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  • PAUL STANLEY Urges His Fans To Vote In November: 'We Have A Responsibility To Our Past And To Our Future'
    Paul Stanley has urged his social media followers to vote in this year's presidential elections, saying that "we have a responsibility to our past and to our future." On Friday (July 3), the KISS frontman took to his Twitter to share a photo of the United States Declaration Of Independence, and he added the following message: "Thinking-The 13 colonies explained and declared independence from England on July 4, 1776. We are in the depths of numerous crises and reflecting on our past. Your voice now takes on yet greater importance. We have a responsibility to our past and to our future. On Nov. 3, VOTE!" As expected, the response to Paul's words was mixed, with some fans objecting to him voicing his views and opinions on political issues. "Dang, I hate when celebrities push their political agendas", one Twitter user wrote, while another chimed in, "Voting this year would be a lot easier if we had some decent choices. I can't believe with all the people in this country, these are the two candidates we get to choose from. Voting has become an unpleasant chore." A third person wrote: "This is how America started. Our country has fallen from being the best to being the worst" Last month, Stanley said he found it "more frightening than despicable" that U.S. President Donald Trump's claim that a 75-year-old man seen in video being pushed by a Buffalo police officer during a protest "fell harder than (he) was pushed." Stanley tweeted: "To have the President of the United States spewing this lunacy is more frightening than despicable. WE are better than this. In case some of you didn't hear previous ones, consider this your wake up call." In April, Stanley blamed a shifting media environment for sharpening partisan divides, saying that Fox News and CNN viewers and live in "different realities." "Any conversation I've had with somebody who feels contrary to [a particular point of view], they stick to their guns because their reality is based on information that they're getting from a source that has their own agenda," Stanley said during an appearance on Richard Marx's "Social Distancing" talk show. "I'm not saying that CNN is guiltless. It's really become the network of the Democrats versus the network of the Republicans, and your reality and what you see as the truth, not coincidentally, is based upon which network you watch. And that's terrible. We're living in separate universes. If you go from one channel to the other, you think you're in a different time. "If I were to watch whatever network I watch that's called 'The News,' it's going to feed me what I believe to be reality," he added. "That's the basic truth of it. And, unfortunately, there seems to be different realities, alternate realities… There's gotta be a truth."

    Thinking-The 13 colonies explained and declared independence from England on July 4, 1776. We are in the depths of numerous crises and reflecting on our past. Your voice now takes on yet greater importance. We have a responsibility to our past and to our future. On Nov. 3, VOTE!

    — Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) July 4, 2020

    Dang, I hate when celebrities push their political agendas.

    — Chris LaPenta (@Chris_LaPenta) July 4, 2020


    — Bryan Rowe (@lugnut106) July 4, 2020

    I’ll be voting for our wonderful president again!!!

    — Flower Lady ? (@Idig_flowers) July 4, 2020

    This is how America started. Our country has fallen from being the best to being the worst

    — Brittany Herzog (@tbirds2177) July 4, 2020

    Yes everyone, where we would we all be without paul stanley telling us what to do everyday?

    — Damon Santoro (@DamonSantoro4) July 4, 2020
  • RICHIE KOTZEN 'Would Love To' Make A Third Studio Album With THE WINERY DOGS
    Guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen says that he "would love to" make a third studio album with THE WINERY DOGS, his power trio with drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD) and legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, TALAS, DAVID LEE ROTH). The longtime solo artist addressed the possibility of fresh material from THE WINERY DOGS while filming a new video message on Cameo, which lets users hire celebrities to record brief, personalized video messages about virtually any topic. Asked if THE WINERY DOGS are going to release new music, Kotzen said (see video below): "Hopefully. I know we'd like to. But I think everybody got a little sidetracked, a little derailed, a little taken off course, so to speak. Personally, I kind of took this time to just sort of take a break away from music. I just did a 50-song album, and I recorded another record with a friend of mine that's supposed to come out sometime next year. So, personally, I'm just taking a step back. I've been very busy with music, so I'm kind of staying out of the studio for a hot minute. But, yes, the answer is I would love to make a third WINERY DOGS record. It's just a matter of when. I think we thought about writing some stuff this year, and, like I said, we got a little sidetracked. So, hopefully sooner than later." Kotzen was also asked what it is like to "play with drum god Mike Portnoy." He responded: "Man, it's everything you would imagine. He's a fantastic player. He always has great concepts in his playing — a very conceptual player, and exciting, inspirational. As a soloist, it's fun to feed off of a drummer that kind of plays off the things that you do, so we're able to get into some nice jams. So, it's fantastic playing with Mike. And Billy, of course, who I've played with for many, many, many years. I've known Billy since I was 19 years old. So it's a fantastic rhythm section. Being a part of THE WINERY DOGS has been excellent, and I look forward to doing more work with them." This past January, Portnoy told Sonic Perspectives that THE WINERY DOGS' 2019 tour was done "just for the fun of it — just for no other reason than to play together again, because it had been a few years. I think it reignited our love for each other, and I think it showed us that there's still so many fans out there that love this band," he explained. "It reignited our desire to make another record, so I think as soon as we can, we will." Kotzen's 22nd solo album, "50 For 50" is now available via his own custom label, Headroom-Inc. The three-disc collection is just what the title implies: a collection of 50 previously unreleased compositions produced, performed and written by Kotzen in honor of his birthday. It's the follow-up to his critically acclaimed "Salting Earth" album, which was released in April 2017 via Headroom-Inc. Portnoy and Sheehan spent much of the first three months of 2020 on the road with SONS OF APOLLO, which has been touring in support of its second album, "MMXX".
  • NEON COVEN Feat. ADLER And L.A. GUNS Members: New Single 'Blame It On The Drugs' Out Now
    NEON COVEN, the Los Angeles-based darkwave, alternative rock band featuring Jacob Bunton (Mick Mars, ADLER, LYNAM) and Ace Von Johnson (L.A. GUNS, FASTER PUSSYCAT) has released a new song called "Blame It On The Drugs" via New Ocean Media. The track is the first single from the band's upcoming debut full-length album, "Future Postponed". Check out the lyric video below. In addition to Bunton (keyboards, guitar, bass) and Von Johnson (guitar), NEON COVEN features Anthony Montemarano (vocals) and Kyle Cunningham (drums). "Future Postponed" will be released October 30. Produced by Bunton, the LP features 11 tracks ranging from songs about survival and balance to emotionally charged anthems of empowerment. The songs live in the space between challenging the need for certainty and, ultimately, learning to accept uncertainty. "'Future Postponed' is set to inspire, intrigue and terrify all at once," states Von Johnson. "The material within runs a musical gamut, in which we as a band proudly exercise our ability to take bold strides in diversity. From dance-pop to goth rock, each song will take you twisting down a new road. I've worked on a lot of albums in my career, and thus far, this is the one I'm most proud of." "Future Postponed" track listing: 01. Blame It On The Drugs 02. Every Part Of Me 03. A World Without You 04. I'm The New Hit 05. Manic 06. Purgatory 07. Kiss Of Death 08. Spirits In The Hall (feat. Ramsey) 09. You're Never Getting Out Alive 10. Dead To Me 11. The Other Side Of Nowhere NEON COVEN abandoned much of the ethos of the tradition of heavy rock to create an intellectual and theoretical sound, linked to an emphasis on anthemic, synth-heavy dance-music. The band came together when Von Johnson, Bunton, Montemarano and Cunningham formed the band as a side project on the suggestion of a mutual friend. "We were all on the Monsters Of Rock cruise," explains Bunton. "Our mutual friend April Lee said, 'You guys should start a band.' Ace and I had been friends for years, and we both met Anthony on the cruise. After we got back to L.A., we started writing songs whenever our schedules would align." NEON COVEN released its first EP, "Risen", in 2017, containing the songs "Bleeding Love" and "No One Knows You're Dead", which appeared in the horror movie "Hesperia". The band followed the EP with a cover of DEPECHE MODE's "Never Let Me Down Again" in 2018. In 2019, the band released its second EP, "The Haunting".
  • Former JOURNEY Singer STEVE PERRY Says He Has Not Given Permission To Any Political Candidate To Use 'Don't Stop Believin''
    Former JOURNEY singer Steve Perry says that he is against having the band's music used in political campaigns. Perry took to his Twitter Friday night (July 3) to write: "As one of the songwriters of Don't Stop Believin', I have not given permission to any political candidate to use this song!" Several hours later, JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon, who co-wrote the 1981 hit with Perry and keyboardist Jonathan Cain, responded to Perry's tweet, writing: "Huh .., funny when I tried to stop it before a couple of years ago management told me you and [Perry's longtime attorney] Lee Phillips didn't want to mess with it... @NealSchonMusic so what makes it different now ?" Back in 2011, conservative politician Newt Gingrich used "Don't Stop Believin'" at a campaign event. Perry's legal reps sent a cease-and-desist letter. "They just think music is free like a lot of other people on the planet," Phillips told Variety. In a 2009 interview with CBC's "Q" cultural affairs show, Perry said he always thought "Don't Stop Believing" — which is the top-selling digital download of a track not originally released in this century, according to Nielsen SoundScan — had potential as a single. It was always a hit with live audiences, though it didn't get great radio play at the time it was issued, he said. "When we were doing the song in 1981, I knew something was happening, but honestly, when I saw it in the film 'Monster' with Patty Jenkins, I started think, 'Oh my goodness there's really something.'" He added: "The lyric is a strong lyric about not giving up, but it's also about being young, it's also about hanging out, not giving up and looking for that emotion hiding somewhere in the dark that we're all looking for. It's about having hope and not quitting when things get tough, because I'm telling you things get tough for everybody." Current JOURNEY singer Arnel Pineda, who has been fronting the band for 13 years, told CBS News in 2012, "Even before I discovered 'Don't Stop Believin'', it has been my motto — you know, to never stop believing in myself. The life that I've gone through, all those hardships, I never stopped believing that someday there is something magical that will happen in my life." This past April, "Don't Stop Believin'" became a rallying call for patients recovering from COVID-19 at two hospitals in New York and Michigan. The song was played at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and the New York-Presbyterian Queens Hospital during celebrations for patients prevailing over the coronavirus.

    As one of the songwriters of Don’t Stop Believin’, I have not given permission to any political candidate to use this song!

    — Steve Perry (@StevePerryMusic) July 4, 2020

    Huh .., funny when I tried to stop it before a couple of years ago management told me you and Lee Phillips didn’t want to mess with it... @NealSchonMusic so what makes it different now ?

    — NEAL SCHON MUSIC (@NealSchonMusic) July 4, 2020
  • AXL ROSE Calls On U.S. Surgeon General JEROME ADAMS To Resign: 'America Deserves Better'
    Axl Rose has called on Jerome Adams to resign. The GUNS N' ROSES singer made the comment hours after the United States surgeon general refused to give a yes or no answer when asked if he would advise people to attend large gatherings over the 4th of July weekend. Adams appeared on "Today" Friday (July 3) to talk about Fourth of July celebrations slated for Mount Rushmore and Washington, D.C., neither of which will make masks mandatory for people in attendance Asked by "Today"'s Craig Melvin if he would "advise someone to go to a large gathering, yes or no," Adams responded: "Craig, it's not a yes or no. Every single person has to make up their own mind. There are going to be people going to beaches, going to barbecues, going to different environments and they have to look at their individual risk. "As you mentioned, CDC says larger gatherings are a higher risk," he continued. "You have to take that into account again with whether or not you're at risk, whether you live with someone who is vulnerable. And then you have to take measures to stay safe. And the most important thing I would say to people is if you do go out to a gathering or in public, please wear a face covering." Earlier today, Rose took to his Twitter account to write: "Jerome Adams is a: A coward b: A POS c: Both "Resign. U don't deserve the job or title. America deserves better." Axl is no fan of the current occupant of the Oval Office, having taken to Twitter a number of times in the past couple of years to slam President Donald Trump, his administration and his policies. This past May, Rose took a shot at U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, calling him "an asshole." The politician then returned fire asking Rose what he'd done for the country lately, but mistakenly inserting an emoji of the Liberian flag instead of the U.S. flag. The exchange caught the eyes of "Saturday Night Live" and "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver", who both poked fun at the battle. Rose also recently criticized a decision by the sheriff of Orange County, California to not enforce beach closures that were mandated by the state's governor. Back in November 2016, Rose took to Twitter to condemn then-President-elect Donald Trump's choice for U.S. attorney general, and to berate Trump for demanding an apology from the cast of the Broadway show "Hamilton" after then-Vice President-elect Mike Pence was booed when he attended the musical. One month later, Rose invited fans at a GUNS N' ROSES concert in Mexico City to beat the crap out of a large piñata designed to look like Trump. In January 2018, Axl blasted the Trump administration as the "gold standard of what can be considered disgraceful." Photo credit: Katarina Benzova

    Jerome Adams is a: A coward b: A POS c: Both Resign. U don’t deserve the job or title. America deserves better.

    — Axl Rose (@axlrose) July 3, 2020