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Charge dropped again AC/DC Drummer

indexBAY OF PLENTY, NEW ZEALAND – AC/DC drummer, Phil Rudd, who was charged on Thursday with several counts in connection to trying to have two men killed, will be facing one less charge.

According to Rudd’s attorney, Paul Mabey, the New Zealand police charge of “attempting to procure murder” against his client has been dropped.

The 60-year-old drummer for the legendary hard rock band, had been accused of trying to procure the murder of two men. However, the Crown Solicitor decided there wasn’t enough evidence to justify it.

Mabey wrote in a statement, “The charge alleging an attempt to procure murder should never have been laid. The Crown Solicitor’s opinion was not sought. The charge is now withdrawn, within 24 hours of Mr. Rudd’s first appearance in court,” continuing Mabey complained, “Mr. Rudd has suffered unnecessary and extremely damaging publicity as a result of widespread and sensational reporting of a very serious allegation, which on any basis was never justified.”

Rudd still faces several other charges, including threatening to kill.

On Thursday afternoon, Rudd made an appearance in court to face charges of; attempting to procure the murder of two men, threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis.

Earlier on Thursday police paid a visit to Rudd’s beach front mansion and searched the premises.

The names of the two men he was attempting to have killed have not been released, nor has the name of the potential hit-man.

Rudd did not enter a plea to the charges at the Tauranga District Court and was released on bail. His next appearance is schedule for November 27.

The Australian born Rudd moved to New Zealand in 1983, after being fired by the legendary rock band AC/DC, but rejoined the band years later.

In 2003 AC/DC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and remains one of the world’s biggest-selling musical acts.

The band is set to release their latest album, “Rock or Bust,” in December. However, when AC/DC gathered to film videos for a pair of ‘Rock or Bust’ tracks in early October, Rudd was a no show due to a “family emergency.” Also, in a shocking turn of events, original founding member, guitarist Malcolm Young, was absent after being diagnosed with Dementia earlier this year.

AC/DC Drummer arrested for contracting to have 2 men killed

indexBAY OF PLENTY, NEW ZEALAND – Phil Rudd, the drummer for the hard rock band AC/DC, has been arrested and charged with attempting to have two men killed.

According to CNN affiliate TVNZ in New Zealand, the 60-year-old made an appearance in court Thursday afternoon and is facing one count of attempting to procure the murder of two men, this according to the Bay of Plenty Police District representative Kim Perks.

In addition, Rudd was also charged with threatening to kill, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis.

Police searched Rudd’s home on Thursday morning.

The names of the two men he was attempting to have killed have not been released, nor has the name of the potential hit-man.

Rudd did not enter a plea to the charges at the Tauranga District Court and was released on bail. His next appearance is schedule for November 27.

The Australian born Rudd moved to New Zealand in 1983, after being fired by the legendary rock band AC/DC, but rejoined the band years later.

In 2003 AC/DC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and remains one of the world’s biggest-selling musical acts.

The band is set to release their latest album, “Rock or Bust,” in December.

When Bad Company is good

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Paul Rodgers
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LINCOLN, CA – English rock group Bad Company took to the stage at Thunder Valley Casino Resort’s outdoor amphitheater, as a sold-out crowd was on their feet their entire performance.

Earlier this year Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd announced a joint 40th Anniversary Tour commemorating the 40th anniversary of Skynyrd’s first album release and Bad Company’s formation. While Lynyrd Skynyrd wasn’t on-hand, original members of Bad Company Paul Rodgers (vocals) and Simon Kirke (drums) were. The pair was joined by Todd Ronning (bass), from Rodgers’ solo band and Howard Leese (guitar and former member of Heart) who has been with the band for 8 years.

Bad Company performs at Thunder Valley Casino

Bad Company performs at Thunder Valley Casino

Bad Company has a long list of hits from the ‘70s with four platinum albums during that time. The band broke up in ’82 and reformed a few years later, churning out another platinum album and two additional gold records.

As the show got underway, a number of CO2 cannons shot smoke into the air, with Rodgers coming out in a lime green shirt and black vest, twirling the microphone stand in the air, singing “Rock and Roll Fantasy” followed by “Live For The Music.” The 63-year-old Rodgers continued to throw and twirl the microphone stand for most of the set.

For “Run with the Pack,” Rodgers took to a black piano with the crowd showing their approval.

Bad Company

Bad Company

“Burnin Sky” had the stage shrouded in smoke with the lights flickering to simulate lightning, complete with the sound of thunder.

The band left the stage early for their first encore and came back to play “Bad Company” and “Rock Steady,” after which they left the stage a second time, only to return to play “Seagull” ending their set. Fans were surprised by the short set and continued to wait for the band to come out and play more hits, but when the house lights came on people reluctantly headed for the gates.

Bad Company put on an excellent performance with Rodgers vocals sounding better than ever. The band was tight and sounded great, with the exception of a slight mix-up just before “Moving On,” when the band struck up two separate songs Rodgers said, “Well, can we all do the same song.” The length of the show was disappointing and could have continued for at least another 30 minutes.

Rocking with Heart at Thunder Valley

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Nancy Wilson (R) and Ann Wilson
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LINCOLN, CA – The rock band Heart gave it their all Saturday night at Thunder Valley Casino Resort, playing to a full house.

Venerable rockers Ann and Nancy Wilson have been the heart of the group from the beginning, and remain the key ingredient to the bands continued success. The sisters have been performing for over 40 years together and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year with original band members Howard Leese, Michael DeRosier, Steve Fossen, and Roger Fisher.

Nancy Wilson Click for images

Nancy Wilson
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In 2010, Heart released a new studio album ‘Red Velvet Car,’ peaking at number 10 on the Billboard 200. More recently they released “Strange Euphoria,” a career-spanning box set and their latest studio album “Fanatic,” which became the group’s 12th Top 25 album.

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Ann Wilson
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The Wilson sisters also wrote their memoirs in “Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock & Roll.

Nancy joined up with red rocker Sammy Hagar on his latest album “Sammy Hagar and Friends,” due to be released on September 24. According to Hagar he, “thought of Nancy right away. She’s a sweetheart and a hell of a harmony singer.” The song “All We Need is an Island,” can be heard at USA Today.

Read: Sammy Hagar – Four Decades of Red

After a day of torrential downpours in the Sacramento area, fans were ready for what they hoped to be an electrifying performance. Thanks to the staff at Thunder Valley Casino, concert goers had dry seats and the venue was relatively dry considering the amount of rain that came down throughout the day.

(LR) Ann and Nancy Wilson with Trisha Pickerel

(LR) Ann and Nancy Wilson with Trisha Pickerel

Prior to the show, the Wilson sisters autographed a pink guitar provided by the non-profit organization The 2nd Basemen. The 2nd Baseman provides short term financial assistance to families affected by breast cancer. Their “Ambassador or Rock,” Trisha Pickeral was able to have the two sign the guitar, which will be given away in a drawing to support 2nd Baseman.

Nancy Wilson

Nancy Wilson

Heart kicked off their set with the driving guitar sound of ‘Barracuda,’ as 59-year-old Nancy attacked her guitar causing everyone to jump up and out of their seats. Sixty-three-year-old Ann showed fans why she’s considered one of rocks greatest and most enduring voices in the industry as she belted out the lyrics.

They continued with “Heartless,” “What About Love” and “Magic Man,” with the majority of fans on their feet the entire performance. Ann had no problems hitting the high notes and was flawless in her delivery throughout. Nancy did a fantastic job as well, providing fans with a high-energy performance on guitar as well as vocals.

For their encore Heart covered Led Zeppelin’s “The Battle of Evermore” and “Misty Mountain Top.”

Photos by Randy Miramontez

Setlist:

Barracuda
Heartless
What About Love
Magic Man
Straight On
Kick it Out
Even It Up
Dog & Butterfly
Need You to Turn to
These Dreams
Alone
Crazy on You

Encore
The Battle of Evermore
Misty Mountain Top

 

Chicago takes on Thunder Valley Casino

Chicago

Chicago

LINCOLN, CA – The venerable rock group Chicago paid a visit to Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Saturday, playing to a packed house of die-hard fans.

Rock band Chicago

Ann Kubel

The nine member band stormed the stage and kicked off their show with “Questions 67 & 68” and “Dialogue.”

Chicago has been playing music for the masses for over 46 years with founding members Robert Lamm (keys), Lee Loughnane (trumpet), James Pankow (trombone), Walter Parazaider (sax). They were joined by Jason Scheff (bass/vocals) , Tris Imboden (drums), Keith Howland (guitar/vocals), Lou Pardini (keys), Walfredo Reyes Jr. (percussions).

James Pankow

James Pankow

Chicago has teamed up with the American Cancer Society, giving one lucky fan the opportunity to sing with the band onstage. The band auctions off the chance for a fan to perform onstage with Chicago and all proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Lamm introduced the winner, Ann Kubel, who was met with wild applause from fans. Kubel did a downright decent job with “If You Leave Me Now.” This was the second time Kubel has won the opportunity to perform with Chicago.

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It was quite impressive to hear the horns from the likes of Pankow as he wore a sleeveless shirt taking command of the stage. He reminded me more of fitness guru Jack LaLanne than a legendary rock star.

Tris Imboden (R) and Walfredo Reyes Jr.

Tris Imboden (R) and Walfredo Reyes Jr.

Loughane also informed the audience that the band currently has a brand spanking new song out entitled “Somethin’ Comin’, I Know,” in fact it’s so new the band hasn’t been able to practice the song in order to play it live.

Keith Howland (R) and Robert Lamm

Keith Howland (R) and Robert Lamm

Scheff, who was brought in to replace Peter Cetera back in 1985, sounded eerily like Cetera at times. However, he had a habit of rocking back and forth bringing him closer to the microphone and then farther away, causing his vocals to sound off during certain songs.

Most of the band members were able to showcase their skills, including drummers Imboden and Reyes, who battled it out in the middle of “I’m A Man.”

For their encore they performed “Free” and “25 or 6 to 4,” ending a 2 hour set that left the audience wanting more.

The night before in Las Angeles, Chicago was playing at the Greek Theater, when halfway through their set cameras were rolled onto the stage to film part of Al Pacino’s new movie “Imagine,” in which he plays rock star Danny Collins.

Pacino also joined the band onstage for their encore “25 or 6 to 4.”

Based on the video I’d say Pacino may need to learn the words of the song.

Click to watch Al Pacino with Chicago.

US rock band pelted with eggs kicked out of Russia

Jared Hasselhoff  stuffs Russian flag down his pants. Youtube

Jared Hasselhoff stuffs Russian flag down his pants.
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MOSCOW – An American rock group was kicked out of a Russian music festival and pelted with eggs after festival goers discovered the bass player shoved a Russian flag down his pants.

Bloodhound Gang was playing at a concert in the Ukraine city of Odessa when bass player Jared Hasselhoff shoved a Russian flag down the front of his pants, pulling the flag out the back of his pants.

A video surfaced of the incident outraging Russians causing festival officials to cancel their appearance.

The Russian government was outraged and Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky took to Twitter Friday night writing that, “Bloodhound Gang is packing its bags. These idiots will not perform in Kuban.”

Members of a pro-Kremlin youth group threw eggs and tomatoes at band members’ vehicle as they drove to the airport Saturday in the city of Anapa.

A spokesman for the festival in southern Russia said the band’s headlining performance on Friday was canceled due to the actions of Hasselhoff.

The American band is known for its sexually explicit songs, including “The Bad Touch.”

Huey Lewis bares his “Heart and Soul”

Huey Lewis

Huey Lewis

LINCOLN, CA – Huey Lewis and the News performed before a packed house at Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Saturday.

Lewis is currently touring the country in celebration of the 30 year anniversary of their iconic ‘Sports’ album which included mega-hits such as “I Want New Drug,” “The Heart of Rock and Roll” and “Heart and Soul.”

Selling over 10 million records, ‘Sports’ went on to place second only to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ in 1984.

In their usual style, the band stormed the stage while a booming heartbeat played in the background. As the crowd cheered, Lewis arrived onstage singing “The Heart of Rock & Roll,” followed by “Heart and Soul.”

Johnny Colla

Johnny Colla

The 64-year-old Lewis weaved his way through the entire ‘Sports’ album as the older audience members sang along.

As he finished side one of the album, he explained to the younger members of the audience, that you had to actually flip the vinyl record over, referring to the original format of the album. However, fans can now get their hands on the ‘Sports 30th Anniversary Edition.‘ The anniversary edition includes re-mastered versions and a second disc with unreleased live versions of the songs.

Read: Huey Lewis has car stolen

Huey Lewis and the horn section

Huey Lewis and the horn section

“We aimed every song on ‘Sports’ to be a hit, so in that sense it’s really a collection of singles,” Lewis told USA Today in an interview, “They were for commercial radio, because that was the only way to success in those days, just before the real boom of MTV. We made no apologies about that mission, and we’re very proud of it in retrospect.”

Original band members on the album were Sean Hopper (keyboards), Bill Gibson (drums), Johnny Colla (sax), Mario Cipollina (bass) and Chris Hayes (guitar).

Performing at Thunder Valley were original members Lewis, Colla, Gibson and Hopper along with John Pierce (bass), Stef Burns (guitar), Marvin McFadden (trumpet) and Rob Sudduth (tenor sax).

Cocktail waitress helps out Lewis

Cocktail waitress helps out Lewis

There were a few songs that were not familiar to some audience members, so when Lewis completed the album and started playing some of their more recent songs (26-year-old songs and newer), the crowd came to life.

Traditionally Lewis and The News perform a few songs a cappella, but they disappointed on this night as the ‘Sports’ album dominated the performance.

Lewis’ gravelly voice has gotten better with age. There were a couple of songs where he struggled to hit the higher registers, but it didn’t matter – it was Huey Lewis.

Photos: Randy Miramontez

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My Chemical Romance calls it quits

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Alternative rock group My Chemical Romance is calling it quits after 12 years together.

Friday the band posted the announcement on their website saying the 12 years together, “has been a true blessing,” continuing they wrote, “And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end.”

The New Jersey band was formed by front-man Gerard Way and drummer Matt Pelissier soon after the tragic events of September 11. Way penned the song “Skylines and Turnstiles,” expressing his feelings of that tragic day. At the time, Way had a difficult time playing guitar and singing, so Ray Toro was brought on to take over guitar duties.

The band released four studio albums during their time together:

‘I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love’ (2002)

‘Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge’ (2004)

‘The Black Parade’ (2006)

‘Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’ (2010)

The band recently consisted of Gerard Way (vocals, guitar), Ray Toro (guitar), Frank Iero (guitar) and Mikey Way (bass).

There statement in full:

“Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We’ve gotten to go places we never knew we would. We’ve been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We’ve shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure.”

Gemini Syndrome’s got a new video!

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The sometimes serious, sometimes mysterious, and always mystical Gemini Syndrome has just released a new video of their new track “Pleasure and Pain.”  This should placate their fans who are waiting patiently for the release of their new record due out in 2013 – not too much longer!

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This band of lyrical geniuses comprised of Aaron Nordstrom (lead vocals), Rich Juzwick (guitar), Mike Salerno (guitar), Alessandro Paveri (bass), Brian Steele Medina (drums) have totally killed it with this video.

“Pleasure and Pain” is a great song with some heavy lyrics and some heavy guitar playing, as Nordstrom pounds out some awe inspiring guttural verses with just the right amount of his softer side, if there is one.

“Pleasure and Pain” is a testament to the talent of Nordstrom’s vocals, and the great guitar work that can be heard throughout the piece by Juzwick and Salerno.

The video really brings “Pleasure and Pain” to life with some fantastic graphics and some nice close-up and gritty footage of band members playing their instruments – not those instruments!!

Have a listen and enjoy the video!

 

 

Outlaws Take Over Thunder Valley

The Outlaws

Southern rock band The Outlaws performed in Thunder Valley Casino Resort’sPano Hall on Friday.

The Outlaws formed in 1967 and have been playing off and on since that time.

Founding members Henry Paul (lead singer/guitar) and Monte Yoho (drums), were joined by Chris Anderson (guitar), Randy Threet (bass), Dave Robbins (keyboards), and Bill Crain (guitar).

Kicking off their set with “Tomorrow’s Another Night” and “Love Song” it was evident that most of the audience was made up of diehard fans as they started singing along with the band.

They played quite a few new songs from their latest album It’s About Pride.From my past experience when older bands start playing their newer “stuff”, they tend to lose the audience, but that was not the case. Their fans remained engaged throughout their set with most of them on their feet.

The Outlaws

There was a problem with Crain’s amp when halfway through “Love Song” his guitar shutdown. After several frantic minutes of changing out the amp, he was able to resume once they started “Hurry Sundown”, one of their newer songs.

Checkout Thunder Valley Casino’s upcoming winter concert schedule!

Setlist:
Tomorrow’s Another Night
Love Song
Hurry Sundown
Hidin’ Out in Tennessee (new)
Freeborn Man
Born to Be Bad (new)
Grey Ghost
Main Street
Gunsmoke
Last Ghost Town (new)
Right Where I Belong (new)
Waterhole
Knoxville Girl
It’s bout Pride (new)
Trail of Tears (new)
Green Grass

Encore
Ghost Riders

 

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