Poison’s Bret Michaels Announces Dates For 2023 “Parti-Gras” Tour With Night Ranger And Jefferson Starship

Poison’s Bret Michaels has officially announced the dates for his upcoming “Parti-Gras” tour. The trek will find the frontman performing with numerous special guests each night including Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), Steve Augeri (ex-Journey), and more. Night Ranger and Jefferson Starship will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

07/13 Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
07/15 Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake
07/16 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
07/21 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
07/22 Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
07/23 Camden, NJ – Freedom Mortgage Pavilion
07/28 Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
07/29 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
07/30 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
08/04 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
08/05 Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
08/06 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion

Michaels commented:

“I created ‘Parti-Gras’ as a sincere and grateful thank you to the fans, friends, and family who have rocked with me over the years. I promise to deliver positive energy, live, raw, real music, and all the bands will deliver sing-a-long hit after hit songs. Your voice will be hoarse after an epic, big, fun stage show.”

Poison’s Bret Michaels Planning “Parti-Gras” Tour With Night Ranger And Jefferson Starship

Poison’s Bret Michaels has revealed that is planning to hit the road on a special “Parti-Gras” tour next year. Dates for the trek are still pending, but the frontman says he will be performing with numerous special guests including Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), Steve Augeri (ex-Journey), and more. Night Ranger and Jefferson Starship will open.

Michaels said the following about the tour during an appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”:

“We have special mystery guests. Every single night there’ll be someone on that stage. I can’t tell you exactly who it is, but if you’ve ever looked at everyone who’s been on stage — I’ve had everyone from Jimmy Page to Jimmy Buffett to Paul Stanley — you don’t know who it’s gonna be, but we’re gonna bring someone out and they’re just gonna come out at the end of the night and we’re gonna do their song.

This is a true giveback. I don’t want to say throwback, ’cause we’re living in the here and now, but it’s a throwback to a great time and a giveback to the fans. Everyone’s gonna leave there going — hopefully they’ll remember it, and if you remember it, it was awesome. So if you do remember it the next day after a good time, it’s an amazing, amazing concert.”

He went on to say that 12 shows are booked, but he is open to doing more:

“I would love to add more. So what happens is there’s a lot of independent promoters in there that I wanna respect. It just won’t be exactly this version. So in different cities, I custom created it for those cities and those shows and it’s gonna be unbelievable. I’ve got some country artists on one. I’ve had some big country artists out with us that all of a sudden come out and we’re doing one of their songs. They’re doing ‘Nothin But A Good Time’ or ‘Unbroken’ or a solo song, but no matter what… Knowing me, you know what I mean. I wanna be the quintessential host. I want people to feel welcomed.

There’s a lot that goes on to make sure that those bands… When you’re live, you’ve gotta make sure they have the right mic, they soundcheck, they feel good. But the one thing I said on this entire tour, I said, no egos, no attitudes — we work with every single person here. I wanna try to work together so it’s an incredible show. I designed a stage so everyone has a huge amount of stage room. Every band can use all the sound, all the lights — everything we’ve got, they can have it. The only thing you can’t oversupply is the cryo and the pyro, because the tanks run out.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Former Night Ranger Guitarist Jeff Watson Recovering From Brain Surgery

Jeff Watson (ex-Night Ranger) has taken to social media to offer fans a new health update. The guitarist is currently recovering after undergoing brain surgery.

Watson said the following:

“I’ve been in ICU for two weeks after having two holes drilled through my skull for access to my brain to put in a drain pipe to remove the blood gathering in my brain cavity 2 weeks ago so I wouldn’t die..

And I haven’t yet.. so thanks to a very good and cool neurosurgeon y’all are stuck with me for a bit..

And two days ago, Wednesday, I had another brain surgery procedure to stop an artery from continuing to leak into my cranial cavity..

Here’s my memory of Wednesday..

My Weirdest Day Ever

(that I can recall..) after my first brain surgery 14 days ago..

I arrived at UCSF radiology early Wednesday morning to be gowned and hooked up to IVs and multiple blood pressure cuffs, then after an hour or so was taken into a surgery theater bristling with gear and gadgetry that would have made Captain Kirk envious..

Hooked up to more machines and given pure oxygen feed and just enough IV sedation to keep me just awake enough to respond to oral commands.
My right arm was cinched down and two BP cuffs were reattached, my head was taped down, and my entire crotch area was shaved and sterilized, a veritable NASCAR pit crew started having at me like I was already losing the race..

Directly to my left were 9 large video monitors racked together and hanging from an amazing movable ceiling system, and large X-Ray cameras were right above my head, they numbed my right arm with lidocaine lotion, the surgeons (three) arrived and they started the needle / catheter up my artery into my brain.

As this proceeded I was instructed to hold my breath every couple of minutes for more X-rays and brain scans

As the radioactive fluid hit my brain I started tasting a metallic flavor unlike anything good ever prepared in a kitchen.

Once the catheter actually hit my brain I felt a strange sharp pain so alien that I became extremely frightened, and they assured me it was sometimes expected and to please lie still..

I could move my eyes just enough to see the screens to my left as the catheter hit my brain and the vessels, the size of rivers on the screen around my brain, were pulsating with every heartbeat.. so more freaking out..

Eventually, the pain in my brain started slowly subsiding as they started slowly removing the catheter from my artery and the procedure finally, slowly came to an excruciating end…

I was then sent for observation for two hours with clamps on my right wrist and arteries, after which Yolande came in and helped me dress and watched as they taped me up, removed the IVs and cuffs, and was allowed to sign my discharge papers and wander around SF trying to remember where we’d parked the car… (Thank goodness Yolande has such a great memory to go along with her unbelievable people skills.. never has there been a more kind and beautiful wife / partner / nurse!)

Home now, need sleep and nutrition, so more info to follow once my synapses start regrouping and my memory fully returns.. (on top of everything else, my guitar capabilities took a pretty big hit, so it’s back to bed with metronome practice, and rebuilding my skill set to try getting my hands back into shape…)”

Watch Night Ranger Cover Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” In Wellington, OH

During their August 23 set at the Lorain County Fair in Wellington, OH, Night Ranger performed a live cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below:

Watch Night Ranger Perform Damn Yankees’ “High Enough” With Sebastian Bach

During their June 24 show in Toledo, OH, Night Ranger were joined onstage by Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row) for a performance of Damn Yankees’ “High Enough.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below:

Tom Keifer, Queensrÿche, Night Ranger, Etc. Set For 2022 Monsters On The Mountain Festival

The lineup has been revealed for this year’s Monsters On The Mountain festival. The event will take place at The Gatlinburg Convention Center in Gatlinburg, TN on August 19-21 and it will feature the following:

August 19: Tom Keifer, Extreme, Yngwie Malmsteen, Quiet Riot, Richie Kotzen, Kip Winger, Autograph, Lillian Axe, Bad Marriage, Tango Down, and Nerd Halen.

August 20: Queensrÿche, Stryper, Stephen Pearcy, Dangerous Toys, Eclipse, John Corabi, Enuff Z’Nuff, Cold Sweat, Bad Marriage, and Pyromania.

August 21: Night Ranger, Kix, Firehouse, Nelson, Vixen, Brother Cane, Pat Travers, Crazy Lixx, Soto/Bieler, Michael Sweet, The Hot Summers, Wild America, and Shot Of Poison.

Night Ranger, Mr. Big, Etc. Members Launch New Project Skills

Brad Gillis (Night Ranger), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big), David Huff (Giant), and Renan Zonta (Electric Mob) have launched a new project called Skills. The band’s debut album, “Different Worlds,” will be released on May 13. A video for the effort’s first single, “Stop The World,” can be found below:

“Different Worlds” Track Listing:

01. “Escape Machine”
02. “Blame It On The Night”
03. “Different Worlds”
04. “Losing The Track”
05. “Writings On The Wall”
06. “Show Me The Way”
07. “Just When I Needed You”
08. “Need To Fall”
09. “Stop The World”
10. “Hearts Of Stone”
11. “Don’t Break My Heart”

Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, The Offspring, Opeth, Kittie, Etc. Releases Set For 2022 Record Store Day

The full list of special releases for this year’s Record Store Day has officially been revealed. The event is scheduled to take place on April 23 and you can find a list of rock/metal releases below. The full list is also available HERE.

Rock/Metal Releases:

  • Alice In Chains – “We Die Young” (12” vinyl)
  • Allman Brothers Band – “Cream Of The Crop 2003 – Highlights” (3XLP)
  • Asia – “XXX” (LP)
  • Bad Company – “Live 1979” (2XLP)
  • Charlie Benante – “Moving Pitchers” (LP)
  • Black Label Society – “Alcohol Fueled Brewtality Live” (2XLP)
  • David Bowie – “Brilliant Adventurist” (CD & Vinyl)
  • David Bowie – “Toy EP” (CD & 10” vinyl)
  • Collective Soul – “Disciplined Breakdown” (LP)
  • Alice Cooper – “Brutal Planet” (2XLP)
  • The Damned – “Strawberries” (LP)
  • Daughtry – “Dearly Beloved” (2XLP)
  • Def Leppard – “High ’N’ Dry” (LP)
  • The Dillinger Escape Plan – “Dissociation” (LP)
  • Dio – “Double Dose Of Donington” (12” vinyl)
  • Udo Dirkschneider – “My Way” (2XLP)
  • The Doors – “L.A. Woman” (4XLP)
  • Foo Fighters – “Making A Fire” (Mark Ronson Re-Version) / “Chasing Birds” (Preservation Hall Jazz Band Re-Version) (7” vinyl)
  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – “Magic Secrets 2022” (7” vinyl)
  • GBH – “City Baby Attacked By Rats” (LP)
  • Billy Gibbons – “Hardware” (Deluxe Edition) (CD Box Set)
  • Gojira – “Live at Brixton Academy” (2xLP)
  • L.A. Guns – “Waking the Dead” (LP)
  • Steve Hackett – “The Tokyo Tapes” (3XLP)
  • Kirk Hammett – “Portals” (12” vinyl & CD)
  • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts “Acoustics” (LP)
  • Judas Priest – “Hero Hero” (2XLP)
  • Kittie – “Spit” (LP)
  • Motörhead – “Lost Tapes, Vol. 2” (2XLP)
  • Night Ranger “Somewhere In California” (LP)
  • Night Ranger – “Wasted Time” (7” vinyl)
  • The Offspring – “Greatest Hits” (LP)
  • Opeth – “My Arms, Your Hearse” (2XLP)
  • Pearl Jam – “Live On Two Legs” (2XLP)
  • Pixies – “Live At Coachella 2004” (2XLP)
  • Iggy Pop – “Live In Berlin” (2XLP)
  • Ramones – “The Sire Albums (1981-1989)” (7XLP)
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Unlimited Love” (2XLP)
  • Lou Reed – “I’m So Free – The 1971 Demos” (LP)
  • The Replacements – “Unsuitable For Airplay: The Lost KFAI Concert (Live)” (2XLP)
  • Keith Richards – “Talk Is Cheap – Live At The Hollywood Palladium” (2X Cassette)
  • The Rolling Stones – “More Hot Rocks 50th Anniversary” (2XLP)
  • Gavin Rossdale – “Wanderlust” (2XLP)
  • Sepultura – “Revolusongs” (LP)
  • The Sheila Divine – “Where Have All My Countrymen Gone” (LP)
  • Slash – “Live At Studio 60” (2XLP)
  • Sleep Token – “Sundowning” (LP)
  • Stiff Little Fingers – “BBC Live In Concert” (2XLP)
  • Geoff Tate – “Kings & Thieves” (2XLP)
  • TesseracT – “Polaris” (LP)
  • Pete Townshend – “Face The Face” (2XLP)
  • Twiztid – “I Tried 2 Warn U” (7” vinyl)
  • Gerard Way – “Hesitant Alien” (LP)
  • The Who – “It’s Hard (40th Anniversary)” (2XLP)

Notably, there will also be some UK exclusives including vinyl pressing of Bring Me The Horizon‘s “2004 – 2013 – The Best Of,” Paradise Lost‘s “Gothic Live At Roadburn 2016,” Skunk Anansie‘s “An Acoustic Skunk Anansie – Live In London,“ etc.

[via Loudwire]

Iron Maiden, Evanescence, Puscifer, Etc. Releases Set For 2021 Black Friday Record Store Day Event

The full list of special releases for this year’s Black Friday Record Store Day event (November 26) has officially been revealed. You can find that HERE. A list of various rock/metal releases can also be found below.

Rock/Metal Releases:

  • Aerosmith – “1971: The Road Starts Hear” (LP/Cassette)
  • All Them Witches – “Live On The Internet” (3XLP)
  • Blackberry Smoke – “Stoned” (LP)
  • Alice Cooper – “Brutal Planet” (2XLP)
  • Crobot – “Rat Child” EP (Vinyl)
  • Dio – “Holy Diver” (LP Picture Disc)
  • Dio – “The Last In Line” (LP Picture Disc)
  • Evanescence – “Evanescence” (LP)
  • Fleetwood Mac – “Alternate Live” (2XLP)
  • Billy F. Gibbons – “Hardware” (CD)
  • The Reverend Horton Heat – “We Three Kings” (LP)
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience – “Paris ’67” (LP)
  • Iron Maiden – “Iron Maiden” (LP Picture Disc)
  • Judas Priest – “Best Of Judas Priest” (2XLP)
  • King’s X “Please Come Home … Mr. Bulbous” (LP)
  • James LaBrie – “Elements Of Persuasion” (2XLP)
  • LA Guns – “Waking The Dead” (LP)
  • Motörhead – “The Lost Tapes, Vol. 1 (Live In Madrid 1995)” (2XLP)
  • Mr. Big – “Lean Into It” (LP)
  • Night Ranger – “Somewhere In California” (LP)
  • Ozzy Osbourne – “No More Tears” (12″ Picture Disc)
  • Poison – “Flesh & Blood” (LP)
  • Puscifer – “Billy D And The Hall Of Feathered Serpents: Puscifer Live at the Mayan Theatre” (7″ Vinyl)
  • Puscifer – “Existential Reckoning: Live at Arcosanti” (LP)
  • Gavin Rossdale – “Wanderlust” (2XLP)
  • Saigon Kick – “The Lizard” (LP)
  • Smith/Kotzen – “Better Days” (Vinyl)
  • Joe Strummer – “Johnny Appleseed” (12″ Vinyl)
  • Tesla – “Mechanical Resonance” (LP)
  • Twiztid – “I Tried 2 Warn U” (7″ Vinyl)
  • Nancy Wilson – “You And Me” (2XLP)

[via Loudwire]

Ex-Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Gilby Clarke Performs With Night Ranger In Sturgis, SD

During Night Ranger’s August 9 set at Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, South Dakota, the band were joined by guest guitarist Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N’ Roses). The group recruited Clarke after Keri Kelli was forced to miss the show due to a knee injury.

[via Blabbermouth]