Pure Rock Report

  • Cuomo Casts Cuomo >

    The TV pilot inspired by Rivers Cuomo taking a break from Weezer to go to Harvard finally has a lead actor. Relatively unknown English actor Ben Aldridge will play the Cuomo role in Detour, which was written by Psych creatorSteve Franks. Detour centers on Michael Sturges, a "rock star who Read More
  • Tony Iommi Gets Political >

    Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has written a letter to Indonesian president Joko Widodo asking him to spare the lives of two Australians who were sentenced to death in 2006 for trying to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia. Iommi, who has intervened because Widodo is a fan of heavy metal, Read More
  • Def Leppard Second Residency On Hold >

    Not only has Def Leppard pushed back the release of their next album to possibly the end of the year, but they have also pushed back plans for a second residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Guitarist Phil Collen says, "We keep missing the deadline, Read More
  • Mick Marrs To Team Up With John Corabi Post Crue? >

    Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars might be heading back to the band's past for his future. John Corabi, who was Vince Neil's replacement from 1992 to 1996, says he and the Crue guitarist have talked about making an album together. Corabi tells Canada's Do You Know Jack show that, "A Read More
  • Metallica Reissue Original Demo On Cassette! >

    Metallica are reissuing their original 1982 demo tape -- on cassette. No Life 'til Leather will be released in a limited-edition tape for Record Store Day on April 18th. James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine and bassist Ron McGovney recorded the seven-track demo on July 6, 1982 at Chateau East Studio, Read More
  • The First Taste Of The "New" Live Van Halen - Audio >

    Here is your first taste of the first-ever Van Halen live album with David Lee Roth, Tokyo Dome Live in Concert. "Panama" is among 25 songs the band performed there on June 21st, 2013 during their last tour. The album will be released on March 31st as a double-CD, a Read More
  • Randy Rhoads Tribute Album Comes Out This Week - Audio >

    If you're a Randy Rhoads fan and can't wait until tomorrow's (Tuesday's) official release of Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute, it's streaming now at Billboard.com. Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Bruce Kulick, Rudy Sarzo, Vinnie Appice and current Ozzy guitarist Gus G. are just a few of the artists involved Read More
  • Dimebag's Grave Is Vandalized And The Culprit Apologizes >

    Dimebag Darrell Abbott definitely rolled over in his grave this weekend.  Pantera posted a picture and note on their Facebook page saying they were "disgusted" by a post on an unidentified Instagram that showed the vandalized grave and a caption explaining the vandal "hates Pantera" and referred to the group Read More
  • Bruce Dickinson Update >

    As Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBain understands it, singer Bruce Dickinson is doing well following treatment for tongue cancer. McBain says, "He is in amazing spirits, considering the brutality of the radiology. He had three chemo sessions. The great thing is that he’s in great hands...not only with his family, Read More
  • Former Pearl Jam Drummer Wanted By Cops >

    A warrant is out for the arrest of former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese. Cops in Denton, Texas are trying to track him down on charges going back to last September which include possession of a controlled substance and the "manufacture or delivery" of that substance. The first charge carries Read More
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Cuomo Casts Cuomo

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The TV pilot inspired by Rivers Cuomo taking a break from Weezer to go to Harvard finally has a lead actor. Relatively unknown English actor Ben Aldridge will play the Cuomo role in Detour, which was written by Psych creatorSteve Franks. Detour centers on Michael Sturges, a “rock star who made the unexpected choice at age 30 to quit his band and go back to college.” Joey Morgan will play Walter, Michael’s “sweet-natured, brilliant but socially anxious/awkward college roommate.” Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGoogleReddit

Tony Iommi Gets Political

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Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has written a letter to Indonesian president Joko Widodo asking him to spare the lives of two Australians who were sentenced to death in 2006 for trying to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia. Iommi, who has intervened because Widodo is a fan of heavy metal, writes, “I understand and respect your efforts to combat drug abuse in lndonesia, this is something that all countries are having to deal with. I appeal to you, as a forgiving man, to take note of their transformation. They are now reformed men who are making a positive difference to the lives of their fellow prisoners… Please allow them to serve out life sentences where they contribute to the well-being of lndonesia and make good for the error of their previous ways. I do hope you will consider this personal appeal.” Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGoogleReddit

Def Leppard Second Residency On Hold

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Not only has Def Leppard pushed back the release of their next album to possibly the end of the year, but they have also pushed back plans for a second residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Guitarist Phil Collen says, “We keep missing the deadline, because we have stuff… you know, [going] on all the time. So it won’t be able to [happen] this year, because most of dates are already solidified… So it’s probably gonna be earlier next year, hopefully.” The first residency in the spring of 2013 saw them doing Hysteria in its entirety. Def Leppard starts a tour of Canada on April 15th followed by Europe in May and early June. The U.S. tour with Styxand Tesla starts on June 23rd in Tampa, Florida. Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGoogleReddit

Mick Marrs To Team Up With John Corabi Post Crue?

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Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars might be heading back to the band’s past for his future. John Corabi, who was Vince Neil’s replacement from 1992 to 1996, says he and the Crue guitarist have talked about making an album together. Corabi tells Canada’s Do You Know Jack show that, “A lot of people already know about it, but as soon as he’s done doing this next tour, Mick and I have had some discussions about possibly going in and doing some writing together and doing a record, and maybe going out and doing some shows. So we’ll see how that works.” Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGoogleReddit

Metallica Reissue Original Demo On Cassette!

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Metallica are reissuing their original 1982 demo tape — on cassette. No Life ’til Leather will be released in a limited-edition tape for Record Store Day on April 18th. James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine and bassist Ron McGovney recorded the seven-track demo on July 6, 1982 at Chateau East Studio, Tustin, California. It includes the first versions of “Hit the Lights,” “Seek and Destroy” and “Jump in the Fire.” A post on Metallica’s website says, “We’ve been digging through the archives, gone to the original source material and re-mastered it to maximize the sound potential for 2015 without altering the original mixes in any way.” They add that fans can look for look for “expanded versions coming on CD, vinyl and a collector’s set sometime this summer.” Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGoogleReddit

The First Taste Of The “New” Live Van Halen – Audio

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Here is your first taste of the first-ever Van Halen live album with David Lee Roth, Tokyo Dome Live in Concert. “Panama” is among 25 songs the band performed there on June 21st, 2013 during their last tour. The album will be released on March 31st as a double-CD, a four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl and digitally. A deluxe collection featuring Tokyo Dome and the newly remastered Van Halen and 1984 albums, as both a four-CD set and a six-LP vinyl set in special packaging, will also be available on March 31st. Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGoogleReddit

Randy Rhoads Tribute Album Comes Out This Week – Audio

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If you’re a Randy Rhoads fan and can’t wait until tomorrow’s (Tuesday’s) official release of Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute, it’s streaming now at Billboard.com. Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Bruce Kulick, Rudy Sarzo, Vinnie Appice and current Ozzy guitarist Gus G. are just a few of the artists involved in the project. Randy, who would have been 58 this year, died in 1982. Ex-Ozzy and Quiet Riot bassist Rudy Sarzo on playing on the Randy Rhoads tribute album: (Listen Below) Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGoogleReddit

Dimebag’s Grave Is Vandalized And The Culprit Apologizes

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Dimebag Darrell Abbott definitely rolled over in his grave this weekend.  Pantera posted a picture and note on their Facebook page saying they were “disgusted” by a post on an unidentified Instagram that showed the vandalized grave and a caption explaining the vandal “hates Pantera” and referred to the group as a “bunch racist hillbillies,” along with some other homophobic language. Somehow, Indiana death/thrash/black metal band Nuclear Hellfrost became the likely suspects. More specifically, their former frontman, Reece Eber. He posted a very, very long apology on the band’s Facebook page. Here it is in it’s entirety; “This is Reece Eber, the guy who ignorantly acted like a fool and pulled the dumbest possible delinquent act of my life… And where to begin… I’ve become famous today in the worst possible way. My friends and I have received death threats and multiple insults over the past day or so, I’ve made the news, and all I can say to sum it all up is I’m deeply sorry. I acted ignorantly and completely out of line. There is NO reason for doing what I did, and when I say “I”, I mean ME alone. My friends were not present for the event and should have caught up with them when they were walking away, instead i left a piece of paper with an insult to a man many people idolize and for a cheap laugh that I didn’t think about the consequences. I did not carve into it and it was a piece of paper and nothing was stolen. I’m not asking for forgiveness, I’m not asking for sympathy, I am only attempting to express an apology that I want to reach out to the people I hurt and offended with this dumb act. There is no reason for what I did and it was the worst mistake I’ve made in my young and evidently dumb life. I don’t blame the threats and comments. I understand how you feel and that’s why I’m an asshole because I knowingly was out for blood, and so I don’t blame anyone for wanting to do god knows what to me. The fact of the matter is I feel awful and guilty and this will stick with me forever, just like the Seinfeld guy using the N word… I can not express how sorry I am to Vinnie Paul and the Abbott family for the distress I caused, and the other members of Pantera and other acts Darrell was a part of. I owe everyone an apology for my actions because they were uncalled for, and horrible, despicable, and I went way too far. Some jokes are NOT funny and this is one of them. I took a joke way too far with a piece of paper and some hurtful words and as I’ve expressed, I don’t expect any sort of acceptance or sympathy. I’m doing this out of the guilt I feel, knowing I caused this and I want to attempt to make it right even though I’m sure many will not accept this… I’m truly sorry for my actions and I’m sorry I put people I care about in potential danger and upsetting people for my selfish and morbid sense of humor. Anyways to wrap this up, I hope this was read, I hope at least someone will accept this and I hope for a better future for everyone…” Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGoogleReddit

Bruce Dickinson Update

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As Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBain understands it, singer Bruce Dickinson is doing well following treatment for tongue cancer. McBain says, “He is in amazing spirits, considering the brutality of the radiology. He had three chemo sessions. The great thing is that he’s in great hands…not only with his family, but his oncologist and all of the people who are working with him. They were all very positive, as Bruce has been, through the whole thing… We expect him to have a full recovery in the next couple of months.” Iron Maiden has a new album in the can, but its release was put on hold following Dickinson’s diagnosis. Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGoogleReddit

Former Pearl Jam Drummer Wanted By Cops

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A warrant is out for the arrest of former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese. Cops in Denton, Texas are trying to track him down on charges going back to last September which include possession of a controlled substance and the “manufacture or delivery” of that substance. The first charge carries a sentence of up to a year in jail and fine, but the second charge carries a sentence of anywhere between five and 99 years behind bars. Police are also offering a $1000 reward for information leading to his arrest. Abbruzzese played drums for Pearl Jam from 1991 until 1994. He replaced drummer Matt Chamberlain shortly before the release of their debut album Ten and then played on their next two albums. Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGoogleReddit

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