- Blabbermouth reports former METALLICA, VOIVOD and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist Jason Newsted married his longtime girlfriend Nicole Leigh Smith last month. Stated Nicole: "[Jason is] a fantastically talented guy, and I'm happy to be taking on his last name." In his acceptance speech at METALLICA's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction in April 2009, Jason thanked Nicole — whom he referred to as "the love of my life" — for "standing by me through the last seven years of challenges and adventures." Nicole is an accomplished artistswho encouraged Jason in 2005 to find a new hobby after he forced to wear an arm sling, thanks to a surgery to fix his right shoulder after decades of wear-and-tear on stage. "I said, 'Why don't you paint today?'" Nicole told Contra Costa Times in a 2010 interview. "And he said, 'Paint what?' So I set him up and said, 'I'm going to be gone all day — go crazy.'" Smith came home to the Montana ranch she shares with Jason eight hours later to find her boyfriend — and much of the room — covered in paint. "We still haven't got all the paint off the carpet," she said. "He was like. ’Thanks, Nic, that was awesome.' I was like, 'Oh God, what have I done?'" According to MTV, Newsted quit METALLICA in February 2001 for several reasons, including his desire to play more of a creative role. He also felt the band had lost its focus and was spending too much time involved in litigation and political rhetoric. And finally, he needed time off to recover from neck and back injuries he sustained banging his head every night onstage. Newsted last performed with METALLICA in December 2011 at all four intimate shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco as part of the band's week-long celebration of its 30th anniversary as a group for fan club members only. Jason earlier in the month launched his new official web site at NewstedHeavyMetal.com. Read more at Noisecreep
- Blabbermouth reports David Boyle of Target Audience Magazine recently conducted an interview with QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Target Audience Magazine: Over the years, you've repeatedly said that you no longer feel inspired to sing selections from the earliest QUEENSRŸCHE albums, especially the most obscure tracks which have not been played on recent tours. Even if you had the inspiration to sing such QUEENSRŸCHE classics now — "Deliverance", "Child Of Fire", "Blinded" and "Roads To Madness", to cite some examples — would you be able to sing them up to the level you once did, or would those notes and style of singing put too much strain on your voice? Tate: Wow! This misconception is puzzling to me. If one starts at the beginning, my life and my interests can be traced through my music. I do admit, some of those early songs from the EP and the "Warning" album hold different meaning for me now, much like the "dungeons and dragons" of early adolescence now hold a different meaning for most adults. There are several gems on those early records that I still feel strongly about and, as most people who have attended a QUEENSRŸCHE show lately, we as a band picked every song on the set list to reflect our individual favorites and our audience's favorites. In fact, over the years, we have conducted polls of our fans to get an accurate idea of what people wanted to hear live. I have very fond memories of playing "Rage For Order" in its entirety last year and also "Operation: Mindcrime" in its entirety at the end of our thirty-year-anniversary tour in December of 2011. In fact, the entire anniversary tour setlist was comprised of songs from all our albums. Target Audience Magazine: You have sung the national anthem on many occasions. That's a tough song to perform live, even for a seasoned professional who's confident and comfortable in his abilities. Does that gig come with extreme pressure? Have you ever been nervous about singing the anthem, knowing the public has very high expectations? Tate: I love singing the national anthem. It's a very inspiring lyric and the melody is engrained in our collective conscious. It always gives me goose bumps when I perform it. It's really not that difficult to sing. What is difficult is the environment in which one is performing. It's typically not set up properly for the singer. In the past, the equipment was antiquated and underpowered. Now many stadiums have in-ear monitoring set up so the singer doesn't have to suffer with a 2-to-4-second delay bouncing back at you and throwing you off. Target Audience Magazine: How do the themes on your new/solo release differ from your work with QUEENSRŸCHE? How does the process feel for you as a songwriter? Tate: How the themes differ is a judgment call and best left for the audience to decide for themselves. I believe people experience art in their own way and I would never presume that my, or anyone's, opinion mattered regarding differences. Making "Kings & Thieves" was one of the most enjoyable experiences I have had working on a record. I really was able for the first time in years to work at my own pace, which shows how quickly the album came together and is now ready to be released in just over one year after the last QUEENSRŸCHE album. It was also invigorating to work with positive, happy people who were enthusiastic about creating music. Read the entire interview from Target Audience Magazine.
- Blabbermouth reports former HANOI ROCKS frontman Michael Monroe has completed recording his new solo album in Stockholm, Sweden for an early 2013 release. He states, "We laid down 12 killer tracks and now the record just needs to be mixed. Can't wait to hear it when it's finished! We're all really excited about it!" Michael's latest CD, "Sensory Overdrive", was released in the U.S. and Canada in August 2011 via Spinefarm/Universal. The CD, which was made available in Europe in March 2011 via Universal Music subsidiary Spinefarm Records, featured guest appearances by MOTÖRHEAD's Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister and three-time Grammy-winning country/folk singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams. "Sensory Overdrive" was recorded in Los Angeles with legendary producer Jack Douglas, who has previously worked with AEROSMITH, JOHN LENNON, CLUTCH, SLASH'S SNAKEPIT and NEW YORK DOLLS, among many others. Monroe in June 2011 recruited Dregen (real name: Andreas Tyrone Svensson) of Swedish sleaze rockers BACKYARD BABIES to be the guitarist of Monroe's solo band following the departure of Ginger (THE WILDHEARTS).
- Blabbermouth reports the surviving members of SUICIDE SILENCE will play a special show on December 21 at the Fox theater in Pomona, California as a tribute to their late singer, Mitch Lucker, who died November 1, after sustaining injuries in a motorcycle crash in Huntington Beach on Halloween night. All proceeds from the event will go towards the education of Mitch's five-year-old daughter, Kenadee Lucker. The concert announcement was made last night (Saturday, November 24) during the sixth annual California Metalfest at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, California. Speaking to the audience, SUICIDE SILENCE guitarist Mark Heylmun said (see video below), "We fucking lost our brother; I'm sure you all know that. We all miss him more than anything in the fucking world." He continued, "I think something that is really important to us is that we consider SUICIDE SILENCE a family — as far as the band goes, as far as any crew member we've ever had, anybody that's ever worked for us, and the fans… Everyone is family; that is the greatest thing that's ever happened to us and we're so grateful to be a part of this. "This is the most difficult thing we've ever had to deal with.; I really don't know where to start. We're just dealing with it day by day, and I hope everybody else is dealing with it. It's just unreal to have to be up here right now talking about this. "We wanna say thank you all so much for donating to Kenadee's education fund. "Everybody's been asking what we're gonna do as a band. We're putting together a show. It's gonna be at Fox Theater on December 21. Just kind of the best show, the best event that you could possibly imagine. Obviously, Mitch is not gonna be there. We're gonna have a different singer every single song. We're gonna put the best show that we possibly can together. It's already in the works. Tickets go on sale next Friday. Hopefully everybody can make it out. It's gonna be really fucking special. And all the money that is going towards the show is going to Kenadee's educational fund. So it's going to a cause and Mitch would really appreciate it and we appreciate it. Thank you very much." A funeral service for Mitch Lucker was held on November 8. The ceremony was attended by family and friends, including SUICIDE SILENCE bassist Dan Kenny, who tweeted afterwards, "Had to bury my brother today, he looked peaceful when I saw him. It was very hard but it was needed! To the fans just know Mitch loved yall" SUICIDE SILENCE has launched a memorial fund to provide assistance to Lucker's family. Those who donate $20 or more will receive a commemorative t-shirt. According to the Los Angeles Times, Lucker struck a light pole near the intersection of Main and 13th streets and was thrown from his 2013 Harley Davidson. The motorcycle continued sliding south on Main Street and struck a northbound 2007 Nissan Titan pickup. Lucker, who was treated at the scene by paramedics, died shortly after 6 a.m. at UC Irvine Medical Center. Read more at Loudwire Read more about "Unite The United" at Loudwire Check out video at Noisecreep
- Blabbermouth reports since quitting SOULFLY and retiring from music last month, drummer David Kinkade — who has also played with BORKNAGAR, ARSIS and MALEVOLENT CREATION — has made the decision to sell all of his equipment. He says: "I no longer need any of it; therefore I would like to make it available to everyone. I have a lot of stuff and I'd prefer that it goes to people who will appreciate and use it rather than just have it collect dust in my home. "So far, a large portion of my Sabian cymbal collection is listed on eBay along with the snare drum that I used on BORKNAGAR's 'Universal', 'Urd' and SOULFLY's 'Enslaved'... along with the COUNCIL OF THE FALLEN EP and a bunch of other stuff. I've taken it all over the world with me and, honestly, it's kinda hard to part with it but my fiancée and I are expecting a baby girl who is due in early April so I'm trying to save as much money as I can right now. "In two weeks, I will be collecting my Pearl Masters Premium drumkit from SOULFLY in Phoenix and that will also be made available on eBay. Once it's listed, I will try to inform everyone but if anyone is interested now, you can also contact me directly. "I also have a SHITLOAD of my Promark signature drumsticks with the SOULFLY logo that I no longer have any use for. I've had lots of requests from people and have been shipping them all over the world these past few weeks. I know I'm not John Bonham or anything, but if you're a SOULFLY collector, it might be something cool to add to your collection. "I really appreciate all of the kind words and comments that I've gotten from everyone since announcing that I've retired. It was a hard decision but too many things were thrown on my plate and I felt it was the best move for my family and myself. "Those interested in possibly acquiring items from my collection can visit my eBay or contact me directly: Davidkinkade2012@gmail.com."
- Blabbermouth reports TONY HARNELL & THE WILDFLOWERS FEATURING BUMBLEFOOT, the band featuring former TNT singer Tony Harnell alongside GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, will make its live debut on January 18, 2013 at The Cutting Room in New York City. Since leaving TNT in 2006, Harnell has been recording hard rock, metal and acoustic rock albums and has been putting on entertaining acoustic shows to sold-out crowds in the the New York City area with his current backing group, which features guitarist Jason Hagen, Amy Harnell (vocals, percussion) and newest member, Cassandra Sotos (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, MARK WOOD), on seven-string electric violin. Thal and Harnell met 20 years ago when Tony was forming a new band after TNT took a break in 1992, and in January 2012, Ron and Tony were reunited at the NAMM convention in Anaheim, California, where they started discussing the possibility of working together. After Ron attended one of Tony's performances in August, which Thal proclaimed was "the best acoustic show he had ever seen," Tony, being a fan of Ron's otherworldly and original fretwork, asked if he'd like to join him on the project and contribute to his EP, which was already underway. Harnell states: "In addition to Ron's superhuman and beautiful guitar playing, he also happens to have a great voice and writes amazing songs, which will greatly add to this project both live and in the studio." Thal has also been a longtime fan of Harnell's songwriting and vocal artistry, so the new coalition seems more than natural. The group has also announced the launch of a Pledge Music campaign, which allows the fans to contribute to and watch the making of the EP. A portion of the proceeds from the campaign will go to Breast Cancer Research. With the new lineup and EP on the way, the group will tour nationally and internationally as a foursome featuring Harnell, Thal, Amy Harnell and Sotos under the name TONY HARNELL & THE WILDFLOWERS FEATURING BUMBLEFOOT. Hagen will remain an integral part of songwriting and recording and will be appearing with the group for local performances. Harnell adds: "Ron's live appearances with this project will be subject to his schedule with GN'R, but he'll be with us for the live shows whenever possible." Harnell and Thal have also been discussing other plans for a full electric band and have already started to reach out to some well-known musicians to join them. "That'll manifest after the acoustic EP, which is due out in early 2013," says Harnell. Fan-filmed video footage of Thal and Harnell performing acoustically on November 16 at Vinyl in Las Vegas, Nevada can be seen below.
- Blabbermouth reports former WHITE LION frontman Mike Tramp doesn't believe plane crashes and resulting fires caused the collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 and he claims that no plane hit the Pentagon at all that day. Tramp revealed his Twin Towers conspiracy theory during his solo acoustic show in London, England on November 21 and later elaborated on his comments in an e-mail to Steve Mascord of Hot Metal. "I used to pass the World Trade Center on my way to rehearsal and look up at it," the 51-year-old told fans at the Star Of Kings in Kings Cross before playing WHITE LION's 1987 hit "When The Children Cry". "Years later, after I moved to Australia, the phone started ringing in the middle of the night. I thought, 'Who the hell is that? I'm not answering.' "The next morning, I turned on the television and, of course, it was all there. "What happened on 9/11, I think, will not be surpassed in my lifetime. "I have 250 books on the subject and every DVD ever released and I firmly believe those two planes did not bring down the Twin Towers." When Mascord e-mailed Tramp after the show and asked the singer what, in his opinion, brought down the World Trade Center, Mike responded, "That can't be answered in a short e-mail as I head to bed. But I can put it this way: it wasn't the two planes, and there are hundreds of organizations of scientist, architects, and pilots for the truth of 9/11 that say it can't be done. "Another thing is very few people knows that at 5 p.m. in the evening, 10 hours after the two towers came down. A third building (World Trade Center 7) a 47-story building came down in nine seconds in free fall, and no plane ever hit that. "Only when you start reading the books and get the facts can you form your own opinion; I can't do that for you. "Maybe just start with the documentary 'Loose Change' director's cut; it's on YouTube like so many others. It's a good start. "Also, no plane hit the Pentagon." An in-depth investigation of the conspiracy theories surrounding the attacks of 9/11 was published in the March 2005 issue of Popular Mechanics. That cover story was expanded and published in August 2006 as a book titled "Debunking 9/11 Myths". The fully revised and updated 2011 edition of the book is now on sale. Portions of the investigation can be found online at this location.
- Blabbermouth reports ICED EARTH guitarist/mainman Jon Schaffer will be featured as guest vocalist on Syrian thrashers ANARCHADIA's upcoming album, "Let Us All Unite", performing alongside the band’s singer, Nour, on a track entitled "True World Order". Stated Jon: "I have always been impressed with the efforts and music from metal bands coming from the Middle East and when I got the invite to guest on ANARCHADIA's album, I was immediately into it. I am hoping these guys will go far in their career; they certainly deserve it." Added ANARCHADIA: "No words can express how honored we are to work with a heavy metal icon such as Jon who happens to be a very cool and down-to-earth guy and a true metal brother. Cheers, guys. [We] hope you will dig the new stuff!"
- Blabbermouth reports Norwegian power metallers MEMORIZED DREAMS are back. Following the recording sessions for what was supposed to the band's sophomore album, "End Of Innocence", MEMORIZED DREAMS took a long break, resulting in the depature of singer TJ Cobra, who left to start his own band GRIMSKULL. The "End of Innocence" album was never finished or released.
MEMORIZED DREAMS' new lineup:
Eddie Lionheart - Vocals
Frode Hovd - Guitar
Kenneth Skarsvaag - Bass
Ruben Lien - Guitar
Robert Myrhaug - Drums
Stian Rødsjø - Synths
MEMORIZED DREAMS is currently in studio working on a new six-song promo, consisting ot both new and old material, which will be mixed by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios in Denmark. A pre-production teaser video of a new track called "Guardians" is available below. MEMORIZED DREAMS' debut album, "Theater of Life", was released in April 2004 through Sound Riot.
- Blabbermouth reports Pennsylvania-based black metallers SATHANAS have begun writing material for their next release, "Worship The Devil". The band states, "Expect the most punishing SATHANAS to date! A new era of old-school devil music!"
SATHANAS' latest album, "La Hora De Lucifer", was mixed at 905 Studios in Ambridge, Pennsylvania and was released via Pagan in Europe, Astral Holocaust in South America and Evil Dead in Asia. Each version of the effort contains a different cover art from such "masters" as Kris Verwimp, Chris Moyen and Daniel Desecrator.
Paul Tucker – Guitar, Vocals Bill Davidson - Bass Jim Strauss - Drums
- Blabbermouth reports PLAGUE OF STARS, the new project featuring Minneapolis, Minniesota-based singer Melissa Ferlaak (AESMA DAEVA, VISIONS OF ATLANTIS, ECHOTERRA) alongside guitarist Will Maravelas (WE ARE LEGION), has inked a deal with Minneapolis independent label Zerobudget Records. The band's debut album, "When Morning Came", is tentatively scheduled for release in June 2013. PLAGUE OF STARS' current lineup us rounded out by bassist Christopher Quinn (AESMA DAEVA, A WHISPER IN THE NOISE, DODD) and drummer Aaron Lanik (WE ARE LEGION). A press release states: "Initially concocted were two surprising reactions, 'In The Pines' which replicated earlier known reactions produced by Lead Belly and 'When Morning Came', an original design that surprised those who came in contact with it. These two strains of the virus would soon be engineered to include multiple strains of the infection to be released into the public in June 2013 following a top secret campaign by private donors, who believe this biochemical weapon is the answer to the struggles we currently face. The plague to be remembered in history….if history continues to exist….the PLAGUE OF STARS."
- Blabbermouth reports vocalist Simone "Som" Pluijmers has left Scottish death metallers CEREBRAL BORE and has been temporarily replaced by Shawn Whitaker. Commented the band: "Som walked out on us less than 24 hours before the U.S. tour, and we were forced to either cancel or go ahead with it as an instrumental, if need be. We didn't want to let our U.S. fans down, so we went ahead with our buddy Shawn Whitaker on vocals for the tour. Show us your support and make Shawn feel at home; he saved us from a disaster." CEREBRAL BORE's "Maniacal Miscreation" video can be viewed below. The clip was filmed at Upwood Military Base in Peterborough, U.K. with director Phil Berridge, who also helmed the band's video for "The Bald Cadaver". "Maniacal Miscreation" is the title track of CEREBRAL BORE's debut album, which was released in April 2011 in Europe via Earache Records. CEREBRAL BORE formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 2006. Read more at Loudwire
- Loudwire reports Eve to Adam showcasing two songs from forthcoming album on fall tour
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- Blabbermouth posts the entire Destruction album for streaming
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- Blabbermouth posts performance footage of Anthrax in Paris, John Corabi with Kiss tribute band in Germany, Todd La Torre-fronted Queensryche in Hollywood and The Order Of Chaos in Berlin