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4/6/2014

  • Blabbermouth reports legendary BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi recently spoke to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada's web site The Coast about the band's comeback album, "13", which was helmed by producer Rick Rubin.  "I don't know if I have any ancient tone secrets," said Iommi. "But we basically went in and did it like the early days. [Rick] saw us doing the album basically like the early days, not lots of effects and overdubs, not tarting it up or making it sound better, he wanted it to be like us playing. Mistakes and all."  Asked what it was like working with Rubin, who is notorious for being very "in and out" of the studio while records are being made, Iommi said: "He's got his differences. What was strange for us was that he didn't have our sense of humour. He didn't get that at all. Later on he realized, whether he liked it or not."  Iommi revealed in January of 2012 that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma, which is described by the Mayo Clinic as "a cancer of the lymphatic system, the body's disease-fighting network." He has had to go back to England every six weeks for treatment, forcing him and SABBATH to work around both the treatments and the recovery time needed afterward.  "They [singer Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler] were really helpful for me," Iommi said. "When we were writing ['13'], we did a lot from my house in my studio. It was helpful because I could go to treatments and have them here. Even if I couldn't work after, I could go in and tell them, and they'd be, like, 'All right. Don't worry.' It helped me when I could play too. It got my mind off of it by having a laugh and a joke."  Regarding SABBATH's reunion, Iommi said: "We've been threatening to for many years. This had to be the time, otherwise it was never going to happen. We had to get on it and do it — everyone was really enthusiastic, I haven't seen Ozzy that enthusiastic for many years."  Original BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward was on board for the reunion when it was first announced in November 2011, but backed out soon after due to contractual issues.  SABBATH has used Ozzy's regular touring drummer Tommy Clufetos since then for live work. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's Brad Wilk laid down the drum tracks on "13", which came out in June 2013.  Asked what Bill Ward's deal is, Iommi said: "I don't know. Funnily enough, I had an email off Bill a few days ago. It's a shame he didn't want to do it at that time. No one was more upset than us. We wanted him to do it, but we had to carry on. Otherwise we'd still be waiting now. It threw us, we were shocked. But who knows, one day we may play together."
 
  • Blabbermouth reports in his long-awaited autobiography, "Face The Music: A Life Exposed", KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley accuses the band's fellow co-founding members Ace Frehley (guitar) and Peter Criss (drums) of resenting Stanley and KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons for controlling the group's creative output — which Stanley says occurred because Frehley and Criss' songwriting contributions "just didn't amount to much."  "Ace, and particularly Peter, felt powerless and impotent when faced with the tireless focus, drive and ambition of me and Gene," Stanley writes. "As a result, the two of them tried to sabotage the band — which, as they saw it, was unfairly manipulated by [us] money-grubbing Jews."  Stanley reiterated to Larry Getlen of the New York Post that yes, he does believe that Frehley and Criss are anti-Semitic.  "Yes, I do," he said. "It's based on years and years of interactions. It's not pulled out of thin air." Frehley and Criss did not respond to the New York Post's requests for comment.  All four members of the current lineup of KISS will attend the band's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. They will be accompanied at their table by guitarist Bruce Kulick, who played in KISS during from 1984 to 1996. Frehley and Criss also will be in attendance. Simmons and Stanley have chosen to have current KISS members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer dress up as Peter Criss' and Ace Frehley's respective "Spaceman" and "Catman" personas (designs owned by Simmons and Stanley). Frehley left KISS after the band's 2002 "Farewell" dates, saying afterwards that he took the word "farewell" seriously. Criss claimed that his contract with KISS wasn't renewed in March 2004.  Both charges have been disputed by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.  The 29th annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 10 at Barclays Center.  The television broadcast will premiere on HBO on May 31.  Read more at LoudwireUltimate Classic Rock and Classic Rock  Blabbermouth reports Ace Frrhley responds to Paul Stanley, says his ex-bandmates in KISS are his "brothers in rock and roll"  Blabbermouth reports ex-KISS drummer Peter Criss says he's no anti-semite  Read more on the responses at Ultimate Classic Rock
 
  • Blabbermouth reports "Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back: The Quiet Riot Movie", the feature documentary on the seminal heavy metal band QUIET RIOT, will premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Tuesday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.  The band topped the charts in 1983 with the first #1 heavy metal album ("Metal Health") which sold over 10 million copies worldwide, and paved the way for successful metal bands like MÖTLEY CRÜE, POISON and BON JOVI turning the 1980s into the decade of heavy metal hair rock.  An unlikely and surprisingly personal narrative to conquer the loss of a friend emerges from an odyssey about the rise, fall and resurrection of an 80's metal band. The career of Frankie Banali, drummer of QUIET RIOT, took a major sideswipe when his singer and best friend Kevin DuBrow died in 2007. In 2010 and at a cross roads in his life, Banali has to forge ahead and make a new life for himself and his daughter. At times both utterly tragic, and downright hilarious, the film follows him going through the emotional feat of trying to fill the void left by Kevin and get the band back together one more time.  The 105-minute character-driven documentary goes beyond the guts and glory of the common getting the band back together tale. "Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back" reveals an unforgettable man who uses ambition, adaptability, relentless determination and principle to navigate through a business, and a series of obstacles that are attempting to control his fate.  "When Frankie Banali told me he was planning to meet with Kevin DuBrow's mother to get her blessing to go on with the band and find a new singer, I thought this would be an extraordinary story for a documentary," said first-time director Regina Russell, who gained access to the private video and photo archives of the band. Russell, who is now engaged to Banali, followed the band for four years and got interviews with many of the integral characters in the group's history.  Production on the indie film was launched in 2010 after a surprisingly successful campaign on Kickstarter.com, in the crowdfunding web site's infancy. The campaign raised $25,000 of startup capital from the band's loyal fan base for over 30 years, and a whole new generation of young head bangers.  "Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back" is produced and directed by Regina Russell, edited by Kelly McCoy and executive-produced by Gene Raphael Miller.  The Newport Beach Film Festival will run from April 24 to May 1.  Tickets for the festival are on sale at this location.  A January 2013 interview with Russell and Banali about "Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back" conducted by Chris Epting of Noisecreepcan be seen below.

     

 
  • Blabbermouth reports German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS performed last night (Saturday, April 5) at the 2014 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. The concert was one of several events which are highlighting the spectacular off-track celebrations that mark Bahrain International Circuit's (BIC) 10th anniversary.  Longtime SCORPIONS drummer James Kottak did not perform with his bandmates at Saturday night's concert and was replaced at the gig by Mark Cross (TAINTED NATION, FIREWIND, OUTLOUD, HELLOWEEN, METALLIUM).  It is not clear why Kottak missed the Bahrain show, seeing as he played with the rest of the SCORPIONS during their recent Russian tour, which he called a "huge success". He also tweeted on April 3: "Off to Bahrain for a show and Formula 1 race!"  Fan-filmed video footage of the Bahrain concert can be seen here.  Kottak is also sitting out the current Russian tour by PROJECT ROCK (formerly ROCKSTAR), the new band featuring Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, DIO DISCIPLES) on vocals, Keri Kelli (SLASH'S SNAKEPIT, ALICE COOPER, RATT) on guitar, Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT, WHITESNAKE, DIO) on bass and Teddy "Zig Zag" Andreadis (GUNS N' ROSES) on keyboards. He is being replaced on the PROJECT ROCK trek — which kicked off on April 5 — by Simon Wright, who has previously played with DIO, AC/DC, UFO, DIO DISCIPLES and Geoff Tate's QUEENSRŸCHE.  In a 2005 interview, Kottak, who has been in the SCORPIONS since 1996, stated about his audition for the band: "I was always a SCORPIONS fan for the songs on the radio because in America they played them non-stop. I was never the guy that went out and bought their records but I was always like their songwriting and the songs and the whole vibe. Then I was in a band called KINGDOM COME in 1987-1990 and we opened for the SCORPIONS and I saw them and they were so professional on the Monsters Of Rock tour, I was totally blown away. But I never went out and bought their albums, I never went out and bought any other albums either. I was a fan of all music — good or bad. It was on the radio so much, I didn't need to buy it. I spent all my money buying drums, drumsticks and cymbals. In the audition, I knew most of the SCORPIONS music from playing in cover bands. I'm from Louisville, Kentucky. That's how I earned my money in the early '80s — we played 'Still Loving You', 'Rock You Like a Hurricane', 'Big City Nights'. The flattering point with the SCORPIONS [was] when I did fly to Germany for the 'audition,' it wasn't so much an audition, more like, 'Let's get together and see how it feels.' So, I was very flattered about that because they did audition like another 25 drummers. I was very flattered to be picked
 
  • Blabbermouth reports EYE EMPIRE — the band featuring Corey Lowery (STUCK MOJO, STEREOMUD, DARK NEW DAY), B.C. Kochmit (SWITCHED) and Ryan Bennett (TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION) — has parted ways with vocalist Donald Carpenter (SUBMERSED).  Lowery, Kochmit and Bennett said in a statement: "For the last several years, we have committed every ounce of energy we collectively have to EYE EMPIRE. We've shared great heights and unbelievable lows. Through it all, we stood together like brothers, sacrificing on behalf of one another pursuing a dream. That vision, and the hopes that come with the quest, remain.  "Following the last run, it was brought to our attention that one member was making moves to re-assemble a former band. The moment that transpired, and there was an absence of communication, it was clear he had left the band.  "For the fans that have supported us, we love you and owe you so much.  "There will be another EYE EMPIRE album, and we will return to the road. However, that news will come when we find a fourth partner who is unequivocally committed to the journey and understands that our business is not to be misrepresented and aired with deceit publicly."  For his part, Carpenter posted the following on April 3: "Starting over is always hard but it's not the first time and I'm am certain that it won't be the last.  "Things are starting to come together, but still getting those curves coming in every once in awhile, but hey, that's life!"  EYE EMPIRE's latest album, "Evolve", was released on October 29, 2013.  The members of EYE EMPIRE all have seen success in the past through other ensembles. With the formation of EYE EMPIRE, however, they have proven a commitment to seeing through what they started. Lowery remembered: "B.C. and I started playing together when he was in SWITCHED, and I knew that he would be the guitar player that I would one day create something special and lasting with. He has a great sense of melody with rhythm and solos and a great understanding of arrangement and what's best for the song. He knows the difference between shredding and holding one note, and making that one note sing. He truly has his own style as an artist."  With the youngest member of the quartet, Ryan Bennett, Lowery reflected: "Simply one of the baddest drummers to come to the rock 'n roll scene in years. Grabbing some of his favorite drummers and making his own style with EYE EMPIRE. He's the guy that is always smiling staying positive until he gets behind the drums then he explodes."

     

 
  • Blabbermouth reports Jason McCash, former bassist, co-songwriter and co-lyricist for Indianapolis doomsters THE GATES OF SLUMBER, has reportedly passed away. He was 37 years old.  In a posting on Facebook, THE GATES OF SLUMBER vocalist/guitarist Karl Simon wrote: "My best friend died last night.  "There will be no reunion — no more of THE GATES OF SLUMBER. It's dead beyond dead, and I've lost a brother.  "Please be respectful or silent. It's a small world and I'm still alive. Remember that shit."  McCash announced his departure from THE GATES OF SLUMBER last September, explaining that it was "just time for me to leave."  THE GATES OF SLUMBER's "Death March" video can be seen below. The song comes off the band's "Stormcrow" EP, which was released on January 29, 2013 via Scion Audio/Visual, (a.k.a. Scion A/V), the in-house record label and lifestyle marketing division of the Scion marque produced by Toyota Motor Corporation for the North American market. The CD was recorded by Sanford Parker and it features cover artwork by Dave Quiggle.  THE GATES OF SLUMBER in 2012 parted amicably with drummer J. Clyde Paradis, who recorded and toured behind the 2011 album "The Wretch" (Rise Above Records).  THE GATES OF SLUMBER started in 1998 as a backlash against the stoner rock trend prevalent at the time and with their mixture of BLACK SABBATH, SAINT VITUS, PENTAGRAM, and prime-era CELTIC FROST, the band has crushed or converted unbelievers ever since. "The Wretch" was released in May 2011 via Rise Above/Metal Blade. The CD was recorded at England's Orgone Studios with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano (GHOST, ANGEL WITCH).

     

 
  • Blabbermouth reports Texas groove metal band NOCICEPTOR has signed a two-album publishing and distribution deal with Rogue Records America. The label will reissue the group's third full-length effort, "Among Insects", in a digipak CD while the band works on its fourth album. A new lyric video will also be released for the song "The Fell", but in the meantime, you can check out the lyric video for the band's recent single, "Pornoholocaust", below.  "I fucking love NOCICEPTOR," says Rogue Records America owner Dean Martinetti. "I am a fan and have been since the first time I heard 'Pornoholocaust' off 'Among Insects'.  "It's a rare thing for me to just gravitate to an artist off of one song, but the band has a style and hooks all their own and that makes them super unique.  "I had to see if we could work together because I have a lot of ideas I wanted to throw at them and was dying to hear what they were up to."  In 2013, JD Schmidt, the singer of NOCICEPTOR, started talking to Dean via Facebook about working together. The two had similar thoughts about the band, its direction and its future, making the idea of working together a no-brainer.  Comments NOCICEPTOR: "Everyone over at Rogue Records has been really supportive ever since 'Among Insects' was released, and we are ecstatic to finally be in a mutually beneficial partnership with them.  "Our upcoming (and as-yet-unnamed) album will be the first of hopefully numerous releases under Rogue's mentorship, and the future looks brighter than ever.  "Rogue Recordsis the kind of label that can see that the industry is in flux and knows how to be strategically flexible to ensure that their bands get the opportunities they deserve. This is exactly the kind of situation we have been looking for, and we could not be more excited!"

     

 
  • Loudwire posts Escape The Dead: Escape The Fate's Craig Mabbitt "Walking Dead" Recap: Season 4, Episode 16

 

 

 

 

  • Ultimate Classic Rock reports Neil Schon says Steve Perry wanted Journey to "sit still and not do anything"

 

  • Diffuser reports Surfer Blood sing about their drinking problem in exclusive video performance

 

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  • Classic Rock reports in the most un-rock’n'roll story of the year so far, Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan has agreed to open a showcase garden at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show in London
 
  • Rolling Stone reports The Killers, Tim McGraw and LL Cool J pump up NCAA March Madness fest
 
 
 
  • Blabbermouth posts album trailers from legendary Italian black thrashers NecrodeathThe 7 Deadly Sins, out May 13 via Scarlet Records.  
 
  • Blabbermouth posts a track-by-track audio breakdown interview with guitarist/vocalist Kai Hansen of German power metallers Gamma Ray on eleventh studio album, Empire Of The Undead, out via earMusic on March 28
 
  • Blabbermouth posts interviews with Zakk WyldeChevelle frontman Pete Loeffler, singer Charlotte Wessels of Dutch symphonic metallers DelainSabaton and singer/bassist Schmier of German thrash metal veterans Destruction

 

  • Blabbermouth posts performance footgae of Hellion singer Ann Boleyn joined Doro Pesch as a surprise guest  for Doro's encore at the Monsters Of Rock cruise

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