- Blabbermouth reports fan-filmed video footage of ALTER BRIDGE and CREED guitarist Mark Tremonti performing an unreleased track called "Gone" on September 26 at The Note in West Chester, Pennsylvania can be seen below. "Gone" was recorded during the sessions for Mark's solo album, "All I Was", which came out this past July, but was left off the final CD. The studio version of the track is expected to be made available soon. VAN HALEN bassist Wolfgang Van Halen made his first appearance as part of Tremonti's solo band earlier in the month at a show in Rhode Island. This marks the first time Wolfgang has played with anyone outside of his father Eddie, his uncle Alex and singer David Lee Roth. Van Halen is replacing Tremonti's bandmate from CREED and ALTER BRIDGE, Brian Marshall, who is sitting out the Tremonti trek for undisclosed personal reasons. The other members of Tremonti's touring band include Eric Friedman on guitar and Garrett Whitlockon drums.
- Blabbermouth reports University Press Of New England has just released "Killer Show - The Station Nightclub Fire, America's Deadliest Rock Concert", which is described as "the definitive book on The Station nightclub fire on the 10th anniversary of the disaster." The official book description: "On February 20, 2003, the deadliest rock concert in U.S. history took place at a roadhouse called The Station in West Warwick, Rhode Island. That night, in the few minutes it takes to play a hard-rock standard, the fate of many of the unsuspecting nightclub patrons was determined with awful certainty. The blaze was ignited when pyrotechnics set off by GREAT WHITE, a 1980s heavy-metal band, lit flammable polyurethane "egg crate" foam sound insulation on the club’s walls. In less than 10 minutes, 96 people were dead and 200 more were injured, many catastrophically. The final death toll topped out, three months later, at the eerily unlikely round number of 100. "The story of the fire, its causes, and its legal and human aftermath is one of lives put at risk by petty economic decisions — by a band, club owners, promoters, building inspectors, and product manufacturers. Any one of those decisions, made differently, might have averted the tragedy. Together, however, they reached a fatal critical mass. "'Killer Show' is the first comprehensive exploration of the chain of events leading up to the fire, the conflagration itself, and the painstaking search for evidence to hold the guilty to account and obtain justice for the victims. "Anyone who has entered an entertainment venue and wondered, 'Could I get out of here in a hurry?' will identify with concertgoers at The Station. Fans of disaster nonfiction and forensic thrillers will find ample elements of both genres in 'Killer Show'." For more information, visit UPNE.com.
- Blabbermouth reports SLAYER bassist/vocalist Tom Araya was interviewed by Debarun Borthakur of Seven Sisters Post ahead of the band's October appearance at the Rock 'N India festival in Bangalore. On being accused of being Nazi sympathisers, Satanic preachers and even racists because of their lyrics: Araya: "Man is pretty evil. Nazism and Satanism reflect Man's dark nature and extreme religious beliefs, good and evil. Kerry [King, guitar] writes all the anti-religious songs. He considers himself an atheist. But SLAYER as a band does not preach." On how even age has failed to mellow down one of the four most influential heavy metal bands of all time: Araya: "We have maintained our signature intensity, which is the heavy and fast. Age, huh? SLAYER has lived up to its signature intense music and crazy lyrics for the last 30 years with every new album that we come out with." On SLAYER's expectations for the India concert: Araya: "We hear that there are a lot of metal fans out here, particularly SLAYER [fans]. We are excited about it. This is the first live SLAYER experience for our fans in India. We are expecting to see a great crowd singing and shouting along with us." "The magic of SLAYER is SLAYER itself. We will play pure music with great sound and lights. No gimmicks, no acts. Just SLAYER." On SLAYER's upcoming 12th studio album: Araya: "We are working on a new album, aiming for a 2013 release. We are experimenting with a lot of sounds. What we can tell you is that the new album will be very SLAYER." Read more at Loudwire
- Blabbermouth reports reunited hard rockers UGLY KID JOE have launched a Kickstarter campaign to offer their fans the opportunity to get involved with the production of their music video for the song "I'm Alright" off their latest EP, "Stairway To Hell". Commented the band: "It has been a minute since our last music video, and we want to take it to the next level with this one. We're going the independent route and only with your help and generosity can we make this thing happen. "We have lots of cool merchandise, some very rare and limited, and even a special experience on the set to offer you. "Your donations will go directly to the making of this video, from renting the gear to hiring a kick-ass crew and sending it through post-production to be completed. "We can only do this with your help, so if you like what you see, go ahead and throw down what you can. We’re very excited to make this video... Let's do this!" Among the items offered through Kickstarter is to get a chance to meet UGLY KID JOE on tour in October. Other items include an opportunity to attend an UGLY KID JOE rehearsal with a friend in the U.S. and go out for dinner with the band afterwards. This project will only be funded if at least $12,000 is pledged by Friday, October 12. For more information, visit Kickstarter. "Stairway To Hell" was released digitally on June 5 and physically on July 9. The CD heralds UGLY KID JOE's return, containing songs spanning the full repertoire of influences which made UGLY KID JOE one of the prime soundtracks for young snowboarders, surfers, keggers and characters worldwide. Whether it's "Devil’s Paradise", with it's hypnotic riffery and hook line, grooving and grinding its hips seductively, the melodic power-fueled darkness of "No One Survives" or the irrepressibly memorable chug-and-chorus of "I'm Alright" it's clear that UGLY KID JOE have everything they started with plus fatter chops and a (frankly) superior curve on songwriting.
"Stairway To Hell" track listing:
01. Devil's Paradise 02. You Make Me Sick 03. No One Survives 04. I'm Alright 05. Love Ain't True! (feat. Angelo Moore and Dirty Walt of FISHBONE) 06. Another Beer
UGLY KID JOE released three full-length albums and toured extensively throughout the 1990s before disbanding in 1997.
UGLY KID JOE 2012 is:
Whitfield Crane - Vocals Klaus Eichstadt - Guitar Dave Fortman - Guitar Cordell Crockett - Bass Shannon Larkin- Drums
- Blabbermouth reports less than a year and a half after calling it quits, New Jersey metallers MUTINY WITHIN have announced plans to complete their sophomore album, the demo recordings for which were laid down in early 2011. A teaser for the forthcoming CD, "Synchronicity", is available in the YouTube clip below. In a recent interview with AFGM, MUTINY WITHIN vocalist Chris Clancy stated about the forthcoming album, "It's essentially the old lineup but without Drew [Stavola, keyboards]. We're just doing it in our spare time. They send me parts over and I put it together in Pro Tools. I just have a few more tracks to record vocals on, Brandon [Jacobs, guitar] has a few solos to record and then we're done." He added, "We're not sure on the track listing 100% yet. There's one song that I'm having a really hard time writing vocals for so we might lose a track. It should still be 11-12 tracks, though. We want to get it out before the end of the year." Asked if MUTINY WITHIN has any plans to tour in support of the upcoming album, Clancy — who is a U.K. national — said, "It'd be really great to tour, but it's just impossible now. It's mainly immigration issues. It'd cost me $5,000 just to get a visa to tour with. Same with Dan [Daniel Bage, guitar]. On top of that, we had to sell our van to cover debts, and everybody has jobs or is in college now. Getting good tours without a label is near impossible, too. Without tour support, we'd never have gotten out of New Jersey as we lost thousands every tour due to fuel costs and lack of merch sales." The self-titled debut album from MUTINY WITHIN landed at position No. 41 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. "Mutiny Within" was released on February 23, 2010 via Roadrunner Records. The CD was recorded at Bieler Bros. Studios in Pompano Beach, Florida with producer Jason Bieler (SIKTH, SKINDRED, DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL, NONPOINT) and was mixed by Jeff Rose and Martin "Ginge" Ford of Nott-In-Pill studios in Newport, Wales, United Kingdom.
- Blabbermouth reports Florida death metallers MORBID ANGEL have been denied entry to Canada and will be unable to play their two scheduled shows there on September 30 (Montreal) and October 1 (Toronto). Commented MORBID ANGEL frontman David Vincent: "Regretfully, as much as we wanted to continue the musical onslaught, the Canadian immigration officers at the border had other intentions. Canada is NOT HAPPENING."
Sep. 30 - Montreal, QUE, Canada - Club Soda Oct. 01 - Toronto, ONT, Canada - Opera House
Quality fan-filmed video footage of MORBID ANGEL's September 28 headlining performance at The Trocadero in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania can be seen below. MORBID ANGEL has just kicked off a month-long North American tour with support from Sweden's DARK FUNERAL and GRAVE. The headlining run, the band's first in six and half years, runs through October 21 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Said David Vincent about the group's setlist: "We are playing many songs [on this tour] from 'Altars Of Madness' and 'Covenant'. We have put together a setlist that highlights the diversity of the first four classic MORBID ANGEL albums in a way that celebrates the paradigm shifting creativity that has defined extreme music for decades." MORBID ANGEL recently announced that it will also play a set of "all-time classic songs" on its upcoming European tour with KREATOR, NILE and FUELED BY FIRE, which kicks off on November 1 in Antwerp, Belgium. On February 24 (February 28 in North America), Season of Mist released a compilation of remixed tracks from MORBID ANGEL's latest album, "Illud Divinum Insanus". Far from being just revamped versions of the seminal extreme metal band's newest songs, this collection presents the work of 39 artists from the electro / industrial, techno and club scene. MORBID ANGEL's latest album, "Illud Divinum Insanus", sold around 3,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 141. The effort marks MORBID ANGEL's first CD to feature bassist/vocalist David Vincent since 1995's "Domination".
- Blabbermouth reports NIGHTWISH frontwoman Anette Olzon doesn't think it was a good idea for the rest of her band to have used substitute singers for their show in Denver, Colorado after she was taken ill and had to be hospitalized. KAMELOT backing singers Elize Ryd (also of AMARANTHE) and Alissa White-Gluz (also of THE AGONIST) stepped in for Anette this past Friday night (September 28) at the Ogden Theatre because Olzon was suffering from fever and vomiting and was forced to spend the night at a local hospital. The rest of NIGHTWISH stated about their decision to use stand-in vocalists for the gig, "We were in hell [on Friday]. [The] show [was] about to be canceled... But nobody gave up an inch. With the help from the ladies Elize and Alissa from KAMELOT, we actually managed to pull of a relaxed and great show! The crowd doing the mass karaoke with the band playing was absolutely amazing. We were humbled and grateful at the same time. This is unity and help from friends and fans." Writing on her official blog, Olzon voiced her displeasure over the fact that NIGHTWISH played a concert without her, stating, "I was never asked if it was OK they used Elize and Alissa in the show [Friday] night. I don't think it's a good decision they made and I'm sorry for those of you who came to see the whole band but got something else. But I was very ill and this decision wasn't mine.' She continued in a separate posting, "This is just music. Like life, sometimes we get ill and shows do get cancelled. Rihanna wouldn't ask Britney Spears to sing for her if she was ill." She concluded, "To think a show is more important than the humans in the band is, for me, so totally not in this world." Photos of Friday night's concert can be seen at this location (courtesy of Brandon Marshall). Olzon rejoined NIGHTWISH on stage last night (Saturday, September 29) at The Complex in Salt Lake City, Utah. She wrote on her blog after the concert, "Sorry for not being in top form, but I did my best at least." Olzon joined NIGHTWISH in 2007 as the replacement for Tarja Turunen after the latter was fired in 2005.
- Blabbermouth reports singer/songwriter/producer Jean Beauvoir (CROWN OF THORNS, PLASMATICS) has partnered with Pledge Music, which encourages fans to contribute funds to the recording of albums and the artists themselves to donate to charity as a part of their fundraising. Pledgers who dontate toward the making of the new CROWN OF THORNS four-song EP will have access to unique footage, photos, and other exclusives throughout the making that will be only available to "pledgers." They will also be able to pre-order the EP, other special packages and recordings, plus be a part of the process. A portion of the proceeds will go towards helping Haitian children in need. CROWN OF THORNS' latest album, "Faith", was released in June 2009 via Little Steven Van Zandt's Lost Cathedral label imprint. The disc brought back the trademark CROWN OF THORNS sound that established the band as a rock powerhouse, still keeping intact all the elements of infectious guitar riffs, soaring hooklines, and great melodies. Beauvoir collaborated with Bob Clearmountain (BRYAN ADAMS, THE ROLLING STONES, BON JOVI, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E-STREET BAND) in the recording sessions for "Faith" as well as Mark Plati (DAVID BOWIE) for the mix — resulting in the best-sounding CROWN OF THORNSalbum yet.
- Ultimate Classic Rock reports late T. Rex singer Marc Bolan’s girlfriend Gloria Jones keeps his memory alive
- Blabbermouth posts photos of video shoots from Ill Nino and Orgy
- Blabbermouth posts performance video from Sin City Sinners with Sebastian Bach and Five Finger Death Punch covering Judas Priest, Hatebreed in Sacramento, Firewind in Hamburg,