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June 98 
 
Hard Rock is alive & Well on the Road this summer.  
 
Is it the Summer of 88 or 98? When looking at the roster for the forthcoming Hard tour that question might come to mind. This heavy metal assault includes The Bullet Boys, Bang Tango, Enuff Z'nuff, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Head lining is none other than Gilby Clarke (formerly with Guns n' Roses). The tour has many 80's Hard rock newsgroups and ezines buzzing with activity. The Tour officially  kicks off in Las Vegas on July 18th, and will make its way across the US through September.  

With the increased popularity of the internet, the grass roots fan base for 80's rock has really been energized, no longer despairing because of lack of radio airplay, and major labels Shunning every artist  who could even remotely be called a Hair band. These fans have started a underground network of newsgroups, web sites, email list, web rings, and IRQ chats.  

"Every genre of Music goes out of Style, but it eventually comes back. Tens years from now kids are going to laugh when bands like Greenday or Third Eye Blind are mentioned. Is Hair rock making a come back? I don't know, but it has never really gone away for die hard fans. As long as there are fans, the music will live on." States lead singer Robyn D. Kradle of the San Diego Glam rock outfit,  Metalic Toyz.  

Many of these artist have continued to play in the 90's. Bang Tango, and Pretty Boy Floyd have been very active on the club circuit.  

Illinois Rockers Enuff Z'nuff really never fit the Glam label they were given when they hit the charts with New Thing and Fly High Michelle in 1990. The music has always been the focus for this band, Image comes dead last in their list of priorities. They have continued to put out albums, and tour. Considered to be more of a 90's band rather than 80's, they have still had to fight hard to kill the "Glam" label.  Not all their fans are thrilled about this tour. "I can't believe they are going out on a 80's Hair band tour" complains one fan. Enuff Z'nuff sees it as an opportunity to play for some new people, and to tour in places they normally wouldn't get a chance to play. The ultimate irony?  It might just take an 80's tour, where people will see them and hear their music,  that will give Enuff Z'nuff the ability to kill the glam label once in for all.  

As for Guns n Roses fans, don't expect GNR tunes to be included in Gilby Clarks set. He does play some covers live, but not those from his former band.  

Whether you are a child of the 80's and want to relive yesteryear, or just want to see what these artist are doing now. The hard tour should be a good time for all Hard Rock Fans. 

Green Day Bassist gets head bashed with a beer bottle.  

The Bass player for Greenday was injured after a show at the KROQ Weenie Roast.  
 

The altercation came after Arion Salazar of the band Third Eye Blind got on stage and bear hugged Mike Dirnt during Green Day's performance. Caught by surprise Dirnt hit and kicked Salazar.  

Back stage after the show Dirnt and Salazar reportedly got into to it again, when  Dirnt was struck over the head with a Beer Bottle. Some reports indicate that it was a fan who did the bashing, others say it was Salazar. Dirnt suffered a fracture to his skull as a result.  

Dirnt is back home in Berkeley California recuperating. And the band plans to continue with plans for a 3 week Canadian tour.  

Meanwhile Salazar issues a public apology.  
 

"I am sorry that my attempt at doing something I thought would be funny escalated into Mike getting hurt. That was never my intention. I simply had too much to drink and made a very bad decision.  

"If I had been in Mike's place, I'm sure I would have acted similarly. My heart goes out to him, and I hope he recovers quickly. We have many friends in common, and I just hope that he can accept my sincerest apology. I am sorry, Mike." 
 
 

Bauhaus Reunion in the works 

The Altpress reports that Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins, David J and Peter Murphy  have been rehearsing in a secluded Los Angeles Location preparing for the Bauhaus reunion shows at the Hollywood Palladium on July 10 and 11th. Indy label Cleopatra is reported to be vying for the rights to record the shows for an album.  

Also expect a greatest hits record for Bauhaus called Crackle from Beggars Banquet soon.  
 
 

Poison front man joins up with Brat-packer.  
 
Bret Michaels lead singer of Glam rock group Poison has teamed up with Brat packer Charlie Sheen to make movies. The two formed a production company called Sheen/Michaels Entertainment. The first project for the new company is a Marlon Brando Film Free Money.  

The film is a comedy featuring Donald Sutherland, Mira Sorvino, Sheen and Thomas Haden Church.  The premise of the film is that Sheen and Churches characters marry prison warden Brando's daughters and move in to his home. Then bored with life, and feeling trapped they decide to rob a train filled with cash. We could tell you more but we won't spoil it for you. Look for this film to be released in the Fall. 
  
The new production company is also working on four other films: Two Aces,  Street Pirates, The Famous Final Scene and Skin Trade. Street Pirates is a documentary about young criminals who leave juvenile hall to sail boats.  Five Aces sounds like a remake of the Big Chill for Generation X'ers. Sheen also stars in Five Aces as the man who is to married, and gathers a few of his collage friends in a cabin to celebrate. There are no details on the other two films at this time.  

Michaels turned to film after the grunge music scene took over and made glam passé. He has one self produced film to his credit, Letters from Death row, a film in which he played the staring character. Expect Michaels to use his musical talents on the sound tracks to most of the films that Sheen/Michaels Productions put out.  
 
 

KISS Planning L.A. Halloween Bash 

The hard rockin face painted KISS has asked Dodger Stadium officials to place a tentative hold on  the venue for Halloween. The band will be releasing their new coming album on Sept. 15, and plan to kick off their world tour with a special Halloween bash from Dodge stadium. The band is also reported to be in negotiations with the News Corp. to have it's subsidiary the Fox Television Network air the show live.  

The new studio album Psycho Circus, is the first Studio KISS album to feature all the original members since 1979's Dynasty. (1980's Unmasked which featured Peter Criss on the credits and cover, featured Studio drummer Anton Fig.) 

Also Do we have a $50,000 KISS sports car to look forward to in the future? 

According to a report by MTV news, the band has 6 prototypes ready to be unveiled at publicity events for the upcoming tour. The cars are black and silver two seaters which will go for a cool $50,000.  Start saving your money now for a down payment. 

Also reported by MTV news: KISS, the kings of merchandising, have signed up a developer for a KISS computer game.  Will is have more blood than Mortal Combat? We will let you know.  
  
Previous news on Kiss 
KISS finish forthcoming Album, and plan WORLD Tour. 
 
 

Visit the Band page for KISS here at Rock n World 

 
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