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Rock Against Diabetes, the first of it’s kind in delivering a HD interactive worldwide internet broadcast of a charity concert festival has announced RICHIE KOTZEN (ex-Poison, Mr. Big) has been added to the roster, as well as launching a competition to find a band to take the opening slot at the August 23rd, 2008 worldwide broadcast, and perform with greats such as KARENVAL (featuring Dario Lorina), MAGNETICO (featuring Rafael Moreira – Paul Stanley, Rock The Cradle), and BUMBLEFOOT (Ron Thal, Guns N Roses) at the Rock Against Diabetes 2008 pre-show kickoff party August 22nd at Club ROX in Las Vegas. New Blade Guitars endorsee Steve Brand (Rock Against Diabetes Music Director) will also be taking part in the pre-show party gun-slinging for Thal. Tickets on sale soon for the Club ROX pre-show event.
Touted as “one of the best guitar players in the world, a voice on par with some of the greatest rock/soul singers and creative songwriting, Richie Kotzen has had an incredible journey in the world of music. In 2006 as a solo artist, Kotzen was the opening act for the legendary Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang Tour in Japan.
You can now fully support this event, and become part of concert history by attending this one of a kind, fully interactive LIVE concert broadcast FREE. You get 8 hours of LIVE music, online only auctions, interactivity with host Evel Dick Donato, the bands and a ton of other surprise guests, for FREE and the opportunity to donate any amount, if any, that you wish. And you can invite your friends FREE when you grab your ticket. Tickets are currently available here.
As previously reported, Rock Against Diabetes has decided to find the opening act where else, but on the music Social Networks of the internet. Myspace, Facebook, Garageband, PureVolume and the multitude of other musical communities will be invited to submit their music, and videos to Rock Against Diabetes to be judged, and pared down to a Top 10, that will be judged by a panel of musicians, promoters, television personalities and industry giants.
The winner of the competition, that will begin May 20th, 2008 and conclude with a winner on July 26th. See www.myspace.com/rockagainstdiabetes and www.rockagainstdiabetes.org for further information. All questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following update has been posted at POISON drummer Rikki Rockett's MySpace page:
"Poison drummer Rikki Rockett was exonerated of a felony rape charge filed in Mississippi stemming from a September 23, 2007 incident in which a Neshoba County, Mississippi woman claimed that Rockett had forcibly raped her. Rockett was not in Mississippi during September 2007. The Neshoba County District Attorney refused to prosecute the case after determining that Rockett was not the person who committed the alleged rape. The charges carry a potential life sentence. Rockett said, "I want to sincerely thank my lawyers Barry Tarlow and Mi Kim for their commitment to my case and their terrific legal work that exonerated me of any wrongdoing."
The warrant, issued on December 18, 2007, sought the arrest and extradition of "Rockett, Rikki A" a/k/a "Minskosf, John" to Mississippi for "strong arm rape." News stories shortly disclosed the correct spelling of the name John Minskosf as "John Minskoff." Rockett has never used the Minskoff name. It is now believed that Minskoff used Rockett's name to convince the complaining witness to sleep with him. More...
Archer has performed with some of the biggest names in rock including, Heaven and Hell, Heart and Sevendust. The band is looking forward to sharing the stage at the Sweden Rock Festival (www.swedenrock.com) this summer alongside such metal giants as Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Poison, RATT, Triumph, Saxon, Disturbed and many more as they return to Europe.
The Santa Cruz, CA-based power trio, who won "Best Local Band 2008" in the Metro Santa Cruz Goldies Awards, takes the stage on Saturday, June 7th, opening for some of the biggest names in the metal music genre. The Sweden Rock Festival is held in Norjeboke, in the tiny village of Norje which is situated in Sölvesborg in the western part of southern Sweden.
Archer’s debut album "Doom$day Profit$" is a "genuine tour-de-force, rich with powerful songs imbued with that essential combination of brain-burrowing melodies, ripping riffs, pulsing basslines, tsunami drums and grab-by-the-throat vocals." The band cites influences that include Ozzy and Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica and other legendary names.
Here is the current lineup for the Sweden Rock Fest 2008, which takes place June 4th - 7th: More...
Glam rockers POISON have updated their summer tour schedule as follows:
7 - Solvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
3 - Salt Lake City, UT - Energy Solution
5 - Island Grove Park, CO - Independant Stampede
8 - Nashville, TN - Sommet Center
9 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre
11 - Walker, MN - Moondance Jam
12 - Madison, WI - Willow Island
13 - Columbus, OH - Jerome Schottstein Center
15 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center Arena
17 - Rock Fest - Caddot, Wisconsin
18 - Morton, MN - Jackpot Junction Casino
19 - Rockford, IL - Metrocentre
20 - Pikeville, KY - Eastern KY Expo Centre
21 - Atlanta, GA - Lakewood Amphitheatre
22 - Tampa, FL - Ford Amphitheatre
23 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
25 - Kinder, LA - Coushatta Casino Resort
26 - Pelham, AB - Verizon Amphitheatre
27 - Atlanta, GA - Lakewood Amphitheatre
29 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Casino -
30 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach
31 - Washington DC - Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge Bristow
2 - Greenville, WI - Greenville Lions Park
3 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
5 - Bethlehem, PA - Music Fest
7 - Boston, MA - Bank Of America Pavilion
8 - Hershey, PN - Star Pavilion at Hershey Park
9 - Sterling Heights, MI - Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
10 - Burgettstown, PN - Post Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake
12 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
13 - Richmond, SC - Innsbrook Pav
14 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
15 - Noblesville, IN - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
16 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
17 - Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
22 - Las Vegas, NV - The Pearl at The Palms
23 - Universal City, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre -
24 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre
27 - Lancaster, CA - Antelope Valley Fairgrounds
28 - Pala Casino Arena - Pala, California
29 - Kelseyville, CA - Konocti Harbor Resort
30 - Salem, OR - Oregon State Fair & Expo Center
31 - Vancouver, BC - Boulevard Casino
4 - Blackfoot, ID - Eastern Idaho State Fair
5 - Grand Junction, CO - ROCK JAM
6 - Denver, CO - Coors Amphitheatre
7 - Hutchinson, KS - Kansas State Fairgrounds
According to POISON guitarist CC DeVille's MySpace page, POISON has scheduled the following "Live Raw & Uncut Tour" dates during the summer:
Jul. 05 - Independant Stampede - Island Grove Park, Colorado
Jul. 09 - Starlight Theatre - Kansas City, Missouri
Jul. 11 - Moondance Jam - Walker, Minnesota
Jul. 13 - Jerome Schottstein Center - Columbus, Ohio
Jul. 18 - Rock Fest - Caddot, Wisconsin
Jul. 21 - Lakewood Amphitheatre - Atlanta, Georgia
Jul. 22 - Ford Amphitheatre - Tampa, Florida
Jul. 23 - Cruzan Amphitheatre - West Palm Beach, Florida
Jul. 26 - Verizon Amphitheatre - Pelham, Alabama
Jul. 29 - Mohegan Sun Casino - Uncasville, Connecticut
Jul. 31 - Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge Bristow - Washington DC
Aug. 03 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre - Tinley Park, Illinois
Aug. 07 - Bank Of America Pavilion - Boston, Massachusetts
Aug. 08 - Star Pavilion at Hershey Park - Hershey, Pennsylvania
Aug. 09 - Freedom Hill Amphitheatre - Sterling Heights, Michigan
Aug. 10 - Post Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake - Burgettstown, Pennsylvania
Aug. 12 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, New Jersey
Aug. 14 - Blossom Music Center - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Aug. 15 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Noblesville, Indiana
Aug. 16 - Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati, Ohio
Aug. 17 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Maryland Heights, Missouri
Aug. 20 - USANA Amphitheatre - Salt Lake City, Utah
Aug. 22 - The Pearl at The Palms - Las Vegas, Nevada
Aug. 23 - Gibson Amphitheatre - Universal City, California
Aug. 24 - Dodge Theatre - Phoenix, Arizona
Aug. 28 - Pala Casino Arena - Pala, California
Sep. 09 - Coors Amphitheatre at The Fiddler’s Green - Englewood, Colorado
MSNBC has issued the following report:
POISON drummer Rikki Rockett was arrested on a rape warrant and his case was turned over to the district attorney’s office for possible grand jury consideration, officials said Friday.
Rockett, 46, was arrested Monday at or near Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles police said. He was booked and released, and was awaiting an extradition decision by Mississippi prosecutors.
A woman in Mississippi filed a complaint that she was raped on Sept. 23, 2007, at the Silver Star Casino, Neshoba County sheriff’s investigator Ralph Sciple said.
“The subject, Rikki Rockett, forcibly had sex with an adult in one of the hotel rooms,” according to a complaint.
Sciple said the woman contacted authorities several days after the alleged attack. He did not discuss details of the case, but said his office believed the woman’s complaint warranted review by the district attorney.
The casino-hotel complex in Philadelphia, about an hour northeast of Jackson, is owned by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
Rockett, whose real name is Richard Ream, did not have a listed number in the Los Angeles area and could not be reached Friday for comment.
Rockett was booked into the Los Angeles County jail under his stage name and released early Tuesday, according to jail inmate information on the county sheriff’s Web site. Sciple said there was no immediate attempt to bring Rockett back to Mississippi and a decision on extradition would await action by the district attorney.
The Los Angeles Daily News has issued the following report:
"The drummer for '80s glam band POISON was arrested on a rape warrant issued out of Mississippi as he arrived at LAX after getting off a flight from New Zealand, police said.
Rikki Rockett, 46, was arrested Monday at the airport and booked into the Los Angeles County Jail, according to Los Angeles police and the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department's Inmate Information website. He was held on a strong-arm rape warrant stemming from Neshoba County, Missisippi, and appears to have been released from L.A. County custody, the Sheriff's Web site shows. His status today could not be confirmed.
Details about the warrant were not immediately available."
It has been revealed that POISON, SEBASTIAN BACH and DOKKEN will team up for a U.S. tour this summer. POISON will headline the trek, with SEBASTIAN BACH and DOKKEN rotating the opening slot. So far only one date is available: Saturday, August 23 at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk in Universal City, California.
POISON will perform at the Rock2Wgtn music festival, which is scheduled to take place March 22-23 at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. Also scheduled to appear are WHITESNAKE, ALICE COOPER, OZZY OSBOURNE, KISS and LORDI.
POISON's album of cover songs, "Poison'd!", sold 21,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release in June 2007 to debut at position No. 32 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD presents the band's first new studio recordings since 2002's "Hollyweird". Produced by Don Was at Hensen Recording Studios in Hollywood, "Poison'd" packs 13 explosive tracks, including new recordings of DAVID BOWIE's "Suffragette City", THE CARS' "You're Just What I Needed", THE ROMANTICS' "What I Like About You", SWEET's "Little Willy", THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND's "Can't You See" and THE ROLLING STONES' "Dead Flowers". Some of POISON's best previously recorded covers are also featured on "Poison'd", including KISS' "Rock and Roll All Nite", GRAND FUNK RAILROAD's "We're An American Band" and LOGGINS AND MESSINA's "Your Mama Don't Dance".
POISON frontman Bret Michaels has scheduled the following solo dates:
Mar. 07 - Wildhorse Saloon - Nashville, TN
Mar. 08 - Bradley Center - Milwaukee, WI
Mar. 09 - Joe's Bar and Grill - Chicago, IL
Mar. 10 - Caesar's Indiana - Elizabeth, IN
Mar. 11 - Sweet Caroline's - Winchester, VA
Mar. 12 - Sweet Caroline's - Winchester, VA
Mar. 13 - Sweet Carolines - Winchester VA
Mar. 14 - Al Rosa Villa - Columbus, OH
Mar. 15 - Kewadin Casino - Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Mar. 29 - Meridian - Houston, TX
Apr. 03 - AZ Bike Week - Mesa, AZ
Apr. 04 - Viejas Casino-Dream Catcher Showroom - San Diego, CA
Apr. 05 - Dolphin Stadium - Miami Gardens, FL
Apr. 21 - Oneida Casino - Green Bay, WI
Apr. 26 - Lake of the Torches Casino - Lac Du Flambeau, WI
May 03 - Goodfellas - Pottsville, PA
May 08 - Ameristar Casino - Vicksburg, MS
May 09 - Ameristar Casino - Vicksburg, MS
May 16 - Riverwind Casino - Norman, OK
Jun. 03 - Artpark - Buffalo NY
Jun. 05 - Taste of Summer - Waukesha, WI
Jul. 10 - Rocklahoma - Pryor, OK
VH1's hit reality show "Rock Of Love With Bret Michaels 2" is not only a mega success itself taking the top spot numerous times on all of cablevision, but it's bachelor star has recently hit the network airwaves with special guest appearances on television's top talk shows like "Live with Regis and Kelly", "The Ellen DeGeneres Show", and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien".
In addition to those accolades, late night television staples such as "Late Show with David Letterman" and "Saturday Night Live" have also given a nod to "Rock Of Love" with featured skits. "Saturday Night Live" scored some of its highest ratings the week they did a 10-minute "Rock Of Love" sketch that was dead-on perfect. One publication cited the great imitation as a definite indication that the "Saturday Night Live" staff had to be avid "Rock Of Love" viewers since they did such a great job with it!
Not only can you see Michaels on "Rock Of Love" this spring but you will also be able to read all about his life this fall when the singer's much-anticipated autobiography is released by renowned publishing house Simon & Schuster.
You'll also be able to see Michaels in an all-new light when the Biography Channel premiers its "Biography" on Michaels on April 5, and when Fox airs its special celebrity edition of "Don't Forget The Lyrics" featuring Michaels in May.
A solo album titled "Rock My World" is set to be released in April and the singer will be touring in support of the album starting this March.
POISON frontman Bret Michaels has scheduled the following solo dates:
Dec. 27 - Austin's - Libertyville, IL
Dec. 28 - Kelly Bleachers - Milwaukee, WI
Dec. 29 - The Venue Event Center - Boone, IA
Dec. 30 - Northern Lights - Walker, MN
Dec. 31 - Myth - Minneapolis, MN
Feb. 02 - Universal Studios - Orlando, FL
Feb. 14 - Ameristar Casino - St. Louis ,MO
Feb. 14 - Home Nightclub/ROKBOX - St. Louis, MO (personal appearance only)
Feb. 23 - North Fork Theater - Westbury, NY
Mar. 07 - Wildhorse Saloon - Nashville, TN
Mar. 08 - Bradley Center - Milwaukee, WI
Apr. 03 - AZ Bike Week - Mesa, AZ
Apr. 04 - Viejas Casino-Dream Catcher Showroom - San Diego, CA
Bret Michaels recently took his show on the road to entertain U.S. troops. Performing some of his chart-topping singles such as "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" and "Somethin' to Believe In", as well as new solo material from his upcoming album "Custom Built", Bret brought good-time rock and roll to military personnel stationed throughout Southwest Asia.
"Rock of Love 2" — the reality show that pits women against each other as they compete to be Michaels' "rock star girlfriend" — will premiere on VH1 on Sunday, January 13, 2008.
The season finale of "Rock of Love with Bret Michaels" attracted 5.4 million total viewers and was also the No. 1 program on cable for the night.
Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee has shot down reports that he is considering appearing on upcoming season of the "Rock of Love" reality TV show.
The first season of "Rock of Love" was a 10-part series that focused on the never-before-revealed private side of notoriously wild rocker Bret Michaels, lead singer of the multi-platinum legendary party band POISON, who had 20 beautiful women residing in his Los Angeles rock palace in an attempt to win a VIP pass to his heart.
Lee, who was rumored to be a contender for the "rock star" role in the show's second season, stated via his official newsletter, "Just to stop the rumors... I AM NOT nor would I ever do a stupid show like the 'Rock of Love'!!"
Lee's reality show, "Tommy Lee Goes to College" premiered on August 16, 2005 with two back-to-back episodes on NBC. The six-episode show followed Lee's studies and extracurricular activities at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, such as finding a roommate, trying out for the marching band and cramming for finals. Lee was also one of the producers of the series. Tommy also starred in "Rock Star: Supernova", a TV show which focused on Lee, former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted, and one-time GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke as they searched for a lead singer for their newly formed band. The winner (Lukas Rossi) recorded an album with the group and completed a North American tour.
Be sure to tune in and check out POISON frontman Bret Michaels on the following programs this week:
Sept. 27 at 5:00 p.m. EST on Fox's "The Big Story"
Sept. 28 at 8:00 a.m. EST on "Opie and Anthony"
Sept. 28 (night) at 12:35 a.m. EST on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien"
Sept. 29 on Fox's "Geraldo at Large" show
As previously reported, the September 16 episode of "Rock of Love with Bret Michaels", starring Bret Michaels, landed the #1 spot among all cable shows (pay and basic) for the day. The premiere of the 9:00 p.m. episode scored a 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and reached a total of 3.5 million viewers. The episode was easily the most watched episode ever for the series.
In addition, "Rock of Love" continues to be the #1 most streamed content on VH1.com.
VH1's "Rock of Love with Bret Michaels" is created and executive produced by Mark Cronin and Cris Abrego for Mindless Entertainment and 51 Pictures, who also produce the record-breaking "Flavor of Love", "I Love New York", "Charm School" and "My Fair Brady". Ben Samek and Matt Odgers also serve as a series executive producers for 51 Minds. The production teams' programming launched VH1 into their highest ratings ever and their ratings continue to outperform their previous successes. Jeff Olde, Jill Holmes, Kristen Kelly, Leah Horwitz and Michael Hirschorn oversee the series for VH1.
Living guitar legend Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave has confirmed in a recent Rolling Stone interview that he's going to be one of the bosses in Activision and RedOctane's upcoming Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. He said he loved the game and is hoping to be a competitive character.
"Whenever I play Guitar Hero, my opponent always kicks my ass on my own riffs," says Morello. "Now that I'm actually in the game, I hope the digital me will win once in a while!"
Morello has been distinguished because of his trademark synthetic riffs and politically-charged numbers while with Rage Against the Machine.
Brett Michaels of Poison and Slash of Guns n' Roses have earlier been named as bosses in Guitar Hero III. RedOctane promises more legends to challenge when the game launches later this year for the Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii.
POISON guitarist C.C. DeVille's MySpace profile has been updated with the following message:
"At this time C.C. Deville of POISON and VH1's 'Surreal Life' is accepting dates for his long-awaited solo tour in development at this time to kick off mid-to-late October through November.
"We hope you will find this exciting as this is the first solo tour C.C. has done in many years and is ready to rock your establishment at a reasonable rate plus rider expenses.
"Coming off the heels of a national tour with the group POISON ending September 3 in Atlanta has been a journey that has gone on now for 21 years and the fans are still gravitating to see this great band over and over again each year. C.C. has many songs that have not been performed on the tour and then there are still some crowd favorites that will all be sung during his solo show in person for more of an intimate crowd/setting.
"Thank you in advance for your interest in this offering that can only be described as a memorable occasion that C.C. brings to the stage with his dynamic character and style as a legendary guitarist of this time and era.
"For booking inquiries and routing, please contact David Spiggle at email@example.com along with a contact # for him to call you to discuss more.
"This is in association with Esterman Entertainment – www.esterman.com."
Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.
Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.
The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.
Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...
POISON frontman Bret Michaels will answer fans' questions during an hour-long web-chat next Tuesday, July 24 between noon and 1:00 p.m. EST, hosted by The Washington Post. The web-chat page is now live and accepting questions for Bret, so check it out and get your questions into the mix at this location
According to VH1, Sunday night's (July 15) premiere of "Rock of Love with Bret Michaels" was seen by a total of 1.6 million viewers and 1.1 million in the 18-49 demo, which is 22% more than the "Flavor of Love" season 1 premiere.
The series focuses on the never-before-revealed private side of POISON frontman Bret Michaels. Residing with Michaels in his Los Angeles rock palace, 20 women will be tested on their devotion to him and their love and understanding of all that is rock 'n' roll. To help narrow the field, Michaels will put these women through various challenges. The ladies who win these challenges will join Michaels on some wild and exclusive excursions, while those who can't hang like true backstage VIPs will be escorted out in bona fide rock star fashion.
Whether it's partying on the tour bus, jetting-off to a sun-kissed beach, or hanging with Michaels' celebrity friends, this 10-part series follows these lucky ladies on the rollercoaster ride of their lives. They'll all get a taste of living the rock star life, but in the end, only one lucky lady will win an all-access pass to his heart.
Deb Rao of Glam-Metal.com recently conducted an interview with RATT frontman Stephen Pearcy. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Glam-Metal.com: How do you feel the tour [with POISON] is going so far?
Pearcy: It is going fine. We just had to get our life back, which we did. We are keeping the set list interesting. We are changing songs here and there. We are having a good time. POISON and us go way back. It is way cool.
Glam-Metal.com: How does it feel back to be touring with POISON again? I know your first full-blown tour with POISON was in 1986. Then you did the 1999 POISON tour.
Pearcy: Well, good, you know. I have always been on the road. To me, playing to 1,000 people, 10,000 people are all the same. We went on the road with POISON in 1999, I believe. It wasn't executed properly. This is a better timing. We got the new CD and DVD coming out, "Tell the World: The Very Best of Ratt", at the end of the month on Rhino Records. It should be very cool. The CD is a "best-of," and songs that we actually wanted to put on there. The DVD features videos at the time that we weren't able to present back then and they went platinum and gold. So we are excited about just getting them out and letting people seeing all of them at all at once.
Glam-Metal.com: One of the things I noticed at your concert the other night is that the RATT songs are really timeless. It felt so good to hear them being played live again. Everybody was on there feet from "Lay it Down" to your last song, "Round and Round". Why do you think RATT music has remained so popular and garnering a whole generation of RATT fans?
Pearcy: Well, we never claimed or wanted to be press darlings. From day one, we always just wanted to do our own kind of music which we called "ratt and roll." Nothing has changed. You learn a lot more. We are survivors. We have as many original members involved. There is a certain element. To have this style of music or whatever they label it hair bands, it was just that era that was timeless. That will never happen again. It will never go down again. To be part of it and have the success that we did and continue. It is new again. It is all good. Whatever defends the faith, you know?!
Glam-Metal.com: Who initiated the RATT reunion? I know we talked prior to the debut of the RATT VH1 "Behind the Music" and possible a RATT reunion in 2005. It is so great that it is finally happening.
Pearcy: Well, we wish that Juan [Croucier, bass] had been a part of it. But it didn't happen. It is a way of life. It is a full commitment. We are already working on some new music. Again, we will see what that gets us at the end of this tour.
Glam-Metal.com: Well, I know you have the mobile recording studio out. How is the songwriting going?
Pearcy: Yes, we have a studio out here digital. It is real cool. We are already working on stuff. We will continue to work on music, until the end of the tour. Hopefully, we will have a big bag of RATT songs.
Glam-Metal.com: Will RATT remain on the road after the POISON tour wraps up in September?
Pearcy: Yes, we have a lot of ground to cover. We have some international stuff, and finish up some stuff in the States. As I say, we are trying to get a record going. That is the plan and we will see where it will take us. We got a lot of things to do. It is a whole new breed of RATT. This time, we are having a real patience with things.
Patrick Douglas of The Culture Shock recently conducted an interview with POISON frontman Bret Michaels. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
The Culture Shock: What's the biggest difference for you guys as a touring band, as POISON today, in comparison to 20 years ago, as far as taking the show on the road?
Bret: The best thing is we all got our own private tour bus (laughs). It keeps us friendly. Hey, look, last year we still had our own buses and me and Bob still got in a fight onstage. (laughs). You know what's great about? We still are the epitome of the ultimate garage band from Pennsylvania, except for C.C., who's from New York, and we are the epitome of the ultimate garage band that got to do this for 21 years. That is the best way … we still argue about songs that are going in the set. We're still fired up, but when that passion works right, that chemistry, it makes for a really great show. And we're all really good … that's the one thing, we're really good friends that just have the occasional disagreement. (laughs).
The Culture Shock: Do you guys ever sit back and laugh at each other and talk about how one minute, you're pissed off at each other and the next minute, you're friends again?
Bret: We have many a laugh about our own exciting, yet "Spinal Tap"-ish career. You can quote that (laughs). We half laugh at it. Last year, Bobby, when we got in a fight in Atlanta, he hit me in the knee and I said, you wussie. I thought we were gonna go mano-y-mano, fist-to-fist, good old style. He took his green, sharp pointy Warlock bass off, winged it around like Peter Townsend and then it hit me that he was actually gonna throw it at me and I'm like, "Man, I'm gonna die." I went into a karate kick stance, he threw it and the fuckin' bass caught my knee (laughs). This was how I had to act it out. Although I felt like crying, here we are at a sold-out show in Atlanta, or a packed show, and I hobble up to the mike, and I know I need stitches, right. I go, "This is our last song we're doing. You may never see us again." I'm a little dramatic. I go, "You may never see us again." Not a couple hours later, they stitch me up and we're at a truck stop laughing about it. I'm like, "Hey, you dick, look at my knee." We laughed it off and the next day we played Memphis and I had to play in a knee brace for the next five shows.
The Culture Shock: Right and meanwhile the media's going crazy, talking about the end of POISON.
Bret: They were going nuts. But, this was what was going through my head. Out of all the things. You're thinking about the show and whatnot. I'm thinking, he's gonna hit me with the heaviest and pointiest of all basses (laughs). I've actually felt the weight 'cause I've played his Warlock bass before. That thing's like lifting a tree and I'm like, "Man he's gonna whip that into my body. I'm gonna die." So I went into a karate kick stance (laughs). Unfortunately, I didn't get to block all of it and it took a nice chunk out of my leg (laughs). A few stitches later and after a couple laughs, we were back playing Memphis that very next day.
The Culture Shock: Tell me about this upcoming TV show, "Rock of Love with Bret Michaels". I'm assuming you filmed it already and it's all done.
Bret: Yeah, we just finished up. It's gonna be VH1's biggest show of the summer. They pushed the premiere up from an hour to an hour and a half. I promise this, I will make all rockers proud. The show is insane and bizarre and it's off the chart, that's all I'm gonna say. It's the most off-the-chart thing. It may push reality to a whole new level, but they were only gonna do six episodes and they ended up doing eleven. That's how crazy it got. We were supposed to eliminate a zillion girls and we did the first two shows and they're like, "Whoa, slow down." And they bought eleven episodes. It's off the charts. That's all I can tell you. You'll know what I mean here fairly soon. It was really bizarre for me to do but at the same time it rocked. It's pretty off the wall.
The Culture Shock: How did you get involved with that? Did they approach you?
Bret: I have two daughters and I was newly single and I told 'em straight up. They came after me and they said, "Look, Bret, you've never done a reality show," which I hadn't. I'd done "Bashful Star" where I was a judge, but I'd never done a dating reality show and they asked me year after year to do these different things and I was like, "No I'm in a relationship," or "I'm in this," or "I'm touring," or "It's just not for me," and they said, "Here's how it works. There's 25 girls, they're all rock girls. They don't know you, but they've been to your concerts. They are all very different and you're gonna be in one house." They wanted to shoot it at my house, but I said "No." I said, "It's the wrong situation." I said, "I don't know 'em." I don't want 'em to be … what if they're all insane? (laughs) You know what I mean? So, we leased a house in Beverly Hills and went in and I did everything I wanted to do. Motocross. I got to do football. We played mud football, full-on tackle and whatever team won got to go on a date. It was pretty out there. It was pretty out there. It was really fun for me to do and hopefully, I know this, it will be very entertaining and hopefully it will be a success for them. Wait 'til you see it. When I say it's off the hook, you'll know what it means (laughs).
Read the entire interview at www.thecultureshock.com.
The complete list of songs has been revealed for Activision's special 1980s-themed Guitar Hero title, dubbed Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s. The game will ship for the PlayStation 2 on July 24.
According to Gamespot, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s is rated T for Teen and will be the last game in the series from original developers Harmonix. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater developer Neversoft is taking over the franchise beginning with Guitar Hero III, while Harmonix is preparing rival rhythm game Rock Band. Both titles are set for release later this year for multiple platforms.
Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s tracks:
"Caught in a Mosh" (as made famous by ANTHRAX)
"Balls to the Wall" (as made famous by ACCEPT)
"Electric Eye" (by JUDAS PRIEST)
"Los Angeles" (as made famous by X)
"Police Truck" (as made famous by DEAD KENNEDYS)
"We Got the Beat" (as made famous by THE GO GO'S)
"(I Think I'm) Turning Japanese" (as made famous by VAPORS)
"Seventeen" (as made famous by WINGER)
"Because, it's Midnite" (by LIMOZEEN)
"Hold On Loosely" (as made famous by .38 SPECIAL)
"No One Like You" (as made famous by SCORPIONS)
"Only a Lad" (as made famous by OINGO BOINGO)
"Ballroom Blitz" (as made famous by KROKUS)
"The Warrior" (by SCANDAL)
"What I Like About You" (as made famous by THE ROMANTICS)
"Wrath Child" (as made famous by IRON MAIDEN)
"I Wanna Rock" (by TWISTED SISTER)
"I Ran" (by FLOCK OF SEAGULLS)
"Round and Round" (as made famous by RATT)
"Metal Health" (as made famous by QUIET RIOT)
"Holy Diver" (as made famous by DIO)
"Heat Of The Moment" (as made famous by ASIA)
"Radar Love" (as made famous by WHITE LION)
"18 and Life" (as made famous by SKID ROW)
"Bathroom Wall" (as made famous by FASTER PUSSYCAT)
"Lonely is the Night" (as made famous by BILLY SQUIER)
"Nothing But a Good Time" (as made famous by POISON)
"Play With Me" (as made famous by EXTREME)
"Shaken" (as made famous by EDDIE MONEY)
"Synchronicity II" (as made famous by THE POLICE)