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Warrant Drummer Checks In From The Road

WARRANT drummer Steven Sweet has posted the following road report:

"Well, well, well. Here it is... Finally. The much awaited, long anticipated, highly overrated... no wait a minute, scratch that last proclamation - brutally agonizing - yeah, that's better.... road report by,... well, me Steven Sweet (if that really IS my name?). It all started one day last September; 5 boys from different parts of the United States decided to join forces and conquer the world, or at least Maplewood, MN (which by the way might sound a hair more impressive were I to say Minneapolis/St. Paul - but I like to stick to the cold hard facts, as those of you who've read my last road report know all too well). The night was tepid, or humid or insert some random adjective describing a warm summer night (technically it's early fall but who's really fact checking??!) and we had all convened at the Myth which indeed actually does exist, despite the misleading nature of its name. Coming off a 216 hour layover (9 days) in Los Angeles after our last show in Tucson on the 9th. (no one told me it was okay to go home in between flights so I managed to rent a "Smarte Carte" (stupid spelling I know) and create a makeshift airport home in the corner of the Southwest terminal, just between Starbuck's and Cinnabon...mmmm, the smells were absolutely intoxicating, I actually didn't want to go home). Okay that last part about staying at the airport for a 216 hour layover was total Bullshit. In reality (what's that?) we had a few days off, 2 days of which were spent in rehearsal working on delivering the goods... which I think paid off. Rewinding, we actually had a great first show in Tucson, AZ with Robert front and center "pulling his own" as if he'd been there since day one (when I say "pulling his own" I am referring to the saying which means he was able to "handle his parts in a confident, commanding manner" that doesn't sound much better does it - WEIGHT, I mean pulling his own WEIGHT - sheese forget it). Anyhow the show kicked ass and THIS night was even better because we had our pal Joey back to fill out the mix with his unique blend of attitude and skills that only he can deliver. More...

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Warrant Parts Ways With Singer Jani Lane

BLABBERMOUTH.NET has received the following statement from long-running California rockers WARRANT:

"It is with the deepest regret that we have to announce that Jani Lane will no longer be performing with WARRANT.

"From the beginning of our reunion talks to the last note of our last show together in Houston this past weekend [on August 31 at the Rock The Bayou festival], we have had nothing but good intentions of bringing a quality original WARRANT show to our fans and friends. More...

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Warrant Checks In From The Road

WARRANT's Steven Sweet has issued the following report:

"August 1st, 2008 - Clearfield, PA

"Well, where do I start? (rhetorical question, please don't send me your answers) Sorry it's taken a few days to get this together, I've been trying to sort out all the fantastical events of the Clearfield County Fair since the "happening" occurred. Those of you lucky folks who were in attendance know what I mean!?

"The band and our entourage of sordid gents flew "non-stop" (yay!!!) into Pittsburgh (Birthplace of that beautiful freak, Andy Warhol) where we were soon whisked away by super fancy limousine (of course, but not really) into the wilds of Pennsylvania. Some of you may be asking, "weren't you afraid of all those Amish gangs that roam freely through the heartland of the state?" Yes, some of us were addled with trepidation at the prospect of being ambushed by horse and buggy, and possibly buggy whip-whipped? (the amish, though formidable foe, and excellent candle makers, are forbidden to carry guns, hence the extremely violent practice of buggy whip-whipping) YES, we were scared as HELL, but nonetheless we forged ahead to our destination... (Dun, Dun, DAAAAAHHHH)... The Red Carpet Inn. More...

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Black N Blue Reunion Moves Forward w/ Fest Dates

BLACK ‘N BLUE has launched a reunion in 2008 featuring four original members in Jaime St. James (vocals), Jef “Woop” Warner (guitar), Pete Holmes (drums), and Patrick Young (Bass). The four members are joined by second guitarist, Shawn Sonnenschein, who has been in the fold since 2003 when the band had played a few dates. Sonnenschein is the replacement for original guitarist, Thommy Thayer, who is currently in KISS.

The band was reactivated earlier this year after St. James departure from Warrant. “My 4 years in Warrant were awesome. I made some lifetime friends and will always cherish that time in my life. That being said, it feels so good to sing the great Black ‘N Blue tunes again,” St. James says.

The band played this year’s Rocklahoma Festival earlier this month. In addition, the band has also been added to the main stage at the Rock the Bayou Festival in Houston on Labor Day Weekend where they are scheduled to perform on Sunday, August 31. Further show announcements are expected in the coming weeks. There is also a plan to tour the UK and Europe in early November, with further information to be announced shortly.

In addition to the shows, Black 'N Blue will also hit the studio in the coming months to complete the long awaited released, "Hell Yeah!" Plans for its release will be announced later this year.

You can check out some of the band's material on their official MySpace page.

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The Bitches are Back

Known for her arsenal of BC Rich guitars - affectionately called "bitches" by those who play them - and her talent for ripping things up as good as the next guy, Lita Ford shredded things up last night at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK, a four day rock and metal fest featuring bands from the '80s like Queensrÿche, Warrant and Tesla.

Joining her on stage were Stet Howland (W.A.S.P.) on drums, Teddy Cook (Dio) on Bass, Michael T. Ross (Bent Pussycat) on keyboards, and Tom Cavanagh (Angel) on guitar.

According to Rocklahoma's official website this is Lita's first show in 15 years, not counting the warm-up gigs she did around New York earlier this month under the guise of a Lita Ford tribute act called Kiss Me Deadly.

After gaining notoriety for her guitar skills with The Runaways, Lita left the all-female rock group to forge a solo career in 1979, scoring huge hits with tunes like "Gotta Let It Go," "Kiss Me Deadly," and "Close My Eyes Forever," a duet with Ozzy Osbourne.

At the height of her career, Lita toured with some of the biggest acts in rock and metal, heavy hitters like Black Sabbath, Anthrax, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, proving that girls could play guitar and helping introduce a once male-dominated genre to legions of head-banging chicks across the globe.

The Queen of Metal recently signed on with Coallier Entertainment , a New York-based label that also houses Foreigner and Twisted Sister on their roster. Does this mean we can expect a new album from the metal glamazon? This mother of two is keeping mum, but rumours of a press conference on Monday should reveal if her hiatus is finally over.

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Warrant Frontman Shares Thoughts On Reunion Show

Warrant frontman Jani Lane has checked with an update regarding the bands first gig in 14 years featuring the original lineup.

"Wow, what a fricken relief! We (Warrant reunited) finally got on stage together the other night in Nashville and the following night in Walker, Minnesota. There was so much speculation on our part and the fans as well! About a week before the shows my MySpace was literally humming with excitement! I had the pleasure of having my daughter, Madison attend the first show. Trust me, there is no more honest critic than the 10 year old who thinks of you as 'the old guy who takes her to school!'

All things considered, I thought the first show went pretty well. No major equipment problems and the crowd was great. We definitely fed off the energy the audience fed us. As crazy-fast as the day in Nashville went, it almost shifted into slow motion for me on stage. I caught myself mentally drifting down memory lane while my voice and body must have been in some kind of auto-pilot mode...very surreal! I would look around at the guys and get flashes of the Sunset Strip (circa '87 or so) starving, hoping, praying and having a hell of a good time! Memories of recording, touring, laughing and crying together! It really made me think, 'Holy shite, we have been through the mill together!' and let me tell you folks something...I am not a wuss but for the five of us to be standing on stage together sounding that good...everyone healthy and happy...I nearly welled up several times! I never let it show though...mostly because, if I did, I'd have to kick my own ass for being a wimp! :) More...

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Cinderella Adds More Summer Shows

Cinderella have added some more shows for thei summer tour, the majority of these shows will also feature Warrant and Lynch Mob.

Confirmed dates are:

24 - Nashville, TN - Wildhorse
26 - Walker, MN - Northern Lights Casino
27 - Walker, MN - Northern Lights Casino
28 - Maplewood, MN - Myth

2 - Stockton, CA - Stockton Arena
3 - Alpine, CA - Viejas
4 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheater
5 - Henderson, NV - Sunset Station Casino
7 - El Paso, TX - El Paso County Coliseum
8 - Odessa, TX - Dos Amigos
11 - Amarillo, TX - Azteca Music Hall
12 - Pryor OK - Rocklahoma
13 - Wichita Falls, TX - Kay Yeager Amphitheater
17 - Houston, TX - Verizon Amphitheater
19 - Cleveland, OH - Time Warner Amphitheater
20 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
21 - Clarkston, MI - DTE
22 - Baltimore, MD - Pier Six Pavilion
25 - Tampa, FL - St. Pete Forum
26 - Pompano Beach, FL - Pompano Beach Amphitheater
27 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
29 - Springfield, MO - Ozark Empire Fair

1 - Clearfield, PA - Clearfield County Fair
3 - Farmingville, NY - Brookhaven Amphitheater
10 - Des Moines, IA - Iowa State Fair

More dates to be announced.

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Warrant's Webmaster Posts Tour Info Update

WARRANT's Webmaster Noel has issued the following message:

"Hey Warrant fans!

This is Noel the web guy. In hopes to make things easier on everyone, I wanted to give you an update for all the questions you've been submitting.

I talked to Jerry (Dixon) the other day and the booking agent has been sending him completely new sets of summer tour dates every week, yet they are not finalized. They don't want to release the dates until they are 100% final so as not to confuse fans in cities that get bumped. So, I'm sorry to say but as of right now, I have NO tour news for you. Jerry and Erik (Turner) will send them to me the moment they get them and I will in turn update this page. Please continue to check back and understand that we're just as anxious as you are.

Several bands have been writing in asking about getting an opening slot. Please contact the booking agents or venues for that info.

I will be at Rocklahoma taking fan photos and video clips for the MySpace page. I'm also working on getting a hand full of things to give away. If you plan to go, and want to know what I look like so you can find me, hit me up on my page.

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Line Up Announced For Heavy Mtl Festival

For the first time ever in Montreal, a 2 day metal festival dubbed Heavy Mtl will be held on June 21-22. The lineup is as follows:

Saturday, June 21, 2008:

Iron Maiden
3 Inches of Blood
Symphony X
Type O Negative
Dethklok / Metalocolypse
Lauren Harris

Sunday, June 22, 2008:

Motley Crue
Shadows Fall
Three Days Grace
Drowning Pool

Tickets for this event go on sale this Saturday, April 18th at noon.

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Warrant Announce "Original-Lineup" Shows

Vocalist Jani Lane of the reunited '80s rockers WARRANT has issued the following update:

"WARRANT will appear for the first time [with] 'all original members' in 14 years at The Wild Horse in Nashville on May 17 and Northern Lights Casino in Minneapolis on May 18. This should really be a lot of fun! I encourage all the 'die-hards' to do your best to be at one of these very special, dare I say it, historical shows. Thanks for all the overwhelming support!!"

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Warrant To Begin Work On New Material

Reactivated '80s rockers WARRANT will hit the road this summer with the band's most successful lineup, consisting of vocalist Jani Lane, guitarists Joey Allen and Erik Turner, bassist Jerry Dixon and drummer Steven Sweet. The trek, also featuring CINDERELLA, will launch at the Rocklahoma festival and will also include an appearance at the Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin on July 17.

Regarding how it feels performing with Jani Lane once again, Sweet told the Artisan News Service, "It's freaking bizarre." Allen added, "It's like a time warp." Sweet continued, "It brings back a lot of memories obviously. Joey and I have been back in the band for the last three years without Jani, so it's like a new old thing again."

Asked if the band has plans of getting back into the studio together to write new material, Sweet said, "Not immediately, but we're already working on new ideas and probably by the end of the year, once things slow down with travel, that we'll get back in and start putting some things down."

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Saints of the Underground Ready Debut Album

Saints of the Underground, featuring multi-platinum musicians Bobby Blotzer (Ratt) on drums and Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper) on lead guitar recruiting Jani Lane (Ex-Warrant) on vocals and Robbie Crane (Ratt) on bass, are preapring their debut album, "Love The Sin, Hate The Sinner," for an April 22nd release.

The Saints of the Underground formed in 2006, starting out as four guys playing cover tunes and having a good time, but over time the chemistry between them grew. The band naturally evolved into a creative partnership and new songs emerged. The band entered into Blotzer's Studio (for drums & bass), diamondrecordingstudio.com, and Kelli's studio (for guitar & vocals) capturing an array of original material. The result is their debut CD, "Love the Sin, Hate the Sinner," written and produced by Jani, Bobby, and Keri; mixed by legendary Producer/Engineer Andy Johns, who has worked with greats such as the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin.

"Love the Sin, Hate the Sinner" will be released April 22nd on Warrior Records, distributed via Universal Music Group Distribution.

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Ex-Warrant Guitarist Comments On Quiet Riot Singer

Former WARRANT guitarist Billy Morris, who played guitar with QUIET RIOT off and on during the band's later years, has released the following statement to D.X. Ferris of the Cleveland Scene regarding the passing of QUIET RIOT singer Kevin DuBrow:

"Wow. Today I learned that my friend Kevin DuBrow passed away. This blows me away. No one would ever imagine this happening to Kevin, especially me, after knowing him for the past eight years. During our tours together, he would really take care of himself, eating well (certainly better than the rest of us). He'd take his vitamins every day, and always kept his body and voice in check. One thing about Kevin was that he was always so thankful for what he had. Performing live and creating music were his passions, and he was grateful for the time he spent with his friends and fans. The rock scene has lost an icon, an individual who brought it every night! Kevin, you will be missed."

According to The Associated Press, a neighbor summoned police and paramedics Sunday (November 25) to the Las Vegas home where the 52-year-old Dubrow was pronounced dead at 5:20 p.m., police and coroner's officials said.

There was no forced entry at the house, and no suspicious circumstances were reported, police Officer Jose Montoya said.

The cause and manner of death were not immediately known, pending an autopsy and toxicology results, Clark County coroner's spokeswoman Samantha Charles said.

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Final Guitar Hero II Tracklisting Revealed

According to IGN, the final track listing has been revealed for the upcoming PS2/Xbox 360 video game "Guitar Hero II". The track list will run as follows (sorted by their in-game categories):

Opening Licks:
Motley Crue - "Shout At The Devil"
Danzig - "Mother"
Cheap Trick - "Surrender"
Wolfmother - "Woman"
Spinal Tap - "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight"

Kiss - "Strutter"
Nirvana - "Heart-Shaped Box"
Police - "Message In A Bottle"
Van Halen - "You Really Got Me"
Kansas - "Carry On Wayward Son"

Foo Fighters - "Monkey Wrench"
Alice In Chains - "Them Bones"
Iggy Pop And The Stooges - "Search And Destroy"
The Pretenders - "Tattooed Love Boys"
Black Sabbath - "War Pigs"

Thrash And Burn:
Warrant - "Cherry Pie"
The Butthole Surfers - "Who Was In My Room Last Night"
Mathew Sweet - "Girlfriend"
Rolling Stones - "Can't You Hear Me Knockin'"
Guns N' Roses - "Sweet Child O' Mine"

Return Of The Shred:
Rage Against The Machine - "Killing In The Name"
Primus - "John The Fisherman"
The Sword - "Freya"
Thin Lizzy - "Bad Reputation"
Aerosmtih - "Last Child"

Relentless Riffs:
Heart - "Crazy On You"
Stone Temple Pilots - "Tripping On A Hole In A Paper Heart"
Stray Cats - "Rock This Town"
Allman Brothers - "Jessica"
Jane's Addiction - "Stop"

Furious Fretwork:
Anthrax - "Madhouse"
The Living End - "Carry Me Home"
Lamb Of God - "Laid To Rest"
Reverend Horton Heat - "Psychobilly Freakout"
Rush - "YYZ"

Avenged Sevenfold - "Beast And The Harlot"
Suicidal Tendencies - "Institutionalized"
Dick Dale - "Misirlou"
Megadeth - "Hangar 18"
Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Free Bird"

Around 15 or more unlockable bonus tracks will also be included in the game, with Every Time I Die, Drist, The Last Vegas, Valient Thorr and The Breaking Wheel rumored to be among them. "Guitar Hero II" will see a November 7th release date on the Playstation 2 while a spring release on the Xbox 360 is currently pending.

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VH1.com Launches Air Guitar Competition

Beginning April 12, VH1.com launched its online search for the top air guitarists in the country, challenging all wanna-be rock icons to its "Air to the Throne" air guitar competition. The champion will win a trip to the "VH1 Rock Honors" event in Las Vegas where he or she will perform on the red carpet and be crowned VH1's "Air to the Throne". The champ will also win a coveted spot in the official U.S. Air Guitar Championship Finals in New York. Additional prizes include "Gibson New Century Flying V" guitars and "Guitar Hero" video games.

Submission Process: From April 12 - May 1, air guitarists across the country can submit a video of their best air-guitar interpretation of one of the following four songs: WARRANT's "Cherry Pie", TED NUGENT's "Cat Scratch Fever", DEEP PURPLE's "Smoke on the Water", and QUEEN's "Guitar Solo". In order to be eligible, participants must use 59 seconds of music from one of the four selected songs listed above. Interested air guitarists can submit their video via VH1.com by going to air.vh1.com.

Read the full article at PRNewswire.

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VH1's 'Most Metal Moments' Selling Disinformation

Tony Hicks of the Contra Costa Times has issued the following report:

VH1 is selling disinformation again in the name of being cute. This has become a real problem over there, where reaction over a few funny shows is turning the network into the obnoxious kid who won't stop popping off.

I'm writing about, of course, this awful "100 Most Metal Moments", which first showed its ugly head last year. At first, I was repulsed, angered ... and angered some more. I wanted someone at VH1 to pay for their stupidity and thoughtlessness in not only having no idea what metal was, but executing a show that, to some, would certainly be the authoritative voice on the subject. It's like giving Ashlee Simpson a part in a Janis Joplin bio film.

Once I calmed down, I realized this would go away. It wouldn't spread disinformation. VH1's addiction to cuteness, via second-rate celebrities popping off about things they don't understand, would take them in new directions. Or so I thought.

VH1 has decided to replay the show this month, which means that at any given time, a viewer has the chance to hear some so-called expert equate BON JOVI with the term "metal." Now I'm no Count Grishnackh, but in ninth grade I did ride all the way in the closed trunk of a Camaro (there was no room in the back seat) to see BLACK SABBATH at the Cow Palace.

Anyways, here's some of the VH1 tidbits a viewer can get brainwashed into believing are "metal" or even "most metal" if they're not careful: More...

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