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HALESTORM's LZZY HALE Featured On New LINDSEY STIRLING Album
HALESTORM's Lzzy Hale makes a guest appearance on "Shatter Me", the title track of the new album from the American violinist, dancer, performance artist and composer Lindsey Stirling. The CD will be released on April 29 and will by accompanied by a video for "Shatter Me", also featuring Hale. A seven-minute video clip featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the recording sessions for the "Shatter Me" song can be seen below.Stirling, a 27-year-old native of Orange County, California, and an "America's Got Talent" alum (she placed fifth in 2007), has sold more than 100,000 copies of her self-titled, independently released debut album since its arrival in the fall of 2012. She also has about 2.5 million Facebook fans and 274,000 Twitter followers. Regarding how her collaboration with Lzzy came about, Lindsey said: "This song is very, very — obviously — different for a Lindsey Stirling track, because I've never written lyrics before, I've never gotten to blatantly say what I feel. I mean, all my songs have meaning behind them and I try to express that very strongly through the emotion that I want the song to feel for everyone. This time I got to literally say, 'This is what I want to share.' It was so important for me to find the right singer for it, becase I had in my mind the idea of who I wanted. I love vocalists like Hayley Williams from PARAMORE and Amy Lee from EVANESCENCE, so I really wanted a powerhouse, rock-star female vocalist. I came across Lzzy Hale's videos and HALESTORM's stuff, and I was just blown away by the energy that Lzzy has on stage, on camera, in her tracks. I immediately got really excited and was just keeping my fingers crossed that she would have a window to come and do this with me. So I reached out to her management, and really quickly, they responded right back that Lzzy was really excited about the track." She added: "I had actually never heard of Lzzy before, I'm ashamed to admit it. And it's even funnier because she had never heard of me, and we both kind of became immediate fans of each other's work."
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Original GRIM REAPER Members STEVE GRIMMETT And NICK BOWCOTT Interviewed At RAGNARÖKKR METAL APOCALYPSE (Video)
STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER, the revamped version of the cult '80s British metal act GRIM REAPER led by singer Steve Grimmett, performed in the USA for the first time since 1987 on April 5 at the Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse festival at Reggies bar in Chicago, Illinois. The band's set consisted of many of the classic GRIM REAPER tunes but also included new tracks from STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER's upcoming studio album, tentatively titled "From Hell", due out in the spring. Original GRIM REAPER guitarist Nick Bowcott joined STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER on stage for several songs, marking the first time Steve and Nick have performed together in more than 25 years. Prior to the Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse concert, STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER and Nick Bowcott took part in a joint interview with TV6. You can now watch the chat below. Multi-camera video footage of Bowcott and STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER performing the song "Lust For Freedom" at Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse can be seen below.STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER is: Steve Grimmett - VocalsIan Nash - GuitarChaz Grimaldi - BassMark Rumble - Drums The back catalog from GRIM REAPER was reissued in Japan in October 2008 via RCA/BMG. "See You in Hell" (1984), "Fear No Evil" (1985) and "Rock You to Hell" (1987) feature JVC K2 24-bit remastering and are available for order at this location. Interview:
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BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE's TUCK, THOMAS Interviewed By Poland's ROCKVILLE (Video)
Poland's Rockville recently conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Matt Tuck and drummer Michael "Moose" Thomas of Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE. You can now watch the chat below. A brand new song from BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE entitled "Raising Hell" was premiered on the November 18, 2013 edition of BBC Radio 1's "Rock Show" with Daniel P. Carter and was released digitally on December 10, 2013. The bandmembers, who only released their latest album, "Temper Temper", in March of last year, recorded and produced the track themselves at Metropolis Studios in between finishing touring America and before their U.K. arena tour, where they debuted the track live for the first time ever. Said BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE frontman Matt Tuck: "'Raising Hell' is a beast of a tune which is definitely taking the next chapter of BULLET into a more intense, thrasher style of metal. We're super happy how it came out, especially as it was self-produced and can't wait to get the ball rolling on the next album. [It's] gonna be great to get back to an edgier heavy sound. Look out!!" The official "Raising Hell" video can be seen below. The clip was directed, produced and edited by James Sharrock.BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE drummer Michael "Moose" Thomas told <Billboard.com in an interview that the band's next album will be "completely different" from "Temper Temper". "It's definitely more of a step towards our first two records," Thomas said. "We always like to keep changing our records and our sounds and stuff. I think you have to change, otherwise it gets boring for us and the fans get bored. Look at all the great bands through rock history; they changed on all their albums — especially METALLICA. Their albums have always changed, and they're the biggest metal band ever. So we just want to keep changing and get to another level each time out."Tuck told the Germany's EMP Rock Invasion about the progress of the songwriting sessions for BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE's next album: "We've done five songs so far, and they're sounding very good. I don't know how to explain it, really… It's definitely more aggressive, edgier. It's definitely stepping back into the heavier side of what we've done in the past. And I don't mean that as in, like, a screaming way… just aggressive music, you know." Asked about the mixed response to the "Temper Temper" album, Tuck said: "I wouldn't change that record for anything, really. That's the record we wanted to make, and that's what we should be doing; we should be doing what we want, and we shouldn't be trying to please anyone else. If the next album we write doesn't get well received for whatever reason, then it's, like… you can't do things for other people. We've gotta do it for ourselves, and that's the only way we can stay true as a band. I think a rule that we've always stuck by since Day One was we do it our way and we do it what we wanna do or we don't do it at all. I think someone else fucking up your career is not acceptable. So if we fuck it up, at least you can sleep at night, you know what I mean? So we're extremely happy with it, and here we are today still rocking big venues around the world. So we [must be doing] something right, you know?!"Tuck told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he had no regrets about the band exploring its more melodic side on its last two albums. "The big thing that we've learned is, like, you're not gonna please everyone all the time," he said. "As long as you do what you want to do and the band is happy and you feel you haven't given away your integrity, you know, I don't really care if people go, 'Oh, it's not metal enough, it's not heavy enough.' It's like, that's not what we are.""Temper Temper" sold 44,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 13 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on February 12, 2013 via RCA. Interview:
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GEOFF TATE Is 'The Voice Of QUEENSRŸCHE'
In what appears to be a preview of the upcoming settlement announcement over the rights to the QUEENSRŸCHE name, singer Geoff Tate's QUEENSRŸCHEwebpage has changed. It no longer says "QUEENSRŸCHE" at the top and now features a banner with the words "Geoff Tate: The Voice Of QUEENSRŸCHE." In addition, there is a link to "QUEENSRŸCHE Without Geoff Tate" which points to QueensrycheOfficial.com, the official webpage of the Todd La Torre-fronted version of the band.QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Michael Wilton recently confirmed that Tate— who was fired from the Seattle progressive rock band in 2012 after fronting it for three decades — and his former bandmates have reached a settlement in their legal battle over the rights to the group's name. Speaking to the Allentown Music Examiner, Wilton was asked when fans can expect a resolution of the legal case involving the two versions of QUEENSRŸCHE. "That's coming up," Wilton said. "What I can say is that both sides have reached an amicable settlement and it's now just a matter of time. There will be an official press release, but for now, you'll have to wait."Wilton also revealed that the Todd La Torre-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE is continuing work on material for the follow-up to last year's self-titled effort. "We've already begun the process for the next album," he said. "We have probably six songs demoed so far. We're taking it in a direction suited to what we do as QUEENSRŸCHE but maybe a little more progressive and heavier. The thing is, you never know what you really have until it's complete. It's like carving a piece of clay and seeing how it turns out. You peel off the layers until you get to something really cool."Tate and his wife, Susan, QUEENSRŸCHE's former manager, filed a lawsuit in June 2012 asking the judge to award them the rights to the band's name in exchange for Tate paying Eddie Jackson (bass), Michael Wilton (guitar) and Scott Rockenfield (drums) the fair market value for their interests in the QUEENSRŸCHE companies. Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson filed a countersuit against the Tates in which they accused Geoff of creative obstruction and violent behavior, and Susan Tate of questionable business practices. While ruling against Tate, the presiding judge determined that there was no legal hurdle in Tate also using the name with an all-new lineup of musicians. "I don't see any reason that Mr. Tate can't have the benefit, if he gets other members, of whatever name he uses of using the brand," Superior Court Judge Carol A. Schapira said during the July 13, 2012 court hearing. "I think [doing that would be] inherently confusing, although I'm sure the market can get these things sorted out," she added.Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson last year accused Geoff Tate of "continu[ing] to harm the QUEENSRŸCHE brand" since the Tates' original lawsuit was filed in June 2012. In a court document, they wrote: "The newest self-titled QUEENSRŸCHE CD release by the [Todd La Torre-fronted version of the band] entered the U.S. charts at #23 and continues to get 9-out-of-10-star reviews and is still selling very well on a weekly basis around the globe. In comparison, Geoff Tate released his own QUEENSRŸCHE CD in April of [2013] titled 'Frequency Unknown' and depicted as F.U. on the cover, which entered the charts at #82, received very bad reviews around the world, and has slowed to almost no more weekly sales. [The Todd La Torre-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE's] new CD even outperformed the last two CDs of them with Geoff Tate, selling more in a month than the 'Dedicated to Chaos' CD has since its release in 2010, and charting much better than both that album and the previous one, 'American Soldier'. Thus, the return to the classic sound [Tate's former] bandmates have made with the new CD and live shows has been met with overwhelming success." They added: "Geoff Tate also chose very poorly in hiring live musicians that have shown that they are not capable of representing the correct performances of the QUEENSRŸCHE music legacy, and he was constantly replacing them. He has been offering his low-quality version of QUEENSRŸCHE to the promoters at a much reduced rate, as low as $10,000 per night, when, in fact, [his former] bandmates have done their best to keep the authorized QUEENSRŸCHE at an average of well over $20,000 per show this entire year. However, this becomes harder and harder with Geoff Tate's sub-par band and cut-rate pricing that continues to be damaging to the QUEENSRŸCHE brand and legacy no matter who ultimately wins control after trial." In an interview with The Oakland Press, Rockenfield said said that "negotiations are ongoing between Tate and the singer's former bandmates and "there's still time for anything to happen between now and [the start of the trial]." "I think our confidence is pretty high," Scott said. "There's a lot of legal stuff you have to deal with, but we just feel good and look at it as a light at the end of the tunnel and keep playing shows and making music. I think when you do that, the right decision will be made in time."geofftatevoiceofqueens_638
SUICIDE SILENCE To Release 'You Can't Stop Me' Album In July
California deathcore masters SUICIDE SILENCE will release "You Can't Stop Me", their first album to feature new vocalist Hernan "Eddie" Hermida (ex-ALL SHALL PERISH) and their first since the tragic loss of singer Mitch Lucker, on July 11 in Europe (except in the U.K., where it will arrive on July 14) and July 15 in North America via Nuclear Blast Entertainment."You Can't Stop Me" was produced and mixed by Steve Evetts (SEPULTURA, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN), who worked with the band not only on "The Black Crown", but also on some instrumental demos for the new CD just prior to Lucker's death in the fall of 2012. "The long and short of it is this," says guitarist Mark Heylmun. "Mitch left behind a set of lyrics with the title 'You Can't Stop Me'. This gave us chills, to say the least, and we knew we had the title and title track. This filled us with inspiration for writing sessions to empower us and empower you, the supporters of SUICIDE SILENCE. "We as a band (and Steve Evetts) worked tirelessly on this record and I'm not gonna say we can't wait for you to hear it. I'm gonna tell you that you have to hear it. You have to sit and listen from start to finish. "I'm not gonna tell you this is our best record we've ever done. I'm gonna tell you this is the record we care more about than any record we've ever done. This is a record that we fought, bled, sweated, and fucking cried over. "Go pick up a copy and turn this sucker up to eleven. "We couldn't be more excited. "Thank you all for supporting SUICIDE SILENCE."Mitch Lucker died November 1, 2012 after sustaining injuries in a motorcycle crash in Huntington Beach on Halloween night. "We never talked about continuing and we never talked about quitting, so it was like an unspoken thing, 'cause with some people, a tragic happening, the last thing you want to do is talk about it," SUICIDE SILENCE guitarist Chris Garza told Music Feeds. Ultimately, Garza explained, carrying on as SUICIDE SILENCE felt like the right thing to do. "I think keeping the SUICIDE SILENCE brand going and the name going keeps Mitch alive and I think it would be completely disrespectful to Mitch and everything that he worked for if we stopped going or changed the name," he added. Regarding the direction of the new material, Heylmun told U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine: "Eddie is quite a versatile vocalist and he's willing to experiment, so we're definitely exploring the horizons, but don't expect anything less than pure brutality throughout."Randy Blythe (LAMB OF GOD), Robb Flynn (MACHINE HEAD) and Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SEPULTURA) were among the "surprise" guests who performed with with the surviving members of SUICIDE SILENCE at a special show on December 21, 2012 at the Fox theater in Pomona, California as a tribute Mitch Lucker. All proceeds from the event went towards the education of Mitch's six-year-old daughter, Kenadee Lucker. The Pomona concert was professionally filmed for a DVD, "Suicide Silence - Ending Is The Beginning: The Mitch Lucker Memorial Show", that was released on February 18 in North America and was made available March 17 in Europe as a CD/DVD digipack and CD/Blu-ray combo pack. SUICIDE SILENCE 2014 is:Hernan "Eddie" Hermida - VocalsChris Garza - GuitarMark Heylmun - GuitarAlex Lopez - DrumsDan Kenny - Bass
TARJA TURUNEN And MIKE TERRANA To Release 'Beauty & The Beat' CD, DVD, Blu-Ray In May
Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen and acclaimed drummer Mike Terrana (TARJA, AXEL RUDI PELL, RAGE, YNGWIE J. MALMSTEEN, MASTERPLAN) will release the classic-rock crossover live project "Beauty & The Beat" on May 30 via earMUSIC. The effort includes interpretations of classic music pieces ranging from Bach to Mozart to Rossini as well as rock classics from QUEEN, LED ZEPPELIN and Turunen. "Beauty & The Beat" is something very different from your ordinary rock show, let alone your ordinary classic concert. It's music played in an unorthodox manner; it's the performance of a wide range of classical pieces and rock songs together with an orchestra and choir. Originally planned as a one-time event — the first performance was already held in 2011 — the show was too successful with fans and critics to simply never happen again. In spring 2013, Turunen and Terrana again toured throughout the world, from Poland to Russia to Mexico. The music of "Beauty & The Beat" ranges from immortal classic pieces by Bach, Strauss and Mozart to Rossini, but doesn’t neglect pure rock music like songs from LED ZEPPELIN, QUEEN as well as Tarja's own pieces. All combined with orchestra and choir with more than 100 musicians on stage, an enormous sound, energetic drums and Tarja's angelic voice Tarja and Mike complement each other musically. Whereas Mike bangs his drums with rock attitude, Tarja shines with her crystal clear voice and incredible stage presence; all lulled with the warm, full sound of an orchestra. Turunen explains: "The idea of having a symphonic orchestra, choir and Mr. Terrana on drums was originally mine. "Mike has done a recording with drums over classical pieces that I think it is great. I immediately imagined it performed live on a stage with a real orchestra as a part of a bigger concept. "I believe this kind of combination of instruments, particularly playing mainly classical music, is very unique. "I have been making collaborations with orchestras before and I could foresee a great outcome. "Our main goal with these kind of concerts is that the younger audience experiences the beauty and power of a symphonic orchestra and choir. Hopefully it will serve as an introduction to classical music for some of our fans." Terrana jokingly adds: "It's obvious that I provide the beat and Tarja provides the beauty." CD track listing: CD1 * Mike - Concert For Violin & Oboe (Bach) * Tarja - Blute Nur (Bach) * Tarja - Zueignung - Op. 10, No. 1 (Strauss) * Mike - Barber of Seville (Rossini) * Mike - New World Symphony (Dvorák) * Tarja - Song To The Moon (Dvorák) * Tarja - Vilja Lied (Lehár) * Tarja - O mio babbino caro (Puccini) * Mike - Can-can (Offenbach) * Tarja - I Feel Pretty (Leonard Bernstein) * Mike - William Tell Overture (Rossini) * Tarja - Mein Herr Marquis (Strauss) * Mike - Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart) CD2 * Tarja - You Take My Breath Away (Queen) * Tarja & Mike - The Reign (Tarja) * Tarja & Mike - Witch-hunt (Tarja) * Tarja & Mike - Led Zeppelin Medley * Tarja & Mike - Swanheart (Nightwish) * Mike & Tarja - Fly Me To The Moon (Frank Sinatra) * Tarja & Mike - Into The Sun (Tarja) * Tarja & Mike - I Walk Alone (Tarja) DVD/Blu-ray track listing: First Part * Orchestra - Carmen Overture * Mike - Concert For Violin & Oboe (Bach) * Tarja - Blute Nur (Bach) * Tarja - Zueignung - Op. 10, No. 1 (Strauss) * Mike - Barber of Seville (Rossini) * Mike - New World Symphony (Dvorák) * Tarja - Song To The Moon (Dvorák) * Tarja - Vilja Lied (Lehár) * Tarja - O mio babbino caro (Puccini) * Tarja & Mike - The Reign (Tarja) Second Part * Tarja - You Take My Breath Away (Queen) * Tarja & Mike - Witch-hunt (Tarja) * Tarja & Mike - Led Zeppelin Medley * Tarja & Mike– Swanheart (Nightwish) * Mike - Can-can (Offenbach) * Tarja - Mein Herr Marquis (Strauss) * Mike & Tarja - Fly Me To The Moon (Frank Sinatra) * Tarja & Mike - Into The Sun (Tarja) Encore * Mike - William Tell Overture (Rossini) * Tarja - I Feel Pretty (Leonard Bernstein) * Mike - Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart) * Tarja & Mike - I Walk Alone (Tarja) * Bonus material * Photo Gallery For more information, visit tarja-beautyandthebeat.com.beatyandthebeatcd Fan-filmed performance footage (April 6, 2013 in Zlin, Czech Republic):
JAKE E. LEE: Video Footage Of MONSTERS OF ROCK Question-And-Answer Session
Fan-filmed video footage of the last 10 minutes of Jake E. Lee's (OZZY OSBOURNE, BADLANDS, RED DRAGON CARTEL) question-and-answer in the Atrium on the Monsters Of Rock cruise, which sailed from Miami, Florida on March 29, can be seen below.RED DRAGON CARTEL's self-titled debut album sold around 5,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 69 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on January 28 via Frontiers Records, the CD was recorded at Las Vegas' The Hideout Recording Studio— owned and operated by Kevin Churko (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, IN THIS MOMENT) — and was produced by R. Bernard Mann (a.k.a. Ronnie Mancuso) and Jake E. Lee, and executive-produced, mixed and mastered by Churko.RED DRAGON CARTEL, which references the axeman's Japanese roots, also features Darren James "D.J." Smith of Canadian metallers WARMACHINE, on vocals, Ronnie Mancuso (BEGGARS & THIEVES) on bass and Jonas Fairley (BLACK BETTY) on drums.Jake E. Lee is best known for his work in BADLANDS and as guitarist for OZZY OSBOURNE on "Bark At The Moon" and "The Ultimate Sin" albums. "Red Dragon Cartel" also features various guest appearances from some of rock's most notable faces, including legendary CHEAP TRICK vocalist Robin Zander, former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di'Anno, KILL DEVIL HILL/ex-PANTERA bassist Rex Brown, Sass Jordan, Todd Kerns and Brent Fitz (SLASH) and IN THIS MOMENT frontwoman Maria Brink. JAKE E. LEE'S RED DRAGON CARTEL's setlist includes new material like the singles "Feeder" and "Deceived", as well as major hits from Jake E. Lee's glorious past: "Bark At The Moon", "The Ultimate Sin" and "Rock 'N' Roll Rebel" (all originally recorded by OZZY OSBOURNE), as well as "Shine On" and "High Wire" (BADLANDS).
VAN HALEN's DAVID LEE ROTH Gets 'Happy' With NATURALLY 7 (Video)
VAN HALEN frontman David Lee Roth attended the April 20 concert in Tokyo, Japan by NATURALLY 7, an American music group with a distinct a cappella style they call "vocal play." Roth visited NATURALLY 7 backstage and joined them in singing "Happy". Check out video footage below. According to The Pulse Of Radio, Roth has said in the latest installment of his web series, "The Roth Show", that VAN HALEN is working on some kind of "secret' project. Roth said on the show, "Doing some catching up here, a little bit of a scrapbook. We've been doing a lot of traveling. [I've been] working on a great VAN HALEN project — can't announce anything or I'd have to come find you and swear you to secrecy." VAN HALEN has been mostly silent since coming off the road in summer 2012 and canceling a large portion of its touring plans behind that year's album, "A Different Kind Of Truth". The band — which reunited with Roth in 2007 after 23 years apart — has reportedly been working on its 13th studio album. Roth said in an interview late last year that VAN HALEN had started work on a new record, revealing, "I write lyrics routinely and the band plays together routinely, at least three times a week up at Ed's [Van Halen] place.""A Different Kind Of Truth" sold 187,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was is the band's first full-length offering with David Lee Roth since "1984" was released in January 1984.Roth exited the group in 1985, a year after its "1984" album was released.
ICE-T's BODY COUNT: First Interview With New Lineup On 'Final Level' Podcast (Audio)
The new episode of the Ice-T's "Final Level" podcast (web site) features the first interview with the new lineup of his metal band BODY COUNT. The group also engages in an a cappella cover song of the "Mister Ed" theme song. You can now listen to the podcast using the audio player below.BODY COUNT will take part in this summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which kicks off on July 5 in San Bernardino, California.BODY COUNT will release its new album, "Manslaughter", later in the year via Sumerian Records. BODY COUNT's last album, "Murder 4 Hire", came out in 2006 via Escapi Music. Lyrically, the songs ranged from political ("The End Game"), personal ("You Don't Know Me [Pain]"), and religious ("The Passion Of The Christ"), to obsession ("In My Head"), armegeddon ("Dirty Bomb"), hate ("Lies") and relationships. A eulogy for fallen band member D-Roc was also included ("D Rocs [RIP]") as was a hilarious take on deep south rednecks ("Down In The Bayou"). The CD closed with "Mr. C's Theme", a show-stopping hard-rock instrumental.Ice-T's "Final Level" podcast (audio):
SAIGON KICK/Ex-SKID ROW Drummer PHIL VARONE Talks To SRO MAGAZINE INC. (Audio)
SRO Magazine Inc. writer Alicia Williams recently conducted an interview with former SKID ROW and current SAIGON KICK drummer Phil Varone. Varone spoke about past experiences with bands and musicians that he has played with, including SAIGON KICK, SKID ROW, PRUNELLA SCALES and MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.Varone, who claims he's had sex with over 3,000 women, published his book, "Un-Philtered: Real Life On And Off The Rock 'N' Roll Tour Bus", in April 2013 via Riverdale Avenue Books. The e-book and trade paperback is available through RiverdaleAveBooks.com, Amazon.com and other online venues. In "Un-Philtered: Real Life On And Off The Rock 'N' Roll Tour Bus", Varone shares his thoughts on what it's really like to be a rock star on a bus for weeks on end, the man-band bonding rituals, and the endless groupies. He tells the inside story of what it was like to sleep with more than 3,000 women — and remember only half of them. In one of the most riveting chapters of the book, "I Said/She Said — A Look into the Groupie Mind," the reader meets many of the women he bedded, It features often explicit stories from numerous women in his life, juxtaposed with Varone's memories (or lack thereof) of their encounters. "Un-Philtered" takes the reader through Varone's childhood on Long Island, his role in founding SAIGON KICK, and his bizarre journey through the '80s and '90s rock scene. Throughout the rock 'n' roll memoir, Varone tells readers how he sees the world in a no-holds-barred riff on American culture — from what makes it so unique and great to what makes it funny and often sad. Readers of "Un-Philtered" will find out what Varone thinks about Donald Trump, Mitt Romney and reality TV, and will finally learn what happens when the bathroom doesn't work on the tour bus. Varone closes the book with this thought: "I hope this book made you laugh, cry, mad, disgusted, shake your head or want a refund. The idea is to touch on emotions and even if it's for a split second, make another person think. I had the time of my life writing this for you and I hope to have made a few friends and fans along the way." Over the years Varone has been branded as a sex addict and has appeared on VH1's "Sex Rehab With Dr. Drew" show. "They've got an addiction claim for everything you can do, but I never considered myself a sex addict because sex never screwed up the rest of my life or my ability to function at a high level," Varone says. Varone has appeared on many TV shows, including "Miami Ink", "Californication", "NUMB3RS", "Oprah", "The Tyra Banks Show", "The Today Show" and many others. In 2010, Phil responded to ex-SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach's claim that Varone's decision to pose nude for the cover of the December 2010 issue of Playgirl magazine is "further proof that the name 'SKID ROW' has completely lost all credibility, cool, accuracy and is now devoid of all meaning in every way." Varone told the New York Post, "I'm grateful and proud of my time in SKID ROW and sorry [Sebastian] feels that way." Playgirl representative Daniel Nardicio defended Varone: "This coming from a man [Bach] who preceded David Hasselhoff in 'Jekyll & Hyde' on Broadway? Now that's the epitome of uncool."Varone joined SKID ROW in 2000 — about four years after Bach parted ways with the group.
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Drew Barrymore welcomes second baby girl

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Internet TV case: Justices skeptical, concerned

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DeGeneres making design series for HGTV

FILE - In this April 29, 2013 file photo, TV host Ellen DeGeneres arrives at the season 4 premiere of "Arrested Development" in Los Angeles. DeGeneres is making a furniture design competition series for the HGTV network. HGTV said Tuesday, April 22, 2014, that “Ellen’s Design Challenge” is expected to air sometime next year. (Photo by Katy Winn/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres is making a furniture design competition series for the HGTV network.


Bon Jovi helps open low-income housing in Philly

Jon Bon Jovi, center, takes part in a ribbon cutting ceremony during the grand opening of the JBJ Soul Homes, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Philadelphia. On Tuesday, Bon Jovi attended the grand opening of a low-income housing development that bears his initials. The 55-unit JBJ Soul Homes will be occupied by low-income tenants and the formerly homeless. Bon Jovi's Soul Foundation and the Middleton Partnership provided the lead gift for the $16.6 million complex in the Francisville neighborhood. The project also received public funds. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jon Bon Jovi's hit tune "Who Says You Can't Go Home?" took on new meaning Tuesday as the rock star cut the ribbon on a namesake housing development for low-income residents and the formerly homeless in Philadelphia.


Some drama off-camera in Mideast conflict film

In this photo taken Sunday, April 20, 2014, American director James Adolphus, 36 talks to the Associated Press during an interview in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The American director's short film about an Israeli army raid in a Palestinian refugee camp ends with a surprise _ literally involving a rabbit, though not one pulled from a hat. The story told in “The Warren” is meant to question preconceptions Israelis and Palestinians hold about each other in their long-running conflict.(AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)AL-EIN REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank (AP) — An American director's short film about an Israeli army raid in a Palestinian refugee camp ends with a surprise — literally involving a rabbit, though not one pulled from a hat. The story told in "The Warren" is meant to question the ways Israelis and Palestinians see each other as a result of their long-running conflict.


Ex-Fox exec denies allegations in sex abuse suit
HONOLULU (AP) — A former Fox television executive on Tuesday denied allegations that he sexually abused a teen through a sex ring involving underage children.
Discovery to chronicle Everest avalanche

FILE - In this May 22 2013 file photo, climbers descend Khumbu Icefall on their way back to Base Camo after summitting the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) Mount Everest. With its dreams of covering a daredevil's attempt to jump off Mount Everest over, the Discovery network is instead making a documentary on the avalanche, Friday, 18, 2014, that killed more than a dozen mountain guides. Discovery President Eileen O'Neill said Tuesday, April 22, the network hopes to air the film within the next few weeks. Discovery will encourage viewers to donate to a relief fund for families of the Sherpa guides killed in the disaster. Several of the Sherpas killed were helping prepare for American Joby Ogwyn's planned jump from the summit in a wingsuit. Discovery planned to show the stunt on live television May 11.(AP Photo/ Pasang Geljen Sherpa, FIle)NEW YORK (AP) — With its dreams of televising a daredevil's attempt to jump off Mount Everest over, the Discovery network said Tuesday it will instead make a documentary on last week's avalanche that killed more than a dozen mountain guides.


'Scandal' season ender a TV ratings winner for ABC
NEW YORK (AP) — ABC's explosive season-ending episode of "Scandal" was seen by 10.6 million viewers last week, the biggest audience ever for the drama.
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