GUNS N’ ROSES Keyboardist DIZZY REED Releases Music Video For ‘Forgotten Cases’

GUNS N’ ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed has released an animated music video for the song “Forgotten Cases”. The track is taken from his debut solo album, “Rock ‘N Roll Ain’t Easy”, which was released in February 2018 via Golden Robot Records.


“Rock ‘N Roll Ain’t Easy” is 12 tracks (or 13, if you download the digital version) of rock with Reed uniting with fellow members of GUNS N’ ROSES, along with some other greats, including players from W.A.S.P., QUIET RIOT, PSYCHEDELIC FURS, THIN LIZZY, NO DOUBT, THE REPLACEMENTS, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, and more.


Asked about the inspiration for the “Rock ‘N Roll Ain’t Easy” title track, Dizzy told Germany’s “I spend a lot of time reminding myself that life could be a lot harder. I could be doing something I don’t wanna do at all. I’m really lucky to be able to play rock music for a living.


“It’s not as easy as it looks. It’s not all glitz and glam,” he continued.


“I started playing rock and roll because I didn’t wanna work; I didn’t wanna have a 9-to-5 [job]. And I realized at some point… Now all I do is work. If you wanna stay busy out there and [remain] relevant, you have to work harder.


“There’s a lot of times when, especially at that point in my life, where I was wondering why I was doing it still, and there was nothing coming in, and you don’t have anything to fall back on. If I went to a McDonald’s right now to apply for a job, they wouldn’t take me. What am I gonna do?


“It’s a story about how difficult things were and how much time I had to spend sticking it out, wondering where I was gonna go to sleep that night, wondering where I was gonna get a shower and get something to eat,” he added. “I mean, that went on for years. And I think when I did write that song, I thought I had kind of come full circle. My first marriage had split up and my stuff was literally in my truck. I was staying in an apartment with the girl who had become my wife now. And I was sitting out on a balcony playing guitar, and that song just started coming [to me]. It was raining and I didn’t know what I was gonna do. But a lot of it is kind of tongue-in-cheek too. If you know me, I’m not that serious. But I think people will get the point. People can make of it what they would like, basically.”


Written by Reed, Ricky Warwick (THIN LIZZY, THE ALMIGHTY, BLACK STAR RIDERS) and Del James, the disc’s first single, “This Don’t Look Like Vegas”, features Warwick and Mayuko Okai on guitar, with GUNS bandmate Richard Fortus (PSYCHELIC FURS, THIN LIZZY, THE DEAD DAISIES) providing the guitar solo. Mike Dupke (W.A.S.P.) is on drums, with Mike Duda (W.A.S.P.) on bass, while Reed handles lead vocals, piano, shaker and tambourine, with backing vocals from Nadja Reed, Chela Johnson and Del James.



Reed is the longest-serving member of GN’R after singer Axl Rose. He joined the band as a touring member in 1990, during the “Use Your Illusion” era, and has played with most of the original members as well as in all the later editions of the group and the current reunion lineup.


In 2012, Dizzy was inducted into the the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of GUNS N’ ROSES. He has toured with the PSYCHEDELIC FURS and has toured, recorded and written with supergroup THE DEAD DAISIES whose lineup has featured members of THE CULT, MÖTLEY CRÜE, WHITESNAKE, THE ROLLING STONES and THIN LIZZY. He also sings lead vocals with his side project HOOKERS & BLOW.

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CHEAP TRICK Guitarist’s ‘Rick Nielsen’s Cheap Licks’ Video Book Now Available


For years, Rick Nielsen has been entertaining audiences around the world with his eccentric stylings on the guitar. Breaking on to the scene in the 1970s with CHEAP TRICK, Nielsen’s contributions to the band helped define the group’s unique brand of rock ‘n’ roll. In “Rick Nielsen’s Cheap Licks”, Nielsen shares his favorite licks, riffs, and influences that helped him craft his distinct sound and become one of the most famous guitarists on the planet.



This unique book/video combo includes video footage of Nielsen playing CHEAP TRICK licks, telling numerous stories, and exploring his coveted vast guitar collection. It also includes video demos of all the music examples featured throughout the book. “Rick Nielsen’s Cheap Licks” covers topics such as: Pentatonic Scales; Hammer-On/Pull-Off Licks; Double Stops; Country-Style Licks; Early Rock ‘n’ Roll; 6ths Licks; Sus Chords; Chromatics; Octaves; and more.



The video demos featured in the book can be accessed online for download or streaming by using a code found on the first page of the book.



“Rick Nielsen’s Cheap Licks” retails for $19.99:



CHEAP TRICK is part of the very fiber of American music, inspiring and delighting generations with its unique union of massive melodies and razorblade riffs, their own special brand of mischievous wit and maximum rock ‘n’ roll. Frontlined since 1974 by Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar) and Tom Petersson (bass guitar), the Rockford, Illinois-born Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers are as vital today as ever, having released three spectacular records in the last three years — “Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello” (2016), “We’re All Alright!” (2017) and “Christmas Christmas” (2017) — and toured relentlessly to packed audiences around the world (four decades/5,000+ shows).

CHEAP TRICK is an indisputable American institution, beloved for its instantly identifiable, hugely influential, brand of pop rock ‘n’ roll. The band — which is rounded out by drummer Daxx Nielsen — is composed of true pioneers with an unparalleled streak of certifiably classic tunes, from “He’s A Whore”, “California Man” and “Dream Police” to “Surrender” and “I Want You To Want Me”.

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Sunday on the next MKULTRASOUND PodCast 6-9-2019: FASHIONISTA!


Tomorrow on the MKULTRASOUND PodCast: Fashion Designer at e.kaye the wonderfully talented Emily Sifrit.


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Video Premiere: Hollywood Vampires “Heroes“ from the album “Rise” out June 21st

HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES have unveiled the official video for their cover version of David Bowie’s “Heroes”. The track, featuring Johnny Depp on lead vocals, was recorded last year at legendary Hansa Studios — the same place where Bowie wrote the original back in 1977.


HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES are built around the undeniable chemistry between rock and roll royalty Joe Perry, Hollywood superstar Depp and shock rock icon Alice Cooper.


“Heroes” is featured on HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES’ second album, “Rise”, which will be released on June 21 on earMUSIC as a CD digipak, 2LP+download and digital. The disc was produced by Tommy Henriksen and the HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES.


Unlike their 2015 debut record, “Rise” consists mainly of original material, written by the band. There are however, in the spirit of the VAMPIRES’ original mission, three covers of songs originally written and recorded by some fellow rockers who died far too young: an intimate and intense version of “Heroes”, again beautifully performed on record by Depp; the JIM CARROLL BAND’s “People Who Died” and Johnny Thunders’s “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory”, sung by Perry.


“Rise” track listing:


01. I Want My Now
02. Good People Are Hard To Find
03. Who’s Laughing Now
04. How The Glass Fell

05. The Boogieman Surprise
06. Welcome to Bushwackers (feat. Jeff Beck + John Waters)
07. The Wrong Bandage
08. You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory
09. Git From Round Me
10. Heroes
11. A Pitiful Beauty
12. New Threat
13. Mr. Spider
14. We Gotta Rise
15. People Who Died
16. Congratulations


Completing the HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES live lineup are rock star musician friends Glen Sobel (ALICE COOPER) on drums, Chris Wyse (THE CULT) on bass, and Buck Johnson (AEROSMITH) on keyboard and vocals.

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Kelly Nickels shares that he has always regretted smashing his bass guitar in L.A. Guns’ “Sex Action” video

L.A. Guns – Sex Action Video 1988


L.A. Guns (feat. Steve Riley and Kelly Nickels) bassist Kelly Nickels has posted a fun tidbit about a bass guitar that he smashed during L.A. Guns‘ filming of the “Sex Action” video more than 30 years ago.


The following message was posted on Nickels‘ Facebook page earlier today:


“Never seen this picture but that’s the bass I smashed in the Sex Action Video and I’ve regretted it ever since… and oh too be that young again…!!! 🚬💀 Hamer Guitars Kelly Nickels“

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DISTURBED’s DAVID DRAIMAN: The U.S. Was Divided Before TRUMP, Whether People Want To Admit It Or Not

“It’s terrifying, worse than I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. I never thought I would see the day when people were literally being attacked once again, when antisemitism is becoming mainstream,” he said, citing the infamous New York Times cartoon earlier this year, alt-Right marches and continued antisemitic statements by Louis Farrakhan.


“‘Never again’ has never had so much meaning and yet people are forgetting it,” he said. “People are even questioning the validity of the numbers behind the Holocaust. It’s mind-boggling to me.”


However, Draiman doesn’t place the blame at the door of any one source, including U.S. President Donald Trump.

“It’s not just the Trump era,” he said. “The country was divided before him, whether people want to admit it or not. I think that Trump is given too much credit. The hatred exists with or without him. It continues to fester and not enough is being done to bring people together. We’re way too polarized and partisan these days, and I don’t think laying the responsibility at the feet of Trump does it justice.”


DISTURBED will perform in Israel for the first time on July 2.


Although David has visited the country many times, this will be the first DISTURBED concert in the Jewish state.


Both of Draiman’s maternal grandparents were survivors of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, while many others on his mother’s side were wiped out by the Nazis.


The DISTURBED song “Never Again”, from 2010’s “Asylum” album, was written about the Holocaust and calls out people who deny it.


The United States Holocaust Museum has featured Draiman in its “Voices On Anti-Semitism” podcasts.


Draiman has in the past battled with Twitter trolls who have harassed him about his sometimes-controversial views regarding Israel and its ongoing conflict with the Palestinians. Draiman has had frequent heated exchanges with followers on Twitter, some of whom believe that Israel is not blameless in the ongoing conflict with Palestinians.

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