Guns N’ Roses

Introducing….. SONS OF APOLLO







APOLLO: The ancient Greek and Roman God of music and poetry.

SONS OF APOLLO: The new supergroup featuring members of Dream Theater, Mr. Big, Guns ‘N Roses, and Journey.

For the past few months, rumors have been circulating about a new secret project including former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian. Now, the time has come to make the grand and highly anticipated introduction to their new band, SONS OF APOLLO.

Reuniting to form SONS OF APOLLO, Portnoy and Sherinian have joined forces with Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force). Their debut album, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, will be released October 20 on InsideOutMusic/Sony Music. An album teaser can be seen on InsideOutMusic’s official YouTube page here:

PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY was produced by the dynamic production duo of Portnoy and Sherinian, also affectionately known as “The Del Fuvio Brothers,” which is the nickname given to them over 20 years ago during their time together in Dream Theater.

SONS OF APOLLO got together very organically, as Portnoy explains: “Derek and I reunited shortly after I left Dream Theater in 2010 and we put together an all-instrumental touring band with he and I, Billy Sheehan, and Tony MacAlpine. That was my first time working with Derek since the ‘90s when he was in Dream Theater and it was just great to be working with him again. Ever since that tour, which was really just a one-off live thing, he has been nudging me to start a real, original, full-time band. The timing just had never been right, because I had too many other things on my plate. Long story short, the time was finally right to take the bait and put together a band.”

“Mike and I work at a relentless pace in the studio,” continues Sherinian. “The music is modern, but we have an old school soul. What is unique about SONS OF APOLLO is that we have true rock n’ roll swagger along with the virtuosity– a lethal combination!”

Guns N’ Roses brought their “Not In This Lifetime,” tour to Toronto


(Toronto, ON) – One of the most highly anticipated tours of 2016 made a stop in Toronto recently. Guns N’ Roses brought their Not In This Lifetime tour to the Rogers Center, packing the venue with approximately 60000 fans. People from near and far trekked out to witness the only Canadian date from this tour, and they certainly walked away with their moneys worth.

The crowd was comprised of a vast age demographic. Not just the fans from the mid 80s, but also a lot of younger fans as well. They could be seen singing every word to each song. It recanted my idea as being the best years of music.

Missing from the original line up was guitarist Izzy Stradin and drummer Steven Adler. Substituting on guitar was Richard Fortus, while drummer Frank Ferrar stepped in on the back beat side of things. Additionally blue haired keyboardist Melissa Reece joined the mix.

Slash literally looked like he was plucked from the 80s, looking exactly the same without compromise.


I had not looked at any youtube videos in advance of the show. I wanted to get a fresh perspective of how they would sound and make my own judgement based on their performance. The two major stand out points for me personally was how tight they were as a band. It really impressed me how they sounded album quality. The next thing that completely blew me away was Axls vocal performance. Frankly I was shocked by it. He hit all the same high notes as he had in the 80s. No pitch problems or weakness. Unlike all the drama normally associated with Axl, it was all smooth sailing the entire show.

Their set was one of the longest I have yet to see, lasting a whopping 2 hours and 40 minutes. Yes ticket prices were a bit pricy, but they performed all their greatest hits and then some paying homage with some covers of The Who and Rolling Stones. It was worth every penny to the fans in attendance. At some points the crowd signing nearly overshadowed Axls vocals. A great example was during “Live and Let Die”. The stadium just bursted with the crowd singing. Even Axl could be seen with a smile on his face during these moments.

Axl didn’t do a lot of talking between songs. Just let the music speak for itself. He did the usual intro of the band and talked a bit about being detained for having a firearm on their tour bus. But besides that it was all business. He did engage the audience for a sing along during “Knocking On Heavens Door”.

I would easily say out of all the shows I have covered this year, the Not in This Lifetime tour was bar none top of my list. A show that was super tight and very well performed. If you have the opportunity to see them live, I would highly recommend it. You will not be disappointed!


Set list:

It’s So Easy
Mr. Brownstone
Chinese Democracy
Welcome to the Jungle
Double Talkin’ Jive
Live and Let Die
Rocket Queen
You Could Be Mine
You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory/Attitude
This I Love
Civil War
Band intros into Slash solo – Speak Softly Love (Love Theme From The Godfather)
Sweet Child O’ Mine
Out Ta Get Me
Jam (Wish You Were Here/Layla)
November Rain
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
The Seeker
Paradise City

By: Sue Sadzak
Photos by: Katarina Benzova

Adopt the Arts: Honoring Billy Gibbons & Butch Trucks

Rock n roll’s elite graced the red carpet and the stage at the Roxy, on January 12th , to raise money for music education at the first annual Adopt the Arts Charity event. Those in attendance  included Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Butch Trucks (The Allman Brothers), Slash, Duff McKagan (Guns ‘N Roses, Velvet Revolver), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Steve Lukather (Toto), Edgar Winter, Jimmy Vivino (Conan O’Brien), Frankie Perez, and Adopt the Arts co-founder Matt Sorum (Guns ‘N Roses, Velvet Revolver). The backing band for the evening was The Disreputable Few. Orianthi walked in holding hands with Richie Sambora, both wearing stylish hats, and there was lots of bling flashing around everyone’s necks. These rock stars don’t age, they looked better than ever!

 As I walked in to the delicately lighted room and past the auction items, there were chairs where people would usually stand. Once I sat down, a friendly server brought some appetizers. The catering for the event was delicious.

The show began with Matt Sorum talking about Adopt the Arts and how important music education is to both our youth and society as a whole. His co-founder Abigail Berman shared a few words, herself, and statistics about the decline in music education in California schools. Sadly, only one out of ten kids get an arts education.

They strongly pushed the message that the purpose of the evening was to raise funds for music education and to have fun doing so. And they raised a lot of money. During the intermission they auctioned off signed guitars, original photography and Matt Sorum’s signed drum heads. At one point the audience started making donations. I heard two $5,000 donations, $500 donations plus other smaller amounts. This was what the event was all about, donating for music education and about giving back to the arts, the concert was a bonus.

It was sold out with good reason. The honorees of the night were Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Billy Gibbons, lead guitarist of ZZ Top, and  Butch Trucks, one of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band. These men are legends and to see them on stage and play in an intimate venue like the Roxy is an experience I will never forget.

Billy played all the classics and my favorite song, Cheap Sun Glasses. Highlights of the night included Edgar Winter playing the blues alongside Billy Gibbons, Richie Sambora jamming shoulder to shoulder with his lovely lady Orianthi. They looked and sounded great together!  Matt Sorum turned in his drums for the bongos for selected songs and did a great job getting the audience into the mood. The night was pure rock and roll and soul!

Something that touched me is when Butch Trucks talked about music’s impact on his life growing up. He said he was in marching band eighth grade through high school. He added that he is now 67 years old and sometimes it is hard for him to climb the three steps to his drums, but when he starts playing he feels like an 18 year old super hero. He added, “With music, you don’t need your head… you feel it!”

The concert continued with hit classics from the Allman Brothers. The Grand Finale was all the rock stars jamming out together in unison. It was star studded event that will go down in history! It was the first live event to have a full 360 view that viewers could watch online. It was also the first event like this for Adopt the Arts and I was a part of it!

Adopt the Arts Foundation really hits home with me. At the age of 7 I started playing the piano. I also took violin and cello lessons. It  was really cool to learn how to play those instruments and play along with other students. As I grew into my teens I fell in love with rock n roll and metal. I started playing guitar at age 14 and I played all through high school and spent many Friday and Saturday nights at home with my guitar. As an adult I still sit with my original Fender guitar and play my favorite songs. I never made it to rock star status but I love music so much that I found away to be in the industry as a music journalist.

Programs like Adopt the Arts are vital to help develop well rounded individuals. Playing those instruments as a young child taught me discipline, responsibility, gave me confidence and it made me feel good about myself! It is sad and disturbing to hear that music and art budgets have been cut back drastically in California. As a society, we need to support non-profits such as Adopt the Arts. We have to show the youth the future is not just the internet and the latest technology, it’s about self expression and raw emotions. And music education highlights these very important qualities.

About Adopt the Arts
Founded in 2010, Adopt the Arts Foundation brings together well-known artists, public figures, and the general public to save the arts in America’s public schools. Co-founders Abby Berman and Matt Sorum believe that it is morally and ethically incumbent upon the public-at-large to foster the creativity, dreams, hopes, and imaginations of our children. Adopt the Arts is dedicated to improving the academic performance of every child through the gift of making art and music available to public school students. In 2011, Adopt the Arts chose Rosewood Avenue Elementary (West Hollywood, CA) as its pilot school, working directly with the principal and the booster club to ensure that the students receive exposure to all the arts disciplines, including music, dance, theater, and visual arts. Adopt the Arts is paying the salary of the music teacher and has outfitted a music room with donated keyboards, guitars, and drums. With the help of the arts education branch of LAUSD, Adopt the Arts is identifying the most underserved schools in the district as it prepares for its next series of adoptions. In September 2012, Adopt the Arts donated 1,000 musical instruments (i.e. drum kits, keyboards, guitars, bass guitars) to LAUSD elementary schools. Each school site is available to be “adopted” by anyone that wants to help—whether a business, a working artist, celebrity or public figure—to underscore the importance of community involvement. As of December 2014, Adopt the Arts has now adopted Westminster Elementary School in Venice, CA and their music program will begin at the school in January 2015. (

Story by Raquel Figlo

ROCK ON THE RANGE 2014: Performance Times Confirmed For America’s Premier Rock Festival May 16, 17, & 18



MAY 16, 17 & 18



Set times have been confirmed for ROCK ON THE RANGE, America’s premier rock festival May 16, 17 and 18 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH. This year marks the festival’s expansion to include three full days of music. Doors open daily at 11:00 AM with music kicking off at Noon.
The day-by-day line-ups include closing sets from Guns N’ Roses (9:30 PM) and Staind (8:00 PM) on Friday, Avenged Sevenfold (9:30 PM) and Slayer (8:15 PM) on Saturday and Kid Rock (9:15 PM) and Five Finger Death Punch (7:45 PM) on Sunday. Full ROTR 2014 set times are as follows:


Monster Main Stage
Redlight King: 1:10 PM
Black Stone Cherry: 2:15 PM
Killswitch Engage: 3:35 PM
Black Label Society: 4:55 PM
Seether: 6:20 PM
Staind: 8:00 PM
Guns N Roses: 9:30 PM

Ernie Ball Stage
Devour the Day: 12:00 PM
Kyng: 12:40 PM
Thousand Ft Krutch: 1:45 PM
We Came as Romans: 3:00 PM
Reignwolf: 4:20 PM
Living Colour: 5:45 PM
Down: 7:15 PM

Jägermeister Stage
Kill Devil Hill: 12:00 PM
Werm: 12:40 PM
Truckfighters: 1:45 PM
One OK Rock: 3:00 PM
Butcher Babies: 4:20 PM
Lacuna Coil: 5:45 PM

The Old Milwaukee Comedy Tent
Keith Bender: 6:20 PM
Sumukh Torgalkar: 6:35 PM
Chuck Zumock: 6:50 PM
Michael Harrisson: 7:10 PM
Jim Florentine: 7:30 PM


Monster Main Stage
Rev Theory: 1:15 PM
Fuel: 2:30 PM
Pop Evil: 3:50 PM
Theory of a Deadman: 5:10 PM
Chevelle: 6:35 PM
Slayer: 8:15 PM
Avenged Sevenfold: 9:35 PM

Ernie Ball Stage
Stars in Stereo: 12:00 PM
We As Humans: 12:40 PM
King 810: 1:55
Texas Hippie Coalition: 3:15 PM
Nothing More: 4:35 PM
The Pretty Reckless: 6:00 PM
Suicidal Tendencies: 7:30 PM

Jägermeister Stage
FOX Rocks Winner: 12:00 PM
Wilson: 12:40 PM
Crobot: 1:55 PM
Avatar: 3:15 PM
Fozzy: 4:35 PM
Exodus: 6:00 PM

The Old Milwaukee Comedy Tent
Brian Kenny: 6:35 PM
Bill Squire: 6:50 PM
Bill Crawford: 7:25 PM
Joe Howard: 7:25 PM
Don Jamieson: 7:45 PM


Monster Main Stage
Trivium: 1:15 PM
Adelitas Way: 2:25 PM
Wolfmother: 3:40 PM
Mastodon: 4:55 PM
Alter Bridge: 6:15 PM
Five Finger Death Punch: 7:45 PM
Kid Rock: 9:15 PM

Ernie Ball Stage
ERNIE BALL Winner: 12:00 PM
Gemini Syndrome: 12:40 PM
Heaven’s Basement: 1:50 PM
We Are Harlot: 3:05 PM
Miss May I: 4:20 PM
Of Mice & Men: 5:40 PM
Jason Bonham LZE: 7:00 PM

Jägermeister Stage
Sleepwave: 12:00 PM
Monster Truck: 12:40 PM
Twelve Foot Ninja: 1:50 PM
Jim Breuer Band: 3:05 PM
Kvelertak: 4:20 PM
Gojira: 5:40 PM

The Old Milwaukee Comedy Tent
Darrell Dawson: 6:15 PM
Chris Coen: 6:35 PM
Aaron Kleiber: 6:55 PM
Jim Breuer: 7:15 PM

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Following last year’s expansion to include three nights of music, America’s premier rock festivalROCK ON THE RANGE–has once again upped the ante by growing to three full days of music for this year’s annual event, May 16, 17 & 18 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH.

Featuring headlining sets from Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold and Kid Rock, the lineup includes more than 60 of the World’s hardest rocking acts including: Five Finger Death Punch, Slayer, Staind, Motorhead, Seether, Chevelle, Alter Bridge, Mastodon, Black Label Society, Killswitch Engage and many more (the full line-up is below). Beyond the expanded musical offerings, this year’s festival will include the return of ROTR Comedy Tent, featuring Jim Breuer, Jim Florentine and many up-and-coming comedians.

Weekend passes including Field GA, Stadium GA, hotel and VIP packages and a stadium 4-pack go on sale Friday, January 24 at 10:00 AM (ET). Additional details about the variety of ticketing, hotel and camping packages can be found at Visit the website, and for the most up-to-date information.

Some of the ROTR 2014 artists weigh in with their thoughts on performing this coming May:

“We are so honored to be headlining Rock on the Range.  We take pride in our show and always try to outdo ourselves from the time before.  Rock on the Range will be the perfect place to celebrate with our fans from all over the world and put on the killer show that they have come to expect from us.  We are pulling out all the stops.”

M. Shadows, Avenged Sevenfold

“We have had legendary shows at ROTR. We always try to arrange our tour schedules so we can be part of this festival.  It’s just a must do.Rock On The Range has become a destination event where people travel to from all over the country, if not all over the world.”

Zoltan, Five Finger Death Punch

“Super excited to be a part of Rock On The Range this year!! I think it’s awesome to have an edgy band like Slayer on board for this round. Can’t wait to hit the stage!!!”

Kerry King, Slayer

The full ROTR 2014 Line-Up:

Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Slayer, Staind, Motorhead, Seether, Chevelle, Alter Bridge, Mastodon, Black Label Society, Killswitch Engage, Bring Me The Horizon, Theory of a Deadman, Down, Black Stone Cherry, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, Pop Evil, Of Mice & Men, Adelitas Way, Trivium, Gojira, Suicidal Tendencies, The Pretty Reckless, We Came as Romans, Fuel, Redlight King, Miss May I, Reignwolf, Thousand Foot Krutch, Texas Hippie Coalition, Rev Theory, Skindred, Kyng, Fozzy, Heaven’s Basement, Butcher Babies, Nothing More, Exodus, King 810, Devour the Day, We As Human, We Are Harlot, Kvelertak, Jim Breuer Band, One OK Rock, Twelve Foot Ninja, Avatar, WERM, Monster Truck, Wilson, Crobot and Truckfighters with comedians Jim Breuer, Jim Florentine and more.

“Sure it’s important to do this festival for the bands, but mostly we do it for the incredibly loyal rock fans…They truly are the lifeblood ofRock on the Range, and it’s really all about the value proposition to them,” commented Joe Litvag, Co-Executive Producer of ROTR for AEG Live.  “So now we come with GnR, Avenged Sevenfold, Kid Rock and more than 60 other amazing bands starting at $99 to deliver on our commitment of ‘value’ to rock fans everywhere…It’s going to be an unforgettable weekend!”

“When ROTR sold out last year we knew the bar had to be raised.  With these headliners along with Five Finger Death Punch, Slayer, Motorhead, Staind, Seether and so many more, there is no doubt now that Rock On The Range has become THE #1 rock festival.” said Gary Spivack, Co-Executive Producer of ROTR.  “And since year one, Monster Energy has been a partner at the festival and we are excited to announce their expanding support; their dedication to the genre as well as breaking new artists is second to none.”

Rock on the Range has emerged as a powerhouse event for our organization, the City of Columbus and rock fans from around the country,” said Columbus Crew President Mark McCullers.  “We have invested in some significant facility improvements that will add to the Ranger experience and this year’s event will be another blockbuster show.”

Presented by Danny Wimmer Presents, AEG Live and Crew Stadium, ROCK ON THE RANGE is a multi-stage music and lifestyle event featuring a potent lineup of bands on three stages and is proud to be sponsored by Monster Energy, who return as the Main Stage sponsor; Crazy Dave’s Music Experience (an interactive exhibit that features all the elements that are involved in making music in in a professional band setting); the Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands Contest (launching this Spring for your chance to play the stage at ROTR).

The nationally renowned festival, part of the World’s Loudest Month Festival Series, is centrally located in the heart of the country and has annually drawn huge weekend crowds since its inception in 2007, including a sold-out crowd of over 103,000 fans in 2013.



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