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MAMMOTH WVH, the solo project of Wolfgang Van Halen, played its first concert as the support act for GUNS N’ ROSES last night (Saturday, July 31) at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Fan-filmed video footage of the show can be seen below. Last month, Wolfgang told Ultimate Classic Rock that he was “really nervous” about opening for GUNS N’ ROSES. “I’m a very anxious person. But in a funny way, it’s very similar to how I started out in VAN HALEN, where the first show I played was at an arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. This time, it’s at a stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania. So it’s following in a really funny way — but definitely still terrifying. It’s an honor to be there … and I’m going to do my best.” Wolfgang said that he had never been to a GUNS N’ ROSES concert before. “I’m actually very excited, just as a fan, to be able to see them,” he said. “I knew they were going out, and it just kind of fell together really nicely by the time our stuff came out. I’ve known Slash for a while. Over the years, he’d come up to the studio, since I was a little kid, so I can’t even remember the first time I met him.” Van Halen said that he was introduced to GUNS N’ ROSES via the band’s classic debut LP, 1987’s “Appetite For Destruction”. “I think that whole album is phenomenal,” he said. “At the time when they came out, they were just that much-needed ‘fuck you’ vibe. I loved their vibe.” MAMMOTH WVH‘s tour as the support act for GUNS N’ ROSES will conclude in early October with a two-night run at the Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Florida. MAMMOTH WVH‘s touring lineup features Wolfgang on guitar and lead vocals, Frank Sidoris (SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS) on guitar, Jon Jourdan on guitar and vocals, Garrett Whitlock (TREMONTI) on drums, and Ronnie Ficarro on bass. MAMMOTH WVH‘s self-titled debut album was released on June 11 via Explorer1 Music Group/EX1 Records. Last November, Wolfgang confirmed that he asked his father, legendary VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen, for permission to use the MAMMOTH WVH band name for his solo project. MAMMOTH WVH is a nod to family history — Eddie and Alex Van Halen‘s band was called MAMMOTH when singer David Lee Roth first joined it in 1974.

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Nightwish vocalist Floor Jansen has shared another new fan fuelled Q&A session from home. Check it out below.
Floor: “First show with Nightwish has now passed and it’s all starting up again! This might be the first and only Fan Friday that actually made the 1 minute mark. 😉 But…For more, check out: BraveWords.com (Source)

GUNS N’ ROSES kicked off its summer 2021 tour last night (Saturday, July 31) at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Dubbed “We’re F’N Back!”, this trek comes on the heels of the “Not In This Lifetime” run that began in April 2016 and became the No. 3 highest-grossing tour in the history of Billboard Boxscore. As was the case with “Not In This Lifetime”, the current GUNS N’ ROSES tour features classic-lineup members Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass) and Axl Rose (vocals) backed by guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and second keyboardist Melissa Reese. The massive touring production will make stops in Detroit, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, and more before wrapping up with two shows in Hollywood, Florida, at the Hard Rock Live Arena on October 2 and 3, 2021. The setlist for the Hersheypark concert was as follows: 01. It’s So Easy
02. Mr. Brownstone
03. Chinese Democracy
04. Welcome To The Jungle
05. Double Talkin’ Jive
06. Slither (VELVET REVOLVER cover)
07. Better
08. Estranged
09. Live And Let Die (WINGS cover)
10. You’re Crazy
11. Rocket Queen
12. You Could Be Mine
13. I Wanna Be Your Dog (THE STOOGES cover)
14. Civil War
15. Dead Horse
16. Slash Guitar Solo
17. Sweet Child O’ Mine
18. November Rain
19. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (BOB DYLAN cover)
20. Nightrain Encore: 21. Paradise City GUNS launched its long-rumored and long-awaited reunion tour with an April 2016 club show in Hollywood and appearances in Las Vegas and at California’s Coachella festival. In a recent interview with Guitar Player‘s “No Guitar Is Safe” podcast, Slash spoke about what it felt like for him to step back out on stage with GUNS N’ ROSES for the first time in over two decades at the band’s concert at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California. “That was our first gig back,” the guitarist said. “I think probably the last time that we ever played there was in 1985. I don’t think we even played there in 1986. Probably ’85 was the last time we played there. “[The April 2016 concert was] our first show together after 20 years. We obviously had more gear and more crew than we did back in the day, I’ll tell you that much. And it was loud. But it was a lot of fun. It was an almost poignant moment to fucking stand there and look at that crowd in that sort of room and have that kind of nostalgic feeling.” In 2019, Slash told Guitar.com that his first concert back with GUNS N’ ROSES was an “overwhelming” experience. “It was so cool,” he said. “Because it was a long time — we’re talking more than 20 years from the last show in 1994… it was 22 years since the last time we’d played together. And obviously I’d played with [bassist] Duff [McKagan] [since then] but there’s a certain dynamic in the three of us together. It was awesome, and it’s a really great experience.” The band is now reportedly working on a new studio album — the first under the GUNS banner since 2008’s “Chinese Democracy” and the first to feature Rose, Slash and McKagan since 1993.

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  A few months back, while walking the corridors of Superfreak Rehearsal Studios in Joondalup one evening, I heard the unmistakable tunes of Iron Maiden bellowing from one of the many rooms there and heading […]

The post LIVE REVIEW: Powerslave, Devil’s Child & The Wolfbats – Perth, July 30th 2021 appeared first on The Rockpit.

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On August 19th, a new video podcast called The First 50 Gigs: Guns N’ Roses And The Making Of Appetite For Destruction will be launched by Marc Canter, who is a close friend to Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose and guitarist Slash at 12 midnight EST on Patreon. A…For more, check out: BraveWords.com (Source)

The clip below features Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess playing the Moog One. To listen to the entire livestream, join his Patreon at this location. Rudess recently checked in with the following update:
Says Rudess: “I am finishing up my East Coast piano tour this week in NY and PA…For more, check out: BraveWords.com (Source)

  Over the decades ZZ Top have become an American institution. From the early days of developing their signature blues-infused sound, to their cultural reemergence in the 1980s propelled by the rise of MTV, to […]

The post Texas Titan and Rock Legend Dusty Hill Dead at 72 appeared first on The Rockpit.

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NICKELBACK bassist Mike Kroeger has confirmed to Tulsa Music Stream that he and his bandmates are working on the follow-up to 2017’s “Feed The Machine” album. “That is happening right now,” he said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET. “Music is being composed and recorded up in Canada. We were out there, and something came up and our producer had to take some time off. So I took that opportunity to [return home] to Los Angeles with family and spend a little bit of time at home. But I’ll be headed back up there in a couple of weeks to pick it up again.” Asked if there is a tentative release date for the new NICKELBACK album, Mike said: “Release dates are primarily arrived at by business interests, like record labels and whatever. We don’t have one of those. We’ve been managing ourselves for about a year. So, the answer is no. We’re doing it on our schedule, at our own pace, and it’ll be done when it’s done. ‘Cause we’ve blown up deadlines in the past lots of times. Because we feel that you can make a good record and be late, but you can’t, or you shouldn’t, make a shitty record to be on time. So we won’t be pressed for time. And in this case, we don’t have to worry about that, ’cause we’re on our own schedule. We’re doing what we wanna do when we wanna do it. We’re paying for everything. Nobody can tell us what to do. We just have to decide when we wanna go on tour. It turns out we’re booking a tour for next summer. So we’ll have to get some stuff squared away and out there to the people in advance of that.” NICKELBACK guitarist Ryan Peake said in April 2020 that the band’s documentary — which has been in the works for at least a few years — was “very close to being released.” Last August, NICKELBACK released a music video for its cover version of THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND classic “The Devil Went Down To Georgia”. Honoring Daniels, who passed away in July 2020, NICKELBACK invited guitarist Dave Martone to join them on a cover of the infamous classic story — paying homage to Daniels‘s influence on their careers and the legacy left behind. NICKELBACK‘s “All The Right Reasons: 15th Anniversary Expanded Edition” was released as a two-CD set in October and is also available digitally on all streaming platforms. The collection features a newly remastered version of the original 2005 album, a selection of B-sides and a 2006 live concert recording. Since forming in Alberta, Canada in 1995, NICKELBACK has cemented itself as one of the most commercially viable and important acts of the past three decades. NICKELBACK‘s success includes worldwide sales of more than 50 million units, solidifying their status as one of the top-selling acts of all time. With more than 23 chart-topping singles and fans spanning the globe, NICKELBACK boasts twelve consecutive sold-out world tours, playing to well over eight million diehard and adoring fans.

Mike Kroeger of Nickelback – Tulsa Music Stream Episode 39 Tulsa Music Stream interviews Michael Kroeger, bassist for Nickelback. Brought to you by Tulsa Music Stream and Identity Merch. Sponsored by Identity Merch, DEB Concerts, GreggShipman.com, Okie PC and Surviving Rocklahoma.
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A street in Long Beach, New York, where MF DOOM grew up, has been renamed in honor of late rap legend. KMD – MF DOOM Way, named after the MC and his early group with his younger brother Subroc, stretches one block between Riverside Boulevard and Long Beach Road on East Houston Street. The street sign was officially unveiled in a ceremony on Saturday.

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ZZ Top bassist, Dusty Hill, passed away this week at 72 years of age. Dusty’s bandmates, Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard, issued the following statement: “We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX. We, along…For more, check out: BraveWords.com (Source)