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  • CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Drummer REED MULLIN Dead At 53
    CORROSION OF CONFORMITY drummer Reed Mullin has died. He was 53 years old. His bandmates confirmed his passing in a social media post earlier tonight. They wrote: "It's with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to a friend, a brother and pioneer. Reed you are loved and always will be. Lets all take a moment..." Earlier today, several of Reed's friends, including fellow drummer Felix Griffin (D.R.I. ), Scott Carlson (REPULSION) and Jimi Hazel (24-7 SPYZ), made social media posts indicating that Mullin had died. Mullin, who co-founded CORROSION OF CONFORMITY in 1982 as a hardcore punk act alongside bassist Mike Dean and guitarist Woody Weatherman, had missed a number of shows in the past four years due to a variety of health issues, including an alcohol-related seizure he suffered back in June 2016. Last summer, Dean said that Mullin needed "to take care of himself and get his shit together" before rejoining the band. "And if that happens, the door's open for him," Mike told the "Talk Toomey" podcast. And if it doesn't, well, that's how it is. People need to wanna help themselves. You can't just push them to get help — they've gotta wanna help themselves." Asked who is currently playing drums with CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, Mike said: "Mr. John Green from Manchester, U.K., who was basically teching for us. Reed had some sort of incident where, basically, just a few hours before getting on a plane to play Bloodstock [festival] a few years ago, I heard that he wasn't gonna be able to make the trip. And as I was calling the tour manager in the U.K. to say, 'Hey, we're not gonna be able to make it,' he said, 'You know, John could learn all those songs.' And I thought about the idea of just pulling the plug on this whole thing we worked hard to do, and I said, 'You know what? Let's try that.' And he stepped up with 24 hours notice — slightly less than 24 hours notice — learned a bunch stuff, studied up and just went out there in front of basically 60,000 people who were there to see JUDAS PRIEST, et cetera, et cetera, and just nailed it, with energy and all that. So, it was, like, 'Well, this seems to be the way to go.'" When Mullin suffered his alcohol-related seizure four years ago, Dean said in a statement that the episode had been "preceded by prolonged, extreme and unhealthy levels of alcohol consumption, not taking care of himself and who knows what else." Dean revealed that the "tragic event" echoed "a nearly identical" incident in Pittsburgh a few years earlier, where "Reed had a seizure just before taking the stage when the three-piece version of the band were also opening for CLUTCH. Both instances were preceded by concerns about Reed's well being and appearance. That incident resulted in five canceled shows. So years of assurances go by and we come full circle back to the same avoidable tragedy." Mullin went on to say that he and his bandmates would "not enable Reed to continue killing himself on our watch." In a December 2015 interview with SideStage Magazine, Mullin reflected on the passing of former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer Scott Weiland, who had just died of an accidental overdose of alcohol and drugs. He said: "I think a lot of people thought that it would have happened a long time ago. I didn't really know Scott, but I was really good friends with Layne Staley [ALICE IN CHAINS], and I've had my own problems with alcohol, you know; I think a lot of us have. But, you know, you have housewives that get addicted to pain pills and stuff like that. So it's not hard to understand, but at the same time it's tragic, especially in Layne's case when you knew it was going to happen. I didn't know Scott that well at all — I had met him several times, but I didn't really know him. I knew Layne very well. Like I said, I didn't know Scott, but I share a lot of the difficulties that he had before he passed so I understand and I still struggle with some of that stuff." CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's latest album, 2018's "No Cross No Crown", marked the band's first studio output with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan in over a decade.

    It’s with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to a friend, a brother and pioneer. Reed you are loved and always will be. Lets all take a moment... pic.twitter.com/33HKp9tU7v

    — C.O.C. (@coccabal) January 28, 2020
    I just heard one of my oldest friends in the music scene has passed. I am devastated what a amazing and sweet individual he was. Posted by Felix Griffin on Monday, January 27, 2020
    Deeply saddened to hear that Reed Mullin has slipped away from us. Reed was a monster talent and a huge figure in the... Posted by Scott Carlson on Monday, January 27, 2020
    Just got terrible news about my old friend Reed Mullin. We hadn't really seen each other in a while, but he had just... Posted by Michael Pilmer on Monday, January 27, 2020
  • DOKKEN Announces U.S. Tour Dates Featuring GEORGE LYNCH
    DOKKEN has announced a number of live appearances this year which will include what is being billed as a "special encore performance" featuring Don Dokken and George Lynch. So far, the following dates have been confirmed: Mar. 06 - Biloxi, KS @ Hard Rock Live * Mar. 07 - El Paso, TX @ Speaking Rock Entertainment Center * Mar. 08 - Midland, TX @ Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center * Mar. 28 - St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theatre * Apr. 25 - Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheater * May 30 - Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont Street * Jun. 06 - Sunbury, PA @ "Live United Live" Spyglass Ridge Winery * Jun. 07 - St, Louis, MO @ Hollywood, Casino Amphitheater Aug. 21-22 - West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go * Sep. 19 - San Antonio, TX @ Rock Fest (Sunken Garden Theater) * With "special encore performance" featuring Don Dokken and George Lynch. DOKKEN's classic lineup — Dokken, Lynch, bassist Jeff Pilson and drummer "Wild" Mick Brown — reunited for a short Japanese tour in the fall of 2016. The trek marked the first time in 21 years the four musicians had hit the road together. A DOKKEN concert DVD focusing on the band's reunion tour, "Return To The East Live (2016)", was made available in 2018. Since completing the Japanese reunion dates, DOKKEN has continued to perform with the group's current lineup — including bassist Chris McCarvill and guitarist Jon Levin. DOKKEN is currently working on material on a new studio album, tentatively due later in the year via Silver Lining Music, the label owned by Thomas Jensen, one of the founders of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival. It will mark the group's first disc since 2012's "Broken Bones". Over the past three years, Lynch — one-fourth of the classic DOKKEN lineup — has appeared on recordings by THE END MACHINE, KXM, ULTRAPHONIX and SWEET & LYNCH.
    JUST ANNOUNCED! 2020 DOKKEN TOUR DATES! See asterisk dates for special encore performance dates with Don Dokken and... Posted by Dokken on Monday, January 27, 2020
  • Reunited CIRCLE JERKS Announce Spring 2020 North American Tour With NEGATIVE APPROACH, ADOLESCENTS
    Punk legends the CIRCLE JERKS will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their classic album "Group Sex" by reuniting for a number of special shows in 2020. In addition to performing at Punk Rock Bowling, Punk In Drublic and Burger Boogaloo festivals, they will embark on a North American headlining tour in May and June. Support on the shows will come from NEGATIVE APPROACH and ADOLESCENTS. Tour dates: May 06 - Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, Canada * May 07 - Showbox SoDo Seattle, WA May 08 - Roseland Theater Portland, OR May 15 - Strummer’s Fresno, CA May 16 - Ventura Theatre Ventura, CA May 23 - Punk Rock Bowling Las Vegas, NV + Jun. 16 - White Oak Music Hall Houston, TX Jun. 18 - Mohawk Austin Austin, TX Jun. 20 - Paper Tiger San Antonio, TX Jun. 21 - Granada Theater Dallas, TX Jun. 23 - Red Flag St. Louis, MO Jun. 24 - Bottleneck Lawrence, KS Jun. 26 - Ogden Theatre Denver, CO Jun. 27 - The Complex Salt Lake City, UT Jun. 28 - Knitting Factory Concert House Boise, ID * Without NEGATIVE APPROACH + Without NEGATIVE APPROACH and ADOLESCENTS According to Brooklyn Vegan, the CIRCLE JERKS lineup for the upcoming dates will include singer Keith Morris, guitarist Greg Hetson and bassist Zander Schloss. The group is also planning a reissue of "Group Sex". From the beginning, the CIRCLE JERKS were rooted in controversy. Formed by ex-members of BLACK FLAG and REDD KROSS in late 1979, the band came to encapsulate the image, sound and energy of California hardcore punk. CIRCLE JERKS have released six studio albums, one compilation, a live album and a live DVD. The band has broken up and reformed several times, sometimes with different bassists and/or drummers. In 2016, Morris released a memoir, "My Damage: The Story of a Punk Rock Survivor", in which he fired shots at former bandmates, including Hetson.
  • WHITESNAKE's DAVID COVERDALE Can't See Himself Performing 'Still Of The Night' In His 70s
    Australia's Heavy magazine recently conducted an interview with WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On touring behind WHITESNAKE's latest studio album, 2019's "Flesh & Blood": David: "It's doing so well. It's getting awards now; it's like awards time in rock magazines. And we're getting awards for 'Best Album Of The Year,' which is amazing. The video 'Shut Up & Kiss Me' has got over two million views, which, for a classic rock act, it's just amazing, to be honest. And what it's done, it has given the whole band and me a collective [big kick in] the ass]. It's revitalized us. We're playing a song that the audience knows, one of the WHITESNAKE classics, and follow it with 'Trouble Is Your Middle Name' or 'Hey You (You Make Me Rock)', and the fucking crowd is singing it as loud as the classics. So it fits like a beautifully tailored glove into the WHITESNAKE stage show. So much so, we're going now into 2020. It's very rare you can tour for more than one tour cycle, really, on an album. But this is doing so incredibly well and consistent… We're going out — we start with you guys in Australia, then we go to New Zealand and Singapore and Jakarta, which I haven't been since a tragic event with DEEP PURPLE in '76 [or] '75. And then into Japan. We had to reschedule a tour there. It's amazing. We've got a fabulous, almost sold-out U.K. arena tour we're playing in June [this] year. Everything feeds the reservoir that is WHITESNAKE. And this album, I'm thrilled. You know, I had to be talked into doing it. I wrote 18 new songs either on my own with Reb Beach or Joel Hoekstra, my guitar players, recovering from dual knee surgery. [Laughs] I had knee replacement surgery. That's what you need to write potent, juicy rock and roll. [Laughs]" On how he would have reacted in 1978 if someone told him WHITESNAKE would still be active in 2020: David: "I would have laughed. Literally, I was writing the songs 'Here I Go Again' and 'Crying In The Rain' during the breakdown of my first marriage a long, long time ago. And I was coming up to my 30th birthday, and I thought, 'That's it.' 'Cause, really, nobody — I mean THE [ROLLING] STONES, THE WHO, are you kidding me? I'm three score and eight [68], but these guys are in their 70s. I can't see doing 'Still Of The Night' in my 70s. So I'm not sure when that's gonna happen. My wife's banned me from using the word 'retirement.' But every fucking day, I'm in gratitude and appreciation that my life is as it is, both in a private circumstance and in a professional circumstance. It's magical. It's magical. And there's a lot of bands — you probably know them; I don't know how long you've been doing this — but there's a lot of bands that stay together for the money, for the economics of it. This band get on terrifically well as friends, as we call brothers, 'Snake Brothers', brothers of the snake, as good as they are live. And believe me, this is one hell of a muscular and powerful fucking band onstage. Extraordinary." Released last May via Frontiers Music Srl, "Flesh & Blood" followed the 2011 critically acclaimed studio album "Forevermore" and 2015's "The Purple Album", a reimagining of DEEP PURPLE classics from Coverdale's time in that band. Joining Coverdale on "Flesh & Blood" is the powerhouse band comprised of Beach and Hoekstra on guitar, Michael Devin on bass, Tommy Aldridge on drums, and Michele Luppi on keyboards.
  • TOMMY THAYER Says KISS Will Add Fresh Songs To Set For Next Leg Of 'End Of The Road' Tour
    In an interview with David "Gus" Griesinger of BackstageAxxess at this year's NAMM show in Anaheim, California, KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer spoke about the forthcoming North American leg of the band's "End Of The Road" farewell tour. The trek, which will kick off February 1 in Manchester, New Hampshire, will feature VAN HALEN vocalist David Lee Roth in the support slot. "First of all, this is a must-see show," Tommy said (see video below). "If you haven't ever seen KISS, this is definitely your last opportunity to come to see the show. It's something you never want to miss. At least once in your lifetime, you've gotta see the show. This show is built, as you've seen, it's the biggest one we've ever done and I'm not just hyping it. It's really incredible. We put a lot of time and effort into preparing for this in the first place. It's really paid off. The reviews, the response from fans, everybody across the board has been phenomenal. The shows have been sold out or close to sold out. I think we've played for almost two million people in 110 shows in 2019. The tour is going to go through 2020 and into '21. Our last show is going to be in New York City on July 21, 2021, but we're not announcing what venue it is yet. We have an end date now that we're going to work toward, so that gives a little more perspective to really this is the end of the road and everybody can see this is the schedule moving forward. Now is the time to come see the show. Even if you saw it last year, we're going to come out with new songs in the set starting February 1 on this leg, and revamping and freshening it up for 2020." In a 2018 interview with Billboard, frontman Paul Stanley suggested it would be unlikely for KISS to play any obscure songs during their farewell tour. "For all the audience saying 'When are you going to record a new album or will you play a deep cut?' Why? We have 'Detroit Rock City', 'Love Gun', 'Rock And Roll All Nite', 'Shout It Out Loud', 'Firehouse', 'Hotter Than Hell' and the list goes on and on…. There isn't room for some obscure song. Songs that are obscure are obscure for a reason." He added, "And if we're going to please a handful of diehards, the real crazy diehards, and have 20,000 other people go, 'What's that?' or "Let's go out and get a Coke,' then we are failing the masses. We wouldn't do that." KISS's current lineup consists of original members Stanley and Gene Simmons, alongside later band additions, Thayer (since 2002) and drummer Eric Singer (on and off since 1991). Formed in 1973 by Stanley, Simmons, drummer Peter Criss and lead guitarist Ace Frehley, KISS staged its first "farewell" tour in 2000, the last to feature the group's original lineup. In its 46-year career, KISS has accumulated 23 gold and platinum albums — more than any other U.S. band.