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NEWS: Scott Rockenfield opens his own online store

The (former?) Queensryche drummer who seems dedicated to chaos just opened his own RycheShop.com selling crap artwork.  This is not to be confused with the official Queensryche store.

Bonus:  If you spend $250 or more, Scott will give you a personal phone call.

What would you ask Scott?  I have a few ideas. Maybe ask about that sweet new neck tat.

 

NEWS: Scott Rockenfield muddies the Queensryche waters further with “SuperHuman” announcement

(Former?) Queensryche drummer Scott Rockenfield has, shall we say, been a bit of a drama queen these last couple years.  In 2021 he announced his own version of Queensryche seemingly separate from the current version.  His supposedly included Michael Wilton and Eddie Jackson, but not singer Todd LaTorre.  Scott released a 2014 demo called “Days O’ Deth” as his only musical output so far, which ironically included LaTorre on vocals.  Scott’s dislike for LaTorre has been quite public in his social media.  The legit Queensryche have largely ignored Scott’s statements.

Today Rockenfield is announcing something in 2023 called “SuperHuman” with someone called Damien Krane.  The artwork recycles the album cover for the 2013 self-titled Queensryche CD.

Who knows what the hell is actually going on, but the possibility of two Queensryches has once again reared its ugly head.  Stay tuned in 2023 for more drama.

 

NEWS: Coney Hatch to play entire debut album at El Mocambo – 40th anniversary

Be there December 29 in Toronto! From there, the Hatch is off to the UK to open for Steve Harris’ British Lion!

NEWS: Loudness release new video for “Tengoku No Tobira (Heaven’s Door)” from new album Sunburst

Loudness have released a new DOUBLE album called Sunburst, and in support of that new album comes the music video “Tengoku No Tobira (Heaven’s Door)”.

There’s a very 80s vibe to the music, while the production is modern and tough. The band still consists of original singer Minoru Niihara, shredder Akira Takasaki, bassist Masayoshi Yamashita, and drummer Masayuki Suzuki. What do you think of this track?

NEWS: Jethro Tull finish work on their 23rd studio album, due for release in Spring 2023

Press release from Chipster PR below.  We waited 19 years for a new Jethro Tull album in The Zealot Gene, but now we are only waiting a year between albums for the next one!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Jethro Tull finish work on their 23rd studio album, due for release in Spring 2023

 

Jethro Tull have completed work on the recording of their 23rd studio album, following swift on the heels of their critically-acclaimed return earlier this year with ‘The Zealot Gene’, their first album in two decades.

Ian Anderson checks in with the below:

“We have been putting the finishing touches to the artwork for the album cover and wrapped up the recording and mixing a few weeks ago. Due to the usual long wait for vinyl pressing and manufacturing, we are scheduled for an Spring 2023 release but, during the weeks and months to come, you will be hearing more about the record and the various formats which will be available.

It’s a little too early just yet to tease you with titles, tracklists and content, but rest assured that it is all done and dusted as to mastering and the main elements of art and packaging. I hope you will like the concept and themes when I am ready to tell you more. It has been a long and tricky job to get the material recorded during a hectic schedule of touring in these last months. A day here, a day there and the odd burst of a few days together at some points along the way.

I wrote the main themes and lyrics back in January of this year and sent the first demos to the band in February and March, much as I did with The Zealot Gene, back in 2017. Most of the recording took place in June and August with the stereo mixing done in September. My new pal Bruce Soord of The Pineapple Thief undertook to create the surround sound mixes and an alternative stereo mix too.”

Jethro Tull continue live dates this year, with shows in mainland Europe before returning to the UK for their annual Christmas shows, and then further dates in 2023.

‘The Zealot Gene’, released in January 2022, was Jethro Tull’s 22nd studio album and it garnered critical acclaim across the board. Reaching #9 in the UK album charts, a feat the band hadn’t reached since 1972, it also debuted at #4 in Germany, #3 in Switzerland, #5 in Austria, #8 in Finland, as well as top 10 in the US Album Charts, Current Album Charts and Rock Album Charts.

With more than 30 albums to their credit and sales totaling more than 50 million, Jethro Tull are one of the most successful rock bands of all-time with a catalog that contains classics that still resonate today. Led by Ian Anderson, Tull still continue to tour throughout the world, entertaining audiences of all ages.

The band consists of:
Ian Anderson – Flute, acoustic guitar, harmonica, vocals
David Goodier – Bass guitar
John O’Hara – Piano, keyboards and accordion
Scott Hammond – Drums.
Joe Parrish-James – Guitar

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Rest In Peace, Queen Elizabeth II

Canadian supergroup SNOWSHOE reunite for “F*** C***d” tour – exclusive interview

SNOWSHOE ARE BACK AND WE HAVE THE EXCLUSIVE!

 

The Snowshoe saga continues!  The Canadian punk supergroup that suddenly formed, imploded, and bizarrely settled their differences in the wrestling ring, have reunited!  They call it the “Fuck Covid Tour”, or for tamer markets, simply the “We Really Mean It This Time Tour”.  We had the opportunity to chat with all three members of the band:

  • Billy Sol Hurok (formerly of Dirty Slush) – guitar, vocals
  • Irving Cohen (formerly of Dead Bird on a Wire) – bass, vocals
  • John Y. Schmenge (formerly of the Schmenge Brothers’ Sons) – drums


LeBrain:  You guys had a pretty serious fallout in 2018, leading to the infamous 2019 wrestling match in the parking lot of Deke’s Palace.  Why reunite at all?

BILLY SOL HUROK – Simple answer to that.  We need the money.

IRVING COHEN – That’s pretty much it.  Covid wiped us out financially.  Of course that was the “plandemic” all along wasn’t it?  Make us all broke, living on credit from the banks.  Slaves!

JOHN Y. SCHMENGE – Would you fucking stop it Irv?

BILLY SOL HUROK – This tour is going to be a lot of fun…not.  Me, I don’t give a shit about vaccines and conspiracies.  Irv on the other hand…

IRVING COHEN – Don’t you dare call me a conspiracy theorist or I’ll knock you the fuck out in this interview, I don’t care!

BILLY SOL HUROK – Irv’s not even the worst.  Sure he’s antivaxx, but on the other hand Schmenge over there is so pro-vaxx that he got shot 10 times.

JOHN Y. SCHMENGE – 11 times.  I got boosted again for the tour.  I’m gonna be Superman on that fucking stage.

IRVING COHEN – You see?

LeBrain:  You guys must really need the money.  Back to the music, Eternal Winter is an album you recorded but never released. We’ve received the tracklist and it looks awesome!  [see bottom]  Any chance of it coming out for real this year?

BILLY SOL HUROK – Simple answer to that too.  We need the money.

IRVING COHEN – That would be a yes.

JOHN Y. SCHMENGE – CD, vinyl, cassette, and 8-track.  I’ve been on the internet a lot and 8-track is coming back.  I insisted we release on 8-track, limited numbers.  I’m having my car stereo guy put an 8-track deck in my Tesla so I can hear it as it was intended:  with a break in the middle of every third song.

LeBrain:  Wait…you guys are broke, but John drives a Tesla?

BILLY SOL HUROK – Irv and I are broke.  John made a killing painting houses during the winters in Churchill Manitoba.  He figured out a formulation for the paint not to freeze.  His painting business runs 12 months a year.  He was on Dragon’s Den and everything.

IRVING COHEN – Arlene even hit on him after the show.

BILLY SOL HUROK – After giving him a cool million for 50%.

LeBrain:  So, John, obviously money isn’t a motivation for you.  Are you doing it for the love of music?

JOHN Y. SCHMENGE – No.  I love music but I hate these two assholes even more.  I’m doing it for the Guinness’ Book of World Records.

LeBrain:  Cool!  What record are you going for?  Loudest band?  I hear that record was set by your former tourmates Inushuk in Thunder Bay at Deke’s Palace.

JOHN Y. SCHMENGE – No, no, no.  I’m going for the vaccine record.  Not only am I going to collect as many shots as I can, but I want to be the first Canadian to get one in every province.

IRVING COHEN – I’m not even going to comment.  Keeping my fucking mouth shut as long as it gets us back on the road.

BILLY SOL HUROK – Right, so let’s talk about that.  We start where we left off:  Deke’s Palace in Thunder Bay, then we work our way west, then back east through Thunder Bay playing the Palace again, all the way to the east coast…

JOHN Y. SCHMENGE – There’s a place in New Brunswick called Tim’s 8-Track Heaven that I can’t wait to check out!

BILLY SOL HUROK – (Grumbles) …and then we actually go back through Ontario to Thunder Bay once more, playing the tour closer at Deke’s Palace for our third stop there.

LeBrain:  Why three stops at Deke’s Palace?

BILLY SOL HUROK – Well you know the old saying, right?  The only thing cheaper than the beer at the Palace is the women!  Also the owner, Deke Williams, owes us.  Three gigs is the least he could do for us after what happened last time.

LeBrain:  What happened last time?

IRVING COHEN – Food poisoning.  That’s the real reason I lost that wrestling match to Bill, was food poisoning.  Bill ate McDonalds, I had salad bar.  I have a really grainy video on my phone.  There was some shady activist looking guy hanging around the salad bar.  They cheated and Deke set it up.  I rest my case.

BILLY SOL HUROK – You lying fucking conspiracy theorist piece of shit!

LeBrain:  Woah, woah, woah!  Take it easy guys, or you’ll never make it on the road!  Let’s end it here and…

IRVING COHEN – (To LeBrain) Fuck you too, media! (Punches LeBrain in jaw)

 

 

ETERNAL WINTER – Final Track List (8-track tape version)

The entire original 2018 recordings, newly remixed, with one new song recorded in 2022!

 

Program 1

    1. Lock Up Your Sheep / Irving Had A Little Lamb
    2. Rolling Through the Hay River, NWT
    3. Eat My Poutine, Putin (beginning)

Program 2

    1. Eat My Poutine, Putin (end)
    2. I Love Hating Your Guts
    3. Snoeshow
    4. Thunder From the Tundra (beginning)

Program 3

    1. Thunder From the Tundra (end)
    2. Blowed Up Real Good
    3. The Smell of 1977
    4. Yellow Popsicle (beginning)

Program 4

    1. Yellow Popsicle (end)
    2. Touch My Dink in the Ditch (The Legendary Klopeks cover)
    3. Current River Blues
    4. Three Bloodthirsty Women From the Land of Always Winter
    5. We Cairn A Lot (Inukshuk cover)

 

NEWS: Steve Morse taking a break from Deep Purple to care for sick family member

We know it as well as anyone:  family must come first.

Deep Purple’s Steve Morse is taking a break from touring to care for his wife who is suffering from cancer.  In a statement Morse said, “At this point, there are so many possible complications and unknowns, that whatever time we have left in our lives, I simply must be there with her.”

Replacing Morse on tour is Simon McBride who has previously worked with Ian Gillan and Don Airey.  Morse notes that if his wife Janine gets a clean bill of health, he will re-join the tour.

It is heartbreaking how cancer can derail plans so suddenly.  After two years of not touring, Morse is forced off the road again.  We wish the Morse family all the best and Janine a swift recovery.  We also wish Simon McBride all the best in what will surely be the biggest tour of his life to date.

Get well soon Janine Morse!

Rest in Peace, Michael Lee Aday – “Meat Loaf”

Though he hasn’t been in the best of health in recent years, I didn’t see this coming.

Because of his size, Michael (Marvin) Aday named his first band Meat Loaf Soul.  The name stuck.  He was offered recording contracts, but felt that he wasn’t being taken seriously.  He worked in musicals, such as Hair and the The Rocky Horror Show, which gave him his big break.  As Eddie, he was cast in the movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  He was unforgettable even in that jam-packed film.  Next came Jim Steinman, and Bat Out of Hell.

Bat and Bat II will go down as some of Meat Loaf’s most remembered albums, among Dead Ringer, Midnight at the Lost and Found, and Bad Attitude.  His movie career continued to bloom with memorable roles in films like Fight Club and Spice World.  He even sang and appeared as Jack Black’s dad in Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny.

Meat Loaf had intended to record seven songs for a new live/studio album this month.  Sadly this will never come to be.

Rest in peace, Meat Loaf.

Rest in Peace Burke Shelley (1950-2022)

We all “knew” who Budgie was thanks to Metallica.  Their cover of “Breadfan” was better than many of Metallica’s originals.  Then, I came across Martin Popoff’s debut tome Riff Kills Man.  The praise thrown at the Welsh trio got all our attention.

I always thought Budgie had elements of all the classic metal bands.  Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Priest, Maiden, with a vocal vibe reminiscent of Geddy Lee.

Burke Shelley was the voice, the vision, and the rumble.  He made basslines into hooks and had a knack for a long, twisted song title.  “I’m Compressing the Comb on a Cockerel’s Head”.  “Nude Disintegrating Parachute Woman”.  “In the Grip of a Tyrefitter’s Hand”.  Unforgettable!  Metallica covered “Crash Course in Brain Surgery”.  Maiden covered “I Can’t See My Feelings”.  But not all the song titles were labyrinthine.  “Guts” from the debut LP packed just as much punch in just four letters!

Budgie’s first album soared in 1971.  They broke up in the 80s, but flew once more with 2006’s You’re All Living in Cuckooland and a new lineup.  Now Burke has left us in Cuckooland, but at least we have a rich back catalogue of albums and singles to enjoy.

Fly high, Burke.