Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal Shares Video For Acoustic Cover Of Soundgarden’s “The Day I Tried To Live”

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses, etc.) has shared a video for his acoustic cover of Soundgarden’s “The Day I Tried To Live.” This track appears on his latest covers EP “Barefoot 3.”

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.”

Late All That Remains Guitarist Oli Herbert Featured On New Lost Symphony Song “Conflagration”

Lost Symphony have premiered a new song titled “Conflagration.“ The track, which features late All That Remains guitarist Oli Herbert, Matt LaPierre, and Conrad Simon, is from the band’s new album “Chapter II.” That effort will be released on October 16 and it will also feature members of Megadeth, Anthrax, Arch Enemy, etc. Lost Symphony‘s Benny Goodman commented:

“When I hear the song, I just think of the whole world burning. Basically, the guitar players are getting us out. It has the most testosterone. It was literally blowing up my speakers like a ‘Conflagration.’ The adrenaline speaks for itself.”

“Chapter II” Track Listing:

01. “The World is Over” (feat. Marty Friedman & Jeff Loomis)
02. “Leave Well Enough Alone” (feat. Jason Costa & Conrad Simon)
03. “Negation Delirium” (feat. Oli Herbert, Joey Concepcion & Jimi Bell)
04. “No Exit” (feat. David Ellefson, Jeff Loomis & Jimi Bell)
05. “The Garden Of Earthly Delights” (feat. Oli Herbert, David Abbruzzese, Rusty Cooley, Jimi Bell, Joey Concepcion, Matt LaPierre & Conrad Simon)
06. “Conflagration” (feat. Oli Herbert, Matt LaPierre & Conrad Simon)
07. “A Murder Of Crows” (feat. Jon Donias, Matt Bachand & Jimi Bell)
08. “The Long Wait For The End” (feat. Oli Herbert, Conrad Simon & Matt LaPierre)

David Ellefson (Megadeth) Recruits Anthrax, Sacred Reich, Crobot, Etc. Members For New Covers Album

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson will be releasing a new covers album titled “No Cover” on October 2. The 13-track record will feature covers of tracks by Motörhead, W.A.S.P., Def Leppard, Cheap Trick, Queen, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, and more.

Ellefson recorded the album with vocalist Thom Hazaert, guitarist Andy Martongelli, guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Guns N’ Roses), drummer Paolo Caridi, and the following special guests:

– Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
– Eddie Ojeda (ex-Twisted Sister)
– Brandon Yeagley (Crobot)
– Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth)
– Frank Hannon and Troy Lucketta (Tesla)
– Mark Slaughter
– Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, ex-Watchtower, Evil United)
– Greg Handevidt (Kublai Khan, Ex-Megadeth)
– Chuck Behler (Ex-Megadeth)
– Gus G (Firewind)
– John Aquilino (Icon)
– Doro Pesch
– Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head)
– Dave Alvin (White Trash)
– Todd Kerns (Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators)
– Andy Freeman (Last In Line)
– Jacob Bunton (Mick Mars)
– Dead By Wednesday

Ellefson said the following:

“Before any of us started writing our own songs, we all began playing cover songs by our heroes during our formative years as musicians. So, it’s fun to go back in time and revisit those songs which helped us to become the artists we are today, especially when, ironically, many of those artists have now become peers and friends.

During the process of recording some covers for B-Sides and bonus tracks for the upcoming Ellefson solo LP, Thom and I just said, ‘This is a blast, let’s just do a whole album of covers!’ Literally, within 2 weeks, we had the songs recorded, and began calling our friends to join us, many of whom we had just performed with on the MEGA-Cruise back in October. From there, the album just fell into place.”

“A lot of our buddies have been playing covers and quarantine jams on the Internet during the pandemic, so this is really just an extension of that, but we took it the next level and actually recorded a full studio album.

We’ve been working remotely anyway, as we’re all over the Globe, so it was easy to incorporate some guests jumping in with some outstanding performances of their own. It’s been a really fun nod to making great music with our friends, who are kick-ass players, and many legends in their own right, which is the whole reason we got into this in the first place!”

Hazaert added:

“It’s all songs and artists that really mutually influenced both myself and David, especially a lot of early ‘metal’ and harder classic rock. Some stuff I picked, some stuff he picked, but for the most part is was all artists that we both loved. What’s funny, as there’s a bit of an age gap, we were sometimes more influenced by different eras of the same bands. But it was really him saying, ‘Let’s do this song,’ and me saying, ‘Yes!!! And let’s do this song.’ And before we knew it, we had over 15 songs. And it’s a lot of album tracks, deep cuts, early tracks, stuff people might not expect, which was what was so fun.”

“It was also great that we were able to work in a lot of nods to David’s history, getting Chuck Behler to play with us, bringing in original Megadeth guitarist Greg Handevidt to play on ‘Love Me Like A Reptile’, a song they used to play in cover bands together before they moved to L.A. (which we wrote about in ‘More Life With Deth’), and Randy Burns is going to mix a track or two. As a singer, these are literally bands I’ve listened to, and covered all my life, and for me, getting to play with Eddie Ojeda, the Tesla guys, Charlie Benante, Jason McMaster, Mark Slaughter, etc, and sing these songs that mean so much to me. I mean, literally, the entire record is my bucket list of people I’d love to play with, and some of my favorite bands. So, it’s truly an honor to put together something so fun, and really as effortless as this was. It truly is a love letter to rock n’ roll, an homage to what made us, musically, who we are today.”

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:

Sons Of Apollo (Ex-Guns N’ Roses, Ex-Dream Theater, Etc.) Postpone Remaining European Shows Due To Coronavirus

Sons Of Apollo (ex-Guns N’ Roses, ex-Dream Theater, etc.) have been forced to postpone the remaining dates on their European tour due to the coronavirus. The group said that they “will absolutely be rescheduling these dates as soon as it is safely possible to return.”

The band commented:

“Sons Of Apollo are absolutely devastated to announce that we have no choice but to stop our currently ongoing tour in Europe, Russia and Ukraine and postpone the remaining concerts.

The Corona Virus epidemic has escalated to a point where governments have decided to shut down venues, restrict events, limit flight destinations, with no certainty for us and our promoting partners and that our shows can be guaranteed to happen.

Obviously these European wide emergency precautions have been taken to protect the safety and health of all fans in attendance and artists and crew alike. We do agree that this is a time where health comes first and we will not endanger band & crew, nor fans.

Furthermore, on top of the potential health implications and obstacles, the economical impact and potential financial risk for a tour from overseas like ours has forced us, to take action to limit the possibility of devastating financial losses in such a force majeure situation.

Nobody is more disappointed then we are in this moment…

We are really looking forward to playing each and every show once the situation has cleared, as the momentum and excitement we experienced at our 2 sold out opening nights in Germany and our shows in Norway and Sweden have been by far the best the band has ever experienced!

We will ABSOLUTELY be rescheduling these dates as soon as it is safely possible to return. Details of honoring existing tickets and refunds will be announced locally. Procedures for existing VIP package holders will be announced on SOA website and our social media

Thank you for you understanding and we see you as soon as we possibly can!”

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

Sons Of Apollo (ex-Guns N’ Roses, ex-Dream Theater, etc.) have premiered a lyric video for their song “Asphyxiation.” This track is from the band’s latest album “MMXX.”

Anthrax, Testament, Butcher Babies, Etc. Members To Perform At “Ultimate NAMM Night 3”

The lineup has been revealed for the NAMM edition of “Ultimate Jam Night.” The event, which is called “Ultimate NAMM Night,” will take place on January 18 at the Hilton Anaheim California Ballroom and it will include an all-star jam featuring: Mike Portnoy (Sons Of Apollo, etc.), Doug “Dug” Pinnick (King’s X, KXM), Doug Aldrich (The Dead Daises, etc.), George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob), Derek St. Holmes (ex-Ted Nugent), Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon), Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Kat Dyson (Prince), Divinity Roxx, Alex Skolnick (Testament), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence), Ira Black (Dark Sky Choir, etc.), Chuck Garric (Alice Cooper, etc.), Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies), Michael Spencer (Flotsam And Jetsam), James LoMenzo (ex-Megadeth, etc.), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Dilana, Tiffany, and more. The concert will also feature full band performances from Jack Russell’s Great White and Hurricane.

Sons Of Apollo (Ex-Guns N’ Roses, Ex-Dream Theater, Etc.) Premiere “Desolate July” Lyric Video

Sons Of Apollo (ex-Guns N’ Roses, ex-Dream Theater, etc.) have premiered a lyric video for their new song “Desolate July.” This track is from the band’s new album “MMXX,” which will be released on January 17.

Jeff Scott Soto commented:

“From the few seconds of hearing this song, it guided me to write the lyrics about our dear friend and colleague, David Z. David was one of the greatest, funniest and kindest humans I have ever known. He had friendships with most all of us in Sons Of Apollo, but Mike and I were certainly the closest. I thought it fitting to include this tribute to him from us in this haunting, incredible body of music.”

Mike Portnoy added:

“This video is a great tribute to our dear friend David Z. Jeff and I were particularly close with him and I was honored that Jeff invited me to sing the harmonies with him on the choruses for us to both share our love for our friend that was tragically taken from us way too soon.”