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And the winners are....

So the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame inductees were announced today and many were shocked (myself included) to see GREEN DAY on that list. Are they RNRHOF worthy? Some would argue Yes, while others, clearly from internet postings, say NO! For me, I suppose, the hardest thing to understand is why they would be in their first year nominated. That's probably the most baffling.

Here's the list of others going in next year in Cleveland:

STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN & DOUBLE TROUBLE
JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS
PAUL BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND
LOU REED
BILL WITHERS
RINGO STARR
THE "5" ROYALS - an early 50's/60's R&B band inducted as an Early Influence Award Winner

Now here's some who ARE NOT in the Rock Hall of Fame and based upon what's floating around the internet, many feel need consideration. What do you think?

JUDAS PRIEST
MOTORHEAD
IRON MAIDEN
MOTLEY CRUE
WARREN ZEVON
YES
BON JOVI
DIO
MOODY BLUES
CHICAGO
DEAD KENNEDY'S
THE MELVINS
PHISH
JOURNEY
BLACK FLAG
SLAYER
PIXIES
NICK CAVE
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New Music Jams!

It's almost that wonderful time of the year, the f*cking Holidays and with that a few bands kicking out some new & reissue jams! Let us begin, shall we?

SMASHING PUMPKINS (alright who we kidding, Billy Corgan) is kicking out a new album today, "Monuments to an Elegy". As you already know Tommy Lee of MOTLEY CRUE fame drums on the disk while Brad Wilk (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE) is tapped as the touring drummer for the Pumpkins.

ROB ZOMBIE is putting out limited edition picture disc vinyl for his four solo albums, "Hellbilly Deluxe", "The Sinister Urge", "Educated Horses" and "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor" allegedly on the Twelfth of this month, though I am hearing they're already out now!

New York Hardcore vets VISION OF DISORDER are droping a limited reissue of their debut EP "Still" via vinyl and for digital download plus they're in the studio working on an album due out in the Spring!

Here's what's coming down the pike, what's missing?!?

ASKING ALEXANDRIA "Live From Brixton & Beyond" December 15th

2015 Expectations

MARILYN MANSON "The Pale Emperor" January 20th
PAPA ROACH "F.E.A.R" January 27th
KID ROCK "First Kiss" February 24th
COREY TAYLOR "You're Making Me Hate You" Book June 30th
(No Dates Yet, In Development)
FAITH NO MORE April
THREE DAYS GRACE TBA Late March

ALICE COOPER Covers of THE DOORS, HENDRIX, THE WHO, JOHN LENNON + More
DANZIG working on ELVIS covers
"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" comic book drawn by TROY LITTLE
BEASTIE BOYS Memoirs (By both Mike D & Ad Rock)
REV THEORY
HALESTORM TBA Completed

ROB ZOMBIE
D.R.I.
SCORPIONS Celebrating 50 years!
SMASHING PUMPKINS "Day for Night"
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
P.O.D
KORN'S BRIAN "HEAD" WELCH Memoir "With My Eyes Open"
CLUTCH
STEVEN TYLER SOLO
STONE SOUR COVERS ALBUM
BIOHAZARD
ALL THAT REMAINS
THE PRETTY RECKLESS Acoustic
P.O.D. Acoustic
TREMONTI
SOILWORK Live DVD
SEVENDUST Live DVD
ANTHRAX
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS' FLEA Memoir
TOOL Who F*cking Knows

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HOT Chicks Covering Metallica's Enter Sandman!

Here's an assortment of pretty ladies covering one of METALLICA'S most iconic songs, "Enter Sandman"!

Jess Greenberg


Anna Sentina


Lucy Fields


Alex Monsa


Meytal Cohen


And Finally....
METALLIGOATS!!!
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OoooWahahaha by Disturbed!

As performed by everyone you know!!

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New Music Tuesday (11/18)

Today we’ll go from Canada to California! Old school & new announcements for Next Year!
Let’s get into it, shall we?!

Canadian juggernaut NICKELBACK is back with their 8th studio album, “No Fixed Address”. CHAD KRUGER and company have been the butt of many a jokes over the years, but in the end it’s them laughing all the way to the bank when you consider they’ve sold 50 Million albums worldwide! Catch them live at the SPRINT CENTER in March, on the 2nd, with opening act THE PRETTY RECKLESS.

IN THIS MOMENT were just in town at the MIDLAND THEATER, recently.  They’re out on tour in support of their latest offering, “Black Widow”, which according to front-woman MARIA BRINK is a much darker side of herself than she’s ever put out there before.  This is, also, their first album with ATLANTIC RECORDS.

Outer space rockers MONSTER MAGNET put out “Milking the Stars: A Reimagining of Last Patrol”. This is one of those bands I hope to eventually see!

I’m pretty sure I know what I want from St. Nick for X-Mas this year!! Just the reissue, on vinyl, of the debut album “Life Time” by ROLLINS BAND!! This is the first full-length studio album from Rollins Band & was produced by hardcore punk legend, IAN MacKaye!
UPDATE, UPDATE, UPDATE
Looks like UNIVERSAL MUSIC ENTERPRISES will be releasing FOUR essential albums by ROB ZOMBIE on limited edition picture disc vinyl! "Hellbilly Deluxe" "The Sinister Urge" "Educated Horses" & "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor on December the 12th"! 

Other announcements that have come down the pike the last few days/weeks include:
  • ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Live from Brixton & Beyond” 2 Disc DVD in December on the 15th via SUMERIAN RECORDS.
  • MARILYN MANSON “The Pale Emperor” due out January 20th.
  • KID ROCK “Last Kiss” expected February 24th.
  • SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR Front-man COREY TAYLOR pens his 3rd book “You’re Making Me Hate You” June 30th
AC/DC “Rock or Bust” December 2nd
SMASHING PUMPKINS "Monuments to an Elegy" December 9th
ROB ZOMBIE Limited Ed. Picturedisc Vinyl "Hellbilly Deluxe" "The Sinister Urge" "Educated Horses" & "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor" December 12th 
ASKING ALEXANDRIA "Live from Brixton & Beyond" 2 Disc DVD December 15th  

 
2015 Expectations
MARILYN MANSON "The Pale Emperor" January 20th 
PAPA ROACH “F.E.A.R” January 27th

KID ROCK "First Kiss" February 24th 
COREY TAYLOR "You're Making Me Hate You" Book June 30th 
(No Date Yet, In Production) 
FAITH NO MORE

ALICE COOPER Covers THE DOORS, HENDRIX, THE WHO, JOHN LENNON + More
DANZIG working on ELVIS covers
“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” comic book drawn by TROY LITTLE
BEASTIE BOYS Memoirs (By both Mike D & Ad Rock)
REV THEORY
ROB ZOMBIE
DROWNING POOL

D.R.I.
SCORPIONS Celebrating 50 years!
SMASHING PUMPKINS “Day for Night”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
P.O.D
KORN’S BRIAN “HEAD” WELCH Memoir “With My Eyes Open”
CLUTCH
STEVEN TYLER SOLO
STONE SOUR COVERS ALBUM
BIOHAZARD
ALL THAT REMAINS
THE PRETTY RECKLESS Acoustic
P.O.D. Acoustic
TREMONTI
SOILWORK Live DVD
SEVENDUST Live DVD
ANTHRAX
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS’ FLEA Memoir
TOOL Who F*cking Knows
 
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As Heard On Air! New SEETHER video, "Same Damn Life"

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Johnny Depp's Backup Plan?

Depp & DIE ANTWOOD's NINJA show up on Halloween at The Roxy and perform with MARILYN MANSON for "Beautiful People". Crowdsurfing ensues!

 
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Royals are in the World Series & It's New Music Tuesday!

In the annals of music in America today, and given it’s New Music Tuesday, there are many audiophiles who have been waiting on pins & needles for an album release of which many feared would not occur. A band whose legacy and body of work has progressed over time and yet is as fresh sounding now as it was then. YES, I’m talking about brand, spanking new BUSH “Man on the Run”. Working with acclaimed producer Nick Raskulinecz we shall see if they capture the lightning in a bottle that was their debut album back in 1994 “Sixteen Stone”.
 
SLIPKNOT also has a new disc out, “.5 The Grey Chapter”. They’ll also be in town, in support of the new album, the night before Thanksgiving at the Sprint Center with KORN & KING 810.
 
Classic Rock juggernauts ALICE COOPER and DEEP PURPLE have out live DVD today’s. Cooper with “Raise the Dead: Live from Wacken” and Purple with “Live in Verona”.
 
Here’s what’s coming down the pike, as always what am I missing?!?

LED ZEPPELIN “IV & Houses of the Holy” Deluxe Reissue October 28th
LIVE “The Turn” October 28th
PSYCHOSTICK “Revenge of the Vengeance” November 4th
NICKLEBACK “No Fixed Address” November 4th
FOO FIGHTERS “Sonic Highways” November 10th
PINK FLOYD “The Endless River” November 10th
THE DOORS “Feast of Friends” DVD November 11th
DROWNING POOL “Sinner” 13th Anniversary 2 Disc Deluxe Edition November 11th
IN THIS MOMENT “Black Widow” November 18th
MONSTER MAGNET “Milking the Stars: A Reimagining of Last Patrol” November 18th
NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980 - 1990 November Memoir
AC/DC “Rock or Bust” December 2nd
THE PRETTY RECKLESS Acoustic
P.O.D. Acoustic
METALLICA 27 Live Albums
AC/DC
TREMONTI
SOILWORK Live DVD
SEVENDUST Live DVD
ANTHRAX
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS’ FLEA Memoir
TOOL Who F*cking Knows
ALL THAT REMAINS (Or 2015)
 
2015 Expectations
PAPA ROACH “F.E.A.R”
FAITH NO MORE
ALICE COOPER Covers of  THE DOORS, HENDRIX, THE WHO, JOHN LENNON + More
DANZIG working on ELVIS covers
“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” comic book drawn by TROY LITTLE
BEASTIE BOYS Memoirs (By both Mike D & Ad Rock)
REV THEORY
ROB ZOMBIE
D.R.I.
SCORPIONS Celebrating 50 years!
SMASHING PUMPKINS “Monuments to an Elegy” & “Day for Night”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
P.O.D
KORN’S BRIAN “HEAD” WELCH Memoir “With My Eyes Open”
CLUTCH
STEVEN TYLER SOLO
STONE SOUR COVERS ALBUM
BIOHAZARD 
 
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NeW mUsIc TuEsDaY!

Given that I'm gone on Thursday & Friday, today is kinda my Wednesday. 
If that makes any sense. Let's take a look at New Music Tuesday!!
 
"Gotta Get It Right" was the first track we heard off SIXX A.M.'s new disc "Modern Vintage" and if all the other tunes are remotely close to that this album will be the most polarizing we've heard in a while! 
 
There's absolutely no denying that fans of TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION view themselves as a tight-knit group or clan. Along the same lines as BLACK LABEL SOCIETY but maybe even closer akin to a motorcycle club, so I suspect they've all already pre-ordered THC's 4th album "Ride On". Fritz played me the first single a few weeks back, "Monster in Me" and we both we impressed by the bluesy jam. Perhaps this will be what the Coalition needs to truly push them into the mainstream. 
 
The cash-cow that is OZZY OSBOURNE looks to cash in on a lifetime's worth of success with the releasing of "Memoirs of a Mad Man" where one will find a compilation of best of music from "Blizzard of Ozz", "Diary of a Madman", "Bark at the Moon", "The Ultimate Sin", "No Rest for the Wicked", "No More Tears", "Ozzmosis", "Down to Earth", "Black Rain", & "Scream". On top of the CD, there's two DVD's. One all music videos, the second live performances recorded in Rochester New York, Albuquerque New Mexico, Philadelphia & Kansas City, just to name a few, spanning from 1981 all the way up to 2010. 

On the memoir side today; BILLY IDOL has out his autobio "Dancing With Myself", covering his life & times in Rock & Punk, drug use & where he's at now!
Here's what I've read about coming down the pike: 

* STONE SOUR is working on a covers album
* AEROSMITH singer STEVEN TYLER is working on a solo album
* At some point we might see new BIOHAZARD

As always, what am I missing?
SCOTT IAN “I’m the Man” Memoir October 14th
LAMB OF GOD “As the Palaces Burn” DVD October 14th
BUSH “Sixteen Stone” “Razorblade Suitcase” “The Science of Things” “Deconstructed” 10/14
AVENGED SEVENFOLD “Hail to the King: Deathbat” Mobile Video Game October 16th
FOO FIGHTERS “Sonic Highways” on HBO October 17th
SLIPKNOT “.5: The Grey Chapter” October 21st
BUSH “Man on the Run” October 21st
ALICE COOPER “Raise the Dead - Live from Wacken” DVD + CD October 21st
LED ZEPPELIN “IV & Houses of the Holy” Deluxe Reissue October 28th
LIVE “The Turn” October 28th
PSYCHOSTICK “Revenge of the Vengeance” November 4th
NICKLEBACK “No Fixed Address” November 4th
FOO FIGHTERS “Sonic Highways” November 10th
PINK FLOYD “The Endless River” November 10th
THE DOORS “Feast of Friends” DVD November 11th
DROWNING POOL “Sinner” 13th Anniversary 2 Disc Deluxe Edition November 11th
IN THIS MOMENT “Black Widow” November 18th
MONSTER MAGNET “Milking the Stars: A Reimagining of Last Patrol” November 18th
NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980 - 1990 November Memoir
AC/DC “Rock or Bust” December 2nd
THE PRETTY RECKLESS Acoustic
P.O.D. Acoustic
METALLICA 27 Live Albums
AC/DC
TREMONTI
SOILWORK Live DVD
SEVENDUST Live DVD
ANTHRAX
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS’ FLEA Memoir
TOOL Who F*cking Knows
ALL THAT REMAINS (Or 2015)
 
2015 Expectations
PAPA ROACH “F.E.A.R”
FAITH NO MORE
ALICE COOPER Covers of  THE DOORS, HENDRIX, THE WHO, JOHN LENNON + More
DANZIG working on ELVIS covers
“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” comic book drawn by TROY LITTLE
BEASTIE BOYS Memoirs (By both Mike D & Ad Rock)
REV THEORY
ROB ZOMBIE
D.R.I.
SCORPIONS Celebrating 50 years!
SMASHING PUMPKINS “Monuments to an Elegy” & “Day for Night”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
P.O.D
KORN’S BRIAN “HEAD” WELCH Memoir “With My Eyes Open”
CLUTCH 

 
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Nu Shat Tuesday!

Quite a broad spectrum of new jams out today! NONPOINT have returned with "The Return"! Hardcore punk act SICK OF IT ALL are putting out their 10th studio disc today with "Last Act of Defiance" and the BUTCHER BABIES are putting out a covers album "Uncovered". 

Some notable developments from last week!

* AC/DC will put out their latest effort in December "Rock or Bust" 
* BUSH will be reissuing all their albums a week before "Man on the Run" in October
* SCORPIONS are talking a new disc and a tour to celebrate.... 50 YEARS!! in 2015!
Here's what else is coming down the pike! 
As Always, What Am I Missing?!? 
BILLY IDOL “Dancing With Myself” Memoir October 7th
SIXX A.M. “Modern Vintage” October 7th
SCOTT IAN “I’m the Man” Memoir October 14th
LAMB OF GOD “As the Palaces Burn” DVD October 14th
BUSH “Sixteen Stone” “Razorblade Suitcase” “The Science of Things” “Deconstructed” 10/14
AVENGED SEVENFOLD “Hail to the King: Deathbat” Mobile Video Game October 16th
FOO FIGHTERS “Sonic Highways” on HBO October 17th
SLIPKNOT “.5: The Grey Chapter” October 21st
BUSH “Man on the Run” October 21st
ALICE COOPER “Raise the Dead - Live from Wacken” DVD + CD October 21st
LED ZEPPELIN “IV & Houses of the Holy” Deluxe Reissue October 28th
LIVE “The Turn” October 28th
PSYCHOSTICK “Revenge of the Vengeance” November 4th
NICKLEBACK “No Fixed Address” November 4th
FOO FIGHTERS “Sonic Highways” November 10th
PINK FLOYD “The Endless River” November 10th
THE DOORS “Feast of Friends” DVD November 11th
DROWNING POOL “Sinner” 13th Anniversary 2 Disc Deluxe Edition November 11th
IN THIS MOMENT “Black Widow” November 18th
MONSTER MAGNET “Milking the Stars: A Reimagining of Last Patrol” November 18th
NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980 - 1990 November Memoir
AC/DC “Rock or Bust” December 2nd
THE PRETTY RECKLESS Acoustic
P.O.D. Acoustic
METALLICA 27 Live Albums
AC/DC
TREMONTI
SOILWORK Live DVD
SEVENDUST Live DVD
ANTHRAX
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS’ FLEA Memoir
TOOL Who F*cking Knows
ALL THAT REMAINS (Or 2015)
 
2015 Expectations
PAPA ROACH “F.E.A.R”
FAITH NO MORE
ALICE COOPER Covers of  THE DOORS, HENDRIX, THE WHO, JOHN LENNON + More
DANZIG working on ELVIS covers
“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” comic book drawn by TROY LITTLE
BEASTIE BOYS Memoirs (By both Mike D & Ad Rock)
REV THEORY
ROB ZOMBIE
D.R.I.
SCORPIONS Celebrating 50 years!
SMASHING PUMPKINS “Monuments to an Elegy” & “Day for Night”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
P.O.D
KORN’S BRIAN “HEAD” WELCH Memoir “With My Eyes Open”
CLUTCH 
 
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