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Guns N’ Roses 2011 US Tour Dates

Guns N' RosesGuns N’ Roses announced just recently that they’ll be touring the US for the first time in 5 years. Axl and the boys are said to be performing two and a half our shows playing all of GNR’s hits.

The current incarnation of Guns N’ Roses is: Axl Rose, DJ Ashba (guitar), Dizzy Reed (keyboards), Tommy Stinson (bass), Richard Fortus (guitar), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (guitar), Chris Pitman (keyboards) and Frank Ferrer (drums).

Tour Dates:

Friday, 28 October 2011 – Orlando FL – Amway Center

Saturday, 29 October 2011 – Miami FL – American Airlines Arena

Monday, 31 October 2011 – Greenville SC – BI-LO Center

Wednesday, 02 November 2011 – Atlanta GA – Philips Arena

Friday, 04 November 2011 – Houston TX – Toyota Center

Saturday, 05 November 2011 – Dallas TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion

Tuesday, 08 November 2011 – Omaha NE – CenturyLink Center Omaha

Wednesday, 09 November 2011 – Norman OK – Lloyd Noble Center

Saturday, 12 November 2011 – Kansas City MO – Sprint Center

Sunday, 13 November 2011 – Minneapolis MN – Target Center

Tuesday, 15 November 2011 – Rosemont IL – Allstate Arena

Thursday, 17 November 2011 – East Rutherford NJ – Izod Center

Saturday, 19 November 2011 – Hartford CT – Comcast Theater

Sunday, 20 November 2011 Wilkes-Barre PA – Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

Wednesday, 23 November 2011 – Albany NY – Times Union Center

Friday, 25 November 2011 – Worcester MA – DCU Center

Saturday, 26 November 2011 – Camden NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center

Thursday, 01 December 2011 – Auburn Hills MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills

Friday, 02 December 2011 – Cincinnati OH – U.S. Bank Arena

Sunday, 04 December 2011 – Nashville TN – Bridgestone Arena

Wednesday, 07 December 2011 – Youngstown OH – Covelli Centre

For more info, check out GunsNRoses.com.


In Memory of Jani Lane – Official Warrant video – Heaven Country Club

Posted August 12, 2011 on the Official Warrant YouTube page:

“We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Jani’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Jani was a very important part of our lives for a long time. We will always be incredibly proud of the music we created together. He was a true talent and will be missed by all of us.”

Former Warrant lead singer Jani Lane found dead

Jani Lane formerly of the 80's band WarrantJani Lane, the former lead singer of the 1980’s glam metal band Warrant, has been found dead in a Woodland Hills, California hotel. He was 47.

The body of the singer, whose real name was John Kennedy Oswald, was discovered at the Comfort Inn hotel in Woodland Hills Thursday night.

Police say the cause of death has not yet released.

According to the celebrity website TMZ, Lane, 47, had a history of alcohol-related issues including a DUI charge in 2010, which he served 120 days in jail. See also TMZ’s “Remembering Jani Lane” photo montage.

Warrant’s first two albums, “Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich” in 1989 and “Cherry Pie” in 1990, sold more than two million copies each, making them the band’s most successful work.

Lane later left the bad to pursue a solo career and released his first album, appropriately called “Back Down to One,” in 2003.

On the singer’s website, Lane reminds his fans that “everyday above ground is a gift and I’m truly grateful for each and every one of you!!!”

In recent years, he appeared in VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club. The singer is survived by his ex-wife Bobbie Brown and his 19-year-old daughter, Taylor.

Rockers Slash, Nikki Sixx, and Steven Adler (former drummer of Guns N’ Roses) have paid tribute to former Warrant star Jani Lane.

Lane’s rock peers were stunned by the tragic news, and have taken to their Twitter pages to express their grief over his passing.

Bret Michaels (via Twitter) tells fans, “We’d like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Jani Lane regarding their loss.”

Sixx states (via Twitter), “I just heard the sad news about Janie (sic) Lane. So hard to swallow when people have kids. RIP”, while Adler adds, “Jani Lane, you were a great talent. The world will miss you. R.I.P. my brother.”

In a post on his page on the microblogging site, Slash writes, “Just heard about Jani Lane. What a shame. RIP man.”

Judas Priest’s “Farewell Tour” clarification

So Judas Priest is calling it quits. Kind of. For the record (according to the official Judas Priest website), Judas Priest are not breaking up nor are they going to stop touring altogether. They just announced that they will stop doing their “World Tours” but will consider doing special tours.

Here is the “Official Judas Priest News” from the official Judas Priest website. Pretty official, ‘eh?

Farewell Tour clarification from Judas Priest
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

We would like to clarify a situation that seems to be confusing a few people out there.

When we issued our press release to announce the farewell tour – we stated that it was the last major world tour for Judas Priest – nothing has changed – we didn’t say it was the end of the band or that we were going to retire or the band was going to break up……….. Just that it would be the last major world tour we would be doing which is still the case.

We have plans for a new album (which we have already announced in an earlier press release) plus possible future releases and we would still consider doing the odd live show – if it is something special or for a great cause – but no more world tours.

So there you have it. No more Judas Priest “World Tours” but the band isn’t breaking up. Whew! That was a close one.

Phil Kennemore, Y&T Bassist, Dies at 57

Phil Kennemore of Y&TPhil Kennemore, the bassist of veteran hard-rock group Y&T, died early Friday morning (January 7) of lung cancer, the group’s frontman confirmed. Kennemore, 57, passed away at Stanford Hospital in California while surrounded by family members.

Y&T frontman Dave Meniketti, who founded the group with Kennemore, guitarist Joey Alves and drummer Leonard Haze, issued a blog post this morning to confirm the bassist’s death and offer a personal tribute.


Accept is a German heavy metal band from the town of Solingen, originally assembled in the early 1970s by vocalist Udo Dirkschneider.

The band played an important role in the development of speed metal, being part of the German heavy metal scene to emerge in the early to mid 1980s.

The band’s 1983 album, Balls to the Wall, subsequently became their most successful release, featuring its well-known hit with the same title. Following their disbandment in 1996 and brief resurrection in 2005, they reunited in 2009 with former T.T. Quick frontman Mark Tornillo replacing Dirkschneider, and consequently releasing their highest charting album to date, Blood of the Nations. They have sold over 27 million albums worldwide.

Find Accept CD’s @ Amazon.com!

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Ozzy is pissed at Westboro Baptist Church hate breeders

Ozzy Osbourne is not happy about his music being associated with Westboro Baptist Church, and he’s issued an impassioned statement expressing how appalled he is that the church’s paraphrased lyrics from his hit, ‘Crazy Train,’ at a Supreme Court hearing.

“I am sickened and disgusted by the use of ‘Crazy Train‘ to promote messages of hate and evil by a ‘church,'”Ozzy said in response to news that the his lyrics were borrowed and corrupted for events surrounding Tuesday’s Snyder v. Phelps Supreme Court hearing. Apparently, an attorney, who is the daughter of Westoboro Baptist Church’s founder, along with her sister, paraphrased the Prince of Darkness’ words at a press conference in Washington D.C.

The church is described by the Wall Street Journal as a “tiny Kansas church … [that] preaches that U.S. deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq are punishment for American’s tolerance of homosexuality and abortion.”

We just think these hate mongers are a bunch of whacks who need to learn to love more and hate less. But sometimes you just can’t change stupid.

80’s Halloween costumes are still HOT, HOT, HOT!

Whether you were born before, during or after the 1980’s, everyone [whether they know it or not] has been touched by our favorite decade. I guess this is why 80’s costumes are always still in vogue around Halloween time.

From eighties hair band costumes to Madonna or even a simple mullet wig can transform you back to 1982. With a decade of decadence get-up, pretty much everyone you’ll meet along the way on your trick-or-treating excursion or Halloween party will appreciate your costume. So let’s dive in to what is available for you to “get your 80’s on” this Halloween!

80’s Groupie Adult Halloween Costume

80's Groupie Adult Halloween Costume

MC Hammer / Vanilla Ice Halloween Costume

MC Hammer / Vanilla Ice Halloween Costume

80’s Madonna type punk girl costume

80's Madonna type punk girl costume

80’s Hair Band Rock God Halloween Costume

80's Hair Band Rock God Halloween Costume

Adult Men’s 80s Devo Halloween Costume

Adult Men's 80s Devo Halloween Costume

80’s Rock Star Adult Female Halloween Costume

80's Rock Star Adult Female Halloween Costume

80’s Diva Child’s Halloween Costume

80's Diva Child's Halloween Costume

Men’s Ghostbusters Costume Party Outfit

Men's Ghostbusters Costume Party Outfit

80’s Pop King Michael Jackson Costume

80's Pop King Michael Jackson Costume


Other 80’s Costume Ideas & Accessories

HUGE list of 80’s Heavy Metal bands on Rock N America’s lineup!

If I were only in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma this July 23, 24 & 25th, I would be the most ecstatic 80’s heavy metal fan in the world! Rock N America’s 2010 summer concert series will no doubt satisfy your 80’s metal appetite.

Get this MEGA 80’s metal lineup; Scorpions, Twisted Sister, Ratt, Dokken, Warrant, Great White, Lita Ford, Slaughter, McAuley Schenker Group, L.A. Guns featuring Tracii Guns, Firehouse, Bullet Boys, Lynch Mob (Dokken & Lynch Mob at the same venue!), Pretty Boy Floyd, Steelheart, Faster Pussycat, John Corabi, Enuff Z’ Nuff, Toxin — AND there are more bands to be announced soon!

I can only hope they take this on the road and not limit this show to only Oklahoma. Stay tuned. If they add more dates, you will definitely see them listed here at i80s.com!

For more information about this show, visit: http://rocknamerica.com
For tickets to this show, visit Tickets.com.

Bad English

Wondering how Bad English got their name? The members decided on a name for the band while playing pool. John Waite missed a shot and Jonathan Cain made a comment on how bad his “english” was (referring to the spin a player puts on the cue ball) and the band decided to use the phrase.

Jonathan Cain and guitarist Neal Schon, who had enjoyed enormous success in Journey, continued on to form Bad English with Waite after Journey disbanded. The first album, eponymously titled, was a big seller with three hit singles, including the number one hit “When I See You Smile” written by Diane Warren, the top 10 hit “Price of Love,” and “Possession.” Another track from the debut album, the AOR song “Best of What I Got“, was featured in the soundtrack to 1989’s Tango and Cash.

The band’s second album, 1991’s “Backlash” came and went without any fanfare. The only single, “Straight To Your Heart,” just missed the Top 40, peaking at #42. Ricky Phillips writes on his website that the group had parted company before the second album had been mixed. Both Phillips and guitarist Neal Schon expressed frustration with the “pop” side of the band’s songs and wanted a harder edge. In the end, it proved to be the band’s undoing as everyone left to pursue other projects.

In later interviews Waite revealed that although he loved playing to stadium-sized audiences, he was uncomfortable with the corporate rock image that he felt the band had presented and has been a solo artist ever since.

Bad English drummer Deen Castronovo later went on to join a reformed Journey with singer Steve Augeri, Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, and Ross Valory. He also played on Ozzy Osbourne‘s album Ozzmosis in 1995.

Find Bad English CDs @ Amazon.com

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