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CD review ACE FREHLEY "Origins Vol. 1"

Veröffentlicht am 5. April 2016 von Markus W. in Ace Frehley, Kiss, Hardrock, Classic Rock, News, CD Review, Heavy Metal, Lita Ford, Retro Rock, Slash

(8/10) Guitar wizard Ace Frehley took a bunch of songs that influenced him and his style, recorded his version of those classics and put them on a new album entitled "Origins Vol. 1". The immediate question is, if there will be more of these releases in the future, a question we can't answer.

Anyhow, Ace Frehley took songs from various bands, beginning with Cream and The Kinks, via the Stones up to Thin Lizzy. An interesting sidenote is the fact that Frehley has chosen "Magic Carpet Ride" from Steppenwolf, instead of playing safe with "Born to be Wild". Good choice.

Surprising or not, there are with "Parasite", "Cold Gin" and "Rock'n'Roll Hell" also three Kiss tracks on this release. Each of these classics is more than just covering these milestones in rock history, they all bear the hallmarks of Ace Frehley. It's his rocking and unique guitar sound combined with his typical vocals that makes the twelve tracks to 'Frehley songs'. 

But what is really interesting on this longplayer is Frehley and Paul Stanley performing one song together ("Fire and Water" from Free). It is the first time in 18 years that these two legendary sixstringers can be heard on one song.

Next to the mentioned collaboration with Paul Stanley, Frehley also teamed-up with Slash for performing Thin Lizzy's "Emerald", Lita Ford joins with guitar and vcoals on "Wild Thing" while John 5 can be heard on "Parasite" (check out the guitar solo!), all produced in a way that keeps the old spirit by using modern technics.

All in all "Origins Vol. 1" isn't more than an album with covers, but it belongs the really good ones. For older fans, this album is almost a kind of musical time capsule while it might be the trigger for younger fans to dive into a time they never experienced. Cool stuff and the right soundtrack for long rockin' summer nights.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

1. White Room (original by Cream) 5:04
2. Street Fighting Man (original by The Rolling Stones) 4:00
3. Spanish Castle Magic (original by Jimi Hendrix, feat. John 5) 3:34
4. Fire and Water (original by Free, feat. Paul Stanley) 4:11
5. Emerald (original by Thin Lizzy, feat. Slash), 4:28
6. Bring It On Home (original by Led Zeppelin) 4:25
7. Wild Thing (original by The Troggs, feat. Lita Ford) 3:44
8. Parasite (Kiss, feat. John 5) 4:04
9. Magic Carpet Ride (original by Steppenwolf) 3:43
10. Cold Gin (Kiss, feat. Mike McCreedy) 5:17
11. Till The End Of The Day (original by The Kinks) 2:26
12. Rock N Roll Hell
(Kiss) 6:32

 

Label: Stemmhammer/SPV

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: April 15th, 2016

CD review ACE FREHLEY "Origins Vol. 1"
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Details on ACE FREHLEY's new album "Origins Vol.1"

Veröffentlicht am 13. Februar 2016 von Markus W. in Ace Frehley, Kiss, Hardrock, News, Rock, Heavy Metal, Classic Rock, Slash, Led Zeppelin, Lita Ford

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Ace Frehley will release a new album on April 15th which comes with 12 new recorded cover songs that are all favorites of the iconic guitarist.

Remarkable in this context is the long list of guest musicians of which Paul Stanley's contribution is the most outstanding one. This collaboration between the two guitar players is the first one since the 1998 Kiss record "Psycho Circus".

Next to Stanley's contribution also Slash, Lita Ford and John 5 supported Frehley on this longplayer that got the name "Origins Vol. 1".

 

Here is the entire tracklist of the album:

1. White Room (original by Cream) 5:04
2. Street Fighting Man (original by The Rolling Stones) 4:00
3. Spanish Castle Magic (original by Jimi Hendrix, feat. John 5) 3:34
4. Fire and Water (original by Free, feat. Paul Stanley) 4:11
5. Emerald (original by Thin Lizzy, feat. Slash), 4:28
6. Bring It On Home (original by Led Zeppelin) 4:25
7. Wild Thing (original by The Troggs, feat. Lita Ford) 3:44
8. Parasite (Kiss, feat. John 5) 4:04
9. Magic Carpet Ride (original by Steppenwolf) 3:43
10. Cold Gin (Kiss, feat. Mike McCreedy) 5:17
11. Till The End Of The Day (original by The Kinks) 2:26
12. Rock N Roll Hell (Kiss) 6:32

 

 

Details on ACE FREHLEY's new album "Origins Vol.1"
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Will there be a GUNS'N'ROSES reunion?

Veröffentlicht am 30. Dezember 2015 von Markus W. in Guns'n'Roses, Slash, Myles Kennedy, Hardrock, News, Rock, Sleaze Rock, Alter Bridge

The Billboard magazine posted an article about a possible reunion of Guns'n'Roses. The music magazine wrote: "Guns N’ Roses, with founding members Axl Rose and Slash, will headline the Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., set for April 15-17 and April 22-24, according to multiple sources.". Read the entire article via the link below.

Something interesting in this context might be the fact that Slash singer Myles Kennedy is anyhow busy with Alter Bridge in 2016. This is something Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti mentioned to Markus' Heavy Music Blog in an interview the other day.

Let's wait and see.

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Interview: MARK TREMONTI talking about the current tour and the upcoming TREMONTI and ALTER BRIDGE records

Veröffentlicht am 26. Dezember 2015 von Markus W. in Tremonti, Alter Bridge, News, Interview, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Grunge, Post Grunge, Slash, Myles Kennedy

Markus' Heavy Music Blog met Alter Bridge and Tremonti mainman Mark Tremonti for an interview before he entered the stage in Tilburg, Holland for a sold-out show with his solo project. The iconic guitarist talked about the current tour that led the band through Europe. Mark Tremonti also explained a few more details when it comes to new albums of Tremonti and Alter Bridge. Read here what the guitar player and melody writer has to tell.

 

Markus' Heavy Music Blog (MHMB): You are on tour in Europe right now, and there are two more shows to go. How was it?

Mark Tremonti (MT): It was great so far. We love touring in Europe since we have some of our real die-hard fans over here.

 

MHMB: You played, as you do today , in smaller venues. Some of those venues had been sold out rather quick. Have you guys underestimated the popularity of the Tremonti project?

MT: There are a couple of instances that led to this situation. One of them is that we changed agents in the middle of booking this tour. By the time we had our new agent on board some of the large rooms were taken already. This venue (Mark is referring to the 013) specifically, we were trying to get into the larger room but another band had booked it and they wouldn’t switch. We actually played the larger venue the last time we were here and we sold that one out too. But it wasn’t available this time, so we decided to go anyway and play the smaller venue. The same thing happened in Scotland where the show sold out really quickly too.

 

MHMB: I could imagine that the smaller sold out venues have a kind of special magic, that can’t be compared with the big stages. Does it make any difference for you if it’s a smaller venue or one of the bigger stages?

MT: Actually I like them both, and I like to switch between the two, as long as the stage isn’t too small, so that we can move. Sometimes smaller venues can also be really loud so that it hurts your ears a lot. Something you have less with bigger ones. But this one here, is a perfect little mix. It’s not too small, it’s not too big. It’s a fun, high energy type looking venue.

 

MHMB: You come back to Holland quite often. You recorded an Alter Bridge show in Amsterdam for a DVD release, you played the Melkweg in Amsterdam earlier this year and now, you have two shows with Tremonti before Christmas. It seems you like playing in Holland.

MT: Indeed. We’ll never come over to Europe without playing here. There are certain countries we not going to miss. It will not happen that we will not go to England or Germany; and the same goes for Holland. It’s just one of the key places for us.

 

MHMB: Next to playing the guitar you’re also the singer for Tremonti. How does this double function work for you, especially during live shows?

MT: It actually had strange effect on my guitar playing. When I toured Alter Bridge I’m highly focussed on everything around guitar which sometimes makes you play worse. Now, with Tremonti, when I’m less concerned about the guitar and more concerned about singing, I play better. I think it was Bill Murray who once said that “Don’t take yourself too seriously. Just let it happen“. So, doing the solo project has really let me open my eyes on how to approach guitar playing. I used to go over solos over and over again before each show. Now, I just go on stage and improvise which makes the flow much easier.

 

MHMB: What brought you to the decision of being also the singer? Was it something consciously decided or something that just happened and felt right??

MT: No, I wanted to sing. I was already in two bands with other singers. I have been a songwriter since I was a young lad and I love melodies. You could say I’m a melody writer, that’s why I wanted to sing this time. One of the biggest frustrations in my career is that people see me as a guitar player. I’m a songwriter and a melody writer That’s why it was good to find a way to also sing.

Interview: MARK TREMONTI talking about the current tour and the upcoming TREMONTI and ALTER BRIDGE records

MHMB: How do you make a distinction between songs for Alter Bridge and those for your solo band? I guess at a certain moment you have an idea that could become a song … and then?

MT: Well, the only thing that really separates it is, if it is super heavy metal sounding, something that sounds like a speed metal kind of idea, it goes towards Tremonti solo stuff. Some other song ideas are more atmospheric with a lot of space for a big vocals. Those I save for Myles because he can do it more justice. He is great at the big atmospheric soaring songs. So sometimes the songs with the big arrangements and a lots of space I would like to leave for Alter Bridge.

 

MHMB: Tremonti songs are quite different. “Armed yourself“ is almost speed metal, “Dark Trip“ is kept quite slow and partly quiet while „Flying Monkey“ reminds of Soundgarden. Is this width of style reflecting your influences?

MT: I love Soundgarden. But, I would say it starts early on with listening to what my folks were listening to. We listened to Rod Steward and Gerry Rafferty - all this oldschool 70’s soft rock, which I still like a lot. As I got older, bands like Soundgarden and Alice In Chains became my favorites. Also, the first Nirvana record really blew me away. Those are the most mainstream kind of albums. But, my main influences are Metallica, Slayer, Celtic Frost and Black Flag. So, I love the heavy stuff but I love the melodic stuff as well.

 

MHMB: Talking about Grunge, it started with Creed and continued with Alter Bridge that your sound is described as 'post grunge'. Would you describe it the same way or are you annoyed by this term?

MT: I would say it’s true in the Alice In Chains / Soundgarden department. But what frustrated me most, is when people compared us with Pearl Jam, because I sound nothing like Pearl Jam, on the guitar or songwriting-wise. I think it is just because people heard a connection between Scott’s voice and Eddie Vedder’s voice. But, if you listen to the music, it sounds nothing like Pearl Jam. That really annoyed me. As far as it is about Soundgarden and Alice In Chains, those are two of my most favorite bands ever. I consider Soundgarden as being less grunge and more as an alternative / punk / rock sound. I can’t really explain it better, but they have their own sound. With Alice In Chains I love the melodies a lot. I think that Jerry Cantrell is one of the greatest melody writers and I love what he does.

Interview: MARK TREMONTI talking about the current tour and the upcoming TREMONTI and ALTER BRIDGE records

MHMB: Two more shows to go and then I guess you’re going back home. How will you celebrate Christmas?

MT: Yes. I will go back home to Orlando/Florida to celebrate Christmas with the family.

 

MHMB: What can we expect from Tremonti and Alter Bridge in 2016?

MT: First of all there will be a new Alter Bridge album. I’m writing everyday on it and after the holiday period Myles will fly in second half of January. We start writing together, get into the studio and record through till April. When April hits, we will drop our next Tremonti record “Dust“, the new album that’s already finished. When we went into the studio last time, we recorded 20 songs and split them up into two, ten songs albums. After having released the album we will come back to Europe to tour on “Dust“. Then, I go home, I turn right around, 're-learn‘ all the Alter Bridge stuff and go on tour with Alter Bridge.

 

MHMB: That means, it will become a very busy 2016. Great to hear that there are new records coming in the new year.

MT: Yes, and maybe Myles will release his solo record too. Who knows.

 

MHMB: With such a full agenda, it sounds like co-ordinating times and dates is more than a challenge.

MT: We are just going to make sure that, once we get back on the Alter Bridge schedule, we will have an eighteen month period with having this band as the first priority. There will be other activities too in this period, but, Alter Bridge always comes first. And then, once this cycle is over, it will turn around where Slash and Tremonti is in focus for the next eighteen months.

 

MHMB: Now, while having the chance of talking to you, I have to ask you the question about Creed. There are rumors of a Creed reunion. Is there any truth in it?

MT: Right now I just don’t have time, you know. I look two years into the future and I’ll still be busy. So, if it would happen it would have to be in some time from now.

 

MHMB: Mark, thanks for your time and  we're looking forward to 2016.

MT: Thanks for having me.

 

 

 

Thanks to Diane Bale for support.

Interview: MARK TREMONTI talking about the current tour and the upcoming TREMONTI and ALTER BRIDGE records
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SLASH and MYLES KENNEDY support initiative to help elephants

Veröffentlicht am 9. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in Slash, Myles Kennedy, Rock, Classic Rock, News, Hardrock, Alternative Rock, ifwa

Slash and singer Myles Kennedy support helping elephants. They wrote the song "Beneath the savage sun" (taken from the latest studio album "World on fire")that is about the mighy animal. It's written from an elephant's point of view and it's worth to listen to the lyrics carefully. Check out more via the link below.

I think that's a good example how to use popularity to make the world at least a bit better.

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Live review SLASH feat. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS / MONSTER TRUCK

Veröffentlicht am 25. November 2014 von Markus W. in Slash, Hardrock, Rock, Live Review, Alternative Rock, Alter Bridge, Guns'n'Roses, Monster Truck

The man with the hat and the sunglasses had a stop in Amsterdam last night. Very well known guitarist Slash is on tour at the moment in Europe and had a stop in the Heineken Music Hall in The Netherlands.

But before the six-string legend entered the stage it was up to Monster Truck to bring some energy into the crowd. The four-piece band from Hamilton, Ontario was founded in 2009 and their mix of classic rock and Southern rock sounded very good.  They have released so far two EP’s and their debut “Furiosity” came out last year. Of course the audience came to see Slash, but looking on the reactions Monster Truck did a very good job. They ‘warmed-up’ the fans with the eight songs they performed. It was a good start into this evening and I can imagine that Monster Truck shows in smaller clubs are even more intense.

Photo: Markus Wiedenmann

Photo: Markus Wiedenmann

Then it was time for Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators. The guys seem to have a German tour manager since it was exactly 21:00 when the lights have been turned down and the show started. An impressive lightshow together with amusement park music samples has been the intro before the five musicians entered the stage and started directly with “You’re a lie”. From the first moment on it was clear that this will become a great evening. The band was in a very good mood . Agile and constantly performing in an excellent way Slash and his band mates offered a potpourri of Slash solo highlights, “Slither” from Velvet Revolver and some Guns’n’Roses stuff have been performed as well.

Three things have been really remarkable. No doubt, Slash is one of the best rock guitarists in these days. He played an excellent show and the solo parts have been breathtaking. In the middle of “Rocket queen” he had a 20 minutes solo that was really fascinating. And eventhough Slash got 50% space on stage he is still a teamplayer with not forgetting the rest of the band.

Myles Kennedy (also Alter Bridge) is one of those guys. His voice is just great and also this night he managed to hit every note. The way how he performed the Guns’n’Roses songs was a highlight of the evening since he did a much better job the Axl Rose. Really good. And next to that Kennedy is an agile and charismatic frontman too. He really entertained the crowd and I think it’s the combination of Slash and Kennedy that makes this line-up so special.

But not to forget the rest of the band. Todd Kerns (b), Brent Fitz (d) and Frank Sidoris (g) created the foundation for Slash and Kennedy. They built the base for the lead guitar to shine. And not to forget the fact that Kerns is a good singer too. He actually sang two songs in the middle of the show – “Dr. Alibi” and the Guns’n’Roses cover “You’re crazy”. The bit rougher and smoky voice of the Canadian bassplayer fitted very well for those tunes and gave the show almost a kind of basic punk note. With his long black hair even Joey Ramone came to my mind.

120 minutes later the first notes of “Paradise city” have been played. It was actually the second song in the encore. Something that shows, that the band enjoyed the night as well. By normally just having one encore they added in Amsterdam “Wicked stone” to the list. I guess that this wasn’t planned since Slash talked to his guys after re-entering the stage. However, after two hours “Paradise city” was a glorious closer of a fantastic show. An evening of rock’n’roll that was an excellent start into a new week.

Photo: Caroline Kube

Photo: Caroline Kube

Setlist:

  1. You're a lie
  2. Nightrain
  3. Standing in the sun
  4. Avalon
  5. Back from Cali
  6. Stone blind
  7. Doible talkin' jive
  8. Ghost
  9. Docor alilbi
  10. You're crazy
  11. Shadow life
  12. Beneath the savage sun
  13. Mr. Brownstone
  14. Rocket queen
  15. Bent to fly
  16. World on fire
  17. Anastasia
  18. Sweet child O'mine
  19. Slither
  20. Wicked stone (Encore)
  21. Paradise city (Encore)

 

Location: Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Date: 24.11.2014

Photos: Caroline Kube
Photos: Caroline Kube
Photos: Caroline Kube

Photos: Caroline Kube

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SLASH live in Amsterdam - review soon on MHMB

Veröffentlicht am 24. November 2014 von Markus W. in Slash, Hardrock, Rock, Blues

Photo: Markus Wiedenmann

Photo: Markus Wiedenmann

Photo: Markus Wiedenmann

Photo: Markus Wiedenmann

Photo: Caroline Kube

Photo: Caroline Kube

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"Appetite for democracy" DVD from GUNS'N'ROSES

Veröffentlicht am 19. September 2014 von Markus W. in Guns'n'Roses, Hardrock, Rock, Slash, News

Coinsident or planned - a few days after the release of the brilliant new Slash album we get some new from Axel Rose and friends.

However, Guns'n'Roses will release a live DVD/BluRay in October, which is the first one since 1992. At that time it was a live video film from "Use your illusion".

A look on the name of the new live release makes already clear that the setlist/tracklist covers all the phases of the band. From the highly successful early records of Guns'n'Roses till the more controversial discussed latest output.

The filming took place in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Casino and it the BluRay comes in 3D and 2D version.

Here comes the tracklist from the different setups.

 

3D BLU-RAY & DVD TRACK LISTING:

  1. Chinese Democracy
  2. Welcome To The Jungle
  3. It’s So Easy
  4. Mr. Brownstone
  5. Estranged
  6. Rocket Queen
  7. Live And Let Die
  8. This I Love
  9. Better
  10. Motivation
  11. Catcher In The Rye
  12. Street Of Dreams
  13. You Could Be Mine
  14. Sweet Child O’ Mine
  15. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2
  16. November Rain
  17. Objectify 
  18. Don’t Cry
  19. Civil War
  20. The Seeker
  21. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
  22. Nightrain
  23. Used To Love Her
  24. Patience
  25. Paradise City

 

CD ONE TRACK LISTING:

  1. Chinese Democracy
  2. Welcome To The Jungle
  3. It’s So Easy
  4. Mr. Brownstone
  5. Estranged
  6. Rocket Queen
  7. Live And Let Die
  8. This I Love
  9. Better
  10. Motivation
  11. Catcher In The Rye
  12. Street Of Dreams
  13. You Could Be Mine

 

CD TWO TRACK LISTING:

  1. Sweet Child O’ Mine
  2. Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)
  3. November Rain
  4. Objectify
  5. Don’t Cry
  6. Civil War
  7. The Seeker
  8. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
  9. Nightrain
  10. Used To Love Her
  11. Patience
  12. Paradise City
"Appetite for democracy" DVD from GUNS'N'ROSES
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CD review SLASH "World on fire"

Veröffentlicht am 11. September 2014 von Markus W. in Slash, Guns'n'Roses, Hardrock, Alternative Rock, Rock, Alter Bridge, CD Review, News

(9/10) If you haven't lived under a rock for the last thirty years you don't need an introduction in the sense of 'who is Slash'. The man with the hat is many years around and belongs to most influential guitarist nowadays.

After the fabulous career with Guns'n'Roses and his decision to leave the band, Slash focussed on his solo albums. The newest 'family member' is called "World on fire". Actually a title that couldn't have been chosen better by looking on the blue planet in these days.

What makes the records of the six stringer really interesting is the fact, that, next to his guitar sound, he has an excellent singer on board. Since many years it is the voice of Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge), which is a magic add-on to the music of Slash. But not to forget the rhythm section with Brent Fitz on drums and Todd Kerns on the four string bass. They are responsible for the foundation of Slash's sound and create the stage for the guitar and the vocals to shine on.

It is obvious with the new album that the guys are playing together for quite a while. "World on fire" starts where "Apocalyptic love" ended in 2012. One small difference though in the way the album has been produced. This time they didn't record the album live, like they did with the predecessor. It was Slash, Kerns and Fitz who jammed. Kennedy came on board a bit later. 

The production was in the responsibilty of Mike "Elvis" Baskette, who worked also with bands like Alter Bridge and Iggy Pop. The result is a warm, full and deep sound that fits perfect to the hardrockers of the band.

The topics of the tunes are triggered by discussions the guys had while being on tour. And as different as the talks have been, as different the lyrics of the songs are. 

There are the tunes about love and sex like the half-ballad "Battleground" and Aerosmith-like rocker "Dirty girl". Both very cool songs with a Myles Kennedy in topform.

But the album has also an anti-war statement like "The dissident". It is reflecting rock song with a great melody. The song sticks in your brain from the very first moment on.

Another cool track is the opener "World on fire". This is hardrock per excellence. A great guitar riff goes hand in hand with a murderous groove.

The fast "Automatic overdrive" and "30 years to life" belong for me to the highlights of the album. The tunes are raunchy rockers that also show the wide vocals range of Kennedy. I was just blown away. I like the fast tracks with the punch and the energy.

A song that is differs from the rest is "The unholy". It is a track where the band tried out something new - with lyrics that have a serious topic too; abuse in the catholic church. The song spreads a real opressive atmosphere which reflects the lyrics pretty well. 

To sum up: Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators delivered with their third record another highlight, which underlines the fact that they are a crucial part in the premier league of rock. Looking forward to see the guys live in autumn.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. World on fire
  2. Shadow life
  3. Automatic overdrive
  4. Wicked stone
  5. 30 years to life
  6. Bent to fly
  7. Stone blind
  8. Too far gone
  9. Beneath the savage sun
  10. Withered Deliliah
  11. Battleground
  12. Dirty girl
  13. Iris od the storm
  14. Avalon
  15. The dissident
  16. Safari Inn
  17. The unholy

 

Label: Roadrunner Records

Genre: Hardrock

CD review SLASH "World on fire"
Photo: Travis Shinn
Photo: Travis Shinn

Photo: Travis Shinn

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KINGS OF CHAOS shows in Latin America

Veröffentlicht am 25. September 2013 von Markus W. in Kings Of Chaos, Tour, News, Slash, Def Leppard

Kings Of Chaos announced three shows in South America/Mexico:

Nov. 23 - Lima, Peru
Nov. 27 - Asunción, Paraguay
Nov. 29th - Mexico City, Mexico

When are they coming to Europe???

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Supergroup KINGS OF CHAOS announces concert in Lebanon

Veröffentlicht am 26. Juli 2013 von Markus W. in Kings Of Chaos, Slash, Def Leppard, Hardrock

Supergroup Kings Of Chaos announced on their Facebook side a concert in Beirut, Lebanon on September 21. Really an unusual location for a show. The band will announce more information soon.

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KINGS OF CHAOS

Veröffentlicht am 1. Juli 2013 von mwie in Kings Of Chaos, Slash, Def Leppard, Deep Purple, Hardrock

Have you heard already about King Of Chaos? No? Than it's time to check them out. This is an all star band with:

Matt Sorum

Duff McKagan

Gilby Clarke

Joe Elliot

Glenn Hughes

Sebastian Bach

Steve Stevens

+ some guests like Myles Kennedy and Slash

This is great stuff and they recently played some shows in South Africa. Now we all should hope, that they are also coming over to Europe. Please comment if you want to see them live.

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