When I got home last Friday night, I informed my 16-year-old son, Kane, that our favorite viking-sized guitar hero, Zakk Wylde, was putting out a book in September. While I can’t say for certain that Zakk has ever actually put pen to paper, there is no doubt that the contents are 100 percent Wylde.
Last month, Dave Depper, a Beatles-loving sideman and multi-instrumentalist who's seriously hooked into the Portland, Oregon, music scene, released The Ram Project, his own version of Paul and Linda McCartney's celebrated 1971 album, Ram.
Greek power metal kings Firewind will headline their own North American tour starting Oct. 9. Gus G. and company will hit the road on the “Frets of Fury” tour. Joining Firewind are Arsis, White Wizzard and Nightrage.
Jeff Beck has announced a fall Canadian tour starting that starts Oct. 12 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and finishes Oct. 27 in Vancouver. Four U.S. dates are scheduled for the Northwest immediately following the Canadian leg, starting in Seattle on Oct. 28 and wrapping up in the Napa Valley on Nov. 1. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 24.
Future Publishing will be releasing the forthcoming Alice Cooper album, Welcome 2 My Nightmare, as a fan pack in print and on the iPad. Future has already issued magazine packs featuring albums by Blondie, Motorhead, Slash and Whitesnake.