- Godsmack's new cover of Joe Walsh's "Rocky Mountain Way" arrives at rock radio stations on Friday (April 6th), while a clip of the song began streaming on Thursday (April 5th) at Banana1015.com. The track is one of four or five newly recorded cover tunes that Godsmack laid down in the studio as extra material for its upcoming concert album, Live And Inspired. The other covers have not been revealed yet. Live And Inspired arrives on May 15th, while Godsmack launches a tour with Staind and Halestorm next week. Read more at Blabbermouth, Loudwire and Ultimate Classic Rock
- Jack White has released a new video for the song "Sixteen Saltines," taken from his upcoming solo debut, Blunderbuss. Unlike the video for first single "Love Interruption," which was mostly a straight performance clip, the new video finds White kidnapped by kids in what appears to be a world ruled by youngsters. Blunderbuss is out April 24th, while a special, liquid-filled vinyl single of "Sixteen Saltines" will be available on April 21st, Record Store Day. (Antiquiet) Read more at Rollimg Stone and Spinner
- Christian rap-rockers P.O.D. have completed work on their latest album, Murdered Love, which will be the band's first new album in four years. The record is due out this summer, but a preview track called "Eyez," featuring guest vocals from Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta, is now streaming online at payableondeath.com. P.O.D. will kick off a North American tour on April 28th at a radio station festival in Tampa. (FMQB) Read more at Blabbermouth and Noisecreep
- A new documentary called Hit So Hard: The Life & Near Death Story of Patty Schemel chronicles the life story of ex-Hole drummer Patty Schemel, who nearly lost her life to drug and alcohol addiction after being kicked out of the band in the late '90s. Included in the film is Schemel's own, never-before-seen home movie footage of Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain sharing intimate family moments with their then-infant daughter Frances Bean. The documentary also reveals that Cobain, who died 18 years ago on Thursday (April 5th), considered hiring Schemel to play drums in Nirvana before finding Dave Grohl. Hit So Hard opens in limited release on April 13th. (The Playlist) Read more about Kurt and Courtney at Spinner Read more about Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson's book at Spinner
CHECK IT OUT: Watch Jack White's new "Sixteen Saltines" video:
And here's a clip from the Patty Schemel documentary Hit So Hard:
- Blabbermouth posts "The One That You Hated", the first single from ADLER, the new band led by former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler, can be streamed below (courtesy of RevolverMag.com). "The One That You Hated" will be released on April 10 via iTunes. The cover for the single, which was created by the band's guitarist, Lonny Paul, can be seen below. ADLER will film a video for "The One That You Hated" next week in the Los Angeles area. In addition to Steven and Lonny, ADLER features Jacob Bunton (LYNAM, MARS ELECTRIC) on vocals/guitar. The group has been recording its debut album in Los Angeles with producers Jeff Pilson (former DOKKEN and current FOREIGNER/TOOTH AND NAIL bassist) and Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, STEEL PANTHER, ADRENALINE MOB). ADLER's CD will feature guest appearances by ROB ZOMBIE/ex-MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5 and Steven's former GUNS N' ROSES bandmate Slash (guitar). "I love the music that we're creating!" states Adler. "I haven't been this excited about my band since the GN'R days. Jacob is exactly the singer I have been searching for. He has an amazing range and is a great writer and frontman. Lonny is an amazing guitarist and songwriter and the vibe is amazing!" He added, "I'm so excited for everyone to hear this record!" Steven spent the past several years touring and recording with ADLER'S APPETITE, which played original material alongside cover versions of songs from GUNS' classic debut album, "Appetite For Destruction". In 2010, Adler collaborated with Slash on the latter's self-titled debut solo album. He appeared on the track "Baby Can't Drive", along with RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS bassist Flea, Alice Cooper and Nicole Scherzinger. The song was featured on an expanded edition of the album released by Classic Rock magazine. Adler, Slash, bassist Duff McKagan, singer Axl Rose and guitarist Izzy Stradlin will all be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame next month in Cleveland, along with later GUNS N' ROSES members, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and drummer Matt Sorum.
- Blabbermouth posts legendary rocker Alice Cooper made a presentation last night (Thursday, April 5) to the Governing Board of the Paradise Valley Unified School District and donation of instruments to Arrowhead Elementary School. Cooper, Tricia Steel (Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation), Supt. James P. Lee, Arrowhead Elementary School principal and music teachers will be on hand for the event, which took place at the Paradise Valley Unified School District Administrative Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Video footage of Cooper's appearance can be seen below. Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation donates new and refurbished musical instruments to underserved schools nationwide, in an effort to give youngsters the many benefits of music education, help them to be better students and inspire creativity and expression through playing music. Since 1996, instruments have been donated to 1,260 music programs across the country benefiting thousands of students. More information can be found at MHopus.org. Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock
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- Blabbermouth reports KISS will perform on the April 9 and April 10 episodes of of ABC-TV's "Dancing With The Stars". The episodes air next Monday at 8 p.m. EST and Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST. KISS has completed recording its new album, "Monster", for a summer release. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "It's A Long Way Down", "Back To The Stone Age", "Shout Mercy", "Out Of This World", "Wall Of Sound" and "Hell Or Hallelujah". Speaking to VH1 Radio Network's Dave Basner following the March 20 press conference at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California to officially announce details of KISS' summer co-headlining tour withMÖTLEY CRÜE, KISS vocalist/guitarist Paul Stanley stated about the band's new CD, "'Monster' is really the culmination of everything this band has been in the past and where we're going. When we did [2009's] 'Sonic Boom', it was a big task for us because we were saying, 'How do we define who we are today without losing who we've been?' So, that was a tall order for us, but once we got that under our belts, we wanted to go back in and 'Monster' is far, far beyond anything we've done in terms of 'Sonic Boom' and yet it's right up there with some of the best stuff we've done. It's KISS." In a 2011 interview with Classic Rock magazine, Stanley stated about the band's decision to return to the studio so soon after releasing "Sonic Boom", "I wasn't interested in making an album unless I was in charge and no one agreed to it half-heartedly. The band's all there, all the time, and we cut the tracks all facing each other in the same room. Chemistry and camaraderie, that's essential. That's what made [2009's] 'Sonic Boom' so great, and this album is thunderously better." Read more at Loudwire
- Blabbermouth posts Robert Cavuoto of Guitar International recently conducted an interview with DEF LEPPARD drummer Rick Allen about Rick's collection of visual art, "Electric Hand: Rhythm + Change", which is set for release on April 18 exclusively at RickAllenArt.com. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow here. Guitar International: Tell me a little about how you're combining rhythm into visual art, as well as how you found SceneFour to help you express it? Rick Allen: Actually, it was through one of our Raven drummers [Raven Drum Foundation, a nonprofit founded in 2001 by Allen and his wife Lauren Monroe]. She had mentioned that SceneFour was involved in this incredible process of turning rhythm into a visual. We've all heard rhythm, but we've never actually seen it. She told me about it and I got in touch with them. The day I was leaving to go out on tour, we went into my studio and we went through this process of painting rhythms. It starts in a dark room with long exposure photography and using different types of lighted drum sticks. They are the paint brushes for the artwork. Basically, I would be sitting in this dark room playing different rhythms. When we started looking at the end result, we realized it was revealing hidden worlds. It was like looking into aspects of me that I knew existed, but I'd never actually seen before and the things that I'm passionate about. I've done a lot of work with saving the American wild horses and there's one piece in particular that really alludes to that passion. Guitar International: With this artwork being very personal, what do you want the viewers to take away from it? Rick Allen: I'd like people to find themselves in there somewhere and really to rediscover or discover parts of themselves that they didn't know about or weren't in the forefront of their minds: finding the courage to move into their passion, to move into their dream. We all need that kind of inspiration these days. It hasn't exactly been a walk in the park the last few years in terms of what is going on out there in the world regarding finances and loss of jobs. There are a lot of things that are stacked against us. I'd really like for people to find parts of themselves that they'd like to pursue. Read the entire interview from Guitar International.
- Blabbermouth reports "Wherever I Go", a new song from California rockers BUCKCHERRY will appear on the upcoming soundtrack to this year's highly anticipated movie, "Marvel's The Avengers". "Wherever I Go" is included on "Avengers Assemble", a 14-track compilation of music from and inspired by the film. "Avengers Assemble" will be released on May 1. Says the band: "The song was written specifically for the film, and was recorded during the sessions for our upcoming album. Check it out and hope you dig it!" "The Avengers" original motion picture soundtrack, with score by Oscar-nominated and Grammy-winning composer Alan Silvestri ("Captain America: The First Avenger", "Forrest Gump", the "Back To The Future" trilogy) will be available at online retailers on May 1. In addition to BUCKCHERRY's "Wherever I Go", the "Avengers Assemble" collection features original songs inspired by the exciting and action-packed film event. The diverse range of artists includes SOUNDGARDEN, RISE AGAINST, SHINEDOWN, BUSH and REDLIGHT KING.
"Avengers Assemble" track listing:
01. Live To Rise - SOUNDGARDEN
02. I'm Alive - SHINEDOWN
03. Dirt And Roses - RISE AGAINST
04. Even If I Could - PAPA ROACH
05. Unbroken - BLACK VEIL BRIDES
06. Breath - SCOTT WEILAND
07. Comeback - REDLIGHT KING
08. Into The Blue - BUSH
09. A New Way To Bleed (Photek Remix)" - EVANESCENCE
10. Count Me Out - PUSHERJONES
11. Shoot To Thrill - THEORY OF A DEADMAN
12. Wherever I Go - BUCKCHERRY
13. From Out Of Nowhere - FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
14. Shake The Ground - CHERRI BOMB
Additional track on the international release:
15. Pistols At Dawn - KASABIAN
BUCKCHERRY is currently in the midst of recording its sixth studio album and has posted two video diaries online that allow fans a glimpse into the group's creative process. According to The Pulse Of Radio, the first video shows the band in the early stages of pre-production as they play the songs over and over in order to fine-tune them. In the second clip, called "Envy", dissatisfaction over a song with that name leads to visible tension and frustration in the studio as the band tries to make the song work. Singer Josh Todd tells the camera at one point, "There is always a song during our record making process that is a thorn in our side." When the group finally gets "Envy" to where they want it, Todd later says, "We hated this song for a while, now it's fun." Todd and guitarist Keith Nelson are the band's original members and have been working together for 17 years, but Todd told The Pulse Of Radio they still occasionally butt heads while making a record. "It's not like what people would think, you know," he said. "We're not like, we don't have to have like a shrink come in and talk to us, or we don't need a mediator in the studio to get through writing a song. But yeah, you know, occasionally we'll butt heads on like an issue, but it's like we work stuff out so quickly. You know, Keith and I and everybody in BUCKCHERRY, we're all focused on the outcome, which is we're just trying to make the song the best it can be." BUCKCHERRY's new album will follow up 2010's "All Night Long" and is said to possibly be a concept record. The band will break from the studio later this month to begin a spring run of tour dates that will include both headlining gigs and festival appearances. The tour kicks off on April 21 in San Antonio.
- Blabbermouth posts AltSounds recently conducted an interview with FIREWIND and OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Gus G. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow here. AltSounds: Fantastic! So, looking back at your year so far, how has 2012 been treating you? AltSounds: [FIREWIND's] new album — "Few Against Many" — is going to hit Europe on May 21st. What should we be looking forward to from the record? Anything particularly different? Gus: Yeah, it's actually a very different album to our previous ones — in songwriting, production, concept, pretty much everything. We made a lot of stuff pretty different. I think it's a much heavier album than our previous album, too. AltSounds: Obviously — working with Ozzy as a member of his band — quite the achievement! How've things changed for you since you started playing together? Gus: Oh, my whole life has changed for the better! It's opened a lot of new doors for me, and it's definitely exposed me to a much bigger audience. It's such a great feeling, such a rewarding thing, to know that all the years of hard work are paying off now; more people are paying attention, more people are listening, and I'm grateful for that. AltSounds: And clearly, Ozzy is a man who's got mountains of experience in the music industry; what has he taught you that you'll never forget? Gus: The guy has many pieces of advice, it's never just one. Just being around the guy, seeing how he works and hearing his stories is just one big learning experience. You don't get to hear or see that stuff anywhere else. But the one thing that he told me that has really stuck with me was, after the first gigs, every night he would say, "You're playing great, but be yourself. Be more yourself, don't be scared about who was here before you." He was right about that. Read the entire interview from AltSounds.
- Blabbermouth reports "The Celebrity Apprentice" winner and POISON singer Bret Michaels is a rock star, philanthropist, entrepreneur and TV star. For every one of those sides of Bret, there is a story as to how he got there and where he is going. How he has pushed the boundaries, fought his diabetes and succeeded in so many different arenas of life. Each month on the 15th, a new column will be posted at BretMichaels.com, written by Bret, detailing his thoughts on health, wealth, love and the pursuit of happiness, among other things. Tune in and see what drives Bret Michaels, along with exclusive stories, his thoughts on life and how to succeed at everything... almost. Join Bret on the 15th of each month and read his personal "Music for Your Soul" column exclusively at BretMichaels.com.
- Blabbermouth reports after ex-SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach posted a message on his social media sites this past weekend that he was "getting the band back together" as an April Fool's Day joke, Fox News picked up the story thinking it was real. On Monday, Bach followed up with another post which read in part, "Where there is smoke, there is fire. Kinda sorta." In an interview with the Boise Music Examiner on Thursday, Bach talked about the incident. "It's hilarious," laughed the singer. "Fox News picked it up, but it was April Fool's." He added, "Where there's smoke there's fire — what I meant by that was that we got offered a couple of reunion shows. A lot of the time people say, "How come you aren't together?' and I've never been offered any reunion with those guys until this year. There was a couple of offers for this Knebworth gig in England. Sonisphere… And they actually printed up a poster, 'KISS with special guests SKID ROW,' and that was actually a real thing, but those guys [the current members of SKID ROW] did not want to do it." Bach last year tweeted that he wanted his fans to stop asking him about a possible reunion with his former bandmates after SKID ROW bassist Rachel Bolan made it clear that the group has "never looked back" following Sebastian's dismissal from the band in 1996. Speaking to Adam Hammer of SCTimes.com, Bolan stated about Sebastian's departure from SKID ROW, "We thought we were disbanded and that we'd never do it again. Then we kept getting emails and the management office was getting lots of letters about people wanting to see SKID ROW on stage and we really started to miss it. We knew if we got back together, we were going to do things different." He added, "When [current SKID ROW singer] Johnny [Solinger] joined the band [in 1999], that really gave us a kick in the ass. It was a different guy there and everything that came out of that guy was positive." On the topic of the persistent rumors of a reunion with Sebastian, Bolan said, "Actually, there were never any talks. Ever. That was all just total rumor. We got rid of him in the '90s and never looked back. . . After the first tour [with Solinger on vocals], it seemed like this is the way it's always been. It's so weird, I'll hear an old song on the radio and it just sounds so bizarre to me because I'm so used to Johnny singing it." After Bolan's comments were posted on BLABBERMOUTH.NET, Bach tweeted the following in response to the article, "If this makes even one of you stop asking me 'when are you getting the band back together' then good. IT'S NOT HAPPENING." Sebastian previously shot down the possibility of a SKID ROW reunion with him on vocals at the February 2011 press conference in Los Angeles to announce the details of the third annual Revolver Golden Gods awards show. He said, "No [I am not interested in a reunion], because I don't base my life in 2011 on, like, 30 years ago. And I also... I was kicked out of that band. Like, if you worked at Pizza Hut and you got fired, would you be knocking on the door of the Pizza Hut, 'Please let me back in!!' You'd be, like, 'Fuck Pizza Hut! Fuck you!' I'd be, like, 'Fuck you! You wanna fucking kick me out? Go fuck yourself!' [Laughs] I'm always perplexed by that. You don't want me to sing in your band? Kiss my fucking ass! Don't hurt yourself finding someone that can. [Laughs]" Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock and Classic Rock
- Blabbermouth posrs Jeb Wright of Classic Rock Revited recently conducted an interview with MOTÖRHEAD founder, bassist and principal songwriter Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow here. Classic Rock Revited: One of my favorite scenes in the ["Lemmy"] movie is where you talk about how you love your son. His face just really lit up and you can tell that he was shocked that you said that. Lemmy: I thought it was great. I thought he should know. I'm not very good at saying things like that to people. I just thought I should say it. British people keep it pretty close to the chest, you know what I mean? That is kind of why I like Americans; they are keen. They are eager to get out there and they want to get the most out of things. They want to find out how things work. It is certainly different than the British, as they are so fucking stuck on their manners. Manners do not make for progress. Classic Rock Revited: I always have to bring up the odd way of playing bass that you have… Did your odd style cause problems with any of the bandmembers? Lemmy: I play rhythm guitar bass. Brian Robertson had problems with it because he was always bitching about it. He used to say, "There is no bass. How can I do this? Can we set up another bass drum? I need bass." I said, "What makes you think that I wanted bass?" Lemmy: It pisses your parents off. The best rock and roll has always pissed off parents. The best stuff makes them go, "Turn that rubbish down." If they are saying that, then you're on the right track. Read the entire interview from Classic Rock Revited.
- Blabbermouth reports ADRENALINE MOB — the band featuring featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD), SYMPHONY X frontman Russell Allen, guitar virtuoso Mike Orlando (SONIC STOMP) and DISTURBED bassist John Moyer — has been added to the third installment of Samson's "Metal Masters" series, which will be held on Thursday, April 12 at the Key Club on the famed Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California. Having blown audiences away at "Metal Masters 2" in New York City with surprise appearances by Philip Anselmo (PANTERA, DOWN) and Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), as well as a full ANTHRAX performance, Charlie Benante and Frank Bello (both of ANTHRAX), David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Mike Portnoy (ADRENALINE MOB, ex-DREAM THEATER), Kerry King and now Dave Lombardo (both of SLAYER) are back on the West Coast with an exclusive metal experience that's bigger than ever. Artists will perform both individually and collectively, demonstrating their personal techniques and how they all come together to create the music that millions bang their heads to every day. Tickets are available for $20 (on a first-come-first served basis) at the Key Club's box office, located at 9039 Sunset Boulevard, or via www.keyclub.com. With door giveaways and surprise guests, all should purchase their tickets early for this all-ages event to witness the return of the "Metal Masters".
- Blabbermouth posts on March 26, singer Joey Tempest of Swedish hard rockers EUROPE spoke to Pete Feenstra of Get Ready To Rock! about the band's ninth studio album, "Bag Of Bones". You can now watch the chat below. "Bag Of Bones" will be released on April 27 via earMusic/Edel. The CD, which features a guest appearance by blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa (BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION), was produced by Kevin Shirley, who has previously worked with IRON MAIDEN, JOE BONAMASSA, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, BLACK STONE CHERRY and JOURNEY, among others. The "Not Supposed To Sing The Blues" video can be seen below. The clip was directed by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, SONIC SYNDICATE and KAMELOT, among others. The "Not Supposed To Sing The Blues" digital single was made available on March 9. Commented EUROPE singer Joey Tempest: "Kevin Shirley did such a great job capturing the spirit of this band. He just let us do our thing and then pushed us and our songs to the max. Finally we express ourselves completely without restraint. Straight from heart and soul. It took some time but we have arrived!" Added EUROPE guitar virtuoso John Norum: "Why drive VW beetle when you can drive a Rolls Royce?! 'Bag Of Bones' is a classic rock album with lots of class. Even my mom likes it!" Regarding the new CD title, EUROPE drummer Ian Haugland said, "It's not [called 'Bag Of Bones'] because we all have lost tons of weight or found a new interest in archeology or dogs... It's just because it sounds fuckin' cool!"
- Blabbermouth posts Holland's FaceCulture recently conducted an interview with singer Simone Simons of Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA. You can now watch the chat in three parts here. EPICA recently parted ways with bassist Yves Huts and replaced him with Rob van der Loo (MAYAN, DELAIN). EPICA's fifth full-length album, "Requiem For The Indifferent", sold 4,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 104 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Design Your Universe", opened with 2,100 units to land at position No. 12 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. "Requiem For The Indifferent" was released on March 9 in Europe and four days later in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Gate Studio in Wolfsburg, Germany under the watchful eye of Sascha Paeth. A video for "Storm The Sorrow" was filmed in February and it "will show the band in a way you have never seen before," according to a press release.
- Blabbermouth posts a short snippet of "Phantom Antichrist", the title track of the new album from German thrash metal veterans KREATOR, can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. The track will be released April 20 on seven-inch colored vinyl (already sold out) and as a digital download via iTunes, Amazon and various other digital music providers. The release will also include the exclusive IRON MAIDEN cover "The Number Of The Beast".
The "Phantom Antichrist" album on June 1 in Europe and June 5 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden with renowned producer Jens Bogren (OPETH, KATATONIA, SOILWORK, DEVIN TOWNSEND, AMON AMARTH). When asked about the musical direction of KREATOR's new material, the band's guitarist/vocalist Miland "Mille" Petrozza stated in a recent interview, "I think it's OK to say that this will be our most epic album so far. There's some classical, a lot of traditional metal, and, of course, a huge dose of thrash metal influences in the new stuff."
- Blabbermouth reports according to Metal Talk, I AM I, the new band led by former DRAGONFORCE singer ZP Theart, will release a promotional video for the song "Silent Genocide" in late April. The group, whose lineup is completed by Paul Clark Jr. on drums, Jacob Ziemba on guitar and Neil Salmon on bass, will make its live debut on Sunday, May 27 at Birmingham, England's O2 Academy 2. I AM I's debut album, "Event Horizon", will be the first-ever heavy metal album to be released solely on USB. The stick will be packaged in a CD case and will include full artwork and all the usual content you would expect on a disc and more. Due on May 26, the effort will be available to pre-order next week from the official I AM I web site. Tickets for I AM I's debut show are limited to 600 and will also be available from the official I AM I site next week. 600 special commemorative t-shirts will be produced for the gig and are an exclusive free gift for fans who buy tickets. The shirts will be numbered and will correspond with the ticket number and are sure to become collector's items. Commented ZP: "['Event Horizon' is] an album of message. It's about past meeting future and everything in between. It's about warnings for the current generation not to go down the same road in the future as we are doing now as that will surely secure our demise. To see and not to perceive, to hear and not to listen, is the downfall of all... It's a new age of enlightenment and there's a lot of messages in the songs that will hopefully kickstart a few people who are slow on the uptake. "My whole career has been leading up to this point and I've never been more proud of anything in my life and this album will definitely live up to its name." Added Paul: "'Event Horizon' totally encapsulates my style of playing. Every song is different and that made me me push myself that much further in the studio. This is a great album with something for everyone." Stated Ziemba: "It's refreshing to know we're in a team where everyone holds the same cards. Let the music speak for itself." Said Salmon: "This is an album to suit many tastes. I'm sure variation will be one of its ultimate strengths." DRAGONFORCE parted ways with Theart in March 2010 "due to insurmountable differences of musical opinion," according to a statement released by the British extreme epic power metal band. After entries from thousands of hopefuls across the globe, DRAGONFORCE in March 2011 welcomed then-23-year-old Marc Hudson to the group. Read more at Bravewords
- Blabbermouth reports GREAT WHITE lead guitarist Mark Kendall, drummer Audie Desbrow, guitarist/keyboardist/backing vocalist Michael Lardie have retained the Pasadena, California intellectual property law firm of Karish & Bjorgum, PC to represent them in the recent trademark lawsuit filed by the band's estranged lead singer, Jack Russell. Kendall, Lardie and Desbrow "were shocked and saddened that their former singer and friend took the extreme step of filing a federal lawsuit against their continued use of the GREAT WHITE name, which they have used and protected for 30 years," according to a press release. GREAT WHITE attorney Eric Bjorgum said: "Mr. Russell's lawsuit is ridden with demonstrably false statements, and the band looks forward to setting the record straight on GREAT WHITE's history, Mr. Russell's actual contributions and the sacrifices made to help him stay in the band. Mr. Russell postponed his return to GREAT WHITE on several occasions, and he harmed the GREAT WHITE brand, as visibly demonstrated in his final concerts with GREAT WHITE and his current band performances." According to the Courthouse News Service, Russell filed a lawsuit against his estranged bandmates claiming that they fired him and stole the group's name while he was recovering from surgery to repair a perforated bowel. Named in the complaint were Kendall, Desbrow, Lardie and talent agency Bigg Time Entertainment. The March 22 federal lawsuit — which can be downloaded as a PDF file at this location — states: "In August of 2010, plaintiff was hospitalized and underwent emergency surgery for a life threatening condition. While he recuperated from this surgery, other singers filled in for him during [GREAT WHITE's] live performances, however, it was undisputed that plaintiff's absence was temporary, and that he retained his position in the band's lineup and would resume singing with the band upon his recuperation. "By December of 2011, plaintiff had recuperated sufficiently to be able to once again perform as lead singer. However, defendants, who had apparently decided that they would prefer that band continue without plaintiff, stated that he would not be 'permitted' to return to his band until he agreed to a lengthy set of conditions (including, for example, that he agree to no longer take the pain medications or even the anti-inflammatory medicines that had been prescribed by his treating physicians) that was clearly designed to keep him from returning to the band." Russell recently enlisted former members of FIREHOUSE, FIGHT and GREAT WHITE to perform with him under the name JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE. That band kicked off its "High Seas" tour on March 3 at Route 46 in Sanford, Florida and is scheduled to headline this summer's "America Rocks Tour" with support from FASTER PUSSYCAT, BULLETBOYS, PRETTY BOY FLOYD and LILLIAN AXE. According to Jack's complaint: "In an attempt to injure the business reputation of plaintiff and interfere with his band's prospective economic advantage, defendants posted defamatory material about him on their website claiming that he was too infirm to perform as a musician. Defendants also claimed to be the true owners of the 'GREAT WHITE' trademark, and posted threats to litigate against any venue or promoter that booked plaintiff's band. Plaintiff has also been informed by various venues that defendants, by and through their agents, contacted bookers that had employed plaintiff's band and threatened litigation." Kendall, Desbrow, Lardie, bassist Scott Snyder and singer Terry Ilous recently announced plans to release a new GREAT WHITE studio album, "Elation", via Frontiers Records. Due in May, the 12-song CD will mark GREAT WHITE's first effort with Ilous following the band's split with Russell. According to Jack's lawsuit, "[The] release of the ['Elation'] album [under the GREAT WHITE name] will irretrievably alter the discography of the band 'GREAT WHITE,' tarnishing and diluting the trademark, reputation, and goodwill that plaintiff has developed over 30 years."
- Blabbermouth reports Jack Russell of GREAT WHITE will participate in the Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp during the first week of May in Hollywood, California. Jack will attend a number of events, including the opening-night jam which is being hosted by Kip Winger. "I am really looking forward to jamming with Kip, and other old friends, and seeing my friend Steven Tyler at the jam with the campers at the Playboy Mansion," said Russell. Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp was founded by David Fishof in 1997 as the ultimate music experience for the amateur or aficionado, pairing music lovers of all levels together with rock icons for a first-hand immersion in the rock 'n' roll lifestyle. Camp attendees move from spectator to band member, sharing the stage — and limelight — with rock legends for an once-in-a-lifetime experience. For more information, visit RockCamp.com.
- Blabbermouth posts drum-cam footage of SOULFLY's David Kinkade (formerly of BORKNAGAR, ARSIS and MALEVOLENT CREATION) performing a cover version of the SEPULTURA classic song "Roots Bloody Roots" live with his bandmates on April 5 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada as the support act for FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH can be seen below. SOULFLY's eighth album, "Enslaved", sold 5,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 82 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Omen", opened with 6,000 units in June 2010 to land at No. 73. SOULFLY's 2008 album, "Conquer", premiered with 8,400 copies to enter the chart at No. 66. This number was in line with the opening tally of the CD's predecessor, "Dark Ages", which shifted a little more than 8,000 copies during its first week of release in October 2005 to debut at No. 155. "Enslaved" was released on March 13 via Roadrunner Records. The CD was recorded at TallCat Studios in Phoenix, Arizona and was produced by Chris "Zeuss" Harris, the seasoned knob twiddler behind some of the most notable bands in metal today, such as SHADOWS FALL, HATEBREED, THE RED CHORD and more. SOULFLY's video for the song "World Scum" was conceptualized by SOULFLY mainman Max Cavalera and director Thomas Mignone (MUDVAYNE, SLIPKNOT, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, MORBID ANGEL) and produced through Mignone's production company Doom Incorporated. Mignone filmed the video in and around Los Angeles. Various scenes depicting humanity's perspectives of some of the world's significant historical — such as the attack on the Russian Czar by nihilists, the mass production of Zyklon B poisons, the Gulag prisons, the assassination of the president, and a final showdown between Jesus and the Anti-christ — are seen and reflected in the song's lyrics. The cinematography is by Peter Leininger; the special EFX makeup is by Maggie Hunter, the production design is by Hanna Dryland, and digital compositing and post-production is by editor/visual EFX artist Christopher Neil. SOULFLY's current lineup features Kinkade, Max and guitar dynamo Marc Rizzo, with STATIC-X's Tony Campos taking up the bass.
- Blabbermouth reports "Demonocracy", the new studio album from Arizona death metallers JOB FOR A COWBOY, is available for streaming in its entirety at RevolverMag.com. It can also be streamed below. Due on April 10 via Metal Blade Records, the nine-track CD was produced by Jason Seucof (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, TRIVIUM) who recorded the band's blistering "Ruination" full-length, at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida, and features another strikingly detailed concept cover by artist Brent Elliott White. Commented the band in a collective statement: "However ruthless an age may actually have been, its style transmits its music only."
"Demonocracy" track listing:
01. Children of Deceit
02. Nourishment Through Bloodshed
03. Imperium Wolves
04. Tongueless and Bound
05. Black Discharge
06. The Manipulation Stream
07. The Deity Misconception
09. Tarnished Gluttony
With the critical praise and fan adoration bestowed upon 2009's "Ruination", it would have been easy for the band to rest upon their proverbial laurels and serve up "Ruination Part II". But from the moment "Demonocracy" roars to life, it is wholly evident that this is a far more musically accomplished beast that takes their signature sound to the next level. From the abrasive blast of opener "Children Of Deceit" to the disconcerting strains of "The Deity Misconception" or the brooding, heart-wrenching closer "Tarnished Gluttony", this is a record drenched in equal parts misanthropy and naked rage, and from start to finish they suspend the listener by the throat. A key factor in this progression was the change in the band's ranks, which finds vocalist Jonny Davy, drummer Jon "Charn" Rice, and guitarist Al Glassman joined by guitarist Tony Sannicandro. In addition, CEPHALIC CARNAGE bassist Nick Schendzielos replaces Brent Riggs. Having initially brought Sannicandro and Schendzielos on as touring musicians, the members immediately gelled, and first wrote together on 2011's "Gloom" EP, sealing the deal and securing their places as full-fledged members of the band. No one can doubt Schendzielos' musical pedigree and formidable skills, and the bassist is looking to really make a mark through his work with the band. "It's really invigorating that the cats in JOB FOR A COWBOY are into my style because there is such a great expanse of uncharted territory for bass in metal," he states. "CEPHALIC is notorious for our chaotic and vigorous live performances alongside an expansive and dilatant range of metal stylings. I'm bringing all that experience with me and combining it with the talents of these splendid men to make my best bass work to date." Read more at Revolver
- Blabbermouth posts as part of their label showcase series, Scion A/V is offering a behind-the-scenes view of the inner-workings of the U.S. branch of the independent heavy metal record label Nuclear Blast. These videos were shot on location at Nuclear Blast's North American office in Hawthorne, California. Topics include new signings, the challenges and rewards of operating a metal label in the digital age, the importance of personal relationships with bands, and the future of the label. Nuclear Blast was founded in Donzdorf, Germany in 1987 by Markus Staiger. Since 2000, Nuclear Blast has maintained U.S. staff and operations in Los Angeles via a successful and long-running production and distribution deal with The Century Family, Inc., parent of Century Media Records. Century Media currently maintains a distribution deal with Caroline/EMI which it manages for Nuclear Blast under the arrangement. Artists currently signed to Nuclear Blast include EXODUS, DIMMU BORGIR, ACCEPT, DEATH ANGEL and KREATOR.