Slash, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Etc. To Guest On New Leslie West Tribute Album

Mascot Label Group will be releasing a new Leslie West tribute album, titled “Legacy: A Tribute To Leslie West,” on March 25. The guest-filled record will feature members of Guns N’ Roses, Black Label Society, Twisted Sister, The Doors, and more.

“Legacy: A Tribute To Leslie West” Track Listing:

01. “Blood Of The Sun” (feat. Zakk Wylde)
02. “Nantucket Sleighride” (To Owen Coffin) (feat. Joe Lynn Turner & Marty Friedman)
03. “Theme For An Imaginary Western” (feat. Dee Snider, Eddie Ojeda, Rudy Sarzo, & Mike Portnoy)
04. “For Yasgur’s Farm” (feat. Joe Lynn Turner & Martin Barre)
05. “Why Dontcha” (feat. Steve Morse & Ronnie Romero)
06. “Sittin’ On A Rainbow” (feat. Elliot Easton & Ronnie Romero)
07. “Never In My Life” (feat. Dee Snider & George Lynch)
08. “The Doctor” (feat. Robby Krieger & Ronnie Romero)
09. “Silver Paper” (feat. Charlie Starr)
10. “Money (Whatcha Gonna Do)/By The River” (medley) (feat. Bachman & Bachman)
11. “Long Red” (feat. Yngwie Malmsteen & Teddy Rondinelli)
12. “Mississippi Queen” (feat. Slash & Marc LaBelle)

West’s widow, Jenni, commented:

“Nobody in this world has ever made me feel loved as much as Leslie, and I feel so honored and grateful that I could give him this gift. He would often say, ‘If it doesn’t make my balls rumble, it’s not right.’ And I think there’s some balls-rumbling tones on this record. When you’re listening to it, you might even think it’s Leslie playing — and that’s a good thing. He really believed that adage of imitation being the sincerest form of flattery. Even when some of the players do their own twists on the music, they’re still doing it in a way that’s authentic and respectful, and Leslie would have appreciated that.”

The effort’s first single, a cover of Mountain’s “Blood Of The Sun” featuring Zakk Wylde, can be found below:

Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction) Releases New Kind Heaven Orchestra Single “Mend”

Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction, Porno For Pyros) has released a new Kind Heaven Orchestra single titled “Mend.” That track features Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Elliot Easton (The Cars), and David Bryan (Bon Jovi). Farrell said the following about the song:

“I’ve tried to reach through his ribcage and examine the heart of a good friend. Tried to empathize with what he was going through. I tried to mend my friend.”

Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction) To Release New Kind Heaven Orchestra Single This Month

Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction, Porno For Pyros) will be releasing a new Kind Heaven Orchestra single, titled “Mend,” on May 21. That track will feature Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Elliot Easton (The Cars), and David Bryan (Bon Jovi). Farrell commented:

“I’ve tried to reach through his ribcage and examine the heart of a good friend. Tried to empathize with what he was going through. I tried to mend my friend.”

Numerous Rock And Metal Guitarists To Take Part In Fundraiser For Jason Becker

Numerous rock and metal guitarists will be teaming up to raise money for legendary guitarist Jason Becker, who has been battling ALS for over 30 years. The fundraiser will take place throughout March and April and it will be hosted by DragonForce‘s Herman Li.

Here’s what the fundraiser will include:

“1) A livestream telethon-style fundraiser on Twitch: special guests will appear on Herman Li’s Twitch channel to play, jam and participate in fan-generated challenges with all money raised going directly to Jason’s medical trust. Over $13,000 has been raised so far. Visit Jasonbecker.com or twitch.tv/hermanli for a full schedule of livestream guests.

2) Artists will donate signed guitars, merch and other rare items which will be sold via a special Reverb shop to benefit Jason. Details to be announced.

3) Three of Jason’s most important guitars will be auctioned off later this year, including the guitars seen on the covers of “Perpetual Burn”, “Speed Metal Symphony” and the original “Numbers” guitar played by Eddie Van Halen. Details to be announced.”

Here’s the musicians that will be taking part:

  • Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth)
  • Steve Vai
  • Joe Satriani
  • Steve Lukather (Toto)
  • Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge, Tremonti)
  • John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
  • Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth)
  • Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders)
  • Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper)
  • Orianthi
  • Devin Townsend
  • David Ellefson (Megadeth)
  • Michael Angelo Batio
  • Guthrie Govan
  • Tim Henson (Polyphia)
  • Alex Skolnick (Testament)
  • Albert Lee
  • Matt Heafy (Trivium)
  • Zoltan Bathory (Five Finger Death Punch)
  • Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Guns N’ Roses)
  • Satchel (Steel Panther)
  • John 5 (Rob Zombie)
  • Gus G (Firewind)
  • Nili Brosh (The Iron Maidens)
  • Jason Richardson (All That Remains)
  • The Dooo
  • Jared Dines
  • Ola Englund (The Haunted)
  • Steve Terreberry
  • Tyler Larson (Music is Win on YouTube)
  • Cole Rolland
  • Thomas McRocklin
  • Rusty Cooley
  • Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen)
  • Sam Totman (DragonForce)
  • Chris Broderick (Act Of Defiance, ex-Megadeth)
  • Lari Basilio
  • Sophie Lloyd
  • Federico Mondelli and Fabiola Bellomo (Frozen Crown)
  • Alex Lee (Holy Grail)
  • Stevie Salas
  • Elliot Easton (The Cars)
  • Mika Tyyska
  • Daniel Dekay (Diemonds)
  • N&M Creation

Li commented:

“I’ve been a huge fan of Jason Becker since I was young, and it’s one of the biggest honors of my life to be able to help organize this tribute and raise money for him. I still have a Jason Becker poster in my studio in London. It’s been very inspiring to see everyone coming together to celebrate Jason.”

Becker added:

“I am so grateful for all the love and support everyone has given to me and my family. As far as selling my guitars being sad, and that I shouldn’t have to do it, I just want you to know that isn’t how I feel. It makes me happy to see others playing my music. I feel good about passing on my guitars, thinking they mean something to others. I can’t play them now, but other folks can. That’s a good thing. And, I want myself and my family not to have to worry about money, if possible. Thank you for all the love, I send it right back to you.”

Ministry, L.A. Guns, Etc. Members To Guest On David Hasselhoff’s New Album

David Hasselhoff has revealed the details for his new album “Open Your Eyes.” The effort will be released on September 27 and it will feature a number of guests including Al Jourgensen (Ministry), Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns), Tyler Bates (ex-Marilyn Manson), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), etc. The record will include covers of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” The Lords Of The New Church’s “Open Your Eyes,” Modern English’s “I Melt With You”, Echo & The Bunnymen’s “Lips Like Sugar,” David Bowie’s “Heroes,” etc.

“Open Your Eyes” Track Listing:

01. “Open Your Eyes” (feat. James Williamson)
02. “Head On” (feat. Elliot Easton)
03. “I Melt With You” (feat. Steve Stevens)
04. “Lips Like Sugar” (feat. A Flock Of Seagulls)
05. “Heroes” (feat. Tyler Bates)
06. “Here I Go Again” (feat. Tracii Guns)
07. “Jump In My Car” (feat. Todd Rundgren)
08. “Rhinestone Cowboy” (feat. Charlie Daniels)
09. “If You Could Read My Mind” (feat. Ava Cherry)
10. “Sugar, Sugar” (feat. Steve Cropper)
11. “Mit 66 Jahren” (feat. Patrick Moraz) [Cd Only]
12. “Sweet Caroline” (feat. Al Jourgensen)
13. “That’s Life”