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- Black Veil Brides have completed work on their fourth studio album, which is titled IV and is due out October 28th. The band members, who have been in and out of the studio since earlier this year with producer Bob Rock, hit their individual Twitter accounts to share the news. Bassist Ashley Purdy also posted photos of the band's final gathering in the studio to listen to the record, which will follow up last year's Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones. (Loudwire) Blabbermouth posts the third Black Veil Brides "In The Studio With Bob Rock" video
- Veteran rockers Trapt are streaming an acoustic version of their biggest hit song, “Headstrong," which dominated rock radio in 2002 when it emerged from the band's self-titled debut album. The new version is taken from The Acoustic Collection, an all-unplugged set that the band is releasing on September 23rd. Trapt's most recent all-new record, Reborn, arrived in January 2013 and featured the Top 20 single "Bring It." (Alternative Press)
- Congratulations to Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz, who is a father for a second time. Wentz's girlfriend Meagan Camper gave birth to their son Saint Lazslo earlier this week. Wentz and his ex-wife Ashlee Simpson have a son named Bronx. (People/FMQB)
CHECK IT OUT: Read Andy Biersack's tweet about the Black Veil Brides album:
August 27th 1:23 AM. We've officially completed #bvb4 and I couldn't be more proud of this record! Coming your way 10/28/14
Listen to Trapt's acoustic version of "Headstrong":
- Blabbermouth reports in a brand new interview with Michael Christopher of Vanyaland, AEROSMITH's Joe Perry spoke about the story in the guitarist's new memoir, "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith", when he had to teach METALLICA how to play the blues classic "Train Kept A-Rollin'" at the 2009 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame jam because they didn't know it. Asked why he thinks it's so important for musicians to know the history of music and why so many artists seem ignorant of it or simply not interested in learning about it, Perry replied: "I think from just being fascinated by the thrill of music and especially pop music, I mean we're not talking about classical music — that's another whole world — but as far as pop music and the music we are talking about I think at least from the point of view from understanding what it is about music that makes you feel that way. And 99 percent of people who listen to music don't know and don't care, and frankly, it's not their job to care. Their job is to enjoy it and have fun with it or listen to it to give you a lift or to mellow you out or whatever you want that's what it's for. 'Any old way you use it,' like Chuck Berry said. "I don't think it's a prerequisite that you have to go back and study the way popular music evolved from the interior of Africa to the coast of Africa through England and the islands down in the Caribbean and then to the Delta. I don't think that parts important unless you're just interested in it. I think the elements that make up that feeling that you get that's important. "METALLICA has made great music and a great name for themselves. Their sound is original they deserve to be in the Hall Of Fame. The story wasn't meant to be a put down and I hope it doesn't come across that way, it's not how I meant it. It's more of an observation that every generation seems to get away from the original stuff and it's also that each generation is going to have to find their inspirations. They're going to hear something and they're going to go, 'I like that or I don't like that.' It may be the type of thing where you're not hearing something and you know you can do it better. I know that is part of what I was feeling. I was thinking, 'Well I can do that. I can get on stage and do that or I'm missing something when I see this band or that band. We can put another twist on it or we can try this or try that and then add a little bit of our own originality to it.' "I don't think you have to read Delta Blues 101 to make good music, but I think we're seeing the end of an era where we're seeing so many of the originals pass away over the last 10 to 15 years; we've lost so many originals. Thankfully a lot of it has been preserved. I wish they would've had iPhones and video recorders back in Robert Johnson's day. At least they got those recordings." Read more at Team Rock
- Blabbermouth reports MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee was apparently less than pleased by the audience's apparent lack of enthusiasm during the band's August 27 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Shortly after the concert, Lee tweeted: "Wow! Allentown!! You guys win the 'Most Absent' award tonight! Thanks for trying to be there!!!" CRÜE's setlist reportedly did not change much from when the band performed back-to-back shows last summer in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, which could have contributed at least partly to the crowd's subdued response. "The Final Tour", which features legendary rocker Alice Cooper in the support slot, kicked off on July 2 in Grand Rapids. Lee received criticism earlier in the tour when he revealed that his current drum setup, "The Crüecifly", would not be making an appearance on the entire trek due to the fact that "certain venues cannot handle" the "massive" rig. Leemade headlines in June 2012 when he expressed his frustration over the fact that people were constantly asking to take his picture. "Irritates the fuck out of me when people say, 'You owe it to your fans, they put you where you are, etc. etc.'" he wrote. "I certainly don't owe anybody anything! I'm not here to take pictures with you, I'm here to entertain you! Nobody put me where I am but ME! They may have helped inspire me with their love for what I do … but I put myself right here where I want to be with a lot of hard work, practice, talent, luck, etc. What I do owe myself and others is being THE BEST I can be! And that's making great music, being a good man, father, lover and human being! We all owe that kinda stuff to ourselves and each other."
- Blabbermouth reports "Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute To Mötley Crüe" sold around 31,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No 5 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on August 19 via Big Machine Records. "Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute To Mötley Crüe" features covers of 15 MÖTLEY CRÜE hits dating back to the early '80s by such country stars as FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, Justin Moore, Brantley Gilbert, LeAnn Rimes and HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH frontman Darius Rucker. The first single from "Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute To Mötley Crüe" is Justin Moore's version of "Home Sweet Home" featuring Vince Neil.
"Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute To Mötley Crüe" track listing:
01. RASCAL FLATTS - "Kickstart My Heart"
02. FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE - "If I Die Tomorrow"
03. LEANN RIMES - "Smokin' In The Boys Room"
04. JUSTIN MOORE - "Home Sweet Home"
05. CASSADDE POPE WITH ROBIN ZANDER - "The Animal In Me"
06. AARON LEWIS - "Afraid"
07. BIG & RICH - "SOS"
08. SAM PALLADIO AND CLARE BOWEN - "Without You"
09. ELI YOUNG BAND - "Don't Go Away Mad"
10. LAUREN JENKINS - "Looks That Kill"
11. THE CADILLAC THREE - "Live Wire"
12. THE MAVERICKS - "Dr. Feelgood"
13. BRANTLEY GILBERT - "Girls, Girls, Girls"
14. GRETCHEN WILSON - "Wild Side"
15. DARIUS RUCKER - "Time For Change"
"We did not make this record for MÖTLEY CRÜE fans, but for country fans who are also rock fans," said MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx. "I believe that there's going to be a lot of synergy and excitement for MÖTLEY CRÜE fans hearing different artists covering their favorite songs. People will be surprised how these artists made the songs their own and we couldn't be happier with how the album turned out. It's been an amazing, positive experience and, as a lot of things we've done, a first in our career." "It has been a blast becoming friends with the MÖTLEY guys and learning how much they appreciate the history of country music," said Justin Moore. "They are truly one of the most disruptive bands of their generation and I am honored to be able to cover one of my favorite CRÜE songs of all time, 'Home Sweet Home'. It has been pretty unreal singing with Vince Neil." The record is a joint venture between Big Machine Records — home to country superstars such as Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw — and Mötley Records and Eleven Seven Music. Big Machine label group president and CEO, Scott Borchetta, is among the legion of country music fans who love MÖTLEY CRÜE. Borchetta said of the collaboration, "I have been a not-so-secret CRÜE fan from the beginning. When manager Chris Nilsson called with the idea for a tribute album on Big Machine Records, it was an immediate 'yes' from me! Our album will highlight just how great the MÖTLEY CRÜE song catalog is. At the end of the day, that's what will stand the test of time." "I thought the idea for the tribute album was cool until I started talking to everybody," MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil told Billboard.com. "Then I thought it was cooler and cooler and cooler!" Neil recently admitted to The Tennessean that when he was first approached by management about the country-music tribute, he wasn't immediately sure it was a good idea. "I was like, 'Eh, I don't know. Let me think about this one for a minute,'" he told The Tennessean. "The more I thought about it, the cooler it got, especially after Carrie Underwood did 'Home Sweet Home', and that was so good. I'm thinking to myself, 'How cool would it be to hear these other acts' renditions of the songs?'" Until the country-music-tribute idea first came up, Neil hadn't heard of many of the artists who will appear on the set. "It's fun, because my girlfriend is a country girl," Neil said. "She's a barrel rider in the rodeo. When I showed her the names, she was like, 'Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God.' I'm like, 'Tell me, tell me. Fill me in.'" He added: "I'm an old classic rock and roll guy. The really cool thing is I think a lot of people have heard of the name MÖTLEY CRÜE, but don't put the music to the face. I think it's going to bring a lot of fans that aren't MÖTLEY fans in. It will make them go, 'Oh yeah, I've heard that song before.'"
Video for Justin Moore's version of "Home Sweet Home":
Making of video for Justin Moore
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talking about Justin Moore
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talking about CASSADDE POPE
' version of "The Animal In Me"
talking about ELI YOUNG BAND
' version of "Don't Go Away Mad"
talking about THE MAVERICKS
' version of "Dr. Feelgood"
talking about Brantley Gilbert
's version of "Girls, Girls, Girls"
- Blabbermouth reports in episode 41 of "One On One With Mitch Lafon", Canadian rock journalist Mitch Lafon speaks with former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di'Anno. You can now listen to the chat using the Spreaker widget below. Asked about the difficulties of pulling off some of his classic material live as he is getting older, Paul said: "I've got tell you one thing, my voice is actually getting better. I'm hitting notes I've never hit in quite a long time. And you know why? 'Cause I don't fuss about over it. Some people, they go, 'Oh, I've got a slight cough. Let's cancel the whole show. The whole tour's gonna be off.' If you look at my touring schedule, it's brutal, normally. I do this five, six, seven days a week, something like that, and I'm still hitting those notes. And I'm really happy with what we're doing in the studio. I'm hitting notes Rob Halford can't hit anymore/. So I'm doing quite well; I'm really happy. And the reason why is 'cause I don't fuss about over it. A slight little cough? 'Oh, no, that's it; everything is off.' Me, I don't care of me voice. I still smoke, I still drink. I still have it, mate." Di'Anno recently revealed that he was scrapping his retirement plans and was in the process of recording a new album with his new band called ARCHITECTS OF CHAOZ (also featuring members of Paul's longtime German touring backing group THE PHANTOMZ). Due to a number of health issues, including a knee problem, Di'Anno announced in July 2012 that he would stop touring in 2013. He subsequently extended his farewell tour to 2014 but has since decided against retiring and has revealed plans to stay on the road for the foreseeable future. "I was gonna retire because of a bad knee," Di'Anno told "The Metal Voice". "And it was really pissing me off. What it is, I've got a knee replacement, 'cause it's all damaged; I've had a couple of motorcycle accidents. I thought about quitting — not because I wanted to, but I thought, 'This could get worse. I'm doing more damage to it.' But then I thought, it doesn't make a difference; it's about the voice. So it's not the farewell tour. And I spoke to the wife and she said, 'Oh, my God. If you stay home for two months, I'll probably murder you.' So I decided in the end, 'Fuck it.' Doing all these things is great, but I actually wanna be part of a band." Paul Di'Anno's April 9 performance at Lizard Club in Krakow, Poland as part of the Doładowanie festival was professionally filmed for an upcoming DVD, titled "The Beast Arises", to be released on October 6 in Europe through Metal Mind Productions and October 7 in North America via MVD. "The Beast Arises" will also be made available on CD, digital and vinyl. The setlist for Di'Anno's concert in Krakow included some of the best IRON MAIDEN tracks from the period when Di'Anno was the band’s lead singer, as well as KILLERS and Di'Anno solo tracks. The DVD will also contain bonus features such as an interview with Di'Anno, a photo gallery and more. Di'Anno recorded two classic albums with IRON MAIDEN before being fired and replaced by Bruce Dickinson. He went on to front a number of other bands, including KILLERS and BATTLEZONE, and released several solo records. Asked why he thinks his two LPs with MAIDEN became timeless and iconic in the rock history, Di'Anno told Spotlight Report: "I think because when we started, the whole punk thing was so bloody huge, which I loved and still love punk to this day, and the heavier music just became so distant; they called it dinosaur rock back in the day." He continued: "When we got signed and the whole New Wave Of British Heavy Metal started, that's what really kicked off what we have today. If it wasn't for MAIDEN and bands like SAXON, MOTÖRHEAD, etc., you would never have had bands like METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX. If you didn't have those bands, you would never have had SEPULTURA, MORBID ANGEL and then PANTERA, etc. So at the time, they were just bloody good albums, but in the history of things, they really kicked off what started for anything today that has heavy guitar. And yeah, they are timeless. Those albums still sell millions. You don't see the crap that was around then still selling shit, like SHAKIN' STEVENS or SPANDAU BALLET, do ya?" Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock and Team Rock
- Blabbermouth reports Chicago industrial metal outfit DOPE has inked a deal with Steamhammer/SPV for the European territory. The band's new album, "Blood Money", will be released in the spring of 2015. Comments Steamhammer A&R representative Georg Schröder: "We are proud to release the upcoming DOPE album within Europe. "Since their album 'Group Therapy', which was released in 2003, this band is one of my absolute faves when it comes to industrial metal! Therefore, it is a pleasure for us to bring the new album, 'Blood Money', to Europe." DOPE's music video for the track "Selfish" can be seen below. Directed by DOPE mainman Edsel Dope, this is the first music clip the band has unleashed to the masses in five years. The new digital-only single "Selfish" will be available through Steamhammer/SPV within Europe on September 12. "Very excited to begin sharing new DOPE music with our fans," says Edsel Dope. "DOPE is returning with a vengeance after a five-year hiatus that concluded after touring alongside BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and SEVENDUST following the release of the bands fifth album, 'No Regrets'. Edsel continues, "These are some of our most punishing works to date." To celebrate, DOPE has announced a batch of U.S. tour dates with (HED) P.E.
- Blabbermouth reports MR. BIG recently announced that drummer Pat Torpey has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The diagnosis has left him unable to perform his normal drumming duties on the band's upcoming world tour. He did complete all of the drumming on the upcoming eighth studio album, "…The Stories We Could Tell", but, unfortunately, touring will be too difficult for him at the present time. Filling in for him will be Matt Starr, who is the current drummer for original KISS drummer Ace Frehley. MR. BIG expects Torpey to jump on the drums on suitable live songs as well as participate in the group's acoustic set. "…The Stories We Could Tell" will be released on September 30 in North America via Frontiers Music Srl. The band's original lineup — comprised of Eric Martin on vocals, Paul Gilbert on guitar, Billy Sheehan on bass and Pat Torpey on drums — got together this past June to begin recording and laid down the 13 new tracks in just a month. "…Stories We Could Tell" was produced by Pat Regan, known for his work with DEEP PURPLE, WARRANT and KEEL.
"...The Stories We Could Tell" track listing:
01. Gotta Love The Ride
02. I Forget To Breathe
05. The Man Who Has Everything
06. The Monster In Me
07. What If We Were New?
09. The Light Of Day
10. Just Let Your Heart Decide
11. It’s Always About That Girl
12. Cinderella Smile
13. The Stories We Could Tell
14. Addicted To That Rush (live; exclusive bonus track)
MR. BIG's last album, "What If…", was the band's first "all-original" album since the reunion of the four original members back in early 2009. Formed in 1988, MR. BIG forged its place in hard rock history by combining trademark "shredding" musicianship with awesome vocal harmonies. The original lineup produced numerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array of rock genres, be it ballads, heavy metal, or blues rock. Their hits included "To Be With You" (Billboard Hot 100 number one single in 15 countries for weeks, in 1991, propelling the band the band to huge international success and record sales in the multi-millions), "Wild World", "Green-Tinted Sixties Mind", "Just Take My Heart", and a host of heavy metal songs that were played mostly during their live performances: "Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy", "Addicted to that Rush", "Colorado Bulldog", and "Take Cover". Read more at Team Rock
- Blabbermouth reports Catherine Sarah Holmes, the wife and manager of former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes, has issued the following update on the release of Holmes' second solo album, "Shitting Bricks". "Dear Chris Holmes fans, "Unfortunately, and for reasons i know you will understand, I will be unable to release the new album end of September as I promise[d] to you for the following reasons: "We used the services of priority mail in Finland [where Chris recently spent time playing shows with local musicians — Ed.] for send Chris' recording rack [to] France [where Chris and Catherine currently reside — Ed.]. The rack never arrived in there and I even not sure the rack left Finland. The three others boxes with clothes in them, yes, but not the rack. "Result of this uncompetence we paid for: two months with impossibility to work and finish the album. "The post mail in Finland apologized and said they are really sorry for our loss and proposed us to pay back 531 euros for the value of the rack when the value written on the receipt is more than 5000. "When we posted, they assured us that it will be safe and we didn't have to be worry, but by the Finnish law, we couldn't put a amount more than 5000 even if the equipment was worth more than that . "Why ask the value if it is for screw people no matter what? "Today Chris lost all his equipment for recording. I have to come back on my word to you to release the album end of September and this really pissed me off. "We are working right now for find the best way at least give you this album before the end of the year... This is going cost us a lot of money and I will not accept without saying nothing and pay the price for the uncompetence of people who even dont care about the consequences of their actions." 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. 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 with the next W.A.S.P. release — tentatively titled "Golgotha" — and the band's subsequent tour slated for spring of 2015, Douglas Blair, the group's American lead guitarist, stands poised to finally introduce his long-mothballed "main" project, the aptly named power duo SIGNAL2NOISE, to Finnish audiences during the interim. In association with Rock Academy Finland — for whom Blair is a visiting professor (traveling to and coaching groups at the program's various nationwide locations) — the duo will be scheduling club shows to perform music from its "Fighting Mental Illness" collection. Along with Boston drummer John Anthony, Douglas will also be hosting daytime clinics/workshops at Rock Academy Finland locations in each city. Blair — who's relocating to Turku, Finland from Boston — formed SIGNAL2NOISE at the turn of the millenium when he decided to tackle a new instrument he'd actually designed and developed for his bassist. The GuitarCross is an 8-string bass/guitar hybrid that allows the player to play both guitar (5 strings) and bass (3 strings) simultaneously and completely separately through multiple amplifiers. The instrument will certainly catch the attention of the growing Extended Range Guitar (ERG) and prog communities, in the vein of MESHUGGAH and ANIMALS AS LEADERS. Known more for his spinning saw-blade themed stage guitars with W.A.S.P., Douglas explains the GX concept: "There's a really cool American industrial band from the '90s called FILTER, and how they used two guitars slamming harmonized single low notes inspired me to find a way to have my bassist do that, with me (on my guitar). That's where it started — with one note — and now it's expanded exponentially. Two of us can sound like five — with no backing tracks whatsoever." "I'll be using John [Anthony] whenever his busy schedule allows, but I'll also be looking for creative and innovative drummers of all types to collaborate in this way. As is the flexible nature of a duo, styles can move in any direction — and I'll also look forward to working with guest vocalists and soloists along the way!" As if all that were not enough, Blair contends the duo will perform "inside out": Anthony's drums set up in front of Blair (standing on a riser), adding that this arrangement actually "mirrors the reversal of roles that is occuring quite often while we play — the GX takes rhythym, while the drums take the lead role." For more information, visit www.s2nusa.com.
- Blabbermouth reports EMIGRATE, the side project of RAMMSTEIN guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe, will release its sophomore album, "Silent So Long", on October 21 via Spinefarm. The CD, which was produced by the EMIGRATE bandmembers themselves and mixed in February/March by Ben Grosse (MARILYN MANSON, DISTURBED), features guest appearances by Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD), Jonathan Davis (KORN), Marilyn Manson, Canadian born Berlin-dweller Peaches, and Frank Dellé from chart-topping German collective SEEED. As with the debut, Kruspe adds to his guitar playing/songwriting duties by stepping up to the mic. "I didn't write the songs with specific guests in mind," explains Kruspe, "I just thought who would do the best job on this or that track, and the final performances were everything I was hoping for. You know, I've had about five moments in my music career when I've been left smiling like a child — one was when RAMMSTEIN sold out New York's Madison Square Garden in 20 minutes (2010), but the last one was hearing Lemmy on tape. It just sounds fucking great! I wrote him a really long message and he came back, 'Alright!' Fantastic!" For Kruspe, still firmly ensconced within the RAMMSTEIN ranks, EMIGRATE has never been a side or a solo project. Preferring to tap into the energy of a team, and looking to revive the collaborative spirit of the East German punk scene he grew from, the guitarist has always put value on those around him, and this time — in addition to the existing personnel of guitarist/producer Olson Involtini and bassist/co-conspirator Arnaud Giroux — he's joined by drummers Mikko Sirén (APOCALYPTICA) and Joe Letz (COMBICHRIST). While "Emigrate" saw Kruspe, a restless creative spirit, proving that he could take on a new set of challenges, the follow-up adds fresh layers in terms of invention, emotion and contemporary sheen, with Margaux Bossieux — previously of New York punk band DIRTY MARY — providing telling backing vocals throughout; crafted with care in Kruspe's own Berlin studio plus the old radio building on the city's Nalepa Street, the latter enhanced by an extra control room's worth of gear (!), "Silent So Long" is another bold step forward, with both music and (English) lyrics showing no desire to be corralled, and Kruspe the guitarist happy to let rip where the music demands. Says Kruspe: "For me, it was important to reach a new level of songwriting, singing and production, and I can honestly say we made it."
"Silent So Long" track listing:
01. Eat You Alive (featuring Frank Dellé)
02. Get Down (featuring Peaches)
03. Rock City (featuring Lemmy Kilmister)
06. Born On My Own
07. Giving Up
08. My Pleasure
09. Happy Times
11. Silent So Long (featuring Jonathan Davis)
A teaser for "Silent So Long" is available below. Read more at Team Rock
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