richie-kotzen in - CD Reviews, DVD Reviews, News

CARMINE APPICE's 'Ultimate Guitar Zeus' Receives Official Release

Escapi Records has announces the official release of the long-awaited underground classic, "Ultimate Guitar Zeus", created, produced and co-written by drummer Carmine Appice. The CD features performances by 14 of the world's greatest guitar players, including Yngwie Malmsteen, Brian May of QUEEN, Stevie Salas, Slash of VELVET REVOLVER, Steve Morse of DEEP PURPLE, Richie Sambora ...

Read more

Posted in: News

MAX CAVALERA Slams 'Fake' SEPULTURA

Ex-SEPULTURA/current SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera has slammed the current touring version of his former band as "fake" and has reiterated his desire to one day take part in a reunion of the group's classic lineup. When asked during a Sirius Satellite Radio interview last month if there have been talks between him and the guys ...

Read more

Posted in: News

SHADOWKEEP: New Audio Sample Available

U.K. power metallers SHADOWKEEP have announced the full details of their third album, due later in the year. The band — featuring founder guitarist duo Chris Allen and Nicki Robson, drummer Scott Higham and debutants Stony Grantham on bass and singer Richie Wicks — have been working at Thin Ice Studio in Surrey with co-producers ...

Read more

Posted in: News

ACE FREHLEY Jams With RICHIE SCARLET At Benefit Concert

Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley joined Richie Scarlet on stage during a recent benefit concert with THE SCRUBS. Ace came up on stage alongside his former FREHLEY'S COMET bandmate to jam on THE ROLLING STONES classic "Jumping Jack Flash" and THE DOORS classic "Road House Blues". According to a posting on Scarlet's web site, "The ...

Read more

Posted in: News

JOEY RAMONE's Family Launching Cancer Research Foundation

Launch Radio Networks reports: It's been six years since RAMONES frontman Joey Ramone lost his battle with cancer, but his family hasn't given up the fight. In conjunction with the annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in New York City, Joey's mother Charlotte Lesher and his brother Mickey Leigh will announce the formation of the Joey ...

Read more

Posted in: News

NIKKI SIXX On Split With Wife: 'The Kids Are Always My First Priority'

MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx has released a short statement regarding media reports that his wife, former "Baywatch" beauty Donna D'Errico, has filed for divorce from Sixx after nine years of marriage. D'Errico is claiming irreconcilable differences and is seeking physical custody of their 5 year-old daughter Frankie-Jean and her 13 year-old son Rhyan from ...

Read more

Posted in: News

OZZY OSBOURNE To Headline Prince's Trust Gig

DotMusic.com is reporting that OZZY OSBOURNE has been signed up to play at the Prince's Trust Tower of London concert. Ozzy and the band MCFLY will join the Prince of Wales, Prince William and Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cornwall to celebrate the charity's 30th birthday. Surviving BEE GEES Barry and Robin Gibb, Pink, ...

Read more

Posted in: News

SHADOWKEEP Frontman Laying Down Vocals For New CD

Vocalist Richie Wicks of the U.K. power metallers SHADOWKEEP is currently in the studio laying down tracks for the band's as-yet-untitled third album, tentatively due later in the year. "The sessions have been phenomenal!" stated Richie, "Richard West [keyboard player with U.K.'s THRESHOLD and renowned vocal engineering specialist] has been a real force getting the ...

Read more

Posted in: News

SOULFLY Mainman Records New Collaboration With APOCALYPTICA

SOULFLY's web site has been updated with the following message: "Well, the European tour concluded last week, and with that said, what's up for SOULFLY next? More touring, of course! But until that resumes, in North America near the end of April, here's a recap of the things that happened on the recent massive club ...

Read more

Posted in: News

MOTÖRHEAD, TWISTED SISTER, JUDAS PRIEST Members On OZZY Tribute CD: Audio Samples Available

MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister, TWISTED SISTER singer Dee Snider, ex-JUDAS PRIEST/current ICED EARTH frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens and legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen are among the metal icons appearing on "Flying High Again: The World's Greatest Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne", due on March 14 via Magick Records. Malmsteen and Owens cover "Mr. Crowley"; ex-DOKKEN guitarist ...

Read more

Posted in: News

Drummer CARMINE APPICE Signs Book Deal With ALFRED PUBLISHING

Drummer/author/educator Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGE, CACTUS, BECK/BOGERT/APPICE, ROD STEWART) ahs signed a 10-year agreement with Alfred Publishing to distribute a line of educational percussion books. (Alfred, on December 24, 2005, bought Warner Bros. Publications, one of the world's largest publishers of printed music, from the Warner Music Group.) Under the new agreement, Alfred retains rights ...

Read more

Posted in: News

AEROSMITH Guitarist Set For LES PAUL Salute Next Week

Launch Radio Networks reports: Guitarists Joe Perry from AEROSMITH and Neal Schon from JOURNEY are among those taking part in a tribute concert to music industry legend Les Paul next week. The Les Paul & Friends: 90th Birthday Salute takes place at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, next Tuesday (February 7), and it's ...

Read more

Posted in: News

SHADOWKEEP Hard At Work On New Album

U.K. power metallers SHADOWKEEP have now completed all the rhythm parts for the new album, the title of which is still under wraps. Drummer Scott Higham and bassist Stony Grantham entered Thin Ice Studios just before Christmas to lay down all their parts and the results have been "stunning," according to a press release. Guitarists ...

Read more

Posted in: News

RICHIE KOTZEN, ROB BALDUCCI To Team Up For Exclusive NAMM Gigs

Guitarist Richie Kotzen (formerly of POISON and MR. BIG) will team up with Favored Nations (Steve Vai's label) shredder Rob Balducci for two exclusive NAMM gigs in the Los Angeles area. Kotzen and Balducci toured the U.K. together in 2004 and are doing two exclusive sets yet again. The first gig will be Thursday, January ...

Read more

Posted in: News

ACE FREHLEY: 'Greatest Hits Live' Cover, Track Listing Revealed

The track listing has been revealed for the new ACE FREHLEY (ex-KISS) compilation titled album, "Greatest Hits Live", due on January 24, 2006 via Megaforce Records. According to a press release, this CD "represents some of the best work from legendary KISS guitarist Ace Frehley during the period after his highly publicized departure from one ...

Read more

Posted in: News

THE DARKNESS: International Chart Positions Revealed

THE DARKNESS' second album, "One Way Ticket To Hell ... and Back", has entered the national album charts in the following countries: #11: U.K. (dropped to 34 in second week!) #20: Ireland #22: Sweden #25: New Zealand #27: Italy #29: Norway #32: Germany #35: Finland #43: Canada #44: Austria #48: Switzerland #58: USA #76: Spain ...

Read more

Posted in: News

TWISTED SISTER, SEVEN WITCHES, KING DIAMOND Members To Perform ROCK 4 XMAS Charity Concerts

Terry Ilous (XYZ), Jimmy Bain (DIO, RAINBOW), Richie Scarlet (MOUNTAIN), Chas West and Tony Catania (BONHAM), Ira Black (VICIOUS RUMORS, METAL CHURCH), Sam McCaslin (MICHAEL SHENKER GROUP), Eddie Ojeda (TWISTED SISTER), Jack Frost (SAVATAGE, SEVEN WITCHES) and Matt Thompson (KING DIAMOND) are among the scheduled performers at this weekend's Rock 4 Xmas charity concerts in ...

Read more

Posted in: News

THE DARKNESS: New Video Posted Online

THE DARKNESS' video for their new single, "One Way Ticket" (audio), has been posted online at Kerrang.com. The song comes off the British rockers' second studio album, "One Way Ticket to Hell …and Back", which is scheduled for release on November 28 in the United Kingdom via Must Destroy/Atlantic and a ...

Read more

Posted in: News

SHADOWKEEP To Enter Studio In December

U.K. power metallers SHADOWKEEP, whose current lineup includes vocalist Richie Wicks (ex-ANGEL WITCH, TYGERS OF PAN TANG) and drummer Scott Higham (ex-SAMSON, ANGEL WITCH), will enter Thin Ice Studios on December 12 with producer Karl Groom to begin recording their third album, tentatively due in early 2006. Richie and Scott join original guitar duo Chris ...

Read more

Posted in: News

THE DARKNESS Announce U.K. Arena Tour

British rockers THE DARKNESS have announced a U.K. arena tour in support of their upcoming CD, "One Way Ticket To Hell...And Back". The last time the band performed live was during their winter arena tour of 2004. In typical DARKNESS fashion, the tour saw them raising hell with some flaming incredible pyrotechnics, and charismatic frontman ...

Read more

Posted in: News