Tesla, Vince Neil, Night Ranger, Etc. Set For Inaugural Monsters On The Mountain Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the inaugural Monsters On The Mountain festival. The event will take place at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee on October 15-17 and it will feature the following artists: Tesla, Vince Neil, Night Ranger, Winger, Kix, Slaughter, Firehouse, Eclipse, Pat Travers, BulletBoys, Vixen, Kingdom Come, Lynch Mob, Rhino Bucket, Liliac, Native Sons, Gilby Clarke, John Corabi, Anthony Corder, Mark Evans, Randy Hansen, Jeff Scott Soto, and Jason Bieler. Former “That Metal Show” hosts Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine will host the festival. SiriusXM’s Boneyard and Hair Nation will also help keep the party going as well.

David Ellefson (Megadeth) & Jeff Scott Soto (Sons Of Apollo) Launch New Project Ellefson-Soto

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson and Sons Of Apollo singer Jeff Scott Soto have launched a new project called Ellefson-Soto. The band, which also includes guitarist Andy Martongelli and drummer Paolo Caridi, have released a cover of Riot‘s “Swords & Tequila,” which features Rick Hughes (Sword).

Ellefson commented:

“Jeff and I have been friends for so many years that it’s great to finally collaborate on some material together. He has such a distinctive voice and perfect style for some new ideas my guitarist Andy Martongelli (Ellefson) and I have been composing. We are excited about the progress of it all and thought this would be a perfect time to give a little sneak preview.”

“The first time I ever heard of Riot was on the Castle Donington Monsters of Rock album from 1980. For me, they were the USA representatives during the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. And, ‘Swords & Tequila‘, along with the entire ‘Fire Down Under‘ album for that matter, show the band delivering it’s rowdy and high energy rock n roll like no other band in the USA was doing at that time. So, it is an honor to offer them much deserved reverence, as well as a reminiscent tribute to the mighty Guy Speranza, who fronted the band like a god during that period.”

Soto added:

“As COVID-19 became a big negative around the globe, it actually offered many artists a chance to finally collaborate with one another that might have never happened otherwise…as I have known David for many years, I knew from our other efforts outside of our day jobs that we could come up with some badass jams…and here we are, letting you in on our cool little secret!”

“What can I say? This was a classic metal track from Riot that we all knew growing up, when David brought up that we should cover it I was thrilled. But when we added Rick Hughes from the band Sword onto it, it truly came to life! 40 years after its release, we hope you dig this new version we built for you!”

Jason Bieler Recruits Megadeth, Queensrÿche, Sevendust, Etc. Members For New Album “Songs For The Apocalypse”

Jason Bieler (Saigon Kick) will be releasing a new solo album titled “Songs For The Apocalypse“ on January 22. That effort, which will be released under the name Jason Bieler And The Baron Von Bielski Orchestra, will feature a number of guests including members of Megadeth, Queensrÿche, Sevendust, Skindred, and more.

Here’s the full list of guests:

– Devin Townsend
– Todd La Torre (Queensrÿche)
– David Ellefson (Megadeth)
– Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Asia/Sons Of Apollo)
– Jeff Scott Soto (Sons Of Apollo)
– Clint Lowery (Sevendust)
– Benjie Webbe (Skindred)
– Pat Badger (Extreme)
– Butch Walker (ex-Marvelous 3)
– Kyle Sanders (HELLYEAH)
– Andee Blacksugar (KMFDM)
– Emil Werstler (Dååth, ex-Chimaira)
– Ricky Sanders (ex-Saigon Kick)
– Steve Gibb (ex-Black Label Society, ex-Crowbar)

Here’s the track listing:

01. “Never Ending Circle”
02. “Apology” (feat. Todd LaTorre, Kevin Scott, and Andee Blacksugar)
03. “Bring Out Your Dead” (feat. Edu Cominato, David Ellefson, and Devin Townsend)
04. “Annalise” (feat. Kevin Scott)
05. “Stones Will Fly” (feat. Ricky Sanders, Pat Badger, and Butch Walker)
06. “Down In A Hole” (feat. Edu Cominato, Kyle Sanders, and Stephen Gibb)
07. “Anthem For Losers” (feat. Ricky Sanders and Clay Cook)
08. “Horror Wobbles The Hippo” (feat. Emil Werstler)
09. “Beyond Hope” (feat. Benji Webbe, Ricky Sanders, David Ellefson, and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal)
10. “Crab Claw Dan”
11. “Born Of The Sun” (feat. Edu Cominato, Kyle Sanders, and Clint Lowery)
12. “Baby Driver”
13. “Alone In The World” (feat. Ricky Sanders and Jeff Scott Soto)
14. “Very Fine People”
15. “Fkswyso”

A video for the record’s first single, “Apology,” can be found below:

Ex-Machine Head, Sons Of Apollo, Etc. Members Cover Van Halen’s “Loss Of Control”

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Jeff Scott Soto (Sons Of Apollo, etc.), Billy Sheehan (Sons Of Apollo, etc.), and Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head) have joined forces for a quarantine cover of Van Halen’s “Loss Of Control.” You can check that out below:

Demmel commented:

“This a song Dave and I have been jamming for awhile. It had to be covered.

While I was touring with Nonpoint last year, my bud Jeff came to a show and we talked about our VH worship. He went on to show me his ‘tri-tone’ DLR screams that pretty much NO ONE can match. I’ve been waiting for the perfect tune to come along to ask him to do and this was perfect!

I was going to reach for the moon and ask him to hit up his band-mate Billy to join us but he beat me to the punch and MADE IT HAPPEN. McClain puts on a tight shirt/Alex VH shades and kills this.

If you haven’t seen DLR’s 1983 US Festival footage, check it out to get our opening scene Iced Tea reference.

Such an honor to be joined by these guys to jam on a kick-ass song by some of our heroes of Rock.”

Scorpions, Steel Panther, Sons Of Apollo, Etc. Members Join Winger For All-Star Version Of “Better Days Comin'”

Winger have shared a video for a new all-star version of “Better Days Comin’.” The clip, which can be seen below, features the following guests in order of appearance: Chip Z’Nuff (Enuff Z’Nuff), Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad), Jeff Scott Soto (Sons Of Apollo), Tony Harnell (TNT), George Gakis, Mark Hudson, Miljenko Matijevic (Steelheart), Alice Cooper, Klaus Meine (Scorpions), Robert Mason (Warrant), Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs), Terry Ilous (XYZ), Don Crash (H.E.A.T.), Alan Parsons (Alan Parsons Project), Danny Vaughn (Tyketto), Michael Starr (Steel Panther), Fiona Flanagan, Steve Postell (The Immediate Family), Eddie Trunk, Cenk Eroglu, Steve Whiteman (Kix), Howie Simon (Nelson, etc.), PJ Griffith (“Rock Of Ages”), and Kenny Leckremo (H.E.A.T.).

Watch Queen And Sons Of Apollo Members Perform “We Are The Champions” While In Quarantine

Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor recently teamed up with Jeff Scott Soto (Sons Of Apollo) and Kuky Sanchez for a quarantine performance of “We Are The Champions.” You can see footage of that below:

David Ellefson (Megadeth), Lita Ford, Etc. To Be Inducted Into Hall Of Heavy Metal History

The Hall Of Heavy Metal History’s 2019 Metal Hall Of Fame gala is set to take place on January 23 at Marriott Delta Garden Grove in Anaheim, CA. The event will be hosted by Eddie Trunk, and tickets can be purchased HERE. Next year’s inductees include: Jon and Marsha Zazula (founders, Megaforce Records), Lita Ford (with 2018 inductee Doro Pesch presenting), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Ozzy Osbourne’s “Blizzard Of Ozz” band: Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake (accepting via video; John Sykes accepting on their behalf in person), Jeff Scott Soto (Sons Of Apollo, etc.), KLOS FM – 50th Anniversary, and Saxon (with Nigel Glockler accepting). Budderside will open the show with a performance. Carmine Appice and Vinny Appice will also take part in a special performance during the ceremony as well.

[via Blabbermouth]

Former In Flames Bassist Peter Iwers Takes A Stand Against Bullying With AUAB

AUAB (Artists United Against Bullying), a project launched by Paulo Mendonça and former In Flames bassist Peter Iwers in an effort to raise awareness about the “destructive consequences of bullying,” have shared a new video for a new song titled “Hero.” The track features Iwers and Mendonça alongside Jeff Scott Soto (Sons Of Apollo, etc.), Anton Roos (Saffire), and Fredrik Stenberg (Road Ratt).

AUAB commented:

“People in all ages being treated unfair and disrespectful for different reasons. It is something that we see in the schoolyards, in the locker rooms, at the offices, on the Internet and the social media platforms. And even in bands.

Bullying is not always something that is easy to detect but if we can give attention to the problem, the awareness increases. By talking and telling each other’s stories, we can make people aware and through that make a change together.

So why do we do this?

We want to put a spotlight on the problem and make people aware of the problem and consequences that come through bullying.

So what do we have in common? We are two guys who share the view of human equality and the love for music. We want to make people aware through the music that we make.

Our goal is to create a forum for people who want to share their stories and to create awareness all over.

If we could contribute to a place where people can get support from each other, that would be something worth working for.

You don’t have to be a hero, just a friend to wash away the pain. A small compliment or just letting someone know that they’re not alone can make the big difference.

Join us, we can make that difference.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Sons Of Apollo (Ex-Guns N’ Roses, Ex-Dream Theater, Etc.) Premiere “Signs Of The Time” Video

Sons Of Apollo, the band featuring Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, etc.), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Art Of Anarchy, ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, The Winery Dogs), Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater, etc.), and Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs), have premiered a new video for their song “Signs Of The Time.” This track is from the band’s debut album “Psychotic Symphony.” Portnoy commented:

“The ‘Signs Of The Time’ video was shot on the recent U.S. tour and is a good taste of what the band is like on stage. We are about to embark on the band’s first tour of Europe and the U.K. and can’t wait to bring this five-headed musical monster to our fans overseas all throughout the summer.”

Sons Of Apollo (Ex-Guns N’ Roses, Ex-Dream Theater, Etc.) Premiere “Alive” Video, Add More Dates To 2018 World Tour

Sons Of Apollo, the band featuring Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, etc.), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Art Of Anarchy, ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, The Winery Dogs), Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater, etc.), and Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs), have premiered a new video for their song “Alive.” This track is from the band’s debut album “Psychotic Symphony,” which is available now.

In other news, the group have also added more dates to their world tour:

04/05 – Monterrey, Mexico – Escena
04/08 – Santiago, Chile – Teatro Teleton
04/10 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Groove
04/12 – Porto Alegre, Brazil – Opiniao Bar
04/14 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Tropical Butanta
04/15 – Belo Horizonte, Brazil – Music Hall
04/19 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
04/20 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House
04/21 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
04/22 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
04/24 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
04/25 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
04/27 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
04/28 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
04/29 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
04/30 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
05/02 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
05/03 – Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco Theatre
05/04 – Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
05/05 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
05/07 – San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
05/08 – Dallas, TX – Canton Hall
05/09 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
05/11 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley
05/12 – St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theatre
05/13 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
05/15 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
05/16 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
05/17 – Washington, DC – The Howard Theatre
05/18 – New York, NY – Playstation Theater
05/19 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
06/22 – Clisson, France – Hellfest
06/23 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop
06/24 – Milan, Italy – Teatro Degli Arcimbodi
06/27 – Leipzig, Germany – Hellraiser
06/30 – Barcelona, Spain – Be Prog My Friend
07/01 – Maidstone, UK – Rambling Man Festival
07/02 – Motherwell, UK – Motherwell Concert Hall
07/03 – Belfast, UK – Limelight
07/04 – Dublin, UK – Tivoli Variety Theatre
07/14 – Eindhoven, Netherlands – Dynamo MetalFest
08/03 – Wacken, Germany – Wacken Open Air
08/18 – Warsaw, Poland – Prog In Park
08/19 – Budapest, Hungary – Barba Negra Track
09/19 – Moscow, Russia – Glavclub
09/22 – Plovdiv, Bulgaria – Roman Amphitheater (with Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony)
09/24 – Athens, Greece – Fuzz Club