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Vinnie Vincent To Appear At 2018 Atlanta KISS Expo

The former KISS guitarist says he is “happy and excited” to be the special guest at the Atlanta Kiss Expo.

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Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent says that he is “happy and excited” to have been announced as a special guest at the the Atlanta Kiss Expo next year.

According to the official web site for the Atlanta Kiss Expo, Vincent will be signing autographs and taking photos during the special VIP Meet & Greet on Friday, January 19, 2018, as well as all day long at the Atlanta Kiss Expo on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

The organizers say about what is being billed as Vincent’s first public appearance in almost twenty years: “We have worked long and hard to secure the legendary Ankh Warrior for the show, and he’s been absolutely awesome and is looking forward to meeting all of his fans.”

In a newly released handwritten note posted on the L.A. KISS Expo Facebook page, Vinnie said: “Dear fans, I’m happy and excited to be seeing all of you at the Atlanta KISS Expo on January 20, 2018. It’s been a long time coming, and I know we’re going to have an amazing and memorable time. I look forward to meeting you, signing autographs, taking photos, answering your questions and generally having a fun weekend. It will be a celebration for one and all! Thank you for your love and faith.”

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Malcolm Young, AC/DC Guitarist And Co-Founder, Dead At 64

Musician who co-founded Australian rock legends in 1973 with brother Angus Young dies following battle with dementia

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AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young has died after battling dementia for several years, the band announced Saturday. He was 64.

Young died at home with his family at this bedside, the band said in a statement.

Young, along with his brother Angus, founded the legendary rock band in 1975 in Australia.

“Renowned for his musical prowess Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many,” the statement said. “From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans.”

Angus Young, in a separate statement added that Malcolm took “great pride in all that he endeavored.”

“His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed,” he wrote. “As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done.”

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Get A First Look At New Ronnie James Dio Hologram

The ‘Dio Returns’ World Tour will make stops in Poland, Spain, Romania, United Kingdom, Netherlands and Belgium before the end of 2017.

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Live music’s premiere hologram production company Eyellusion has announced new and updated dates for “Dio Returns: The World Tour.” Originally scheduled to kick off in Helsinki, Finland, the tour featuring Ronnie James Dio reuniting via hologram with his Dio bandmates will now begin in Bochum, Germany on December 6. The tour will make stops in Poland, Spain, Romania, United Kingdom, Netherlands and Belgium before the end of 2017.

Dates initially announced for Finland, Sweden and Norway are being rescheduled for a larger run through Scandinavia in 2018. The “Dio Returns” tour will also make stops throughout Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, United States, Venezuela and other countries, with more dates to be announced.

The Ronnie James Dio hologram will perform throughout the show, treating fans to an alternating setlist that will feature songs such as “Rainbow In The Dark,” “We Rock,” “Neon Nights,” “King Of Rock And Roll,” “Man On The Silver Mountain,” “Heaven And Hell,” “Holy Diver” and more.

The “Dio Returns” tour will feature Ronnie’s actual live vocals, with the Dio band playing live, featuring Craig Goldy on guitar, Simon Wright on drums and Scott Warren on keyboards, along with Bjorn Englen on bass. Veteran metal vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens will also perform, with singer Oni Logan joining on select dates.

Dio Returns: The World Tour dates:

Dec. 06 – Matrix Bochum – Bochum, Germany
Dec. 07 – Die Kantine – Cologne, Germany
Dec. 09 – Progresja – Warsaw, Poland
Dec. 13 – Bikini Barcelona – Barcelona, Spain
Dec. 14 – Teatro de las Esquinas – Zaragoza, Spain
Dec. 15 – Escenario Santander – Santander, Spain
Dec. 17 – Arenele Romane – Bucharest, Romania
Dec. 19 – O2 Academy Islington – London, United Kingdom
Dec. 20 – Poppodium 013 – Tilburg, Netherlands
Dec. 21 – Trix – Antwerp, Belgium

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Stone Sour, Halestorm Announce Co-Headlining Tour

Stone Sour is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, ‘Hydrograd,’ while Halestorm recently entered the studio for an early 2018 release.

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Stone Sour has announced new North American tour for early 2018. The new dates include a co-headline tour with Halestorm and special guests The Dead Deads, set to commence on January 27 in Abbotsford, British Columbia, followed by a string of headline shows with support from Red Sun Rising and The Dead Deads, which get underway February 16 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Tour dates:

Jan. 27 – Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Centre (buy tickets)
Jan. 29 – Dawson Creek, BC – Encana Events Centre (buy tickets)
Feb. 01 – Lethbridge, AB – Enmax Centre (buy tickets)
Feb. 02 – Calgary, AB – Grey Eagle Casino (buy tickets)
Feb. 04 – Saskatoon, SK – Sasktel Center (lower Bowl) (buy tickets)
Feb. 05 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre (buy tickets)
Feb. 07 – Bemidji, MN – Sanford Center (buy tickets)
Feb. 08 – Brookings, SD – Swiftel Center (buy tickets)
Feb. 10 – Ypsilanti, MI – Convocation Center (buy tickets)
Feb. 11 – Rochester, NY – Armory (buy tickets)
Feb. 16 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe
Feb. 17 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Feb. 18 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Ballroom

Jan. 27 – Feb. 11 with Halestorm and The Dead Deads
Feb. 16 – Feb. 18 with Red Sun Rising and The Dead Deads

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Brothers Bob And Bruce Kulick Dominate The KISS Kruise

History was made last week when brothers Bob and Bruce Kulick joined The Kiss Kruise for a killer performance of KISS classics.

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History was made last week in the world of KISS, one of the biggest rock bands in the world, when brothers Bob and Bruce Kulick joined The Kiss Kruise for the first time in the seven years the getaway has taken place.

“Our appearance on Kiss Kruise VII the first night on the Main Deck (‘Sail Away’ Stage) was one of our most exciting and memorable gigs in my life,” says Bob. “And I know my brother feels the same way about it!”

Just hours after the performance, the Internet lit up when Kruise passengers began posting and sharing live video of the Kulick brothers’ show, which overwhelmingly was regarded as the strongest of the week.

The band — also comprised of vocalist/bassist Todd Kerns and drummer Brent Fitz — had one rehearsal and one chance to put a set list together for the show. “It was a very personal walk down memory lane,” Bob states. “Especially with these songs, since we played on the original recorded versions of every one of them.

“It was, of course, also a treat to play with Brent Fitz, who was our anchor for the show as well as bassist and vocalist Todd Kerns, who happens to be the singer on my single, ‘Rich Man,’ which just went to radio this week.”

Bob and Bruce Kulick setlist from Kiss Kruise VII:

01. All American Man
02. Hide YouHeart
03. Wouldn’t You Like To Know Me
04. Domino
05. Larger Than Life
06. Tears Are Falling
07. Nowhere To Run
08. Tough Love
09. Tonight You Belong To Me
10. Who Wants To Be Lonely
11. Crazy Nights
12. Turn On The Night
13. Goodbye

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Stone Temple Pilots Announce ‘The X Factor’ Singer Jeff Gutt As New Frontman

Gutt originally auditioned for Stone Temple Pilots in September 2016 and was officially named the band’s new singer in May 2017.

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Stone Temple Pilots have selected one-time “The X Factor” contestant Jeff Gutt as their new vocalist. Gutt, who was a runner-up in season three of the reality television music competition show created by Simon Cowell, was announced as the band’s latest singer during a SiriusXM special earlier tonight (Tuesday, November 14) hosted by Eddie Trunk.

Gutt originally auditioned for Stone Temple Pilots in September 2016 and was officially named the band’s new singer in May 2017. He has spent the last year secretly writing and recording new material in Redondo Beach, California with bandmembers Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz.

Robert DeLeo said that he first found out about Gutt while he was on the road with the Hollywood Vampires. “We were playing Pine Knob — I don’t know what it’s called now; I know it as Pine Knob — up in Detroit, which is where [Jeff is] from,” the bassist said. “And after the show, there was a musician who said, ‘Hey, man, you should check this guy out.’ And that’s where I kind of heard of him first — it was through that guy. And it just happened that it came together like that.”

Regarding how he came to try out for STP, Jeff said: “I had heard about [the audition process], but I was on tour in the Middle East with my band at the time, so I was, like, doing my own thing, and that was everything that I had going on. And then when I got back, I was driving and I heard… I can’t remember what song it was, but a Stone Temple Pilots song came on the radio. So I called my buddy in New York who knows everybody in the music industry, and I was, like, ‘Hey, did they ever find a singer?’ And he was, like, ‘You know what? I’ll send ’em your stuff right now.’ And three days later, I got a call.”

Gutt said that he felt like he had the STP gig “before I even got in the room [with the other guys], to tell you the truth, just because if you don’t feel that way, you’re probably not gonna get it. You have to be confident,” he explained. “I mean, not cocky confidence, but I know my shit, I know what I’m doing. I’ve studied my craft. I’ve studied [original Stone Temple Pilots singer] Scott [Weiland] and the people Scott studied, and other singers of the era. I’ve really put in a lot of time into that, and if you’re not willing to do all of that, you’re not gonna be on the level to even be around these guys.”

Dean DeLeo said he and his bandmates “wanted someone who would not only do our earlier songs justice, but would also write new songs and carve out a different path forward with us. It took some time, but we found our guy,” he said.

Robert DeLeo aded: “Talk about a happy accident. It was clear right away that Jeff had the range to sing vocally challenging songs like ‘Piece Of Pie’ and ‘Interstate Love Song.’ But we soon discovered that he also has a great ear for melody and knew how to write a song.”

According to Kretz, “The chemistry was there from the start, and Jeff kept coming up with one great melody after another. We ended up finishing 14 songs, which is the most that Stone Temple Pilots has ever recorded for an album,” he revealed.

Jeff said that becoming Stone Temple Pilots’ new frontman feels like “joining Led Zeppelin, because, to me, they’re my Led Zeppelin.”

“No one will ever fill Scott’s shoes and I’m not trying to — he’s a legend, Gutt said. “But these songs deserve to be performed and people want to hear them. I’m just honored that the guys chose me to help them continue to build this band’s legacy.”

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