Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction) To Release New Kind Heaven Orchestra Single This Month

Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction, Porno For Pyros) will be releasing a new Kind Heaven Orchestra single, titled “Mend,” on May 21. That track will feature Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Elliot Easton (The Cars), and David Bryan (Bon Jovi). Farrell commented:

“I’ve tried to reach through his ribcage and examine the heart of a good friend. Tried to empathize with what he was going through. I tried to mend my friend.”

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.”

Ric Ocasek (The Cars) Passes Away

Ric Ocasek (The Cars) has sadly passed away at the age of 75. According to The New York Times, police found the musician in his Manhattan townhouse earlier today (September 15) and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The New York City medical examiner’s office has listed Ocasek’s cause of death as “hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease” with emphysema as a contributing factor.

Watch Tremonti Perform Acoustic Cover Of The Cars’ “Just What I Needed”

Tremonti recently performed an acoustic cover of The Cars’ “Just What I Needed” at WDHA’s Coors Light Studio. You can see footage of that and “Take You With Me” below. Tremonti’s new album “A Dying Machine” will be released on June 8.

Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, Etc. To Enter The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

The inductees have been revealed for the 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. They include the following: Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Those artists beat out the other nominees, which included: Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Judas Priest, Depeche Mode, MC5, Kate Bush, J. Geils Band, LL Cool J, Eurythmics, The Meters, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Link Wray, and The Zombies.

Judas Priest, Rage Against The Machine, Etc. Nominated For 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

The nominees for the 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction have been announced. Among the nominees are Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Judas Priest, Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, The Cars, Dire Straits, MC5, Kate Bush, J. Geils Band, LL Cool J, Eurythmics, The Meters, The Moody Blues, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Link Wray, and The Zombies. Voting will soon launch HERE.

Bad Brains, Pearl Jam, Journey, Jane’s Addiction, Etc. Nominated For 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

The nominees for the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction have been announced. Among the nominees are Bad Brains, Pearl Jam, Journey, Jane’s Addiction, MC5, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, Yes, J. Geils Band, Depeche Mode, Tupac Shakur, Electric Light Orchestra, Janet Jackson, Chaka Khan, Chic, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, and Kraftwerk. You can vote for your favorites HERE.

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Nine Inch Nails, Deep Purple, Steve Miller Etc. Nominated For 2016 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

The nominees for the 2016 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction have been announced. Among the nominees are Nine Inch Nails, Deep Purple, Steve Miller, Chicago, Cheap Trick, The Cars, Chaka Khan, Chic, The J.B.’s, Janet Jackson, Los Lobos, N.W.A., The Smiths, Yes, and The Spinners. Fans can vote for their favorites via Rolling Stone.

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