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- Halestorm's Lzzy Hale makes a guest appearance on "Shatter Me," the title track of the new album from the American violinist, dancer, performance artist and composer Lindsey Stirling. The CD will be released on April 29th and will by accompanied by a video for "Shatter Me", in which Hale will also appear. Stirling, a 27-year-old native of Orange County, California and a fifth-place 2007 contestant on America's Got Talent, has sold more than 100,000 copies of her self-titled, independently released debut album since its arrival in the fall of 2012. (Blabbermouth)
- The Black Keys will be the musical guests on the May 10th edition of NBC's Saturday Night Live, just three days before the May 13th release of their eighth studio album, Turn Blue. The episode, hosted by Charlize Theron, will be the duo's third on the show and first since 2011. (Rolling Stone)
- Sevendust's new acoustic album, Time Travelers & Bonfires, sold around 15,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release to debut at Number 19 on the Billboard 200 album chart. In support of the April 15th release, the band recently launched its first headlining acoustic tour since 2004. They play on Thursday night (April 24th) in Kansas City, Missouri. (Blabbermouth)
- Courtney Love premiered a new song called "You Know My Name" earlier this week on BBC Radio in the U.K.. The track is one half of a double A-side single she is set to release soon, along with a tune called "Wedding Day." Both cuts are expected to appear on Love's upcoming solo album, Died Blonde, which was originally scheduled for a Christmas release last year but now has no definitive release date. (Radio.com) Read more at Loudwire
- The lineup of this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival has been unveiled and it includes Pearl Jam, Outkast, Skrillex, Beck, Eminem, Lana Del Rey, Foster The People, Chvrches, The Replacements, Belle & Sebastian, Interpol, Broken Bells, St. Vincent and others. The show is scheduled for October 3rd through the 5th and the 10th through the 12th and will take place on eight stages spread out across the Texas capital's Zilker Park. Tickets are on sale now at ACLFestival.com. (Pollstar) Read more at Loudwire
CHECK IT OUT: Watch a behind-the-scenes video about Lzzy Hale's appearance on Lindsey Stirling's "Shatter Me":
Here's Sevendust talking about their new album:
Listen to Courtney Love's new song:
- Blabbermouth reports AEROSMITH drummer Joey Kramer says that "there is almost no reason" for the band to ever make another studio album considering the lukewarm response to AEROSMITH's last CD, 2012's "Music From Another Dimension!" "It would be great to make another record, but it's almost [like] 'Why bother?'" Kramer told Ultimate Classic Rock in a brand new interview. "Records don't sell, and they don't do anything. There's no record companies to pay for it, so you have to pay for it out of your pocket. Especially with us now, because we're a free agent — we're no longer with a record company." He continued: "There's really no money per se to be made on records. We used to make a lot of money on records. Now all of our money is made on touring. Artistically, it would be fun to make another record and it would be a beautiful thing if we can put it together. But to what avail, I don't know. There's almost no reason to do it, you know, judging from the last one and how it went over." Asked if he finds AEROSMITH's current situation creatively and artistically frustrating, Kramer said: "Well, it is — it's frustrating, because personally I think it's a really good record. It's an AEROSMITH record and it was done the way that we used to do them. But there were certain things that held it back, one of them being the industry and the state that it's in at present." He added: "That record, I think there's a couple of songs that may become classics after being played for years, just like a lot of our other ones have. Because it's going to be around and it's going to be be played 15 years from now, 20 years from now unlike what's going on now. Music now is so disposable. It's so, like, 'Okay, here it is and five minutes later there's something else.' We're not the Justin Biebers and the Nicki Minajs of the world, so unfortunately, records don't make sense." AEROSMITH guitarist Brad Whitford last November echoed a lot of fans feelings regarding "Music From Another Dimension!", telling VH1 Radio Network's Dave Basner, "We have a lot of issues with the last record now. We felt like . . . I don't know, we feel like we missed the mark a little bit, and I'm not quite sure what we would've done different, but we feel like we should've done something a little different — but I don't think we know what it was. . .We had a good time making it, but I don't know if the material that we did really translated. Maybe we're a little bit stuck in the way we do things. I don't know. We kind of did it old school and thought we were going in the right direction, but. . . I don't know. I don't know." Whitford went on to talk about tentative plans for the band's next album. "Maybe we'll experiment a bit more in maybe the writing process and stuff," he said. "Maybe we need to go back and do some more. . . maybe bring in some more contemporary people to work with, and maybe take a few twists and turns. I don't know." "Music From Another Dimension!" was released on November 6, 2012, and debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 album chart, selling 63,000 copies in its first week of release. The group's last collection of new songs, 2001's "Just Push Play", entered the chart at No. 2 with sales of 240,000 copies. Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock and Classic Rock
- Blabbermouth reports MÖTLEY CRÜE held a press conference on January 28 at Hotel Roosevelt in Los Angeles where they announced that the band will launch its "Final Tour" later this year, with the group planning to play 72 shows in North America in 2014 and more overseas in 2015. Making it official, the four members of the band had their lawyer draw up a formal "cessation of touring" agreement that goes into effect at the end of 2015 and prohibits the members of the group from going on the road again under the MÖTLEY CRÜE banner. No mention was made of whether the CRÜE will record a new album to go along with the tour, although the group hinted at the possibility. Speaking to Artisan News at yesterday's (Wednesday, April 23) Revolver Golden Gods event at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, producer James Michael — who sings for MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx's SIXX: A.M. project — revealed that he has been tapped to helm what may very well turn out to be the CRÜE's final song. "As we know, the CRÜE is getting ready to hang it up. And we discussed for a while doing a final song," James said (see video below). "And that's a tall order. There was a lot of pressure on us to make sure that we did it right and that we celebrated everything that they were known for. So I think we've done it. I'm actually tracking drums with Tommy [Lee] tomorrow. And it's an outstanding song. I think it's gonna be an absolutely amazing way to go out swinging." During an appearance on the March 3 edition of Eddie Trunk's show "Trunk Nation" on SiriusXM's Hair Nation, MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars revealed: "I just wrote a new song with Nikki, and we're gonna be finishing it up, like, within the next couple of months. There'll be a new single [released in time for the upcoming tour]." Sixx in January said that that it's unlikely that the band will release another full-length album of new material and will instead make select tracks available via special projects in order to maximize their impact. "My take on it right now and the way that things work is very much reverted back to the '60s where people buy singles," Mars told Trunk. "I don't want an album full of fillers. And that's why I said I would release [a solo] EP or singles." Sixx told the Rapid City, South Dakota radio station 95.1 KSKY: "We have music written, [but] it's not put together yet." He added: "It's hard, to be honest with you, to spend six [or] nine months to write eleven songs — all those lyrics… everything… the vocals, the guitars, the bass, the sonics, the mixing, the mastering, the artwork… You put it out and nothing [happens], because now people cherry-pick songs. So we go, 'Why don't we write songs and find vehicles to get one, two or four songs to ten million people rather than eleven songs to a hundred thousand people. That's how we're thinking. I don't know if it's right or wrong, but that's how we're thinking." MÖTLEY CRÜE in 2012 released a brand new song called "Sex" to coincide with the launch of the band's North American co-headlining tour with KISS. Written when the group was together during their residency in Las Vegas in February 2012, "Sex" was the first studio track from the CRÜE since their June 2008 release of "Saints Of Los Angeles". The song was recorded at MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee's studio called The Atrium in Calabasas, California. Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock and Classic Rock
- Blabbermouth reports according to BoxscoreNews.com, Jacksonville Sharks managing partner Jeff Bouchy has released a statement denying rumors that MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil is to relocate the Arena Football team to Las Vegas if he does become part owner of the franchise. The statement reads as follows: "There have been several reports in different media outlets over the past several days regarding Vince Neil of MÖTLEY CRÜE becoming an owner of the Jacksonville Sharks and possibly relocating the team to the Las Vegas market. "Simply stated, the Jacksonville Sharks are neither relocating to the Las Vegas market nor planning to ever leave our great city of Jacksonville. "We are currently in talks with Vince Neil about becoming a minority owner of the Jacksonville team, but those discussions do not include moving the team to another market, and as of now, neither Vince Neil nor Rockstar Investment Group, Inc. own any part of the Jacksonville Sharks. "We have been in discussions with Vince Neil over the past several months. If a deal is reached, he will own a minority interest and will help us elevate the Sharks brand on a local and national level and we, in turn, will help educate his group about the great sport of arena football and all aspects of its business. Vince Neil has aspirations to create a future expansion team in his current home of Las Vegas, Nevada, which has led to the confusion with the media. "If we are fortunate enough to have a rock legend join our ownership group, it could happen as early as this week. "We have the best fans in the AFL and will continually strive to make the Sharks an elite franchise in the League. I personally apologize for any confusion these reports have caused the Shark Nation family." Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock
- Blabbermouth reports according to Action Figure Fury, NECA (National Entertainment Collectibles Association) has released the details of an IRON MAIDEN retro-cloth figure, to arrive in stores this September for around $30. The Mummy Eddy was created in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the classic metal masterpiece — IRON MAIDEN's "Powerslave". This eight-inch tall Eddie features a real metal chain that can be connected to the mouth or unhooked for when he breaks free. Mummy Eddie is also going to be coming with an alternate, unwrapped head sculpt that really shows the true beast hiding underneath the bandages. Read more at Loudwire
- Blabbermouth reports legendary thrashers SLAYER debuted a brand new track, "Implode", during their surprise three-song opening set last night (Wednesday, April 23) at the Revolver Golden Gods awards show at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California. The tune, which was recently laid down in the studio with producer Terry Date (PANTERA, DEFTONES), was preceded by "South Of Heaven" and "War Ensemble". The studio version of "Implode" has now been released and can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. "Implode" is expected to appear on SLAYER's next studio album, tentatively due later in the year via an as-yet-undisclosed record label following the expiration of the band's long-term deal with Rick Rubin's American Recordings. Joining bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King during the sessions for SLAYER's new album are returning drummer Paul Bostaph, who replaced Dave Lombardo last year, and guitarist Gary Holt (also of EXODUS), who has been filling in for late SLAYER axeman Jeff Hanneman on tour for the past four years. Bostaph 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 FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, SYSTEMATIC and TESTAMENT. Original SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo sat out the band's Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Filling in for him was Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX). Read more at Loudwire
- Blabbermouth reports last night at the Revolver Golden Gods awards held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, SLAYER surprised the capacity crowd with an unannounced performance, kicking off the show with a three-song set that included the global premiere of "Implode", the band's first new studio recording in five years. Recorded earlier this month at Henson Studios in Los Angeles and produced by Terry Date and co-produced by Greg Fidelman, "Implode" is now available as a free download as a "thank you” to the band's fans for their continued support. Or, as Kerry King put it, "you have been waiting for us, now we are delivering for you." Registered members of SLAYER's fan club were sent an email right around midnight giving them the link to the song and a chance to hear it before it was made public. "Implode" can now be downloaded at www.slayer.net. Later this year, the two-time Grammy-winning SLAYER will begin recording a new album, tentatively set for an early 2015 release date. The album will make SLAYER history as it will be released on Nuclear Blast Records through the band's own label imprint, closing out a 28-year relationship with Rick Rubin and American Recordings. No name for the imprint has been decided on yet. "Rick has played a huge role in our career, we've made some great albums with him,” said SLAYER's Tom Araya. "But today is a new day, record companies don't play the kind of role they once did, and we really like the idea of going out on our own, connecting directly with our fans, and Nuclear Blast is fired up about taking on that challenge with us." All future recordings on the band's label imprint will be released worldwide exclusively through Nuclear Blast. "I was a teenage rebel when 'Show No Mercy' came out," said Markus Staiger, owner of Nuclear Blast, "and I identified with that record. It was the most extreme, aggressive thing at the time. They were then and still are the most brutal metal band on the planet! I really cannot express how proud I am that we are able to work with SLAYER to join the Nuclear Blast family. We are ready for that next record and, I'm sure it will go into metal history!" Added Nuclear Blast label manager Gerardo Martinez, "The prospect of helping SLAYER take a leading role in the creative process surrounding their releases, projects and other cross-promotional opportunities is the ultimate honor for me, a metalhead who grew up in Los Angeles listening to SLAYER. Nowhere in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that Nuclear Blast would be making history alongside one of the best bands in metal.” SLAYER will spend the next few months on the road touring major North American and European festivals as well as headlining dates, sharing the stages with METALLICA, IRON MAIDEN and more, but is expected to be back in the studio in the fall to record the rest of the new album. Joining bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King during the sessions for SLAYER's new album are returning drummer Paul Bostaph, who replaced Dave Lombardo last year, and guitarist Gary Holt (also of EXODUS), who has been filling in for late SLAYER axeman Jeff Hanneman on tour for the past four years. Bostaph 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 FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, SYSTEMATIC and TESTAMENT. Original SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo sat out the band's Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Filling in for him was Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX). Read more at Loudwire and Classic Rock Check out the stream at Classic Rock
- Blabbermouth reports according to The Hollywood Reporter, shock rocker Marilyn Manson will make his TV scoring debut with composer Tyler Bates on the song "Cupid Carries A Gun", to be featured in the April 27 episode of WGN America's period drama "Salem". "The song 'Cupid Carries a Gun' was the last track we just finished for my new album," says Manson. "The occult and witchcraft [are] so often used in cinema with a heinous disregard for even researching its origins. However, I liked the themes of 'Salem'. It looks at the witch trials without being cliche like most modern films." Bates, who has a variety of credits to his name, including movies, TV and videogames, explains: "Manson and I wrote a draft of 'Cupid Carries A Gun' shortly before I began working on the score for 'Salem'. A couple weeks later I saw the title sequence and the song immediately came to mind. I showed it to Manson for fun more than anything, and it inspired us to finish the song that night. The next day I played it for Brannon Braga and he said that 'Cupid Carries A Gun' was the perfect tone and attitude for the show's main titles." A preview of "Cupid Carries A Gun" is available at HollywoodReporter.com. On April 8, Kurt Sutter, creator of the American television drama series "Sons Of Anarchy", tweeted that he has been listening to one of the new songs from Marilyn Manson. He described the track as "potent," "creepy" and "cool." Sutter previously revealed that he had written some lyrics for Manson and that he wanted to feature some of Manson's new music in the seventh and final season of "Sons Of Anarchy". Sutter tweeted: "Look for [Manson] in season 7. He'll be the guy riding the dragon." Manson has appeared in a handful of movies and TV shows before, most recently on the Showtime series "Californication" — where he played himself — and the Sundance Channel program "Wrong Cops". He spent most of last year touring behind his 2012 album, "Born Villain". Read more at Loudwire
- Blabbermouth reports Greg Prato of Songfacts recently conducted an interview with DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott. An excerpt from the chat follows below. Songfacts: How do you write your best songs? Joe Elliott: To be quite honest, songs percolate in your head first, and normally when you're too far away from an instrument to get to one. You're in an airplane or you're on the back of a bus, or you're in bed. "Never go to bed without pen and paper" is my motto, or these days an iPhone. Sometimes you get up in the morning and there's a melody going around annoying you like a bee in a jam jar. Now, most people, Phil [Collen; DEF LEPPARD guitarist], for example, would just pick up a guitar, because that's all he knows. He doesn't play the piano. Sometimes I just sit at a piano and I'll start trying something and go, "Well, this is a piano song." And I might try and do it on the guitar and go, "Hmm, could work both ways, but it sounds better as a piano song." And I will leave it that way. "Two Steps Behind", for example, I wrote on a guitar. Obviously, because that's what it is. But other stuff that I've written, like "Undefeated" off the "Mirrorball" album, was all written on guitar. But the new DOWN 'N' OUTZ material for album three — God willing it gets made — was all pretty much written on piano. But there's going to loads of guitars all over it, as well. It's horses for courses. It really is that varied. Angus Young you wouldn't need to ask that question to, because you know exactly how he writes all his songs. But with somebody that's a bit more varied, like a Bowie or a Freddie Mercury or Ian Hunter, will write on both. I like the idea of being able to do that because it gives you a broader scope. Songfacts: One of my favorite DEF LEPPARD songs is "Too Late For Love", and I was surprised that it was released as a single but never as a video, which I think prevented it from being a true hit in the U.S. (The song didn't chart on the American Hot 100 and made just #86 in the UK. A performance video was compiled from footage shot when the band appeared on a TV special.) Joe: Here's why: because "Photograph" is the first single off "Pyromania", and it went through the roof because of MTV. Once people started getting cable all over the States, this fledgling MTV thing took off. We got fantastic bounce-back from people watching it on MTV and then asking the radio stations to play it. The two started bouncing back from each other request-wise, and the song just went crazy. It was in the middle of that year that I think we released "Rock Of Ages", and then towards the end of the summer maybe I think "Foolin'" came out. And we'd shot the video for "Foolin'". I remember doing it — I think we did it in August of '83. So that kind of covered the end of the tour, which finished in September. By the time we went back to Europe to do the end of the world tour, they decided they wanted to go to radio with "Too Late For Love", but we weren't really in any kind of a position to make a video for it. Plus, there was this feeling amongst us like, "It's a fourth single, but it's just being put out there for the sake of it. It's only being released because of the success of the first three." It was never a game plan in January of that year. It was a on the spur-of-the-moment decision made maybe in August or September that we would go with a full single, to which we responded, "Well, okay, fine, whatever you want. But there won't be a video, because we're too busy touring." It was just the record company trying to prolong the length of the album and see if that song was going to fly. But as great a song as it is, I believe that any success that it achieved was based on the fact that the first three did so well. It's a fantastic album track, but it's not a single. To me. You know what I mean? To me, it's like putting "Kashmir" out as a single. [Many of LED ZEPPELIN's most famous songs, "Kashmir" and "Stairway To Heaven" among them, were not released as singles.] It's like, "Are you kidding me?" It's just a great album track. It's not a single. It doesn't have the hook. It's a brilliant piece of arrangement, it's a good bit of writing, it's a great lyric, it's a brilliant piece of music. But it's a rock track. It's never going to challenge "Thriller" or "Billie Jean". Whereas, "Photograph" and "Rock of Ages" were, because they were anthemic in a lyrical and a vocal way. They were a call to arms. And "Too Late For Love" is a bit more "lamentable," if you like. Read the entire interview at Songfacts.
- Blabbermouth reports RATT frontman Stephen Pearcy has released the following statement: "After 30 years creating the band RATT and losing a real brother, Robbin [Crosby, late RATT guitarist], it's time that I personally part ways with the band. "I am officially done with having anything to do with them due to the constant turmoil, unresolved business, personal attacks/threats in the public forum, and most of all, the disrespect to the fans. "I'm very content and proud of the legacy and the music I’ve created. This music will live well beyond any of our lifetimes. "I owe no one anything but a huge heartfelt thank you for coming to the party for the last 30 years. "With much respect, life goes on and the music I created will continue to be heard for years to come despite the dark clouds that have lingered for far too long. "I will personally continue to make music and perform live shows." "See you out there." RATT recently canceled its appearance on the Monsters Of Rock cruise due to the death of Stephen Pearcy's sister. RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer was slated to sit out the band's appearance at the Monsters Of Rock cruise because he had not yet fully recovered from the neck surgery he underwent last October. Filling in for him once again was supposed to be Jimmy DeGrasso, who has previously played with Y&T, WHITE LION and MEGADETH, among others. Blotzer previously missed three RATT shows in January. All three dates were played with DeGrasso behind the kit. RATT's first studio record in 11 years, "Infestation", sold around 14,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 30 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was issued on April 20, 2010 via Loud & Proud. Read more at Loudwire, Ultimate Classic Rock and Classic Rock
- Blabbermouth reports RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer has released the following statement regarding singer Stephen Pearcy's announcement earlier today that he was quitting the band: "To our/my RATT fans and friends... I will say to you guys, I am sorry that I brought you guys into our personal world and turbulation. "I've been so personally driven to a breaking point with our band being held hostage every year that I've kind of been snapping. "I wish we were still all four together and doing business as great as we have been doing. Especially last year. This is why it's so nonsensical to me to have this disruption in a business we've built for the last 33 years. "Reality sits at, Stephen and I have gotten along since his return in '07. Aside from the fact that he basically quits every year. It's been hard to deal with. "I feel bad that I might have put a dividing line out here, and for that I'm feeling bad about and I, to a certain level, feel the need to apologize to YOU, guys. My words were true, but the words should have stayed in my mind. And again, I state that I was only kidding about this picture thing with Steve, dumb joke. "You ever done that? Exactly. "When this news popped today, my phone was blowing up all day while I was trying to enjoy an afternoon with friends and I just lost it. I was going to come home and tear into that release line by line. I read your thoughts and realized that it's time to shut the fuck up. As hard as that feels, because we, the four other guys in this band, did nothing to merit this whole behavior from Stephen. "Thanks for understanding. You guys know I, we love you so much. RATT is my life and I'll live and die fighting for the mothership. "My Facebook is going bye-bye here soon. So, look to see what happens in a short time... "RATT is bigger than the sum of the parts!" RATT recently canceled its appearance on the Monsters Of Rock cruise due to the death of Stephen Pearcy's sister. Blotzer was slated to sit out the band's appearance at the Monsters Of Rock cruise because he had not yet fully recovered from the neck surgery he underwent last October. Filling in for him once again was supposed to be Jimmy DeGrasso, who has previously played with Y&T, WHITE LION and MEGADETH, among others. Blotzer previously missed three RATT shows in January. All three dates were played with DeGrasso behind the kit. RATT's first studio record in 11 years, "Infestation", sold around 14,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 30 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was issued on April 20, 2010 via Loud & Proud. Read more at Loudwire and Ultimate Classic Rock
- Blabbermouth reports veteran San Francisco thrashers EXODUS recently entered a studio in Northern California with producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE) to record their tenth studio album. Speaking to Brian Aberback of Patch.com, EXODUS frontman Rob Dukes stated about the band's upcoming CD: "This album is very fast and has more of a punk rock feel to it, whereas I think the last few EXODUS albums were metal epics, with longer songs. These songs are shorter and a little faster. It has a really different feel to it. It sounds great." During a December 2013 interview with "Metal Zone" host Nikki Blakk of the San Francisco, California radio station 107.7 The Bone, EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt stated about his plans for the band's new studio album: "I'm heavily in riff mode [right now]. It's always hard to gauge where a record's going right away, but you kind of get a feel for where you're headed mentally, and right now it's really fast. It's ridiculous. "I wanna make sure that the [next EXODUS] album is as good as it needs to be, and knowing I am going to be on a tight time frame, it does tend to stress me out quite a bit. But I think I write well under stress… I hate the pressure. But I do what I gotta do. We all do. So we'll make it happen." EXODUS' latest album, "Exhibit B: The Human Condition", was released in North America on May 18, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD sold around 4,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 114 on The Billboard 200 chart. EXODUS' previous album, "The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A", opened with 3,600 units back in October 2007. EXODUS has announced its participation in a monumental upcoming tour with headliners SLAYER and additional special guests SUICIDAL TENDENCIES. This metalhead's "dream tour" kicks off on May 9 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and hits six more cities, including a stop at the world-famous Rock On The Range festival on May 17 in Columbus, Ohio. Gary Holt will perform double-duty on this run as guitarist for his band EXODUS, while also filling in for SLAYER's fallen guitarist Jeff Hanneman.
- Blabbermouth reports "Music Inspired By The Life And Times Of Scrooge - Written And Produced By Tuomas Holopainen", NIGHTWISH keyboardist and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen's solo album based on a graphic novel called "The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck", written and illustrated by Don Rosa, has registered the following first-ewek chart positions:
Czech Republic: #40
Comments Holopainen: "The response to the album 'The Life And Times Of Scrooge' has been unexpectedly overwhelming and heartwarming. I wish to thank you all for the support! Moreover, I hope the album has brought Don Rosa's wonderful story to your attention, as well!" This 12-chapter book tells the life story of Scrooge, from his early years in the 19th century Scotland to his adventures all around the world until the 1950s. The story contains such immense depth, detail, wit and emotional power that the moment Tuomas read it nearly 20 years ago, it instantly became a story of profound personal interest and love for him. The initial spark of "coloring" this story with music, i.e. creating a kind of "soundtrack" for the book, came to him already in 1999, and has ever since haunted the back of his mind. "Music Inspired By The Life And Times Of Scrooge - Written And Produced By Tuomas Holopainen" contains 10 songs, with total duration of approximately 60 minutes. The music is said to be in the soundtrack / classical / folk genre in the vein of Vaughan Williams, Michael Nyman, James Newton Howard and Enya. Pip Williams did the orchestral arrangements for the "Life And Times Of Scrooge" disc, continuing his collaboration with Tuomas after the NIGHTWISH records "Once", "Dark Passion Play" and "Imaginaerum". There are a number of guest musicians appearing on "Life And Times Of Scrooge", including the London Orchestra, The Metro Voices (a choir from London) and four lead vocalists: Alan Reid, Johanna Kurkela, Johanna Iivanainen and Tony Kakko. Other guest appearances include Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes, low whistles, bodhran), Mikko Iivanainen (guitars and banjo), Teho Majamäki (didgeridoo), Jon Burr (harmonica) and Dermot Crehan on the solo violin. The recordings took place during August - October 2013, first at Angel Studios in London, then in various locations around Scotland and Finland. The author of the book, Don Rosa, did the artwork for the album. Holopainen recently spoke to Finland's YLE about "Music Inspired By The Life And Times Of Scrooge - Written And Produced By Tuomas Holopainen". Check out the report below. Tuomas previously stated about how the idea for the project came about: "It was back in 1999, during the 'Oceanborn' tour, that I remember first having the idea of writing a 'soundtrack' to my all-time favorite piece of Disney comic, 'The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck', by Don Rosa, the apparent heir of the almighty Carl Barks. This book has had such an overwhelming effect on me throughout these years, and finally I have the means and the time to make that dream a reality. "It all started with a story called 'Last Sled To Dawson', which was published in a Finnish Donald Duck magazine in the late '80s. It instantly became one of my favorite Scrooge/Donald stories and also introduced Mr. Don Rosa to my Disney universe. This story is not part of the actual 'Life And Times' opus, though, but 'a companion story,' set in between the chapters #8 and #9. Then when the massive 12-chapter piece was released in mid-'90s, I was completely and utterly hooked. It was similar to reading 'The Lord Of The Rings' as an 8-year-old, or seeing 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' for the first time. Adventure, fun and the strangely familiar feeling of home. "With Scrooge, there was also a much deeper level hidden between the stories and the gags. "This is a book about life itself. What an unfathomable privilege it is, what are the things that truly matter during our existence. It's about the immense beauty of the world and its possibilities seen through the eyes of a very relentless, honest and complex character. It's about love and family, gain and loss, darkness and rebirth. "And on top of that, well, it's just your good old-fashioned storytelling fun!"
"Music Inspired By The Life And Times Of Scrooge - Written And Produced By Tuomas Holopainen" track listing:
01. Glasgow 1877
02. Into The West
03. Duel & Cloudscapes
05. Cold Heart Of The Klondike
06. The Last Sled
07. Goodbye, Papa
08. To Be Rich
09. A Lifetime Of Adventure
10. Go Slowly Now, Sands Of Time
11. A Lifetime Of Adventure (Alternate Version)
The official video for the song "A Lifetime Of Adventure"
can be seen below.
Photo credit (below): Mika Jussila
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