Ministry, Tenacious D, Stitched Up Heart, Etc. Members Added To Second Annual “Above Ground” Benefit Concert

More artists have been added to the second annual “Above Ground” benefit concert. The event will take place at The Fonda Theatre in Hollywood on September 16 and the updated lineup includes: Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), Billy Idol, Billy Morrison (Billy Idol), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Jack Black (Tenacious D), Al Jourgensen (Ministry), Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Juliette Lewis, Steve Vai, Mike Garson (David Bowie), Brad Wilk (Prophets Of Rage/Rage Against The Machine), Billy Duffy (The Cult), Wayne Kramer (MC5), Carmine Rojas (David Bowie), Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction), Franky Perez (Deadland Ritual), Twiggy, Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver), Mixi Demner (Stitched Up Heart), Jason Christopher (Prong), Etty Lauy Farrell (Kind Heaven Orchestra), Erik Eldenius (Billy Idol), Paul Trudeau (Billy Idol), Donovan Leitch, and Julie Mintz. As previously reported, the all-star band will be playing David Bowie’s “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars” and The Stooges’ self-titled debut album in full. Profits will be donated to MusiCares.

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Jane’s Addiction, Bush, Etc. Members To Take Part In Second Annual “Above Ground” Benefit Concert

Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) and Billy Morrison (Billy Idol) have revealed the artists that will be joining them at the second annual “Above Ground” benefit concert. The event will take place at The Fonda Theatre in Hollywood on September 16 and the duo will be performing with actor Joe Manganiello, Billy Idol, Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Etty Lau Farrell, Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Juliette Lewis, Steve Vai, Billy Duffy (The Cult), Wayne Kramer (MC5), Mike Garson (David Bowie), and more to be announced. The all-star band will be playing David Bowie’s “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars” and The Stooges’ self-titled debut album. Profits will be donated to MusiCares.

Generation Axe Share “The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China” Album Sampler

Generation Axe, the touring group featuring Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), and Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders), have shared a sampler featuring previews of all the tracks on their new live album “The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China.” That effort features the band’s April 2017 show in Beijing, China and it will be released on June 28.

Generation Axe Stream Cover Of Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” From “The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China”

Generation Axe, the touring group featuring Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), and Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders), are streaming their cover of Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” off their new live album “The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China.” That effort features the band’s April 2017 show in Beijing, China and it will be released on June 28.

Generation Axe Stream “Sideways” From “The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China”

Generation Axe, the touring group featuring Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), and Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders), are streaming their cover of Citizen Cope’s “Sideways” off their new live album “The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China.” That effort features the band’s April 2017 show in Beijing, China and it will be released on June 28. The latest track was performed by Wylde and Bettencourt.

Generation Axe (Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Etc.) To Release “The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China” In June

Generation Axe, the touring group featuring Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), and Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders), have announced that they will be releasing a new live album titled “The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China” on June 28. The effort was recorded during the band’s April 2017 show in Beijing, China and a cover of Edgar Winter’s “Frankenstein” from the set can be streamed below:

“The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China” Track Listing:

01. Generation Axe – “Foreplay” (Boston cover)
02. Abasi – “Tempting Time” (Animals As Leaders cover)
03. Abasi/Bettencourt – “Physical Education” (Animals As Leaders cover)
04. Bettencourt – “A Side Of Mash” (medley of Extreme solos)
05. Bettencourt/Wylde – “Sideways” (Citizen Cope cover)
06. Wylde – “Whipping Post” (The Allman Brothers Band cover)
07. Vai – “Bad Horsie”
08. Malmsteen – “Valhalla” / “Baroque n Roll” / “Overture” / “From A Thousand Cuts” / “Arpeggios From Hell” / “Far Beyond The Sun”
09. Malmsteen/Vai – “Black Star”
10. Vai/Wylde/Bettencourt/Abasi – “Frankenstein” (Edgar Winter cover)
11. Generation Axe – “Highway Star” (Deep Purple cover)

Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, Steve Vai, Etc. To Guest On Devin Townsend’s New Album “Empath”

Devin Townsend has revealed that Chad Kroeger (Nickelback), Steve Vai, Anneke Van Giersbergen, and Che Dorval (Casualties of Cool) have all guested on his new album “Empath.” Previously announced guests include: Elliot Desgagnés (Beneath The Massacre), Mike Keneally (Dethklok, etc.), Morgan Ågren (Kaipa), Sam “Samus” Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth), etc. The album is expected to be released in March.

Townsend said the following in a series of tweets:

“No sleep tonight. I’ve got the final stages of this year long process rolling through my mind. Almost done…another 3.5 weeks and this stage of it (the album) will be wrapped up.

Listened to the roughs of Empath on the flight and it had me teared up the whole way. I haven’t had this visceral a reaction to the work in many years. To think It all stemmed from taking a vacation! my god, what an intense period this has been. I’ll remember this past two years.

Thanks to some further guests, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Che Dorval, Chad Kroeger, Mike Keneally, Steve Vai, Lords Of The sound orchestra… it’s been total catharsis and tied intrinsically to the process of working through this transformation. It’s a lovely, complicated, weird one

Some people will totally love it, a fair amount will take awhile to have it sink in, some won’t get it at all, some will definitely prefer the bonus disk or the previous work, but fuck me, did I ever need to get this out of my system. It’s like 12 years of vomit at once…

I had a choice to either go commercial or uncompromised on this. Thanks to Garth Richardson and Chad for convincing me to not compromise. It’s a hard choice as you get older because the temptation to play it safe is huge for the sake of family and security.

Exhausting… pure catharsis. It was about middle age, realization, fear, death, moderation, meditation, and overcoming the internal dialogues. I guess it was ultimately about getting it right after all these years, then kind of realizing that you just have to let it all go…

Music is just an expression of gratitude I think. Ultimately it’s just another album in a long line of albums, some will like it, some won’t. But it appears as if it will be accurate, and that’s a huge huge relief.

Three drummers, two bassists, orchestras, choirs, ducks, cats, goats, birds, whales… and I didn’t sabotage this one, for once…

Have to be at the studio in 3 hours after a sleepless night. Sweet. Luckily it’s not an immensely complicated mix 🙄

There’s a reoccurring theme on this project that seems to have appeared, and that seems to be one of ‘anti-suicide’”