Category: News Events

Poison Ready For A ‘Good Time’

If you plan on attending a Poison show, don’t expect to hear many, if any, obscure cuts or long lost B-sides. The party-rock group, known for chart-topping anthems like “Unskinny Bop,” “Nothin’ But A Good Time,” and “Talk Dirty To Me,” are preparing to embark across North America on a summer excursion with the legendary Cheap Trick, as well as the Michigan-bred Pop Evil. And while a healthy number of Poison’s peers will be competing...

Garbage Tour for ‘Version 2.0’ 20th Anniversary

Garbage is set for a 17-date U.S. tour in support of the release of the 20th anniversary edition of their second album, Version 2.0. The band will perform the 1998 album in its entirety, in addition to several B-sides from the reissue. The tour, which will kick off September 29 in Seattle and close in Brooklyn, NY at King’s Theatre on October 27, also includes earlier stops in the U.K., starting in Edinburgh on Sept....

Deep Purple, Judas Priest Unite for North American Tour

Deep Purple and Judas Priest will embark on a co-headlining North American tour this year kicking off on August 21 in Cincinnati and wrapping up September 30 in Wheatland, CA. On March 8, 2018, Judas Priest released its 18th studio album, Firepower. The 14-track album was co-produced by Tom Allom (Def Leppard, Black Sabbath) and producer, and former Sabbat guitarist, Andy Sneap. Working with Allom for the first time since 1988’s Ram It Down, Firepower debuted...

Laurie Anderson, Neil Gaiman Talk Muppets, ‘Omens’ and Virtual Reality

“Old Muppets are really scary,” said Neil Gaiman, recalling a 2002 stay at Jim Henson’s old home in Hampstead, England with longtime collaborator Dave McKean (Mirrormask, “The Wolves in the Walls”) that left him forever spooked by the man-made “creatures.” The author found a box of Henson’s old Muppets in the basement, and picked out a sheep. When he tried to move its face, the Muppet’s latex eyelid fell apart. “It was one of the most...

Benatar and Giraldo Get ‘Intimate’ At The Paramount

The Holy 14. Diehard fans of Pat Benatar are exceedingly familiar with the aptly-titled term, which refers to the healthy number of Top-40 hits that the mega-successful crooner has amassed throughout her illustrious, nearly 40-year career. Along with her often overlooked, yet immensely important, songwriting partner – and husband – Neil Giraldo on guitar, Benatar created the tongue-in-cheek list to describe those songs which she feels she must perform a significant percentage of at every...

Kix ‘Blows’ Its ‘Fuse’ At The Space

As difficult as it is to believe, Blow My Fuse, the seminal album recorded by 80s hard rockers Kix, turned 30 this year. And what better way to mark the occasion than to play the album in its entirety, from top to bottom, as part of the Maryland band’s current string of live performances? From the down and dirty licks of top track “Red Lite, Green Lite, TNT” to the epic, MTV-saturated power ballad “Don’t...

Daisies Are Set To ‘Burn It Down’

They are a part of the genre known collectively as “new classic rock,” according to rhythm guitarist, businessman, and band founder David Lowy. And if The Dead Daisies’ new disc Burn It Down, out April 6, is any indication, the self-appointed label couldn’t be more veracious. From the blazing, opening chords of “Resurrected,” masterfully played by guitar virtuoso and Whitesnake alumni Doug Aldrich, to the record’s rousing title track, a deliciously funky ode to self-destruction,...

Diane Franklin: From 80s Babe to ‘Amityville’

If you were a guy growing up in the 80s, you wanted to date her; and if you were a girl, you wanted to be her. Diane Franklin first lit up the silver screen in 1982 in the Boaz Davidson coming-of-age classic The Last American Virgin, playing conflicted transfer student Karen, whose complicated love triangle with good-hearted Gary and bad boy Rick took audiences on an emotional roller coaster ride all the way through to...

Downton Abbey Lives On!

March 6, 2016 is a date that no Downton Abbey fan in the United States will ever forget. It was on that date, just over two years ago, that PBS aired the final episode of the beloved British drama. And for the popular show’s millions of fans worldwide, the conclusion of the series resulted in an enormous void on Sunday nights, as withdrawal symptoms set in in the days, weeks, and months that followed. No...

Don’t Go Messin’ With A Country Boy: Hillbilly Jim Honored At Hall Of Fame

One of the more colorful characters in the post-expansion era of the World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment), “Hillbilly” Jim Morris first moseyed his way onto the national grappling scene as an enthusiastic fan who routinely watched the action from the front row before eventually becoming a titan of the ring himself.  His pairing with the most famous professional wrestler of the 1980s (and arguably, of all time), Hulk Hogan catapulted Jim to a...

Ready For ‘Mayhem’

Mayhem seems to follow her everywhere, hence the name. And if Madame Mayhem has her way, more and more rock fans will discover the eclectic artist in the days, months, and years to come. Fresh off the release of her third album, Ready For Me, the New York native is preparing to head out on a massive trek across the country this spring, opening for metal legends Sevendust, while also sprinkling in a number of...

Prepare To Be ‘Tempt’ed

For those jaded rock fans who still are of the opinion that their beloved genre is dead, look no further than New York City-based Tempt. A mix of power pop, melodic metal, and classic rock, the talented quartet have been gaining new followers ever since unleashing their debut Runaway nearly two years ago. After all, it’s not every young band that receives an endorsement from legendary rockers Def Leppard. “Awesome job!” declared Joe Elliott and...