On Saturday July 10th, the Stand Up And Shout For Ronnie James Dio’s Birthday, Global Virtual Concert produced by Rolling Live Studios, has added a wealth of talent to the already star-studded lineup that will bring together unusual musical pairings for one-of-a-kind performances, special birthday messages and artist interviews. the event, hosted on rollinglivestudios.com beginning at 2:00pm pacific time (pdt). The event, taking place on what would have been the Metal icon’s 79th birthday, will benefit the ronnie james dio stand up and shout cancer fund (www.diocancerfund.org), founded in memory of the late heavy metal icon who was the voice of Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio before losing his battle with gastric cancer in 2010.
Journey guitar legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Neal Schon is celebrating his 67th birthday today. Along with his wife Michelle, a star-studded array of fellow music luminaries have wished him a Happy Birthday! Check out this video including Jonathan Cain, Brad Paisley, Randy Jackson, Narada Michael Walden, Sammy Hagar, Steve Lukather, Steve Vai, Arnel Pineda, Scott Hamilton, Zakk Wylde, Joe Bonamassa, Jason Derlatka, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, and Jack Blades! Neal was also was also selected to be featured on the February 2021 cover of the GUITAR CONNOISSEUR MAGAZINE, to support his recent solo album Universe.
Normally we don’t do the rumor mill here at Ghost Cult HQ, as some of our brethren at other metal sites do. When it is a monumentally important artist, we listen to new information and try to be respectful. One story we have been tracking is the end of the Van Halen reunion with David Lee Roth, which we broke the news last week of Roth saying definitively the band is done with him. In that same interview Roth gave, he alluded to health issues from Eddie Van Halen being the culprit and even said that Eddie needs to address the public. Now TMZ has reported that Eddie has had a relapse of his throat and tongue cancer that he has battled for the last 20 years. According to a published report, Eddie has been traveling to Germany for routine treatments. In a recent article, Eddie alluded to the fact that he believes he got his initial tongue cancer from holding metal guitar picks in his mouth during his solos like ‘Eruption’, and not from Smoking. One wide-spread report last winter had the band booking a summer tour of baseball stadiums with Foo Fighters, Metallica and others, but that it fell apart over the involvement of bringing founding VH bassist Michael Anthony back in on a part-time basis. We wish Eddie the best and we will keep following this news. Continue reading
The new chapter in The Transformers Movie series, Bumblebee is out now. Starring actress and pop singer Hailee Steinfeld, the music in the film has a decidedly 1980s sound with songs from Bon Jovi, Sammy Hagar, The Smiths, Tears For Fears, Duran Duran, Rick Astley, Howard Jones and more heard in the film. The main theme of the film is performed by Steinfeld herself. Check out the trailer and soundtrack now. Continue reading
Chickenfoot, the supergroup featuring Joe Satriani, Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith, will be releasing the band’s first-ever best-of collection, Best + Live, on March 10th. The collection includes over 90 minutes of live music, plus their new song, ‘Divine Termination’, which now has an official video. Continue reading
Chickenfoot, the supergroup featuring Joe Satriani, Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith, will be releasing the band’s first-ever best-of collection, Best + Live, on March 10th. The collection includes over 90 minutes of live music, plus their new song, ‘Divine Termination’, which is streaming online today. Continue reading
For 15 years now Alice Cooper has been raising money for charity with his Christmas Pudding concert series in his home state of Arizona. Gathering at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix on December 3rd Alice, along with fellow Hollywood Vampires Johnny Depp and Joe Perry, Sammy Hagar, KORN, The Gin Blossoms, and others banded together to support Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Center. Continue reading
The 10th Annual Classic Rock Awards is being held on November 4, 2014 at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA. Presented by Orange Amplification and hosted by Sammy Hagar, musicians reported to appear include Gregg Allman (this year’s Living Legend Award recipient), and The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore (this year’s Inspiration Award recipient), and many others.
The part time, all star band Kings of Chaos will feature Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke (of Guns N Roses fame), and Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), as well as appearances by Hagar, Glenn Hughes (California Breed, ex-Deep Purple), Joe Elliott and Phil Collen (Def Leppard), and Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)
Other live performances for the event include Hughes’ California Breed, Rival Suns, and Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts.
The Classic Rock Of Honour awards will be airing on AXS TV in December 2014, with exact date and time TBA.