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Watch highlights from last night’s guest-filled Zappa Plays Zappa show including Robert Trujillo of Metallica on “Muffin Man” and Tal Wilkenfeld on “Zomby Woof.”
LOS ANGELESAfter much speculation and anticipation following the airing of their BEHIND THE MUSIC episode on VH1 last spring, multiplatinum hard rock act RATT with vocalist Stephen Pearcy, guitarist Warren DeMartini and drummer Bobby Blotzer will grace the stage together for the first time since 1999. Plans for not only a U.S. summer tour but a full-fledged comeback are being mapped out now as the band prepares to hit the road with Poison. The bands own tour dates will extend into the fall and may also include shows in Canada, Europe, Japan, South America and Australia. Joining the band onstage will be bassist Robbie Crane and guitarist John Corabi.
A full itinerary is still being finalized, but Poison and RATT will join forces for a summer trek that is scheduled to begin June 13 at the Bi Lo Center in Greenville, S.C., and wind around the country through the end of August.
The tour, which brings the two bands onstage together for the first time since 1999, will visit major U.S. cities such as Boston, Detroit, New York, Oklahoma City and Los Angeles.
The band has recently aligned with Carl Stubner, CEO of Sanctuary Artist Management (ZZ Top, Mick Fleetwood/co-manager of Fleetwood Mac, Tommy Lee/Supernova, Paulina Rubio, Jacks Mannequin) and is booked by Jay Frey at Paradise Artists.
RATT made their mark in the early 80s going Round And Round with a string of hit songs, videos and four consecutive multiplatinum albums (over 16 million albums sold worldwide). Their arena-filling live shows set the standard for all bands to follow. Creating anthems for the youth of that era, their music and performances maintain a timeless quality to this day.
The Chicago Cubs will host their second Grateful Dead Night of 2019 in August, with those who take part in a special ticket offer receiving a double-sided, seven-inch vinyl record featuring two live tracks.
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Co-founding The Meters and Neville Brothers keyboardist Art Neville has died at age 81.
Fruition unveiled “Alone Together,” a song featured on the first in series of forthcoming 45’s, and confirmed a series of headlining dates in September.
The String Cheese Incident closed out their 2019 run at Red Rocks with help from the Del McCoury Band and Celtic Steps dancers on Sunday night.