Global Rock Summit 2014 debuts in Los Angeles

The Global Rock Summit is an international rock music conference aimed at bringing together all aspects of the rock music industry in one annual gathering. The aim of the GRS is to help further stimulate a buoyant but often overlooked sector of the music industry.

The GRS will run from April 4-5, 2014 and will take place in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where the first Oscars ceremony was held in 1928, among many other iconic music and entertainment events.

The GRS will feature a cross-section of expert panelists spanning all aspects of the global rock industry. The event will discuss the future of the industry and look at solutions to further bolster and expand business opportunities. The conference will also discuss key topics with some of the most respected minds and figures within the rock sector, plus a number of keynotes with some of the industry’s most renowned and innovative figures. The evenings will feature key artist showcases from some of the best new rock acts from across the globe.

The GRS also will be inclusive of all areas of rock music, from classic rock and metal to screamo, AOR, alternative rock, black metal, progressive rock, doom, stoner, blues, punk, emo and hardcore.

GRS organiser Seven Webster states: “If it’s heavy and it rocks and you want to network, trade and expand your business opportunities, then the Global Rock Summit will be the perfect community for you to connect with the world of rock.”


Andy Gould
– Founder, Spectacle Group (worldwide manager Rob Zombie)
Billy Anderson
– CEO, TeamRock
Chris Ingham
– MD of Publishing/Content, TeamRock (publisher of Metal Hammer/Classic Rock magazines)
Jim Morewood
– Owner, EGO Booking Agency
Jordan Berliant
– Partner, The Collective (worldwide manager Linkin Park and Slash)
Michael Chugg
– Founder, Chugg Entertainment
Mike Walsh
– Deputy Program Director and Head Of Music Xfm (UK)
Ron Burman
– President, North America, Mascot Label Group
Steve Strange
– Partner/Agent, X-Ray Touring

Conference registration, showcase tickets and more information are now available at


Mick Farren dies at 69

Author, journalist and Deviants singer Mick Farren has passed away at the age of 69.

He’s reported to have collapsed on stage while performing at London’s Borderline venue on Saturday night.

He co-founded the band in 1967 and they released three albums over the following two years. Later he was one of the activists who tore down the fences at the Isle Of Wight festival, and he wrote lyrics for Hawkind and Motorhead.

Farren recently told The Quietus: “I’d already got a grounding in Elvis Presley and Gene Vincent and Miles Davis, and the rougher end of the Beat Generation, and I’d seen Marlon Brando in The Wild One, and that was my heritage and baggage that I took to the psychedelic party. And it really wasn’t welcomed too much by Krishna’s Children. And yeah, there were some clashes. At the same time though, I was required.”

As a journalist he’s possibly best remembered for writing the NME article The Titanic Salls At Dawn, published in June 1976 just before the punk explosion, in which he said: “The iceberg in this case seems to be one of a particularly threatening nature. It is an iceberg that is drifting uncomfortably close to the dazzlingly lit, wonderfully appointed Titanic that is big-time, rock-pop, tax exile, jet-set show business.”

Farren also wrote 23 novels, and 11 non-fiction titles including four about Elvis Presley. His most recent work was career-spanning anthology Elvis Died For Somebody’s Since But Not Mine. His most recent
blog entry was published on July 15.


Structured Settlements in Workers’ Compensation

Self-insured employers often question how to resolve their high value and difficult to conclude claims. The financial expectations and medical needs of the injured employees create complicated issues preventing a claim settlement. Structured settlements can often be the bridge to achieving a settlement when the injured employee will have on-going financial and medical needs.

We have received many questions about the benefits of structured settlements and how to achieve a structured settlement.  Here are the most frequently asked questions about structured settlements.

Q. Exactly what is a structured settlement?
A. A structured settlement is financial agreement for a series of periodic payments an injured person receives over a set time period, or over the person’s life time, to settle any legal obligation, including a workers’ compensation claim.

Q. Are all payments the same?
A. All payments can be the same, but often are flexible and will vary to meet the financial needs of the injured employee. For instance, in addition to biweekly or monthly payments to cover the employee’s on-going loss of income, an initial lump sum to cover transportation or housing needs can be included in the structured settlements. Other variations from the biweekly or monthly payment can be included, for example a future sum for the college tuition of the employee’s child.

Q. What about inflation? How does the structured settlement handle the future decline in purchasing power?
A. The structure settlement can be structured to increase the periodic payment amounts by a fixed amount on a fixed date(s) in the future.

Q. Workers’ compensation indemnity payments are “tax free”. Will the injured employee have to pay income taxes on the periodic payments?
A. No. Under the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code Section 104(a)(1), the periodic payments of a structured settlement are income tax free.

Q. Why would an employer obligate itself to a set of periodic payments that could last for many years into the future?
A. The employer purchases a fixed annuity from a life insurance company to fund the future periodic payments. The life insurance company assumes the responsibility of making all future payments. The employer obligation to make the payments is transferred to the life insurer eliminating the employer’s need to set aside any future reserves for the workers’ compensation claim.

Q. What type of workers’ compensation claims benefit from the use of a structured settlement?

A. An employer can reduce their long-term financial exposure on any serious or catastrophic injury claim with a structured settlement. Examples of cases that often involve a structured settlement include:

    Brain/brain stem injuries
    Spinal cord injuries
    Severe burns
    Multiple trauma claims
    Vision loss
    Hearing loss
    Occupational lung diseases
    Any type of injury that leaves the employee permanently and totally disabled or disabled to the point the employee is unable to return to meaningful employment.

Q. How do structured settlements account for the medical expenses of an injured employee that could last a life time?
A. A separate medical account is set up to cover the employee’s future medical expenses as established by medical actuary. A third party professional administration company oversees the payment of future medical expenses from the account.

Q. What about an injured employee who is eligible for Medicare and/or Social Security Disability? How does a structured settlement handle the requirements for a Medicare Set-Aside (MSA) arrangement?
A. A structured settlement is highly beneficial for a MSA. A structured settlement for the MSA benefits the employer as it costs less because the MSA benefits from the time value of money. Instead of the third party professional administration company receiving all of the money for the MSA up front, the structured settlement insurer funds the MSA periodically as needed.

Q. What information is needed by the structured settlement company before they can quote the cost of the structured settlement?
A. There are several factors that come into play in calculating the cost of the structured settlement including the injured employee’s age, the expected life expectancy of the injured employee, the anticipated cost of future medical care and the employee’s need for lump sum payments both at the start of the structured settlement and at future specific dates.

Q. How can the employer know the life insurance company will be able to make the periodic payments twenty, thirty or forty years in the future?
A. The employer can check the life insurer’s financial strength through the service of A.M. Best, an independent evaluator of the financial strength of insurance companies. We recommend the use of an insurer rated A, or higher, by A. M. Best.

Q. What benefits does a structured settlement provide to the injured employee?
A. There are many benefits to the injured employee, including:

    The structured settlement eliminates many of the financial concerns of the employee by allowing the employee to know what his/her future income will be.

    The employee can receive payments both for immediate needs and periodic payments timed to meet future anticipated needs.

    The employee does not have to worry about managing a large amount of money or fluctuations in the equity market or bond market.

    The employee is provided is a provided a good fixed rate of return on the money invested in the structured settlement.

    In most cases, the structured settlement provides the employee with more money over the long term than a lump sum settlement paid direct to the employee.

    The employee/employee’s attorney no longer has to interact with the employer where the relationship may have become strained, but instead will interact with the life insurer who provides the structured settlement.

    Also, if the employee invests a lump settlement on their own, the employee will be responsible for income taxes on the interest, capital gains or dividends earned by their investment.

Q. Are there any other reasons the injured employee would want a structured settlement?
A. There are several reasons an employee would prefer a structured settlement over the benefits provided by the workers’ compensation system. Structured settlements give the employee freedom from the restraints of workers’ compensation.

The workers’ compensation payments have a time limit in many states (often 400 weeks or 500 weeks) after which the payments cease.

Statutory payments in death claims normally cease upon remarriage.

Workers’ compensation indemnity payments can end if the employee is retrained for another job and returns to work in another field.

Q. The employee is represented by an attorney. How are the plaintiff attorney fees handled?
A. The plaintiff attorney fee can be paid as a lump sum settlement or the attorney fees can also be set-up in a structured settlement providing the attorney with a guaranteed source of future income.

Q. The closure of the claim through a structured settlement is the major benefit to the employer. Are there other benefits to the employer?
A. Yes. A structured settlement can avoid the uncertainty of litigation and end the on-going legal expense. In life time disability claims, the mortality risk and the investment risk is transferred to the life insurer. Also, the cost of funding a Medicare Set-Aside can be reduced through the use of a structured settlement.

Q. Other than workers’ compensation claims, are there any other uses for structured settlements?
A. Yes, structured settlements are often used to resolve a wide variety of litigated matters including:

    Long term disability claims
    Automobile injuries
    Product liability claims
    Slip and fall injuries
    General liability claims
    Medical malpractice claims
    Legal malpractice claims
    Errors and Omissions claims
    Wrongful death claims
    Nursing home abuse claims
    Punitive damage claims
    Slander and libel claims
    Construction defect claims
    Disputed property claims
    Sexual harassment claims
    Age discrimination claims
    Employment discrimination claims
    Wrongful termination claims
    Guardianship cases involving minors or incompetents
    Environmental pollution claims
        Toxic chemicals


Korn Reveal New Album Cover and Track List

Korn will release The Paradigm Shift, their 11th studio album and first new record with guitarist Brian “Head” Welch in a decade, in stores and via digital retailers on October 1 on Prospect Park. Now the band has teamed up with Revolver to reveal the cover art, created by artist Roboto, and track listing for the album. Check it all out below and let us know what you think in the comments.

Track listing:

13. TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT (deluxe)


JJ Cale dead at 74

JJ Cale has died at the age of 74 after suffering a heart attack, his official website has confirmed.

The singer-songwriter released 14 solo albums starting with 1972′s Naturally. His most recent outing was 2009′s Roll On. He was a pioneer of the Tulsa sound – an amalgamation of blues, country and jazz known for its laid-back feel.

Eric Clapton was a fan, recording a cover of Cale’s 1976 track Cocaine after having previously released a take of After Midnight. Cale’s songs were also covered by acts as diverse as Captain Beefheart, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Carlos Santana, Kansas and Tom Petty.

A statement on his official website says: “JJ Cale passed away at 8.00pm on Friday July 26 at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, CA. The legendary singer / songwriter had suffered a heart attack. There are no immediate plans for services.

“His history is well documented at,, and in the documentary, To Tulsa And Back.

“Donations are not needed; but he was a great lover of animals so, if you like, donations can be made to your favourite local animal shelter.”


Hard Rock Hell Black Friday sale!

Hard Rock Hell is six years old and to celebrate today (July 26) has been anointed HRH Black Friday Sale Day.

With all Royalty and VIP packages sold out across HRH events for 2014 there are still packages available for Hammerfest, HRH AOR 2, HRH Prog 2 and the newly launched HRH Blues.

So for one day only Hard Rock Hell packages will cost a straight £500 plus booking fee no matter what size room you book.

With rooms accommodating up to eight people, the more who attend the cheaper the room is – from as little as £62.50 per person for a three-day event.

You can reserve a room for just £100 or pay immediately in full – your choice.

This incredible offer will only last for 24 hours.

HRH Black Friday Sale runs all day today until midnight – call 08700 110034 now.

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Dio third album ‘difficult’ for ex members

Dio offshoot band Last In Line will play most of the band’s first two albums but not much of third release Sacred Heart – because the material carries too many bad memories.

Guitarist Vivian Campbell, now with Def Leppard, last week told Classic Rock he aimed to reclaim his heritage by playing songs he co-wrote for the first time since being sacked by Ronnie James Dio in 1986.

But he’s not ready to extend that to the album he was touring at the time he was fired.

Campbell tells Talking Metal of their setlist: “We haven’t completely finalised it yet, but it’s basically going to pick itself.

“There are only nine songs on Holy Diver and I think there’s only nine songs on the The Last In Line album.

“The Sacred Heart album was very difficult for us all – that’s when things really started to go wrong with the band. No one wanted to be in the studio with Ronnie.

“We would literally just come in and do our parts; we wouldn’t really hang, whereas with Holy Diver and Last In Line we were in the studio 24-7 and everyone was committed to making those records.

“So the Sacred Heart record, we don’t look upon it as favourably. We probably won’t play too much from that.”

While Campbell and bandmates Vinnie Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell used to perform some Black Sabbath and Rainbow tracks with Dio, the guitarist feels it wouldn’t be appropriate now they’re working with singer Andy Freeman.

“I don’t think it would be legitimate for us to do that,” says Campbell. “The original Dio band played Man On The Silver Mountain, Stargazer, Long Live Rockn’Roll, Mob Rules, Heaven And Hell and Children Of The Sea. Those were legitimate enough for us to do because Ronnie was there and he’d been in those bands.

“But without Ronnie there, I don’t think it’s very legitimate to play Sabbath or Rainbow songs, so we won’t be doing that.”

Last In Line’s debut tour takes place in the UK next month, but the band have added a warm-up show at Slidebar in Fullarton, California on August 3.

Last in Line UK Tour


Aug 8: Belfast Limelight
Aug 9: Glasgow Cathouse
Aug 10: Bloodstock festival
Aug 11: London Islington Academy


The benefits of novated leasing

A novated leasing is a tax effective way to purchase a motor vehicle. The finance and running costs of your vehicle are paid for by your employer who recovers these costs from your pre-tax salary. The associated tax benefit is what makes novated leasing an increasingly popular method of financing a car.

Novated leasing comes in a finance only arrangement and a fully maintained version. A finance only novated lease is an agreement entered into with a financier. The running costs, salary deductions and fringe benefit tax (FBT) requirements are managed by the employee and their employer.

Entering into a fully maintain novated lease allows these aspects to be managed by a company specialising in novated leasing. This simplifies the process and reduces the administration costs to the employer. A fully maintained lease also provides the employee with an estimate of the tax advantage they will receive.

How does a fully maintained novated lease work?


A fully maintained novated lease incorporates the finance for the vehicle and budgets for its running costs. These budgets will depend on the vehicle selected, the term of the lease and expected annual kilometres to be travelled.

The total vehicle cost is worked out over the term and then divided into equal monthly amounts. These monthly amounts are invoiced to the employer and recovered tax effectively from the employee’s salary.

Who can have a novated lease?


Generally speaking novated leasing is available to any employee with their employer's permission.

Where do I start?


Speaking with a novated leasing provider is the easiest way to get a better understanding of the process and the potential tax benefits. However, it is a good idea to do some research first. Start by investigating potential vehicles that suit your needs. It is wise to select a vehicle that has strong resale qualities as this will reduce the total cost of the lease.

The vehicle can be new or used and can be purchased from a dealer or private seller. It helps to have an idea of the annual kilometres you expect to travel and how long you intend to own the vehicle.

How much tax benefit can I receive?

The tax benefit from a novated lease is via savings in income tax and GST. This saving will depend on a number of variables including the price of the vehicle, the term of the lease and the intended kilometres travelled.

Although, a better tax advantage is generally gained the more kilometres travelled, significant savings can still be made for those who travel less kilometres. Below is an example of such circumstances.

Oliver has an annual salary of $90,000 and travels only 7,000 kilometres per annum. He is looking to lease a brand new $26,000 Corolla over a 3 year term. Based on this information his taxable income could be reduced by about $5,000 per annum.

By reducing his taxable income by $5,000, Oliver saves $1,925 per annum in income tax. Oliver also receives $500 of GST claimed back by his employer each year. The combined tax benefit for Oliver is more than $7,000 over the three year term.

If Oliver travels 20,000 kilometres per annum, he receives a much greater tax advantage. His taxable income is reduced by about $7,000 per annum and his employer can claim $700 per annum of GST on his behalf. This results in a tax benefit of over $10,000.

Novated leasing may not work in all financial situations and independent financial advice is always recommended when it comes to your personal finance matters. However, a fully maintained novated lease has the potential to provide significant tax advantages when purchasing a vehicle.


Metallica launch movie trailer

Metallica have released a trailer for upcoming 3D movie Through The Never. View it below.

The film stars Dan DeHaan as young roadie Trip, who’s sent on an errand ahead of a Metallica show and finds himself in a strange parallel universe.

The thrash giants wanted to make a concert movie like no other before it – and drummer Lars Ulrich believes they’ve achieved that, with the help of director Nimrod Antal.

Ulrich tells I Am Rogue: “When Metallica does these things we have a tendency to jump forward and we don’t plan things through. We need people who are willing to take those jumps, don’t ask too many questions and are ready to go along for the ride. Nimrod went for it. I spoke to a lot of people in Hollywood about what kind of partner we needed and Nimrod was the first one who bought into it.

“We wanted to do a different take on a concert film. We figured one way of doing that, a movie we’d never seen before, was to have a concert and a narrative and to have those worlds interweave. You follow him closely and you follow the concert and it unwinds in real time. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen, and we’re very proud of that.”

Actor DeHaan – who lent his name to Metallica for a recent secret set – shares Ulrich’s views. He says: “I pretty much have to go through hell and back, and all of this is going on during the concert, so it all ties together really beautifully and uniquely. It’s unlike anything that I’ve ever seen before. It’s almost like a concert movie meets The Wall meets Metallica.”

Metallica Through The Never opens in cinemas in September.


John Lydon to get Icon Award

Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd frontman John Lydon is to be given an Icon Award by music rights organisation the BMI.

He’ll be guest of honour at a gala event in London’s Dorchester Hotel on October 15.

The award is granted to songwriters who have left “a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers” and previous recipients include Queen, Ray Davies, Steve Winwood and Bryan Ferry.

BMI president Del Bryant says: “John is a true icon whose influence on music, fashion and art has been felt around the world. We’re very pleased to recognise his impact on popular culture and his outstanding musical contributions.”

The former Johnny Rotten’s writing credits include Pistols classics Anarchy In The UK, God Save The Queen and Pretty Vacant, along with PIL tracks Rise, This Is Not A Love Song, Warrior and Public Image.

PIL released a This Is PIL, their first album in 20 years, in 2012. It was followed by a world tour, including a trip to China in April this year – which, to Lydon’s surprise, was approved by the nation’s authorities after they asked to read every lyric he’d ever written.

He said: “They have either incredible good taste or they have no idea what I’m going on about. I can’t wait to find out. I hope their prison food is better than elsewhere. I’ve been in jails all around the world; I’m due an update.”

The band appeared at this year’s Glastonbury festival


Campbell claims back Dio heritage

Last In Line is all about reclaiming lost heritage for guitarist Vivian Campbell.

The Def Leppard axeman has reunited with fellow founding Dio members Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell. Together with singer Andy Freeman they’re gearing up to tour the UK, playing the tracks they wrote as part of the late Ronnie James Dio’s band.

And Campbell – who was fired by Dio in 1986 – asserts the move to reclaim material he co-created is long overdue.

He tells Classic Rock: “I’ve got a different way of looking at it now than I’ve had for almost 30 years.

“I was fired, then I was portrayed as the one who’d turned my back on the band. It wasn’t true: I never wanted to leave Dio.

“I will admit that, at the time, I was experiencing growth and I wanted to try different kinds of music. That obviously rubbed Ronnie the wrong way. Perhaps that’s what he construed as me not wanting to be in the band – but I certainly did not want to leave.”

As a result of the experience, Campbell turned his back on the music he’d written with Dio, and he’s still upset about the way he and his bandmates were treated. “We wrote those songs,” he emphasises. “We weren’t just salaried guitarists, bassists, drummers. But we got none of the records, the tour profits, the merchandise. We were paid literally less than the crew.

“We were made to feel like we weren’t part of it. Being fired hurt a lot, and, perhaps childishly, I ran away from it.

“So I’m re-taking ownership of that stuff. It’s as much mine as anyone else’s; I wrote those songs and I put my heart and soul into that project.”

But Campbell – who’s currently receiving treatment for cancer – didn’t set out with the aim of putting the band back together. He only invited his former colleagues to a one-off jam session in a rehearsal studio, after having been inspired by his short stint with Thin Lizzy in 2010-11.

“That really helped me connect with guitar playing again,” he says. “To play those Lizzy songs from my youth really connected the dots for me.

“So I called Vinnie, Jimmy and Claude and we went into a studio. We’d only booked a room for a few hours, and about half-way through Vinnie said, ‘I know this guy.’ Andy walked in, and right away it just sounded amazing.”

Last In Line – named after Dio’s second album – play their first-ever shows next month:

Aug 8: Belfast Limelight
Aug 9: Glasgow Cathouse
Aug 10: Bloodstock festival
Aug 11: London Islington Academy


Dream Theater detail self-titled album

Dream Theater have revealed the artwork and tracklist for their self-titled 12th album, which is due for release no September 23.

It’s the second record to feature Mike Mangini on drums after Mike Portnoy’s shock departure in 2010 – but it’s the first time Mangini’s had the opportunity to contribute as a writer, since the material for 2011 album A Dramatic Turn Of Events had been completed before he joined the band.

Guitarist John Petrucci recently said of the work: “I see every new album as an opportunity to start over – to either build or improve upon a direction that has been evolving over time, or to completely break new ground.

“This is the first self-titled album of our career and there is nothing I can think of that makes a statement of musical and creative identity stronger than that. We’ve fully explored all of the elements that make us unique, from the epic and intense to the atmospheric and cinematic.”

The album will be available in multiple formats including special edition CD, double-vinyl and limited-edition box set. Dream Theater launch a DVD entitled Live At Luna Park in November, and tour the UK in early 2014:

Feb 13:  Manchester O2 Apollo
Feb 14: London Wembley Arena
Feb 15: Wolverhampton Civic Hall


01. False Awakening Suite
I. Sleep Paralysis
II. Night Terrors
III. Lucid Dream
02. The Enemy Inside
03. The Looking Glass
04. Enigma Machine
05. The Bigger Picture
06. Behind The Veil
07. Surrender To Reason
08. Along For The Ride
09. Illumination Theory
I. Paradoxe de la Lumière Noire
II. Live, Die, Kill
III. The Embracing Circle
IV. The Pursuit of Truth
V. Surrender, Trust & Passion


Leadon returns to Eagles

Bernie Leadon has returned to the Eagles for what could be their last world tour.

Speculation had been rife that the former guitarist – who quit in 1975 – would take the stage again with his ex-bandmates. He did just that at their first show in Louisville, Kentucky, at the weekend, taking part in a set that featured tracks they hadn’t performed in decades.

And Don Henley says Randy Meisner could have been present as well.

He tells Rolling Stone: “Bernie is definitely on this tour. Randy might have been too, but his current health will not permit. We’re all wishing him well.”

Meisner choked while eating earlier this year, resulting in lost consciousness and long-term damage – although he’s reported to be on the mend.

But there’s no chance of Don Felder returning to the fold in the near future. Henley says: “Since Mr Felder continues to engage in legal action of one kind or another against us, I can’t really say anything further about it.” Felder recently said he held no hard feelings over disagreements from the past.

Henley admits this could be the Eagles’ final road trip. “Covering the entire globe will take us about two years,” he says. “So by the time we get through this tour, it’ll be 2015 and we’ll all be in our late 60s. It’s been an incredible experience – but it may be time to say adios and bow out gracefully.”


Aerosmith movie coming to UK cinemas

Aerosmith’s concert movie Rock For The Rising Sun will be shown at ten cinemas across the UK on July 16.

It was shot in 2011 after Steven Tyler’s outfit ignored advice to avoid playing in Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of the country.

Their first live release since 2004′s You Gotta Move will be available on DVD, blu-ray and digital formats via Eagle Rock Entertainment from July 22 – but you can see it on big screens a week earlier.

It will be screened at these locations:
Islington (London)
Manchester Lowry
Leeds Light
Edinburgh Omni
Newcastle Under Lyme

Find out more from Vue Cinemas.