Video: YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Performs At MONSTERS OF ROCK Cruise Pre-Party In Miami

Video: YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Performs At MONSTERS OF ROCK Cruise Pre-Party In Miami

Video footage of Yngwie Malmsteen performing at the Monsters Of Rock cruise pre-party on February 22 at Magic City Casino in Miami, Florida can be seen below.

Yngwie will release a new album, “Blue Lightning”, on March 29 via Mascot Label Group. On the disc, Yngwie pays homage to those from the blues world who have fuelled his artistic spirit for so long.

Yngwie took part in the 2018 edition of the “Generation Axe” tour alongside Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi.

Yngwie‘s last album, “World On Fire”, came out in June 2016 via King Records.

Last fall, Yngwie said that he chose to handle lead vocals himself on “World On Fire” because he “always thought that singers have the Elvis Presley syndrome — they think they’re Elvis Presley. They’re not Elvis Presley,” he said. “Because I write the music, I write the lyrics, I write the vocal melody lines — I write everything. Just because I let somebody sing something doesn’t mean they’re more important than the bass player or the keyboard player or the drummer. Because I write all the parts — I write the drum parts, the bass parts, the keyboard parts, the guitar parts and the vocal parts — like a classical composer. And I really kind of got tired of dealing with their bullshit, really. So I decided to sing myself.”


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Nikki Sixx Discusses Motley Crue's Cover of Madonna's 'Like a Virgin'

Nikki Sixx Discusses Motley Crue's Cover of Madonna's 'Like a Virgin'

Bassist originally thought recording 1984 hit was a “really horrible idea,” even though it was his idea.

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FOREIGNER's MICK JONES And LOU GRAMM Have 'Valid' Ideas For New Musical Collaboration

FOREIGNER's MICK JONES And LOU GRAMM Have 'Valid' Ideas For New Musical Collaboration

FOREIGNER guitarist Mick Jones has told Billboard that a possibility exists that he will collaborate with the band’s original lead singer Lou Gramm on some new music in the near future. “Yeah, definitely,” he said. “We’ve been so busy, [to] tell [you] the truth. It’s pretty exhausting. It’s just finding that time when you can take a week somewhere, and even five or six days, just to get together and try and think back to where we were heading with the ideas. I listened to a couple of tracks last week and I definitely heard some ideas in there that are quite valid.”

In the same interview, Gramm confirmed that he will no longer be touring with his solo band. Saying that “the decision had been made a while ago,” Lou explained: “I’m just at the point now where I’d like to turn my attention to people I love and other things that I enjoy,” including fixing and driving his collection of muscle cars. “It’s been a passion of mine since before I was old enough to drive,” he said. “And in Rochester, there’s a very short time where you can drive cars where it’s not snowing and it also happens to be a time when we’re touring the most. So I want to put that time aside.”

The only remaining original member of FOREIGNER, Jones suffered from some health issues beginning in 2011, eventually resulting in heart surgery in 2012. Ever since, it is never announced whether he will be appearing with the band for specific shows — it just depends how he is feeling.

After Gramm left FOREIGNER in 2003, Jones took some time off before regrouping a couple years later with an entirely new lineup, featuring lead singer Kelly Hansen, former DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson, and multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel, among others.

Last year, Gramm participated in FOREIGNER‘s “Double Vision: Then And Now” concerts, which featured current and original members of the band, including Jones, drummer Dennis Elliott, keyboardist Al Greenwood, bassist Rick Wills and guitarist/saxophonist Ian McDonald.

Gramm was the voice on FOREIGNER‘s biggest hits, including “Feels Like The First Time” and “Cold as Ice” from the band’s eponymous debut in 1977, and later songs like “Hot Blooded” and “I Want to Know What Love Is”.
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QUIET RIOT's FRANKIE BANALI Looks Back On Making Of W.A.S.P.'s 'The Headless Children'

QUIET RIOT's FRANKIE BANALI Looks Back On Making Of W.A.S.P.'s 'The Headless Children'

In a recent interview with Tom Leu of Sound Matters Radio, QUIET RIOT‘s Frankie Banali spoke about his session-drummer appearance on W.A.S.P.‘s fourth album, 1989’s “The Headless Children”.

“It’s funny, because Blackie [Lawless, W.A.S.P. leader] and I have known each other for a very, very long time,” Frankie said. “We actually knew each other before I was involved with DUBROW, which was the precursor to QUIET RIOT. And what happened is he asked me if I would be interested in doing his new record, which became ‘The Headless Children’. And at the time, I was recording the fourth QUIET RIOT record. Blackie wanted me to record the record and tour, and I said, ‘Listen, I’m happy to record the record. I can’t commit to touring. And if you have to find somebody that’s gonna do the record and tour, then fine. But if you don’t find somebody that can do the record, let me know — which is exactly what happened. So I was basically doing both those records in tandem, at the same time. And it was a pretty amazing experience.

Blackie is a great songwriter,” Frankie continued. “And it’s really funny — a lot of his stuff is rooted, believe it or not, as far as melodies are concerned, in THE BEATLES. And he knew what I could do, and I immediately embraced all the material. And it was a blast doing it. I already knew Chris Holmes, who I think is a great guitarist and very underrated. And Johnny Rod, for as crazy as he is, he’s an amazing bassist. So that was a lot of fun.”

Frankie added: “The interesting thing about that record is Blackie said, ‘What would you think about doing a cover of THE WHO‘s ‘The Real Me’?’ And I said, ‘I love THE WHO and I love that particular track and I love Keith Moon.’ So, unbeknownst to anyone… This was the last track that we recorded, and I said to myself… And I was pretty tired at that point. And I said, ‘Okay, the only way to capture a little bit of that craziness that Keith Moon brought to the table, in my mind, was to drink a half a pint of cheap bourbon called Head High. Which I did, and I, immediately after downing that — in one sip; half a pint — after downing that, I said to the engineer in the talkback, I said, ‘Roll tape.’ And we recorded the track. There’s no click track, and that is one take. Thank God it worked out, because I don’t think I’d have another take in me. So ‘The Real Me’ was done under the influence and without a click track.”

Holmes told Eonmusic in a 2018 interview that Banali “always treated” him “like a roadie” when they played together “because I roadied for a band when I was 16 that he played drums for. His guitar player was a guy that gave me Blackie‘s number to join SISTER when I was 17, so he always treated me like a roadie,” Chris said.

Two years ago, Banali told XS Rock that he was “really proud” of his association with W.A.S.P. “I’ve played on seven of their records which is quite a few records to do with an outside artist,” he said. “Would I work [Blackie] again? Yeah. If the opportunity presented itself. I see no reason why not. We’re friends, we get along and we have similar taste in music. I still think the first record that I did with W.A.S.P., ‘The Headless Children’, is one of the greatest conceptual rock records. I like that one even more than ‘Crimson Idol’, which I also recorded drums for. I think ‘Headless Children’ was the first record that Blackie did that took a step away from the blood and guts, raw meat and all of that. It had a lot more substance to it.”

As for Holmes, Frankie said: “I love Chris! He’s crazy. He’s as crazy as the day is long. I did a solid year of touring in Europe for ‘The Headless Children’ and at the beginning of it, he stuck me rooming with Chris. After about a week, I said to Blackie, ‘You get me my own room or I’m going home.’ He’s a nut. [Laughs] He’s doing great… People see him as a a bigger-than-life creature, which he is…but he’s also a really, really sweet guy.”

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DUFF MCKAGAN Says AXL ROSE Has Come Up With 'Some Magnificent Stuff' For New GUNS N' ROSES Album

DUFF MCKAGAN Says AXL ROSE Has Come Up With 'Some Magnificent Stuff' For New GUNS N' ROSES Album

During an appearance earlier today (Friday, February 22) on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation”, Duff McKagan said that a new GUNS N’ ROSES album could happen in the not-too-distant future, remarking: “I heard some new material and there’s been some jams going around, and that’s the next step for us, for the GN’R thing.”

Asked by host Eddie Trunk “how real” the potential is for a new GUNS N’ ROSES record, Duff replied: “Oh, it’s real. But the fun part and the cool part about GUNS N’ ROSES is we don’t really talk about it, and what happens next just happens. It’s never been that band that there’s a direct schedule of how we do things.”

He continued: “I’ve heard some magnificent stuff that Axl [Rose, vocals] has — really cool stuff he’d been working on. So I’m excited about the possibilities with that, of course. I don’t mean to get anybody rabid. [A new GUNS N’ ROSES album] will happen when it happens, that’s for sure.”

McKagan also said that he was surprised by the massive success of GUNS N’ ROSES“Not In This Lifetime” tour, which lasted for two and half years. “Anytime I play a gig, if there’s three people in there, I’m, like, ‘Wow! They came to see me play,'” he said. “Nothing’s changed. I’m just always so grateful and astonished. Some of these gigs we played, a lot of ’em — most of ’em, if not all — were astonishing how many people came and were so into it.”

Earlier in the month, Slash told Japanese rock critic and media personality Maso Ito on TVK‘s “Rock City” program that there was “material going on already” for a new GUNS record. But Slash added, “It’s just, with GUNS N’ ROSES, you don’t go, ‘Oh, there is a plan, and it’s gonna be like this,’ because that’s not how it works. So, basically, the only real answer to give is we’re hoping to put a new record out, and we’ll just see what happens when it happens.”

Slash’s comments echoed those made by guitarist Richard Fortus the previous week, when the latter told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Slash is on tour [with his solo group] right now. Once he gets back from that, we’re gonna get some more recording done and hopefully get an album out soon.”

There has been speculation about a new album from GUNS N’ ROSES ever since three-fifths of its original lineup reunited in 2016 for the “Not In This Lifetime” tour.

There hasn’t been a new GUNS N’ ROSES album since 2008’s “Chinese Democracy”, which featured only Axl from the band’s classic lineup.

The last collection of original music to feature Axl, Slash and McKagan was 1991’s “Use Your Illusions” albums, and the last LP of any kind to feature the three was the 1993 covers set “The Spaghetti Incident?”

Slash is currently on the road overseas with his solo band, MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS, as they continue to promote their most recent album, “Living The Dream”. Axl‘s plans for the rest of 2019 are less clear, although there has been speculation that he could tour again with AC/DC should that band’s singer, Brian Johnson, be unable to perform live again for extended amounts of time.

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