Judas Priest, Halestorm, Etc. Members Added To Virtual Ronnie James Dio Birthday Fundraiser

More artists have been added to the “Stand Up And Shout For Ronnie James Dio’s Birthday” virtual fundraiser. That event will take place on July 10 and tickets can be purchased at rollinglivestudios.com.

Here’s the newly announced guests: Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen), Tenacious D’s Jack Black and Kyle Gass, Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row), John Bush (Armored Saint), Mikkey Dee (Scorpions, Motörhead), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Brian Tichy (ex-Whitesnake), Lena Hall (“Hedwig And The Angry Inch”), Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs, etc.), Derek St, Holmes (Vanilla Fudge, Michael Schenker Group), Scott Travis (Judas Priest), Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders), and The Warning,

Here’s the previously announced guests: Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge), Vinny Appice (ex-Black Sabbath), Michael Angelo Batio (Nitro, Holland, Shout), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Chuck Billy (Testament), Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Aynsley Dunbar (ex-Journey), Frank Ferrer (Guns N’ Roses), Lita Ford, Glenn Hughes (ex-Deep Purple), Terry Ilous (ex-Great White), Liliac, Sean McNabb (ex-Quiet Riot), Jeff Pilson (Foreigner), Rudy Sarzo (ex-Quiet Riot), Paul Shortino (ex-Rough Cutt), Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper), Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach, Wildside), Wyn Davis, and Ronnie’s widow Wendy Dio.

The Dio band, Oni Logan, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Simon Wright, Scott Warren, Rowan Robertson, and Bjorn Englen, will perform as well. Eddie Trunk and Matt Pinfield will also be on hand conducting interviews.

Daughtry Teams Up With Sevendust’s Lajon Witherspoon For Cover Of Temple Of The Dog’s “Hunger Strike”

Daughtry has joined forces with Sevendust’s Lajon Witherspoon for a cover of Temple Of The Dog’s “Hunger Strike.” You can check that out below. Proceeds from the track will go towards Feeding America.

Daughtry commented:

“Chris Cornell is one of the defining voices that grabbed me by the heartstrings and made me want to be a rock singer. ‘Hunger Strike’ is one of, if not the most iconic rock duets of our generation. It’s the whole ’90s wrapped up in one song. Doing this song with Lajon, one of my favorite humans I’ve had the pleasure of calling friend and brother, means the world to me.”

Witherspoon added:

“What an honor to be a part of this incredible song and to work with my brother Chris Daughtry and the boys. This to me was a musical movement in our community and still to this day in the world.”

Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust) Appears In New Movie “Manipulated”

Sevendust’s Lajon Witherspoon and members of his family appear in a new movie called “Manipulated.” That film was directed by Witherspoon‘s friend Matt Berman and it stars Kelly Perine, Chase Masterson, Traci Lords, and more. A teaser trailer for the movie can be found HERE and a description from Berman can be read below:

“‘Manipulated‘ is a taut Drama, Mystery, Whodunnit with an ensemble cast. Diane Conrad, district attorney, is under extreme pressure to resolve a case that has politicians as well as the local community on edge. The clock is ticking and the stakes and emotions are running high. Can anyone trust what they see or hear? Why is Detective Scott Keating taking the biggest gamble of his career ? With evidence in short supply, and the personal and professional lives of all concerned unraveling, can you believe anything anyone says? It’s game on.”

[via The PRP]

Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust) Continues Sessions For Upcoming Solo Album

Sevendust’s Lajon Witherspoon has re-entered Sweetwater Studios in Fort Wayne, IN to continue the recording process for his new solo album. He said the following about that:

“Great time @sweetwaterstudios laying down vocals amazing Spot y’all. Thanks my brother @sahaj_ticotin for the intro working on more new Jams for my solo & having my family with me on this writing time was the best meant the World 🙏🏾❤️❤️so much fun with y’all 🙏🏾❤️❤️🎙🎙🎙🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🔥🔥🔥 @chandlerlimited”

Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust) Releases Cover Of Jacob Banks’ “Chainsmoking”

Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust) has released a cover of Jacob Banks’ “Chainsmoking.” The frontman commented:

“This cover of Jacob Banks’s “Chainsmoking” is a teaser track for what I have coming up with my solo project. The song features Sahaj Ticotin who is making all the sounds behind the vocals with no instruments. I’m very excited to finally get something out that shows a bit of the direction I’m heading in. Please hit the subscribe button so you know when new stuff comes out and thank you for checking it out!!”

Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust) Teases Cover Of Jacob Banks’ “Chainsmoking”

Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust) will be releasing a cover of Jacob Banks’ “Chainsmoking” on January 1. You can find a teaser for that track below:

Sevendust’s Lajon Witherspoon And His Wife Thank Fans For Their Support Following The Loss Of Their Unborn Child

Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust) and his wife Ashley have revealed that they have sadly lost their unborn child. The singer recently commented on the heartbreaking news, while also thanking fans for their support.

Lajon said the following:

“Hey Y’all, As many of the extended @Sevendust family are aware (you know you aren’t fans to us, but our family), there was going to be another addition to the Witherspoon family band. We never take these blessings lightly and we know these crazy times present challenges for all of us. Unfortunately, complications arose that we were unable to plan for. Even with the best efforts of everyone involved including my lovely wife Ashley, we lost our precious baby.

We are so heartbroken. Thankfully Ashley is doing ok and with the support of y’all around us, we will get through this.

We appreciate the immense outpouring of love that has come our way through this difficult time and for that we just wanted to say thank you from all of us. We love you all and take care of each other.”

Sevendust’s Lajon Witherspoon Says His Upcoming Solo Album Is “A Lot More Soulful”

During a recent interview with 97.7 QLZ, Sevendust’s Lajon Witherspoon talked a bit about his upcoming solo album. The frontman said the following:

“It’s different. It’s got some rock in there, but [it’s] a lot more soulful. I think it’s even a little bit more radio friendly, if it’s okay to say it. Also, there’s some country in there. It’s a different avenue than SEVENDUST, but I think that some people who like SEVENDUST can hang out on the avenue and jam and still rock out. But I definitely feel like I’m going down a different — I’m just doing something a little bit different.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Sevendust’s Lajon Witherspoon Says He Is “Six Or Seven Songs Deep” Into His Upcoming Solo Album

During a recent interview with Bladerunner Radio and KMMY FM, Sevendust’s Lajon Witherspoon offered an update on his upcoming solo album, which he is working on with Daniel “Sahaj” Ticotin, a multi-instrumentalist who previously contributed to Mötley Crüe’s “The Dirt” soundtrack. Witherspoon said the following:

“I’m doing some music. I look forward to getting it out there for everyone to hear. It’s definitely [an] avenue, a street or two away from SEVENDUST, but still cool. I’m still writing songs. Probably about six or seven songs deep. Just taking my time. I’m not in a hurry about it at all. It’s exciting.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust) Guests On New GEARS Song “Tango Yankee”

Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust) has guested on a new GEARS song titled “Tango Yankee.” You can find an official video for the track below:

Jimmy Wooten commented:

“With ‘Tango Yankee,’ we just really wanted to write something dedicated to several members of our families that have served in the Military, Law Enforcement, and First Response. We really wanted this to be special, so getting one of our favorite vocalists from one of our favorite bands was very exciting and made this track just that, special. Lajon came in and absolutely crushed the track vocally. I really love the way it turned out. Trip and LJ complimented each other so well. Put that together with Clint’s epic solo and of course, Corey at the helm, this really turned into something spectacular. I believe that the thought behind the song is something that most Americans can relate to as many of us have or have had loved ones serve. Maybe even a little something that can get us past all of our political disagreements, unify, recognize the sacrifice and just say a simple ‘Thank You’ to all those who fight for our freedom, protect us and keep us safe.”

[via Tattoo.com]