"Falling Like The Fahrenheit", the new video from American / German / Swedish symphonic metallers KAMELOT, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Ville Lipiainen (NIGHTWISH, HIM, APOCALYPTICA) and was filmed during the band's sold-out performance at 013 in Tilburg, The Netherlands. KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood and keyboardist Oliver Palotai spent time last week in the Stuttgart area of Germany "working on the final parts of the next KAMELOT album," according to Youngblood. He added: "It's going great and we have lots of music and ideas in store." KAMELOT's follow-up to 2012's "Silverthorn" is tentatively due next spring via an as-yet-undetermined record label. Palotai sat out the band's North American tour last year so he could stay home with longtime girlfriend Simone Simons, (EPICA singer) as they awaited the birth of their first child. Filling in for him was Coen Janssen of EPICA. "Silverthorn" sold 5,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 79 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Poetry For The Poisoned", opened with around 6,100 units in September 2010 to enter the chart at No. 74. "Silverthorn" was released on October 30, 2012 in North America, October 26, 2012 in Germany and October 29, 2012 in the rest of Europe via Steamhammer/SPV. The CD marked the band's first release with Tommy Karevik, the Swedish vocalist who previously fronted SEVENTH WONDER (a group that he is still a member of). In a 2012 interview with Loudwire, Thomas Youngblood stated about what Karevik brings to the band: "I think when we knew we had to bring in a new person on vocals, we wanted the opportunity to grow the band, not just to maintain the band or survive. We wanted to look at this as an opportunity to make the band bigger, [and] I think with Tommy we can do that. Not only is he an exceptional singer, he's a great songwriter and he's way ahead of what I thought he would be in terms of being a frontman. People who come out to shows will see that this guy is a force to be reckoned with. I can't imagine a better choice, honestly. In the beginning, when this whole thing started, we were a little unsure of what the future might be, but now we're really excited about it."
In a brand new interview with the Daily Herald, ex-QUEENSRÅ¸CHE singer Geoff Tate once again admitted that he is still perplexed as to why his former bandmates fired him in June 2012, a move which instigated lawsuits over the dismissal and sparked a protracted legal fight over the rights to the QUEENSRÅ¸CHE name. "I didn't see it coming," he said. "I didn't even think it was possible. First off, why would you break up a band that is incredibly successful and has been successful for years and years and years, for 30 years? There's no sense, it's very difficult, very difficult and becoming even more difficult day by day to operate and to be successful in the record industry. It's no mystery that it's hurting badly. And so why would you take this incredible successful entity and break it all apart? "And why would you fire the main writer? Why would you do that â and the person who is the face of the band and is the identifying key figure in the success of the group? I don't mean that to sound egotistical because it's not. It's just the truth. Why on earth would you do that? It sounds like career suicide, especially at our ages. We're all in our 50s. ... Why would you break apart this successful thing at this point in life? I can see if you had some grand plan that, if you're in your 20s and you had all this time and all these years ahead of you. But we're all in the last decade of our working lives. It just sounds like madness to me." Tate, who will continue with a new band called OPERATION: MINDCRIME while his former bandmates carry on recording and touring as QUEENSRÅ¸CHE, believes that the settlement agreement will make it clear to fans the new QUEENSRÅ¸CHE group â featuring Todd La Torre on vocals â is drastically different from what it was up to Geoff's dismissal in 2012. "I think (the settlement) makes people, or at least spells out for them, what actually is the situation," Tate said. "And by that I mean I wrote the majority of the music in QUEENSRÅ¸CHE all of these years. And Chris [former guitarist Chris DeGarmo, who left QUEENSRÅ¸CHE in 1998], when he was in the band, wrote the majority of the music in the band. So he and I were the ones that came up with the concepts and the soundscape and the image of the band. Everything that people associate with QUEENSRÅ¸CHE, he and I did that. We were responsible for that. So what you have now with him not in the band and me not in the band, is you have the people who were responsible for what people associate with QUEENSRÅ¸CHE not in QUEENSRÅ¸CHE anymore. So QUEENSRÅ¸CHE means something completely different now than it ever has before. See what I'm saying?" Named after QUEENSRÅ¸CHE's epic concept album from 1988, "Operation: Mindcrime", Tate's new band will include Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE), Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO), Randy Gane (MYTH) and Kelly Gray (QUEENSRYCHE 1998 - 2001, 2012 - 2014). OPERATION: MINDCRIME will enter the studio in September to begin recording a trilogy project that Geoff's been working on for the past two years.
Canadian rockers NICKELBACK will release their eighth studio album, "No Fixed Address", on November 4 through the band's new deal with Republic Records. "No Fixed Address" track listing: 01. Million Miles An Hour 02. Edge Of A Revolution 03. What Are You Waiting For? 04. She Keeps Me Up 05. Make Me Believe Again 06. Miss You 07. Get 'Em Up 08. The Hammer's Coming Down 09. Satellite 10. Sister Sin 11. She's Got Me Runnin' Round The lyric video for the CD's first single, "Edge Of A Revolution", can be seen below. Frontman Chad Kroeger said: "We are very excited to be releasing new music for our fans and feel it's some of our strongest material to date. "During the recording process as we looked toward the next chapter, it became clear thatâ¦ the entire Republic/Universal team had a shared vision and passion for this project. Their track record of artist development speaks volumes to their success and we are honored to be partners with them." The new set will follow up 2011's platinum-selling "Here And Now", which was the band's last release through Roadrunner Records. That album included the singles "Bottoms Up" and "This Means War". NICKELBACK has sold more than 50 million records worldwide since breaking through with its 2001 album, "Silver Side Up". The single from that album, "How You Remind Me", was named Billboard's "Top Rock Song Of The Decade" while the band itself was Billboard's "Top Rock Band Of The Decade." NICKELBACK plans to hit the road in early 2015 for a lengthy world tour in support of the new record. Kroeger formed NICKELBACK in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, with his brother Mike on bass and guitarist Ryan Peake. Drummer Daniel Adair joined in 2005.
In a brand new interview with Michael Christopher of Boston magazine, AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry was asked about his wavering stance in regards to new music and whether he thinks there will be another full-length album from the band anytime in the future. "With us being off the record label, we're really not sure yet," the guitarist replied. "I myself have been working for the last three years pretty much flat out between working on the book and finishing a record, you know the AEROSMITH record, and working on some solo stuff. "We've talked about some different options about possibly touring next year. We'll probably know more once we get off the road and everybody gets some time away and start to figure out what way we're really going to go. "If I really still feel like finishing another solo album â I mean, I really feel like it now. I've got five or six things ready to go. The approach has just been different than the other ones I've done, and Steven's [Tyler, vocals] talking about doing another one, which is great, because he has wanted to do it for a long time. "I really don't know what the path is going to be or the one we'll follow. I know that we'll be on the road at some point again God willing and I'm not sure what we'll do as far as the studio goes. Who knows? "When we go out there and play live, people don't really want to hear a thing unless they know it. We've played a couple of songs off the new record and gotten some polite applause. "Before the tour and after the record came out, I tweeted, 'What song off the new record would you like to hear?' The first tweet I got back was, 'It depends on what song you have to take out of the set.' That really put things in perspective. "I don't know if it's worth going in and sweating blood over a new record when we could be out on the road playing all these other songs that people want to hear. It's an interesting position to be in. "When you've got 21 songs [to play in a live show], basically, you're going to have to lose something and it could be something three quarters of the audience would want to hear as opposed to maybe 500. That definitely weighs heavy on the decision-making when we are putting the set together and when we think about going in and spending time making a record. "When you're making an AEROSMITH record, it's by committee, and when you do a solo record, you don't have to answer to anybody. You can have it the way you want. "We have plenty of songs to play live, but who knows, we may have a song that will make it on the radio and then people will want to hear it, and there you go." AEROSMITH's latest album, "Music From Another Dimension!", was released on November 6, 2012, and debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 album chart, selling 63,000 copies in its first week of release. The group's previous collection of new songs, 2001's "Just Push Play", entered the chart at No. 2 with sales of 240,000 copies. Perry spoke frankly about the album's shortcomings, and blamed some of its problems in reaching a bigger audience on both music and film business politics, revealing to Classic Rock magazine, "There is some ass-kicking stuff on that record, but there's also some stuff that, frankly, I'd rather we had left off. There were two big setbacks beyond our control. The president of our record label left three weeks before our record was released, and it got tossed in the bin. We'd been told that the lead song, 'Legendary Child', was going to be in the 'G.I. Joe' movie, and Paramount would put literally millions of dollars into the record." Perry remembered the moment the band knew that the floor had fallen out from under them. "We were in the limo on the way to the TV studio to play the song on 'American Idol' when we learnt the movie was delayed by six months," he said. "I still feel the album didn't get to have its day in the sun."
Out now in stores is the special edition reissue of AVENGED SEVENFOLD's second album, "Waking The Fallen". The 2003 disc was the first to feature guitarist Synyster Gates and bassist Johnny Christ as full-fledged members, and its last independent release before signing a major deal with Warner Bros. Records. Although the band originally wanted to reissue the record for its 10th anniversary, guitarist Zacky Vengeance told The Pulse Of Radio why it was held up for a year. "You know, between me and Matt [Shadows], our singer, digging deep within everything that we have, our vaults, and, you know, getting on the phone with my family members, looking through the house, scouring the attics of my parents' house, you know, where I grew up at, to really make this special, it took a little bit of extra time," he said. "And we were rushing to get it out on the anniversary, we would have loved nothing more than to be able to do that, but to us it was more important to have the quality product that our fans deserve." The band has released the original first cut of the video for "Unholy Confessions", which was very different from the official video. The clip is also included in the reissue. "Waking The Fallen" followed up AVENGED SEVENFOLD's 2001 debut, "Sounding The Seventh Trumpet". Although the record sold just 3,000 copies in its initial week of release, it was eventually certified gold for sales of more than half a million copies in 2009. AVENGED SEVENFOLD is touring in support of its 2013 album, "Hail To The King", which debuted at No. 1 one year ago this week on the Billboard album chart.
Nev Pearce of Australia's "Rabid Noise" podcast recently conducted an interview with guitarist Wolf Hoffmann of German/American metallers ACCEPT. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. ACCEPT's new album, "Blind Rage", topped the official German chart. Commented Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger: "We are proud and thankful to be part of ACCEPT's rebirth in 2010. With a No. 1 position in the German chart, they climbed the to the top of Mt. Olympus. This is the reward of the consequent hard work of the band, their manager Gaby Hoffmann and Deville Schober and the whole Nuclear Blast team. Together we stand strong!" Added ACCEPT in a statement: "Four years ago we decided to start ACCEPT anew. Of course we hoped to reach the fans of heavy metal and leave a few more marks in its history. None of us would have thought that we could reach No. 1 in the official German charts. 'We would like to thank our team, our label partner Nuclear Blast, Warner distribution and Brainstorm Music Marketing, all of who gave us enormous strength and the will to continue in order to make this happen." "Blind Rage" was released on August 15 via Nuclear Blast. Like its two predecessors, 2010's "Blood Of The Nations" and 2012's "Stalingrad", the new effort was helmed by British producer Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ARCH ENEMY and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. The cover artwork was created by Daniel Goldsworthy. The "Stampede" video can be seen below. The clip was filmed on location in the high desert of California at the Devil's Punchbowl (a rock formation that looks like it's from another world) with director Greg Aronowitz ("Batman & Robin", "A.I. Artificial Intelligence", "The Lost World: Jurassic Park"). ACCEPT will promote "Blind Rage" with a European headlining tour which will kick off on September 19 in Copenhagen, Denmark. In a recent interview with Metal Assault, guitarist Wolf Hoffmann stated about the musical direction of "Blind Rage": "I think what we have here is really a collection of totally typical ACCEPT songs with the classic feel, and, of course, as always, there's an overriding theme of aggression and rage in all our music. I mean, otherwise it wouldn't be metal. "People call our music at this point 'classic metal,' I believe, and we just fell in love with the title 'Blind Rage' and the artwork. Interestingly enough, we don't even have a song called 'Blind Rage'. We just have a collection of songs that to me all feel totally 100 percent classic ACCEPT." Regarding the songwriting and recording process for "Blind Rage", Wolf said: "Andy is such a good partner now, we couldn't even imagine working without him on this album. He's such a natural fit and he did a great job on the last two albums. The only thing that we did way different this time from 'Stalingrad' is, we really took our time. 'Stalingrad' was really made almost in a rush, to be honest, because we had so many commitments right before we went to the studio to do the album and right after. Basically, by the time we started working on that album, we already knew when it had to be finished and what gigs we had booked. So that put us under enormous pressure, but this time, we really made sure it's right before it's ever released. We didn't work excessively long, we just took a little more time to make sure that we were in a little more comfortable place. These last few weeks we've just refined and tweaked little things that we normally wouldn't have the time to do." Speaking to Metal Wani ACCEPT singer Mark Tornillo stated about what fans can expect to hear on "Blind Rage": "You can expect more of the same, but you can also expect, on this album, a little more diversity, I think. And the way I see it, some of the songs sound more classic than the stuff that we've done. I mean, there are songs, I think, when I hear the opening riff, I go, 'Wow! That could be on 'Balls To The Wall'.' So you're gonna get a few differentâ¦ I mean, we're not searching for a direction at this point. We're writing to please ourselves and to please our fansâ¦ We're not changing horses in the middle of a stream. I mean, if something works for us, we're gonna stick with it. We're certainly not gonna change direction, but I think we're not afraid to step out a little bit. We're also not afraid to go back and be what the band was in the '80s, which is what we've really strived for." On the topic of the vibe in ACCEPT during the songwriting process for "Blind Rage", compared to how it was for its two predecessors, 2010's "Blood Of The Nations" and 2012's "Stalingrad", Tornillo said: "The vibe is good. We're, I think, more relaxed at this point. 'Blood Of The Nations' wasâ¦ We really had no idea where we were going at that point; we didn't even have a record deal when we wrote that record. We had no idea what was gonna happen and where it was gonna go, and we had a lot of time to do it. And then the response came, and we set the bar pretty darn high with that record. And then when we went back to do 'Stalingrad', we didn't have that luxury of time; they gave us a deadline, that they wanted the record by such and such a time, and it was a little more hectic. There was a lot more pressure than [there was on 'Blood Of The Nations']. Plus we had 'Blood Of The Nations' out there, and we had to try to top it, if possible, or at least try to get to where that record was. This one, we've had a little more time. This past year, all we did was festivals, which was nice, which gave us time to write on the road. And when we were done touring, we had a good three or four months to complete everything, which is a nice time frame."
"Space Invader", the first new solo album from original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley in five years, sold around 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on August 19 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). Ace's previous CD, "Anomaly", opened with around 17,000 units back in September 2009 to debut at No. 27. "Space Invader", which was made available in Europe on August 18 (three days earlier in Germany and Scandinavia) through SPV/Steamhammer, includes 11 brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller's "The Joker". "Space Invader" European track listings: Limited digipack CD including 2 bonus tracks and poster 01. Space Invader 02. Gimme A Feelin' (radio edit) 03. I Wanna Hold You 04. Change 05. Toys 06. Immortal Pleasures 07. Inside The Vortex 08. What Every Girl Wants 09. Past The Milky Way 10. Reckless 11. The Joker 12. Starship Bonus tracks: 13. The Joker (extended version) 14. Reckless (different remix version) Standard Version 01. Space Invader 02. Gimme A Feelin' (radio edit) 03. I Wanna Hold You 04. Change 05. Toys 06. Immortal Pleasures 07. Inside The Vortex 08. What Every Girl Wants 09. Past The Milky Way 10. Reckless 11. The Joker 12. Starship 2 LP gatefold version including 4 bonus tracks, coloured vinyl, printed innersleeves Side 1 01. Space Invader 02. Gimme A Feelin' (radio edit) 03. I Wanna Hold You 04. Change Side 2 01. Toys 02. Immortal Pleasures 03. Inside The Vortex 04. What Every Girl Wants Side 3 01. Past The Milky Way 02. Reckless 03. The Joker 04. Starship Side 4 (bonus tracks) 01. The Joker (extended version) 02. Reckless (different remix version) 03. Space Invader (radio edit) 04. Gimme A Feelin' (explicit version) Asked what the songwriting process was like for "Space Invader", Frehley told Guitar World magazine: "You know, all my life I've never had a formula for writing songs. Sometimes it starts with a guitar riff, sometimes it's a lyrical idea or just a melody. Sometimes I wake up with an idea. There's no rhyme or reason. Sometimes I write on an acoustic, sometimes on a bass. There's a song on the new album called 'Into The Vortex'. It's a riff song, but I wrote it on a bass guitar. Why? Because I write differently with a bass guitar in my hand than an acoustic guitar or an electric guitar. When I feel creative, I just sit down and start playing." Regarding whether he was writing differently in the early days of KISS, Ace said: "Yes, I wasn't as structured as I am now. Even though I am not really structured â I'm at least cognizant of what's going on. [laughs] Back then it was more hit or miss â and when I hit, I hit big. You know, I go back and listen to my 1978 solo record, and it still holds up. My whole body of work that I've created over the years has withstood the test of time. I know that I still have the goods. And when this record gets released, everybody's gonna say, 'Well, Ace did it again.'" Ace also spoke about the recording process for "Space Invader", telling Guitar World: "I did most of the recording at my friend's studio in Turlock, California, called the Creation Lab. Turlock is in the middle of nowhere â it's like a farming community â and that's why I loved it. I have Attention Deficit Disorder, and there are absolutely no distractions when working at this place. You record for eight or 10 or 12 hours, then you go back to the hotel and go to sleep. You wake up and go back to the studio. There's nothing else to do there, which means it's the perfect place for me to record. Plus, I like working with the least amount of people, and this studio is great because it's quiet and there aren't all kinds of people walking through. I did most of this record with just me and a drummer, Matt Starr. For a couple of songs I brought in Chris Wyse from THE CULT to play bass." On the topic of whether there were things about 2009's "Anomaly" that he wanted to change with "Space Invader", Ace said: "I know that everyone is hoping that this album is heavier than the last one, and it is. I'm also doing an instrumental this time, called 'Starship', that isn't slow. It's a departure from the 'Fractured Mirror' style. It's more fast paced and has a lot of transitions in it." Frehley also explained his decision to cover Steve Miller's "The Joker", saying: "It was the record company's idea, to be honest. And I was a little resistant when it first came up. But then I thought back to my 1978 solo record, when [producer] Eddie Kramer's assistant said to me, 'Why don't you try this song?' And it was 'New York Groove'. At first I said, 'I don't want to do that,' and it turned out to be my biggest hit. So maybe history can repeat itself." The "Space Invader" cover artwork was created by Frehley's longtime friend, artist Ken Kelly, who designed the iconic cover art for two of KISS' best-selling LPs "Destroyer" (1976) and "Love Gun" (1977).
Former SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo says that will never rejoin the group, claiming that he was no longer close with his former bandmates prior to his latest departure from the California-based thrash metal act. "I didn't have that [kind of friendship] towards the end," Lombardo told Metal Hammer magazine. "We just saw each other before going onstage every night. You travel in different buses and hang out in different circles. It made it very hard to go onstage and have any sort of chemistry." Asked if fans will ever see Lombardo reunited with SLAYER, the drummer replied: "No. That's it. I'm done now. I've got lots of other things on my plate and I now know that, when it comes to money, you don't have any friends in this business. I won't ever be going back." Lombardo was effectively fired from SLAYER after sitting out the band's Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Filling in for him was Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX). Lombardo told "Let There Be Talk" podcast about the musical chemistry of the original SLAYER lineup: "I appreciate the nucleus of the band. Like [John] Bonham. When Bonham was part of [LED] ZEPPELIN. When his son [Jason] took over, oh my God. C'mon. Really? I have respect for Jason and for what he's done, but when he put a double-bass pedal on a single bass drum, that just blew it for me. It's, like, 'Really, dude? Your dad was about single bass.' "There is a certain magic â just like with SLAYER, just like with AC/DC with Bon Scott â there's a certain magic when you have those musicians and nobody could replace that. Nobody. That's it. You can't. Yeah, SLAYER's new drummer [Paul Bostaph], yeah, a lot of fans like him. But there's that magic. It's chemistry. It's like when you meet a girl and you two get along really well, and it's like a chemistry; it's something special. Same thing with the band: you get these four guys, [and] they may hate each other, but on stage, there's magic. And that's what's missing, I personally believe." Lombardo's new band, PHILM, will release its sophomore album, "Fire From The Evening Sun", on September 16 (one day earlier internationally) via UDR. The group's lineup is completed by guitarist/vocalist Gerry Paul Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE), and bassist Francisco "Pancho" Eduardo Tomaselli (WAR).
METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo resurrected his MASS MENTAL project for a couple of appearances in late August and early September. The first show took place last night (Tuesday, August 26) at the Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood, California and will be followed by a performance at Warwick in Markneukirchen, Germany. The second concert will be held on Saturday, September 6 on the Framus & Warwick grounds, during the Warwick Open Day 2014, the crowning conclusion of the Bass Camp. MASS MENTAL will hit Warwick's open-air stage at 5:45 p.m. Fan-filmed video footage of MASS MENTAL's Whisky A Go-Go performance can be seen below (courtesy of Heavy Metal Hill). Photos are available at the Concertologist web site. There are just some bands who stand out from the crowd, and then there are those few who are absolutely out of this world. Without question, MASS MENTAL is such a monster of an act. MASS MENTAL was founded in 1998 by Trujillo, formerly of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, along with SKINDRED singer Clive "Benji" Webbe, formerly of DUB WAR. In 1999, the band released "How To Write Love Songs", along with the live album "Live In Tokyo". Both CDs were made available exclusively in Japan. Shortly thereafter, MASS MENTAL broke up, allowing the bandmembers to return to their main projects. In 2002, MASS MENTAL reunited briefly with Roy Mayorga (STONE SOUR, SOULFLY) playing drums, although no new material resulted. MASS MENTAL's lineup for the Whisky A Go-Go and Warwick Open Day 2014 shows is as follows: * Benji Webbe (SKINDRED) - Lead Vocals * Robert Trujillo (METALLICA, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) - Bass * Armand Sabal-Lecco (PAUL SIMON) - Bass * Ken Schalk (CANDIRIA) - Drums * Whitfield Crane (UGLY KID JOE, ANOTHER ANIMAL) - Lead Vocals (special guest) In many ways, these are once-in-a-lifetime events: Robert Trujillo is normally with METALLICA 365 days a year. Since all these musicians are constantly on tour or in the studio, it was no small feat for all of them to appear under one roof for the Warwick Open Day. However, since Robert Trujillo places so much worth on MASS MENTAL, he was able to make it happen.
Former RAINBOW singer Joe Lynn Turner says that it is "very possible" that the band will reunite at some point in the near future but has declined to elaborate, claiming that he is "not supposed to talk about it." Speaking to Greece's Rock Overdose 17 years after RAINBOW played its last concert in Esbjerg, Denmark, Turner was asked if he could share any news about the possibility of a reformation of the Ritchie Blackmore-led band that existed from from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. "Well, I'm gonna be honest with you right now. Yes. Possibly. It's very possible," Turner, who fronted RAINBOW from 1980 to 1984, said. "Last year, I wouldn't say it. But this year I say it. It's possible. It's a very big possibility that something might, just might, happen. I heard talk of it and all I can say is I'm not supposed to talk about it, but I'm talking to you now, and all I want you to do is say yes. There's a very big possibility that we may have a reunion. And it would be phenomenal." In a 2009 interview with Antimusic, Joe Lynn Turner spoke about the immense commercial success RAINBOW enjoyed in North America and Japan after he joined the band. "I had a whole career in Japan because of RAINBOW," he said. "I mean, RAINBOW was doing like one night at [iconic Tokyo venue] Budokan [before I was part of the group]. When I joined the band, we did like four nights at Budokan. I mean, the Japanese always grew up in more commercial end of it, you understand? They really did love the songs. That's the Japanese mentality, you know. There was a certain amount of commerciality insideâ¦" He continued: "You've got to remember, the Japanese picked up rock and roll from us. They're only like 20 something years old doing rock... and so it's not a whole lot of rock that they saw. So they always like the more commercial hair bands and stuff like that. And when RAINBOW came out with this incarnation, we had the looks and we had songs and we had a whole stage presence and everything. And it wasn't just dungeons and dragons and, you know, kill the king and all this. We actually had girls in the audience. "I'll never forget the roadies when I first started playing in the band. They were, like, 'Thank god for you,' and I was, like, 'Wwwwhwhat?' and they said, 'See the girls out there in the audience?' and I said, 'Yeah,' and they said, 'Thank you for that.' [Laughs] And I go, 'Okay, okay, I get it.' Because there wasn't a whole lot of females when Ronnie [James Dio] was there, because A) the subject matter wasn't there, you know what I mean? And it was the time for MTV when I came into the band, so you had to kind of have a look too." He added: "I tell you one thing. When you get the girlfriends coming to the shows, the guys don't mind. And once you kind of knock them over the head and they realize you're not such a bad bloke and you're not so pansy-assed or anything like that, I mean, you can rock, they come over to your side too. They sort of [go], yeah, alright, I kinda like Turner, he's okay. He still looks a bit gay, but he's alright. [Laughs]" After Blackmore's final departure from DEEP PURPLE in 1993, he resurrected RAINBOW before focusing exclusively on BLACKMORE'S NIGHT, the renaissance-inspired rock band he formed with his now-wife Candice Night. Asked in a 2005 interview if he could ever see himself returning to the hard rock world, either with a RAINBOW lineup, or with a new project, Ritchie said: "I'm enjoying myself so much with this band [BLACKMORE'S NIGHT] that it's hard to see that happening. I might think about doing one or two shows with DEEP PURPLE, but their management couldn't be involved. It wouldn't be for recording â just for the fans for nostalgia. But we do play some rock in this band so it's not like I've abandoned that genre completely. It's just that it's not all we play."
Katherine Ludwig, former editor of the long-running heavy metal magazine Metal Maniacs, is battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which has spread in pockets throughout her body. A Facebook page has been launched to "relieve some of the burden to ease costs that go along with all of the guts and glory that go along with chemo, and cancer, and everything and everything that will help as as she helped all of you," reads a note from organizer Alicia Morgan, who worked as Ludwig's assistant and was editor for several issues of the magazine. Writes Morgan: "[Katherine would] cover bands before they were on the mainstream radar: SEPULTURA. VOIVOD. PRONG. KREATOR. WHITE ZOMBIE. OBITUARY. CATHEDRAL. CRO-MAGS. NEUROSIS. EYEHATEGOD. CARCASS. CORROSION OF CONFORMITY. She gave a voice to underground punk/doom and crust bands like the AMEBIX, DEVIATED INSTINCT and WINTER. She gave a platform to unsigned bands and zines. In her editorials, she wrote about issues that meant something to her. Racism. Sexism. Human rights. Animal rights. Vegetarianism. Homophobia. Even if she got flack about it, she'd soldier on, and call people out." You can donate directly via Ludwig's PayPal at email@example.com or through the medical crowd funding web site YouCaring.
Spotlight Report recently conducted an interview with guitarist Oscar Dronjak of Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Spotlight Report: We must say the new album ["(r)Evolution"] sounds amazing. Congratulations! As the mastermind behind the band, how do you manage to keep things fresh and with the same quality level after all these years? Oscar Dronjak: [Laughs] Thanks for the compliment; I really appreciate that. It's just a matter of loving what you do. I love what I do. I love heavy metal. That's why I started playing it, because it's based on the passion of what we are doing. It's something that makes me feel young all the time. When I'm writing heavy metal, it makes me feel like I'm the same fan of the music as I always was 20 years ago, or 30 years ago. But that's one of the things, the passion for the music have made it much easier to deal with those things. Spotlight Report: Do you feel that the new album, "(r)Evolution", was harder or easier to put together than previous releases? Oscar Dronjak: The songwriting for this album was very much easier, much easier, much less stressful. [There was] no anxiety or self-doubt; I didn't have any of thatâ¦ So I think if you just write the music that you love to do, it makes it so much easier. When we do something that I've been dreaming of doing my whole life, and I've been fortunate enough to be able to do it for a long time, so that makes it easy to do it. Spotlight Report: We were reading a note saying that the title of the album is somehow linked to the "Planet Of The Apes" films? Oscar Dronjak: Yes, that is true. Actually, the title, "(r)Evolution" with the "r" in brackets and capital "E," it comes from the Swedish translation. In Sweden, they sometimes take a title of a movie and translate it into something similar or vaguely similar or something completely different. They sometimes take liberties with the translation of the movie titles, which I didn't realize. It wasn't until I started researching it that this is the second movie in the remake series, so it's "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes". This movie, when it came on in Swedish theaters, was called "Planet Of The Apes: (r)Evolution", spelt the way that we did on the album, and for a long time I thought that was the original title, the American title of the movie, and I realized when we had decided to use that title it was just the Swedish title, so it made it even better, 'cause it wasn't available to so many people. So I can't take credit for coming up with it, but I think it's a fantastic title, especially that movie. Spotlight Report: It's a great film too, and you will be blown away with the new one, man, seriously. We gave it 5 stars. Oscar Dronjak: Yeah, I love the "Planet Of The Apes" movies. I've got goosebumps now. The songtitle "(r)Evolution" has meaning for us as well. For me, it means an ongoing revolution that we've had, basically, since 1993. There's been a revolution for heavy metal, because back in those days, heavy metal was very much the uncool, non-popular thing to do, so it's always been a battle for us. That is the revolution part. It is on constantly, ongoing, battle for a revolution to come, so people can show heavy metal the respect that it deserves, basically. I also think the "evolution" part of the title is linked to the songs, the music on the album, 'cause it reflects the entire career of HAMMERFALL. It does reflect the older, old-school HAMMERFALL, but it also has a lot of the elements of mid-life, the mid-2000s, maybe, but, of course, it's got to be the evolution of a new album. So it reflects the elements of old HAMMERFALL and a lot of the new stuff, [the way our sound has evolved through] 2014. Read the entire interview at Spotlight Report.
Long-running Venice Beach, California thrash/punk band SUICIDAL TENDENCIES has released the following statement: "It's with complete sadness that we have to announce the passing of bassist Tim 'Rawbiz' Williams. "Tim played bass for SUICIDAL TENDENCIES for almost four years until recently. "Tim was a monster on bass, running around on stage in the pit, giving his all, even when his body wasn't at its best. We will always remember him and appreciate all the kind words by those that were touched by his bass playing and him personally." Williams is credited with playing bass on only one song on SUICIDAL TENDENCIES' latest album, "13", which came out in March 2013. The first studio CD in 13 years from SUICIDAL TENDENCIES sold around 3,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 187 on The Billboard 200 chart. In addition to playing with SUICIDAL TENDENCIES since 2011, Williams has worked with everyone from Toni Braxton to BOYZ II MEN to Keyshia Cole. According to Billboard, he also appeared on Sean "Diddy" Combs' 2009 reality show "Making His Band", which documented the hip-hop mogul's search for Diddy's backing group.
SIXX: A.M., the band featuring MÃTLEY CRÃE bassist Nikki Sixx alongside guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael, is streaming its cover version of THE CARS song "Drive". The track is taken from SIXX: A.M.'s third album, "Modern Vintage", which will be released on October 7 via Eleven Seven Music. Regarding the decision to cover "Drive", which was originally a Top 5 hit for THE CARS in 1985, Michael said: "It took us three records to do a cover song, but I'm so glad that we waited. And I'm so glad we chose to do the one we did." "We had started going down the street of [the ELVIN BISHOP hit] 'Fooled Around And Fell In Love'," recalled Sixx. "One day I called [Michael] up and just sang the opening line to 'Drive', and [he] said, 'That's a SIXX: A.M. song!' I think it was an opportunity to cover a song that is so defined that you have to be very careful not to wreck it. That song is so loved by so many people, including us, that we really wanted to pay a real tribute to it, and I believe we have." "It's such a simple song â the original version was so simple, but that's what was exciting about it," continued Michael. "In a way, it's a blank canvas, but you need to respect the simplicity â¦ that's what was so fun about the version we did, especially when [DJ Ashba] started doing his guitar solo. Even that had to be carefully structured around what the original song was." "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 The "Gotta Get It Right" video can be seen below. The clip was directed by Paul Brown in mid-June. Said Sixx: "Like our favorite bands from the 1970s, SIXX: A.M. is rooted in songwriting, musicianship and lyrics â 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." Added 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'." "Drive" audio stream:
Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW), Jeff Scott Soto (TALISMAN, JOURNEY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Billy Idol, Carla Harvey (BUTCHER BABIES), Billy Duffy (THE CULT) and Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL) are among the musicians who took part in The Viper Room's 21st-anniversary all-star jam on August 16 in West Hollywood, California. Video footage of the entire 90-minute concert â courtesy of Joe Dolan of JoeDolanPR.com â can be seen below. Motivated by a need for a place where he could hang out with friends, listen to music of their liking and perform when they wanted, actor Johnny Depp opened The Viper Room in 1993. Under the management of one of Johnny's childhood friends, the club featured live music and soon became a popular hangout for Hollywood's young actors. According to Variety, Depp sold his stake in the venue in 2004, after co-owner Anthony Fox's mysterious disappearance in 2001. More famously, Depp's friend and fellow actor River Phoenix died from a drug overdose on the sidewalk outside the club in 1993. A makeshift shrine of flowers and candles marked the corner site for several weeks afterward.
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN has collaborated with rapper Jarren Benton on a song called "Rage" as part of the Converse CONS EP series, where artists who might not ever cross musical paths are invited to step into Converse Rubber Tracks studios and mix it up. You can now listen to it below. Converse Rubber Tracks is a state-of-the-art recording studio that opened on July 13, 2011 in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The studio provides emerging artists with the incredible opportunity to record music in a high-quality studio at no cost. THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN's new song "Happiness Is A Smile" was made available on limited-edition colored seven-inch vinyl via the band's merchandise table and as a cassingle through the group's VIP packages during THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN's recent U.S. tour. THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN's fifth full-length album, "One Of Us Is The Killer", sold around 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 25 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on May 14, 2013 through the band's own Party Smasher Inc., in partnership with Sumerian Records in North America. Party Smasher's partnership with BMG covers the rest of the world, including licensing deals with Grind House for Japan and Remote Control in Australia.
The song "Push The Button" from EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee can be streamed below. The track is taken from her new album, "Amy Lee Featuring Dave Eggar: Aftermath", which was released on August 25 via 110 Records, Inc. The disc is a film-score collaboration with Dave Eggar for the movie "War Story", which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Lee told MTV earlier the year that the music for "Aftermath" is unlike anything she's done before. She explained, "It's going to surprise my fans. It's not what you'd expect; the film is very dark, very introspective . . . There are moments of playing, and it's musical, but there are a lot of moments where Dave and I just built walls of sounds, out of blaring cellos and trombones and synthesizers and harp, all on top of each other. Sort of creating new sounds. It's not, like, a soundtrack. it's an atmosphere." Lee did write one new song for the film, called "Push The Button", about which she said, "It's very different for me, it's electronic; I did it all myself." She added, "This whole process has been really different, and freeing. Doing my band, it's always been a big deal, a lot of pressure, a lot of hoops to jump through and things to live up to . . . (this) wasn't about production and singles and worldwide success, it's about the integrity of the art piece we're creating." Lee said that she would like to score more films, explaining, "Dave and I were already talking about taking a meeting for another film, and I definitely want to work with him again." "Amy Lee Featuring Dave Eggar: Aftermath" track listing: 01. Push The Button 02. White Out (featuring Dave Eggar) 03. Remember To Breathe (featuring Dave Eggar) 04. Dark Water (featuring Malika Zarra) 05. Between Worlds (featuring Dave Eggar) 06. Drifter (featuring Dave Eggar) 07. Can't Stop What's Coming (featuring Dave Eggar) 08. Voice In My Head (featuring Dave Eggar) 09. Lockdown (featuring Dave Eggar) 10. After (featuring Dave Eggar) Lee has confirmed in a new interview with Rolling Stone that she doesn't have any plans "to do anything with [EVANESCENCE]" for the foreseeable future. Asked about the group's current status, Lee explained, "The situation is we're not doing it now. I don't like to make predictions about the future, because I'm honestly open-minded, and I would never want to say I'm done with any of it, because it's a huge part of me. I've loved my time with Evanescence, I wouldn't want to just throw it away, but, for the foreseeable future, I don't have any plans to do anything with the band." Lee continued, "It's really important to me to take some time to show some different sides of myself . . . there does need to be other outlets for me to make music." Lee, who became a mother for the first time last month, said that she keeps in touch with the members of the band, but added that "the days of living on the road and an album cycle be this giant daunting thing of working in the studio for six months then going on the road for a year or two, they're behind me." The last EVANESCENCE album, a self-titled effort, came out in 2011.
Drum-cam footage of MORBID ANGEL's Tim Yeung performing the song "Curse The Flesh" with his bandmates at the August 6 "Summer Slaughter" tour stop in Pontiac, Michigan can be seen below. In an August 8 interview with SkullsNBones.com, Yeung was asked when fans can expect to see a follow-up to MORBID ANGEL's 2011 album "Illud Divinum Insanus". He replied: "I don't know. I don't have that answer. I would love to do [a new album] â I'm ready right now â but it's really up to other people to start getting some stuff together. I think there are some songs that are kind of in the works right now. I know there's riffs and stuff like that â I hear stuff here and there â but we aren't actually working on anything yet. But we are working on gettingâ¦ We're talking about doing maybe an EP, something of that nature. I think that could be a possibility. [We'll] try to shoot for next year. Or 2016, I don't knowâ¦ Hopefully it's soon. Hopefully next year. So there is talks of it. But nothing confirmed." "Illud Divinum Insanus" sold around 3,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 141. The effort marked MORBID ANGEL's first CD to feature bassist/vocalist David Vincent since 1995's "Domination". Asked how it's been playing with MORBID ANGEL four years after he replaced the band's longtime drummer, Pedro "Pete" Sandoval, so that Pete could recover from surgery for a disc prolapse, Yeung told Monster: "It's been great. MORBID ANGEL has been awesome as far as we work great together. I fit really good with those guys. We're all a little crazy, so I fit in perfectly with that. It's great. It's awesome. It's an honor to work with them. It's fantastic. The fans are really starting to come through also. It was a little hard at first, because Pete's such a great player; he's really irreplaceable. So I really just kind of filled that slot. I didn't really replace him â I just added my ownâ¦ They just added me to the element there, what was there. So it's been awesome; really great." With the inspiration of a songwriting mother and artistic father, Tim began playing drums in 1990 at the age of eleven. Within a few short years he was recording demos and playing live shows within the local muisc scene in upstate New York. He attended Hochstein School Of Music in Rochester and got his first big break in 1997 when he joined the death metal band HATE ETERNAL. Now based in Los Angeles, Yeung has performed and worked with such national acts as ALL THAT REMAINS, HANK WILLIAMS III, NILE, VITAL REMAINS and DECREPIT BIRTH. His straddling of the extreme and mainstream is perhaps best reflected in his work with his band DIVINE HERESY, whose music features elements of extreme death metal as well as more mainstream genres. For more information, visit Tim's official web site at TimYeung.com.
Bassist Ron Mancuso has decided to leave RED DRAGON CARTEL, the band led by former OZZY OSBOURNE and BADLANDS guitarist Jake E. Lee, in order to return to his production career. He will be replaced by none other than Lee's former BADLANDS bandmate Greg Chaisson. Chaisson filled in for Mancuso at RED DRAGON CARTEL's March 4 concert in Tempe, Arizona. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below. Chaisson and RED DRAGON CARTEL leader Jake E. Lee (also formerly of OZZY OSBOURNE) were half of the short-lived BADLANDS, which also featured current KISS drummer Eric Singer and the late singer Ray Gillen (who also had a brief stint in BLACK SABBATH). After the first BADLANDS album, Singer was replaced by Jeff Martin. The group lasted from 1988 to 1993 and released two albums, "Badlands" (1989) and "Voodoo Highway" (1991) before Gillen left and was replaced by John West. Ray's death in 1993 effectively ended any hopes of a BADLANDS reunion. The album "Dusk", consisting of BADLANDS demo recordings from 1992-1993, was released in 1998. RED DRAGON CARTEL's self-titled debut album sold around 5,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 69 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on January 28 via Frontiers Records, the CD was recorded at Las Vegas' The Hideout Recording Studio â owned and operated by Kevin Churko (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, IN THIS MOMENT) â and was produced by R. Bernard Mann (a.k.a. Ronnie Mancuso) and Jake E. Lee, and executive-produced, mixed and mastered by Churko. RED DRAGON CARTEL, which references the axeman's Japanese roots, also features Darren James "D.J." Smith of Canadian metallers WARMACHINE, on vocals and Jonas Fairley (BLACK BETTY) on drums. RED DRAGON CARTEL's setlist includes new material like the singles "Feeder" and "Deceived", as well as major hits from Jake E. Lee's glorious past: "Bark At The Moon", "The Ultimate Sin" and "Rock 'N' Roll Rebel" (all originally recorded by OZZY OSBOURNE), as well as "Shine On" and "High Wire" (BADLANDS). RED DRAGON CARTEL will embark on another U.S. tour in November.
On opening day of the baseball season in 2011, San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was beaten in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium by two individuals, who are currently serving a sentence for their actions. Stow, a proud father of two and a paramedic, sustained severe injuries to his brain and was placed into a medically induced coma after the incident. It would be months before he would go outside and, ultimately, more than two years before he would go home. Shortly after the occurrance, while Stow was in the hospital, QUEENSRÅ¸CHE became aware that he was one of their biggest fans, sporting a sizeable tattoo of the QUEENSRÅ¸CHE logo on his left arm. At the request of a friend, the band made a surprise visit to Bryan in the hospital that September, which ended up being an experience that both will never forget. "We were incredibly inspired by his love for life, his love for his family and his love for our music," states original QUEENSRÅ¸CHE lead singer, Geoff Tate. With a week remaining in their "Farewell" tour, Geoff's version of QUEENSRÅ¸CHE (which will continue on as OPERATION: MINDCRIME after the tour ends) will be auctioning off the QUEENSRÅ¸CHE stage backdrop that has been featured on several tours. "It's truly a special part of our musical history and we'd like to raise some much-needed funds for Bryan so he can continue his progress," says Tate. The auction will begin at 3 P.M. PDT on Sunday, August 31, the day after the very last performance of "QueensrÃ¿che Starring Geoff Tate - The Farewell Tour", and will end at 3 p.m. PDT the following Sunday, September 7. "We're honored and thankful to have fans like Bryan in our life and would like to present him with a check just prior to Thanksgiving," says Tate. "Every little bit helps at this point and we hope to continue our efforts for Bryan and his family down the road." Come Sunday, fans desiring to bid can enter "QueensrÃ¿che Stage Backdrop" on eBay. In addition to the money raised from the auction of the backdrop, Geoff will personally be donating his proceeds from a song titled "Facing My Demons" that he sings with THE VOODOOS, who are currently out on tour with him. The track can be downloaded here. Earlier this month, Bryan came out for the "QueensrÃ¿che Starring Geoff Tate" performance in Morgan Hill, California and, more recently, made a clubhouse visit with his son to the San Francisco Giants clubhouse on Sunday, August 17, where he was guided by longtime third base coach Tim Flannery and Giants relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt. Flannery, a musician himself, has performed a series of Northern California concerts over the past three years to raise money for Bryan, and plans to continue his efforts as well.