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Thunder Valley’s 2014 Summer Concert Series

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LINCOLN, CA – As Thunder Valley Casino Resort’s 2014 Summer Concert Series nears, it’s obvious that once again they will be bringing another diverse lineup for the 2014 season.

Rachel Steele

Rachel Steele

This year’s lineup includes the likes of Rick Springfield, Loverboy and Eddie Money all on one stage.

Get your groove on with V101’s Summer Jam with Keith Sweat, Tony! Toni! Tone! and Salt-N-Pepa.

How about a little country? Country band Alabama is back on the road and will be stopping by Thunder Valley with Sacramento’s award winning Rachel Steele and Road 88.

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Howard Jones wearing his Ray Bans
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Tired of music and just want a good laugh? There will be plenty of laughs with George Lopez on June 13 and Larry the Cable Guy on July 18.

Brian McKnight

Brian McKnight

Step back in time with Jack FM’s third annual Rewind Festival with the Thompson Twin’s Tom Bailey, Howard Jones, Katrina ex Katrina and the Waves and The English Beat.

Get your romance on with Charlie Wilson and Brian McKnight, for what is bound to be a soulful night of love.




Rick Springfield, Loverboy and Eddie Money Saturday, June 7 – 6:30 pm
George Lopez Friday, June 13 – 8:00 pm
V101’s Summer Jam w/ Keith Sweat, Tony! Toni! Tone! and Salt-N-Pepa Saturday June 14 – 6:30 pm
The Go Go’s with Patty Smyth, Martha Davis and more Saturday June 19 – 6:00 pm
Gregg Allman, Leon Russell and Blackwater Saturday, June 28 – 6:30 pm
Alabama with Road 88 Saturday, July 12 – 7:30 pm
Larry the Cable Guy Friday, July 18 – 8:00 pm
The Go Go’s and more Saturday, July 19 – 6:00 pm
George Benson and Chris Botti Saturday, July 26 – 7 pm
New Edition Friday, August 1 – 7:30 pm
Deep Purple with Blue Oyster Cult Friday, August 8 – 7:00 pm
Credence Clearwater Revisited w/38 Special Saturday, August 9 – 7:00 pm
Lynyrd Skynyrd Friday, August 15 – 7 pm
Yes Saturday, August 23, 7:00 pm
Charlie Wilson with Brian McKnight Friday, August 29 – 7:00 pm
Rewind Festival w/ Tom Bailey, Howard Jones, Katrina, The English Beat Sunday, August 31 – 6:00 pm
Foreigner with Grand Funk Railroad Friday, September 5 – 7:00 pm


Lead singer for heavy metal band GWAR dead at 50

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RICHMOND, VA – Founder and lead singer for heavy metal band GWAR was found dead in his Richmond, VA home on Sunday.

According to Police, the body of 50-year-old Dave Brockie, who performed under the name of “Oderus Urungus” for the hardcore band known for their grotesque performances, was found at his home just before 7 p.m. Sunday.

At this point investigators do not believe there was any foul play. An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of death.

Gwar is a satirical heavy metal band formed in Richmond, Virginia, in 1984. The band is best known for its elaborate science fiction/horror film inspired costumes, obscene lyrics and graphic stage performances, which feature humorous enactments of politically and morally taboo themes.

“My friend Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, the singer of GWAR, has left the building & taken off back to his home planet,” Randy Blythe, frontman for Lamb of God, posted on Instagram, “Dave TRULY WAS ONE OF A KIND — I can’t think of ANYONE even remotely like him…My band learned how to become a real touring band from GWAR — they gave us our first shot at this thing.”

In 2011 Cory Smoot, lead guitarist for GWAR, was found dead on their tour bus following a concert in Minneapolis. Smoot has been performing with the band since 2002 under the name “Flattus Maximus” and produced their last two albums.

The band is expected to release a statement today (Monday).

Prosecutors mull over Bieber felony charges

Justin Bieber Courtesy Miami Beach PD

Justin Bieber’s mugshot for DUI in Florida
Courtesy Miami Beach PD

LOS ANGELES, CA – Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have presented their case against Justin Bieber for felony vandalism to the District Attorney’s office.

Bieber is accused of throwing eggs at his neighbor’s mansion in the exclusive Oaks community neighborhood of Calabasas.

“No decision will be made this week,” Los Angeles County District Attorney spokesman Ricardo Santiago told CNN.

Detectives presented their findings to a prosecutor who must now determine if the 19-year-old pop-star will be charged with vandalism and if the charge will be considered a misdemeanor or felony.

Area of arrest Google Maps

Area of arrest
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On January 14 detectives from the Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff’s Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant at Bieber’s Calabasas home. Detectives were looking for video surveillance or other possible evidence related to the egg throwing incident that took place on January 9.

Bieber was detained along with several other men who were at the home when deputies arrived. One of the men, 20-year old Xavier Smith, better known as Lil Za, was arrested on felony narcotics charges that were unrelated to the vandalism incident.

justin-bieber-believe-album-cover-1335594464Ironically Lil Za, who was living in the home last year, was kicked out by the Biebs last September, after Za and his brother, Lil Twist, threw a number of parties at the mansion while Bieber was away. When the singer arrived home he discovered some jewelry had gone missing and kicked the pair out.

At the conclusion of the search warrant, deputies walked away with several pieces of evidence. Investigators believe multiple suspects may have been involved in the vandalism which caused an estimated $20,000.00 in damage to the front of the luxury home, raising the charges to a felony.

TESLA to begin recording new album

(LR) Dave Rude, Brian Wheat, Jeff Keith, Troy Luccketta and Frank Hannon Click for more images

(LR) Dave Rude, Brian Wheat, Jeff Keith, Troy Luccketta and Frank Hannon

Jeff Keith (R) and Frank Hannon proudly display their song list

Jeff Keith (R) and Frank Hannon proudly display their song list

SACRAMENTO, CA – On Monday rock band TESLA will be entering the studio to begin recording a number of songs for their upcoming album.

As band members started working out the list of songs, they posted several pictures to their Facebook page, including a list of potential songs for the album.

TESLA’s latest song, “Taste My Pain,” which was released last summer on Amazon and iTunes will be featured on the new CD, complete with scorching guitars.

Read: Tesla 2012 concert review

Troy Luccketta electrifies! Click for more images

Troy Luccketta electrifies!
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The band includes original members Jeff Keith (vocals), Frank Hannon (guitar), Brian Wheat (bass) and Troy Luccketta (drums), along with newcomer Dave Rude (guitar).

Dave Rude, who replaced Tommy Skeoch, recently had his guitars stolen out of a TESLA gear truck. The thieves made off with two Epiphone Masterbilt acoustic guitars, including the single cutaway model that he used in the full page Epiphone ad that ran in guitar magazines in 2011 and 2012.

Read: Dave Rude has guitars stolen

TESLA gets the key to the City of Sacramento! Click for more images

TESLA gets the key to the City of Sacramento!
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2011 was a big year for TESLA. In July the band released their latest album, “Twisted Wires And The Acoustic Sessions.” The CD featured six songs that were recorded back in 2005 at bassist Brian Wheat’s J Street Recorders studio — which also served as the last recordings with original member Tommy Skeoch — and six newly recorded tracks, including acoustic remakes of songs from TESLA’s entire catalog and two brand new songs, “Second Street” and “Better Off Without You”.

Read: 12+7+2011=TESLA

Later that same year TESLA received the key to the city of Sacramento from Mayor Kevin Johnson, who also declared December 7 TESLA day.


Justin Bieber behind bars

Justin Bieber Courtesy Miami Beach PD

Justin Bieber
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MIAMI BEACH, FL – Justin Bieber found himself behind bars early Thursday morning after drag racing and resisting arrest.

According to a police report, the Biebs was busted for a DUI after failing a sobriety test, drag racing, resisting arrest without violence and driving with an expired license.

The incident happened Thursday just after 4 a.m. on Pine Tree Drive and 26th Street. He was driving a yellow Lamborghini.

According to the police report, officers saw two cars racing at 4:09 a.m. Thursday, with two vehicles apparently being used to block the area off. The second car was a red Ferrari, and that driver was also arrested with both cars being towed.

Area of arrest Google Maps

Area of arrest
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The Miami Beach Police Department later tweeted that R&B singer Khalil Sharief was arrested along with Bieber.

The pop-singer was under the influence of drugs and alcohol and according to the report Bieber reeked of alcohol, had a “stupor” look on his face and had bloodshot eyes.

The report goes on to say Bieber was argumentative and started yelling at the officers, “Why the f##k are you doing this? What the f++k did I do. Why did you stop me?”

justin-bieber-believe-album-cover-1335594464When an officer attempted to pat Bieber down , he replied “I ain’t got no f++king weapons, why do you have to search me? What the f++k is this about?”

Bieber was charged with resisting arrest after refusing to take his hands out of his pockets when officers ordered him to do so.

Clear Channel unleashes new country station in Sacramento

B925_LogoSACRAMENTO, CA – Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Sacramento announced today the debut of The New B92.5, Today’s Country.

The New B92.5 will begin broadcasting today at 5 p.m. PST.

According to a statement released by Clear Channel, B92.5 will play “today’s hottest country hits,” and they will be kicking off with 10,000 songs in a row, commercial free.

Sacramento’s new country station will broadcast The Bobby Bones Show weekday mornings from 5-9 a.m. PST. The morning show will feature on-air personalities Bobby Bones, Lunchbox and Amy, with special guest appearances. As with most morning shows, The Bobby Bones Show will entertain B92.5 listeners with a unique mix of pop-culture, news and crazy stunts.

“Country music is the most exciting format in America today. Stars like Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift and Florida Georgia Line make it a must have format for listeners and advertisers alike,” said Dave Milner, President and Market Manager, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Sacramento. “Pairing great music with the new Bobby Bones morning show and our exciting events like the iHeartRadio Country Festival, which we will be giving listeners exclusive opportunities to attend, allows us to bring a unique spin for Sacramento’s huge country fan base.”

Listeners will also have the opportunity to listen B92.5 via the station’s website,, as well as on iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s all-in-one digital radio service.

Clear Channel Sacramento owns and operates NewsRadio KFBK, Talk 650 KSTE, V101 KHYL and 93.7 JACK-FM KQJK.

Coachella 2014 lineup announced



COACHELLA, CA – Headlining this year’s Coachella Music & Art’s Festival will be Outkast, Arcade Fire and Muse.

The lineup was announced on Wednesday and the festival is to take place the second and third weekend in April. This marks the second year the festival will span two weekends.

Outkast, the popular rap duo consisting of Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000) and Antwan “Big Boi” Patton, have not recorded or toured together in recent years. Both have been working on solo projects and Benjamin has been pursuing an acting career.

Arcade Fire will perform just a few months after releasing their latest album “Reflektor.”

Grammy -nominated Muse is currently touring in support of their latest album ‘The 2nd Law.’

Other acts scheduled to perform are Beck, new and emerging artists Lorde and Haim, and a number of rap and electronic acts including Nas, Kid Cudi, Alesso and Duck Sauce.

The lineup has more rock and alternative acts than past years and fewer high-profile DJ’s.

Tickets go on sale Jan. 10. See the full lineup here.

KC nominated to the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame

Harry Wayne (KC) Casey

Harry Wayne (KC) Casey

MIAMI, FL – KC of KC and the Sunshine Band has been nominated to the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

According to a press release, Harry Wayne Casey, better known as ‘KC’ of KC and the Sunshine Band has just received the nomination to the 2014 Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, to be awarded Thursday, June 12th, 2014 in New York, NY.

The band was founded in 1973 in Miami, Florida and charted globally with their funk, R&B, and disco songs. KC wrote some of the biggest and most enduring songs of the disco era including George McCrae’s 1974 No. 1 hit “Rock Your Baby.” He also penned songs for Betty Wright and Jimmy “Bo” Horne.  His hits for KC and the Sunshine Band include chart-toppers “Get Down Tonight” and “That’s The Way I Like It.” Key songs in their catalog include: “Boogie Shoes”, “Get Down Tonight”, “Rock Your Baby”, “Shake Your Booty” “I’m Your Boogie Man”, “Keep it Comin’ Love”, “Give it Up” and “Please Don’t Go.”

Performing songwriter nominees for the 2014 Songwriter’s Hall of Fame include Harry Wayne “KC” Casey, Ray Davies, Donovan, Vince Gill, Yusuf Islam p/k/a “Cat Stevens”, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, John Mellencamp, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards, Sade, Ann Wilson & Nancy Wilson.

Non-performer nominees include Bill Anderson, Bobby Braddock, Luigi Creatore & Hugo Peretti, Graham Gouldman, Mark James, Sandy Linzer & Denny Randell, Tony Macaulay, Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham, Linda Perry, Don Robertson, William “Mickey” Stevenson, Jim Weatherly.

Voting members of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame have until December 16 to turn in their ballots with choices of three non-performer nominees and two from the performer category.

In 2014 KC and the Sunshine Band will take their dance grooves down-under as they head to Australia, visiting Sydney’s Enmore Theatre, The Palace in Melbourne, Brisbane’s Tivoli Theatre and the main stage at Bluesfest in Byron Bay.

Peter Noble, director of Bluesfest Touring said, “this is a band who came from the era where people bought records and KC and the Sunshine Band have over 100 million record sales to prove it.” He added, “This puts them at the same level of sales as Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, The Who and Stevie Wonder and three times more than Pearl Jam.”

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Adam Ant – A reawakening

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Adam Ant
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SACRAMENTO, CA – Adam Ant is back and in top form as he entertained fans, young and old, at Ace of Spades Wednesday night.

Born Stuart Leslie Goddard, Adam Ant was an ‘80s sensation bringing fans hits like, “Stand and Deliver,” “Prince Charming” and “Goody Two Shoes.” Ant was also the first to make dressing like a pirate sexy, paving the way for the likes of Johnny Depp.

The women love him and in the 80’s, MTV viewers voted him the sexiest man alive and he was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1982. Live performances found women fawning over his every move onstage, and his hot-dogging behavior only provoked more screams and excitement from the ladies.

Adam Ant

Adam Ant

Now that he’s back after a long hiatus from the music world, how are women reacting? Still screaming!

As Ant took the stage he was sporting his traditional pirate garb including his signature eye liner, goatee, bandana, and some fairly strong eyeglasses. He went right to work, singing one of his new songs and then dishing out hit after hit, as the mostly older crowd reacted to every word. Most of the fans were singing along and raising their camera phones to snap a few pics of the born-again pop-star.

To all of those fans who like to raise their cameras over their head to get a better photo/video – there are people behind you!

Adam Ant

Adam Ant

The British born rocker kicked off his set with his new song “Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter,” from his latest album ‘Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter.’ The song title is a play on an old naval term for being bent over a cannon and flogged. According to Ant, this reminds him of his experiences with major record labels. His latest album is on his own record label, Blueblack Hussar Records.

The 58-year-old followed up with “Dog Eat Dog,” “Beat My Guest” and “Kick,” as he swung the microphone stand around and twirled as if he was back in the ‘80s. Women reacted to every movement and whenever he made eye contact with some unsuspecting woman, she’d scream in pure bliss.

As his performance continued, Ant started taking off his pirate vest and eventually his shirt, exposing his arms which were sporting a number of tattoos.

Adam Ant

Adam Ant

On his left arm he had a tattoo of Admiral Lord Nelson’s inspirational last prayer before the infamous battle of Trafalgar, and below that an image of his grandfather who served in the navy during World War One. Another tattoo on his right arm is an Oscar Wilde quote: “Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.”

While Ant played most his older songs, he did throw in a few new songs from his current album including “Cool Zombie,” a song about his time living in Tennessee and his neighbor Ronnie B. who introduced him to country music.

I thought Ant did a fantastic job and remained energetic throughout his performance. Everyone in attendance seemed to agree based on their reaction.

Adam Ant

Adam Ant

I do believe Ant made a mistake when he played “Goody Two Shoes” earlier in the set and performed “Red Scab” and “Physical” for his encore. “Goody Two Shoes” by far got the biggest reaction out of the crowd and would have been a much stronger ending to an already wonderful performance.

So where has Ant been all these years?

In 1995 Ant disappeared from the public eye after his tour in support of his new album at the time, ‘Wonderful.” He spent most of that time raising his daughter while being treated for bipolar disorder. Twelve years later he released his autobiography ‘Stand & Deliver,” documenting his childhood and his well-documented mental-health battles.

It wasn’t until 2010 that the public would get a glimpse of the pop-star after he formed a new band called Adam Ant & The Good, the Mad & the Lovely Posse and began touring around London.

Prima Donna's lead singer Kevin Preston

Prima Donna’s lead singer Kevin Preston

In 2013, after selling out USA and UK tours in 2012, Ant went on to release a new album, ‘Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter.’  The album, a musical autobiography with 17 musical stories about Adam’s life and things that interest him, debuted at #8 on The Official Chart in the UK and climbed to #3 on the UK Indie Albums Chart.

Ant has been touring in the US since July 17 and has visited over 40 cities. He will be concluding his current tour in Anaheim on September 21.

Opening the show was Prima Donna a Southern California band that has put together a successful mix of glam, punk and rock all into one. They put on quite a performance with lead singer Kevin Preston rocking out on his guitar and jumping into the air and landing on his knees.

Photo credit: Randy Miramontez

Rocker Lita Ford set to release new album

litafordbitchcdLita Ford is back . . . or should we say “The Bitch is Back . . . Live.”

The hard rock queen of the ’80s is back with a vengeance, as she announced the release of a new live album appropriately named, “The Bitch is Back…Live.

The album is due out on October 22 in North America, on October 25 in Germany and on October 28 in the rest of Europe through SPV/Steamhammer.

The CD features recordings of Lita’s October 2012 performance at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, Calif. and will be released as a digipak with a special booklet including fan photos and download.

Lita opens the show with her rendition of the classic Elton John track “The Bitch is Back”, which was previously released as a bonus track on “Living Like A Runaway”.

“Well, I heard [the original version of the song] on the radio and I just thought it worked for Elton John, and it works for Lita Ford,” Lita explained to when asked how she came to cover the track. “It kind of makes a statement, saying, ‘She’s back,’ and this is me saying this, not anybody else, you know?! It came from me, and I spoke to Elton John backstage before we released the album and I wanted his blessing. I didn’t want to just take his song and do it because I’ve done my own version of it. It’s more guitar-orientated instead of piano. So I said to him we’re doing ‘The Bitch Is Back’ and we gave him a copy of it, and his tour manager wrote back and said, ‘It’s one rocking version.’ But I went backstage because he came through town and I went backstage and said, ‘Hello!’ and he said, ‘That’s my song,’ you know, ‘That’s my song,’ and I said, ‘Yes, it is your song,’ and I said, ‘Thank you for letting me do it,’ and he said, ‘Thank you for doing my song.’ So I thought, ‘Right on, I got his blessing.'”

“The Bitch is Back…Live” track listing:

01. The Bitch Is Back
02. Hungry
03. Relentless
04. Living Like A Runaway
05. Devil In My Head
06. Back To The Cave
07. Can’t Catch Me
08. Out For Blood
09. Dancing On The Edge
10. Hate
11. Close My Eyes Forever
12. Kiss Me Deadly

Lita’s current touring lineup includes Mitch Perry (guitar), Bobby Rock (drums), and Marty O’Brien (bass).

Ford’s latest album, “Living Like A Runaway“, was released on June 19, 2012 in North America. The effort was made available in four configurations: a double LP, limited-edition CD, standard CD and digital download. The artwork for the album was created by famed rock photographer Mark Weiss.

The British born rocker started out in 1975 at the age of 16 with the all-girl band The Runaways, which included band member Joan Jett. However, Ford’s real success came after going solo in the early ‘80s when she released ‘Out for Blood’ and ‘Dancing on the Edge.’  “Fire in My Heart” and “Gotta Let Go” off of her ‘Dancing on the Edge’ album brought Ford front and center in the hard rock world.

It was disappointing to see that “Gotta Let Go” didn’t make it on her upcoming live album.

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