Mike Portnoy, Dee Snider, Chris Jericho, Ray Luzier, John Moyer, and More to Raise Money for The David Z Foundation Livestream Tonight

Stars from across Rock and Metal will join together on a livestream to raise money tonight on the David Z Foundation Livestream. David Z (David Zablidowsky) was the brilliant metal and progressive rock musician best known for his work in bands such as Adrenaline Mob, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and ZO2, died three years ago on July 17th, 2017 when a tractor-trailer collided with Adrenaline Mob’s tour bus. Check out the updated poster from Mike Portnoy’s tweet below. You can donate at the GoFundM link below and watch the live stream including artists ranging from Mike Portnoy, Dee Snider, Chris Jericho, Ray Luzier (Korn), John Moyer (Disturbed) Rikki Rockett, Don Dokken, Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan, Jeff Scott Soto, Carmine Appice, Eddie Trunk, Marco Mendoza, Joel Hoekstra, Tiffany, John Pooper, Alex Skolnik, Charlie Benante, Dug Pinnick, Ra Diaz and more!  Continue reading

UPDATE: Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison And Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Rebook “The Stadium Tour” for 2021

 

In a post to social media, Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison And Joan Jett & The Blackhearts have issued an official statement regarding the status of their previously announced “The Stadium Tour”. The tour has been officially rebooked for 2021 with the full dates below! “The Stadium Tour”. Yesterday, Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison And Joan Jett & The Blackhearts released the following joint statement regarding the fate of the summer trek: Continue reading

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) Writes The Forward for Definitive History Book of Hair Metal

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has written the forward to “Nothin’ But A Good Time”, described as the definitive, no-holds-barred oral history of 1980s hard rock and hair metal, will be released on March 16, 2021 via St. Martin’s Press. 1980s hard rock was a hedonistic and often intensely creative wellspring of escapism that perfectly encapsulated — and maybe even helped to define — a spectacularly over-the-top decade. Indeed, fist-pumping hits like Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, Mötley Crüe’s “Girls, Girls, Girls”, and Guns N’ Roses‘ “Welcome To The Jungle” are as inextricably linked to the era as Reaganomics, Pac-Man, and E.T. Continue reading

Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Postpone Entire Tour until 2021

“The Stadium Tour’ featuring Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts etc. have finally postponed the full tour until 2021. Crue shared an official statement representing all the bands on the bill. We are bummed but this was to be expected. All 2020 tickets will be honored for 2021 dates and a second announcement with new dates and refund information is expected at some point. 

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Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Postpone First Two Shows

In a report published by Metal Sucks, “The Stadium Tour’ featuring Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts etc. have finally postponed the first few dates. Industry experts have been perplexed by the delay in postponing the tour and even the bands themselves pandering to their fanbases by saying publicly they wouldn’t cancel. Ticketholders reportedly received e-mails announcing the postponements yesterday, Friday, May 15. We expect the full tour to be postponed soon.

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Def Leppard To Release “The Early Years 79-81” Boxed Set

In what is shaping up to be a huge year for 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Def Leppard, they are releasing a new boxed set. Def Leppard The Early Years 79-81 will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the classic On Through The Night album, with tons of remastered vinyl, CDs, a gang of unreleased material from their early years, live concerts, and hopefully shine a spotlight on guitarist Steve Clark who was one of the driving forces of the early days of the band. The set features more highlights like the never before released Nick Tauber produced version of ‘Rock Brigade’ among others. Releasing on March 20th The Early Years 79-81’Boxset, the definitive collection of the band’s early music coming from UMC/Virgin. The band’s first two albums, On Through The Night (1980) and High ‘N’ Dry (1981), and has been prepared in conjunction with singer Joe Elliott who has acted as executive producer on the set. The mastering has been done by the band’s long-serving sound engineer Ronan McHugh. This deluxe set comes with 5-CDs consisting of the original album remastered, B-sides, rarities and re-mix versions, Radio One sessions, Live from Reading and the first-ever appearance of an unreleased and newly mixed show from Oxford in 1980. These remasters have been highly anticipated, and much requested, by Def Leppard fans globally. Def Leppard will co-headline with Motley Crue on the stadium tour in North America 2020, with Poison and Joan Jett And The Blackhearts this summer. Listen to ‘Rock Brigade’ right now! Continue reading

Ghost Cult’s Top 10 News Stories of 2019

As we barrel into the new year we want to take one last look at our most popular news stories (by topic) on our website in 2019. Thanks for being here with us and choosing us for your music news, interviews, reviews and other entertaining content we try to provide daily! Continue reading

Ticketmaster and Live Nation Feel That Concert Tickets Are Too Cheap!

If you are like us at Ghost Cult, you go to a lot of concerts every year. We actually pay for many shows we cover, and the fees on top of the tickets, especially for major festivals, event-type shows and tours are astronomically over-priced. And the company that owns the most venues and puts on the most tours in the entire world thinks we are getting away cheap! According to a new report by Marketwatch, Ticketmaster and their parent Live Nation feel they have been charging fans too little and there is a “great opportunity” to earn more money by charging more for tickets in 2020 and beyond. According to the report, the average ticket price for the largest worldwide tours has increased by more than 20% in the past five years and is approaching $100 per ticket. This timeline coincides with the biggest bands and tours in the world, including major tours the last few years Guns N Roses’ “Not In This Lifetime Tour”, Metallica’s “Worldwired World Tour”, Slipknot’s “Slipknot Roadshow”, The Eagles, The Who, Elton John’s farewell tour, KISS’ “End of the Road” tour, Slayer’s “The Final Campaign Tour” on their way to retirement, Tool’s new tour, and next year’s big-ticket tours from My Chemical Romance, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and  Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. This is not counting the secondary and resale market, which includes Ticket master’s murky relationship with resellers and bots (see Metallica’s S&M2 ticket debacle last summer), StubHub and other companies that gouge fans for profits. Continue reading

Bret Michaels of Poison to Perform Special New Year’s Eve Concert in New York

Bret Michaels of Poison will headline a special New Year’s Eve (December 31) concert at the Marriott Marquis Times Square at Matthew Gavin’s Marquis in New York City. The event takes place annually inside the Broadway Lounge on the 8th and 9th floors overlooking the world-famous celebration. Guests will party the night away with priceless views of the main stage, where some of the world’s most popular acts will appear live, as well as an unobstructed view of the world-famous Times Square ball drop from the VIP Patio only a block away from the ball. Also scheduled to perform during this evening are pop star Tiffany, country star Billy Gilman and finalist from Fox’s singing competition show “The Four” Cheyenne Elliott. You’ll also get a chance to meet former NFL star and “Dancing With the Stars” mirror ball champion Rashard Jennings and FOX 5 New York and WWE on-air personality Alyse Zwick. Continue reading

Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, and Poison Adds Six More Shows to ‘The Stadium Tour’

Due to popular demand, the Stadium Tour of Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison along with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts has added six new dates to th now-28-date North American tour. The tour kicks off June 23 at Kansas City, Missouri’s Kauffman Stadium and will wind down on September 5 at Los Angeles’s SoFi Stadium. The new dates are on sale now and listed below. Continue reading