Slash will reportedly record guitar parts for some brand new GUNS N' ROSES material this weekend at singer Axl Rose's studio in Malibu, California.The news of the recording session was broken in a social media post by Kruse Kontrol Amplification, which performs amplifier modifications for customers from the entire U.S. and Canada.In the since-deleted Instagram post, someone representing Kruse Kontrol wrote (see below): "SLASH's 1987 Silver Jubilee in the house! Dropped off by GnR producer Caram Costanzo himself the amp needs to be serviced and tuned up to sound stellar for this Saturday's recording of new material at Axl Rose's studio in Malibu. I'm one of the very few fortunate few ever getting to work on and play this cool amp!"Costanzo previously worked on "Rock The Rock", the first new song from Rose in 10 years, which was featured in the TV show "New Looney Tunes". He was also a co-producer on GUNS N' ROSES' last studio album, "Chinese Democracy", which featured only Axl from the band's classic lineup.Slash, who will return to the road with his solo band, SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS, next week, recently told BelfastLive that work on a new GUNS N' ROSES album could commence at the end of this year. "The CONSPIRATORS are finishing up in mid-August and then GUNS is going out in late September/October," he said. "But at the same time, we're focused on working towards this new record that everybody's been asking about. So start focusing on that in earnest. And that's it. I'm not thinking about anything else while that is going on. That's really the main focus. By the time the CONSPIRATORS tour is done, I will have written enough material for the next CONSPIRATORS record that whenever that break comes up with GUNS N' ROSES we can go on to do that. We'll just juggle all this stuff, schedules permitting."Asked what the new GUNS N' ROSES album will be like, he said: "I have no fucking idea. I really couldn't tell you. It's like anything else — you don't know what it is until it's done."GUNS N' ROSES' "Not In This Lifetime" tour began in April 2016, and after 159 shows in 41 countries, it played its last date at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 8, 2018."Not In This Lifetime" is now believed to be the second-highest-grossing tour of all time, having generated more than $500 million since it began three years ago.Since the end of the tour last year, Slash and bassist Duff McKagan have both returned to solo endeavors.The "Not In This Lifetime" tour features classic-lineup members Slash, McKagan and Rose backed by guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and second keyboardist Melissa Reese.Photo credit: Katarina Benzova
Drummer Joey Kramer will not perform with his AEROSMITH bandmates Friday night (April 26) in Las Vegas. The announcement comes two days after Kramer missed the last concert at the Park Theater at Park MGM as part of the band's "Deuces Are Wild" residency.The news of Kramer's absence from tomorrow night's show was broken by Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John Katsilometes, who tweeted: "From @Aerosmith management: '@joeykramer had a minor accident and is totally fine, but he hurt his shoulder in the process so he won't be playing tomorrow.' Tomorrow meaning Friday @ParkTheaterLV. No other information at this time."Filling in for Kramer at Tuesday night's show was Kramer's drum tech, John Douglas.Back in August 2014, AEROSMITH canceled a California concert because Kramer was dealing with "heart complications" that required immediate surgery. The musician later revealed that he had an angioplasty, explaining that it was "just strictly a hereditary thing. There's a family history, and I was the victim. But no more."Kramer missed a week's worth of AEROSMITH shows after his 2014 surgery — his son Jesse filled in on drums — before getting back to work."It wasn't my time," Kramer said at the time. "It wasn't time for my ticket to be punched. And so I got fixed, and I'm back 150 percent, and everything is as good as it can possibly be."AEROSMITH kicked off its "Deuces Are Wild" Las Vegas residency on April 6. The band is scheduled to play 27 more shows in Las Vegas dates before the end of the year — one in April, five in June, four in July, four in September, four in October, seven in November, and two in December. The band also has multiple-night "Deuces Are Wild" engagements booked at MGM properties in National Harbor, Maryland; Atlantic City, New Jersey; and Springfield, Massachusetts.In addition to the "Deuces Are Wild" shows, AEROSMITH is scheduled to make two festival appearances this summer: July 14 at the Roxodus Music Fest in Edenvale, Canada; and July 19 at the Twin Cities Summer Jam in Shakopee, Minnesota.
From @Aerosmith management: “@joeykramer had a minor accident and is totally fine, but he hurt his shoulder in the process so he won’t be playing tomorrow.” Tomorrow meaning Friday @ParkTheaterLV. No other information at this time.— John Katsilometes (@johnnykats) April 25, 2019
Alice Cooper has paid tribute to the British-born, Emmy-nominated choreographer, actor, producer, screenwriter and director David Winters, who recently passed away. Winters, whose credits include projects with Cooper, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, THE MONKEES and Elvis Presley, the Oscar-winning film "West Side Story" and the 1964 concert film "T.A.M.I. Show", had turned 80 on April 5. He had reportedly been sick for awhile.Cooper took to his Twitter earlier today to write: "David Winters realized what we were trying to do in 1975 with our rock production of 'Welcome To My Nightmare'. He saw the potential of merging hard rock Alice Cooper with theater. We chose him as director/choreographer because he portrayed A-Rab in the classic film 'West Side Story'. That film was a huge influence on us as a band. But most of all, David selected an 18-year-old ballerina out of hundreds of top-notch auditioning L.A. dancers to dance on the 'Welcome To My Nightmare' concert tour. That dancer (Sheryl) and I are still happily married after 43 years. I could not have found a more kindred spirit than David."David participated in over 150 television series, television specials, and motion pictures. His accolades include a 1967 Emmy nomination for "Movin' With Nancy", a TV program starring Nancy Sinatra.The "Welcome to My Nightmare" 1976 concert film accompanied the album, the stage show (also produced, directed and choreographed by Winters) by the same name and the TV special "Alice Cooper: The Nightmare". Though it failed at the box office, it later became a midnight movie favorite and a cult classic.