Two of the most influential women in Rock and Roll have reunited for a special holiday song. LITA FORD has partnered up with her former Runaways band mate CHERIE CURRIE for what is sure to be a new Christmas Classic. The song "Rock This Christmas Down" is the first time LITA and CHERIE have recorded new music together since 1977.
USA Today is hosting an exclusive premiere of "Rock This Christmas Down" as well as an interview with the LITA
and CHERIE HERE
The single is available for pre-order on iTunes now HERE
and was released December 3rd
Tired of the same old Christmas songs LITA was ready for something new:
I thought the world could use a new Christmas song. The song was Written by Mitch Perry, my guitarist and Michael Dan Ehmig, my lyricist, along with Marty O'Brien on bass, and Rodger Carter on drums. We so rocked it!
What I didn't know is that I'd be singing it as a duet with my long lost sister, CHERIE CURRIE. I am blessed to have her back in my life, and what an appropriate time and song to rehash an old friendship. CHRISTMAS!!!
CHERIE hopped a plane from Chicago to L.A., and drove straight to the studio and threw down her vocal track on this rocking song! Needless to say, it was magic and history in the making.
We were left with such a smoking track for everyone to hear, every Christmas, every year! Let's ROCK THIS CHRISTMAS DOWN!!!"
CHERIE was equally as excited to reunite and work with LITA again:
I have dreamed, literally, of seeing LITA again for over three decades. Even after all that time I still thought of her often. The Runaways was something that was always left unfinished to me. Especially when it came to LITA, but I only knew her as a child.
What floored me more then the unbelievable gift of working with her again was the woman she had become. She is the bravest, kindest, strongest, most loving human being I have met.
LITA asking me to be a part of this amazing song and a part of her astonishing life has filled that void, that hole I had in my heart that maybe we both shared. It is now filled with love, support and admiration for a dear and wonderful friend whom I am so proud to say is LITA FORD.
"Rock This Christmas Down" has the flare of our Runaways legacy but its pure LITA. It rocks like only she can. We took a dim, negative and unfinished past and turned it into a positive future. It doesn't get any better then that. I know this will be the best Christmas I have had in decades. Thank you sister!
What does "Rock This Christmas Down" signify? Possibly more collaborations between the former Runaway members in the future...only time will tell.
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The Rams Head Group, a restaurant and entertainment company, is proud to announce the 2nd Annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.
From December 13 to December 24, Rams Head and its partners will generously give away one experience package per day. In hopes of spreading holiday cheer, Rams Head has compiled 12 prize packages, including two tickets to every show at Rams Head Live for one year, a Private Super Bowl Party at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, a VIP night at Maryland Live! Casino, Pier Six Pavilion 2014 season passes and many more!
Entering to win is easy and free. Visit http://www.ramsheadtavern.com/12daysofchristmas, select the prizes that appeal to you, and enter your email address. One winner will be selected per day from all entries received between now and December 23.
“Putting on our elf hats and selecting the prizes each year is an easy task – we think about what we’d love to win ourselves and then we make those experiences happen for our customers,” said Vice President Erin McNaboe. “We thought about caroling door-to-door instead, but we’re better at booking the music than making the music. And for that reason, 12 Days of Christmas was born.”
Schedule of Giveaways:
December 13: Dominion Soda for a year
December 14: Rams Head Live House Photographer for a day
December 15: Rockstar Photoshoot
December 16: Fordham & Dominion Brewery Tour and 1 night stay at Dover Downs
December 17: Rams Head Live New Year’s Eve Package including hotel
December 18: Growler & Pizza Party
December 19: Rams Head On Stage New Years Eve package including dinner & hotel
December 20: Brewer For The Day at Fordham & Dominion Brewery
December 21: Private Super Bowl Party at Rams Head On Stage
December 22: Pier Six Pavilion 2014 Season Pass
December 23: Rams Head Live Tickets for 1 year
December 24: Casino Night, VIP Style at Maryland Live! Casino
Rams Head especially thanks Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company, Maryland Live! Casino, Maureen Porto Photography, Loews Annapolis Hotel, Sleep Inn Baltimore, HERE. A pop-up shop & About Faces Day Spa & Salon in Annapolis for making these amazing prizes possible.
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Guitar icon Zakk Wylde, leader of Black LabelSocieity has announced An "Evening With Zakk Wylde," a solo13-city tour across Canada featuring intimate versions of some of the band's most popular songs, as well as songs from Wylde'sbest-selling solo album Book of Shadows and Southern rock band Pride & Glory.
"This is a special Thank You to the Canadian fans for making 'Ain't No Sunshine' top 20 - Top 20 people!" said Wylde. "I love Canada! They always welcome BLS and are so supportive. To do a more intimate, stripped down show, especially in cities where you're so embraced - is just the ultimate. You can take a song that you've played thousands of times, rearrange it and suddenly its something totally fresh and new. Acoustically, the songs are just as powerful and heartfelt. Even transposing them and performing them on piano, they are no less raw and familiar."
Zakk also has a special message to his Canadian fans: “Thanks to the Canadian chapter of the almighty Black Label for the success of Unblackened and the single, “Ain’t No Sunshine!!!” I am looking forward to an special evening with our Canadian family.”
Black Label Society have established themselves at the forefront of Heavy Metal with a series of hard riffing and hugely successful albums alongside worldwide tours that have cemented their reputation as one of the most powerful live bands of their generation. On September 23, 2013, the band released the 2-CD set “Unblackened,” finding Black Label Society in a mellower mood in a performance taped at Club Nokia in Los Angeles earlier this year. The concert showcases the band's songs with a greater use of acoustic instruments but without losing any of their power and intensity. Zakk Wylde leads from the front as always, performing here on both guitar and piano and demonstrating the subtler side of his music alongside the blistering solos that his fans know and love.
For over 20 years he served as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist, a collaboration that produced a string of multi-platinum albums, including Osbourne’s biggest selling album No More Tears (Wylde wrote all of the music) and Ozzmosis. He has won nearly every guitar award imaginable, and is a major influence on a new battalion of rock guitarists currently popular today.
The last few years have seen Wylde’s life radically altered. Doctors recently discovered blood clots in his leg. “The doc was like, ‘you have, what, a drink a day? Six? 12? A case?’ I’m like, ‘It’s a liquid diet,’” says Wylde, laughing. “I mean, I’d drink beer while lifting weights. That’s Black Label Society style for you right there. But the doc told me if I kept this up, I’d be dead by the time I was 50. So I stopped drinking. No big deal.”
Bring on the Canadian tour, then.
Thursday, February 13
Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Friday, February 14
Duncan, BC Cowichan Theatre
Saturday, February 15
Kelowna, BC Level
Monday, February 17
Edmonton, AB The Ranch
Tuesday, February 18
Calgary, AB Flames Central
Wednesday, February 19
Medicine Hat, AB The Esplanade Arts Centre
Friday, February 21
Regina, SK The Exchange
Saturday, February 22
Saskatoon, SK Broadway Theater
Sunday, February 23
Winnipeg, MB Garrick Theatre
Monday, February 24
Thunder Bay, ON Crocks
Wednesday, February 26
London, ON London Music Hall
Thursday, February 27
Toronto, ON The Danforth Music Hall
Friday, February 28
Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
On December 24, Atlas Genius will release So Electric: When It Was Now (The Remixes) digitally at all online retailers. This record was also released on vinyl on November 29 for "Record Store Day Black Friday." The release features 10 remixes from the Aussie rock band's debut album When It Was Now, including the new exclusive tracks "Electric (Vertigo Remix)" and "Centred On You (Viceroy Remix)."
Entertainment Weekly named the band a "New Star We Love," while Rolling Stone agrees "the indie rockers know how to throw down a proper rump-shaker."
Here is a special sharable, downloadable version of "Symptoms (Wild Cub Remix)":
The band is now wrapping up a massive 18 months of touring with three final shows, including a stop at Los Angeles' KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas on December 8 (with Arcade Fire, Lorde & more):
SO ELECTRIC: WHEN IT WAS NOW (THE REMIXES) Tracklisting:
1. Trojans (Lenno Remix)
2. Atlas Genius - If So (Magic Man Remix)
3. Atlas Genius - Centred On You (Viceroy Remix)
4. Back Seat (Goldroom Remix)
5. Atlas Genius - If So (TheFatRat Remix)
6. Atlas Genius - Centred On You (St. Lucia Remix)
7. Atlas Genius - Symptoms (Pierce Fulton Remix)
8. Trojans (Xaphoon Jones Remix)
9. Electric (The Vertigo Remix)
10. Symptoms (Wild Cub Remix)
creativeLIVE (www.creativelive.com), the world's largest live online education network, just announced that they have re-signed veteran music producer Eyal Levi to teach his second course on drumming – Advanced Drum Production, streaming live on January 16-18, 2014. This will be a 3-day follow-up course to Eyal's EZDrummer course that took place last September.
Levi, the producer and engineer behind bands such as The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Chelsea Grin and August Burns Red, says, "This is stuff that you can't learn in any school. This is the real deal-- the stuff we do every day at Audiohammer." Drawing from more than a decade of success in the industry, Levi's course will cover a comprehensive set of topics from setting up and micing real drums, virtual drums with Superior Drummer and post-production secrets like editing and sample layering. With a day dedicated to real drums, virtual drums and mixing respectively, Eyal's course will prove to be the most comprehensive audio course taught on creativeLIVE to date.
creativeLIVE's classes are free to watch during the live broadcast. Additionally, anyone with an Internet connection can ask Eyal questions via creativeLIVE's chatroom and social media channels. Eyal's course, which clocks in at over 18 total learning hours, is also available to purchase for anytime access for $149.
Check out a promo video for the course here: http://youtu.be/uEpWV-DHgSo.
For full details and to RSVP for the live event, please visit the course page