David Ellefson (Megadeth) Premieres Video For Cover Of Cheap Trick‘s “Auf Wiedersehen“ Featuring Ministry, Anthrax, And Crobot Members

David Ellefson (Megadeth) has premiered a video for his cover of Cheap Trick‘s “Auf Wiedersehen.“ The track, which features Ministry’s Al Jourgensen, Anthrax’s Charlie Benante, and Crobot’s Brandon Yeagley, is from Ellefson‘s new covers album “No Cover,“ which will be released on November 20.

The Night Flight Orchestra (Soilwork, Arch Enemy, Etc.) Premiere “Impossible” Music Video, Stream Cover Of Cheap Trick’s “Reach Out”

The Night Flight Orchestra (Soilwork, Arch Enemy, etc.) have premiered a new video for their new song “Impossible.” You can check that out below. The single also features a cover of Cheap Trick’s “Reach Out” on the b-side. You can stream that below as well.

The Night Flight Orchestra commented:

“Some bands might get depressed when the summer ends and the darkness is coming closer. But not The Night Flight Orchestra. Instead, they choose to celebrate the summers that were, the summers that might never come again, but will always be with you, like a tiny sprinkle of Champagne to thaw your frost-bitten heart.

‘Impossible‘ is a song for all the hopeless romantics who are hanging on by a thread to the memories of their vivid summer escapades, hoping that it will help them survive the approaching winter

We thank Bonnie Jean for some amazing dancing on the beaches of California. Sebastian Forslund put several impressions together and created a wonderful video out of it.

The ”B-side” is a cover of ‘Reach Out‘ by Cheap Trick, and everything except the lead vocals and drums were recorded on tour, on tour buses and backstage rooms throughout Europe, before we had to head home because the the borders were starting to close down.

But this is our love letter to you, from The Night Flight Orchestra, hoping that you’ll be with us through the rough winter months coming up.”

Watch Halestorm, Guns N’ Roses, Etc. Members Cover The Beatles And AC/DC

Members of Halestorm, Guns N’ Roses, Cheap Trick and more recently performed as part of the “(De)Tour” virtual festival to raise money for NIVA and MusiCares. Footage of two of the performances from the event can be found below. The first video finds Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Slash (Guns N’ Roses), Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (Ozzy Osbourne), Matt Sorum (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Linda Perry, and Mike Garson covering The Beatles‘ “Come Together.“ The second video finds Hale, Clarke, Sorum, Nicholson, and Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) covering AC/DC‘s “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock N’ Roll).“

Guns N’ Roses, The Pretty Reckless, Halestorm, Etc. Members To Take Part In (De)Tour Virtual Festival

Morrison Hotel Gallery and Rolling Live Studios have announced a special (De)Tour virtual festival. The event will take place on August 15 and proceeds from it will go towards MusiCares and NIVA. The following artists will appear: Ringo Starr, Linda Perry, Slash, Gavin Rossdale, Macy Gray, Sean Lennon, Jesse Malin, Cheap Trick, Taylor Momsen, Badflower, John Oates, David Johansen, Billy Gibbons, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Gilby Clarke, Donita Sparks, Matt Sorum, Lzzy Hale, Bluebonnets, Charlotte Muhl, David Ramirez, Al Barr, Eve Monsees, Scream, Haley Reinhart, Joseph Arthur, Kathy Valentine, Lenny Kaye, Mickey Thomas, Mike Flanigin, South of Eden, Steve Stevens, Sue Foley, the Cringe, Uni, Vintage Trouble, Awolnation, Mike Garson, Meg Toohey, Carmine Rojas, and more. You can watch the stream on rollinglivestudios.com.

Music From DragonForce, Helloween, Sebastian Bach, Etc. To Be Featured On “Heavy Metal” Pinball Machine

As previously reported, Stern Pinball, Inc. will be releasing a limited edition pinball machine based on Heavy Metal magazine later this year. The soundtrack for that game has since been revealed and it can be found below along with a new teaser video:

Soundtrack:

01. “Veteran Of The Psychic Wars” – Blue Öyster Cult
02. “Takin A Ride (Heavy Metal)” – Soundswitch
03. “World Of Fantasy” – Helloween
04. “Cosmic Power Of The Infinite Shred Machine” – DragonForce
05. “Heavy Metal” – Justice
06. “Midnight Flyer” – The Night Flight Orchestra
07. “I Must Be Dreamin'” – Cheap Trick
08. “Heavy Metal” – Sebastian Bach (feat. Brendon Small)
09. “At The Edge Of Time” – Blind Guardian
10. “Space Police” – Edguy
11. “Sky Is Mine” – Amorphis
12. “Lightyears From Home” – Primal Fear

The machine can be pre-ordered HERE and a description of it can be found below:

“The Heavy Metal pinball machine commemorates the 300th issue of Heavy Metal, which has been running since 1977 and inspired the 1981 animated movie of the same name. An exclusive variant cover edition of issue 300 will be included with every machine.

The original art created for the Heavy Metal pinball machine art pays tribute to characters and worlds from the magazine’s storied history. New additions from its upcoming publications join this shared universe for the first time. Gameplay revolves around the warrior heroine, Taarna and the undead tailgunner, Nelson. Both, will speak for the first time ever, supporting the in-game narrative.

EXCLUSIVE HEAVY METAL SOUNDTRACK! Featuring Sebastian Bach, Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Brendon Small, and more.

Original hand drawn Heavy Metal artwork
Exclusive custom painted heavy Metal Action Figures
DMD display
Commercial Quality
Coin Operated
First ever Chameleon paint armor kit
Technical Specifications :
LED LIGHTING
2 STEEL RAMPS AND RAILS
PASSIVE TWO BALL LOCK
3 POP BUMPERS
OPTO SPINNER
3 DROP TARGETS
Dimensions :
Boxed -H: 56” D: 31” W: 31” Weight 280 LBS.
Unboxed – H: 75.5” D: 55” W: 27” Weight 250 LBS.”

My Chemical Romance, Slipknot, Tool, Guns N’ Roses, Etc. Received Pandemic Assistance Loans

Earlier this year, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Treasury launched the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to give loans to businesses to help them pay their employees amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to a new report, $660 billion was given out to 600,000 companies including ones owned by Slipknot, Green Day, Tool, My Chemical Romance, Guns N’ Roses, Disturbed, Eagles, Nickelback, Papa Roach, Pearl Jam, Weezer, Cheap Trick, and more. One of the aforementioned artists, My Chemical Romance, told Rolling Stone the following about their decision to take a PPP loan:

“Like most tours that were happening this year, My Chemical Romance’s world tour was cancelled. MCR received PPP money to ensure their crew is funded in these times of uncertainty until we are able to be out on the road again. We are so grateful to these skilled, dedicated people – some of them are parents, others caretakers, still others who simply have rent to pay – and this money helps them take care of themselves and their families.”

Sebastian Bach, Cheap Trick, Blue Öyster Cult, & Brendon Small Contribute Music To “Heavy Metal” Pinball Machine

Stern Pinball, Inc. will be releasing a limited edition pinball machine based on Heavy Metal magazine. The game will feature music from Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row), Cheap Trick, Blue Öyster Cult, Brendon Small (Dethklok), etc. and it can be pre-ordered via incendium.online.

Here’s a description of the machine:

“The Heavy Metal pinball machine commemorates the 300th issue of Heavy Metal, which has been running since 1977 and inspired the 1981 animated movie of the same name. An exclusive variant cover edition of issue 300 will be included with every machine.

The original art created for the Heavy Metal pinball machine art pays tribute to characters and worlds from the magazine’s storied history. New additions from its upcoming publications join this shared universe for the first time. Gameplay revolves around the warrior heroine, Taarna and the undead tailgunner, Nelson. Both, will speak for the first time ever, supporting the in-game narrative.

EXCLUSIVE HEAVY METAL SOUNDTRACK! Featuring Sebastian Bach, Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Brendon Small, and more.

Original hand drawn Heavy Metal artwork
Exclusive custom painted heavy Metal Action Figures
DMD display
Commercial Quality
Coin Operated
First ever Chameleon paint armor kit
Technical Specifications :
LED LIGHTING
2 STEEL RAMPS AND RAILS
PASSIVE TWO BALL LOCK
3 POP BUMPERS
OPTO SPINNER
3 DROP TARGETS
Dimensions :
Boxed -H: 56” D: 31” W: 31” Weight 280 LBS.
Unboxed – H: 75.5” D: 55” W: 27” Weight 250 LBS.”

Cheap Trick Finish New Album

During a recent interview with 95.5 KLOS, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen revealed that the band have finished their new album. The guitarist said the following:

“We have a new record that’s coming out. We are signed to BMG, and the record is finished. So we’re just kind of waiting till all this junk [the coronavirus pandemic] subsides.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Clutch, My Chemical Romance, Judas Priest, Etc. Among 2020 Record Store Day Releases

The full list of special releases for this year’s Record Store Day (April 18) has been posted. You can find a list of rock/metal releases below and the full list HERE.

Record Store Day Exclusives:

  • Asking Alexandria, Stand Up and Scream LP
  • Bayside, “Heaven” 7″ vinyl
  • Black Keys, Let’s Rock. 2LP
  • Cheap Trick, Out to Get You! Live 1977 2LP
  • Gary Clark Jr. (Featuring Andra Day), “Pearl Cadillac” 10″ EP
  • Biffy Clyro, “Moderns” 7″ vinyl
  • Alice Cooper, Live From the Apollo Theater Glasgow Feb. 19, 1982 2LP
  • Dio, “Annica” 12″ picture disc
  • Hawkwind, At the BBC 1972 2LP
  • Ice Nine Kills, The Silver Scream: Killer Cuts 10″ vinyl
  • Infectious Grooves, Take You on a Ride 12″ EP
  • Judas Priest, British Steel: Limited Edition 40th Anniversary 2LP
  • Motorhead, “Ace of Spades” / “Dirty Love” 12″ vinyl
  • My Chemical Romance, The Murder Scene LP
  • The Pogues, At the BBC 1984 LP
  • Iggy Pop, Kiss My Blood (Live in Paris 1991) 3LP
  • The Ramones, It’s Alive II 2LP
  • The Replacements, The Complete Inconcerated Live 3LP
  • The Rolling Stones, Let It Bleed (Limited Collectors Edition) LP
  • The Rolling Stones, Metamorphosis UK LP
  • Skid Row, Slave to the Grind (Expanded) 2LP
  • The Strokes, “The New Abnormal” Cassette
  • Various Artists, Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams 2LP
  • The Who, A Quick Live One EP

Regional Releases:

  • The Alarm, Celtic Folklore Live LP
  • August Burns Red, “Bones” 7″ vinyl
  • Goblin, Goblin’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 (1975-1979) 2LP
  • Meat Puppets, Meat Puppets 10″ vinyl
  • Chuck Mosley, First Hellos and Last Goodbyes LP
  • Iggy & the Stooges, Russia Melodia 7″
  • Twiztid, “All These Problems” 7″

First Releases:

  • Badflower, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” / “The Jester” 12″ Picture Disc
  • The Black Crowes, “Jealous Again” 12″ vinyl
  • Chon, Grow LP
  • Clutch, The Obelisk 16X LP Box
  • Collective Soul, Half and Half 12″ vinyl
  • Def Leppard, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 12″ EP
  • DevilDriver, Winter Kills 2LP
  • Dinosaur Jr., Swedish Fist (Live in Stockholm) LP
  • Down N Outz, The Music Box EP 12″ vinyl
  • Entombed, Clandestine Live 2LP
  • Ace Frehley, Trouble Walkin’ 2LP
  • Green Jelly, Triple Live Mother Goose at Budokan LP
  • Hawkwind, Quark Strangeness and Charm 2LP
  • Jimi Hendrix, “Message to Love (Live)” / “Changes (Live)” 7″ vinyl
  • Judas Priest, Sad Wings of Destiny 2LP
  • The Menzingers, Chamberlain Waits LP
  • The Obsessed, Incarnate Ultimate 2LP
  • Primus, Suck on This LP
  • Refused, Not Fit for Broadcast – Live at BBC 12″ vinyl
  • Soul Asylum, Hurry Up and Wait (Deluxe Edition) 2LP
  • Jimmy Urine and Serj Tankian, Fuktronic LP
  • The Who, Odds and Sods (Deluxe) 2LP

[via Loudwire]

Cheap Trick To Open For Rod Stewart On His Summer North American Tour

Cheap Trick will be serving as the supporting act on Rod Stewart’s summer North American tour. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

07/21 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
07/24 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
07/25 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/29 Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center (no Cheap Trick)
07/31 Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
08/01 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
08/05 Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
08/08 Atlantic City, NJ – Mark G Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (no Cheap Trick)
08/09 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
08/11 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
08/14 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
08/15 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
08/19 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
08/21 Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
08/22 Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
08/26 Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
08/29 Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
08/30 Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
09/02 Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
09/04 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
09/05 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

[via Rolling Stone]