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7/31/2014

  • Blabbermouth reports international film star and musician Johnny Depp joined AEROSMITH on stage last night (Wednesday, July 30) at the Forum in Inglewood, California to perform a version of Bull Moose Jackson's "Big Ten Inch Record".  Fan-filmed video footage of Depp's appearance with AEROSMITH can be seen below.  Depp appears on AEROSMITH's latest album, "Music From Another Dimension!", which was released in November 2012. The actor laid down backing vocals on a Joe Perry-penned track called "Freedom Fighter". Perry told ARTISTdirect: "Steven [Tyler, vocals] and I were out in L.A., he was working on 'American Idol', which was basically two days a week. The rest of the time we were in the studio.  "It was so inspiring living out there in L.A. and rubbing elbows with so many musicians. Johnny Depp was one of them. I have to rate him as a first-class musician. As great as an actor as he is, he's also right there as a musician. I guess the acting thing outweighed the music thing way back when, but he's a musician through and through."  Perry explained how Depp ended up on the song: "Well, I needed a guitar, actually. We'd left a lot of stuff in Boston and he's got a great guitar collection and is a great guitar player, great musician and he was down at the studio a couple of times — so I asked him if I could borrow a couple of his axes. So he brought them down, and as we were laying the tracks down for this song, by the time we finished, it was two in the morning and it was time to do the backing vocals, and usually whoever is left there in the studio will end up doing it. He was there in the studio with some of his buddies, so he ended up doing the 'oh yeah's and stuff. But you can really hear it on the deluxe version of this record. We have the DVD and he sat down and we kept it rolling and he really got a chance to cut loose."  Check out a review at Ultimate Classic Rock

     

  
  • Blabbermouth reports SIXX: A.M., the band featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx alongside guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael, will release its third album, "Modern Vintage", on October 7. The CD's first single, "Gotta Get It Right", will hit iTunes and radio on August 5.  Says Sixx: "Like our favorite bands from the 1970s, SIXX: A.M. is rooted in songwriting, musicianship and lyrics — three core elements that helped to define that era. SIXX: A.M. has taken even more pages from this book on 'Gotta Get It Right' and the rest of 'Modern Vintage', having hopefully created a record that demands to be discovered again and again."  The video for "Gotta Get It Right" was directed by Paul Brown in mid-June and will premiere on VEVO on August 6.  Says Michael, who also produced "Modern Vintage": "On the first two albums, SIXX: A.M. established a musical freedom that few bands get to enjoy. 'Gotta Get It Right' is clearly a birth child of that creative freedom and an exciting next step for us as our goal was to create something which confounds both expectation and categorization." Ashba adds: "'Gotta Get it Right' is a great example of how SIXX: A.M. has set out to celebrate the music that has influenced us over the years and we truly feel we've made a genre-defying album with 'Modern Vintage'."


    "Modern Vintage" track listing:

    01. Stars
    02. Gotta Get It Right
    03. Relief
    04. Get Ya Some
    05. Let's Go
    06. Drive
    07. Give Me A Love
    08. Hyperventilate
    09. High On The Music
    10. Miracle
    11. Before It's Over

    Sixx spoke to Revolver magazine last year about how the new SIXX: A.M. CD is different than its predecessors. "When we did [our 2007 debut] 'The Heroin Diaries', it was the soundtrack to a book," he said. "And when we did 'This Is Gonna Hurt', there was a lot of inspiration that drew from the photography in my book 'This Is Gonna Hurt' as well as the bandmembers' personal experiences and how they related not only to the characters in the book, but what they'd gone through growing up. Without meaning to, it hinted at this whole concept of bullying. If you're different than other people you're made fun of and you're made to believe you'll never achieve your dreams. Loosely, that's what 'This is Gonna Hurt' was about. We feel like between 'The Heroin Diaries' and 'This is Gonna Hurt', we've exposed a lot of wounds and we've talked about how to recover from them, but we haven't had a chance to really celebrate. I think this album is a celebration."  Asked if SIXX: A.M. took a different approach to writing the songs this time around, Sixx said: "We put a lot fewer restrictions on ourselves. We went into genres that you wouldn't expect us to possibly be influenced by, but unless you know the bandmembers, you don't know that there are all kinds of influences, especially from the '70s and some of the great bands that came out of that era. So when we started writing, it was almost ridiculous. The songs were so left of center that you're like, 'These could never be on a record.' We were creating something so different, and once we got the songs written, people said, 'God, it reminds me of QUEEN's 'Night At The Opera' at times. It reminds me of EDGAR WINTER GROUP 'Free Ride' and these amazing things off of 'They Only Come Out At Night'. There was still the drama and the texture that SIXX: A.M. brings, but there was this celebration happening. Then as we started layering in the guitars, bass, drums and vocals, you started to go, 'Wow, this is a SIXX: A.M. album!' But it started out as not." Sixx also spoke about whether he is concerned that the musical diversions won't appeal to fans of the first two SIXX: A.M. albums.  "I think SIXX: A.M. fans are going to love this record and I think new people will come in and be really surprised by it and become fans as well," he said. "I don't think our first two records sound like the same type of record, but I do think there's a sound with the band and I think we're going to continue on that tradition."  SIXX: A.M., made a rare appearance — its first in four years — on April 11, 2012 at Revolver Golden Gods Awards at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.  As each band member has been kept busy with their other careers — Sixx is also a syndicated radio host; Ashba is a member of GUNS N' ROSES; James Michael is a famed rock producer who has worked on records for PAPA ROACH, HALESTORM and others — this marked the band's first chance to perform in support of their "This Is Gonna Hurt" album, which supplied the #1 rock anthem "Lies Of The Beautiful People".  "7", the latest EP from SIXX: A.M., came out in December 2011 and sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The effort contained acoustic versions of songs from the group's first two albums — 2007's "The Heroin Diaries" soundtrack and 2011's "This Is Gonna Hurt".  Released on May 3, 2011, SIXX: A.M.'s sophomore album, "This Is Gonna Hurt" is a companion piece to Sixx's "This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx" book, a follow-up to his New York Times bestseller, "The Heroin Diaries".  Read more at Loudwire, Ultimate Classic Rock and Classic Rock

     

 
  • Blabbermouth reports on August 7, MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil will make a pit stop at Bettenhausen Automotive to help support Tinley Wish. The event will take place in the showroom of Bettenhausen Automotive at 8355 W. 159th Street, Tinley Park, Illinois sometime after 1 p.m. until approximately 5 p.m. Vince will be there to sign autographs and take photo ops with fans while supporting the Tinley Wish organization.  About Tinley Wish: Tinley Wish is a nonprofit organization out of Tinley Park, Illinois that helps families in need around the holiday season. Tinley Wish is run by the Tinley Park Police Department.  To donate or learn more about Tinley Wish, please visit TinleyWish.org.   About Vince Neil: A rare mixture of style, swagger, and charisma is what a rock frontman needs to possess and Neil has always had all three complementing his strong vocals for over three decades. Lead singers like Neil is what made rock and roll what it is today. No stranger to helping others in need, the singer is always taking time out to help others using his star power to raise awareness and funds for charities across the globe. Vince is on tour with his band, MÖTLEY CRÜE, for "The Final Tour". Recently Vince teamed up with Justin Moore to recreate the band's hit "Home Sweet Home", which is once again becoming yet another hit in its new incarnation.  MÖTLEY CRÜE will perform on Friday, August 8 at First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre Tinley Park.
 
  • Blabbermouth reports British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN have released a four-minute video documenting singer Bruce Dickinson's dogfight re-enactment above the U.K. edition of the Sonisphere festival on July 5 at Knebworth Park in Hertfordshire. The spectacular 12-minute air display commemorated the 100th anniversary of The Great War; a 21st-Century tribute to the daring — and often downright dangerous — exploits of both the English and German pilots who ruled Europe's skies between 1914 and 1918. The show featured nine aircraft of five different types, all exact replicas of the planes used in WW1 combat. Bruce flew his very own Fokker Dr1 Triplane, the same model used by infamous German flying ace Manfred von Richthofen, a.k.a. The Red Baron. Also from the German side there was a Junkers CL1. Of the British planes in the show, there was a Sopwith Triplane, a BE2c and a SE5a. The other members of this elite team alongside Bruce were Alex Truman, Dan Griffith, Dave Linney, Ernie Hoblyn, Gordon Brander, Matthew Boddington, Peter Bond, Richard Piper, Vic Lockwood and Will Greenwood.  The Great War Display Team performs re-enactments throughout the U.K. and rest of Europe and is proudly sponsored by IRON MAIDEN's very own Trooper beer.  When the air show was first announced at the end of May, Bruce said: "The air show over Sonisphere is something I'm really excited about and we're determined to put on an unforgettable display for everyone.  "We're planning an extravaganza of derring-do, especially when you consider the manoeuvres we'll be performing are all based on true-life battles from a hundred years ago!  "What some of these fighter pilots achieved back then was nothing short of miraculous given the conditions they were working under and the seriousness of what was at stake.  "We hope to stage a memorable display which is equally entertaining and poignant, celebrating not only the bravery and heroics of all the pilots involved but remembering the sacrifices made on both side.  "Having been brought up on Biggles, to the horror of my English teachers, the chance to fly a Fokker triplane Dr1 was second only to owning a Sopwith Camel.  "A share in a Bucker Jungmann and a conversation with Great War team manager Gordon Brander led to a chance to buy a superbly constructed full size replica of the iconic German fighter. Built by the late John Day, I intend to display the aircraft with the team in commemoration not just of the Great war, but also as a tribute to one of the U.K.'s premier engineer/builders."  Sonisphere organizer Stuart Galbraith added: "We all got very excited when IRON MAIDEN approached us with this idea. It's going to be a truly unique experience and tribute for everyone at Knebworth. We've made sure we were able to squeeze a gap into the outdoor stage program on July 5 so that it has the impact it deserves."  After the air show, Bruce returned to solid ground to get ready for MAIDEN's headline performance that night, on the final date of their "Maiden England" world tour.  Read more at LoudwireClassic Rock and Rolling Stone

     

 
  • Blabbermouth reports DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell, whose cancer is once again in "remission," is currently undergoing a new round of chemotherapy before receiving a stem-cell transplant in September.  Campbell — who before joining DEF LEPPARD in 1992 was well known for his work with DIO and WHITESNAKE — went public with his Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis last summer, but announced in November that he was in remission.  The term "remission" means that the symptoms of the cancer have either been eliminated or reduced. When the tumor is completely gone, doctors call it "complete remission."  However, Campbell revealed earlier in the year that the cancer had returned and he was battling the disease with a new high-tech chemo treatment.  In a posting on his Facebook page earlier today (Thursday, July 31), Campbell offered the following update on his cancer battle: "For those of you that give a toss, here's the latest and greatest on my cancer situation.  "I'm currently in Boston and I did a scan on Tuesday morning. The scan shows that the cancer is in remission. Great news, but I'm trying not to get too excited about it as I heard that same phrase late last year only to be disappointed again a few months after when it returned.  "The plan is to do a stem cell transplant as soon as the [current DEF LEPPARD] tour [with KISS] is finished. However, to keep me in remission, my doctors have recommended that I do another, third round of the chemo (I.C.E.), so I'm back in hospital, all hooked up and doing my rock 'n' roll drugs. Keef would be most proud!"  This past June, Campbell spoke to Utah's Daily Herald about how he found that his cancer had returned. "The remission was a little bit premature," he said. "It came right back. I don't know if the cancer came back or it never totally went away, you know, but the initial scan I did last fall after doing my chemo, the scan came back clean. But there was something about it the oncologist was unclear about and didn't feel good about, so I was referred to another specialist.  "I suppose one of the advantages about being in this city [Los Angeles] that I dislike so much is that there's a lot of great medical facilities here. There's a place called City Of Hope just outside of L.A., and there's a specific oncologist there who's probably the leading oncologist with regards to Hodgkin's in the U.S., and he sent me to him. He had a look at my scans and, you know, everyone was a little bit apprehensive, and he said, 'Well, for now you appear to be in remission.' I kind of took that ball and I ran with it, and, unfortunately, it turned out to be premature. So the follow-up scan that I did a couple months later showed that there was definitely some growth coming back. I ended up having a couple of biopsies — I did a needle biopsy in January and that showed that I was fine, but my oncologist said, and he was right, that needle biopsies are notoriously uncertain, and he suggested I do a surgical biopsy. So I went to Dublin and started to record with the band, we started work on a new record, and as soon as I got back from that, I did another surgical biopsy and that showed that the cancer had definitely come back."  He continued: "I'm actually doing this new high-tech chemo treatment, I'm about halfway through it already, and it's really kind of easy going. It's the first new drug that's been discovered for Hodgkin's since 1977 and they made this discovery in 2011, and it's actually being pioneered here at City Of Hope, so I'm part of this research clinical trial that's going on. It's very, very benign chemo, actually it just targets — I don't know how it works, obviously I'm not a medical person, but somehow or other it just manages to target the cancer cells. It's not like old-school, carpet-bomb chemo where it kills all the fast-growing cells, so I haven't experienced any hair loss or any issues with my skin or nails or anything this time around, which is good. And assuming that works, I'm going to have to continue a couple of treatments, actually, over the course of the tour, so that's awkward to work around, but not impossible. Assuming that it all works and I actually get to a perceived remission stage by August, then as soon as the tour is over in early September I'm going to get a stem-cell transplant, which I can't say I'm looking forward to, but I've been told if I don't do that, the cancer's going to just keep coming back every couple years. And every time it's a little bit more resistant. It is what it is. It could be worse — but at least I have health insurance. [laughs]"  Campbell, who joined his DEF LEPPARD bandmates on tour as they kicked off a 42-date trek with KISS on June 23 in Salt Lake City, Utah, believes that being on stage might be the best therapy for him. "It absolutely is," he said. "And when I was going through the chemo last year and the band said to me, 'We've been offered these shows. Can you do them? Do you want to do them? Or we can get someone to cover for you?' I said, '(Bleep) that (bleep)! I'm not having someone else do my job. It actually was very, very therapeutic for me to go and get on stage and do that. And the same is true this year. There's nothing worse than sitting around the house concentrating on the negative. I've always enjoyed my work, and I've always felt very fortunate to be able to do what I love. I am well up for the summer tour indeed."  Campbell's health setback is not expected to affect the recording sessions for DEF LEPPARD's' next album, the follow-up to 2008's "Songs From The Sparkle Lounge", which is being laid down in several sessions.  Campbell told a Florida radio station in April: "Our third and final instalment will be in November, to finish up the record. We're hoping for a release for early spring, 2015."  Read more at Loudwire , Ultimate Classic Rock and Classic Rock
 
  • Blabbermouth reports in a brand new interview with MLive.com, QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali spoke about the band's decision to enlist Jizzy Pearl (LOVE/HATE, L.A. GUNS, ADLER'S APPETITE, RATT) as its new lead singer following the departure of Scott Vokoun.  "There is the misconception that Jizzy is the fourth [QUIET RIOT] singer [since the band reformed in 2010]," Banali said. "He's actually the third. We hired Mark Huff and let him go and I asked my friend and former MONTROSE singer Keith St. John to fill in for three shows that we had on the books. That hardly qualifies him as a singer for QUIET RIOT. We then hired Scott Vokoun and subsequently also let him go. That's where the real story begins when we asked Jizzy Pearl to come on board. After giving to unknowns the opportunity, we went with a pro. Jizzy is the real deal."  He continued: "I am very conscious of Kevin's [DuBrow, late QUIET RIOT singer] legacy and the legacy of QUIET RIOT as I continue this journey. You can never replace a singer or performer like the late, great Kevin DuBrow who was the total rock and roll package. He was also my best and closest friend, so that plays into it as well. To me it has to sound like QUIET RIOT, though not exactly as it was with Kevin, but it still has to have that 'sound' and energy. Jizzy is doing a fantastic job of keeping the spirit, music and sound of Kevin's vocals while bringing his own sound to the band which blends really well."  Banali also talked about QUIET RIOT's new album, "10", which contains six new songs with Pearl on vocals and four live tracks from 2007 with DuBrow.  "The six new studios songs were co-written by me and songwriter, guitarist, vocalist Paul Sabu," Banali explained. "Paul and I did a recording project together a few years back and we wrote and worked well together for that. I wanted songs that brought some of the spirit of QUIET RIOT to the here and now. Paul and I made demos of the six songs and then I gave them to the band to learn and add their own DNA to them. Then we went into the studio to record the master tracks. I produced the record and the tracks were recorded and mixed by Grammy Award-winning engineer Neil Citron, who is also a close friend."  He added: "Jizzy has done a phenomenal job singing these songs and bringing the spirit of Kevin's vocal style while not losing his own vocal identity. Guitarist Alex Grossi did a fantastic job recording the guitars, as did Chuck Wright, who played bass on two of the tracks. I also invited my dear friend and historic QUIET RIOT bassist Rudy Sarzo to play on two tracks and another great friend Tony Franklin to play bass on two tracks. Tony has QUIET RIOT history as he was the bass player on the 'Rehab' record, which was our last record with Kevin."  QUIET RIOT's new lineup — featuring Pearl — made its live debut on New Year's Eve (December 31, 2013) at Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort in Flagstaff, Arizona.  DuBrow died in November 2007 of an accidental cocaine overdose. He was 52 years old.  Read more at Classic Rock

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

 
  • Blabbermouth reports THE MELVINS return with "Hold It In", their first studio album as a quartet since 2010's "The Bride Screams Murder", on October 14. The new CD was recorded in both Los Angeles and Austin earlier this year.  Joining Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover for the 12-song outing are BUTTHOLE SURFERS' guitar player Paul Leary and bass player JD Pinkus.  "'Hold It In' is a refreshing piece of fiction in a boring world of fact and bullshit," said Osborne.  "Paul is one of the best guitar players I have ever heard and Pinkus has an outside the box type of approach to both guitar and bass that you just have to let it ride.  "I can't believe this actually happened. I'm thrilled."  "It's very rare you get a chance to work with three folks from the 'Break A Wish' foundation, all at the same time," said Pinkus. "I believe they'll remember their experience with me forever (or until they finally all lose their fight with S.I.D.S)."  THE MELVINS kick off a round of U.S. tour dates on October 15 in Sacramento at Assembly, which also includes a performance at this year's Voodoo Experience in New Orleans. Osborne, Crover and Pinkus will be the touring lineup for this run of dates.  Read more at Loudwire
 
  • Blabbermouth reports "Celebrating Jon Lord - At The Royal Albert Hall" will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and CD on September 26 via earMUSIC.  The official four-minute trailer for the set is available below.  It was in 2006 when, once a year, a group of stellar musicians and stars of rock started meeting up in London for a night of live music. The main intent was to raise money for a charity called The Sunflower Jam.  At first the rumours about these sessions with DEEP PURPLE, Robert Plant, Brian May and Alice Cooper were too good to be true, to the point that a few thought that they were nothing else than an urban legend.  "The Jam", as it soon started to be called, quickly became a cult night. A real must first of all for the artists themselves, finally free and happy to leave their commercial thoughts outside the venue and able to enjoy playing music together with colleagues, friends and maybe even secret rivals and for the audience, who often could simply not believe their eyes.  The Sunflower Jam started as an idea from Jacky Paice, who very often could count on the drumming of her husband Ian. Who would turn down playing with him?  The first editions were mainly open to guests and music business professionals that would contribute to the charity. Later "The Jam" became too good not to be available for the public.  It is in one of the earlier SFJs that Jon Lord played for the last time with his friends with DEEP PURPLE, duetting in a peaceful "war of Hammonds" with Don Airey, who had replaced Lord in DEEP PURPLE when he decided it was enough with a life spent on the road, and after a lifetime dedicated to rock and roll, Lord left to concentrate to his first love: classical music and the combination of rock elements in it.  Lord sadly passed away in 2012. Considering the amount of respect, friendship and love expressed on any occasion by anybody who had worked, played or simply met Jon, it is not a surprise that the 2014 Jam would be dedicated totally to his music. The night turned out to be an historical moment in rock music: A full orchestra, a director — Paul Mann — crazy enough to give wonderful arrangements to a repertoire going back and forth through fifty years of music, many old friends for an unforgettable night.  All the wonderful musicians who played at the "Celebrating Jon Lord" Sunflower Jam have left a precious mark but how not to mention the 45 minutes finale by DEEP PURPLE, the PURPLE Mk III songs played by Paice with the old friend Glenn Hughes, together with IRON MAIDEN's Bruce Dickinson, Rick Wakeman of YES fame, Steve Balsamo (who sang in the late Jon Lord band and in his last studio album "Concerto"), members of THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT, ex members of WHITESNAKE, Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody, the "modfather" Paul Weller.  Ian Paice remembers the "Celebrating Jon Lord" night with vivid memory considering the time all the artists had to rehearse the music for the concert (in DEEP PURPLE's case two hours the day before the show!), the resulting performance were nothing less than miraculous. A testament to the quality of the players and love for Jon and his works.  "It was like no concert I have ever played," Paicesaid. "To a person everyone in the Hall was there for a common purpose to honour a wonderful man and a great musician. The Royal Albert Hall is fairly large venue and can be intimidating, but that evening it was more like a gathering of friends at their local,(if slightly oversized) pub than a regular show.  I believe all the artists, the people in the audience and even the crew helping to make the show work, felt the difference that night."  Read more at Classic Rock

     

     

 
  • Blabbermouth reports San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans EXODUS will release their new album, "Blood In, Blood Out", on October 14 via Nuclear Blast. The album art was illustrated by Swedish artist Pär Olofsson, known worldwide for his incredible renderings that have graced the covers of countless heavy metal albums, including EXODUS' "Let There Be Blood".  The concept for the art was impressively envisaged by Olofsson based on the album title alone, as guitarist Gary Holt explains: "The concept came from Pär Olofsson. I fed him the title and he immediately came up with the final concept, and it's perfect! One of my favorite covers we've ever done and it fits the title and theme to a T!" "Blood In, Blood Out" will be EXODUS' first since the departure of the band's lead singer of the past nine years, Rob Dukes, and the return of his predecessor, Steve "Zetro" Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004.  "I'm very excited to be back," Souza told Chile's Radio Futuro on July 8. "I'm really looking forward to this next adventure with my brothers in metal — these guys I spent 30 years with, on and off. So it's very exciting."  Speaking about how being in EXODUS is different today than it was when he first joined the band in the '80s and even a decade ago, Souza said: "I think everybody's matured quite some bit, and I think, as we all get older, we all realize things that we do wrong, especially myself, we realize our faults and our mistakes. And it's great that everybody can come to a meeting of the minds and be able to work forward and be mature enough to work forward."  He added: "The whole reception to me being back with the guys has been really, really great."  "Blood In, Blood Out" will feature a guest appearance by METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett on the song "Salt In The Wound". "It felt really casual, really cool — just like it did back in 1980 when we were all just hanging out back in the day," Hammett told RollingStone.com. "Me, recording a solo on their album was a huge thing for me. Other than the EXODUS demo that's been heard by a lot of people, it's the only time I ever recorded with EXODUS. It was a huge thing for me."  He added: "I play a pretty cool solo, and then Gary comes in and plays another solo, and you know what? I listened to that and thought, 'Wow, it's 1982 all over again and here we are, Gary and I are trying to cut each other's heads off with our guitar solos.' Nothing has changed much in the last 30 years. I love it. I love those guys. I've only known them for most of my life, so I'm really happy that I finally got to record with them."  Hammett was a member of EXODUS' original lineup before replacing Dave Mustaine in METALLICA in 1983. In fact, Hammett was not only the person who came up with the EXODUS name, but also the first from the band to meet original EXODUS singer Paul Baloff and brought him into the group.  In a recent interview with Australia's "Blood, Sweat And Metal" podcast, Dukes said that he had not talked to any of his former bandmates in EXODUS about his departure from the band. "I haven't spoken with anyone but [drummer] Tom [Hunting]," Rob explained. "Tom called me… He called me and said, 'We're gonna go on with a different singer. We're gonna be going with Zet.' And that was it. It was about a 20-second phone call. And that was really all I got. That's it."  Asked if he had any comment on how Dukes' exit was handled by EXODUS and whether it was true that Rob was fired in a 20-second phone call, Souza told Radio Futuro: "You know, I know nothing about that, and with all due respect to all the fans, I really don't choose to get into that. I just wanna talk positive about the band and move forward. So, again, that was really nothing that I was… I wasn't even privy to that information, so I really don't have any comment on it."  EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt — who has been pulling double duty with SLAYER for the past four and a half years — denied that EXODUS handled the dismissal of Dukes in an insensitive manner, saying "There were the calls to Rob preceding this, [so] how long should the final call be?  "20 seconds was not all this involved.  "[While I was] in Europe [with SLAYER, I] pretty much got the rundown on everything as we went through this."  He added: "Much time was spent on this."  Holt also shot down Internet speculation that the split with Dukes was motivated by financial reasons or that it was masterminded by EXODUS' new so-manager, TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy, who co-founded the management company Breaking Bands LLC. "It isn't for the money [and] Chuck did not orchestrate this," Holt said. "There were issues behind the scenes and we came to a conclusion." The guitarist, however, refused to go into the details of EXODUS' decision to part ways with Dukes, explaining: "All will remain internal. I see no need to air the laundry for anyone."  Holt, who previously said that the decision to fire Rob and re-hire Zetro "was the most difficult decision of our lives, one the entire band made," was once again full of praise for EXODUS' former frontman, saying: "I wish nothing but the best for Rob, [and I] have nothing but love for the man. He will be a force for a long time and I am proud of him and how he went from a dude with a pink mohawk to a vicious thrash vocalist. He is a killer singer and we have total respect for him and love the music we made together."  Dukes joined EXODUS in January 2005 and appeared on four of the band's studio albums — "Shovel Headed Kill Machine" (2005), "The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A" (2007), "Let There Be Blood" (2008, a re-recording of EXODUS' classic 1985 LP, "Bonded By Blood") and "Exhibit B: The Human Condition" (2010).  Read more at Loudwire and Classic Rock
 
  • Blabbermouth reports Matt Coe of Eternal Terror recently conducted an interview with vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth of New Jersey thrash metal veterans OVERKILL. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.  Eternal Terror: "White Devil Armory" is the latest OVERKILL studio platter — and I've heard early reports from you describing this album as having more of a "3D" sound in terms of songwriting and dynamics than your last two records which were well received, "Ironbound" and "The Electric Age". Can you elaborate on this set of songs and your view of what took place recording-wise, because I agree that this seems to have a different level of depth while still maintaining that OVERKILL substance you've been known for through the years?  Bobby: I didn't necessarily make that comment in regards to "Ironbound", because I thought that that was really a three-dimensional OVERKILL record, containing more elements than, let's say, "The Electric Age" — and this is not to slag that record because it is one of my favorites through the years. It's just... I suppose it's "balls out" in regards to the two dimensions, whereas what we have with "White Devil Armory" is a little more than that. At the end of the day, it's still OVERKILL, but to get to the end of the day, there is a half time, punk rock kind of vibe here and there. There is thrash, which is the highest in the pecking order, and there is even rock and roll. What we are saying is "The Electric Age" was more of a thrash record, two dimensional and this is more of the eclectic value that OVERKILL can have but still being an OVERKILL record at the end of the day.  Eternal Terror: How is it working with two different record companies for the major territories these days between eOne in North America and Nuclear Blast for Europe? It seems to me you have the best of both worlds, as both have their strengths in their particular marketplaces — and allow OVERKILL to do what they do best, concentrating on your own music aspects... Bobby: That's a good point. They have good metal departments with guys who have been in the scene for a long period of time, who like this stuff. They are not the kind of guys who call up and ask how much profanity is in a particular song; that's not the way it works anymore. They sign bands based on their like or love of those bands, as well as obviously a business decision, because there's always a bean counter involved in there somewhere. For our position, in regards to both these labels right now, it's a great position to be in. They work in cooperation; eOne has been distributing Nuclear Blast stuff, so it's not like they are banging up against one another for a release date. This frees the band up to do what we do best, which is to make music. Of course, we want to be involved in the business decisions. To a large degree, we are self-managed. We do have a third partner, but up until a few years ago, we have been self-managed since the mid 1990s so a lot of these decisions we had to make on our own. Now that things are a little more fruitful we want to be part of those decisions too.  Eternal Terror: How do you balance the changing tides with new technology and recording studios at home? Things are easier for bands to make records. Are there particular tricks of the trade you still pay attention to being an older band?  Bobby: You have to keep your eyes open with regards to technology or you get left behind. It's great to be that purist who [wants] to record on magnetic tape but it's unrealistic in this day and age unless you have unlimited time and unlimited funds; it's just more expensive to do. As people say, downloading ruined the music industry. Well technology, the downloading, etc. has also made it so that everyone can record something that is at least pretty good sounding, and I think people who really pay attention stay up with regard to having objective talented ears mix their stuff, as we do with Greg Reely, [and] they have the opportunity to take things a step further. Sure, the downloading may have hurt your finances, but it can cost you 1/10th of what it cost to make a record 25 years ago. It's not the same world anymore. I really think the key to making a great record is understanding performance. Not overthinking it, but really performing it. There is so much software out there, you can go in and sing out of key, burp, and it can be removed to some degree so you really only have to do it once. I can say this for myself, and I know the other guys do too with regards to their instruments, there's a huge pride in being able to perform. One of the things I do, and I take this all the way back to when I first started understanding vocals — THE ROLLING STONES or THE BEATLES, where these guys are doubling and tripling their vocals. I do that physically — singing over the top of everything I have already sang, layering it perfectly, not having a guy move it around on a computer. Because, to me, it sounds so much more natural when it is done correctly, and as a result, stands the test of time.  Read the entire interview at Eternal Terror.
 
  • Blabbermouth reports "Heroes", the latest album from Swedish metallers SABATON, was recently certified gold in the group's home country for sales in excess of 20,000 copies. The band states: "With 'Carolus Rex', it took until middle of September until it reached gold, and now 'Heroes' has achieved the same status in much shorter time. We are eternally thankful and could not think of any better way to celebrate then to start our Swedish open-air tour today. Thank you all for supporting us and music in general!"  Note: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) in Sweden has revised the sales requirements for albums to reach gold status in the country twice in the last seven years — from the pre-2002 level of 40,000 to the current 20,000.  "Heroes" sold around 3,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 99 on The Billboard 200 chart.  Released on May 16 via Nuclear Blast Records, the "Heroes" cover artwork was created by Péter Sallai. A number of bonus tracks were made available, including cover versions of songs originally written and recorded by METALLICA, BATTLE BEAST and RAUBTIER.  "Heroes" was tracked at The Abyss, the recording studio in Pärlby outside Ludvika, Sweden owned and operated by record producer and musician Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN).  In a recent interview with The Metalithic, SABATON vocalist Joakim Brodén stated about the songwriting process for "Heroes": "As I was writing the album, I was suffering from extreme performance anxiety since this is the first album with the new lineup, and if I had fucked up and written a bad album, everybody would have blamed the new boys."  SABATON played its first show with new drummer Hannes Van Dahl on November 16, 2013 at the Metal Hammer Paradise festival in Germany.  SABATON recently toured the U.S. and Canada as direct support to American metallers ICED EARTH on their "Worldwide Plagues" North American trek. Opening each show on the six-week tour were Dutch metallers REVAMP (featuring NIGHTWISH singer Floor Jansen).
 
  • Blabbermouth reports Kaaos TV conducted an interview with SOILWORK singer Björn "Speed" Strid and drummer Dirk Verbeuren before the band's July 26 performance at Qstock festival in Oulu, Finland. You can now watch the chat below. Asked about the status of SOILWORK's upcoming first-ever concert DVD, which was filmed on March 21 at Circus in Helsinki, Finland, Dirk said: "We're in the middle of pretty much editing it. It's looking really good already. We're just kind of working on the details to get all the bonus material together; we actually did some interviews this morning. And it'll be a few more weeks, at least, until it's complete. But we're really happy with how it came out so far." Björn added: "It [was] the first time that we really performed songs from each and every album, including the latest double album as well. So it's gonna be a very long show. So I think it's gonna be a very cool mix of songs from our entire career."  SOILWORK's DVD is being produced by Jouni Markkanen and directed by Ville Lipiäinen, who also helmed the most recent NIGHTWISH DVD, "Showtime, Storytime".  SOILWORK was forced to cancel its appearance at this year's Rockharz Open Air festival on July 11 in Ballenstedt, Germany due to a serious back injury suffered by Strid. SOILWORK's ninth studio and first dual-disc album, "The Living Infinite", sold around 7,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 60. The effort also landed at No. 11 on the Independent Albums chart, and No. 2 on the Hard Music chart. "The Living Infinite" entered the iTunes Metal Top Albums chart at No. 1 and was the No. 1 most added album on the CMJ radio chart.  "The Living Infinite" was produced by Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, BLOODBATH) and boasts artwork by MNEMIC's Mircea Gabriel Eftemie. The CD features Justin Sullivan — lead singer of the English band NEW MODEL ARMY — as a guest vocalist on the track "The Windswept Mercy" and also marks the recording debut of longtime SOILWORK touring guitarist David Andersson (also of THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA).

     

 
  • Blabbermouth reports commemorating the 25th anniversary of the recording of their first EP, Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH will release a concert DVD / 2CD set and Blu-ray, "The Ophidian Trek", this fall via Nuclear Blast. With visual footage shot in the U.S. and Europe during "The Ophidian Trek" tour and festival footage from Wacken Open Air 2013 in Germany, the live audio was processed and edited by MESHUGGAH guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, mixed by Daniel Begstrand (DIMMU BORGIR, BEHEMOTH) and mastered by Mats "Limpan" Lindfors (ROXETTE, OPETH, MANDO DIAO).  Comments MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake: "We're really stoked about this new MESHUGGAH live DVD!  "It's been four years since the release of 'Alive', and with the band celebrating 25 years, we felt that we just had to get another one of these puppies out there!  "Audio/video was recorded during our European stretch of 'The Ophidian Trek' tour, as well as at the Wacken Open Air festival — and we're super proud of how it came out!  "For this one, we used the extremely talented photographer Anthony Duboisfor filming and editing, etc., and he's really done a stunning job with it!  "Hope you guys dig it, and here's to another 25!! (or maybe just a little less;-) )”

    "The Ophidian Trek" track listing:

    Live DVD:

    01. Swarmer
    02. Swarm
    03. Combustion
    04. Rational Gaze
    05. obZen
    06. Lethargica
    07. Do Not Look Down
    08. The Hurt That Finds You First
    09. I Am Colossus
    10. Bleed
    11. Demiurge
    12. New Millennium Cyanide Christ
    13. Dancers To A Discordant System
    14. Mind's Mirrors / In Death - Is Life / In Death - Is Death
    15. The Last Vigil

    Live CD 1:

    01. Swarmer
    02. Swarm
    03. Combustion
    04. Rational Gaze
    05. obZen
    06. Lethargica
    07. Do Not Look Down
    08. The Hurt That Finds You First
    09. I Am Colossus

    Live CD 2:

    01. Bleed
    02. Demiurge
    03. New Millennium Cyanide Christ
    04. Dancers To A Discordant System
    05. Mind's Mirrors / In Death - Is Life / In Death - Is Death
    06. The Last Vigil

    "The Ophidian Trek" is MESHUGGAH's second live DVD, the first being 2010's "Alive", which debuted at position No. 8 on the Billboard Music DVD chart.  MESHUGGAH last month returned to North America for a tour celebrating the band's 25th anniversary. Opening for them was North Carolina's BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME.  MESHUGGAH played a very special 25th-anniversary set by performing selections from its entire discography and some rare songs that haven't been played live in many years.  In an interview with Australia's Loud magazine, Mårten Hagström was asked what the next step forward for MESHUGGAH is, creatively. "I have no idea, and I never do," he said. "And I think that's a good thing, 'cause people sometimes say that we're pretty unpredictable, but I don't really think we are, because we have a sound that's been with us since at least like the 'None' EP (from 1994), that's very us. [laughs] It doesn't really change all that much, but it's still a progression, and what I mean by taking a step forward is that we're still, we've been around now. We're veterans in this game [laughs], and we're still having fun with what we do, with experimenting with the music that we want to create. So as long as it feels like we're making it better, and as long as it feels like we're doing something that we can at least stand for and be proud of, that's all that we ask."  Read more at Loudwire

 
  • Blabbermouth reports Relapse Records has announced the signing of Virginia hard rock riff worshippers VALKYRIE. The band's first full-length album in over seven years was recorded at Earth Analog Studios in Champaign, Illinoia with producer Sanford Parker (NACHTMYSTIUM, PELICAN). An early 2015 release is expected.  Formed in 2002, VALKYRIE consists of brothers Jake and Pete Adams (BARONESS, SAMHAIN) on guitar and vocals, Alan Fary (EARTHLING) on bass and Warren Hawkins on drums. Drawing heavily from the classic eras of hard rock and heavy metal, VALKYRIE plays guitar-driven rock 'n' roll replete with infectious solos and catchy, powerful vocals. The band has drawn numerous comparisons to greats like THIN LIZZY, SCORPIONS, BLACK SABBATH, early IRON MAIDEN and DEEP PURPLE.  The quartet has released two full-length albums along with a series of EPs and singles.  Comments guitarist/vocalist Jake Adams: "We are really excited about this new record. Some of these songs we have been working on for many years and we are glad to see them have a proper release on an excellent label.  "This new record will be a step up in terms of song dynamics and musicianship from the previous albums. We think our fans will dig the fresh approach to the classic VALKYRIE sound."
 
  • Blabbermouth reports "First Of The Five Elements", the fifth studio album from WARMEN, the brainchild of CHILDREN OF BODOM keyboardist Janne Wirman, will be released later in the year.

    The track listing for the CD is as follows:

    01. Intromental
    02. The Race (feat. Pasi Rantanen)
    03. The Red Letter (feat. Jonna Geagea)
    04. Ruler Of Your World (feat. Pasi Rantanen)
    05. Suck My Attitude (feat. Alexi Laiho)
    06. When Worlds Collide (feat. Pasi Rantanen)
    07. First Of The Five Elements
    08. Devil In Disguise (feat. Pasi Rantanen)
    09. Like A Virgin (MADONNA cover) (feat. Jonna Geagea)
    10. Anger (feat. Pasi Rantanen)
    11. Human Race (feat. Pasi Rantanen)
    12. Man Behind The Mask (ALICE COOPER cover) (feat. Alexi Laiho)

    WARMEN started out in 2000 as Wirman's solo project with a bunch of hired guns helping him to put his musical inspiration to life. The band's debut album, "Unknown Soldier" (2000) was exactly that, but already on the group's second effort, "Beyond Abilities" (2002), WARMEN was becoming more like a real band.  Now after a five-year gap, Janne and WARMEN have completed work on a slamming fifth studio album, "First Of The Five Elements", which takes the listener from the potent vibrating rock of "The Race" to a straight punch in the face with "Suck My Attitude". Also included is a visit to some traditional WARMEN instrumental fury in he shape of the title track, "First Of The Five Elements", and, as always, they have managed to squeeze in a couple signature WARMEN-styled covers, ALICE COOPER's "Man Behind The Mask" and MADONNA's "Like A Virgin".  The song "The Race" from "First Of The Five Elements" can be streamed at PledgeMusic.com.  WARMEN celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a concert during the Helsinki Metal Meeting weekend in February 2010 at Dante's Highlight in Helsinki, Finland. The band's third live performance ever included guest appearances by Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM) on a cover version of ROCKWELL's "Somebody's Watching Me", Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS), Finnish pop/rock queen Jonna Kosonen (JONNA'S PROBLEM) and Pasi Rantanen (ex-THUNDERSTONE).  Spinefarm Records released a WARMEN compilation album entitled "The Evil That Warmen Do" on January 27, 2010.  WARMEN's fourth album, "Japanese Hospitality", entered the Finnish chart at position No. 36. The 10-song effort included two cover versions — "Separate Ways", originally recorded by JOURNEY, and "Black Cat" by JANET JACKSON, featuring a guest appearance by Jonna Kosonen. Other guest musicians that appear on the CD include Laiho, Rantanen, Kotipelto and Marko Vaara.

     

     

 
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  • Rolling Stone reports Radiohead's Philip Selway shifts perspective in "Coming Up for Air"  Read more at NME

 

  • Spin reports Johnny Cash's home may become a rehab center because of a Bee Gee  Read more at Rolling Stone and NME

 

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  • Spin reports Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock remixes Ratking's Wild and Wooly "Canal"  Read more at Rolling Stone and NME

 

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  • Blabbermouth posts new music videos from Greek guitar virtuoso (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind) guitarist Gus G., "Blame It On Me" (Read more at Classic Rock);  Casualties Of Cool, "Flight" the collaboration between Canadian multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer Devin Townsend and Vancouver artist Ché Aimee Dorval

  • Blabbermouth posts interviews with Judas Priest members Rob Halford (vocals), Glenn Tipton (guitar) and Richie Faulkner (guitar); Def Leppard guitarist Phil CollenMax Cavalera (Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, Killer Be Killed, Sepultura) was interviewed for the latest episode of "Consciously SpeakingMikael Åkerfeldt and Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers Opeth about the band's highly anticipated eleventh studio album, "Pale Communion" and vocalist George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher of Florida death metal veterans Cannibal Corpse

  • Blabbermouth posts performance footage from Alice In Chains doing "Would?" at "Guitar Center Sessions"; The Winery Dogs on Boston radi (Read more at Classic Rock)o;  Warefather, the new project fronted by ex-Morbid Angel bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker (now playing guitar and singing), made its live debut on July 18 at Valhalla in Muncie, Indiana

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