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3/31/2013

  • Blabbermouth reports Gigantour — the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine — will be back for another installment later this year.  "[I] finalized the bands for Gigantour 2013 and have to admit, I am hella impressed," Mustaine says in an online posting. "Details coming soon."  In a January 2013 interview with VintageRock.com, Mustaine stated about the upcoming Gigantour: "We've got some stuff lined up at the end of the year with Gigantour — not only in here in the States, but also down in South America. We've got some really interesting lineups for that. Most people would look at the lineup and they would think, like, 'Dave's not gonna tolerate your crap at all.' Because there's a couple of people that we have that are on the lineup — and we're hoping for the best — but they're notorious bad boys. But when people grow up, they kind of grow up; they don't just grow old. And we're hoping that the music is gonna be the most important thing so that the fans will get what they want. Because it's undoubtedly… The people that we have, so far, as far as we know, for Gigantour, they've got great music. We're really looking forward to that."  Gigantour made its return last year for the first time since 2008. The multi-artist bill — with metal heavyweights MOTÖRHEAD, VOLBEAT and LACUNA COIL all personally picked by Mustaine — kicked off on January 26, 2012 in Camden, New Jersey and wrapped on March 3, 2012 in Austin.

 

  • Blabbermouth reports TIGERTAILZ guitarist Jay Pepper has admitted to Classic Rock magazine that it may be time to "bring the curtain down" on the Welsh glam rock outfit following the recent second departure of original drummer Ace Finchum, who called the organization a "bloody mess."  Asked what happened with Ace, Jay said: "I wasn't aware of any problems as such, but it seems Ace based his decision to quit on lies our ex-singer Kim Hooker was feeding him about us getting previous drummer Matt Blakout back in. That's untrue — but Ace, love him, is very gullible. He swallowed it. He thought he'd jump before he was pushed. He also seems to be banging on about contracts and how many records we sold 25 years ago. All I would say is, take it up with Universal Records… and good luck with that."  He continued: "I've never had a problem with Ace — he's a nice enough guy and not a bad person, and I do have a laugh with him. But he can barely tie his own shoelaces and he's constantly kicking off about something or other. It gets to the point where you've got him ready for school, then out come the toys from the pram again. All this from someone who's never written one song for this band in over 25 years!! As I've said many times, the people who cause the most grief are the people who contribute the least.  "When we reformed in 2004 me and Pepsi [Tate, late TIGERTAILZ bassist] said we just didn't need all that grief again, hence the reason we used other drummers. But once Pepsi passed away, I was alone in my thinking, and Kim was doing his usual underworld dealings with Satan to get Ace back in the band. Eventually he got his way. I was quite happy with the Matt Blakout on drums — if Pepsi had still been alive the change would have never happened."  Regarding whether there was a moment he knew it had all gone wrong again, Jay said: When we finished the last tour with the new lineup at the end of last year. The band sounded great — better than we had in years. But as soon as that tour finished, everyone was looking to me to get stuff going. None of them were really working the band as much as they could: writing songs, booking shows etc.  "I've seen it so many times where people think they're joining KISS with this band. They expect everything to fall at their feet. And that's just not the way it works in the 21st century. Everyone looks at me as if to say, 'So what's happening now?' rather than being empowered to go out there and exploit the TIGERTAILZ name as members of the band."  On the topic of TIGERTAILZ' legacy, Jay said: "I think we've released some really good albums and played some absolutely amazing shows on some of the biggest stages. I'm very proud of the fact that we managed to pull Thrill Pistol together in the space of six weeks when Pepsi was ill. He would literally get his missus to sneak him out of hospital just to get to the studio to be involved. It was against all odds but we managed to do it.  "I'm also extremely proud that we helped launch the Amser Justin Time charity with Pepsi's wife Shan. I Believe, the track we recorded with Bryn Terfel and Shan, is one of the best things we've ever done. The Amser charity has since gone on to raise over £150,000+ and helps provide services to the cancer unit in the University Hospital of Wales. So if TIGERTAILZdoes nothing else, that's something to be very proud of and worth continuing with."

 

  • Loudwire reports inaugural "Heavy Metal and Popular Culture International Conference" coming to Ohio

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Classic Rock posts a stream on the new Big Wreck album "Albatross"

 

  • NME reports Meat Loaf invites Robbie Williams on Charlie Chaplin ghost hunt

 

  • NME reports Freddie Mercury sneaked cross-dressing Princess Diana into London gay club

 

  • Blabbermouth posts track-by-track breakdown of "Tears On Tape" by HIM

 

 

 

  • Blabbermouth posts performance footage from Massacre at the "Florida Metal Bash" 

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