- Blabbermouth reports Ex-OZZY OSBOURNE/BADLANDS guitarist Jake E. Lee is back after over a decade in seclusion. In great shape mentally, physically and spiritually, Jake is ready to return and bring his brand of unique playing and music to the world. In the process of recording his new album at Las Vegas' The Hideout Studios — owned and operated by Kevin Churko (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, IN THIS MOMENT) — Lee's first new release will feature a combination of legendary rock artists and some of the biggest names of new metal. Already recorded are guest appearances by Robin Zander (CHEAP TRICK), Paul Di'Anno (IRON MAIDEN), Maria Brink (IN THIS MOMENT), with many other big names attached to the project. Jake has launched search for a new vocalist, who will sing at least one track on the new album and will tour the world starting in late spring 2013. Criteria: Must be capable of singing a couple of OZZY OSBOURNE and BADLANDS songs, plus tracks from Lee's new album while still having a strong enough identity to be able carry the band into the future, as Jake will head straight back into the studio after the touring to begin a new album with the new band. What to do: Send an email to Ronnie@HideoutLV.com containing an MP3, or a link to an MP3 of yourself singing a OZZY OSBOURNE or BADLANDS songs. Then submit one other song or video of your choosing that you feel best represents who you are as an artist. Listen to BADLANDS' "High Wire" to see the range required for this gig. Only those vocalists that really fit what Lee is looking for will be contacted with further instructions. Lee's new solo album is being recorded with the help of guitarist Ronnie Mancuso of BEGGARS & THIEVES, whose 2011 video, "We Come Undone", featured an appearance by Jake. According to the All Music Guide, Lee helped Ozzy Osbourne score two of the most commercially successful releases of the singers long and illustrious career — 1983's "Bark at the Moon" and 1986's "The Ultimate Sin". Lee eventually joined up with another former BLACK SABBATH singer (albeit briefly), Ray Gillen, and formed the LED ZEPPELIN/classic rock-esque outfit BADLANDS. Subsequently, Lee played briefly with a band called WICKED ALLIANCE before setting off on his own, issuing his solo debut, "A Fine Pink Mist", in August of 1996.
Jake E. Lee's "covers" album, "Retraced", was released in the U.S. in April 2005 via Shrapnel Records. All the songs were recorded in a "power trio" format ala BADLANDS and the tracks for the project were cover songs along that style (bluesy power rock).
- Blabbermouth reports TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider has revealed via Twittwe that he has entered a "major" new reality-TV venture, the details of which will be announced on Friday, October 12 on NBC's "Today" show. Snider is no stranger to reality TV, having previously participated in "Wife Swap", "The Celebrity Apprentice" and his own A&E series, "Growing Up Twisted". In 2008, Snider was also featured as a contestant on CMT's "Gone Country". During his time on "The Celebrity Apprentice", Snider raised $326,000 for his charity of choice, March Of Dimes. In May, Snider released both a memoir, "Shut Up And Give Me The Mic", and a showtunes album, "Dee Does Broadway". On October 30, Eagle Rock Entertainment will deliver an early holiday treat, with the release of TWISTED SISTER's "A Twisted Xmas - Live In Las Vegas" on DVD, CD, and Digital Video/Audio.
- Blabbermouth reports STATIC-X has been forced to cancel the remaining dates of its 2012 "Noise Revolution Tour" following last night's (Saturday, October 6) final show in Flint, Michigan. According to a press release, the band's frontman, Wayne Static, "must return to Los Angeles and prepare for some medical procedures to remedy problems that have been hampering his performance." Says Wayne: "I'm so sorry to all my fans but I cant give you the 1000% you deserve from STATIC-X every night right now. Evil disco will continue in 2013. Just wait until you see what's next!!!" EMMURE and ILL NIÑO — who were providing support on the "Noise Revolution Tour"— will continue with the currently scheduled dates. STATIC-X's next performances will take place in Lancaster, California on October 27 and om Ventura, California on October 28.
Affected tour dates (Note: EMMURE and ILL NIÑO will still be playing these shows):
Oct. 07 - Portage, IN @ Camelot Arena
Oct. 09 - Fayetteville, AR @ George's Majestic Theater
Oct. 11 - Shreveport, LA @ Riverside Warehouse
Oct. 12 - Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music Hall
Oct. 13 - Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
Oct. 15 - Farmington, NM @ Top Deck
Oct. 17 - Lubbock, TX @ Cactus Courtyard
Bassist Brent Ashley left STATIC-X last month. His final show with the band took place on September 1 at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood, California. He wrote on his Facebook page, "[I] wish things would have ended differently, but I'm very excited for what the future will bring." He added on Twitter, "Being the professional that I am, I won't call anyone out or point fingers as to why I left. But, if ya meet me in person … feel free to ask." Original STATIC-X bassist Tony Campos — who is currently on the road with SOULFLY — issued a statement in July indicating that he had "no interest in working with [STATIC-X frontman] Wayne Static, now, or anytime in the foreseeable future." Regarding his decision to resurrect STATIC-X, Wayne said, "I really just wanted to go back to old-school STATIC-X since the band has been gone for a few years. The last tour I was on I did a lot of my solo stuff, and I'm ready to get back to old-school STATIC-X stuff, which is actually new again." STATIC-X's recent trek marked the band's first outing since they announced a hiatus in 2009. Read more at Loudwire
- Blabbermouth reports KISS' hit song "I Was Made For Loving You" is featured in the new commercial for the U.K. coffee brand Costa. In the one-minute spot, which can be seen below, dozens of men and women, including genuine Costa baristas, are seen buried up to their necks in a sea of coffee beans while singing along to the KISS track. The campaign, created by Karmarama, is running across TV, print, digital and in-store, and will culminate in a user-generated TV ad. An app allows Costa fans to record and upload videos of themselves singing along to the song, with the winning performances featuring in a later TV ad. The work was created by Sam Walker and Joe De Souza, and directed by Sam Brown through Rogue. Post-production was by The Mill, while GCRS oversaw audio post-production. With over 1390 coffee shops across the U.K. and more than 800 internationally, Costais a global success story with a growing network of retail sites. Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock
- Blabbermouth reports a short audio clip of MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio talking about the song "Manowarriors" from the band's twelfth studio album, "The Lord Of Steel", can be streamed below. The retail edition of "The Lord Of Steel", originally scheduled for September 28, will now hit the stores on October 19 on CD, limited-edition picture vinyl and as digital album. "The Lord Of Steel" was made available earlier this summer as a limited-edition pre-release as the "Hammer Edition" in collaboration with U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine. The retail edition of "The Lord Of Steel" will feature different mixes and mastering, an additional song, spectacular new art by fantasy artist Ken Kelly, and other surprises. "MANOWAR have always dared to do things differently. You have to look at these two versions like a movie that comes out in alternate versions; a director's cut or alternate endings or stories even told from different perspectives," explained Joey DeMaio. "For those of you who enjoyed the first taste of 'The Lord Of Steel', meaning the Metal Hammer version, I can tell you that the forthcoming 'The Lord Of Steel' release on Magic Circle Entertainment will be even more unique and yes, more brutal," he continued. Described by the press as "a brutal and unstoppable force of molten metal" and "flawlessly heavy," "The Lord Of Steel" is a raw-to-the-bone production, merging vintage elements with the trademark sound MANOWAR have developed over the years. "When you have to make room for literally hundreds of other instruments such as orchestras, choirs, marching armies on 'Gods Of War', for example, you have to create sonic space for that. The fewer instruments you have the louder they can be individually. As an artist you want to give your audience new experiences. This is not 'elevator music.' This is an album that hits you hard right between the eyes and does not let up," said Joey DeMaio. For their twelfth studio album, MANOWAR have tapped into the world of action heroes and their stories, writing their first song specifically for a Hollywood movie, "El Gringo", and another one, "Expendable", inspired by Sylvester Stallone's action movie franchise "The Expendables". The band has meanwhile confirmed their next movie project, "Soldiers", for "The Expendables 2" star Jean-Claude Van Damme. From the furious title track and the pumping "Black List", to the power ballad "Righteous Glory" and the Ennio Morricone homage "El Gringo" — "The Lord Of Steel" is full of surprises.
"The Lord Of Steel" (retail edition) will be mixed and mastered by longtime collaborators, mixing engineer Ronald Prent and two-time Grammy-award-winning mastering engineer Darcy Proper. Coinciding with the release of the album, MANOWAR will kick off "The Lord Of Steel" world tour, with first shows in October and November, in Europe and the United States. DeMaio was interviewed on the September 28 edition of Eddie Trunk's "Friday Night Rocks" radio show on New York's Q104.3 FM. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTubeclip below.
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- Blabbermouth reports reunited Swedish melodic death metallers ETERNAL OATH, who recently reunited after a five-year absence, will enter From Fear And Loathing studios in Stockholm in December with producer Jocke Skog to begin recording their fourth album for an early 2013 release. The new ETERNAL OATH lineup features four founding members — Peter Nagy-Eklof (ex-MÖRK GRYNING) and Petri Tarvainen on guitar, Ted Jonsson on drums and Joni Mäensivu on vocals — along with Mika Kajanen (GODPHOBIA) on bass and Johan Adler (DEVAN) on keyboards. A demo version of a new ETERNAL OATH song called "Sunborn" can be streamed using the SoundCloud player below. ETERNAL OATH's third full-length album, "Wither", came out in March 2005 via Black Lodge Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Righteous" was recorded at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg and was mastered at Polar studios in Stockholm. ETERNAL OATH in 2006 released its first two albums on one CD. The set, entitled "Re-Released Hatred", included the band's debut mini-CD, "So Silent" (1996), as well as its follow-up, "Through the Eyes of Hatred" (1998), both of which have been hard to come by for several years. In addition, it featured a bonus track: a "mind-blowing" cover of AT THE GATES' "The Fevered Circle". All tracks were re-mastered with greatly enhanced sound and the CD also included a completely new, re-designed booklet.
- Loudwire reports Stone Sour officially name Johny Chow as touring bassist. Read more at Noisecreep
- Loudwire reports Steve Harris says solo record isn’t "Throwaway Iron Maiden Stuff"
- Loudwire reports Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum discusses band uncertainty
- Loudwire reports Hooded Menace frontman talks "Effigies of Evil," the future of doom metal and more
- Blabbermouth posts the premier episode of Anthrax guitarist's "Blood & Guts"