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  • Blabbermouth reports the five members of KORN celebrated Halloween early last night  (Friday, October 25) by performing in costume at the Freakers Ball in  Grand Prairie, Texas. A couple of photos can be seen hereKORN's 11th studio album, "The Paradigm Shift", sold 46,000  copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No.  8 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on October 8 via  Prospect Park"The Paradigm Shift" is the first KORN disc to feature original  guitarist Brian "Head" Welch since 2003's "Take A Look In The  Mirror" and follows up 2011's dubstep experiment, "The Path Of  Totality". Frontman Jonathan Davis told The Pulse Of Radio that Welch's return on guitar was a good balance to Davis' own  continued fascination with electronic music. "We wanted to make a record that  everybody was happy with, and Head coming back, I think, was great,  'cause me and him butted heads. 'Cause he really is on the rock side and I was  on the electronic side, and it was good having the compromise on both sides. It  was just good for the creative process, I think."  Welch recently told Rolling Stone that the new album has "the  old KORN vibe, but with a new twist . . . The end product is a really  good mix of old KORN mixed with some new elements. It's got a fresh new  KORN 2013 sound."  Welch left KORN in 2005 after he converted to Christianity and  got off drugs. He rejoined them for a handful of live performances last year  before officially becoming part of the lineup again in early 2013.  Davis recently revealed that he was dealing with personal issues  during the early stages of the new disc, including his son being diagnosed with  diabetes and his own struggle to kick an addiction to anti-depression  medication.  KORN and ROB ZOMBIE will co-headline the "Night Of The  Living Dreads" tour this fall. The 17-date run begins on November 3 in Reno,  Nevada and wraps on November 26 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


  • Blabbermouth reports MÖTLEY CRÜE's Vince Neil says that he would gladly appear on  the next season of NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice" if he got the  offer to do it.  Norm Clarke of Las Vegas Review-Journal reported last week that Neil "has been telling friends" he will appear on the next season of the Donald  Trump-hosted celebrity version of "The Apprentice", which has  contestants compete to win money for their favorite charities. Celebrity  contestants take part in business-driven tasks around New York City and work  grueling hours on mentally challenging tasks that test their ability to work  together.  Writing on his  Twitter profile, Neil said: "Been off for awhile. New phone password  didn't work! The rumor about apprentice was started by a loser wannabe reporter  Norm Clark who I haven't seen or talked to in over 2 years! I've talked to the  show but that's it! But if I got the offer I'd do it!! Sounds fun!!"  Previous rockers who have appeared on "The Celebrity Apprentice" include TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider and POISON's  Bret Michaels.  Ratings for "The Celebrity Apprentice" were down about 20 percent last  season, but the show still frequently led the 10 p.m. Sunday timeslot in adults  18-49, according to Zap2It. "That's of value to us in a world where time  period wins on NBC aren't always in great supply," NBC's head of  alternative programming, Paul Telegdy, told the site.



  • Blabbermouth reports MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars has once again dismissed  reports that his poor health is partly to blame for the band's decision to  retire from touring.  In a recent interview with the Oakland Press, CRÜE singer  Vince Neil said that Mars' ongoing battle with Ankylosing  spondylitis, a painful form of chronic arthritis that causes vertebrae in the  spine to fuse together, as well as the band's desire to "go out on top" were the  primary reasons for CRÜE's revelation that they will call it quits after  2015. "It's just time," Neil said. "Mick's health is not that  good, and touring is tough on him. I'm sure in five, 10 years' time, we'll  probably do something together again, but it's not gonna be like a KISS farewell to the farewell to the farewell tour. We're not gonna be like  that."  He added: "We want to go out on top. We don't want to be one of those bands  that people are like, 'Oh, they're playing a little club now.' We still sell out  arenas and do stadium shows and stuff like that, and that's how we want to be  remembered."  MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee echoed Vince's comments,  telling Canadian progressive-house music producer and performer Deadmau5 in a recent video: "Our guitar player, Mick, he has a spinal disease  that's slowly fusing his vertebrae together. It's one of those things that's  treatable, but not curable. So it's just progressively getting really worse and  it's painful for him, so he doesn't wanna tour much longer. I can't say I blame  him… The last thing we ever wanna do is go out running on two cylinders with  some hired guy playing guitar; that's just wack. So we wanna go out with one big  hurrah with the original guys and be done with it."  He added: "That's such a bad look when bands are still playing the fucking  fairgrounds — those county-fair shows — and it's just like two of the original  guys, or one original guy, and the rest, no one knows who they are. We don't  wanna do that."  However, in a posting earlier today (Saturday, October 26) on his  Twitter account, Mars painted a different picture, claiming that  his medical condition had never affected his playing. "Once again, any rumors  regarding a farewell tour due to 'my poor health is BS," he wrote. "I am doing  fine, my AS has never kept me from touring." He added: "Thank all of you for  knowing the truth… When I'm done touring, you'll hear it from me."  Lee responded to Mars' Twitter posting, writing:  "@mrmickmars it's probably not so much about your physical health it's more  about our mental health as a band! Haha!"  MÖTLEY CRÜErecently returned to Las Vegas for an exclusive  twelve-show engagement September 18 through October 6 at The Joint at Hard Rock  Hotel & Casino.  Read more at LoudwireUltimate Classic Rock and Classic Rock



  • Blabbermouth reports thrash metal legends SLAYER kicked off their North American tour last  night (Friday, October 25) at the The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in  Las Vegas, Nevada.  SLAYER is performing many of the band's most classic and fan-favorite  songs, all of which were originally written and released between the group's  inception and the 1990 gold disc "Seasons In The Abyss"SLAYER's "old-school night" set includes tracks from 1983's "Show  No Mercy", 1985's "Hell Awaits", the genre-defining and  gold-certified "Reign In Blood" (1986), 1988's "South of Heaven",  also certified gold, and "Seasons".

    The band's setlist for the Las Vegas show was as follows:

    01. World Painted Blood 02. Necrophiliac 03. At Dawn  They Sleep 04. Mandatory Suicide 05. Captor Of  Sin 06. War Ensemble 07. Disciple 08.  Threshold 09. Postmortem 10. Altar Of  Sacrifice 11. Jesus Saves 12. Seasons In The  Abyss 13. Hallowed Point 14. Dead Skin Mask 15.  Raining Blood 16. Black Magic 17. Hate Worldwide


    18. South Of Heaven 19. Angel Of Death

    "We [were] having such a great time rehearsing this 'old-school' set, we've  decided to play it on every one of our upcoming tour dates," announced  SLAYER's Kerry King.  "We're going to give the fans what amounts to 'decades of aggression,'" added  bassist/vocalist Tom Araya. " It's going to be a great night of music and  moshing for everyone."  Confirmed dates for SLAYER's 2013 fall North American tour are accessible hereSLAYER's five-week North American headline tour — the band's first in  two years — features support on all dates from GOJIRA and  4ARMSLAYER's current touring lineup consists of King, Araya,  drummer Paul Bostaph, and guitarist Gary Holt (EXODUS), who  continues to fill in for the late founding member Jeff  HannemanBostaph was SLAYER's drummer from 1992 until  2001 and recorded four albums with the band — the gold-certified "Divine  Intervention" (1994), the 1996 punk covers album "Undisputed  Attitude", "Diabolus In Musica" (1998), "God Hates Us All" (2001) that received a Grammy nomination for "Best Metal Performance", as  well as the DVD "War At The Warfield" (2001), also certified gold. In  addition to SLAYER, Bostaph has been a member of FORBIDDENEXODUS, SYSTEMATIC and TESTAMENT.  Original SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo sat out the band's  Australian tour in February/March due to a contract dispute with the other  members of the group. Filling in for him was Jon Dette (TESTAMENTANTHRAX)  Read more at Loudwire  Check out the setlist and photos at Loudwire  Check out an interview with Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph in honoring the memory of Jeff Hanneman at Blabbermouth  Check out an interview with singer Tom Araya on Slayer wine at Blabbermouth


  • Blabbermouth reports while on tour with KILL DEVIL HILL, Hartke artist Rex  Brown (formerly of PANTERA and DOWN) will appear at clinics at  the Sam Ash Music locations in Cerritos, California and Dallas, Texas.  Rexwill demonstrate why he exclusively uses Hartke Kilo Bass Amplifiers  and HyDrive 810 Bass Cabinets live and in the studio, as well as hold  meet-and-greets/signings with audience members at the following locations:

    Wednesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. Sam Ash Music 12651 Artesia  Boulevard Cerritos, CA 90703 (562) 468-1107

    Saturday, November 16 at 2:00 p.m. Sam Ash Music 10838 North Central  Expressway Dallas, TX 75231 (214) 368-6666

    On September 19, Brown took part in a clinic at Sam Ash in New  York City. The event featured Rex discussing some of his favorite bass  techniques, as well as demonstrations of some of his famous riffs from  throughout his career. Check out footage from the clinic below.  Hartke recently announced the addition of Brown to its already  impressive roster of artists. Rex is best known as one half of the  driving rhythm section of legendary metal band PANTERA and is currently  further developing his signature sound with his new band KILL DEVIL HILL.  "I've been playing bass for a long time and I recently had the great fortune  of pluggin' in to a Hartke rig," said Rex. "My new rig gives me  the flexibility to control my tone and blast my sound in any size venue. This  Hartke rig slams like a concrete sledge. I'm looking forward to being  part of the Hartke family for ANOTHER very long time.”  This past March,  Rex released his memoir entitled "Official Truth, 101 Proof: The  Inside Story Of Pantera". He also made an appearance on VH1 Classic's  flagship program "That Metal Show" in support of the book. He will be  hitting the road with KILL DEVIL HILL this fall in support of their new  release.  Rex was recently announced as part of the festivities at Bass  Player LIVE! 2013. He will participate in the Bass Player LIVE! Concert  and Awards Show, presented by Hartke, which will be a historic tribute to  BLACK SABBATH's Geezer Butler. The show will take place at the  Fonda Theater on November 9. And on Sunday, November 10, Rex will be a  part of a bass panel, again hosted by Hartke, alongside Billy SheehanDavid Ellefson and Frank Bello.



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  • NME reports Arcade Fire's Will Butler: "I thought James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem would be a hipster douchebag"


  • NME reports Arcade Fire, alias "The Reflektors", to play pair of Glasgow shows next month


  • Blabbermouth posts video of behind-the-scenes footage of Megadeth from Costa Rica concert


  • Blabbermouth posts new episodes of "Blood & Guts" video of Anthrax's Scott Ian cuts to heart of matter



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