Dee Snider Confirms Funko Pop! Vinyl Figure On The Way 

Funko, the global sensation of popular vinyl collectible toys company has teamed up with Heavy Metal legend Dee Snider to create a Funko Pop! Vinyl figure  Dee confirmed the news in a tweet. Upcoming new Funko Pop! figures include Slipknot and N.W.A. Other artists who have gotten the Pop! Rocks treatment in the past includes Kiss, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Ghost, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Def Leppard, and, Motley Crue, Lemmy, and Rob Zombie. Funko reported that these figurines increased its sales by 38 percent in the second quarter of 2019. The Funko brand went public with an IPO in 2018. International sales spiked 65 percent to $68.5 million, while U.S. revenue grew 26 percent to $122.7 million. Dee also recently confirmed in an interview with Ghost Cult (hear it here) his next album, book, and horror movie. His new live album For The Love of Metal Live! is out now via Napalm Records.

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A Fan-Made Donald Trump Ad Using Linkin Park’s Classic “In The End” Has Been Banned from Twitter

A fan-made video ad Tweeted by and promoting President Donald Trump was posted to Twitter on Saturday (July 18) was removed from the social media platform due to a claim by the copyright owner, Linkin Park. The video used LP’s all-time classic hit single “In The End”. The video comes on the near three-year anniversary of the death of frontman Chester BenningtonThe two-minute, fan-made clip revolved around quotes from Trump’s 2017 inaugural address, including his vow to start “transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people.” The video painted presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden negatively. Within hours, Twitter pulled the video from Trump’s feed and replaced it with a message that reads, “This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner.”

UPDATE: Linkin Park officially filed a cease and desist order over the song’s use.

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PODCAST: Episode 100: Bobby Blitz and Mark Menghi Talk BPMD, Covers, and American Rock Bands

For our 100th Episode of the Ghost Cult Podcast, Keefy interviewed Bobby Blitz (Overkill) and Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance, also interviewed in podcast #2) about their new band BPMD, and their debut album of covers American Made out now on Napalm Records. We talked to the guys about how the new supergroup, also featuring Mike Portnoy and Phil Demmel came together, why they chose to cover only American bands, how they chose deep cuts over popular songs, how BPMD is different than other bands that come together to create covers, what the music industry might look like after the coronavirus, whether the band will ever perform live or not and more! You can buy American Made at this link and hear our chat right now!

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ALBUM REVIEW: BPMD – American Made

Named after the four members, Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth, Mike Portnoy, Mark Menghi, and Phil Demmel, supergroup BPMD is here with their debut release, a covers album by the name of American Made (Napalm Records). As the title suggests, every cut on the record was originally recorded by an American artist, and each revitalised track sounds nothing short of tremendous. Continue reading

BPMD – Featuring Bobby Blitz, Mike Portnoy, Mark Menghi and Phil Demmel Share’s new Video for their Cover of Aerosmith’s “Toys In The Attic”

BMPD – the all-star cover band featuring Bobby Blitz, Mike Portnoy, Mark Menghi and Phil Demmel have announced their new album American Made coming soon, on June 12, 2020 via Napalm Records. Pre-order’s are live below. Watch their debut music video for their new single, a cover of Aerosmith’s ‘Toys In The Attic’! Continue reading

Funko Pop! Vinyl Figures of Aerosmith are Coming Soon!

Funko, the global sensation of popular vinyl collectible toys company has teamed-up with Aerosmith to offer Funko Pop! Vinyl figures of the “Toxic Twins”, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band has had other toys cast in their likenesses in the past, but now Aerosmith will have their debut as Pops, expected to be made available in May. Upcoming new Funko Pop! figures coming soon include Slipknot and N.W.A. Other artists who have gotten the Pop! Rocks treatment in the past includes Kiss, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Def Leppard, and, Motley Crue, Prince, Rob Zombie. Funko reported that these figurines increased its sales by 38 percent in the second quarter of 2019. The Funko brand went public with an IPO in 2018. International sales spiked 65 percent to $68.5 million, while U.S. revenue grew 26 percent to $122.7 million.

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Aerosmith to Celebrate 50th Anniversary in Boston with Fenway Park Show

Aerosmith will celebrate 50 years of music in 2020 with a special 50th Anniversary Show show at Boston’s Fenway Park on Friday, September 18th, 2020 at Fenway Park, Boston MA! With special guests Extreme! Fine the pre-sale information and ticket buy links below! Continue reading

Dirty Honey Shares A New Video for Their Cover of Aerosmith’s “Last Child” via Amazon Music

Rising rockers Dirty Honey aligned with Amazon Music in December 2019 to record a blistering cover of Aerosmith’s ‘Last Child’, exclusively for the “Amazon Original” series. The track was recorded at the historic RCA Studio B in Nashville and produced by six-time Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile). The cover is a faithful, fantastic rendering of this Aerosmith deep cut. The band has a ton of upcoming tour dates and music festivals booked for 2020. Watch the ‘Last Child’ now! Continue reading

Joey Kramer is Suing Aerosmith Over His Status in The Band

According to a published report by TMZ, Rock legend and Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer has filed a lawsuit against his bandmates, claiming that they are not allowing him to return to the group after a temporary disability. Kramer says he suffered minor injuries in the spring of 2019 but was ready to return for the fall leg of the band’s Las Vegas residency shows. But instead of being welcomed back as expected, Kramer claims he was subjected to a brand new band policy he did not approve of, where he would have to audition to prove he was “able to play at an appropriate level” in order to regain his drummer role. According to Kramer, the band asked him to perform a series of solo rehearsals against a “click track” as his audition, after which they would listen to the recordings to decide whether he would be allowed to come back to the group. In the meantime, Kramer has covered the cost of a replacement drummer at a rate of $20,000 a week for performances and $10,000 a week for rehearsals. Continue reading

Aerosmith Books 2020 European Headline and Festival Dates

Aerosmith has booked new summer tour dates for Europe next summer. The 14-date trek will kick off on June 13 at Milan, Italy’s iDays festival and wraps up on July 27 at Mönchengladbach, Germany’s Sparkassenpark. Tickets will go on sale next Friday (December 13) from 9 a.m. local time through Aerosmith’s official website. In recent years, different members of the band have indicated they were only going to play “a few more years”. The band’s 50th anniversary is in 2020, but they have made no formal announcement yet. Steven Tyler has launched a solo career as a Pop/Rock/Country, Joe Perry is in the Hollywood Vampires, while Perry and drummer Joey Kramer have battled serious health issues. The band hasn’t officially announced a farewell tour, in spite of the last few years of tours being billed with similar language as last tour or a regional goodbye tours. Continue reading