Want to talk commitment? Want to talk dedication? Lots of bands can tour together, but only two make a point to connect with each other to write a song for the occasion. Styx and REO Speedwagon are criss-crossing the country this summer; the tour dates were recently announced this week. When they take the stage, they’ll be playing a new tune written by Kevin Cronin and Tommy Shaw, “Can’t Stop Rockin’.” The guys recently recorded it, and it will be available for download soon.
The shows are presented by VH1 Classic and Rock Band. Perhaps the best part about ‘em is their cost. The tickets are being priced in a fan-friendly way, which the guys are deeming a “rock ‘n’ roll stimulus package.” Prices in some markets are as low as $13.50. “Both bands have always tried to keep our ticket prices low so that none of our fans get left out.” says Tommy Shaw.? “?It?s been nine years since the Arch Allies tour and it just seemed like the right time to team up with our friends in REO and hit the road again.?
Make the jump for a full listing of tour dates. 38 Special is also on the bill.
Everyone knows that Bret Michaels is having a hell of a time on the Rock of Love Bus. But fans should also know that Bret’s bringing the boyz in Poison out on the road this summer. They’re sharing a bunch of tour dates with Def Leppard and Cheap Trick. Poison’s got a great songbook, natch. We spoke with Bret about which of their many songs turn out to be his favorite. Here he is in his own words.
Talk Dirty to Me
There’s something I’ve always wanted to get off my chest – if I may. A lot of people who call themselves acclaimed musicians have said, “Well, I like Poison’s music, but they’re not virtuosos.” When we had our first audition for a guitarist, every single guy from the Guitar Institute of Technology showed up! I’m like, “Dude, I thought this wasn’t your thing!” It came down to three guys – C.C. DeVille, Slash, and Steve Silva from The Joe Perry Project. It was a tough battle. Probably what started our friction was that in the band vote, I leaned towards Slash. He had this Joe Perry thing and C.C. had this in-your-face Rick Neilsen thing. But C.C. brought in the riff to “Talk Dirty to Me.” In hindsight, he was great for our band. He loves The Ramones and those very down and dirty in your face guitar riffs. It’s like a grand punk anthem.
Nothing But a Good Time
There are songs that you write which will never see the light of day. Back when I was 15, I wrote a song called “Rock ‘n’ Roll Bandit.” The riff is great, but I’ve set fire to the lyrics and no one will ever find them. Back then, however, I thought it was brilliant stuff. The end result may not have put “Stairway to Heaven” out of business, but it was the effort that counted. I tried to show C.C. the riff, and he added the C.C. to it that really gave the song its life. When I wrote the new lyrics, I was thinking about when I worked [cleaning tables] at Bob’s Big Boy on Trindle Road in Mechanicsburg, Pa. I know what it means when that five o’clock whistle blows.
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Just a heads up: if you’ve been hot on Kelly Clarkson‘s “My Life Would Suck Without You,” and you’re dying to hear what the rest of her new All I Ever Wanted disc sounds like, you’re in the right place. Next Tuesday, March 3, we’re streaming Ms. Clarkson’s latest opus in its entirety. That means you can hear it a week before it hits the racks. You’re definitely going to need to find out why one tune is called “I Do Not Hook Up.” See you Tuesday.
Watch Kelly Clarkson videos and interviews.
Find out why All I Ever Wanted is Clarkson’s rebound, her ill-advised trip to Cancun with her girlfriends, and her fling with an underwear model (metaphorically speaking).
Make the jump for the new disc’s song titles and clips of Kelly doing a show and tell about her favorite music videos.
Where can you go this summer to hear “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” and “I Want You To Want Me” coming from one single stage? Plenty of places. Dates for 40-city North American romp that features Def Leppard, Poison, and Cheap Trick were just announced today. The action kicks off in Camden, New Jersey on June 23.
Def Leppard front man Joe Elliott is calling it the “rock tour of the summer,” and Poison singer Bret Michaels says each stop will be “a night of a 1000 hits.” Something tells us that there are tons of hard rock fans who are going to agree.
Live Nation produces the tour, and tickets go on sale March 6 at the Live Nation Website.
Make the jump to see all the specific cities and performance dates.
Watch a playlist of music videos that contains the best songs by Def Leppard, Poison, and Cheap Trick.
“Don’t know if you got a man or not/if god put me in ya plans or not/I’m tripping, this drink got me saying a lot…”
It’s not the drink that’s got Kanye West gabbing – he’s always got something to say. This Saturday night, his subject of choice is his rather incredible songs and the tales behind their creation. His latest CD, 808s & Heartbreak, is all about love lost. Expect lots of vivid explanations.
The Kanye West edition of our Storytellers show is one of the most exciting we’ve ever had. What’s the set list include? We’ll tell you the show’s songs right here. Put hip-hop in your plans on Saturday night at 9/8c.? Come back to VH1.com after the show for some extra, online-exclusive, performances.
Check Storytellers shows by Mary J. Blige, Kid Rock, Jay-Z, Snoop, and others.
Check Kanye West videos, interviews, and photos
Next Tuesday, we’re dropping the New Kids on the Block‘s “2 In The Morning” music video, and we wanted you get psyched a bit. So here’s a “making-of” clip that finds the guys explaining what went into the shoot. It’s funny, they booked a glorious mansion for location, but wound up doing a fair amount of green screen action that was filled in after the shoot. Check it out: You’ll find out that there’s a personal twist to the tale, and you’ll be reminded that’s it’s one of the best songs on NKOTB’s latest disc.
New Kids on the Block music videos
Watch the guys discuss their favorite artists and videos
Hip-hop’s biggest star swooped into our studios last weekend, delivering a performance for our Storytellers show that was full of the passion and authority that Kanye West fans have come to expect from their hero. His recent Heartbreak & 808s disc was all about lost love.
The show, which airs on VH1 on February 28th at 9/8c, showcases several of new tunes (Download the disc at Rhapsody). It also digs into some of Kanye’s previous hits.? Here’s a list of the songs that are scheduled to be included in the final cut.
Say You Will
Touch the Sky
Stay tuned: Next week we’ll have an exclusive performance from the show, West working his way through “Love Lockdown.”
Check out Kanye West Videos and Photos, Watch lots of Hip-Hop Videos.
The Fray is the number one band in the country this week – their new self-titled disc is sitting at the top of the charts. So we’re psyched to show you three great performance clips from a live show that Palladia is airing tomorrow night, February 14 at 9/8 pm central. The concert was recorded at Manhattan’s Webster Hall a few weeks ago, and the show is called “Rhapsody Rocks NYC The Fray.”
The band does a whole set of their best songs. Above you can can see them wailing through “Over My Head (Cable Car).” We’ve also got previews of them performing “How To Save A Life” and their latest hit, “You Found Me.”
Watch all three sneak peek Fray performances
Head to Rhapsody to download the new Fray CD
Watch videos by the Fray
Watch the Fray Unplugged
Get the complete schedule of Palladia’s presentation of the show after the jump.
Jason Mraz, the bouncy singer with the big hit (“Lucky”) and the cool friend (Colbie Caillet) has always been a softie when it comes to love. So it’s fitting that he’s put together a Valentine’s Day e-card that his fans can send out to their sweeties this year. It involves some fun graphics and the lyrics to “Lucky.” Jumble them around and click your card off to someone’s inbox. Everything will go better this Saturday night if you do.
Get Jason Mraz’s Valentines e-card
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Jason Mraz Plays You His Favorite Videos
Watch Jason Mraz Play Unplugged
Check Jason’s thoughts about Valentine’s Day after the jump. There’s more Valentines Videos there, too.
Adele had plenty to say when she won the Grammy for Best New Artist Sunday night. “If my life got any better, I would overdose on the amazingness,” she told our News team. See what else the young British singer had on her mind.
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Watch Adele discuss her favorite videos and artists
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