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.

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:

Nitro Recruit Bass Legend Victor Wooten For New Album

The reformed Nitro, featuring founding members Michael Angelo Batio and Jim Gillette, along with Lamb Of God’s Chris Adler, have confirmed that bass legend Victor Wooten has been recruited to record the bass on their new album. Details for that effort are expected to be revealed soon.

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Wooten said the following:

“I’m so happy to be included as part of the new Nitro project. I’ve been a fan of Michael Angelo Batio for decades, [and] Jim Gillette and Chris Adler are just as amazing. They’re causing me to have to step up my game. Fans will be thrilled to hear what we are coming up with, I’m really excited about it!”

Adler also commented:

“I have been in awe of Victor for many, many years. His musical gifts, which are second to none, are matched by his ability to inspire. I am giddy, humbled and amazed to have the chance to share music with, and learn from, him. Hearing him play music—or even speak about playing music for that matter—is truly a gift. Playing this material with him is mind blowing, listening to what he brings to this is game-changing.”

Batio added:

“Victor is the best of the best! He is a legendary musician and the most amazing bass player I’ve ever heard. Beyond excited is an understatement. We can’t wait for everyone to hear what we’re coming up with.”

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!”