a number of topics including his new book, Bringing Metal To The Children: The Complete Berzerker’s Guide To World Tour Domination. Here are a few excerpts from the chat:
Billboard: What’s your number one rule when touring?
Wylde: “No crapping on the bus. You’d figure that would be rule number one for any band going out on the road. It really is amazing to this day when we’re out on the road how many people want to use the bathroom and we have to tell them that. We still have to put signs up.”
Billboard: What’s your advice about groupies?
Wylde: “People always ask me how I’ve remained faithful to my wife for 26 years. I go, ‘Well sexually I would keep it hot in the bedroom.’ Instead of having her dress up in garters and a bustier and stuff like that, I’ll have her dress up in a gorilla suit and I’ll punch out the holes for all the spots I need and that way not only do I feel like I’m conquering her, I’m also conquering wildlife…. Being out on the road is definitely a great summer trip for the kids.”
Billboard: Vinnie Paul said if Pantera reformed you’d be the man to replace Dimebag” Darrell Abbot (PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN).
Wylde: “I love all those guys. It would be an honor. How could I say no? I’d do my best to make them proud.
John DeServio is best known from his long career with Black Label Society. DeServio was the original bass player for Black Label starting from 1998 but he decided to quit with the band in 2000. The man returned into their ranks just five years later following the departure of James Lomenzo and has been a part of “the family” since then. DeServio also has his own band called Cycle of Pain whose debut album was released in 2009 and he’s also been working with such names as Vinnie Moore, Ritchie Kotzen and Derek Sherinian. We had the honor to sit down with the man himself prior to Black Label’s triumphant performance at Sweden Rock – here are the results of that interesting discussion… Read on!