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ABOVE GROUND: Dave Navarro and Billy Morrison To Play Mental Health Benefit Show

ABOVE GROUND: Dave Navarro and Billy Morrison To Play Mental Health Benefit Show

Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) and Billy Morrison (Billy Idol) have joined forces with their musician friends and special guest performers to present ABOVE GROUND” on Monday, April 16 at The Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. This immersive evening of art and music-beginning at 8pm-will celebrate the vinyl album as an art form, and at the same time raise awareness and funds for the treatment of mental health, with the profits being donated to MusiCares. Expect the musicians to perform two seminal albums in their entirety-first Kings Of The Wild Frontier by Adam And The Ants and then The Velvet Underground & Nico by Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground-with completely different stage sets and production for each album’s performance.

Tickets are priced at $100 each and go on sale Saturday, February 24 starting at 10:00am via ticketmaster.com and livenation.com. View a trailer for the event here and read an interview with Navarro and Morrison below. 

Guitarists Navarro and Morrison will be joined by bassist Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction), drummers Erik Eldenius (Billy Idol) and Josh Freese as well as violinist Lili Haydn, plus special guests Billy Idol, Courtney Love, Jesse Hughes (Eagles of Death Metal), Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour), Franky Perez and more.

During the intermission between performances, there will be speeches from people in the mental health field and a small memorabilia auction to raise funds, along with art displays and information booths. Revolver Gallery will showcase works by Andy Warhol and MusiCares (currently focusing on the mental health arena and all the challenges that are faced in that field)will be present at the event.

When Navarro and Morrison sat down over coffee recently and started to talk about music, art, the lost love of the vinyl record, and at the same time their own mental health and their different battles in the same arena, it became apparent immediately that they both wanted to do the same thing–to celebrate life, to pay homage to records that truly shaped them both as musicians, and at the same time to raise awareness, funds and hope for people suffering from depression. This is how ABOVE GROUND was born. 

The way music is recorded, performed and heard has changed dramatically over the years. The days of vinyl albums, lovingly crafted and put together, with the all important side two flip of the physical record has disappeared. The idea of a story that gets told throughout the album has largely faded away.

There is also a disastrous loss of amazing talent through the twin tentacles of suicide and depression. The common misconception that an artist who is “famous” or “rich” has nothing to be depressed about is just a complete falsehood. Moreover, the act of asking for help is still something that is shrouded in misplaced embarrassment, humiliation and shame.

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Jane’s Addiction’s ‘Ritual De Lo Habitual Alive At 25’ To Hit Blu-ray, DVD, and CD on August 4th!

Jane’s Addiction’s ‘Ritual De Lo Habitual Alive At 25’ To Hit Blu-ray, DVD, and CD on August 4th!

Rock Fuel Media, in association with Sonic Films, Cleopatra Records, and MVD Entertainment Group, is excited to announce the August 4th release of the state-of-the-art DVD, Blu-ray, audio CD and vinyl collection by legendary, multi-Platinum rockers Jane’s Addiction, called “Ritual De Lo Habitual Alive At 25.”

Directed by Mark Ritchie (Madonna, Kanye West) and produced by Barry Summers (Rock Fuel Media), Jane’s Addiction – Ritual De Lo Habitual Alive At 25 features a complete concert filmed at the historic Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on September 23rd 2016, which was the last stop on the band’s 20-city worldwide “Sterling Spoon Anniversary Tour.” The powerhouse line-up of Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins and Chris Chaney performed an explosive 90-minute show consisting of their entire landmark album Ritual De Lo Habitual, as well as some of the band’s biggest hits spanning their 30-year career. It was all captured with 20 cameras throughout the venue and mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound.

As Perry Farrell explains, “25 years – what a beautiful milestone for both Ritual De Lo Habitual and Lollapalooza. As both were great achievements in our lives that also helped change the course of music history, we really sought to come up with a special show for this tour so that the fans could celebrate it with us.”

Award-winning producer Barry Summers from Rock Fuel Media explains, “The band’s great visual and very edgy performances always kick ass on stage. Ritual De Lo Habitual is such an iconic album that changed the landscape of alternative rock and we wanted to capture the 25 year anniversary in stunning 4k. It’s quite mind-blowing and we think fans will enjoy this package for years to come.”

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Corey Feldman And Friends To Rise Against Bullying With Special Live Event Benefiting ACT Today!

Corey Feldman And Friends To Rise Against Bullying With Special Live Event Benefiting ACT Today!

ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!), a national non-profit organization whose mission is to provide access to care and treatment to children with autism, will be the beneficiary of a special worldwide Facebook Live event, “Corey Feldman’s Autism Angels,” on Wednesday, May 24th from 12 PM to 4 PM PST. Feldman, who received both backlash and support following his viral performance on The Today Show, is taking a stand against bullying and actively teaching kids that it’s okay to be different.

This modern-day telethon will be co-hosted by Corey’s wife aka “Angel Courtney, who also is a key member to his touring band “The Angels,” and will appear alongside other members of his nationally touring band, for a rare live performance during the show. The unique event will also feature appearances and live performances from  actor/comedian Jamie Kennedy (Scream, Malibu’s Most Wanted), Dave Navarro (Janes Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Sean Astin ( The Goonies, Lord of the Rings), Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees, Men of The Strip) Comedian Steve Byrne (Tell the Damn Joke on Showtime), Debbie Gibson, Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit), Lita Ford (The Runaways), Actress/Supermodel Angie Everhart, David Lipper (Frequency, Full House), Keith Coogan (Fox and the Hound, Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead,), Gregg Cipes (Teen Titans, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series), David Faustino (Married with Children), Jamison Newlander (The Lost Boys, The Blob) and more!

In addition to celebrity friends and supporters, Corey will be speaking with individuals on the autism spectrum, including cast members of “The Miracle Project”, on the topic of bullying in autism and feature their anti-bullying musical, “The Intimidation Game”.

“It is estimated that raising a child with autism costs $3.2 million, and my goal is to help lighten the load for these families,” said Feldman.

 For more information about ACT Today!, visit: www.act-today.org.

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TIME CAPSULE: Lita Ford On Bringing Her New Throwback Album To The Masses!

TIME CAPSULE: Lita Ford On Bringing Her New Throwback Album To The Masses!

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With four decades in the music game, it seems the long-reigning Queen of Metal, Lita Ford, is just getting warmed up! Hot on the heels of her recently released memoir, “Living Like A Runaway,” she is ready to rock the masses once again with a new album! “Time Capsule,” which will be released April 15th, 2016 via SPV/Steamhammer, is a unique record. For this throwback, Ford opened the vault to reveal a collection of powerful, never before heard songs. The album features Ford paired with some of the most identifiable voices and brilliant players from the decade of decadence, jamming without planning or pressure. The album’s highlights include Billy Sheehan playing bass and Rodger Carter on drums; Dave Navarro playing a mandolin; Jeff Scott Soto singing a duet with Ford; Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander of Cheap Trick singing backing vocals; and KISS’ Gene Simmons ripping the bass. “Time Capsule” is a work of art that turns back the clock to a time when rock music was handmade and recorded without digital tricks and contraptions. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Ford to discuss the origins of “Time Capsule,” the challenges involved in bringing it to the masses, her recently released autobiography and what the future holds for her as an artist!

Lita Ford

Lita Ford

For a lot of people your work is one of their first memories of music. What are some of your first musical memories?

Oh boy! Some of my first memories are listening to The Monkees. I think that was my first real favorite album. They were so cute, The Monkees, and they had great songs! Their records were such great fun and I always thought Davy Jones was so cute! I also listened to The Who’s “Who’s Next?” That is the one where they are all pissing on that concrete thing! It was The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Grand Funk and anything that had a hook or a riff I would listen to and then try to figure it out on guitar. I really started listening to guitar when I was very young. I was probably around 10 years old when I first picked up a guitar.

I imagine you didn’t realize at the time how far the guitar would take you.

Well, I had a dream! I wanted to follow that dream, so whether or not it would come true or not, I didn’t know for sure but I did have a dream and a vision! Playing guitar was something in my nature and something I call a gift from God. It was something I was able to do and I was a child prodigy on guitar. I didn’t know that at the time and it didn’t dawn on me. Looking back now, I really can say I was a child prodigy. People would come over from all around the neighborhood and sit in my living room, where I would give them their own personal little concert!

That is awesome! You have come a long way from those early years. It is only fitting we discuss your new album, “Time Capsule.” What can you tell us about it and what made now the time to release it?

It was something I had on my shelf, literally, in my closet. I had been saving it. I don’t know what for but I just knew it was something that was going to come out one day. There are so many great people on this record and the songs are amazing! It is really a double whammy on this record! It has a lot to offer the fans and it is also a little bit of a treat because it was recorded in the ‘80s. It is literally a time capsule of rock ‘n’ roll history! The people who are on it make it that way and it was an absolute honor to be able to work with these people. They are amazing musicians and it was an absolute honor to work with Gene Simmons, Robin Zander, Jeff Scott Soto, Dave Navarro and Billy Sheehan. When you work with musicians of that caliber, you have to be up to par yourself. You have to deliver the goods as well and can’t be the one who is lacking! Working with people like that definitely keeps you on your toes! Ya know, people really miss the ‘80s and the fun times they used to have and the music. There are also people out there who were too young at the time and didn’t get to live through the ‘80s. This album is something I wanted to put out as a gift to the fans and to the kids who didn’t get to live through the ‘80s!

Lita Ford's 'Time Capsule'

Lita Ford’s ‘Time Capsule’

Every album has its own unique set of challenges. I am sure putting this one together wasn’t as simple as grabbing the tapes from your closet. What were the biggest hurdles?

One of the biggest challenges was I had to go get the tapes. My ex-husband had the tapes. We were going through a divorce and I wanted the tapes. He had changed the locks on the house and put a security guard on the house in case I showed up! This is my house and I had lived in it for almost 10 years! All I wanted were my tapes. I wasn’t going to steal the couch, the stove or anything like that! It was really stupid. I just grabbed my music tapes and that was it! I took them back to Florida and put them in safe keeping where I could use them for the future. This was back in 2010 or 2011. I knew I was going to use the tapes down the road because they were so good!

Is there anything still hiding out on those tapes that we might hear in the future?

I think I picked the best of the best off of the tapes and put it all together in Lita Ford’s “Time Capsule.” That is why I never forgot about the tapes. They were something that were just priceless. I knew eventually I would use them but I just didn’t know when. It seems like now is a good time to put them out!

The album features cool artwork and brings a retro feel. How did that come about?

The artwork was done by Gene Kirkland. In the ‘80s, Gene photographed me to death! He has all of these amazing images which we used in the booklet. We made a stack of stuff for the album cover of all the old pictures, a lot of which came from the drummer who played on the sessions, along with Gene’s photos. Throw in a can of Aqua Net hairspray, a bottle of Jack Daniels and a hash pipe and it is the ‘80s all over again!

It definitely captures the spirit of the time! [laughs]

Yeah! Along with the musicians who played on the record.

Lita Ford's autobiography, 'Living Like A Runaway' is not to be missed.

Lita Ford’s autobiography, ‘Living Like A Runaway’ is not to be missed.

“Time Capsule” is a perfect compliment to the book you just released, “Living Like A Runaway.” Putting your life down on paper seems like a monumental task. How difficult was it to get the ball rolling?

It really was a challenge to get it rolling! I couldn’t find the right author for the project. They just weren’t capturing my voicing. I don’t know if it was because I am pretty much one of a kind and because of that they weren’t getting it. There are plenty of guys who have done what I have done but when you read the book, it is not coming from a guy. You can tell it is written from a female standpoint or point of view. It has a lot of different aspects of approaching the music world, whereas a guy wouldn’t write these things. So, I think some of the co-writers I was trying to work with just weren’t getting it for that reason. I am just guessing but maybe they couldn’t digest the fact I am a woman. I did it myself and I am glad I did because I got what I wanted out of this book in a way that I don’t think anyone else could have put it together. It is not a very big book but there is so much that happened in such a small period of time. Even in The Runaways days, by the time I was 18, and it says this in the book, I felt as if I had lived an entire lifetime. We did so much in The Runaways and had so many ups, downs and hurdles we had to jump. It was a lot!

Lita Ford

Lita Ford

There were some instances where I wasn’t sure what happened first. Did I date Tony Iommi or Nikki Sixx first? I had to dig and make sure everything was in chronological order and make sure the dates were right. It was a difficult process because a lot of the old memorabilia that I had was not given back to me in my divorce. I lost all of my memorabilia. I didn’t lose it, it was stolen by my ex. He even took my mother’s baby pictures. He took anything and everything that meant anything to me, so I had none of my personal belongings to go through, look at and try to remember which picture was which and where it came from. I had a lot of great stuff! I had pictures of Sid and Nancy and other stuff that can never be replaced. It is all gone. I was able to go back to some of my friends and relatives, who I had sent pictures to, and they still had stuff I had given them years before. I was able to use their photographs and memorable moments of being with Lita to flesh it out. For instance, my drummer Dusty Watson, who’s on the “Out For Blood” album cover, is someone I hung out with a lot. Getting his takes and my old bass players takes, we were able to slowly piece together the entire book.

One of the things I love about the book is it feels honest and uncensored.

I didn’t want to get cold feet halfway through the book and say, “I am not going to talk about that because it’s gross, disgusting or I am too scared.” When the book did come out, I wasn’t sure how people were going to react. Of course, “The New York Post” just went ahead and pulls all the sex out of the book and put it up completely out of context, making me out to be, “She screwed this guy, this guy and this guy.” If you actually read the book there is an actual story around it. I knew they were going to do that. I didn’t know who would do that but I knew somebody was going to do that! Sure enough, there it was on “The New York Post.” If you read anybody else’s autobiography that is in a rock band like Nikki Sixx or anyone else coming from a hard rock standpoint, their sex stories way exceed mine, along with the things they did to women. Those guys way exceed anything I did that was crazy! A woman does it and she is called names but if a guy does it is OK. So, it made me a little nervous at first but now I am really happy I did it.

Are you comfortable with playing the part of a role model for those who might look up to you?

Heck yeah! Somebody’s got to be the queen!

Where do you see yourself headed in the future when it comes to music?

I am going to write another album. I am in the process of doing that now. It is a slow process because we are so busy right now. I have a lot of great, brand new songs that are ready to go but I just need to finish the album. I need a few more songs and we should have another new album out for 2017.

The Unstoppable Lita Ford

The Unstoppable Lita Ford

What can you tell us about your songwriting process these days? Is there a method to the madness?

I feel the song. I feel it out and if it doesn’t feel right or doesn’t sound right, I will change the part as I am writing the song, whether it is the chorus, pre-chorus or somewhere you want to put a lead guitar part or harmony guitar part, I write it as we are writing the song. Then, when you come to record the song, I don’t like to do too many demos. I think doing too many demos makes the song sterile. This is just my opinion and just how I like to record. It is almost like having sex for the first time with someone you really love. It is amazing. The more and more and more you do it, that first initial impact you had seems to wear off. You want to keep that initial wow in your music. The more you record it and mess with it, it seems like you lose that. I like to keep it spontaneous and keep that first vibe and feel of the song true.

Lita Ford

Lita Ford

You have an incredible drive, even after experiencing the ups and downs of your epic career in the music industry. What is the secret to your longevity?

I think it is in your blood. You either have it or your don’t. If you have it in your blood, there is no way you can refuse the music. Even if you try, you will always come back to it. I read a quote somewhere that said something along the lines of, “If you have it in your blood, it will always be a part of you. There is no escaping it.” That quote is right on the money! Like I said, I look at it as a gift from God.

I am sure you learned many lessons along the way. What is the best piece of advice you can offer to young musicians?

I have hung out with some pretty amazing people along the way and learned from them. If you are a guitar player or a musician, there is always stuff to learn. It is neverending! There are always little bits and pieces you can learn from somebody else. Always try and take that and apply it to yourself. By doing that you will always keep growing!

That’s terrific advice! Thank you for your time today, Lita! We look forward to talking with you again soon! Until then, stay out of trouble!

[laughs] Do I have to?!

Nah! Your secrets are safe with me, Lita!

OK, thanks! [laughs]

For the latest news and tour dates, visit Lita Ford’s official website at www.litafordonline.com. Connect with her on social media via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.

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Lita Ford Debuts “Rotten to the Core” Single From Upcoming Album, ‘Time Capsule’

Lita Ford Debuts “Rotten to the Core” Single From Upcoming Album, ‘Time Capsule’

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LITA FORD is set to release her latest album Time Capsule on SPV/Steamhammer on April 15, 2016. Thevery special and unusual recording turns back the clock to a time when honest, down-to-earth rock music was still handmade and recorded without digital tricks and contraptions. Time Capsule is a “throwback” record that boasts identifiable voices and brilliant players jamming without any planning or pressure. Some of the album`s highlights: Billy Sheehan (bass), Rodger Carter (drums), Dave Navarro (mandolin), Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander (backing vocals) and Gene Simmons (bass).

Lita Ford's 'Time Capsule'

Lita Ford’s ‘Time Capsule’

Today LITA debuts the first single from Time Capsule entitled “Rotten to the Core”.  Check out an exclusive interview with LITA and stream the song courtesy of Noisey HERE.  The song features Gene Simmons on Bass, Rodger Carter on Drums and additional guitars are supplied by Bruce Kulik.

Time Capsule contains ten songs plus an intro and will be available as a digipak as well as an LP version and download. It`s Ford`s gift to fans who love the ´80s, when thrilling vocal performances, raunchy riffs, and loud, growling guitars were as essential as oxygen.  Time Capsule is available for pre-order HERE.

In support of Time Capsule, LITA FORD will take to the road with her all-star band for a string of headline dates and special shows in February in March.  Following those dates, LITA will join up with Halestorm providing direct support on their North American tour.  A complete list of dates can be found below.

LITA FORD
3/5: Beverly Hills, CA @ Saban Theatre (With Ace Frehley)
3/6: Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl (With Ace Frehley)
3/18: Cleveland, OH @ The Odeon Concert Club
3/19: Toledo, OH @ Savage Arena (With Brett Michaels, Ratt, Warrant, Firehouse, LA Guns and Trixter
 
LITA FORD W/Halestorm:
4/1: Reading, PA @ Reading Eagle Theatre in the Santander Arena
4/2: Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
4/5: Huntington, WV @ Big Sandy Superstore Arena
4/6: Lexington, KY @ Singletary Center
4/7: Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
4/9: Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Live
4/11: Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theatre
4/12: Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater
4/13: Wichita, KS @ Cotillion Ballroom
4/15: Fargo, ND @ Fargo Civic Center
4/16: Sioux City, IA @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
4/19: Huntsville, AL @ Mark C. Smith Concert Hall
4/20: Spartanburg, SC @ Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium
4/21: Johnson City, TN @ Freedom Hall Civic Center
4/24: Ladson, SC @ 98 Rock Fest

For More Info Visit:
http://www.litafordonline.com/
https://www.facebook.com/litaofficial/
http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062270641/living-like-a-runaway
http://www.pledgemusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/steamhammerofficial/

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Rock Legend Lita Ford Teams With Pledge Music For New Album and Book

Rock Legend Lita Ford Teams With Pledge Music For New Album and Book

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LITA FORD is launching a PledgeMusic campaign as she wants to give her fans the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Queen of Metal.  With the year shaping up to a banner one for Ford featuring the release of her long awaited memoir, new album and extensive touring plans including headline dates and shows with Hailstorm.
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re-orders for the book and album are available to order via PledgeMusic In addition to the standard version of the book and the album, LITA is offering limited edition merchandise & experiences including deluxe bundles, handwritten lyrics, a signed signature Warlock guitar and even your own personal one on one guitar lesson with LITA FORD.  Check out everything HERE.

Lita Ford's 'Time Capsule'

Lita Ford’s ‘Time Capsule’

LITA FORD is set to release her latest album Time Capsule on SPV/Steamhammer on April 15, 2016. Thevery special and unusual recording turns back the clock to a time when honest, down-to-earth rock music was still handmade and recorded without digital tricks and contraptions. Time Capsule is a “throwback” record that boasts identifiable voices and brilliant players jamming without any planning or pressure.

Some of the album’s highlights include: Billy Sheehan (bass), Rodger Carter (drums), Dave Navarro (mandolin), Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander (backing vocals) and Gene Simmons (bass).  Chris Holmes is in the introduction to the album and is the first thing you hear, stomping around looking for the keys to his ‘Ford.’

For More Info Visit:
http://www.litafordonline.com/
https://www.facebook.com/litaofficial/
http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062270641/living-like-a-runaway
http://www.pledgemusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/steamhammerofficial/

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Lita Ford To Release Powerful New Album, ‘Time Capsule,’ On April 15th

Lita Ford To Release Powerful New Album, ‘Time Capsule,’ On April 15th

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American vocalist/guitarist LITA FORD is set to release her latest album Time Capsule on SPV/Steamhammer on April 15, 2016. Thevery special and unusual recording turns back the clock to a time when honest, down-to-earth rock music was still handmade and recorded without digital tricks and contraptions. Time Capsule is a “throwback” record that boasts identifiable voices and brilliant players jamming without any planning or pressure. Some of the album`s highlights: Billy Sheehan (bass), Rodger Carter (drums), Dave Navarro (mandolin), Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander (backing vocals) and Gene Simmons (bass).

lita-ford-2016“There was a shitload of these 24-track analog tapes in the closet in my house (in the islands),” FORD recalls. “This is some of the best work I`ve ever done and it was sitting there. I grabbed two suitcases and took them back to the United States.” Imagine FORD dragging a pair of suitcases full of analog tapes through the Caribbean dirt back to Los Angeles, so, as she recalls, “we could bake these fuckers,” due to their age. “If you just put them on the reel, they would flake. I was chewing my fingernails, thinking, ´Please work! ` And they did!”

Time Capsule contains ten songs plus an intro and will be available as a digipak as well as an LP version and download. It`s Ford`s gift to fans who love the ´80s, when thrilling vocal performances, raunchy riffs, and loud, growling guitars were as essential as oxygen.  Time Capsule is available for pre-order HERE.

Track Listing:
1. Intro 1:35
2. Where Will I Find My Heart Tonight 04:47
3. Killing Kind 04:49
4. War Of The Angels 05:44
5. Black Leather Heart 03:33
6. Rotten To The Core 04:21
7. Little Wing 03:01
8. On The Fast Track 03:41
9. King Of The Wild Wind 05:04
10. Mr. Corruption 04:15
11. Anything For The Thrill 03:25

LITA FORD Live 2016

US/Canada
2/12: Houston,TX – BFE Rock Club
2/13: Tyler,TX – Rock N´Valentines Festival
2/14: Fort Worth,TX – The Rail Club
2/20: Enoch,AB – River Cree Resort
3/5: Beverly Hills,CA – Saban Theatre
3/19: Toledo,OH – Savage Arena
4/24: Ladson,SC – 98 Rock Fest

Europe
08.-11.06. SE-Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival
13.-14.08.B-Kortijk – Alcatraz Festival

More dates will be added soon

For More Info Visit:

www.litafordonline.com
www.facebook.com/litaofficial
www.facebook.com/steamhammerofficial

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MOURNING SON: Dave Navarro Releases Trailer For Documentary About His Mother’s Murder

MOURNING SON: Dave Navarro Releases Trailer For Documentary About His Mother’s Murder

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Legendary guitarist Dave Navarro has released a trailer for ‘Mourning Son,’ an upcoming documentary about his mother’s murder and his subsequent struggle to come to terms with her death.

In March of 1983, John Riccardi murdered both Constance Navarro and her friend Sue Jory at a Los Angeles condominium. Riccardi was Constance’s estranged boyfriend and at the time of the murder, young Dave was 15 years old. It took eight years before Riccardi was captured and the TV show ‘America’s Most Wanted’ ultimately led to the arrest. Riccardi was originally given the death penalty, but was re-sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. In 2014, Riccardi appealed the decision but was denied in his attempt to get parole.

The film, the directorial debut of Todd Newman, takes a harrowing and intimate look at the circumstances surrounding the murder as well as the emotional fallout — including Navarro’s descent into depression and drug addiction.

“I’ve never been the one to not share what’s going on with me emotionally. I think as an artist and as a musician, that’s just inherent, that’s what we do,” he explains in the trailer. “It’s the most profound moment of my life, and I don’t think I should sweep it under the rug anymore.”

Navarro also hopes the film will help others navigate their own painful personal journeys.

“Sharing my experiences could serve as a tool to help those who have survived the trauma of losing a family member to murder, or loss of any kind for that matter. Many of us invent our own coping skills,” he said in a press release. “Mourning Son is my journey of discovering which of these mechanisms might send me further into suffering and which would help me recover and heal.”

The official website for the film is located at www.mourningsonthefilm.com.

‘Mourning Son’ is scheduled for a December 1st, 2015 release.

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Billy Morrison To Release New Solo Album, ‘God Shaped Hole,’ On October 23rd

Billy Morrison To Release New Solo Album, ‘God Shaped Hole,’ On October 23rd

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Billy Morrison

English musician, singer and guitarist BILLY MORRISON has confirmed Friday, October 23 as the release date for his new (and second) solo album, GOD SHAPED HOLE, to be released on his own King Mob Music label.
MORRISON–who currently plays guitar in Billy Idol’s band and co-wrote songs on Idol’s latest KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND album–is joined by Idol bandmates Steve Stevens and Erik Eldenius, Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro and rock legend Ozzy Osbourne (lead vocals on “Gods,” a Morrison/Osbourne co-write) for the new album. GOD SHAPED HOLE–co-produced by MORRISON and Erik Eldenius–was mixed by Mike Clink (who produced Guns N’ Roses’ landmark debut album, Appetite for Destruction) and John Spiker.

“Initially the plan was simply to record an EP of covers, but as with everything, the plan grew,” MORRISON explains. “I had a song I had written with Steve Stevens that I wanted to sing on, so that got thrown into the pot. Erik (Eldenius) threw some ideas at me, and we started to record originals as well. My two best guitar mates from the two bands I’m in, Dave Navarro (Royal Machines and previously with Camp Freddy) and Steve Stevens, also both appear on the record, quite simply because they are awesome friends and did it without question, they showed up, did their thing, and supported me. And then I got a text from Ozzy, wondering where I had disappeared to…I told him I had decided to record a solo album, and the next text back from him was ‘Well I wanna sing a song on your record!'”

MORRISON explains the inspiration behind GOD SHAPED HOLE which features 10 tracks–five originals and five cover songs (track listing below). “The five original songs were written with the spirit of independence that was so important at one time in music, and the complete autonomy and freedom that comes with a project like this. The covers are not huge hits, and most are by bands that never received the recognition they deserved. This record comes from a place inside me–thanking and paying respect to bands and songs that truly made me want to play, to perform and to do it my way.”

Beyond his commitment to music, MORRISON is an accomplished artist who has been featured at the Branded Arts exhibition at Mann’s Chinese Theater, in the 2015 LA Art Show and at The Village Studios. His new exhibition DIS-EASE–a gallery of the rocker’s original collection of fine art–will debut Wednesday, September 2 at Mouche Gallery in Beverly Hills, CA. A large scale piece of the GOD SHAPED HOLE will be on display at the show.

Billy Morrison 'God Shaped Hole'

Billy Morrison ‘God Shaped Hole’

“The GOD SHAPED HOLE artwork is all original acrylic on canvas pieces, painted by me in the same independent spirit as the music was recorded,” says MORRISON. “I have found painting to be extremely valuable in my life–a creative outlet that no one else is involved with–no managers, agents, band mates or unwarranted opinions! I have collected art for years and loved pop art since I first heard the Velvet Underground sing about drugs and transvestites when I was 12 years old. From there I learned about Andy Warhol, fell in love with graffiti, followed the early career of Banksy, became close friends with Shepard Fairey and eventually picked up a paintbrush last year. My paintings are just images I love, and the fact that other people like them, buy them, appreciate them, that is all 100% bonus for me. The process when I get it right is as satisfying as writing a great song. Marrying the music and art together in this package seemed the obvious thing for me to do.”

GOD SHAPED HOLEwill be available via i-Tunes and Amazon for $9.99, with individual tracks available for 99 cents, with the exception of “Gods” which is only available as an album track. A Friday October 16 pre-order ($8.99) of the album will include two Instant Gratification tracks “Baby Hurricane” and “Alone In A Crowd,” when the album is pre-ordered. In addition, a limited number of “Art Packs” will be available Friday October 9 for pre-order via http://billymorrison.bigcartel.com/. This exclusive hard copy physical CD (numbered and signed) includes a fine art 18″ x 24″ lithograph print of the album cover (numbered and signed), hand written lyric sheets, glossy (signed) photograph and set of 4 Billy Morrison guitar picks.) “Art Packs” are available at $175 + shipping and will be shipped on within two weeks of purchase.

The GOD SHAPED HOLE track listing is as follows:

“Goodbye Jimmy Dean” (Boys Wonder)
“Baby Hurricane” (Flesh For Lulu)
“Cinnamon Gin”
“Alone In A Crowd”
“Housewife” (Wasted Youth–The U.K. Band, Not The U.S. Band)
“Hold It Down” (Senseless Things)
“Methadonia”
“You Are In My Vision” (Gary Numan And Tubeway Army)
“Ordinary Girl”
“Gods”

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Jane’s Addiction Unveil Teaser For High-Intensity ‘Live In NYC’ Release

Jane’s Addiction Unveil Teaser For High-Intensity ‘Live In NYC’ Release

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Jane’s Addiction has always thrown THE most provocative and extravagant parties in rock, mixing a fierce musicality and streetwise lyrics with a theatrical flair.  2011 and 2012 saw the band – who have always outrageously combined electricity, sex and danger – return to the stage in support of their acclaimed album The Great Escape Artist (Capitol Records).  Filmed at New York City’s Terminal 5 on July 25, 2011 at a free show for the album’s launch, LIVE IN NYCwill be released on DVD/CDBlu-ray and DVD on June 25, 2013 through Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). On the same date, the concert recording will also be released on CD and double-LP vinyl. A trailer for the release can be seen here: http://vevo.ly/ZJFHrs.

 

'Live In NYC'

‘Live In NYC’

LIVE IN NYC encapsulates the true essence of Jane’s Addiction in concert, mixing music with performance art. With the band as the ringleaders, they take you, along with a diverse cast of vagabonds, through an extravagant world of flying burlesque dancers, trapeze artists and carnival sideshow antics, offering stunning visuals enhanced with a visual masterpiece of lasers, capturing the incredible mood of this spectacular night. Amidst it all, Jane’s Addiction, featuring frontman Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins and bassist Chris Chaney, gives astonishing performances of one classic after another including their 1988 Top 10 hit “Jane Says,” and live staples such as “Whores” and “Up The Beach,” and crushing versions of “Ocean Size” and “Mountain Song.”

Jane’s Addiction keeps the visual delights coming as they continue through their vast repertoire of hits and fan favorites, including “Been Caught Stealing” and “Stop!,” both No. 1 singles on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, “Ain’t No Right,” “Three Days,” and “Just Because,” which went to No. 1 on the Modern Rock Tracks and No. 4 on Mainstream Rock chart. LIVE IN NYC also features the debut live performance of their latest single, “Irresistible Force (Met The Immovable Object),” from The Great Escape Artist.

Jane’s Addiction’s unconventional and unique style could not be contained in one single category or format. They created the blueprint for what would be labeled “Alternative Rock” and kicked open the doors for generations of modern rock bands. And as the years have passed, Jane’s Addiction continues to keep pace in a modern culture that the band has helped to expand and progress.

Jane’s Addiction: Live in NYC
1. Whores
2. Ain’t No Right
3. Just Because
4. Ted, Just Admit It…
5. Been Caught Stealing
6. Irresistible Force (Met The Immovable Object)
7. Up The Beach
8. Ocean Size
9. Three Days
10. Mountain Song
11. Stop!
12. Jane Says

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