Bon Jovi, The Moody Blues and The Cars among the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s class of 2018



The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame have announced the names of the artists who will be inducted next year.


Bon Jovi, The Moody Blues, The Cars, Dire Straits and Nina Simone will be enshrined in the Rock Hall in the performer category, while Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be recognised with an award for Early Influence.


The induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio, while organisers will host a week of events leading up to the celebration including the unveiling of the 2018 Inductee exhibit and Hall Of Fame floor.


The Moody Blues, Dire Straits, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe were on the ballot for the first time, while four of the top five artists on the fans’ ballot: Bon Jovi, The Moody Blues, Dire Straits and The Cars, all get the nod.


The ceremony will premiere on TV network HBO and will be broadcast via SiriusXM, with further details to be announced in due course.


Speaking in October, former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora said he’d be open to performing with the band again should they get inducted – and he’ll enter the Hall with Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, Alec John Such and Tico Torres.


The Moody Blues lineup to be inducted are Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Mike Pinder and Ray Thomas.

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AL JOURGENSEN ANNOUNCES NEW MINISTRY ALBUM, “AmeriKKKant” First Single/Video “Antifa” Debuts Today/ Band to Hit the Road with Five-Week North American Tour

LOS ANGELES, CA – Monday, December 11, 2017 — American industrial juggernaut MINISTRY, announces its new album AmeriKKKant, the band’s first release for Nuclear Blast Records (worldwide), due out March 9, 2018.  In addition, the band’s Al Jourgensen is proud to release the album’s first single/official music video, “Antifa,” that stands up to the political chaos that is currently going on in America.


“This album, ‘AmeriKKKant,'” said Jourgensen, “will provide FEMA-type relief for the devastation ‘Hurricane Cheeto’ has brought upon us.”


Produced by Al Jourgensen, recorded at Caribou Studios in Burbank, CA between January and May this year, and with striking artwork created by Mister Sam Shearon, the psychedelic, politically influenced and very much in-your-face AmeriKKKant’s nine tracks are rooted in Jourgensen’s unadulterated anger for what’s happening in America today:  the waning respect for the U.S.  Constitution, the growing acceptance of one’s opinions replacing facts, the decline of our leaders’ sense of morals, ethics and personal responsibility to the country and to their constituents, and the mad man in the White House.  The AmeriKKKant track listing is below; you can pre-order your physical or digital copy today via Nuclear Blast or


AmeriKKKant track listing:


  1. I Know Words
  2. Twilight Zone
  3. Victims of a Clown
  4. TV5/4Chan
  5. We’re Tired of It
  6. Wargasm
  7. Antifa
  8. Game Over
  9. AmeriKKKa



To support the release of AmeriKKKant, Ministry will headline a five-week North American tour that kicks off March 22 with the enigmatic Chelsea Wolfe supporting.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 15 at 10:00AM (local); for all ticket purchasing info, go to   Confirmed tour dates are as follows:



MARCH 2018


22  House of Blues, Anaheim, CA

23  Ventura Theatre, Ventura, CA

24  Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV

26  Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA

28  Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR

29  Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC  CANADA

31  Union Hall, Edmonton, AB  CANADA





 1  Palace Theatre, Calgary, AB  CANADA

 3  Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT

 5  Boubon Theatre, Lincoln, NE

 7  Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL

 8  Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI

10  Bogart’s, Cincinnati, OH

11  20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI

12  Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN

14  Opera House, Toronto, ON  CANADA

15  MTelus, Montreal, QC  CANADA

17  Royale, Boston, MA

18  Aura, Portland, ME

19  Paramount Theatre, Huntington, NY

21  Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ

22  Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY

23  Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD

25  Center Stage, Atlanta, GA

26  Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL

28  Levitation Festival, Austin, TX

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MICHAEL MONROE To Record New Solo Album In March


Former HANOI ROCKS frontman Michael Monroe was interviewed by Planet Rock following his December 3 performance at the Planet Rockstock festival in Trecco Bay, South Wales.


On how he prepares for his high-energy live performances:


Michael: “I’m way too impatient for yoga. I stretch and I don’t go to gyms or anything like that. I exercise at home. The inner stomach muscles are the key to getting rid of the pain in your back. I’m 55, and my spine is a little worn-out in places, so I started getting this real bad back ache after shows. I went to some physical therapists, and they had some pointers. The inner stomach muscles support your back, so I started doing certain exercises and did them for two or three months. I started feeling like, ‘Okay, maybe I have another 10, 20 years of doing this.’ When you’re aging, you’ve just got to work harder at it. I’ve always kept myself in shape so I can do what I do. It’s a good kind of curse.”


On his upcoming plans:


Michael: “In March, we’re going in the studio to record a new album with this band. I’m doing ‘The X Factor’ in Finland. I did ‘The Voice Of Finland’ for six seasons, which is very different from any ‘Voice’ in any other countries. It’s rock n’ roll — I brought a lot of rock n’ roll into it. I speak my mind; I get a chance to tell the truth and nobody can stop me. They’re live shows — nobody can censor me. I don’t abuse that freedom; I just say things as they are. I get to choose in the battle episodes, I got to choose all the songs. I took great pleasure in that, presenting bands and music to people in Finland that they don’t know about. CHEAP TRICK, for example — nobody knows them in Finland at all. I had four or five CHEAP TRICK songs in the show over the years.”


In June, Monroe released “The Best”, the first official collection of his (ongoing) solo musical exploits, featuring prime tracks from 1987 right up to 2017.


Monroe’s latest studio album, “Blackout States”, was released in October 2015 via Spinefarm Records.


Even though HANOI ROCKS was formed in Finland, their trashy, hedonistic, decadent hard rock/pop-metal boogie influenced many Los Angeles acts, including GUNS N’ ROSES and MÖTLEY CRÜE.


Michael’s current solo band includes Sami Yaffa on bass, Steve Conte on guitar, Rich Jones on guitar and Karl Rockfist on drums.

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Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Is This The Final Season?



With Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 moved to a Friday timeslot and reports that Disney forced a renewal from ABC, we break down whether this is the last season of the Marvel TV series. Prior to ABC renewing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for season 5, there was a great deal of speculation about whether the network would actually give the show another season. Months after the renewal was announced, it was reported that Marvel parent company, Disney, stepped in and saved Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from cancellation, pulling rank on ABC and forcing a renewal. Though there are plenty of reasons Disney saved Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it’s likely strong ratings weren’t one of them since the show never matched its record-breaking series premiere.


Now that the show has returned, with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. kicking off season 5 with a major twist that effectively reboots the series – or, at least, sets in motion a storyline unlike any the series has tackled before, one that’s separate from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has set the stage for a season that could be better than all its previous seasons, this may be the show’s last hurrah. The fifth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may be the show’s final season.


As of now, we don’t know for sure either way whether ABC will renew Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a sixth outing – or if Disney will step in again to save the Marvel TV series, though it seems unlikely the Mouse House would play that card twice. That said, considering ABC likely would have cancelled Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. after season 4 if Disney hadn’t stepped in, and the network moved the Marvel TV show to a Friday night timeslot, it seems incredibly unlikely the series will get another season.


In terms of the numbers, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 premiere scored a 1.1 demo rating, with 3.4 million live viewers – though the season 4 premiere ratings increased when the Live+3 numbers were calculated, with the episode scoring a 2.0 with 5.549 million viewers. However, since the show moved from its Tuesday 10pm timeslot to Friday at 8pm for the season 5 premiere (the show will air at 9pm on Fridays for the remainder of this season), the ratings dropped dramatically. According to Deadline, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 premiere scored a 0.7 demo rating and 2.6 million viewers. Of course, it’s possible those numbers will jump when the Live+3 ratings are calculated, but for now, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s future on ABC looks bleak.


Considering the signs, it’s likely season 5 will be Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s last, which may explain why the show is going bigger with its storyline than ever before. Even Mack states in the season 5 premiere, “[Space is] the one thing we haven’t done yet.” Given what happened behind the scenes of the show’s season 5 renewal, it’s possible the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. writer’s room already knows this will be their final season and are planning accordingly – or, at least, that it’s very likely to be their last. As such, they may be pulling out all the stops to give fans a truly exciting and compelling adventure this year.


Of course, fans of the series are no doubt hoping ABC picks up Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for season 6, and if the show manages to garner ratings comparable to season 4 despite its change in timeslot, it’s possible the Marvel TV series does get a renewal. It’s still too early to say for certain whether Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 is the show’s last, but the signs aren’t exactly hopeful. Still, fans can keep hoping – and, if nothing else, Disney is launching a streaming service in 2019, which may offer Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. a platform to continue beyond its ABC run.


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 airs Fridays at 9pm on ABC.

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Blondie and Joan Jett join forces for explosive Doom Or Destiny video


Protest. Feminism. Trump. Global Warming. Lots of swearing. You’ll find all this and much more in Doom Or Destiny, the new video from Blondie…

Blondie and Joan Jett have joined forces for a video for Doom Or Destiny, one of the highlight’s from Blondie’s well-received Pollinator album. The video is a highly-charged, political affair in which Deborah Harry and Jett sit behind a news desk as images of gilded gas masks, swastikas and a sock-puppet Donald Trump appear on the screen.


“[It’s] the most openly political video Blondie has ever done,” says Harry. “We wanted to comment on the bizarre state of media and news in the current political ‘idiocracy’ we are watching play out in real time and create our own news channel that dealt with current issues such as the environmental collapse, fossil fuels, bee population decline, global warming, sexism, patriarchy, Trump and Russia, feminism, consumerism, the marketing of war and more.”


“The current landscape of music videos has so little to do with true protest or some kind of social message,” adds Blondie’s Chris Stein. “It can be truthful, but irreverent, fun and funny. The punk style protest is somewhat removed from today’s modern music.”


The video was made by longtime Blondie collaborator Rob Roth,. who began working with the band at the time of the No Exit album in 1999.


“I wanted to represent a spectrum of female fierceness in this video,” says Roth. “We wanted Debbie and Joan to have fun with the idea of taking over a news channel – reprogramming the daily ticker with what we want to see. It’s a ‘fuck you’ to what’s going on in the world and a call to arms for women everywhere.


“I see advertising, news, politics and entertainment have fused together in a haze, like a Frankenstein monster, all sewn together, we need to look harder, work harder to know what is truth and not be afraid to call out bullshit when we see it. Especially for people who don’t necessarily have a platform or a voice.”


“Blondie — Debbie, Chris, Clem and everybody have been my friends for more decades than I care to admit,” says Jett. “They have their own style and were pioneers of the modern age of punk and rock. I am so proud to have been invited to contribute to ‘Doom or Destiny’, I love the music and I love the message.”

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GHOST To Release ‘Ceremony And Devotion’ Live Album


Swedish occult metal band GHOST has begun teasing a live album called “Ceremony And Devotion”.


An official release date for “Ceremony And Devotion” has not yet been announced, but the set is expected in January.


The last-ever GHOST concert to feature frontman Papa Emeritus III took place on September 30 in Gothenburg and saw the singer apparently being dismissed from the band.


Papa was forcibly removed from the stage by two men during the band’s closing number, “Monstrance Clock”, A short time later, a very elderly man wearing a white and gold version of Papa’s robes and his signature make-up took the stage and addressed the crowd, saying in Italian, “I am Papa Emeritus Zero. The party is over and now a new era begins. The Middle Ages begin now.”
The band posted footage of the incident to its official Instagram account but has yet to comment on the matter. It appears, however, that the reign of Papa III has ended.


Of course, all this is part of a big inside joke: the band supposedly dismisses the old Papa and recruits a new one on every LP, but they are all the same person — founder Tobias Forge, who will no doubt perform as a new Papa Emeritus on the next album cycle.


Forge recently revealed that he’s been working on the group’s fourth studio album for a tentative April 2018 release. The new disc will follow up 2015’s “Meliora”, which featured the Grammy-winning hit “Cirice”, and last year’s “Popestar” EP, which included the chart-topping “Square Hammer”.


After several years of not revealing his or the rest of the band’s identities, Forge recently confirmed his own while responding to a lawsuit filed by four former members of GHOST, who accused him of cheating them out of their rightful share of the group’s profits.


Forge hired an all-new lineup of the group for touring purposes in the first half of 2017, with the musicians all anonymously performing as Nameless Ghouls.

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