Smashing Pumpkins Joined Onstage By Michael Angelo Batio During Riot Fest Set

During Smashing Pumpkins’ September 17 set at Riot Fest in Chicago, IL, the band were joined onstage by Michael Angelo Batio for a performance of “United States.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below:

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.

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.”

Michael Angelo Batio Says The Nitro Reunion Has Been Scrapped

Back in 2016, Michael Angelo Batio and Jim Gillette relaunched Nitro with Lamb Of God’s Chris Adler and the trio were supposed to record a new album with guest bassist Victor Wooten, but now it appears that the reunion has officially been scrapped. Batio confirmed the news during a recent interview with “The Ultimate Guitars Shred Talks”, while also revealing that he is working on “a solo record based on some of those songs.”

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Batio said the following when asked about the album:

“It’s gone. I’m best friends with Jim Gillette — we’re like brothers. We never had an argument, even back in the old days. NITRO didn’t break up [in the early 1990s] ’cause we got mad at each other. It was the grunge era. Young ‘hair metal’ bands, all of us, from L.A. were considered old-fashioned, and it was just timing. And then Jim went on to do fantastic in real estate, and I went on to continue my career. But we just can’t go back. I love NITRO, I love that time, and I’m proud of it, but after we did a few songs [with Adler], we did a tour together, we all realized… But I’m gonna be doing a solo record based on some of those songs. It’s coming out on Rat Pak Records later this year. It’s slated in the fall release schedule. And I’ve got a couple of songs with Chris on there and Victor Wooten.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Nitro Launch Crowdfunding Campaign For New Album

The reformed Nitro, featuring founding members Michael Angelo Batio and Jim Gillette, along with Lamb Of God’s Chris Adler, have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $135,000 for their new album. This news comes after the group previously announced that bass legend Victor Wooten had been recruited to record the bass on the effort. On another note, the band have also shared the below video, which discusses their history and present:

Chris Adler (Lamb Of God) Joins Michael Angelo Batio & Jim Gillette In Reunited Nitro

Nitro have officially reunited with founding members Michael Angelo Batio and Jim Gillette. Interestingly the two have also recruited Lamb Of God’s Chris Adler to join the band as well.

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Adler said the following:

“I’m not sure who keeps giving my phone number to the most talented musicians on the planet but, I couldn’t be more thrilled! I used to wonder what a metal band would sound like with all the cheat codes unlocked and well, I don’t wonder about that anymore. I’m blown away by the modern sound and groove in the material. The chaos has been harnessed and it’s incredibly heavy.”

Gillette added:

“I’m honored to be surrounded by such insanely talented musicians. I mean, Michael and Chris are the best of the best. So yeah, it’s very exciting, humbling and even a little intimidating. To be honest, I’m less intimidated when I get in the ring with a 300-pound monster that wants to tear my head off!”