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STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet will release a new solo DVD, "Sole: Songs And Stories From A Life In Music", in December. The set was filmed on June 2 at the Narrows Center For The Arts in Fall River, Massachusetts and will be made available at Sweet's official web site.Sweet's seventh solo album, "One Sided War", was released in August 2016 via Rat Pak Records. Backing Michael on the record were WHITESNAKE guitarist Joel Hoekstra, EVANESCENCE drummer Will Hunt, bassist John O'Boyle and East Coast shred-master Ethan Brosh.Sweet told Screamer Magazine last year that "One Sided War" turned out to be "the heaviest album I've ever done.A lot of times, STRYPER fans expect heavy and when STRYPER doesn't do it, that's really a big issue.But when I don't do it, it's not as big an issue because fans typically expect a lighter side of Michael Sweet when I do solo albums, and they say that all the time.This is the album that I kind of wanted to put all those remarks to rest and I wanted to do something that was edgier and that compares to STRYPER on that level.It holds its own against anything STRYPER's done, for sure."In a 2016 interview with The Aquarian Weekly, Sweet said that he enjoyed making solo albums "because it's an opportunity to free myself up a little bit more, experiment a little bit more, and try some things that STRYPER may not be able to try. So I just enjoy doing it. I love it. I've got a lot of music, a lot of solo music that I'd like to go out and play live that I think a lot of people would like to hear."STRYPER recently finished recording all the basic tracks for its new album for an early 2018 release. The follow-up to 2015's "Fallen" will be the band's first disc since the addition of former FIREHOUSE bassist Perry Richardson. Perry joined the band as the replacement for STRYPER's longtime bassist Tim Gaines, who was fired from the group earlier this year.
MÖTLEY CRÜE and SIXX:A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx was a guest on the November 14 episode of "The Doctors".The musician, photographer, and best-selling author, who has been outspoken over the years about his heroin addiction, discussed how the music industry can lead to drug abuse for some.Asked if the "rock and roll lifestyle" encourages and enables drug abuse, Sixx responded: "Yes and no. It depends on the artist. Like when Whitney Houston passed away, I think it was a good time to look at enablers. There's a lot of people around the artist — there's managers, there's agents, there's road managers, there's crew, there's family members — so when you see a person heading towards that addiction, a lot of people don't wanna stop the money train, and that's where you hear about a lot of the tragedies in rock and roll and other kinds of music as well. But I'm really happy to be a survivor of heroin addiction and alcoholism and be a father and be able to be here today and talk to you guys."Nikki also described having an out-of-body experience following a drug overdose in 1987. After being declared clinically dead, he was revived by cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The incident inspired MÖTLEY CRÜE's 1989 hit "Kickstart My Heart"."I was a heroin addict for exactly one year," he said. "And my heart stopped for two minutes and I came back, I went home and I shot up again and overdosed again. And I woke up the next day and I kind of had a spiritual awakening — that's the only way I can explain it. Because I woke up and it was the first time I didn't wanna do drugs. It just changed my perspective, and it was at that time I said, 'I wanna turn my life around and do something good with this horrible information.'""The Doctors" returned this past September for its tenth season. The Emmy Award-winning syndicated talk show has offered the most timely, topical and practical health, wellness and lifestyle information on daytime television since 2008.Season 10 is anchored by ER physician Dr. Travis Stork, plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon, and OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry. Professionals from across the health and wellness spectrum visit daily as the show continues to delve into real-life stories, provide sought-after answers, interventions and care.As always, viewers get newsworthy exclusives and see numerous follow-ups with guests they met in seasons past, many of whom had life-changing or life-saving procedures."The Doctors" has been recognized for excellence with the Emmy Award for "Outstanding Talk Show/Informative" in 2010 and was nominated again in 2016, bringing its nominations to six in this category. The co-hosts were also nominated for "Outstanding Talk Show Host" in 2011 and 2012. The show has received numerous accolades from the medical community, including the Crystal Cross Humanitarian Award from the American Red Cross and a PRISM Award. Other award nominations include for The Gracies Award, The Real Screen Award and a PR News Platinum PR Award.Taped in front of a live studio audience in Hollywood, "The Doctors" is produced by Stage 29 Productions and distributed by CBS Television Distribution. Jay McGraw, Carla Pennington, Patricia Ciano and Dr. Phil McGraw are executive producers.For more information, check local listings.Photo credit (above): Courtney Sixx
One little-known fact about guitarist Billy Howerdel is that before forming A PERFECT CIRCLE with TOOL singer Maynard James Keenan in 2000, he spent a couple of years working on the GUNS N' ROSES album "Chinese Democracy". Howerdel told Meltdown of the WRIF radio station what he contributed to the record. "I was… you'd call me 'Pro Tools engineer,' basically," he said. "I came in, to start, making sounds for Robin Finck, who I knew from NINE INCH NAILS. He called me and said, 'I just got this offer to come down and play some guitar or get some sounds with GUNS N' ROSES. They want interesting sounds. Can you help me program?' And that kind of turned into this two-and-a-half-year gig with the band. And I became close with Axl [Rose, GN'R singer] and I felt connected and passionate about the project and wanted to see it through. But it was just… it was taking too much time for me, because I had a window of opportunity with A PERFECT CIRCLE that was just catching. And I kind of… I resigned in September of '99 and then we just took off in APC world."Nearly a decade ago, Howerdel said in another interview that although he was initially brought in to program guitar sounds on "Chinese Democracy", he "wound up hitting it off with Axl," after which his job "kind of migrated into the computer guy. I don't know what you would call me exactly," he said. "I kind of was there all night with Axl as he would work. The band came in during the day with a producer and would work most of the day, and then I would come in ten o'clock at night, say goodbye to those guys, Axl would show up later on, and then we'd do our thing all night and then do it the next day.""Chinese Democracy", which featured only singer Axl Rose from the classic GUNS N' ROSES lineup, was officially certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on February 3, 2009 for shipments in the United States in excess of one million copies.The CD came out 15 years after its predecessor, 1993's "The Spaghetti Incident". It took more than a decade and a reported $13 million to complete, during which every original member of the band except Rose was replaced and four different producers were used.A PERFECT CIRCLE recently announced it had signed a worldwide recording deal with BMG and is in the studio working with producer Dave Sardy on the follow-up to 2004's "eMOTIVe".
DAVID CASSIDY has died after life support was withdrawn by family today. Most acclaimed for his 70s iconic following and pop star following, it was his unappreciated 80s career in melodic rock that impressed me the most and made me a dedicated fan.
L.A. GUNS was formed in 1982 by guitar player Tracii Guns and, then unknown singer, Axl Rose on lead vocals.
The "classic lineup" of Guns, former Girlsinger Phil Lewis, drummer Steve Riley, guitar player Mick Cripps and bassist Kelly Nickels have sold 6.5 million records, including 1988's L.A. Guns and 1990's Cocked and Loaded, both of which were certified Gold. Cocked and Loaded contained the hit single "Ballad of Jayne" that went to #33 on Billboard's Hot 100 and #25 on the Mainstream Rock charts.