GHOST B.C. TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN 2015

Ghost B.C. revealed on Facebook earlier this week that they plan to release a follow up to their 2013 album Infestissumam in 2015.

Here’s what they said on Facebook.

UNHEARD DIMEBAG DARRELL SONG “WHISKEY ROAD” AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING

Guitar World Magazine’s February issue is a huge tribute to Dimebag Darrell and in addition to the tribute, they have also made a never-before-heard song “Whiskey Road” available for streaming.

The song features Dimebag on both vocals and all the instruments. The song was recorded in 2001 during Pantera’s last tour outing.

Listen to the song here.

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts to Open for The Who Throughout Band’s 2015 North American Tour

The Who has announced that it will be joined by a newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, when the British rock legends hit the road for the North American legs of their 50th anniversary next year.  Jett and her longtime backing group will be special guests for the entire stateside segment of The Who Hits 50! trek, which kicks off April 15 in Tampa, Florida.

“Having Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, a great American rock band, support us on our North American dates will ensure concertgoers a full night of entertainment,” says Who frontman Roger Daltrey. “I love her.”

Who guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend adds, “We’ve been very close friends with Joan Jett for a long time.  She is the real deal.  This will be a great night of rock and roll for everyone.”

As for Jett, she notes that after she left her first band, The Runaways, The Who and their manager, Bill Curbishley, allowed her to use their studio, which, she says, “gave me the freedom to start my label, Blackheart Records.” Joan adds, “I’ve modeled my career and my company after their amazing organization.  I’m so happy to be part of their 50th anniversary tour.  No one personifies Rock and Roll Royalty more than The Who.”

Jett & the Blackhearts are scheduled to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on April 18, which happens to be an off day on The Who’s tour.

Back in July, Jett and her group joined Daltrey to perform at a benefit concert in Philadelphia that raised funds for a local hospital that, in conjunction with the Teen Cancer America organization, is building a unit geared toward the needs of teenagers and young adults fighting cancer.

The Who and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will be in Kansas City at the Sprint Center on May 5. Get tickets here.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2015: Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lou Reed, Green Day, Ringo Starr, and More

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced next year’s inductees: Lou Reed, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bill Withers and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band will all join the class of 2015. Ringo Starr will be given the Award For Musical Excellence and 1950s R&B group the ‘5’ Royales will receive the Early Influence Award.

The induction ceremony will be held at Cleveland’s Public Hall on April 18th, 2015. Once again, the general public will be allowed to attend. Tickets go on sale this Thursday.

Artists are eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single. Green Day, whose debut EP, 1,000 Hours, came out in 1989, are entering the institution in their first year of eligibility. ‘I had to go for a walk when I heard the news,’ says Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. ‘We’re in incredible company and I’m still trying to make sense of this. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has always held something special for me because my heroes were in there. This is a great time for us to sort of reflect and look back with gratitude.’

Jett is equally blown away by the news. ‘It’s surreal and very humbling,’ she says. ‘It’s a culmination of all you’ve dreamed about doing as a musician. I’ve always been hopeful [that I’d get in] because I think it’s an incredible acknowledgment. I’m very proud to be with all these great musicians. It’s going to take a few minutes to sink in before I see how I really feel about it.’ (

Starr was inducted as part of The Beatles in 1988, though his three other bandmates have since entered the Hall of Fame as solo artists. ‘This means recognition to me,’ he says. ‘And it means, finally, the four of us are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame even though we were the biggest pop group in the land. You know that won’t look funny in black and white.’
Withers, who has been largely absent from the music scene over the past three decades, was surprised when he heard the news. ‘I never thought it was some kind of entitlement or something,’ he says. ‘I just never felt that anyone owed me this. It’s something that’s nice that happened. I guess I’ll have to go buy a suit.’

He might even agree to a rare performance on the evening, but at the moment he’s far from sure about that. ‘There are some people that can sing in their later years and some of them that can’t,’ he says. ‘I don’t want to be on of those old guys that sounds like a gerbil trying to give birth to a hippopotamus. I’ve gotta see if I can’t conjure it up.’

Reed was inducted in 1996 as a member of the Velvet Underground, and he will be honored posthumously at the event for his solo work. Vaughan will also be inducted posthumously, though his backing band Double Trouble are also getting in. ‘Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble’s time together meant a lot to us,’ says the group’s drummer Chris Layton. ‘We treasured the fact that we found that common ground. Through that, with Stevie’s passing, our only hope was that maybe other people would enjoy it as much as we did and would hopefully find some kind of meaning it it for themselves. The induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is sort of evidence of that.’
The annual ceremony often ends with many of the night’s artists jamming together. ‘I’m not putting a band together,’ says Ringo. ‘But if Paul [McCartney] puts one together, I’ll do ‘With A Little Help From My Friends.’

Whether or not that happens, one of Jett’s signature songs would also sum up the evening quite nicely. ‘Playing ‘I Love Rock and Roll’ would be a lot of fun,’ she says. ‘It would speak to what a lot of us have dedicated our lives to, this music called rock & roll. I think it would be appropriate. I’ve always sort of kept that song away, but I think in this instance it would be a perfect instance to whip it out and have people do it.’

Rush to Reissue Classic Early Albums in Hi-Def Audio

Rush‘s first 14 albums are returning to vinyl in 2015 — and they’re getting hi-def audio upgrades too.

Universal Music, the label that currently owns recordings released by the band’s former Mercury imprint, has announced an ambitious, year-long reissue campaign for the band’s classic early records, starting with the Jan. 27 release of 1975′s ‘Fly by Night’ (which follows the 2014 reissue of the group’s self-titled debut) and continuing for the rest of the year. Each album will be released on vinyl with a download code; they’ll also be available in high-resolution Digital Audio editions in DSD (2.8mHz), 192khz / 24-bit, 96kHz / 24-bit.

Three of the albums — ‘Fly by Night,’ 1977′s ‘A Farewell to Kings’ and 1982′s ‘Signals’ — will also be available in Blu-Ray Pure Audio, offering 96kHz / 24-bit 5.1 surround sound and stereo versions. ‘Fly by Night’ is already available for pre-order.

Vintage Vinyl News offers the complete reissue schedule, which the band’s website refers to as ’12 Months of Rush’ and will see at least one album released every month — with two coming in March in July. Check out the full list below, and start saving your disposable income now.

Rush 2015 Reissues
January: ‘Fly by Night’
February: ‘Caress of Steel’
March: ’2112′
March: ‘All the World’s a Stage’
April: ‘A Farewell to Kings’
May: ‘Hemispheres’
June: ‘Permanent Waves’
July: ‘Moving Pictures’
July: ‘Exit … Stage Left’
August: ‘Signals’
September: ‘Grace Under Pressure’
October: ‘Power Windows’
November: ‘Hold Your Fire’
December: ‘A Show of Hands’