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reports May 22, 2013 was the 200th anniversary of the birth of the composer Richard Wagner. The Berlin choreographer, award-winning dancer and artistic director of the Berlin State School of Ballet Gregor Seyffert (best dancer in the world, winner of the German dance award) is staging an exceptional cross-genre spectacle with a combination of dance, artistry, object theatre, audiovisual media and a live concert that will enable audiences to experience the oeuvre of Richard Wagner. The focus is not on individual works or dramas but on visual presentation of the unique life and work of Richard Wagner, presented on stage in this form for the very first time.
To stage the theme and Wagner
's biography in a contemporary way, Gregor Seyffert
wants to create new musical highlights by bringing today's popular rock music together with compositions by Richard Wagner
. A contemporary equivalent is created by the compositions of the Finnish cello-rock band APOCALYPTICA
, which with its unmistakable sound provides a bridge to modern popular music. Both the influence of Wagner
's musical legacy as well as the exemplary innovativeness which links Richard Wagner
today will be made tangible. A magical universe of mythical figures and acoustic worlds is created, which with the help of today's visual genres of circus, dance and media technology symbolize Wagner
's pioneering role and the boundlessness of his creative work. Mobile and moveable objects give the performance the same visual dimensions and force as the standards that Wagner
's music itself set. The world premiere of "Wagner Reloaded - Apocalyptica Meets Wagner"
will take place today (Friday, July 5) at the Arena in Leipzig, Germany. The German TV channel MDR
will stream the entire performance at this location starting at around 8:00 p.m. CET. For more information, visit Wagner-Show.de
- Blabbermouth reports A&M/Octone Records has announced the return of FLYLEAF with the band's new EP, "Who We Are", due on July 9. The extended-play recording features live songs from FLYLEAF's recent tour with new singer Kristen May and includes their new single, "Something Better", with a guest appearance by P.O.D. lead singer Sonny Sandoval. The track was recorded with longtime producer Howard Benson during a break between a busy schedule of touring and writing new material. According to a press release, "Who We Are" features FLYLEAF's signature and live sound, including hits like "Call You Out", "Fire Fire", "Broken Wings" and "Sorrow", plus the aforementioned "Something Better". "The live tracks came from our 2013 winter tour with DROWNING POOL," says FLYLEAF in a statement. "'Something Better' is one of the first songs we wrote with Kristen May. It was an awesome experience writing together! Plus, having Sonny from P.O.D. on this track was really special. We've been fans of theirs for years, and it was an honor to do this collaboration. We think y'all will love it!" The "Who We Are" EP can now be streamed in its entirety using the SoundCloud widget below (courtesy of RevolverMag.com). FLYLEAF hits the road on a co-headlining nationwide tour with P.O.D. beginning July 13 in Kenosha, Wisconsin and continues through August 10 in San Diego, California. The band will be offering the sale of limited edition silk-screen prints designed by bass player Pat Seals on the FLYLEAF web site and bundled with the "Who We Are" EP. Kristen May replaced original vocalist Lacey Sturm after the latter abruptly departed the group in October 2012. Sturm left the band on the eve of the release of its third album, "New Horizons", which came out on October 30, 2012 and sold 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 16 on The Billboard 200 chart. Sturm issued a statement about her exit from the group she co-founded, saying, "I am very thankful to have recently become a mom to one of the greatest blessings of my life, my son Jack . . . I understand that, for me, living life to the fullest in this season means to step down as the lead singer for FLYLEAF." The new album follows up 2009's "Memento Mori" and FLYLEAF's self-titled 2005 debut, which have combined to sell more than 1.6 million copies in the U.S. FLYLEAF is Kristen May (vocals) Sameer Bhattacharya (lead guitar), Jared Hartmann (rhythm guitar), Pat Seals (bass) and James Culpepper(drums).
- Blabbermouth reports San Francisco Bay Area-based guitarist Craig Locicero (FORBIDDEN, MANMADE GOD, SPIRALARMS) will take part in Hannemania, a tribute to SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman, on Saturday, July 13 at the Oakland Metro Operahouse in Oakland, California. The event will be headlined by as HANNEMAN LECTER, an "all-star" band which is said to feature surprise guest appearances. Hannemania is being organized by Iron Fist Circle Productions, which has previously staged Bonded By Baloff and Holty Matrimony shows, also featuring surprise guests such as Kirk Hammett of METALLICA and a secret performance by a band calling itself THE RELENTLESS REVOLUTIONARIES, which turned out to be a headlining set by DEATH ANGEL. The promoter, Ken Raider, is being very tight-lipped regarding the HANNEMAN LECTER lineup or guest appearances, stating: I am honestly unsure exactly who may be showing up; we may all be surprised." Hannemania tickets can be purchased at this location. Members of SLAYER released a statement on May 9 saying that Hanneman died of alcohol-related cirrhosis. He is credited for writing many of the band's classic songs, including "Angel Of Death" and "South Of Heaven". The guitarist, who passed away in Los Angeles on May 2, had actually not been playing with SLAYER for more than two years since he contracted necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating disease, from a spider bite in his backyard in January 2011. The infection ravaged the flesh and tissues of Hanneman's arm, leading to numerous surgeries, skin grafts and intense periods of rehab that forced him into semi-retirement and left him near death at several points. Hanneman's last appearance with SLAYER was in April 2011, when he played an encore with the band at the "Big Four" concert in Indio, California.
- Blabbermouth reports GREAT WHITE FEATURING JACK RUSSELL (formerly JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE) bassist Dario Seixas (pictured below) has released the following statement: "About a month ago, I decided to quit GREAT WHITE. This was mostly due to differences in business/management views and decisions. After a long talk with Jack, I was convinced into reconsidering my position. Two weeks later, I realized that the reason I quit in the first place was not going to change and it was time to move on. "I really enjoyed my time on stage with GREAT WHITE and especially the love I received from all the fans. You guys are the best and I look forward to having more fun with you in the future! "My last show is likely July 13th, so I got about 4 more to go. I will not be going on the tour. Have fun out there and be safe. "I'll be pursuing new musical endeavors, including some of my own stuff which I'll be posting it soon, so keep an eye out for it!!" GREAT WHITE FEATURING JACK RUSSELL is not to be confused with the other touring and recording version of GREAT WHITE, which features Mark Kendall, Scott Snyder (bass), Audie Desbrow (drums), Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards) and Terry Ilous (lead vocals).
- Blabbermouth reports German thrash metal veterans SODOM have been forced to cancel their appearance at the Bangalore Open Air festival on July 6 in Bangalore, India. ays the band: "We already had our suitcases packed and were ready to go. "We are awfully sorry to take these steps and we are deeply disappointed by this situation, but in the end there's the awareness that not everything is done to our entire satisfaction. "We are 'only' the musicians, who would have loved to rock India and we owe this to our fans, even more because we never performed over there, of course through no fault of our own. The one who botched this up will have to be confronted with the fans and the local scene for his faults. "We concluded a contract, which has strictly abided by our booking agency ourselves. In the end, this set of problems redounds upon us, because we're in the front line and have to be answerable to our fans. "I hope we didn't lose too many fans due to this mess, but all people who know us are aware of the fact, that we would do anything for our fans. "We hope for your understanding and keep you informed about the latest facts." SODOM's new album, "Epitome Of Torture", sold around 800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 25 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. "Epitome Of Torture" was made available on April 29 in Europe and May 7 in North America via SPV/Steamhammer. Bassist/vocalist Thomas "Angelripper" Such, guitarist Bernd "Bernemann" Kost and new drummer Markus "Makka" Freiwald recorded a total of twelve new tracks (plus a MOTÖRHEAD cover) which "present SODOM as more diverse and multi-faceted than ever," according to a press release.
- Blabbermouth reports on Friday, July 5, Taiwanese metallers CHTHONIC were the invited guests at the opening game of the second season of Taiwan's professional baseball league. Check out video footage below. Photos are available at this location.
CHTHONIC's seventh album, "Bú-Tik", was recorded at Sweden's Sweetspot Studio by producer Rickard Bengtsson, who also worked on 2011's critically lauded "Takasago Army" full-length and finds the band sharpening their signature brand of self-dubbed symphonic "orient metal." "Bú-Tik" was released in North America via Spinefarm Records in the U.S. digitally on June 18 and on CD on June 25. With "Bú-Tik", CHTHONIC continue their mission to build awareness of the myths of Taiwan and the tragic events in their country's history. Centered around the story of the 228 Massacre, the Bú-Tik Palace and the Mirror Of Retribution, "Bú-Tik" highlights what bassist Doris Yehdescribes as "righteous violence, justifiable defense, and the armed spirits!"
- Loudwire reports Mastodon’s Brann Dailor talks new album progress, 2013 Mayhem Festival and more
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- Classic Rock posts new music from the new London power-trio Leogun, backed by Elton John and set to support Bon Jovi, QOTSA, Kiss and Skynyrd with "Lets Be Friends"
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- Noisecreep reports Middle Class Rut’s Zack Lopez discusses the evolution of his touring guitar rig
- Rolling Stone reports lock of Mick Jagger's hair fetches $6,000 in auction Read more at NME
- Rolling Stone wants to know what is the dumbest band name of all time?
- Billboard reports Pussy Riot members to appeal conviction to Russia's supreme court Read more at NME
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- NME reports Beck performs "Song Reader" with Jarvis Cocker and Franz Ferdinand
- NME reports Damon Albarn, Alex Kapranos and Nick Zinner to release track for Oxfam's Syria Appeal
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- NME reports Mudhoney to perform on top of Seattle's Space Needle landmark Read more at Loudwire
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