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Bret Michaels and Dee Snider are teaming up for a rockin’ Canadian adventure!

The Poison frontman excitedly announced their joint tour stop in Ontario, Canada, slated for Friday, July 19, as part of the Timmins Festival. Michaels couldn’t contain his enthusiasm, sharing the news on X:

“Ontario Canada, get ready for an epic night of music! Bret Michaels brings the Parti-Gras to Timmins Festival + Dee Snider of Twisted Sister & Steven Augeri, former lead singer of Journey.”

Interestingly, it seems Dee Snider was just as surprised by the announcement. Taking to X, he expressed his excitement with a touch of humor:

“I’m going to Canada? I mean, I’M GOING TO CANADA! Thank god for social media.”

This collaboration isn’t the first for Michaels and Snider. Michaels had previously unveiled the dates for his ‘Parti-Gras 2.0’ tour, following up on last year’s success. This time around, the tour spans six cities and boasts a stellar lineup featuring Snider, Don Felder of the Eagles, Chris Janson, and original Foreigner singer Lou Gramm.

Their camaraderie was evident earlier when Snider joined Michaels for the Parti-Gras Day event on September 8th at Capital Credit Union Park in Ashwaubenon. Now, their joint venture promises to deliver an electrifying experience to Canadian rock fans.

 

In a recent chat with Full Metal Jackie on “Whiplash,” aired by KLOS radio, former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach delved into the inspiration behind his upcoming solo album’s title, “Child Within The Man,” slated for release on May 10 through Reigning Phoenix Music. Reflecting on his nickname “man-child” given by his wife, Bach shared how this theme has resonated throughout his career, infusing his performances with youthful energy and audience engagement. The album title draws from a lyric in one of its tracks, a phrase that stuck with Bach, echoing in his mind.

Bach also shed light on the album’s artwork, particularly poignant as it was crafted by his late father, acclaimed visual artist David Bierk. Recalling the discovery of his father’s painting depicting him as a child beside a beat-up Cadillac with a backdrop of Jesus ascending, juxtaposed with another painting capturing his iconic stage presence, Bach envisioned merging these elements into the album cover. The imagery, reminiscent of ’70s album art, evokes a sense of nostalgia and personal connection, bridging the past with the present.

Recorded in Orlando, Florida, “Child Within The Man” was helmed by producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette and features contributions from renowned musicians like John 5, Steve Stevens, and Orianthi, among others. Bach’s involvement extends beyond vocals, as he either wrote or co-wrote all 11 tracks. The album’s first single, “What Do I Got To Lose?,” co-penned by Bach, Myles Kennedy, and Baskette, offers a taste of what’s to come.

Ahead of the album’s release, Bach plans an extensive international tour in 2024, spanning Latin and North America. Dubbed the “What Do I Got To Lose?” tour, it kicks off with shows in South America before heading to the U.S. and Mexico. Bach teased audiences with a live performance of the single during a recent concert in Minnesota and earlier released a music video for the track, featuring his former bandmate Rob Affuso and cameos by comedian Craig Gass and his wife Suzanne.

“Child Within The Man” marks Bach’s first full-length release since 2014’s “Give ‘Em Hell,” continuing his collaboration with Frontiers Music Srl, known for championing AOR acts. With its blend of nostalgia, rock energy, and personal reflection, the album promises to be a compelling addition to Bach’s musical journey.

In a recent interview with LA Lloyd, Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach expressed his optimism about the future of rock music, citing bands like Falling In Reverse and Bad Omens as torchbearers for the genre.

Shaddix exuded excitement for the resurgence of energy reminiscent of the early 2000s within the current rock scene. He praised the emergence of younger bands such as Falling In Reverse, Beartooth, Bring Me the Horizon, and Bad Omens, remarking on their inspiration and enthusiasm:

“And then you’ve got this new artist Falling In Reverse that’s coming up, and there’s a lot of younger [bands] — Beartooth, Bring Me the Horizon, and a lot of very inspired younger bands — Bad Omens — coming up. And I think the future of rock is exciting — rock and punk rock music. It’s just bubbling, man. And so, it’s a good time to be in rock and roll.”

Meanwhile, Bad Omens received accolades when they secured the top spot on a list of the 30 most popular hard rock songs from 2023, as voted by Octane listeners, edging out Falling In Reverse. Reacting to the news, Falling In Reverse’s frontman Ronnie Radke took to X to congratulate Bad Omens, acknowledging the power of their music and the support of their fans.

However, Radke’s sentiments about the current music landscape differ from Shaddix’s optimism. In a series of social media posts, Radke criticized what he perceives as a shift in the hardcore scene, lamenting what he views as a departure from its former authenticity. He also took aim at new metal bands, accusing them of hypocrisy for singing about violence while displaying sensitivity on social media platforms.

During a candid chat on the Howard Stern Show, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart dropped a bombshell, revealing that Eddie and Alex Van Halen once made advances towards them.

When Stern probed about the rumors of the Van Halen brothers’ interest in a sexual relationship, Nancy quipped, “It was like a publicist’s dream. Like the guys in KISS. Publicist dream, the Wilson sisters and the guys in KISS.”

As Stern dug deeper into how the Van Halen duo broached the subject, Ann recalled, “I think just during a long night of reveling.” Nancy chimed in, adding, “Yeah, one of many bad ideas one night.”

The Heart sisters’ first encounter with the Van Halen brothers, detailed in Heart’s memoir ‘Kicking And Dreaming: A Story Of Heart, Soul And Rock & Roll’ by Jessica Hopper, was memorable, to say the least. Nancy recounted an eventful evening where Eddie and Alex engaged in a marathon of Kamikaze-drinking, followed by a cocaine-fueled escapade, culminating in a bizarre cycle of fistfights and heartfelt declarations of love.

Despite the unconventional introduction, Heart and Van Halen shared the stage multiple times in the 1980s, with Nancy even paying tribute to Eddie in her solo album ‘You and Me’ with a track titled ‘4 Eddie.’ Reflecting on the genesis of the song in an interview with AXS TV, Nancy revealed how she gifted Eddie an acoustic guitar during their touring days, prompting him to explore its melodic potential. Eddie’s subsequent excitement over a song he crafted on the acoustic inspired Nancy to create her own homage, ‘4 Eddie,’ as a token of their musical camaraderie.

Dave Mustaine recently engaged in a chat with Lucía Sapena from Paraguay’s Trece channel, delving into the topic of the scarcity of outstanding new rock bands.

When Sapena inquired about his favorite Megadeth album, Mustaine likened the task to picking a favorite child, emphasizing the profound impact certain records had on his life. He highlighted “Peace Sells[… But Who’s Buying?]” and “Killing Is My Business[… And Business Is Good!]” as particularly influential, noting the latter’s avant-garde nature as emblematic of artistry at its pinnacle.

Expounding on his dissatisfaction with the current rock landscape, Mustaine lamented the prevalence of derivative music, longing for the emergence of groundbreaking acts akin to the likes of Iron Maiden, AC/DC, and Guns N’ Roses. He underscored the rarity of encountering a new band capable of eliciting genuine astonishment and admiration.

Moreover, Mustaine revisited his critique of bands such as Pearl Jam and Green Day, branding them as pop acts rather than authentic representatives of metal. He contended that the term ‘metal’ has become diluted, applied indiscriminately to music irrespective of its original genre. Mustaine argued that popular success, exemplified by albums like ‘Countdown to Extinction,’ should not automatically categorize a band as ‘pop,’ emphasizing the arbitrary nature of labeling music as either ‘pop’ or ‘rock.’

Throughout the conversation, Mustaine articulated his stance on the evolving music landscape with clarity, advocating for originality and innovation while challenging prevailing perceptions of genre classification.

Chad Gray, the frontman of MUDVAYNE and former member of HELLYEAH alongside Vinnie Paul Abbott, shared his thoughts on the recent reunion of PANTERA’s surviving members with guitarist Zakk Wylde and drummer Charlie Benante. While acknowledging the excitement among fans to see the band’s classic songs performed live, Gray emphasized the conflicting emotions he feels about the reunion.

During an appearance on The Jesea Lee Show, Gray recalled Vinnie Paul’s staunch opposition to a PANTERA reunion following his brother Dimebag Darrell’s tragic passing. Despite understanding the appeal of seeing PANTERA’s music live again, Gray struggled to fully embrace the reunion due to his respect for Vinnie Paul’s wishes.

Reflecting on his personal connection with Vinnie Paul, Gray expressed difficulty in reconciling the reunion with the drummer’s stance. He highlighted the significance of honoring Vinnie Paul’s memory and respecting his perspective on the matter.

Gray acknowledged the talent and sincerity of Zakk Wylde and Charlie Benante, who are filling pivotal roles in the revived PANTERA lineup. However, he reiterated the importance of acknowledging the absence of Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell in any future endeavors bearing the PANTERA name.

Philip Anselmo and Rex Brown, the other surviving members of PANTERA, have expressed their enthusiasm for the reunion and their gratitude toward Wylde and Benante for their contributions. They see the reunion as a celebration of PANTERA’s legacy and an opportunity to connect with fans in a meaningful way.

Despite Vinnie Paul’s previous dismissals of the possibility of a PANTERA reunion, Anselmo and Brown believe that continuing to perform PANTERA’s music honors their fallen bandmates’ memory and legacy.

The complex emotions surrounding the PANTERA reunion reflect the enduring impact of the band’s music and the profound loss experienced by its members and fans alike. While the reunion offers a chance to relive the band’s glory days, it also serves as a reminder of the irreplaceable contributions of Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell to the metal genre.

Dee Snider revealed that Twisted Sister is facing tempting offers for a reunion, making it increasingly difficult to resist. The surviving members have engaged in preliminary discussions on potential comeback shows and the logistics involved.

In a recent interview with The Hook Rocks, Snider attributed the surge in demand for reunions to the retirements and deaths of many iconic bands. While Twisted Sister had initially no plans to return after eight years of hiatus, Snider acknowledged the growing allure of the offers they’re receiving. He humorously quoted his father’s advice about considering opportunities beyond mere intentions.

While the band hasn’t committed to a reunion yet, Snider admitted they’re approaching a tipping point where serious consideration is warranted. They’ve started brainstorming about the logistics and preparations needed if they do decide to accept an offer.

Snider mentioned a shift in the band’s stance, from outright refusal to entertaining the possibility. Light-heartedly, he hinted at discussions involving personal trainers, diets, and hair extensions—a far cry from their previous mindset of staying retired.

Reflecting on their past reunion, Snider emphasized the bonds of friendship among the band members. Reuniting previously not only reignited their musical journey but also strengthened their personal relationships—a significant factor in considering another reunion.

During a chat with Brazil’s Rádio Kiss FM, Dave Mustaine opened up about the possibility of Kiko Loureiro returning to Megadeth in the future. When asked about the likelihood of Kiko joining the band on stage for a song at an upcoming concert, Mustaine expressed his openness to the idea, acknowledging that Kiko had left Megadeth to prioritize his family.

Mustaine emphasized his respect for Kiko’s decision to step away from the band for personal reasons and highlighted the importance of family commitments. While Mustaine indicated that he would be open to Kiko’s return if the timing aligned in the future, he also recognized the complexities involved in such a decision.

Reflecting on Kiko’s departure in 2023, Mustaine revealed that Teemu Mäntysaari from Wintersun would be filling in for Kiko during the band’s upcoming shows. Despite feeling disappointed about Kiko’s exit, Mustaine praised Kiko’s professionalism and assistance in finding a suitable replacement. Mustaine expressed confidence in Mäntysaari’s abilities and appreciated Kiko’s contributions to the transition process.

During a conversation with NME, Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson came to the defense of Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, addressing the impact of leaked music on artists. Manson highlighted the financial ramifications and the challenges musicians face when their work is distributed without compensation. She criticized the portrayal of Ulrich as a “greedy capitalist,” noting her own experience with backlash for speaking out on similar issues.

Reflecting on the broader music industry landscape, Manson underscored the challenges faced by artists, particularly those who emerged before the digital age. She emphasized the importance of fair compensation for musicians in an era where record labels and streaming platforms profit immensely from their work.

The controversy surrounding Metallica’s stance on music piracy originated when Ulrich testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding Napster’s copyright infringement in 2000. Despite legal victories, Metallica faced criticism and accusations of being out of touch with younger audiences.

Ulrich himself addressed the issue of leaked music, adopting a pragmatic attitude toward the inevitability of leaks in the digital age. Despite anticipating leaks for their albums like ‘Death Magnetic’ and ’72 Seasons,’ Metallica managed to keep their latest release under wraps by maintaining secrecy until the moment of its official release.

In a recent interview with Loudwire, Lzzy Hale of Halestorm opened up about her experience stepping in as the new singer for Skid Row. Surprisingly, she shared that she hadn’t encountered any hate or negative comments, which she considers a rarity in the history of rock. Expressing her excitement, Hale emphasized the supportive atmosphere among the band members during this transition, especially amidst Eric Grönwall’s personal challenges.

Reflecting on the band’s camaraderie, Hale highlighted the mutual care and respect among them, as they navigate this period of change. She revealed her willingness to contribute to the band’s well-being by offering her support and lending her voice to upcoming performances. Despite initial concerns, Hale expressed gratitude for the overwhelmingly positive feedback she received from fans, noting that it has brought smiles to everyone involved.

However, not everyone seemed pleased with Hale’s involvement. When Skid Row announced Hale’s temporary tenure, former frontman Sebastian Bach reportedly unfollowed her on social media and expressed dissatisfaction with the band’s decision. Bach suggested that instead of introducing a new singer, the band should focus on honoring their legacy and giving back to the fans.

In response to speculation about a potential reunion with Skid Row, Bach remained open to the idea, citing his continued connection to the band’s music and the desire to give back to the fans who have supported them throughout the years. Despite the mixed reactions, Hale’s entry into Skid Row marks a significant moment in both her career and the band’s journey, underscoring the power of collaboration and unity in the world of rock music.