Jackson Guitarist Jennifer Batten Will Be Playing In Budapest September 29 At Pecsa Music Cafe

Sources: Live Sound | Edited By – All Things Michael


The buzz on Jennifer Batten rose from the guitar underground, and the guitar magazines promptly began chronicling her savvy musicianship and highly original approach to the electric guitar in print.

She completed her second solo record “Jennifer Batten’s Tribal Rage~Momentum” just before she was again asked to join Michael Jackson for his 2 year world tour supporting his double album “HIStory” in 1997. In the spring of 98 Jeff Beck asked Jennifer to join his band. They joined forces for 3 years on the CD’s “Who Else”, and “You Had It Coming” which were both supported by world tours.


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Slash Talks About Getting Sober, Michael Jackson, Growing Wiser And More

Sources: Irish Independent | All Things Michael


It’s the morning after his birthday. Not traditionally a date on which the former Guns n’ Roses star would be expected to be at his most congenial. But while the iconic top hat and curls remain, at 49, the guitarist has long since kicked his legendary addictions.

Indeed the way he waxes nostalgic about the past, you’d hardly think sex n’ drugs had even come into the equation. “You wanna know why I got into this business?” he asks. “Because I loved playing. I loved doing concerts. I loved recording. And that’s still what I’m in it for today.”

On paper, it reads like a curmudgeonly tirade. But he delivers it in such a laidback Californian drawl that he cannot help but exude a certain Lebowskian charm.

Last night Slash celebrated his birthday at a downtown Chicago steakhouse, where he shared a meal with his friend Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. (“Yeah, we had dinner across the street. How’d you know that?” The restaurant manager tweeted a picture, I tell him.)

Today he is up to talk about his excellent new album World On Fire, recorded with singer Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, as well as to promote the group’s forthcoming European tour, which opens at the 3 Arena [formerly the O2] in Dublin on November 10th. For a man who spent most of his career butting heads professionally with two of the maddest and most maddening front men in the annals of rock n’ roll (Axl Rose in Guns n’ Roses and Scott Wieland in Velvet Revolver), his relationship with Kennedy sounds remarkably civilised.

“Yeah, the way it works is, I write stuff. I record it on my phone. Then I send it to Myles when he’s on with his band Alter Bridge so that he can adhere to whatever riff he digs. We get a tonne of preproduction work done that way. So once we get in the studio, we only have to play the songs a couple of times. The studio process is very, very fast.”

Not to dredge up the past, but Axl Rose was a control freak whose tardiness and eccentricity justly earned him a reputation as the Howard Hughes of rock. Scott Weiland was a raging heroin addict for most of the time he was in Velvet Revolver. Was it a conscious decision to seek a more stable professional partnership?

“Not exactly,” he replies. “When I was in Velvet Revolver, I really just wanted to do something on my own for a while. To get away from what that band had become, with Scott the way he was, and all of that. So I made the first solo album [Slash, released 2010] and then I figured I should tour it.”

He then met Kennedy and quickly put a band together. “In the past, I’d worked with guys I’d known or had played with before in L.A. But this unit just came out of the blue. Even from our first rehearsal, we just had this magic synergy. And we’ve kept that and developed it ever since.”

“And yes, it is stable. Mostly because everyone in the band wants to go out and play. In other bands I’ve been a part of in the past, I used to find that there were all sorts of internal obstacles that I could never understand with people. The instability in that group… I don’t even know how to describe it.”

He’s talking about Guns n’ Roses? “Yeah. We slaved to get to the point where we could make records. We sacrificed everything. We achieved success and then, suddenly, certain figures in the band just wanted to f*** it all up. I mean, I just wanted to work. But I never knew when, or where, or how that was going to be.”

It’s not a subject he seems to enjoy talking about. (In fact, over the course of our conversation, he never once refers to Axl Rose by name.) And having had to fend off questions about a reunion that’s never going to happen for close on 20 years now, it’s hard to blame him.

So I ask about another singular talent whose path he crossed several times in the course of his career: Michael Jackson. Although it’s odd to imagine the soft voiced King of Pop and the whiskey-swilling metaller bonding over much, when they met during sessions for Jackson’s Black or White single in 1991, the guitarist insists there was a genuine bond.


“The first time we met, it was probably for a total of 10 minutes. He left me in the studio, gave me free rein to do what I wanted with the track and just took off. But it was on the road that a relationship developed.”

Slash toured with Jackson in the early 1990s. Altogether they played over 50 times together, including a performance at the MTV Awards in 1995. “At that point, Guns n’ Roses were getting pretty big, and beginning to live in the bubble that massive artists live in.

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“So it was interesting to see someone who was already entrenched in that world, albeit with three times the entourage. Everything just becomes bigger and bigger and less realistic. The amount of bullshit surrounding you. The amount of yes-people you have to deal with. And, you know, I felt for him. I really did. Because there was nobody in his entourage that he could 100% trust.”

Word is that when Slash was recording his first solo album in the summer of 2009, he considered calling up his old friend and asking him to guest on the album. “Yes, that’s true. The thought did cross my mind. And this was something he might have been interested to do.”

Unfortunately, Jackson was in rehearsals for his ill-fated This Is It concert series in London at the time. So Slash never made the call. He put the idea on the long finger, figuring he could return to it at some later date. A couple of weeks later Jackson was dead.

After Michael Jackson’s death, Slash went on record saying that he had been “hip to [Jackson's] issues”. Does that mean he was aware of the singer’s addictions? “Well, I don’t really like to be too specific in talking about that kind of thing. It’s none of my business. He and I certainly never discussed it. But I knew…”

He pauses.

“Let’s just say I could get a sense of the alienation he was experiencing. And I knew the kinds of things he might be doing to combat that. I mean, I knew my own habits. So there was something there that was unsaid between us.”


Considering the carnage this lifestyle has had on so many people around him, I ask, how would he feel if his own sons (aged 10 and 12) some day came to him and told him they’d like to be rock stars?

He laughs. “If my kids wanted to get into rock ‘n’ roll, I’d say ‘Look, if you want to pick up an instrument, play it because you love the sound it makes. If you want to write songs and be in a band, that’s fine too. Just know there’s nothing to be gained from it except personal enjoyment.’

“The chance of getting anywhere with it are so slim that you really need to be doing it for the love of it and not have any expectations. But they’re my kids, and I’m going to support them whatever they decide to do. Right now, I don’t see them headed in that direction. But then it didn’t click with me either ’til I was almost 15 years old.”

I ask about Guns n’ Roses famous headlining performance slot at Slane in 1992. But his memory of the day is less than photographic. “I definitely remember the gig, because of where it was and how big it was. But as for the actual performance itself, my recollections are hazy if nonexistent.”

But he promises his Irish fans a night that even he will remember this November at the 3 Arena, with songs plucked from the entire span of his near 30-year career. “Our last gig at the Olympia was one of the best gigs we ever played. It was our last show of the European tour and it was awesome.

“The Irish crowd is one that I feel very much at home playing to. So I’m really looking forward to this next visit. It’s going to be f***ing awesome. I promise you!”

World On Fire is out now. Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators play the 3 Arena on November 10th.

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Orianthi To Co-Host The 2015 She Rocks Awards

Sources: Guitar World | Edited By – All Things Michael

allthingsmichaeledit15The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) is thrilled to announce that Orianthi will co-host the 2015 She Rocks Awards.

Honoring women who stand out as role models in the music industry, the She Rocks Awards is slated to take place Friday evening, January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif., during the NAMM Show.

“The She Rocks Awards does so much for women in music and I’m excited to be a part of it,” shares Orianthi. “This event recognizes women who truly rock, and it will be my honor to be there to congratulate them!” A 2013 She Rocks Awards honoree, Orianthi is a platinum-selling solo artist and known the world-over as a masterful guitar player, having performed with artists such as Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper, Carrie Underwood, and more.

Hosting duties will be shared between Orianthi and the WiMN founder Laura B. Whitmore. “Orianthi is such an amazing role model for female musicians all over the world,” Whitmore comments. “I can’t think of a better partner for leading the She Rocks Awards!”

The She Rocks Awards pays tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry, and has become a standard at the NAMM Show. Previous award recipients include female industry leaders such as Orianthi, Sheila E, Gaby Moreno, Malina Moye, Dinah Gretsch, Janie L. Hendrix, Mary Peavey, and more. The event brings together industry professionals, music icons, artists, educators, fans and media to celebrate women in music.

The She Rocks Awards will take place from 6:00pm to 8:30pm in the Pacific Ballroom at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel. The event has sold out for the past two years.

Tickets for the 2015 She Rocks Awards go on sale October 15, 2014. To find out more, please visit www.thewimn.com


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Taylor Dayne Talks About Her New Album And Being An Opening Act For The Bad Tour

Sources: HNGN – By Michael Lello | All Things Michael


In the late ’80s and early ’90s, you’d be hard-pressed to turn on the radio and not hear Taylor Dayne. With massive hits like “Tell It To My Heart” and “Love Will Lead You Back,” the Long Island-born performer landed 18 songs in the top 10 of Billboard’s charts and sold 75 million records.

After what was perceived as a 10-year hiatus – she didn’t release an album in the United States between 1998’s “Naked Without You” and 2008’s “Satisfied” – Dayne is firmly entrenched in phase two of her career, which has thus far been a success. “Beautiful,” the lead single from “Satisfied,” hit the top of the Billboard Hot Dance chart, and “Crash,” from the same album, was used by ABC in a promotional spot.

Now, Dayne is developing a re-recorded, re-mastered version of her greatest hits for an upcoming release, and today she drops her new single “Dreaming” and the song’s accompanying video, which makes its exclusive premiere at HNGN.com.

We chatted with Dayne today about the new song and video, the process of revisiting her biggest songs for the upcoming release and opening for Michael Jackson on his gargantuan “Bad” tour.

HNGN.com: Today’s a big day for you, with both the single and video for “Dreaming” coming out. You’ve obviously been through this before, but how does it feel this time?

Taylor Dane: Oh my god, it’s always exciting. You do all your work, the preparation, and it’s just so funny because it’s gone 360 degrees to where we started – back in the day, we were just releasing singles.

And then the song always goes through the machine and you try to put your best foot forward artistically. Hopefully the fans get it.

HNGN.com: Tell us about the process of creating “Dreaming.”

TD: I collaborated with some young guys; they’ll send me a track and say, “What do you think?” It wasn’t written very recently, it was a couple years ago, but it kind of went a little retro but also allowed me to deliver vocally what I want to do. It’s really an end-of-summer, Indian Summer song, and pop, of course. It’s retro with a little kick in there from the ’70s and Blondie too. It’s a fun track, it’s sexy.

HNGN.com: What about the process of making the video?

TD: It’s back to basics. You’re seeing what we did. I took a photographer, a dear friend of mine, Chris Ameruoso, I told him, “I need to do this really guerilla style.” I trust him and how we work together. I really feel that I’ve done very high-end videos and very beauty-oriented videos, but I wanted it to be dream-esque, with a little bit of slow motion. And we captured the song. You’re seeing it kind of guerilla style, but at the same time it looks quite beautiful, and I think it really captures the song. It’s just me, but you get the essence of the waves and the movement.

HNGN.com: Is the single part of a full album? What else should fans expect from you in the near future?

TD: I’ve re-recorded my greatest hits, so as they say, I’m building some leverage and platforms out there to get the audience reacquainted with my music so I can make some noise with my greatest hits. I’m not sure whether that’s going to turn into duets or different versions. We’re having a really good time with it, and there’s a lot of people coming out of the woodwork to get involved.

HNGN.com: You took a break for about 10 years to focus on family. How would you describe your time away from the music business?

TD: Nothing stopped on my end, but you did notice that the music industry changed during that period. [The break] wasn’t on purpose. I signed with BMG Germany, and then we had a few mergers with BMG and Sony. I had kids unconventionally and I moved – I live in L.A. now. I did release a bunch of singles.

HNGN.com: You opened some shows on Michael Jackson’s “Bad” tour, which ran from 1987 through 1989. What do you remember?

TD: Well, I mean you have to remember it was the height of Michael’s career. It was the culmination of everything we ever witnessed on stage, which was the ultimate entertainer who took it to the next level. …

It was complete pandemonium. They would show people passing out at the shows. It was absolutely mayhem, but it was the most exciting thing. It was the greatest show on earth.


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Review: Orianthi Impresses Live At Hard Rock Cafe

Sources: ABS-CBSnews – By Jackie Dosmanos | All Things Michael


It’s the third and final leg of female guitar whiz Orianthi’s first visit in Manila. Previously, she strutted her stuff at the Chef & Brewer in Ortigas Center and 19 East in Sucat, Paranaque.

Orianthi flew to Manila primarily to promote her latest single “Every Road Leads To You,” a recent collaboration with Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora. The bigger come-on to see her performance begins with the YouTube videos in which she trades licks with the likes of Steve Vai. She also played in rehearsals with the legendary Michael Jackson in rehearsals for a world tour aborted by the Gloved One untimely demise. Her own idol Carlos Santana said Orianthi would be at the top of his list of candidates he’d pass on the baton when the legendary guitar player decides to lay down his axe for good.

All seats were already taken at the appointed show start. The crowd, who spent a two-hour wait feasting on Hard Rock’s gastronomic delights, stood up and cheered when the diminutive (by rock standards) Orianthi finally walked up to the stage.

She wore a top hat, black dress with sequined black coat and a black pair of short pants. The more striking things about her were her long blonde hair and the slight drawl when she greeted the audience with a curt, “How are you?”

After a spiel about loving every minute of her stay in Manila and a promise to be back soon, Orianthi launched into “Heaven In This Hell,” a crunchy pop-metal fare where she regaled the audience with a smooth, virtuosic guitar shredding solo before the fade-out. A batch of songs from her two previous albums got the same treatment before she unleashed a stirring cover of Santana’s blues classic “Europa.”

Orianthi picked up the pace once more with a pop-rocking “According To You,” the song she performed with Carrie Underwood at the 2009 Grammys. With her fluid guitar work, it broke the teenage wunderkind Orianthi from relative obscurity to mainstream fame.


She then delivered a wildly appreciated guitar run that rocked the funk in Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” followed by a luscious jam with former General Luna lead guitarist Caren Mangaran. The latter was particularly impressive because instead of the typical grimace of male shredders, the crowd witnessed two lovely smiling faces comfortably picking melodic chords from their respective instruments.

Occasional wolf whistles issued at the back end of the hall but they came mostly from artist manager Ronnie Henares who had a hand in bringing Orianthi to Manila.

In fact, there was hardly any obvert sensuality emanating from the stage. Instead, an almost reverential awe came from the audience marveling at the peerless playing from Ori and her superb interaction with an all-Filipino back-up band.

The musicians played well together showcasing the support band’s remarkable timing at the beginning of every song, allowing Ori wide room to explore with her guitar. They may have known each another for only a week or so, but the apparent spontaneity of the whole show felt as if drawn from a long experience playing off each player’s strengths.

It’s easy to name check the sources that inspired Orianthi’s young career – ‘70s Santana, ’80 Eddie Van Halen, ‘90s Steve Vai.

On this night however, she was one original figure apart from her idols. Heroine or goddess of shred, all right, but also this generation’s best guitar slinger, to boot.

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Sources: Heedmag | All Things Michael


Acclaimed A-list dancer and rising solo artist Alvester Martin concludes his illustrious dancing career as the male lead in Michael Jackson’s latest music video titled A Place With No Name, the second single off of the musical icon’s posthumous album Xscape.  The video went viral last night via Michael Jackson’s Twitter, and everyone is talking about it!

Alvester Martin has gained legions of fans, having toured and performed with such icons as Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Queen Latifah,  Finally stepping into his own, and already noticed for his good looks by Essence Magazine, Alvester has recently signed with Universal Music Group as a solo recording artist.  His debut album entitled Love Me or Leave Me is slated for release in the Fall/Winter of 2014, and will be exclusively distributed through Emagine/Universal Music Group!


Check out Alvester as the lead in Michael Jackson’s latest video “A Place With No Name”

***BONUS*** Here’s his new single “So High.” Check it out.

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Orianthi Remembers Michael As “Very Sweet And Very Encouraging”

Sources: Interaksyon – By Edwin P. Sallan | All Things Michael


Although she’s currently in town to promote her own shows, acclaimed rock guitarist Orianthi doesn’t mind talking about the music icons that she has had the privilege of meeting and working with.

Chief among them is of, course, the late King of Pop Michael Jackson who personally handpicked the 29-year-old Adelaide native as his lead guitarist for his much-publicized but ultimately aborted “This Is It” world tour in 2009.

“Working with Michael Jackson was a truly surreal experience for me. I played in front of him during my audition and he asked me to do ‘Dirty Diana’ and ‘Beat It’. I remember him as being very sweet and very encouraging,” Orianthi recalled during her press conference at the Hard Rock Café in Makati shortly after her arrival in the country.

Orianthi added that even if she didn’t get to play with MJ in front of millions of fans for the planned tour, she did get to perform with him during rehearsals for the last three months of his life prior to his untimely demise, footages of which were included in the film, “This Is It”, a documentary about the tour.

“We had a blast working together. I learned a lot from our band. They’re all my friends now,” she further said.

Michael Jackson's "This Is It"

Orianthi also spoke fondly about playing with other artists like Carlos Santana, Alice Cooper and Bon Jovi’s Ritchie Sambora whose song, “Every Road Leads To You” she performed with her acoustic guitar before the start of the press conference proper.

“They’re all very cool people. It’s always very cool to meet your idols,” she mused.

Orianthi will headline her own shows on August 22 at the Chef and Brewer on Emerald Ave. in Ortigas Center; August 25 at the 19 East at Km. 19, East Service Road in Sucat, Paranaque; and August 27 at the Hard Rock Café in Makati.

For ticket inquiries, contact Chef and Brewer at 6387023 for her August 22 show; 19 East at 8376903 and 09494984405 for her August 25 performance; and Hard Rock Café at 8934661 to 65 for her August 27 concert.

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International Guitarist Orianthi Recalls Her Experience Working With Michael Jackson And More

Sources: Yahoo – By Maridol   | All Things Michael


Many are called, but few are chosen.

Australian musician Orianthi is one of the privileged ones who have worked with Michael Jackson in in rehearsals for his aborted “This is It” concert series (he passed away before the series kicked off).

The King of Pop himself called an incredulous Orianthi and asked her to be his guitarist in his London show, a privilege granted only to the the likes of Eddie Van Halen, Slash and Jennifer Batten.

“Working with Michael was surreal. He was brilliant,” Orianthi said at a presscon in Hard Rock Cafe last Tuesday, August 19.

Human and hilarious 

But the Gloved One was also as human as can be.

“He was inside a giant spider covered with crystals while ‘Thriller’ (one of Michael’s signature songs) was playing. But he couldn’t get out. So he continued to move in circles until he said, ‘Can someone get me out of this?”

Orianthi found this hilarious.

Michael must have seen so much promise in the young guitarist, he advised her: “Project. Do what you wanna do. Don’t hold back. Just entertain people because that’s what we were born to do.”

Playing with legends

Santana is another mentor.The legendary musician is one of the big reasons Orianthi became a guitarist. Her guitarist-father took her to a Santana show when Orianthi was 11 and she was blown away.

Five years after, Orianthi shared the stage with Santana himself in a performance she will never forget. The legendary guitarist heard about Orianthi and invited her to his soundcheck to jam with him.

Impressed, Santana asked her to go on stage when he had a concert tour in Australia.

“I thought it was just to have my guitar signed. I would have been happy.”

‘Never fear’

But Santana asked her to stay on stage where she played for 35 minutes and performed solo.

He also advised Orianthi: “Never fear. Just play.”

Michael Jackson and Santana are not the only music icons Orianthi has worked with.  The others are Aerosmith’s Steve Tyler, Alice Cooper and Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora.

After seeing singer-songwriter and Journey lead vocalist Arnel Pineda’s show, Orianthi wants to add him to her list of co-performers and collaborators.

“He’s such an incredible singer. He has such amazing talent and an incredible range. He’s a great person too.”

The words are music to the ears, not just of the press people, but of Rene Walter, president/CEO of Management (USA) which handles the two artists’ careers.

Chicken adobo fan

The collaboration, Walter added, must happen ASAP.

Orianthi herself wants to feel the Manila music scene. After stepping out of the plane the night before the presscon, the occasional chef can’t wait to look around and taste chicken adobo.

“I’m really excited to be In Manila for the (Every Road) tour. I can’t wait.”

The tour, named after “Every Road Leads Home to You,” the new single by Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora in which Orianthi is featured, will take her to Chef and Brewer (Friday, August 22), GMA 7’s “Sunday All Stars” (August 24), 19 East (Monday, August 25), MYX (Tuesday, August 26) and Hard Rock Café (Wednesday, August 27).

The first-time Manila visitor brings with her decades of experience performing all over the world – Russia, Japan, India, other parts of Europe and her native Australia.

Retaining her femininity

Orianthi’s road tours are with predominantly male musicians she treats like brothers.

How has she managed to retain her femininity in a male-dominated field?

“I may be one of the guys. But I must be myself,” she replies.

It was not easy being herself at first. One of Orianthi’s school teachers asked her to try the harp instead because it’s “more feminine.” Orianthi stuck to her guitar, and the rest, as they say, is history.

To those who want to follow in her footsteps, Orianthi has this to say, “Never give up. Continue what you’re doing.”

By continuing what she’s doing, Orianthi can’t ask for more.  She’s having the time of her life.


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