Dumb and Dumbest Episode #309: Chris Van of Dividing The Element Talks Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

On the new edition of the Podcast, we analyze the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction announcement, and examine who got snubbed and why! Dumb and Dumbest #309 is streaming now and it’s an interview with Chris Van of Dividing The Element Talks Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions) and Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), in addition to the podcast, Matt and Curtis host The Music Marketing Challenge, a low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. The new challenge is about Mastering The Art of Pitching your Band to Labels and Journalists! Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! DM Matt or Curtis at the links below for details Continue reading

Ray Burton, Father of Late Metallica Bassist Cliff Burton, Has Passed away

Sad news as Ray Burton, father of the late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, passed away on Wednesday, January 15. He was 94. Burton’s death was confirmed by his daughter and Cliff’s sister — Connie, who wrote in a social media post earlier today: “To let you all know that my Dad died last Wednesday. Rest in peace Dad.” As shown in Adam Dubin’s 2019 film Murder In The Front Row, Ray and his wife Jan encouraged Cliff to study classical music and take piano lessons, later buying him a bass for Christmas at age 13, after his brother Scott died. After forming the band Trauma in San Francisco, Burton joined Metallica in 1982 and performed on the band’s first three studio albums: Kill ‘Em All, Ride The Lightning and Master Of Puppets. He also co-wrote To Live Is to Die from …And Justice For All and was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of Metallica on April 4, 2009. Cliff died in the tragic bus accident that claimed his life on September 27 th, 1986. We send our sympathies out to Connie and the Burton and Metallica family as this difficult time. Continue reading

Motörhead Makes a Case For Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Christmas Message

Motörhead has a big 2019 with its acclaimed 1979 boxed-set and their nomination for the 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The hard playing and hard living band founded in 1975 continues to reverberate among fans old and new. Watch drummer Mikkey Dee (Scorpions) make a plea for his band as well as all of the rock and Heavy Metal bands nominated, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, MC5 and Soundgarden, the video urges fans to participate in the fan vote for the RNRHOF, and wish fans a Merry Christmas! With any person allowed to vote once a day for up to five bands, fans can make their voice heard. Continue reading

Chris Cornell’s Wife Sues Soundgarden Members Over Royalties and Rights to Music

In a new report by TMZ Chris Cornell’s widow, Vicky Cornell has filed a lawsuit that claims the remaining living members of Soundgarden are withholding hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties owed to her and Chris’s minor children. She calls the move an “unlawful attempt to strong-arm Chris’ Estate into turning over certain audio recordings created by Chris before he passed away.” Interest in new music is said to be high from their fanbase, and the band is currently nominated for entry into the 2020 class of the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. 

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Exit 111 Festival 2019 – Manchester, Tennessee

Exit 111 Festival, aptly named for the highway exit in Manchester TN, made its début October 11-13, 2019. Arriving in powers of three, it was three days of riffs, rock, and rowdiness. One part Metal, one part Rock, one Southern rock, and a whole lot of nostalgia, the event hosted three stages: the Rise Above Stage (honored suicide awareness and featured many of the Classic rock/Southern rock acts), Heaven Stage (the main stage and home to the headliners), and Hell Stage (spotlighted mainly heavy artists). Continue reading

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Exit 111 Festival

Guns N Roses. Photo credit: Katarina Benzova

The inaugural Exit 111 Festival takes place starting today at Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee — the home of Bonnaroo — October 11 – 13. Ghost Cult is honored to be a part of this historic event! Headlined by Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard and Lynyrd Skynyrd, with appearances by Slayer, ZZ Top, Deftones, Megadeth, Mastodon, Coheed & Cambria, Blackberry Smoke, Ministry, Cheap Trick, Killswitch Engage, Seether, Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society and many more! In addition to the hours of great music, Exit 111 will host experiences such as “The Paranormal Cirque,” “The Red Bull Freestyle Motorcross Experience,” “Mega Sports Bar” and more. Radio personality and metal legend Eddie Trunk will host. Tickets go on sale this Thursday, April 25 at 12 p.m. ET via Front Gate Tickets. Check out our day by day preview: Continue reading

The Cure Books Pixies, Deftones, Mogwai, Throwing Muses, Chelsea Wolfe and More For Pasadena Daydream Festival

As we previously reported, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers  The Cure are celebrating forty years as a band in 2019. In addition to tours and other festivities, the band has created their own one-day festival. Now we can reveal that The Cure’s “Pasadena Daydream” one-day festival will take place on August 31st and features a hand-picked selection of bands curated by Robert Smith personally. In addition to The Cure headlining, Pixies, Deftones, Mogwai, Throwing Muses, Chelsea Wolfe, The Twilight Sad, The Joy Formidable, and Emma Ruth Rundle will all appear. Tickets to the Pasadena Daydream go on sale May 17th at 12:00 p.m. PST via the festival’s website at the link below. They’re also releasing a new album, an appearance at the famed Sydney Opera house where they will perform Disintegration in full, two new films about the band, and also scheduled to headline Austin City Limits in October. Further US tour dates are expected in 2020.

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Watch Def Leppard Perform on The Howard Stern Show

Def Leppard dropped by The Howard Stern show for an interview and an acoustic performance of originals and covers. The band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this week. They will be inducted by Dr. Brian May of Queen in the 34th HoF class, along with the other honorees Stevie Nicks, The Zombies, Janet Jackson, The Cure, Radiohead, and Roxy Music. Watch video of the band and their interview with Stern, and performances below.

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Def Leppard Live At Arena Birmingham, UK

With so many rock and metal acts playing entire albums in full these days, it was only a matter of time before the band responsible for one of the biggest (and longest) records of all time decided to give it a go themselves. Selling over twenty-five million copies worldwide, the idea for Def Leppard to play 1987’s Hysteria (Phonogram/Mercury) in its entirety began in 2012 when the band were offered an eleven date residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, which they played during March and April of 2013. Continue reading