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6/15/2014

  • Blabbermouth reports John Corabi, former lead singer of MÖTLEY CRÜE, THE SCREAM and UNION, has revealed that he may embark on a tour this summer during which he will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the MÖTLEY CRÜE album that he appeared on by performing the LP in its entirety.  Corabi originally joined CRÜE in 1992 as the replacement for the group's original singer, Vince Neil, who was fired due to personal differences. With Corabi on vocals, MÖTLEY CRÜE released one critically acclaimed full-length CD, which ended up being a commercial failure in the wake of grunge despite a Top-Ten placing on the album chart. When Neil returned to the fold in 1997, Corabi was left on his own and formed the band UNION with ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick.  Speaking to Jacky Bam Bam of Philadelphia's 93.3 WMMR radio station, Corabi stated about his plans for the immediate future (hear audio below): "I've got a bunch of material for an electric record. But before I do the electric record, my manager was talking to me and he wants me to go out… I didn't even realize it — I'm kind of clueless — but my manager was, like, 'It's the 20th anniversary of the MÖTLEY record. I think you should go out and do the MÖTLEY record, as much of the material from the MÖTLEY record as you can. You know, just kind of go out and do a 20th-anniversary 'John Corabi performing the MÖTLEY record, 'MC 94', from top to bottom, and just go out and do your thing.' So I may go do that this summer… That [would be me performing with] a full band electric. That would be me doing… At this point, it would be all the songs from the record. I don't know if I can do… There's one song on the record that I don't know if I can do, but there's other stuff that we recorded that was never released. There's a song called 'Hypnotized', and '10,000 Miles', and 'Living In The Know', and 'Kiss The Sky', and 'Let Us Pray'… So there's a bunch of other songs that I can replace that one song with. But they're talking about me just going out with my full band, electrically, and doing a bunch of the material from the '94 record that I did with MÖTLEY."  Corabi also talked about the possibility of collaborating again with Mick Mars on the MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist's forthcoming solo album. "I don't know what he wants to do musically, but at the end of the day, I love Mick Mars — he's one of the sweetest human beings you'll ever meet in your life — and anything I can do to help him with his solo record, I would be more than happy to do," Corabi said. "I appreciate the fact that Mick has been just stupidly supportive of what we did in the past, and I appreciate Mick's talent as a guitar player; I think he's totally underrated. And anything I can do to help him, he's more than willing to help me with what I wanna do. So we'll have to see where it goes from there."  In a 2012 interview, Mars stated about MÖTLEY CRÜE's 1994 self-titled album: "I thought that was probably… To me, and I can only speak for me, I think that was probably the best album we've done. Musical-wise, the songs, I felt, were strong. And just musically, to me, it was, I guess, my BEATLES 'White Album'; that's kind of how I feel about that one. I'm not saying that any of my other albums are crummy or anything like that — I love every album that we did — but that one just has a special thing for me."  Corabi's latest acoustic release, "Unplugged", saw him serving up a passionate, soulful dose of both new and classic songs. Available on Rat Pak Records, it offers five new original tracks, seven re-recorded classic songs and in addition, features an exclusive 2012 behind-the-scenes interview with John. The album features John Corabi on vocals/guitar, Cheney Brannon (formerly of COLLECTIVE SOUL) on percussion/vocals, Topher Nolen on bass/vocals, D.A. Karkos on guitar/vocals, Matt Farley on percussion/vocals and Bruce Kulick (KISS, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD) on guitar (on "Hoolgan's Holiday" and "Man In The Moon").

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  • Blabermouth reports TeamRock Radio conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo at this year's Download festival, which is taking place June 13-15 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. You can listen to the chat using the SoundCloud player below.  Asked about DOWN's no-nonsense approach to performing at festivals and how it helps the band stand out from any other groups they may be sharing the stage with, Anselmo replied: "I just think that we have our own identity that is… God, I wish I could say it the way Pepper [Keenan, DOWN guitarist] reminds everybody. It's kind of punk, but kind of not.  "We're not big image guys; we like to let the music do the talking for us and really approach the audience as one of them, really. Because I hate rock stars, man. I hate all that untouchable 'lay off me' and entourages and all that shit. It's ridiculous. So I think the fact that we keep it down to earth, and we play songs that we damn well know are crowd favorites, I think that is a recipe for some type of success. I just don't know how to put my finger on what type of success. So that's even better. The unknown is great, too."  In a 2013 interview with Zoiks! Online, Anselmo elaborated on his opinion of "rock stars," saying: "I think the more real you can be with people in general, they don't have to be fans or anything like that, just the more real you can be with people in any walk of life, because, honestly, I can't say I'm any good at much else than what I'm into, and if music is my fucking specialty, it doesn't mean I can walk in someone else's shoes and do their job, because I can't. That's how I look at everything, especially between people relations. It's hard enough living in my own skin; God knows I can't imagine living for someone else at the same time. I think it's a two-way street, man, and both of us have the right of way. I prefer to make friends over having this worship or be set up on this pedestal. It's bullshit, man."  Anselmo is performing at this year's Download with his backing band, THE ILLEGALS — guitarist Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL), drummer José Manuel Gonzales (WARBEAST) and bassist Steve Taylor. Anselmo's career-first solo album, "Walk Through Exits Only", sold around 8,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart.  Read more at Classic Rock

     

 
  • Blabbermouth reports legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen spoke to Artisan News about the Guitar Gods tour, which kicked off June 12 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The trek features Malmsteen alongside Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal of GUNS N' ROSES and Gary Hoey.  "This was my wife's idea. 100 percent her idea," he said (see video below). "She came up with it. And I thought, 'Yeah. Why not? It's great.' And then we [went through] the process of picking out who was gonna be on the tour, and there were literally hundreds of people who wanted to be on the tour. So, yeah, here we are."  Malmsteen also spoke about the preparation for the Guitar Gods tour and the trek's kick-off show. "There is very extensive pre-production," he said. "It's a big machine that has to be put in motion.  "For a first night, [the Wilkes-Barre concert] was really good, and I think tonight's [show at Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York] gonna be great. And we'll tweak it as we go along. But I think that the energy is there, and that's all that matters, really. If there are a couple of technical problems here and there, they're less important if the energy and the enthusiasm is there." He added: "I'm not gonna do the same setlist tonight that I did last night. I'm not gonna do the same setlist tomorrow night that I'm doing tonight. So I never do the same thing. Never."  Malmsteen revealed to Highway 81 Revisited that he is currently mixing a live album and DVD recorded at back-to-back shows in Tampa and Orlando. According to Yngwie, it'll be released in August and will probably be called "Spellbound Live". He told CitizensVoice.com about the live album and DVD: "That's a perfect example of how when I play, it's always different. Because one's from Tampa and one's from Orlando, and it's completely different."  On the topic of "Relentless", the memoir he published last year, Malmsteen said: "I felt that I had to put this on paper from the only perspective from which it could be told, which is my perspective. I'm talking about walking in the snow when I'm seven years old and wondering what the fuck am I doing here, why am I born in this fucking place? And now of course I'm looking at palm trees, so now I'm remedying that; I'm still thawing out. But the thing is, it has to be read to understand where I'm coming from."  He added: "It's not just all the chicks — it was that too, you know the rock 'n' roll thing? I did all that fucking shit. Trust me. I'm a very different person now. I don't touch alcohol, I don't touch cigarettes, I don't touch drugs. I'm a very clean-living person for the last 10 years, maybe more now. I just felt it had to be told. It's so different from where I started. When I looked back, I said, fuck, that was me? It's very therapeutic as well."  Yngwie's latest album, "Spellbound", was released in December 2012.

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  • Blabbermouth reports there's something a mite distressing coming to a band of young bucks in 2014 strutting the Eighties American hard rock look that's on the borderline of glam. The image is barely in-style these days, if bordering on tacky-retro, thus the temptation to bite thumbs is great, if fogyish.

    MACH-22 looks L.A. and they sound L.A., so much they won Guitar Center's "Onstage With Slash" contest over three thousand entrants. The thirty gees MACH-22 scored in that battle of the bands was obviously sunk into the production of their debut album, "Sweet Talk Intervention", because it sounds as pro as could be expected for a new group. Better, MACH-22 includes the progeny of CINDERELLA's Jeff LaBar, Sebastian, which offers extra buzz for their press junket.

    It's no fluke these guys were handpicked by Slash himself. "Sweet Talk Intervention" is super-tight and stocked with the ingredients for success: popping rhythms, humming bass drives, sticky guitar riffs and an energetic vocalist who exhibits a solid combination of street sense and a soulful command over his delivery.

    While the album is half-filled with pumping rock blasts like "Constant Denier", "Go Ahead", "I'm Just a Man", "Backslider" and "Nevermind", the rest of "Sweet Talk Intervention" takes an easy ride with mid-tempo kicks like "Radio" and the southern rock swing of "Stone Rose". AC/DC figures plenty into "Go Ahead" and "Don't You Give Me", while there's a slight air of KING'S X about "Stone Rose", "Nevermind" and "Made to Love". Otherwise, MACH-22 is reminiscent of BLACK 'N BLUE, SMASHED GLADYS and other blues metal crews that haunted the City of Angels back in the day.

    Sebastian LaBar, along with second guitarist Ted Merrill, have plenty of hooks to rev up "Sweet Talk Intervention" with, while Jaron Gulino's bass plugs give MACH-22 much of their thrust. Drummer Damian MonteCarlo has a great touch and a knack for headstrong beats, while Lamont Caldwell leads this band with spangled confidence.

    As a band, these guys possess rock 'n roll smarts treading toward the sleazy sound of Sunset without getting ankle-deep dirty. Instead, MACH-22 has a classy method that sits well, no matter if you were there back in the day or if you're chasing the ghosts of the Troubadour.

    MACH-22
    "Sweet Talk Intervention"

    (Independent)

    01. Constant Denier
    02. Go Ahead
    03. Don't You Give Me
    04. I'm Just a Man
    05. Stone Rose
    06. Backslider
    07. Made to Love
    08. Radio
    09. One Trick Pony
    10. Nevermind

    RATING: 8/10

    Author: Ray Van Horn, Jr

 

  • Blabbermouth reports in the June 2014 issue of Decibel magazine, former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman was asked to explain why he chose to release a mostly instrumental album in this year's "Inferno" after advising aspiring musicians in a recent interview that they should avoid instrumental music because it's a dead-end street. "Yeah, I'm a hypocrite," Marty said. "The funny thing about artists is that they often contradict themselves, and I'm certainly guilty of that. But I really do think instrumental music is a dead-end street if you're an aspiring musician.  "I've been playing for a long time, and I've got a certain fan base. And the good thing about my fan base is that it's not just one set of people. In Japan, most people know me from a particular television program — they don't even know that I do music. Some people only know me from my solo albums. Other people only know me from my past career, which is certainly the case in America. So, people know me from many different things, which affords me the luxury of doing whatever I want, be it instrumental or vocal. But if you're just starting out, instrumental music is tough to make a career out of. And to be honest with you, l'm not really a fan of instrumental music. I don't listen to much of it. Usually when I hear it, I get pissed off because I'd do it differently. That's an honest answer. The music I listen to is 100 percent music with vocals, and that's how I set out to make my instrumental music. It's hard to explain, but it's a different mentality than someone who is immersed in instrumental music. But yeah, you can pretty much say I'm a hypocrite."  Friedman told GuitarMessenger.com at this year's NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, which took place in January at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California: "Instrumental music is a tough genre. It's the funnest thing to play, because you don't have to deal with any singers. But in reality, it's a very limited amount of people who can stand it.  "It sounds hypocritical for someone who's released so many instrumental albums, but I think that's the standard to which I make my instrumental music. It's like for someone who can't stand instrumental music; it has to be at this level of stuff. It's far beyond showing your chops and showing what you can do. And the worst thing is how versatile you are, because I don't want to hear a country song, a blues song, a metal song, a rap song all on the same album. A lot of instrumental guys tend to do that because it's like a résumé, which is fine for a résumé, but not for a listening album.  "There are four songs on my new album, 'Inferno', with vocals, so it's a band vibe on some of it. It's almost like CACOPHONY, [which] had some vocal songs and some instrumental songs. Sort of like that, but there are more instrumentals on 'Inferno'.  "Instrumental music is kind of a dead-end street… The reality is, the more you can fit yourself into a band context the better you will be for the long run, and the better you will be for the more experiences you'll have.  "If I was only doing instrumental music, I think I would pull my hair out. There's a time and place for it. When I do it, you can bet that there's no stone unturned. It's going to be the rad stuff and it's definitely not a show-off type of thing and it's not an arrogant type of thing.  "My advice is, collaborate with as many people as you can. Play in a band.  "Being by yourself, doing everything by yourself… unless you're someone like Prince, who's a god, I wouldn't want to put all that work on you. Be part of something great."  Friedman's new solo album, "Inferno", was released in May via Prosthetic Records. The CD containa several collaborations with players influenced by Friedman, including Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM), REVOCATION guitar whiz David Davidson and the flamenco/metal acoustic duo RODRIGO Y GABRIELA. In addition, the album includes Friedman's first songwriting collaboration with Jason Becker since the pair played together in the pioneering duo of guitar mayhem CACOPHONY.

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