T.M. Stevens, Bassist of 100s of Sessions and Tours, Has Died


One of the best and most prolific and coolest bass players in Rock history, T.M. Stevens, has died. He was 72. His colleague, fellow New Yorker, and musician Ronny Drayton broke the news on social media. Tributes have been pouring in from across all musical genres. Since 2017 T.M. was in a care facility while suffering from dementia. Starting out in the nineteen seventies in New York, T.M. was an early wunderkind on bass and received many accolades from bass and guitar magazines. He was also known for his flamboyant fashion sense and persona. Also known as Shaka Zulu, and fronting his own band also called Shakazooloo, his versatility and talent saw him as a member of his original band Space Cadets, as well as a recording and/or touring member of Pretenders, Steve’ Vai’s solo band for the album Passion and Warfare (also featuring Devin Townsend), his peer Victor Wooten, as well as hit albums from James Brown, Billy Squire, Tina Turner, Cyndi Lauper, Billy Joel, 2Pac, Joe Cocker, Darlene Love, Taylor Dayne, Nona Hendrix, and over 247 credits according to Discogs.com. T.M. was also a fixture on many rock and metal tribute albums over the years. RIP. Continue reading

Tina Turner, “The Queen of Rock and Roll,” Has Died

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Tina Turner, who defined talent, power, grace, elegance, and much more as the first true woman singer of Rock music, has died. She was 83. According to a report from her publicity team, Tina died peacefully at home in Switzerland after a long illness. Originally, the singer of Rock pioneering band Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm, Turner rose to equal billing with Ike as part of the later renamed Ike & Tina Turner Revue. Later, escaping an abusive relationship (the narrative of her memoir and later Award-winning film What’s Love Got To Do With It. She had been in many films, including The Who’s seminal Rock musical album and film Tommy, and a Broadway musical of her life story Tina! Ran in the last few years. Both with Ike Turner, and her huge solo career as one of the dominant women artists of not just the 1980s, but of all time with “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine”, “River Deep – Mountain High”, “Proud Mary”, “Nutbush City Limits” “What’s Love Got to Do With It”, “Better Be Good to Me”, “Private Dancer”, “We Don’t Need Another Hero” and more. Covered by artists as wide-ranging as CCR, Halestorm, and Ghost, shows will never be forgotten. 

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“Bowie At 75” Book Celebrates The Entire Career of the Iconic Artist David Bowie

Bowie At 75 is a unique and beautifully produced celebration of the iconic rock star David Bowie, examining his extraordinary life through the lens of 75 significant career achievements and life events. Covering his entire recorded output in this lovingly expressive and collectible written by the dean of Rock and Heavy Metal journalism, Author Martin Popoff. The book arrives June 14th, 2022, and pre-orders are live now at the link below. 

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ALBUM REVIEW: Udo Dirkschneider – My Way

When one thinks of that classic heavy metal voice, the musings often land on the great Mr. Udo Dirkschneider. His is that voice:  the sandpaper over rusted metal, the two-pack-a-day unfiltered Pal Mal smoker of the 1940s, the male version of Mama in Throw Mama From the Train; to wit, Udo Dirkschneider is sultry. So it is with delicious aplomb that Mr. Dirkschneider has graced the metal community with a new album. My Way (Atomic Fire Records) is one hour and five minutes of lovingly crafted cover toons in which that voice croons and barks and puts nails on a chalkboard through classic metal, pop, and yes, even classic standards from 1968 and 1969. I would be remiss if I did not mention forthwith that I have been enamored with Udo Dirkschneider since his Accept days and many of the songs and artists he covers are among my favourite. 

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Jay-Z, Foo Fighters and The Go-Gos to Be Inducted in The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Iron Maiden and RATM Get Snubbed


Ever controversial, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2021 inductees have been announced. JAY-Z, Foo Fighters, Tina Turner, the Go-Go’s, Todd Rundgren, and Carole King will all be inducted. It marks the second induction for Dave Grohl (previously with Nirvana), Turner (previously with Ike Turner), and King (previously with Gerry Goffin). Turner and King follow Stevie Nicks as the only women to be inducted multiple times. Those nominated include metal icons Rage Against the Machine, and Iron Maiden, along with Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush, Devo, Chaka Khan, Fela Kuti, New York Dolls, and Dionne Warwick. The Rock Hall has rarely gotten it right for Rock and Heavy Metal and of bands that are officially in the metal genre, only Black Sabbath and Metallica are in. Ozzy Osbourne genius guitarist Randy Rhodes will be induced in The Musical Excellence Award with LL Cool J, Billy Preston, and Randy Rhoads. Music executive Clarence Avant is this year’s Ahmet Ertegun Award, honoree.

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Iron Maiden, Foo Fighters, Rage Against The Machine, Tina Turner, Jay-Z, and New York Dolls are Nominated for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s class of 2021

Often criticized by fans for not including enough actual rock and metal bands, The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has announced their nominees for the class of 2021. Among the included artists and bands are Iron Maiden, Foo Fighters, Rage Against The Machine, Tina Turner, Jay-Z, and New York Dolls, The Go-Gos, Todd Rundgren, LL Cool J and others. The Hall has always been inclusive of other genres of pop music such as Rap and Jazz even. RATM was denied last year after being a finalist and other heavy acts like Judas Priest and Soundgarden, mounted big campaigns, but ultimately fell short. The top vote-getters will be announced in May and inducted in a Cleveland, Ohio, ceremony in the fall. To be eligible for this year’s ballot, each nominee’s first single or album had to have been released in 1995 or earlier.

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Video Premiere – Militia Vox Debuts Tina Turner Cover



Powerhouse metal singer and New York City personality Militia Vox has just released her covers EP Bait. To celebrate, Ghost Cult is proud to premiere her video, for her powerful rendition of Tina Turner’s 80’s rock classic ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)’, the hit theme song to the film Mad Max, Beyond Thunderdome. .

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Best known as the front woman of several bands such as Judas Priestess (the world’s only all-woman tribute to the metal gods, Judas Priest), Swear On Your Life, and Disciples of Astaroth. She is a well known talent as a multi-instrumentalist was well. (vocals, songwriter, arranger, keys/synth, rhythm guitar)

Militia Vox has lent her vocals to legends such as Dee Snider, Cyndi Lauper and Living Colour, and was a VJ and music/style expert for networks like FUSE, Much Music USA, MTV2, and VH1(“Heavy Metal Makeover,” “Soundtrack For Your Life,” “Tastemaker,” “A Night With…”).