DUFF MCKAGAN Signs Major Publishing Deal With Concord Music
Concord Music Publishing announced this week an exclusive administration deal with DUFF “Punk Rock” MCKAGAN , which would include the GUNS N’ ROSES bassists past and future works.
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This past year DUFF MCKAGAN released his second solo album of his career named “Tenderness.” DUFF MCKAGAN is best known as the bassist for GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER and most recently performed on OZZY OSBOURNE’s new record “Ordinary Man,” which set some HUGE sales records. Concord Music Publishing would put out a statement highlighting the deal:
“We’re incredibly excited to welcome Duff to the Concord Music Publishing family of songwriters, In addition to his well-earned reputation as one of rock’n’roll’s pre-eminent musicians, Duff’s musical DNA as a songwriter and artist runs deep, culling inspiration from his earliest punk and rock & roll beginnings, through his deep understanding and appreciation of pop, soul and American roots music. We’re thrilled to become a part of his ongoing exploration of creativity.”
Mr. Punk Rock would put out his own statement saying:
“I’m very excited to join Concord Music Publishing at this phase in my career,”
PANTERA Bassist REX BROWN Shows Support for Tribute Tour
Former PANTERA bassist REX BROWN took to Twitter to voice his support for a tribute tour to his former metal band. The tribute tour would involve former frontman PHIL ANSELMO and guitarist ZAKK WYLDE. REX BROWN posted a tweet responding to Loudwire’s Twitter Post that discussed the matter. Last week, RITA HANEY, the girlfriend of guitarist DIMEBAG DARRELL voiced her support for a tribute tour.
BROWN would write on Twitter
“I wanna make sure that [people] understand what I’m about to tweet,It’s not up to Rita to say what will happen, only what Philip [and] I say … I’m in!! Dig?!?!?”
In her interview last month HANEY said she
“definitely would [be okay with a tour]. I’d wanna be at every show.” She did however say she wouldn’t support a full blown attempt at reuniting the band adding
“But as far as trying to put Pantera back together? No, that’s distasteful without those other guys. But I think as a tribute, it would be a really great thing because I know, from a fan’s point, if I hadn’t been able to see them play or hear those songs – I can imagine other people as well, I think it’s great that they could at least see it performed, and by people that truly love ’em. So, yeah, I think it would be a really cool thing.”
For their parts PHIL ANSELMO and ZAKK WYLDE have been in favor of the idea of a PANTERA Tribute. most recently ANSELMO has been performing PANTERA songs while on tour with his band PHILIP H. ANSELMO and the ILLEGALS.
JOEY BELLADONNA Announces JOURNEY Tribute Band
In a surprising piece of news, ANTHRAX singer JOEY BELLADONNA announced that he is launching a JOURNEY tribute band called JOURNEY BEYOND. JOURNEY BEYOND’s debut performance will take place on Friday, March 6th at the Beacon Theatre in Hopewell, Virginia. He wrote on social media earlier today his big announcement saying:
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“I am happy to announce the debut of JOURNEY BEYOND, a tribute to the legendary band JOURNEY. It is my pleasure to welcome my new band out of Nashville and we are very excited to hit the stage together.
“Our first show is coming up this Friday, March 6 in Hopeville [sic], VA at The Beacon Theatre. We are excited to be performing a night of JOURNEY‘s timeless hits and we look forward to seeing some new fans in the crowd!”
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JOEY BELLADONNA will be joined by keyboardist Doug Carter, bassist Paul Arntz, guitarist Matt Basford and drummer Justin Ward.
During a 2005 interview with MusicDish, JOEY BELLADONNAwas asked about a rumor that he came to his audition with ANTHRAX with a JOURNEY song revealing
“Actually, what happened was I went into the room and they said, ‘Just go on in,’ and they hadn’t heard me sing. They’d heard of me and they asked me to come in, but we were going in to start tracking and stuff, to get the mic set up and all that and they said, ‘Let’s get you in there and get you warmed up.’ I hit the mic and belted out some JOURNEY… I think it was [the song] ‘Lights’. I didn’t know what the hell I was getting into in the first place. I just wanted to lay some vocals or something. Just to kinda give an idea and that’s what happened. It wasn’t really anything more than that. I just kinda belched it out. I think I did ‘Oh Sherrie’ [written by JOURNEY singer Steve Perry], too, or something. I dunno why, but I just did. It was something off the top of my head I could do a cappella and it was kinda challenging. I thought maybe in range or something that would be kind of intriguing. It was definitely one they weren’t expecting.”
ANTHRAX would cover the JOURNEY song “Anthems” on their 2013 EP “Anthems”