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GODSMACK To Perform On ‘Jay Leno’, ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

GODSMACK will be the featured musical guests on NBC-TV's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Wednesday, April 26. They will also perform on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Thursday, April 27.

As previously reported, GODSMACK's video for their new single, "Speak" (audio: Windows Media, has been posted online at this location. The band teamed up with Las Vegas-based Count's Kustoms for the clip, which was shot on March 7. It was the band’s production crew who found Count's Kustoms through a random search on the Internet. Frontman Sully Erna and the other members of GODSMACK were immediately attracted to the Count's Kustoms vibe, as the video features the Count's signature custom choppers and screaming hot rods from the shop's ghoulish flair.

"Speak" is the first single from GODSMACK's new album, "IV", due on April 25 via Republic/Universal.

In a recent interview with, GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna had the following to say about the follow-up to 2003's "Faceless": "It's a killer record, and I'm really curious to see what the public's going to think of it. It's still GODSMACK — I don't think it's lost the integrity of what GODSMACK has built our career off. The toughness of the sound is still there. But we've expanded a little bit more. After 'Faceless', we started to spread our wings a bit and reintroduce guitar solos and stuff like that. The acoustic record [2004's 'The Other Side'] was a departure and it was very well received. It opened up a new audience for us — a lot more adults were coming to the shows, bringing their kids and having a glass of wine. That gave us a permission slip to take it to the next level."


April 6, 2006 Posted by | ROCK | 1 Comment

SAMMY HAGAR: ‘Sam I Am’ Video Available Online

SAMMY HAGAR's video for his new track "Sam I Am", taken from his upcoming album "Livin' It Up", has been posted online at this location.

As previously reported, Hagar will be hitting the road in the U.S. this summer as part of the "Livin' It Up" tour. He's announced 26 dates that get underway June 3 in Devore, California, and run through August 10 in Sturgis, South Dakota. According to Launch Radio Networks, he will pull double-duty on the trek — he'll do a full set with his band the WABORITAS, and he'll also perform VAN HALEN songs with WABOS guitarist Vic Johnson and drummer David Lauser and VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony, who are collectively known as THE OTHER HALF.

Hagar is recreating the full-on Cabo Wabo experience at each tour stop, which will have a Cabo Wabo village with a bar, food vendors, mariachi bands, body builders, and of course, women in bikinis.

April 6, 2006 Posted by | ROCK | Leave a comment

MOTÖRHEAD’s ‘Ace Of Spades’ Gets Country-And-Western Treatment: Video Available

A video clip of HAYSEED DIXIE performing a country-and-western rendition of MOTÖRHEAD's "Ace of Spades" for inclusion on a DVD that came with the February 2006 issue of the British magazine Total Guitar has been posted online at

According to the All Music Guide, HAYSEED DIXIE is a novelty band that issued a tribute album to heavy metal legends AC/DC in 2001 (completely reworking the Australian band's classics as country/hillbilly rave-ups), titled "A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC". Their sense of humor is also evident in their bio, which claims that the band hails from Deer Lick Holler, "deep in the heart of the Appalachia," where its members grew up playing the traditional hillybilly music of their forefathers. But as fate would have it, they just so happened to stumble across AC/DC's back catalogue of recordings when a stranger driving through the boy's hometown crashed his car and perished, but his records were saved by HAYSEED DIXIE! The bandmembers of AC/DC have taken quite a liking to HAYSEED DIXIE, as AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams invited the band to play a set at the band's tour wrap-up party at his East Coast mountain retreat in the summer of 2001. HAYSEED DIXIE isn't the kind of group to let a smart ass idea go to waste, and followed the AC/DC album with 2002's "A Hillbilly Tribute to Mountain Love", which gave the same bluegrass treatment to assorted hard rock songs.

April 6, 2006 Posted by | ROCK | Leave a comment

Vocalist JIZZY PEARL Announces RATT Spring Tour Dates

According to frontman Jizzy Pearl, RATT will be playing at least two shows this spring/summer, including a May 13 date at Win River Casino in Redding, California (on a bill also featuring WARRANT, GREAT WHITE and FIREHOUSE) and a June 17 concert at Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. has RATT playing another show at Kewadin Casino on June 10 and a gig on the Mesa County Fairgrounds in Grand Junction, Colorado on September 8.

Pearl recently addressed the rumors of his departure from RATT and a possible reunon of the band's "classic" lineup (featuring frontman Stephen Pearcy) by saying, "My 'status' in RATT hasn't really changed. It hasn't changed since I first started hearing about the supposed 'reunion' four years ago. Every year around the time of the NAMM show it starts — big plans, big money. I don't want [the reunion with Pearcy] to happen for selfish reasons but at the same time if it happens, I wouldn't be shocked either. I did tell everyone my status in RATT; it is unchanged."

April 6, 2006 Posted by | ROCK | Leave a comment

PEARL JAM: More U.S. Tour Dates Announced

PEARL JAM have announced the second leg of their 2006 U.S. tour in support of their new, self-titled album due out May 2. Leg two is scheduled to kick off on June 23 in Pittsburgh, PA and will finish on July 22 in George, WA. According to, the George show will be "an evening with" PEARL JAM and won't feature an opening act. SONIC YOUTH will support on all but the first two second leg shows, which will boast a performance by former GUIDED BY VOICES frontman Robert Pollard. PEARL JAM will also team up with TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS for a June 26-27 stand in St. Paul, Minn., and a July 2-3 engagement in Denver. In most cases, the summer shows will be available for download immediately after their completion from PEARL JAM's web site.

As previously reported, PEARL JAM will be the featured musical performers on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" on April 15. The last time the band served as the program's musical guest was in 1994.

An extensive European tour is in the works for later this year in support of PEARL JAM's self-titled album, which is due May 2 via J Records. First single "World Wide Suicide" is available as a call tone and ringer exclusively through Sprint. The cell phone carrier is also hosting a contest to send a fan to see PEARL JAM play a hometown show in Seattle on a date to be announced. Five runners-up will win a Sprint Music Phone filled with PEARL JAM content.

PEARL JAM tour dates:

Apr. 20 – London, UK @ Astoria
May 9-10 – Toronto, ONT @ Air Canada Centre
May 12 – Albany, NY @ Pepsi Arena
May 13 – Hartford, CT @ New England Dodge Music Arena
May 16 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
May 19 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
May 20 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
May 22 – Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
May 24-25 – Boston, MA @ TD Banknorth Garden
May 27-28 – Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center
May 30 – Washington, DC @ MCI Center
Jun. 1, 3 – East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena
Jun. 23 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mellon Arena
Jun. 24 – Cincinnati, OH @ US Bank Arena
Jun. 26-27 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Jul. 2-3 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Jul. 06 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand
Jul. 07 – San Diego, CA @ Cox Arena
Jul. 9-10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Forum
Jul. 13 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
Jul. 16, 18 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Jul. 22 – George, WA @ the Gorge
Aug. 25 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
Aug. 27 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival

April 6, 2006 Posted by | ROCK | Leave a comment