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7/22/2014

  • Rob Zombie was forced to cut short his show on July 20th (Sunday) at Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin due to throat problems. Zombie had performed just two songs when he stopped the gig, telling the audience, "I’ve never done this before. I can’t even talk, man. There’s no way I can do this show, I’m sorry. It’s f***ing bulls***, I know. We don’t want to give you a s*** show, I’m sorry. What can we do?” Zombie was the closing night headliner of the four-day festival, which also featured Sammy Hagar, Five Finger Death Punch and Aerosmith on the three previous evenings. Zombie, who doesn't tour again until this fall, later issued a statement saying, "Sorry, everybody. I wish my voice wasn’t so f***ed. I knew from the first second we started that it was impossible to get through the show." (Loudwire)  Read more at Blabbermouth and Ultimate Classic Rock

 

  • Weezer has released "Back To The Shack" as the first official single from the band's upcoming ninth album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End. The track is now available for purchase at iTunes. Weezer will appear on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night (July 23rd) to perform the song for the first time on TV. The new album is due out September 30th and is the first all-new set of Weezer songs since 2010's Hurley. (FMQB)  Read more at Diffuser, Classic RockRolling Stone, Spin, Billboard and NME  Billboard reports Weezer's Lead Singles, Ranked Best To Worst: How does "Back to the Shack" stack up?  Diffuser reports Weezer plan to perform upcoming album front-to-back on intimate club tour  Rolling Stone reports Flashback: Weezer play "Say It Ain't So" on "Letterman"  NME reports Rivers Cuomo hints at Weezer UK gig and says new album helps keep the format alive  Diffuser reports watch Weezer perform their new song on "The Tonight Show"  Read more at Diffuser, Rolling Stone; Billboard and NME 

 

  • Panic! At The Disco put the vile, hate-mongering members of the Westboro Baptist Church in their place on Sunday night (July 20th), when the band pulled into Kansas City, Missouri for a gig. Discovering that Westboro members were planning to picket their show, the band announced that it would donate $20 for every protester who showed up to the Human Rights Campaign. Just 13 members of the church turned out, but that was still good for $260 toward the campaign for LGBT equality. (Billboard)  Read more at Rolling Stone and NME

 

  • AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has released a lyric video for "Repo Man," the first single from Rudd's upcoming debut solo album, Head Job. The disc is due out August 29th in Australia and Rudd says that the songs on the album are about "the s*** that goes on." (Team Rock)  Read more at Blabbermouth

CHECK IT OUT: Watch Rob Zombie stop his show after two songs (show gets cut short at around 8:25 on video):

Listen to Weezer's new song, "Back To The Shack":

Watch the lyric video for Phil Rudd's "Repo Man":

 

Robert Plant, Beck, Blondie, Chrissie Hynde, Kylie Minogue, 5 Seconds of Summer, David Guetta, Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams and Maroon 5 are all scheduled to perform at the iTunes Festival in London in September. The festival, which streams live, is in its eighth year.
  • The line up will be: Beck on 9/2. David Guetta on 9/3, 5 Seconds of Summer on 9/4, Kasabian on 9/5, Calvin Harris on 9/7, Robert Plant on 9/8, Sam Smith on 9/9, Pharrell Williams on 9/10, Maroon 5 on 9/11, Blondie & Chrissie Hynde on 9/16, and Kylie Minogue on 9/27.  Read more at NME

 

  • ZZ Top and Jeff Beck were scheduled to begin their tour on July 25th but it has been pushed back to August 6th. The tour was delayed so Dusty Hill can have surgery to remove kidney stones.  Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock and Classic Rock

 

  • On September 23, Yes will reissue the deluxe edition of Songs from Tsongas: The 35th Anniversary Concert on two-DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats. The complete Songs from Tsongas concert will also be available as a triple-CD set. The concert was originally released in 2005.  Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock and Classic Rock  
    • Ultimate Classic Rock reports "Another Chapter in Yes’ History": Bandmates talk about Jon Davison’s impact in exclusive EPK premier

 

  • Deep Purple will release Graz 1975 on September 23rd.  The highly regarded performance featured the line up of David Coverdale, Ritchie Blackmore, Glenn Hughes, Jon Lord and Ian Paice. This will be the first time the show is released in its entirety.
  • The tracklisting for Graz 1975 includes: "Burn," Stormbringer," "The Gypsy," "Lady Double Dealer," "Mistreated," "Smoke On The Water," "You Fool No One," and "Space Truckin.”  Read more at Blabbermouth and Ultimate Classic Rock

 

  • Nate Ruess of Fun. is reportedly dating designer Charlotte Ronson. Sources tell Us Weekly that they have been seeing each other for months but have been "super hush" about it. They made their first public appearance together at the opening of Sound Waves at the Beach at Gurney's Resort in Montauk, New York over the weekend. They were apparently introduced by Charlotte's sister, Samantha Ronson.

 

  • Blabbermouth reports The Michigan Times journalist Alex Hinson took part in a roundtable interview with KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer at the July 17 stop of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhen Festival at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan. You can now watch the question-and-answer session below.  Asked what its like having guitarist Brian "Head" Welch back in KORN after an eight-year absence from the band, Munky said: "A lot of fans have said, 'Oh, it's so great to have him back,' and every time they say that, I always think, 'It is. But not as great as it is for me.' Because he's my brother with, like, left and right speaker, so having him back is just like… It's a family member. It's like you hadn't seen your brother in so long and now he's back in the family. I think the band really needed him for a long time. So now [we can] create that powerhouse that KORN is supposed to sound like — a wall of guitars. It's so pleasing to not only the fans, but us when we were in the studio, coming up with riffing and creatively. So it's a lot of fun. It's fun again."  The deluxe reissue of KORN's 2013 album, "The Paradigm Shift: World Tour Edition" (Prospect Park) was made available at Best Buy stores in North America starting July 15.  For the "World Tour Edition", the Bakersfield quintet lock and load last year's critically acclaimed "The Paradigm Shift", with three brand new songs including their just-released single "Hater", plus "The Game Is Over" and "So Unfair". In addition, it's been beefed up with a bevy of live tracks recorded all over the globe and expanded artwork. It's the ultimate way to experience "The Paradigm Shift". Among the other unreleased material, Davis opens up about his young son Zeppelin's battle with diabetes on the powerful "So Unfair", while "The Game Is Over"slams with the intense catharsis fans worldwide expect from these legends.

     

 
  • Blabbermouth reports AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry says that he has "about six songs" he is "really excited about" that he plans to include on his next solo album, tentatively due in 2015.  The legendary axeman, whose long-awaited memoir, "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith", is slated to hit shelves on October 7 via Simon & Schuster, tells ARTISTdirect that he will promote the book with a "month of signings" before he returns to work on the solo CD, Perry's follow-up to 2009's "Have Guitar, Will Travel". "I want to get into [work on the new solo album] as soon as possible," he said. "That's the main focus now."  He added: "We're thinking of different ways to use the Internet to promote [my memoir]. We're giving away four free songs if you buy the book. I think they'll be really representative of some of my solo work. The record company was amenable, and they've been helpful along the line. Simon & Schuster has been really good. After that, I've got the record that's right under my skin. I can't wait to get back to it."  As for a possible follow-up to 2012's "Music From Another Dimension!"AEROSMITH's first studio album in eight years and a project the guitarist doesn't feel has gotten its fair due — Perry said: "Well, it's crazy. There was a hurricane that week 'Music from Another Dimension!' came out. The president of the label left three weeks before it came out. We had a song on the 'G.I. Joe' movie, and they pulled the movie to go back and film it in 3D. Meanwhile, we found this out when we driving to play the new song on 'American Idol'. We got a phone call the whole campaign was being pulled. It was, like, 'Yeah, but we're playing the single this afternoon.' It was one of those things.  "The way the media is driven now, it's always about something new. Tomorrow, it's a whole different headline.  "There are some really good songs on that record. I think it's one of the best we've done in a long time.  "I think we should stick to our guns and keep making records like that and promote them our own way. Now that we're off the label, we'll figure out our own way.  "I really don't know what's coming up next. I know Steven [Tyler, vocals] wants to do a solo record.  "Maybe next year AEROSMITH will get together and do another record. We'll see."  Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock and Classic Rock
 
  • Blabbermouth reports DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott has revealed that the band's "Viva! Pyromania" residency in Las Vegas, which was originally expected to take place at the end of 2014, will now not become a reality until November 2015.  Speaking to the WKGR 98.7 radio station in West Palm Beach, Florida during DEF LEPPARD's current North American co-headlining tour with KISS, Elliott said about the prospect of returning to Las Vegas (hear audio below): "Yeah, KISS are going [to Vegas] as well in November; they've got nine shows. So that's another one to add to the reasons to go back. Ourselves, GN'R, MÖTLEY CRÜE, kind of mini residencies by people like Prince and THE WHO. "It's become a very young town, and it's great that it seems to be taking off and becoming a cool thing to do."  He continued: "Yes, we are gonna go back and probably do 'Viva! Pyromania'. But it'll not be [until] towards the end of next year, because we've got a new record in the making.  "When this tour [with KISS] ends — this tour ends mid-September — and then we'll take a couple of weeks off to just go see our families and remind them that we exist. And then we're gonna get back on the horse and start finishing [the new DEF LEPPARD] album off. We did a month [writing and recording] in February, we did two weeks in May, and then we're gonna spend the rest of the year when the tour is done — most of it, at least — recording this album so we can get it our for springtime. And that means, if we can do that, we'll get back out on the road by April or so, and I think we're gonna head off Down Under first, do Australia, Japan, maybe some more areas of the Far East, South Africa, and then come back up and do Europe and then we'll be back in the States in the summer and then go around the rest of the world after that. So, yeah, think we're gonna be in November 2015, back in Vegas again."  DEF LEPPARD's first Las Vegas residency at the Hard Rock Hotel in the spring of 2013 saw the band playing its classic album "Hysteria" in full each night.  DEF LEPPARD's breakthrough 1983 album, "Pyromania", was certified at the RIAA's (Recording Industry Association of America) diamond level (10 million copies shipped) in 2004. Produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange, "Pyromania" benefited greatly from MTV's relentless airing of the album's first two singles, "Photograph" and "Rock of Ages".  Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock and Classic Rock

     

 

  • Blabbermouth reports former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza has captured video footage of what he claims was an unidentified flying object (UFO) outside of his Studio City, California home on Monday, July 14. Check out the clip below.  Says Menza: "I was standing in my front yard with my two boys and this is what we saw. [It had] the shape of a triangular object with rounded tips glowing yellow and white. [I am] not sure what it is, but it looked totally awesome." During a recent appearance on "Rock 'N' SeXXXy UnCensored", the Internet radio show hosted by adult film star Amber Lynn, Menza spoke about his forthcoming book, which is being written with J. Marshall Craig, best known for his critically acclaimed work as a writer for Eric Burdon's "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", THE ROLLING STONES keyboardist Chuck Leavell's "Between Rock And A Home Place" and the West Coast hip-hop history "Guilty By Association". Menza said: "My book is about me and my life. It includes all kinds of stuff, from my childhood up until just as of recently. And I'm actually adding another chapter to it, probably, because it's taking so long to finalize everything — legal stuff, the cover artwork, the picture that's gonna be used… we're not really sure yet."  He continued: "I don't know what I can tell you about it. There's a lot of funny things in it. It's all true stuff. There's some government conspiracies and alien coverups and all kinds of stuff in there. Now that I'm into space exploration and research stuff — that's kind of what I'm into right now. I've always been into aliens and stuff like that. We are are the aliens and that's why we're here. All the evolution of everything is from alien technology.  "Before, back in the Stone Ages, like when we were just regular humans, we didn't have brains in us and then the aliens came down and they intervened and they put brains in our heads and now we're all smart and we're starting to figure things out, ascending to the next level and a higher level of conscious awareness and that sort of stuff."  Originally announced as "Megalife", Nick's book will now be titled "Menzalife". He explained: "It got changed just as of recently, because I can't use 'Megalife'; someone's already using that name and it's trademarked. No big deal. It's still the same content inside. It's gonna be for sale at the stores and stuff like that. A publisher is gonna put it out. I don't have a deal as of yet, but the book is really cool."  Menza's first performance was at the age of two on stage at the Montreux Jazz Festival when legendary jazz percussionist Jack DeJohnette (Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson) placed Nick on his kit. Thirty years later, he was stepping out on stage in front of thousands of screaming fans every night. Menza, son of legendary jazz saxophonist Don Menza, was at the top of his game when MEGADETH started a world tour in support of its album, "Cryptic Writings", but began to suffer knee problems and escalating pain. Doctors diagnosed him with a tumor. Surgery waylaid the drummer briefly, but he was relieved to learn the tumor was benign and was eager to rejoin his bandmates, who had continued their tour with a replacement drummer. But deteriorating relations within the band exploded and Menzawas replaced permanently.  Read more at Loudwire, Ultimate Classic Rock and Classic Rock

     

 
  • Blabbermouth reports central Pennsylvania old-souled, dirty groove rock quartet CROBOT has inked a deal with Nuclear Blast for the European territory. The band is working with acclaimed producer Machine (CLUTCH, LAMB OF GOD) on its upcoming full-length debut, due out this fall. The CD will be made available in the U.S. via Wind-Up, the label that issued CROBOT's self-titled four-song EP in May.  "We're honored to have Nuclear Blast as the international wind beneath our beards," states CROBOT vocalist Brandon Yeagley. "With bands like GRAVEYARD, SCORPION CHILD, ORCHID and KADAVAR on their roster, Nuclear Blast is the perfect place for CROBOT to nest."  CROBOT embodies a mixture of groove-heavy riff-rock that will want to make you bang your head and shake your ass. Think of them as WOLFMOTHER's American cousins who smell like leather (they make leather-scented air fresheners!) and whose music scorches your ears like hot sauce to the taste (yes, they even have their own hot sauce!). You can't help but feel that you are taken into another dimension and back again with the songs of CROBOT. The press have been quick to praise their live shows as The Buffalo News says "…a set described by one concert-goer as 'the nastiest groove-metal I've heard this side of SOUNDGARDEN.'"  CROBOT is Brandon Yeagley (lead vocals, harmonica), Chris Bishop (guitar, vocals), Jake Figuroa (bass) and Paul Figuroa (drums).  CROBOT's video for the song "Nowhere To Hide"can be seen below.

     

 
  • Blabbermouth reports BigMusicGeek.com recently conducted an interview with CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer. A couple of excerpts from the chat are below:  BigMusicGeek.com: Looking back, how would you describe the group's "Still Climbing" (1994) era? Considering the successes of "Night Songs" (1986) and "Long Cold Winter", it really seemed that the record had been lost in the shuffle of it all.  Tom: It was a hard record to make because at the end of the "Heartbreak Station" tour, I got hit with the paralysis. I knew we had to make another record immediately. The record company was down our throats. I couldn't sing. I couldn't sing at all. So I would describe it with one word: dark. I was trying to write songs for a voice that wasn't there. It was weird because they'd say, "You're never going to sing again, but if you are going to sing, you have to completely retrain your voice." So I started that process and I'm thinking, "Okay, what voice am I going to end up with?" I was basically trying to write songs for a voice that I don't know what the voice is yet. It was just a weird time, man. Eventually, we had the songs and it was time to go. We put off the record for almost three years while I was struggling with my voice. And then, when we finally got in, we had to record those vocals very differently from what we did on the three records. I'd walk in behind the mic and just sing the song top to bottom on four or five tracks and then we'd comp it… I couldn't do that on "Still Climbing". We had to really kind of go one line at a time and really piece all of the vocals together because I was in such a bad place." BigMusicGeek.com: After the departure of (drummer) Fred Coury, how did everyone become interested with Kevin Valentine?  Tom: We ended up using (drummer) Kenny Aronoff (CHICKENFOOT, JOHN FOGERTY, JOHN MELLENCAMP) on that record. He was just amazing. The bottom line is that the drums came out really great. Actually, Fred said he thought it was the best drumming on any CINDERELLA record. Kevin had actually joined the band. When we got into the studio, (producer) Andy Johns is very good with drummers and Kevin, unfortunately, was not working out in the studio. So at that point, we brought in Kenny to cut it and then after the record was done, we were back to searching for a new drummer again. That's when we found Ray Brinker, who came from the band BAREFOOT SERVANTS. I don't know if you remember him. …He has also played with (classic rock vocalist) Pat Benatar, so he's an amazing drummer. He's actually the one who toured with us on that tour. …He's a great guy.  BigMusicGeek.com: Am I correct in understanding that after being signed to Portrait Records by (A&R legend) John Kalodner, the group recorded an album? What is the status of these recordings? Will they be ever fully released?  Tom: Actually, it never was finished. We were in the demo stage and the deal blew up. We ended up in court with a lawsuit. No record was actually ever recorded. We wrote a lot of stuff and demoed a lot of stuff and we were getting ready to hire a producer. I won't get into details, but we ended up having a falling out with Sony and a lawsuit occurred. We were tied up legally for quite a few years. In those situations, you have recording restrictions, so we couldn't record as a group for a while. That's when I started my solo record. (Bassist) Eric (Brittingham) and (guitarist) Jeff (LaBar) did their solo stuff and everybody kind of drifted apart. In terms of the recording aspect, we were still touring together pretty heavily back then. That's really all we wanted to do. We just wanted to be a band and play music because the deal was so ugly. Once you get into the lawsuit thing with courts and judges, you're pretty much screwed. It's probably why we haven't signed another record deal since. And honestly, it's why I produced my record without a label involved. Normally, you would take demos to a label, sign a deal, and then let them pay for, fund, and produce the record for you. I didn't want to deal with any of that, so when I started "The Way Life Goes", it was produced without a label involved. We used our own money, did it on our own time and money because we just wanted to have a finished product. We always had the idea that if it ever got finished that we would take it to a label for distribution and marketing because that's not something I wanted to do. When it was finished, we actually found a great home with Merovee Records. …They're such a great label. They're independent. They've had this really incredible faith in the record and in me and put everything into it. They've done a great job and I'm very grateful that I found them in that situation.  BigMusicGeek.com: Throughout your career, there have been countless rumors in regards to (BON JOVI frontman) Jon Bon Jovi having "discovered" CINDERELLA while playing at the Empire Rock Club in Philadelphia. Is this story entirely true?  Tom: Actually, I'm going to set the record straight because something came up online about this recently. Jon is credited with discovering the band. Or, in other words, his interest in the band actually led to a record deal. But if you went back a couple years before that, (KISS bassist/vocalist) Gene Simmons was actually the guy who first took an interest in the band. His interest did not lead to a deal for one reason or another. He took it to some labels and he actually did take it to Polygram, but they just weren't interested. He did take an interest in the band, so I guess in terms of discovery, you really could credit Gene, even though both Gene and Jon showed an interest in the band. Jon's interest did eventually lead to a deal, but that was pulling teeth, too. He told his A&R guy they were chumming about us and said, "You've got to go down and see them." He came down and he still wasn't convinced. He wanted to hear more material and sign us to a six-month development deal. It's not easy to get a record deal. Gene Simmons and Jon Bon Jovi can be singing your praises all day long and it doesn't mean you're going to get a deal. Gene was the first to take an interest and then a couple years later, Jon wandered into that club and went to his A&R guy. We finally won him over and he signed us to a full deal, but that was a bit of a process too. I'm grateful to both Gene and Jon for the interest they took in the band.  Read the entire interview at BigMusicGeek.com.  Read more at Classic Rock  Loudwire posts Tom Keifer, "It’s Not Enough" – Exclusive Lyric Video Premiere  Read more at Blabbermouth
 
  • Blabbermouth reports Felicity Hall of GetYourRockOut conducted an interview with British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) at the SOS Festival on July 20 in Manchester, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.  On why he has been so busy on the road in recent months:  Blaze: "People seem now a lot more interested in what I do and people view my period with IRON MAIDEN in a much different way than I think at the time… It's 20 years ago that I joined IRON MAIDEN and it's 30 years since I started singing, and all of these kind of anniversary dates have come together. And I think people take a fresh look at it now, and they go, 'Well, 'The X Factor' [1995] and 'Virtual XI' [1998] albums were the start of a different era of IRON MAIDEN.' And outside of the U.K., people are a lot more fond of those albums. So it's really interesting. And people know me, I think, as much in the U.K. for WOLFSBANE."  On his upcoming projects:  Blaze: "I have my [upcoming concert] DVD release, so I have to finish the mixing of that, make sure the sound's really good. And then I'm preparing… I've got a big idea for my next album. And I wanna do something really fresh and new. So I'm starting to think about. As soon as the DVD is out and finished, then I'm more or less full time… all my spare time will be working on ideas and writing my new album…. I'm thinking of another concept album. I have an idea for a story. I've written a short story, and I think it's strong. I don't wanna say too much about that, but it's probably set in the future. I'm very keen on science and technology and the breakthroughs, so I always try and incorporate those things in some of my writing anyway. And I'll be working with a lot of different artists. I'll be working sometimes with Chris [Appleton] and the guys from ABSOLVA and sometimes with some guys from Norway and guys from Brazil. And the guy that I work with acoustically, Thomas Zwijsen, and the violinist, Anne Bakker. So I don't know what it's gonna sound like, but I want it to be something different. It'll be metal, because I just am metal, but it won't be trying to be metal. It'll just be an album of, hopefully, incredibly strong songs with a strong theme that goes through them."  Bayley released a career-spanning double-disc collection, "Soundtracks Of My Life", on October 31, 2013.  The singer's latest studio album, "The King Of Metal", was released in March 2012. The CD was recorded at Fear Studio in Ravenna, Italy.  The 51-year-old Bayley, who was born in Birmingham, was the original frontman in WOLFSBANE, but left in 1994 to replace Bruce Dickinson as the lead singer of IRON MAIDEN.  Read more at Classic Rock

     

 
  • Blabbermouth reports oOn July 20, SKID ROW guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo and bassist Rachel Bolan were interviewed at the studios of the WZZM television station in Grand Rapids, Michigan. You can now watch their appearance at this location.  Asked how SKID ROW's sound has changed since the release of the band's first two albums, Sabo said: "It hasn't. We've always remained true to what we do. It's the only thing we know how to do, to be quite honest. And one of the things that we pride ourselves on is that we've never been disengenious with the audience at all; we've always been very true to the spirit and the soul of the band."  He continued: "Songwriting is a very selfish act; you have to write for yourself first. But by doing that, you leave no stone unturned and you make sure that what you're giving the public is completely true and pure. And this way, you kind of leave it up to them to decide whether they like it or not; it's out of your hands at that point. But at least it's genuine. It's not something that's false."  Added Bolan: "We've never changed our… I don't wanna say 'formula,' but the way we write songs. We've always done it. We just get in a room, buy a six-pack of beer and we bounce ideas off each other for hours. Shut off the cell phone, you know…"  SKID ROWJohnny Solinger (vocals), Scotti Hill (guitar), Rachel Bolan (bass), Dave "Snake" Sabo (guitar) and Rob Hammersmith (drums) — will release a new seven-song EP, "Rise Of The Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two", on August 5 via Megaforce Records. The CD will contain covers of QUEEN and AEROSMITH classics as bonus tracks.  In a recent interview with Icon Vs. Icon, Sabo spoke about SKID ROW's mindset while writing the new material. "I think we have also gotten to the point that we are so appreciative of what we have and are so thankful," he said. "We are really humbled by it all. I think with that comes a respect for the audience and what the band has been able to do over the course of the past 28 years. There is a respect for the songwriting, along with a respect for each other.  "Rachel and I really became conscious of how fortunate we are. To still be songwriting partners, band members and best buds after all this time is really something. That doesn't get lost on us through this whole process. We are keenly aware of being present and in the moment. It sounds cliché, but when it really does happen, it is something truly incredible. I think we are just going to take that philosophy and presence of mind into the next release and create from there. It is a great sampling and a great place to be in when you are both on the same page with one and other. The results are something to behold."
 
  • Blabbermouth reports TV Rock Live conducted an interview with former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes at last month's Hellfest in Clisson, France. You can now watch the chat below.  On his career:  Holmes: "Tomorrow's my birthday. I'll be 56, man. It's alright. I'm still here, you know. I've been doing it a long time. I should be retired now.  "I quit [playing] for a few years, because it was so… what you played for, what you started playing for…. Like, Blackie [Lawless, W.A.S.P. mainman] would say he started to play music so he could get his dick sucked. Well, I didn't, because I had no problem doing it before. And I don't know about doing it for money. It's something I enjoy doing.  "I'm a flamboyant person, I guess. I'm loud. I don't care what people think too much, so I have a fun time opening my mouth. But I'd like to say I've paid the price a few times by getting my teeth knocked out by [people I've offended]." On his next project:  Holmes: "My new band, it's called MEAN MAN. I'm mixing the record and I'm finishing the whole shots for the front and stuff, and it should be out in February. I've got one guy from Finland I wanna work with. I'm looking for another guitar player — lead or whatever, rhythm — that can sing half the stuff. And then a bass player. So two other members. And I moved to Cannes. Not trash can. Cannes, in the south of France. And I actually caught two fish there the other day. I didn't know there was fish there. I kept throwing the lure out and finally I caught one. I was, like, cool."  Holmes joined W.A.S.P. in 1982 and remained with the group until 1990. In 1996, Holmes rejoined W.A.S.P. and stayed with the band until 2001. Holmes has not played with W.A.S.P. since.  Holmes last year released a solo album called "Nothing To Lose". Chris composed, performed, and produced the music and vocals, and teamed up with former MOTÖRHEAD drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor to perform on and engineer the effort. A follow-up CD, "Shitting Bricks", has already been recorded but has not yet been mixed.  Asked if he would ever rejoin W.A.S.P. if had the opportunity, Holmes told Seiska TV: "Never say never. Never say never. You know?! I'm half of W.A.S.P.; I was half of the situation. Even though I am not the voice [of the band], or whatever, I was the driving force of that thing."

     

 
  • Blabbermouth reports NONPOINT will release its eighth studio album, "The Return", on September 30 via Razor & Tie (one day earlier internationally via Metal Blade Records).  After 17 years in the game, the Florida quintet sustains the same energy that sparked its foundation back in 1997. The riffs crack with intensity, the bass and drums forge an unmatched groove, and the vocals rapidly recount stories of pain and perseverance. "The Return" remains as raw, ripping, and real as these musicians — Elias Soriano (vocals), Robb Rivera (drums), Rasheed Thomas (guitar), Adam Woloszyn (bass), and B.C. Kochmit (guitar) — get.  In February 2014, NONPOINT entered Groovemaster Studios with Grammy Award-nominated producer Johnny K (DISTURBED, STAIND, MEGADETH) and engineer Daniel Salcidoto. It marked their second collaboration together, and this time, the band had already amassed an arsenal of tight and tough material. Soriano elaborates: "Last record, we stepped in a direction we've wanted to for years and our fans revered us for it. This record we have gotten up to speed and dropped the pedal to the floor.  "I think our fans will embrace this record in a way no other NONPOINT record has been viewed or loved. We left no room for question of what we are trying to accomplish with our music or who we are. We haven't gone back to old school. We didn't reflect on our past. We didn't discuss what works. We are not 'Statement' NONPOINT or even 'Bullet' NONPOINT... 'The Return' is NONPOINT right the fuck now."  Adds Rivera: "Johnny is like the sixth member of our band at this point! He works us, and he pulls no punches. It was such a natural thing that we only needed to track for three weeks. Johnny understands the band and what we are, and he encourages us to be ourselves."  Elias explains the meaning behind the first single, "Breaking Skin": "It's about addiction, whether it be food, drugs, sex, lying, or anything, that tends to turn into an itch. You can't stop scratching it so you break skin. Then, you're bleeding. You need to get help at that point and deal with it."  Robb adds: "'Breaking Skin' is a different kind of song for us. There's a lot of melody, but it's still so heavy. That heaviness has always been in the back of our minds. It's a natural direction for us. Most bands soften their sound as they go on. We get more aggressive and heavy. That's what NONPOINT does best."  Meanwhile, the record opens up with the taut thrashing of "Pins And Needles", which Elias describes as "That moment where you say something very candid to an opposing party, and you know you're going to get a reaction. You only want to retaliate, waiting to pounce."  "Razors" cuts deep with a bludgeoning and brutal stomp, and the title track captures a strong and rather crucial message for the singer. He continues, "When you look back in your past, you always will find people who didn't believe in what you were doing at the beginning. They end up coming around full circle later. Watching them come back is an interesting feeling. You can be a dick about it, or you can just be happy and live your life. That song is about opening the door and holding the proverbial slice of crow for them to eat high above your head."  Ultimately, NONPOINT once again delivers a cohesive collection of powerful songs. "I want everybody to feel like they got a complete record from beginning to end," concludes Elias. "I want them to walk away with something substantial and true that they can hopefully come back to."  Robb leaves off: "NONPOINThas always been known for writing songs that help people. If we can help even one person feel better about his or her day, we've done well, as far as I'm concerned. I hope everybody gets something positive and can walk away with a smile."

    "The Return" track listing:

    01. Pins And Needles
    02. Breaking Skin
    03. Razors
    04. Misery
    05. The Return
    06. Take Apart This World
    07. Forcing Hands
    08. Goodbye Letters
    09. Never Ending Hole
    10. Widowmaker
    11. Never Cared Before
    12. F__K'D
    13. Know Myself

    NONPOINT's latest, self-titled album sold 7,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 62 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Miracle" (2010), opened with around 8,000 units to land at No. 60.  Read more at Loudwire

     

 
  • Blabbermouth reports Felicity Hall of GetYourRockOut conducted an interview with former DRAGONFORCE and current I AM I singer ZP Theart at the SOS Festival, which was held on July 19-20 in Manchester, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.  Asked about the recent departures of I AM I members Jacob Ziemba (guitar), Neil Salmon (bass) and Andy Midgley (guitar), ZP said: "Ultimately, fans are there for the music, and that's the bottom line. And as long as they appreciate that and the music gets played right, then [that's all that matters]."  He added: "You have to have the hunger, and after all this time, I've still got the hunger. Everyone else doesn't necessarily feel the same way about it as I do, and there you go. Things move on. I'm out here to be onstage and do music, and that's all I care about. And I wanna surround myself with people that feel the same way. Onwards and upwards."  Regarding I AM I's plans for the follow-up the band's debut album, 2012's "Event Horizon", ZP said: "We've already started writing, so there's a lot of stuff in the kitty already. And we're gonna take the next few months to sort all that out." He went on to describe I AM I's ne wmaterial as "very different. Ultimately the same, but very different. It's a bolder path we're taking, I reckon, and a lot of people are gonna be really puzzled and surprised at the same time. It's new energy. It's new people involved. So far everyone's [getting their ideas in]. We're actually sitting in a rehearsal room and coming up with riffs and working it out in the good, old-fashioned way."  Ziemba, Salmon and Midgley announced their departures from I AM I in February "due to internal struggles and ongoing issues within the band."  A founding member of DRAGONFORCE, Theart made four studio albums and a live record with the band and toured the world for a decade, eventually performing to audiences of up to 85,000 people. His time with the group also saw him nominated for a Grammy in 2009.  After his departure from DRAGONFORCE in 2010, ZP worked tirelessly to put together his own group and, after catefully handpicking a set of expert musicians, the result was one of the most exciting new rock bands of 2012, I AM I. A promotional single entitled "Silent Genocide" in the summer was followed by the release of a debut album, "Event Horizon", in September 2012. Written and produced by ZP and Polish-born guitarist Jacob Ziemba and mixed and mastered by Roland Grapow (HELLOWEEN, MASTERPLAN), its stunning blend of melody-filled metal and riff-based rock topped off by ZP's soaring vocal performances completed a package that was acclaimed worldwide by critics and audiences alike.

     

 
  • Blabbermouth reports Norwegian rockers AUDREY HORNE will release their new studio album, "Pure Heavy", on September 29 in Europe and October 7 in North America via Napalm Records.  With admirable energy, keen sense of strong hooks, fine licks and great melodies, this record rocks without detours directly into the heart of every fan of pure rock music. Timeless compositions from dynamic to bursting sounds and undisputed authenticity of the five musicians make "Pure Heavy" a real listening pleasure.  Comments AUDREY HORNE: "We are proud to present our new album, 'Pure Heavy', an album that was written and recorded in the same spirit as 'Youngblood', and that we think will rock your socks off.  "This time we worked with two producers: Sir Dupermann (a.k.a. Jörgen Traeen), who mixed the precious album, and The Sun King (a.k.a. Iver Sandöy), who engineered 'Youngblood'. Together we created something that we found fitting to the title and we are truly looking forward to come out and present this album to you all live." Read more at Classic Rock 

     

     

     

  • Blabbermouth reports Metal Injection recently conducted an interview with vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth of New Jersey thrash metal veterans OVERKILL. You can now watch the chat below.  Asked if he still enjoys touring more than three decades since OVERKILL's inception, Ellsworth said: "I do, yeah. I still, actually, get nervous, and I still get butterflies. And it doesn't matter if there's 200 or 20,000 [people in attendance]. I mean, that's always the way the process has been. I know that the guys have gelled into a great lineup, and we can get out there and we have a great time doing this, but the show is the most important thing. And that's because I think we play every show like it could be our last show. And if you think in those terms, if you think in that daily process, what you're putting into it is going to have those emotions and those physical changes come about you. Your eyes widen and you can't believe you're in Costa Rica, or Berlin, or New York, or in Tokyo. I mean, it's a great feeling. So I really do look forward to the touring." OVERKILL's new album, "White Devil Armory", was released on July 22 in North America via eOne Music (July 18 in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records). The effort was tracked at Gear Recording and was mixed by Greg Reely, who also worked on 2012's "The Electric Age".  OVERKILL's videos for "Bitter Pill" and "Armorist" wre filmed with veteran director Kevin J. Custer (HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, SUFFOCATION). Custer previously worked with OVERKILL on the "Electric Rattlesnake" and "Bring Me The Night"clips.

    "White Devil Armory" track listing:

    01. Freedom Rings
    02. Where There's Smoke...
    03. Pig
    04. Armorist
    05. Down To The Bone
    06. Bitter Pill
    07. King Of The Rat Bastards
    08. Another Day To Die
    09. It's All Yours
    10. In The Name

    The limited-edition box-set version of "White Devil Armory" includes a digipack CD, a leather belt and buckle plus a certificate of authenticity.

     

 
  • Blabbermouth reports due to a torn rotator cuff, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY drummer Reed Mullin has been forced to sit out the band's upcoming live dates.  Reads an official statement from the band: "We are sorry to announce that Reed Mullin will not be onboard for this tour. He's been playing through pain, awaiting a strategic time to repair a full tear of his rotator cuff. That's a seriously bum shoulder. So he's going to get that repaired and rehabbed. During the interim, we've enlisted Mr. Eric Hernandez, formerly of KYLESA, to help us until then. Eric came to our attention when we approached Rick Smith of TORCHE about filling in and he recommended Eric, who he grew up with in Miami. Eric has also filled in for Ricky in TORCHE a few times with great results. He is, like Reed, a hard hitter, and thankfully possesses the capacity to learn and digest detailed material quickly and accurately."  CORROSION OF CONFORMITY is currently leveling the stages of New Zealand and Australia, which will be followed by a two-week North American run, scheduled to commence on August 20 in Spokane, and come to a close in Vancouver on September 1. The band will be joined by BL'AST!, BRANT BJORK & THE LOW DESERT PUNK BAND and LORD DYING.  CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's new album, "IX", was released on July 1 via Candlelight. The CD was produced by the band and longtime comrade John Custer.
 
  • Blabbermouth reports Steven Rosen of Ultimate-Guitar.com recently conducted an interview with guitarist Björn Gelotte of Swedish metallers IN FLAMES. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.  Ultimate-Guitar.com: What prompted you to go back into the studio and record the "Siren Charms" album?  Gelotte: It was a timing thing. For this record, we weren't even signed when we started recording. Firstly, we're extremely lazy — or I am — so when we're touring I don't write anything at all. So I kind of need to deadline to start. Like, "We're gonna record in October so you better start writing." I need that. We had some time off and we said, "Wow, it would be nice to have a new record to tour on."  Ultimate-Guitar.com: Did you have any song ideas at all?  Gelotte: I had a riff bag with ideas that I didn't use that much for the record. But I started slowly doing that.  Ultimate-Guitar.com: Why did you decide to record at Hansa Tonstudios [U2, DAVID BOWIE] in Berlin?  Gelotte: Anders [Fridén, vocals] was down there and he was visiting and got to see all the facilities and got to meet the people working there and he just fell in love. Today recording is not the same thing it was 10 or 15 years ago. You don't normally go to a studio like this. You don't need to go to a studio like this to sound OK.  Ultimate-Guitar.com: Now you can virtually record in your basement and sound amazing. Gelotte: There was something in the atmosphere. Being in Berlin for six weeks and being in that fantastic studio where all these fantastic records had been made, it adds something to it. I can't really put my finger on what it is. I know it helped Anders a very big deal to be there and get the atmosphere and to have something to get in the right mood I think.  Ultimate-Guitar.com: Were you picking up on the atmosphere as well?  Gelotte: For me, it was more of a very cool place to be. I was at I don't know how many concerts because every band in the world seems to be touring through Berlin and I can live with that. And they have great food, great beer and a lot of awesome people. So I had a blast down there.  Ultimate-Guitar.com: IN FLAMES is one of the bands credited with creating melodic death metal but you're so much different than other bands in this style.  Gelotte: It is because we like what we do. I'm not saying other bands don't tour, but we tour a shitload and you learn so much from that. Not only by seeing other bands, but about yourself and your writing and how structures in the song could be and how it could help you and how the actual show could benefit from having more dynamics in there. And how when you listen and look at other bands, you learn from their good ideas and perhaps even from what you might perceive as their mistakes. I think it's very important just to play live. That's where you really distill your sound a little bit and also evolve it.  Ultimate-Guitar.com: IN FLAMES has gone through a lot of major changes so you must be really proud with what you've done on the "Siren Charms" album. Gelotte: It's the best one we've done up to date, obviously, because it's the freshest. It kinda portrays us as musicians where we are right now, not only playing-wise but writing-wise. This is where we are right now, and it's a great statement and summarization of everything we've done without looking back to the roots. Everything we've done has put us here now in this mode and in this way of writing. So, of course, I'm extremely proud of it.  Read the entire interview at Ultimate-Guitar.com.

     

 
  • Blabbermouth reports having played with such legendary bands as MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND, THERION, DIMMU BORGIR, MEMENTO MORI, DREAM EVIL, NOTRE DAME and SABATON, Swedish multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw will release a solo digital single titled "Dusk" on July 22. The track is taken from Snowy's forthcoming live DVD/CD package titled "The Liveshow: 25 Years Of Madness In The Name Of Metal", which will arrive in September in limited edition of 666 copies.  "The Liveshow" DVD/CD, which will be released by Wunderwurld Music, includes more than three hours of amazing, high-quality material recorded at two special theatrical shows and featuring very guest appearances by current and former members of KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, ILLWILL, OPERA DIABOLICUS, and Snowy's backing band, which consisted of Kristian Niemann (THERION), Mannequin De Sade III (NOTRE DAME, ENGEL), Mark U Black (DREAM EVIL) and Vikki Valkyrie (ICE AGE).  "The Liveshow" boasts a one-of-a-kind track listing, featuring original material alongside Snowy's personal favorites from his former bands, including such classics as "Eye Of The Witch", "Halloween" and "Sleepless Nights" (KING DIAMOND), "Evil" and "Black Funeral" (MERCYFUL FATE), "The Book Of Heavy Metal" (DREAM EVIL), "To Mega Therion" (THERION) and "The Serpentine Offering" (DIMMU BORGIR).

     

 
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  • Loudwire reports Nick Oliveri to rock with Motorhead, Dwarves members on "Leave Me Alone" solo disc  Read more at Classic Rock
 
  • Ultimate Classic Rock posts Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Green River" – Exclusive Lyric Video Premiere
 
 
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  • Classic Rock reports Motorhead and The Damned confirm Manchester, Birmingham and London arena shows

 

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  • Classic Rock reports Aerosmith vocalist Steven Tyler has given his support to a bill which aims to ban the extreme confinement of animals in the state of Massachusetts to end "unspeakable suffering" of livestock

 

  • Classic Rock reports Slayer’s Raining Blood has been covered in a unique way by musician Rob Scallon – not on guitar, but on a banjo

 

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  • Blabbermouth posts a teaser for "The Call Of The Mountains", the new video from Swiss folk metallers Eluveitie, which will be made available as a digital single on July 25, from the band's new album, "Origins", out August 5 via Nuclear Blast Records

  • Blabbermouth posts new music bideos from Ill Nino, "Live Like There's No Tomorrow", fromnew album, "Till Death, La Familia", out today (July 22) via Victory Records (Read more at Classic Rock  Check out an interview at Blabbermouth)) and Australian metalcore outfit I Killed The Prom Queen, "Bright Enough"from the band's first album in six years, "Beloved", which was released on February 18 via Epitaph Records

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