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SLASH Comments On GENE SIMMONS' 'Rock Is Dead' Remark

Slash has responded to KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' recent comment that "rock is dead." Simmons told Esquire magazine earlier in the month — in an interview conducted by his son Nick — that "rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed and now it won't because it's that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it." Simmons went on to elaborate that as a result of file-sharing and other issues, record label support for rock music was not available like it was when KISS was coming up, concluding, "It's finally dead. Rock is finally dead." Asked to weigh in on Gene's comments, Slash told Ultimate Classic Rock (see video below): "I think probably where Gene's coming from is that the music business itself is not catering to rock and roll at all. And if you're aspiring to be a guitarist or a drummer or a singer in a rock band and, sort of, make your way up the ladder, the obstacles are much bigger than they were when I first started. There's a lot less opportunities in the record business, to get a record deal and get your record out there. There's not a lot of radio play for it. But, that said, the rock and roll audience is rabid. [It's] huge and just as alive and kicking as it ever was. So, I get what [Simmons is] saying, but I also think that it's really great to, kind of, just sort of, separate the men from the boys, where if you're really passionate about the kind of music that you wanna do and you're not looking at it from a dollars-and-cents point of view, but you just wanna create new music and somehow go out there and play live and get it out there, that passion for it has to be honed in and it has to be real. It can't be about buying cars and getting laid and all the other perks that go along with making a lot of money. It's gotta be about the music, and I think that's pretty healthy." "World On Fire", the third album to be made available under the Slash solo banner, is likely to sell between 25,000 and 28,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on September 16 via Slash's own label Dik Hayd International distributed through Roadrunner Records (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America).. The chart will be unveiled on Wednesday, September 24.

GWAR To Introduce Two New Members On 'Gwar Eternal Tour' This Fall

GWAR, the most brutal band in existence, has bolstered its ranks leading up to the "GWAR Eternal Tour". The Berserker Blóthar and Vulvatron are the latest intergalactic warriors to be banished to the pathetic mudball known as Planet Earth. Blóthar; a fat, filthy, frozen space viking, will take over as GWAR's lead vocalist. The role of the red-hot cybernetic spitfire known as Vulvatron is more mysterious... Both will feature prominently in the anticipated "GWAR Eternal Tour" — which promises to be the most shocking and entertaining rock show of the year! Get to know your new masters before they grind you to a bloody pulp! Blóthar Size:XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXL Origin: The Berserker Blóthar is an ancient shape-shifting holy warrior from the planet Scumdoggia. Blóthar is known to associate with intergalactic outlaw biker gangs Position: Doggy Style baby! A true Renaissance man; Blóthar sings, he dances, he kills things... Features: Blóthar wears a ceremonial headdress fashioned from the gigantic antlers and pelt of a Spectral Moon Moose he killed eons ago. He carries a mighty battle axe, an impenetrable shield, and for some reason has grown a set of hideous space udders Hobbies: Ice fishing and ritual murder Quote: "I went into a trance of blinding rage. I must have killed a million space apes. I was sleeping it off, and I woke up with a piss boner. I figure, why waste it, you know? So I'm rubbing one out, and the next thing I know, I'm on stage with GWAR in front of thousands of hideous, acne-ridden teenaged humanoids. I was promised there would be wifi, but it's hit or miss...." Vulvatron Size: Genetically engineered to the optimum proportions for a female of her species Origin: Vulvatron has returned from the year 69000, where she was a high-ranking Scumdog assassin in the battle against futuro-fascist forces. Her primary functions include mastery of the arts of war, quantum mechanics, and intergalactic musicology Position: Head Bitch In Charge Features: Shock-white dreadlocks, high-tech armor, cybernetic implants, boob spew, prominent posterior Hobbies: Adapting her superior technology and sexual prowess to the present day, perfecting the chemical formula for Vulvoline — her line of signature drag-racing motor oils, hot yoga Quote: "I have summoned Planck quantities of energy to navigate the fabric of space-time back to this primitive era on Earth. I believe our wormhole might have slightly malfunctioned upon my arrival, also ushering in a primeval creature from a far earlier era, vaguely resembling a Moon Moose. I shall have to report this anomaly to maintenance. My mission is to alter the current path of GWAR so that they might prevent the darkest period in the history of the Universe! I have calculated an optimum plan of action to achieve...Hey! Quit staring at my tits!" See the Berserker Blóthar, Vulvatron and the rest of GWAR as they embark upon the "GWAR Eternal Tour" and search for Oderus Urungus! gwarternaltour2014poster

FREDDIE MERCURY's Duet With MICHAEL JACKSON Featured On 'Queen Forever' Album

Three previously unreleased QUEEN songs featuring late singer Freddie Mercury spearhead an exciting new QUEEN album, "Queen Forever", due November 10 on the Virgin Records label. The tracks include a long-anticipated track from QUEEN and Michael Jackson, "There Must Be More to Life Than This", a previously unfinished Mercury-QUEEN track, "Let Me In Your Heart Again", originating from the band's "The Works" album recording sessions, and a scorching new stripped-down ballad version of Mercury's first solo hit, his Giorgio Moroder collaboration, "Love Kills". The rest of the package brings together QUEEN hits, classic tracks, and new takes on well-known songs, matched with band recordings Brian May describes as "things that we have collected together that are representative of our growth rather than the big hits" in a collection immaculately assembled by May and Roger Taylor themselves. The tracks are all linked to represent a definitive collection of QUEEN's timeless love songs. "Queen Forever" is available as a 20-track single CD and as an extended 36-track, two-CD set, and celebrates the extraordinary musical path of one of the world's greatest rock bands. Anticipation for these new Mercury tracks has been high since May and Taylor first hinted earlier this year that new tracks featuring Mercury were being explored. Speaking at the press conference to launch their North American concert tour with singer Adam Lambert earlier in the year, May said: "There was a little bit more in the can that we had overlooked for a long time, so we have a few songs which we're working on right now. Freddie sounds as fresh as yesterday." On the subject, Taylor said: "We've got some great new tracks that haven't been heard and there's an interesting selection of older stuff." The QUEEN and Michael Jackson duet, "There Must Be More to Life Than This", began as a song written by Mercury during sessions for QUEEN's 1981 album, "Hot Space". The band recorded a backing track, but the song was never completed. Mercury visited Michael Jackson at his home studio in Los Angeles where he recorded Jackson singing the song for an unfinished version. QUEEN revived the track during sessions for 1984's "The Works", but again it was not finished. A year later, Freddie's own version of the song surfaced on his debut solo album, 1985's "Mr. Bad Guy". This new production of the powerful ballad fuses QUEEN's original backing track and Mercury and Jackson's distinctive vocals, and has been produced and remixed by celebrated Madonna/Robbie Williams producer William Orbit. Talking of his involvement, Orbit said: "I had known Roger for many years. Now he was on the phone asking if I would get involved in this musical adventure. "When I first played it in my studio, I opened a trove of delights provided by the greatest of musicians. Hearing Michael Jackson's vocals was stirring. So vivid, so cool, and poignant, it was like he was in the studio singing live. With Freddie's vocal solo on the mixing desk, my appreciation for his gift was taken to an even higher level. "The musicianship of all four members of QUEEN is phenomenal. Roger, an extraordinarily multi talented man I've always admired. John Deacon's original bass part with its lyrical fluidity that made it easy for me to know where to put the odd reinforcement. Freddie's original piano carried most of the song's musical DNA. Brian, one take for the solo, a blur of fingers, and the spirits of MJ and FM fully present, in the moment, sending shivers down the spine." Perhaps the biggest revelation on "Queen Forever" is Brian May's composition, "Let Me In Your Heart Again". The song was first recorded by "Queen For The Works" album, but not completed at the time and has remained overlooked since then. An authentic, live-in-the-studio track from the same golden age as "Radio Ga Ga" and "I Want To Break Free", this never-before-heard QUEEN track shows off Freddie's timeless vocals and features newly recorded guitar parts and new backing vocals from Brian and Roger. This thrilling track finally reaches us nearly 30 years after Freddie first laid down his original vocal. The third new track, "Love Kills", was composed by Freddie Mercury and famed German producer/songwriter Giorgio Moroder for the soundtrack to Moroder's newly restored and tinted version of Fritz Lang's 1927 classic silent movie "Metropolis" in 1984 to which he added a pop soundtrack featuring various music artists. Mercury recorded a high-energy dance version of the song that became his debut solo hit in 1985. However, it is less well known that all four members of QUEEN played on the original track. Prior to QUEEN embarking on their recent tour with lead singer Adam Lambert, Brian May proposed performing an acoustic ballad version of "Love Kills", which became one of the most memorable moments of the current QUEEN & Adam Lambert shows. This new QUEEN-Freddie studio version is shaped in the same ballad style and revives the QUEEN original with some newly recorded guitars and drums by May and Taylor, becoming a glorious showcase for one of Freddie's most adrenaline-charged vocal performances. Alongside this new material, both the one and two-CD versions of "Queen Forever" feature songs that spotlight the band's songwriting prowess, studio experimentation and remarkable development. It's a timely reminder that, almost uniquely in the world of rock and pop, all four members of QUEEN were accomplished songwriters and superlatively gifted musicians. "Queen Forever" reaches back as far as 1974 with fan favorite "Nevermore", a Freddie Mercury song originally included on "Queen II", the album that first saw QUEEN use the recording studio as an instrument in its own right. From the same year comes the dramatic power ballad "In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited", once the grand finale of any QUEEN show, and since revived by QUEEN and lead singer Adam Lambert on their 2014 tour. Meanwhile, the upbeat single "You're My Best Friend", written by bass guitarist John Deacon, showcased QUEEN's poppier side and was released as the follow-up to 1975's "Bohemian Rhapsody", becoming a Top 10 UK and Top 20 US hit in the same year and gave John Deacon his first QUEEN hit single. Elsewhere, 1977's "Long Away" remains the only QUEEN single to feature Brian May on lead vocals; and the same year's B-side Drowse" includes a rare QUEEN performance from Roger Taylor on guitar. QUEEN saw out the decade with a run of hits that included the gospel-flavored "Somebody To Love", memorably performed by QUEEN and George Michael at the Freddie Mercury tribute concert in 1992, and finished on a high with '79's U.S. No. 1 hit, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", an exuberant rockabilly pop song composed by Freddie Mercury in the bath in Munich. By touching on prog rock, gospel, acoustic balladry, Elvis-style rock'n'roll and more, these songs alone encapsulate QUEEN's diversity in the 1970s. However, the band threw out the rulebook completely in the decades that followed, embracing funk, hard rock, soul and pure pop, but always sounding unmistakably QUEEN. The band used synthesizers for the first time on 1980's "Play The Game" single; Freddie sang some of his vocals in Spanish on the 1982 hit "Las Palabras De Amor", and 1986's "One Year Of Love" featuring unusually a saxophone. The album is completed by latter-day QUEEN hits, including '91's No. 1 "These Are The Days Of Our Lives" and '95's "Too Much Love Will Kill You", together with the poignant "A Winter's Tale", recorded during Freddie Mercury's final QUEEN recording sessions in Montreux in 1991. "Queen Forever" is both a showcase for these exclusive new recordings, but also an enduring tribute to the extraordinary musical achievements of John Deacon, Brian May, Roger Taylor and the late, great Freddie Mercury whose singular talent we can again get to marvel at with the arrival of these previously unheard tracks. "Queen Forever". Forever? Who can tell? But for now we can be certain that this highly rewarding collection of QUEEN new, rare, and at their most accomplished, more than serves to uphold the band's indisputable place in music history and is certain to earn a prized place in music collections for a long time to come. QUEEN certainly rates in the top among Britain's favourite bands. The UK's Official Charts Company earlier this year confirmed QUEEN's 1981 "Greatest Hits" album as Britain's best-selling album of all time all after surpassing the 6 million sales milestone. A staggering one in three British households now own a copy of the iconic act's original best-of collection. And if 6 million sales isn't enough for the band, QUEEN's follow-up, "Greatest Hits II", which was released in October 1991 also rides high at No. 10 in the all-time Official Albums Chart, having notched up a further 3.9 million UK sales to date. "Queen Forever" track listings Single CD: 01. Let Me In Your Heart Again 02. Love Kills – The Ballad 03. There Must Be More To Life Than This (William Orbit Mix) 04. It's A Hard Life 05. You're My Best Friend 06. Love Of My Life 07. Drowse 08. Long Away 09. Lily Of The Valley 10. Don't Try So Hard 11. Bijou 12. These Are The Days Of Our Lives 13. Las Palabras De Amor 14. Who Wants To Live Forever 15. A Winter's Tale 16. Play The Game 17. Save Me 18. Somebody To Love 19. Too Much Love Will Kill You 20. Crazy Little Thing Called Love 2-CD Set CD1 01. Let Me In Your Heart Again 02. Love Kills – The Ballad 03. There Must Be More To Life Than This (William Orbit Mix) 04. Play The Game 05. Dear Friends 06. You're My Best Friend 07. Love Of My Life 08. Drowse 09. You Take My Breath Away 10. Spread Your Wings 11. Long Away 12. Lily Of The Valley 13. Don't Try So Hard 14. Bijou 15. These Are The Days Of Our Lives 16. Nevermore 17. Las Palabras De Amor 18. Who Wants To Live Forever CD2 01. I Was Born To Love You 02. Somebody To Love 03. Crazy Little Thing Called Love 04. Friends Will Be Friends 05. Jealousy 06. One Year of Love 07. A Winters Tale 08. '39 09. Mother Love 10. It's A Hard Life 11. Save Me 12. Made in Heaven 13. Too Much Love Will Kill You 14. Sail Away Sweet Sister 15. The Miracle 16. Is This The World We Created 17. In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited 18. Forever queenforevercd

IN FLAMES Bassist PETER IWERS: 'We Don't Go Into The Studio With Finished Songs'

Metalpaths.com recently conducted an interview with bassist Peter Iwers of Swedish metallers IN FLAMES. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. Asked what the main differences are between IN FLAMES' new album, "Siren Charms", and 2011's "Sounds Of A Playground Fading", Iwers said: I think, obviously, this is a little darker record, this is more experimental. But at the same time, it's not like we go into the studio and say, 'Let's do this differently, let's try that. Let's change this way.' For us, it's always been a matter of evolving between each record and trying to do something that we haven't done before. And I guess, you know, being down in Hansa studio [in Berlin, Germany], being influenced by just being there in this legendary studio, affected a lot of the outcome of the songs as well, even though a lot of it was written before. I guess the biggest difference is that Anders [Fridén] does a lot more clean vocals on this one than what he's done before. Because, if you break it down, you do have the aggression, you have all the melodies and the hooks and the choruses and all that stuff, but this is the record where he sings clean more than ever before. Mainly due to the fact that he's getting better at it, I'm sure." Iwers also spoke about the IN FLAMES songwriting process, telling Metalpaths.com: "I think it's a little bit mix of everything. There is a vision, obviously. I mean, Björn [Gelotte] writes all the riffs, and we put it together as a band. Anders writes all his lyrics and he actually records… I mean, on this one, he was on a whole different level in the studio, so as soon as he was done, he kind of came up [and said], 'Oh, this is what I did. Do you like this?' And I think he had a vision, we all had a vision, but I don't think it was really outspoken. I don't think that anybody actually had a vision that we knew about ourselves. It was kind of subconsciously [there], is what I would say. But, at the same time, the whole project, the whole experiment of going into the studio with... You have a bunch of riffs, a bunch of ideas and you have some songs more or less done, and that's the whole experiment, that's the beauty of being in the studio — not really knowing exactly what you're gonna come out with, other than that you will be pleased, obviously. But we keep working and recording until we think that we have created a killer album. So we don't go into the studio with 11 finished songs. It's writing itself at the same time as we're recording it, kind of." "Siren Charms" sold around 9,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 26 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, 2011's "Sounds Of A Playground Fading", opened with around 14,000 units to land at No. 27. IN FLAMES' 2008 effort, "A Sense of Purpose" registered a first-week tally of 20,000 copies to enter the chart at No. 28. This was slightly less than the premiere-week performance of "Come Clarity" (Ferret), which shifted just under 24,000 copies in February 2006 to debut at No. 58. "Siren Charms" was released in the U.S. on September 9 via Sony/RED. The CD was recorded at Hansa Tonstudios (DAVID BOWIE, DEPECHE MODE, U2) in Berlin, Germany. The cover artwork was created by Blake Armstrong of Space Boy Comics. Interview (audio):

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EVANESCENCE's AMY LEE On Becoming First-Time Mother: 'It Changes You Completely'

MJ of CBS Radio KXTE X107.5 in Las Vegas, Nevada recently conducted an interview with EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. Lee gave birth to a son named Jack Lion, on July 24. According to People.com, Jack Lion entered the world weighing seven pounds and 13 ounces. The 32-year-old Lee told X107.5: "[Motherhood] changes you completely. I have never felt like this before. It's sort of like it shifted my perspective on the whole world. As soon as he came out, [I was] totally overwhelmed with love. It's a lot like the way it feels when you're falling head over heels in love with somebody." Lee's new album, "Amy Lee Featuring Dave Eggar: Aftermath", sold around 6,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 47 on The Billboard 200 chart. The disc, which was released on August 25 via 110 Records, Inc., 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 confirmed in an 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 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. Interview (audio):

Russian Orthodox Activists Appeal For CANNIBAL CORPSE Concert Ban

According to RIA Novosti, Dmitry Tsorionov, the head of "God's Will," a Russian Orthodox social movement, is imploring authorities in the country to cancel upcoming concerts by Florida death metallers CANNIBAL CORPSE, saying the musicians violate Russia's anti-blasphemy law. Tsorionov (who sometimes goes by Dmitry Enteo) said believers condemned the band's lyrics, which promote "religious hatred" and describe in detail rape and murder of children. In July 2013, Russia passed a new anti-blasphemy law introducing fines and possible prison sentences for offending the "feelings of religious believers." CANNIBAL CORPSE's eight-date tour of Russia is scheduled to kick off on October 2 in Krasnodar. In a 2012 interview with Invisible Oranges, CANNIBAL CORPSE bassist Alex Webster defended the band's lyrics, explaining: "We've really tried hard to make our songs serious horror songs. But the ones that have the more extreme gore in them, those lyrics sometimes make the audience realize there's a bit of black humor to it, much in the way 'Evil Dead' or 'Evil Dead II' did. Those movies were meant to be frightening, for sure. But it takes some of the scare out of it because they were so over the top. "None of our songs are written to be intentionally humorous or anything like that, but I think when you're describing something that bloody, considering the context: it's coming from a band. It's coming from a band and you're enjoying the music and you're reading the lyrics that's describing something completely atrocious, you know, and people aren't going to take it particularly seriously. When it's something a little darker… it's strange, but if you edge off the gore a little, the song becomes more frightening. "I would say CANNIBAL CORPSE has a little bit of 'Evil Dead' to it, but we have more serious horror songs too. Not that any of them were intentionallynot serious. But when you edge the gore back a little bit and leave something to the listener's imagination, you can wind up with something scarier. That's the same way with horror movies, I think. The movies that I found to be the most frightening weren't particularly graphic, as far as violence goes. 'The Exorcist', 'The Shining' — they're two of my favorite horror movies, but they weren't particularly violent. 'Burnt Offerings', 'The Sentinel'. There's a number of dark, frightening movies that I really like and they aren't that gory at all. "Some of our songs are 'Evil Dead'-like, but we have songs that are more like 'The Shining'." CANNIBAL CORPSE is far from the only Western rock band to have run into problems in Russia recently. Back in June, shock rocker Marilyn Manson was forced to cancel his show in Moscow due to a bomb threat while another concert in Russia was scrapped over fears his performance would insult Orthodox believers and promote sadomasochism. One month earlier, Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH were ordered to leave Russia after being detained in Yekaterinburg for violating the country's visa regulations. BEHEMOTH's concerts in Khabarovsk, Tomsk, Novosibirsk and Krasnodar were canceled following a string of protests by Christian activists. According to The Moscow Times, unidentified thugs prevented the musicians from taking the stage in Novosibirsk and beat up concertgoers, local media reported. cannibalcorpserussiantour2014poster

'Real To Reel With Slash' Hour-Long Special To Debut Tomorrow On AXS TV

Ernie Ball, one of the world's leading manufacturers of guitar strings and musical instrument accessories, will present "Real To Reel With Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators", a documentary featuring the iconic Grammy-winning guitarist Slash and his band. The hour-long special documents the entire in-studio recording process of the band's new album, "World On Fire", and debuts on AXS TV on Saturday, Septemebr 20 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Watch the trailer below. "Ernie Ball Presents: Real To Reel With Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators" is a behind-the-scenes documentary experience that takes viewers beyond the stage and into the studio as Slash — with collaborators Myles Kennedy on vocals, Todd Kerns on bass and Brent Fitz on drums — records his third solo album. The all-access pass follows the band through the entire start-to-finish process, from pre-production meetings and recording sessions at NRG Studios in Los Angeles and Studio Barbarossa in Orlando, to the final moment when the album makes its debut in front of a live audience. Slash fans will be treated to interview segments covering a range of topics including the making of the band, the writing process, favorite music gear, what the band as in store for the future and more. "It was an incredible experience documenting the process of Slash and THE CONSPIRATORS' new record. Slash has been an integral member of the Ernie Ball family for many decades, and we're thrilled with the way 'Real To Reel' came together," said Brian Ball of Ernie Ball. "I think fans are going to really enjoy seeing how much work, emotion, and effort that goes into writing a great rock record." "Recording an album is a uniquely inspiring experience, and this one was particularly exciting as we were recording on two-inch analogue tape," says Slash. "It was a fun process to have Ernie Ball capture the experience and I'm excited to be able to share it with the world." "World On Fire" is likely to sell between 25,000 and 28,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on September 16 via Slash's own label Dik Hayd International distributed through Roadrunner Records (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America).. The chart will be unveiled on Wednesday, September 24. "World On Fire" is the second album to feature Slash's regular backing band, MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS, and follows up 2012's "Apocalyptic Love", which sold around 38,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 4 on The Billboard 200 chart. Slash's self-titled debut album scored the highest new entry on The Billboard 200 chart in April 2010, with first-week U.S. sales of around 60,000 copies.


CIVIL WAR Blames Former Record Label For Nearly Non-Existent Profile Outside Sweden

CIVIL WAR — the Swedish metal band featuring former SABATON members Rikard Sundén (guitar), Daniel Mullback (drums), Daniel Mÿhr (keyboards) and Oskar Montelius (guitar) alongside singer Patrik Johansson (ASTRAL DOORS, LION'S SHARE), bassist Stefan "Pizza" Eriksson (VOLTURYON) and guitarist Peturs Granar — was interviewed at the Graspop Metal Meeting, which was held June 27-29 in Dessel, Belgium. The chat, as well as footage of the Graspop performance, can be seen in the four-minute clip below. Speaking about CIVIL WAR's future plans, Johansson said: "We just recorded the upcoming album. It will take off where the first one left you and it will be… We are really happy with the first album, but the new album will be… it will be the mother of all albums." Added Mullback: "And now we have a real, proper record label behind us, Napalm Records, and we're so happy that they're behind us." Johansson continued: "We had a Swedish label [when we released] our first album, and they fucked up so bad. The album went good in Sweden, but the rest of Europe, no one has heard it, almost. So we had to change to take a new label. And Napalm gave us a good offer, and they are a serious, great label. So with Napalm, it's almost like we're making our debut album one more time." CIVIL WAR's sophomore album was mixed at Peter Tägtgren's (PAIN, HYPOCRISY) The Abyss in Pärlby, Sweden. The band's debut CD, "The Killer Angels", was certified gold in Sweden by the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry for sales in excess of 20,000 copies. (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 11 years — from the pre-2002 level of 40,000 to the current 20,000.) "The Killer Angels" was distributed in Sweden via the June 2013 issue of Sweden Rock Magazine and each copy of the magazine containing the CD was counted towards the certification; the album was also sold separately. CIVIL WAR's debut EP was released on November 13, 2012 via Despotz Records. Borrowing its name from the novel by Michael Shaara about the Battle of Gettysburg, "The Killer Angels" was recorded by Jonas Kjellgren at Studio Myhrer (which is actually the bed and living room of keyboard player Daniel Myhr), Black Lounge Studio and Peter Tägtgren's The Abyss in Pärlby, Sweden. Artwork comes courtesy of Polish artist Lukasz Jaszak.

GODSMACK: Fan-Filmed Footage Of Entire Irvine Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of GODSMACK's entire September 16 performance at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, California as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival can be seen below. GODSMACK's sixth studio album, "1000hp" (One Thousand Horsepower), sold approximately 58,000 copies in its first week of release to land at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 album chart. The disc, which arrived on August 5, follows up 2011's "The Oracle", which topped the chart with sales of 117,000 copies in its debut week. "We kind of do it differently every time we write and record," GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna told AMH Network about the "1000hp" songwriting process. "It was definitely a contribution from everyone. We all had musical ideas and I had a handful of songs that I brought to the table. We started carving them up, seeing which ones would make the record, and which ones were weak." "When songs like '1000hp' was recorded, we started feeling the chemistry again, and once again felt really strong as a band." Erna described the sound of the "1000hp" album to The Pulse Of Radio as "a little bit more raw, a little bit more open. The writing was a little freer. The production is really kind of raw and in your face, and the songs, man — I'm really, really excited about these songs. And I have to tell you honestly, I wasn't that excited about writing this record at first." Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival kicked off on August 15 in Clarkston, Michigan and will run through September 21.


SICK OF IT ALL's KOLLER Brothers Discuss Sandy Hook And 9/11 Conspiracy Theories (Video)

Germany's EMP Rock Invasion recently conducted an interview with Lou (vocals) and Pete Koller (guitar) of New York hardcore legends SICK OF IT ALL. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how the U.S. mainstream media is owned directly by large multinational corporations, which are connected to a plethora of other major global corporations and elite interests: Lou: "It's owned by, like… Two or three families own all of the media — newspapers, television, all that — and they're all connected to all the politicians, to the big politicans, so..." Pete: "CNN's slogan, isn't it 'the most trusted name in news' or something like that? There was a shooting in Connecticut [Editor's note: Pete is referring to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which occurred on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and 6 adult staff members], and then CNN had to admit that, 'yes, we had to hire actors to portray the families, because they were too distraught.'" Lou: "What is that? Why would you hire actors to portray grieving families?" Pete: "And they were caught. Everyone saw it. It doesn't matter. We'll keep watching." Lou: "CNN's still on." [Editor's note: The Sandy Hook conspiracy theories have been repeatedly debunked in various articles, including this one on HuffingtonPost.com.) On whether they do any research on certain topics before writing their lyrics: Lou: "Yeah, if something really hits us. I mean, Armand [Majidi, drums] wrote a song on the album called '2061', and it's the year they're supposed to release the 'uncensored' findings of the 9/11 investigation. Pete: "Which is never gonna happen." Lou: "Because, in 2000, they were supposed to release the uncensored findings of the Kennedy assassination, but then they deemed it, 'It's still too sensitive a subject. We have to wait for another 20 years." Pete: "[Laughs] How crazy is that?" Lou: "It's, like, they're waiting for people to be, like, 'Who got shot? Who's Kennedy? When did this happen?' And they're trying to drive it home with, like, 'Don't look at that. Hey, look, Kim Kardashian got married in a fucking castle.' And that's what they want you to look at." Pete: "It's, like, 'Look over here. Don't look over there. Look at this. Look at the pretty people.'" SICK OF IT ALL's new album, "The Last Act Of Defiance", will be released in Europe, Australia and New Zealand on September 29, and in North America on September 30 via Century Media.

Video Premiere: AMON AMARTH's 'Deceiver Of The Gods'

The video for "Deceiver Of The Gods", the title track of the ninth studio album from Swedish metallers AMON AMARTH, can be seen below. The video features clips from the upcoming film "Northmen - A Viking Saga", which stars Tom Hopper, Ryan Kwanten, Ken Duken, and features AMON AMARTH frontman Johan Hegg as Valli. "Northmen - A Viking Saga" was shot for eight weeks primarily in South Africa, with some additional shooting in Germany. Johan commented on his role: "Valli is a very experienced warrior and has a strong bond with his younger brother Bjorn. Valli looks brutal with his broad back and leather-dominated clothing. He has already experienced and survived a great deal. His face is full of scars." Plot synopsis: "In the 9th century a group of Vikings, commanded by captain Asbjörn, is approaching Britain, aiming to plunder the rich monasteries in the north of the island. But their ship gets caught in a storm and is smashed to pieces on the rocks off the coast of Scotland, the only part of Britain without any Viking settlements. When Inghean, daughter of the Scottish King Dunchaid, by chance falls into Viking hands, they see the opportunity for demanding a large ransom. King Dunchaid immediately sets his 'wolfpack' — a group of mercenaries well known for their savagery — on them. The Northmen with their hostage now have to force their way through the rough highlands, where they meet the brave and mysterious Christian monk Conall. Having the wolfpack close on their heels, a desperate race against time begins. A battle over life and death..." "Northmen - A Viking Saga" is set to receive a theatrical release in Europe on October 23. "Deceiver Of The Gods" sold around 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 25, 2013 via Metal Blade Records. Recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, United Kingdom, and produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (OPETH, MEGADETH, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), "Deceiver Of The Gods" delivers ten fiery battle hymns made of buzzsaw riffs and epic harmonies all driven by vocalist Johan Hegg's commanding Viking roar and absorbing accounts of Norse crusades and treachery. "Deceiver Of The Gods" comes adorned with another outstanding Tom Thiel-created cover portraying a mythical battle between the Norse Gods Loki and Thor. As an added bonus, Messiah Marcolin (CANDLEMASS) makes an appearance as guest vocalist on eighth track, "Hel".


TESTAMENT Is 'Shooting For' New Album To Sound Like 'The Gathering', Says CHUCK BILLY

Vocalist Chuck Billy of San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT was recently interviewed by Shor Bazaar, Pakistan's first international artist management services. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. Asked about the progress of the songwriting sessions for TESTAMENT's follow-up to 2012's "Dark Roots Of Earth", Billy said: "Well, we're working on it now, and we don't know until it's always complete, but we've kind of talked about what we would hope it would be. And I think [I would like it to sound along the lines of 1999's] 'The Gathering', because 'The Gathering', for me, was such a turnaround record for the band. I think we really found our style and place, and the songs on that, to me, are probably gonna be some songs that stand the test of time, for sure. I think, 'cause we started experimenting with blast beats and a different style of guitar rhythms and picking on the guitars, it was different for us, and I really like where that went. So we hope that's where it all kind of ends up, and that's what we're shooting for." TESTAMENT in January announced the departure of bassist Greg Christian and return of Steve DiGiorgio. "Dark Roots Of Thrash", a DVD/2CD release documenting TESTAMENT's sold-out headlining performance at the Paramount in Huntington, New York in February 2013, was made available on October 18, 2013 (Europe) and October 29, 2013 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records. "Dark Roots Of Thrash" was produced by Get Hammered Productions, directed by Tommy Jones (DEATH ANGEL, KATAKLYSM, SOILWORK) and mixed by Juan Urteaga (VILE, EXODUS, SADUS, MACHINE HEAD). Billy is a partner in Breaking Bands LLC, a new management company made up of renowned industry veterans, Adrenaline PR CEO Maria Ferrero, former Megaforce Records and Crazed Management owners Jon and Marsha Zazula. Breaking Bands LLC is currently representing legendary Bay Area thrash metal band EXODUS, as well as Texas heavy metal newcomers SHATTERED SUN and California alt pop artist FORREST DAY.

OVERKILL: Behind-The-Scenes Footage From North American Tour (Part 1)

Behind-the-scenes footage from OVERKILL's 2014 North American tour can be seen below. OVERKILL's new album, "White Devil Armory", sold around 8,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 31 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "The Electric Age", opened with 6,500 units back in April 2012 to land at No. 77. OVERKILL 2010 effort, "Ironbound", registered a first-week tally of 4,100 to enter the chart at No. 192. "White Devil Armory" first-week chart positions: Germany: #20 Finland: #28 USA: #31 Switzerland: #31 Austria: #53 UK: #148 "White Devil Armory" was released on July 22 in North America via eOne Music and on July 18 in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records. The effort was tracked at Gear Recording and was mixed by Greg Reely, who also worked on 2012's "The Electric Age". The limited-edition box-set version of "White Devil Armory" includes a digipack CD, a leather belt and buckle plus a certificate of authenticity. OVERKILL filmed videos for the songs "Bitter Pill" and "Armorist" with veteran director Kevin J. Custer (HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, SUFFOCATION). Custer previously worked with OVERKILL on the "Electric Rattlesnake" and "Bring Me The Night" clips. Speaking about what OVERKILL was trying to accomplish with "White Devil Armory", vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth told Artisan News: "My personal motivation, and I can probably speak for my partner D.D. [Verni, bass], is that you don't want repetition. Obviously, we are what we are — a thrash metal band — [and] we fall into, let's say, a subgenre of this metal community, but the idea is that you wanna stay interested with it, you want to try, to some degree, to reinvent yourself. And I think the thing I'm most proud of when it comes to a record like Number 17, being 'White Devil Armory', is that that's the push for it. No repetition. Let's get in there and let's define that line between repetition and what style is. I write all these notes in my office where I have my little studio — 'Don't repeat yourself,' 'Don't use this,' 'Don't use that' — and that becomes kind of the flavor of the writing: Stay relevant, great execution, modern presentation. Make Number 17 relevant in 2014."


SLIPKNOT's COREY TAYLOR On 'Gray Chapter' Artwork: 'The Minute I Saw That Image, I Knew That It Was The Cover'

SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor says that when he first saw the image that became the cover artwork for the band's long-awaited fifth album, ".5: The Gray Chapter", he was "so blown away" that he immediately knew SLIPKNOT had found what it was looking for. The ".5: The Gray Chapter" was designed by M. Shawn Crahan, better known as Clown, who is the percussionist and founding member of SLIPKNOT. Crahan is also the art director for SLIPKNOT and directed their DVDs, "Disasterpieces", "Voliminal: Inside The Nine", "Of The (sic)", and "(sic)nesses: Live at Download". He has been the creative vision behind the band since their inception. "The minute I saw that image, I knew that it was the cover," Taylor told Mistress Carrie of the Worcester/Boston, Massachusetts radio station WAAF, "because the great thing about Clown is that… He does all the artwork for us, he comes up with so much of the concepts, and he's really never gotten the amount of credit that I think he deserves. So when he came in, he had some of this fantastic artwork, I was so blown away. But that one image was so striking, and I think it told so many different stories just in that one image. Because it's black and white, but if you look at it, there's so much gray in it without the color gray even being there. I just knew that was our moment, that was our image, that's what we were gonna put up and hold up to the world and say, 'This is our album.' I just knew that was it." Taylor said in a new interview with Metal Hammer that firing SLIPKNOT's founding drummer Joey Jordison in 2013 after 18 years was "one of the hardest decisions" the group ever made, adding that Jordison is "in a place in his life" which is "not where we are." Taylor said he could not get into specifics for legal reasons, but admitted, "It's when a relationship hits that T-section and one person's going one way and you're going the other. And try as you might to either get them to go your way or try and go their way, at some point you've got to go in the direction that works for you. This is me speaking in the broadest terms, with respect to Joey. I guess to sum it up, it was one of the hardest decisions we ever made." Taylor said that the band is "happy right now and we hope that he is… he's just in a place in his life, right now, that's not where we are." The singer would not answer whether drug use played a role in Jordison's dismissal, and confessed that he had not been in touch with his former bandmate. Taylor said, "I haven't talked to Joey in a while, to be honest. That's how different we are. It's not because I don't love him and I don't miss him. And it is painful; we talk about him all the time, but at the same time, do we miss him or do we miss the old him? That's what it really comes down to." ".5: The Gray Chapter" will be released on October 21 via Roadrunner. It's the band's first without Jordison and late bassist Paul Gray. The identities of the band's new bassist and drummer have not yet been revealed, but both appeared — disguised in the same newly designed mask — in the video for "The Devil In I", the first single from the new album. Nonetheless, it is widely believed that the new bassist is Alessandro "Vman" Venturella, who sports the exact same tattoo on his hand that was spotted on the hand of the new bassist in the video. SLIPKNOT's new drummer is thought to be Jay Weinberg, son of longtime Bruce Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg. slipknotgraychapterbigger2_638

NAPALM DEATH's SHANE EMBURY: BABYMETAL Will Cross Over To Young Kids And Get Them Used To Heavy Sound

Bassist Shane Embury of British grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH is the latest musician to defend BABYMETAL against the "gimmick" tag given to them by critics who liken them to the success of Swedish occult metallers GHOST. Established in 2010, BABYMETAL is the offshoot of the Japanese pop idol group SAKURA GAKUIN that performs a distinctly Japanese mix of schoolgirl J-pop and heavy metal. BABYMETAL's members — Suzuka Nakamoto (a.k.a. Su-Metal, who handles vocals and dancing), Yui Mizuno (a.k.a. Yuimetal) and Moa Kikuchi (a.k.a. Moametal), the latter of whom both scream and dance — admit that they had never listened to metal before joining the group. The girls wear gothy schoolgirl costumes, do choreographed dance routines and bang their heads violently. Many heavy metal fans have been reluctant to embrace BABYMETAL — which also includes producer Kobametal and a backing band of corpse-painted virtuosos — with some Internet forums calling them "the definition of a gimmick", "awful" and "metal for hipsters." In a special article for UK's Metal Hammer magazine, Embury said: "I know young kids who already listen to grindcore. There are people who turn up to our shows with kids that are eight or nine years old, and BABYMETAL is obviously way more accessible than what we do. I don't think that's a bad thing — I've got a baby girl who is eight months old, and if she starts bopping around to BABYMETAL or their equivalent, I'd be cool with that." He continued: "If you look at SLIPKNOT, they took the heavy guitar to a massive audience. You can look at a SLIPKNOT fan and a NAPALM DEATH fan and sometimes there's a crossover and sometimes there's not at all, but either way, those people are getting used to the heavy guitar and drums and it makes it easier for them to explore other bands later on. In the same way, BABYMETAL will more than likely cross over to young kids and get them used to that heavy sound. "Some people are also offended simply by BABYMETAL being labelled as metal. Why? Why would you get offended? It's a big genre, metal. There's all kinds of bands crossing over. Bands like EVANESCENCE or the whole folk metal thing. Some people could find it ridiculous, but I wouldn't be that negative. I might not like it, but I find it interesting that heavy guitars are used in different ways. For me, BABYMETAL is an extension of that." Embury's fellow British extreme metal pioneer Jeff Walker of CARCASS expressed a similarly welcoming stance when the subject of BABYMETAL came up at this past July's Sonisphere festival. He said:"I'm starting to warm to the idea of what [BABYMETAL is] doing. It's actually fun, you know — like GHOST, to be honest. Some people get very reactionary about a band like GHOST or BABYMETAL. It puts a smile on people's faces. That's what music's about, isn't it?! Enjoying it and not being so serious." CARCASS guitarist Bill Steer added: "I mean, obviously, we don't cover this ourselves, but the fun, entertainment angle [in music], it is important." One of the Nameless Ghouls from GHOST was also quick to defend BABYMETAL when TeamRock spoke to him at Sonishere. GHOST performed on the main stage at the event immediately after BABYMETAL, and the Nameless Ghoul admitted: "I actually stood on side stage when [BABYMETAL] went on and I watched the chaos and the weirdness that surrounded them. "They obviously attract so much attention wherever they go, and for a reason, of course — they are bizarre in many ways. I mean, we obviously like bizarre, so they are obviously doing something right. "But, yeah, I mean, J-pop [Japanese pop] is always gonna be very weird. "They seem to be a cool band, I guess. I've seen their 'Gimme Chocolate!' video, and I don't really know what to say about it. Someone really knows what they're doing behind it, but I'm not sure if [the girls] themselves know what they're doing."

Slovenian All-Female Heavy Metal Band HELLCATS Releases 'Now Is My Time' Video

Slovenian all-female heavy metal band HELLCATS has released a new video for the song "Now Is My Time" from its "Warrior Princess" album. The clip was filmed at various locations in the band's hometown of Ljubljana. The track was written by sisters Sasha and Sonja Zagorc and recorded with producer Davor Kontić at Conti Studio. MTV Slovenia recently premiered and added the video to rotation. HELLCATS is reportedly the first all-female heavy metal band Slovenia. The band was formed in 2006 in Ljubljana by sisters Sasha Zagorc (bass) and Sonja Zagorc (drums), who started to perform together in their childhood while they were still at music school. Sasha was studying classical guitar and Sonja flute. Later on, Sonja switched to drums and they formed a band. Due to the small size of the Slovenian music scene, it was not easy to find female musicians. After a few band member changes, the HELLCATS lineup was completed by Katja Mavec (guitar) and Ajda Kovačič (vocals). In early 2010, HELLCATS released their first single, "Heavy Metal", which appeared on their "Hellcats" EP the following year. Their second single, "Master Of The Night", was helmed by Davor Kontić and Grant Austin, known as producer of the band LAIBACH. Both songs appear on "Warrior Princess", which was independently released by HELLCATS at the end of 2013 and distributed via CD Baby and iTunes. Two versions of the album were released — English and Slovenian. Dasa Makuc later replaced Kovačič on vocals after the release of the album. The quartet loves to perform on big stages and has had many gigs in clubs and participated at many festivals (Metalcamp, Viva la Pola, Jelen Demofest) to crowds of up to 12,000 people. The band has toured Russia as well. A tour of Germany is booked for next spring. HELLCATS is: Sasha Zagorc - Bass Sonja Zagorc - Drums Katja Mavec - Guitar Dasa Makuc - Vocals

SIXX: A.M. Is 'Planning A Big Tour' In Support Of 'Modern Vintage', Says JAMES MICHAEL

SIXX: A.M. frontman James Michael says that the band is "planning a big tour" in support of its upcoming third album, "Modern Vintage", which he calls "our best record so far." Due on October 7 via Eleven Seven Music, the CD "taps into a classic energy and transforms it into focused, fresh, and fiery ass-kicking anthems that encompass everything from sexy, swaggering rock 'n' roll, alternative expanse, blues bliss, and even a little ragtime flavor," according to ARTISTdirect. Regarding SIXX: A.M.'s approach on "Modern Vintage", Michael tells Lithium Magazine: "We wanted to make a record that was in the spirit of the type of rock records that we liked growing up, from bands like QUEEN, Elton John, David Bowie, T.REX — those types of records. And it wasn't so much sonically that we were aiming for, it was to capture the spirit of how those records were actually made back then. And that really speaks more to the performances and to the songwriting side of it." He adds: "In this day and age what we have come to realize is that people's perception of what makes a rock record, or what qualifies as a rock record has become very narrow recently. And we want to let people know that rock and roll is bigger than what is currently being peddled out there." In addition to Michael, SIXX: A.M. features MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx and GUNS N' ROSES guitarist DJ Ashba. The band was formed formed to provide the soundtrack to Sixx's autobiography, "The Heroin Diaries", but quickly evolved into something much bigger than was originally planned. "I have said this a lot, but it really is true: SIXX: A.M. is three friends that were brought together by music, but we're absolutely not held together by music. SIXX: A.M. music is a by-product of this terrific friendship that has grown between the three of us," Michael tells Lithium Magazine. Once MÖTLEY CRÜE is done with its farewell tour, there are plans afoot for SIXX: A.M. to do a major international tour for the first time. "It's a very thrilling time for us," James says. "MÖTLEY CRÜE is doing its final tour and a lot of doors are going to open up for us. "We are so excited to be able to put SIXX: A.M. at the forefront of all of our lives. "For the first two records, we weren't sure we were a band. And now we are so excited with this new album and the future that we know we are. We truly feel the sky is the limit. "We are planning a big tour right now, and everything feels like it's happening at the right time."

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Montreality recently conducted an interview with Mike Shinoda of LINKIN PARK. You can now watch the chat below. Asked if he would ever consider collaborating with American rapper Eminem, Shinoda said: "The idea of collaborating with Eminem is something that's… I've thought of it before. "Eminem's great. Actually, the funny thing is I've known about Eminem since before he was ever even signed. I had a friend who worked with Rawkus [Records] back in the day and he gave me a cassette tape of, it was the 'Slim Shady EP' [1997]. So that was before 'Just The Two Of Us', which ended up on his record ['The Slim Shady' LP as ''97 Bonnie & Clyde']. That was when they actually used the 'Just Two Of Us' sample, and then when the album came out, they couldn't clear the sample, so they did a different beat. "But Em was doing shows at, like, The Roxy for, like, 300 people in L.A., coming on stage on drugs and stuff and just, like, falling onto the stage, and he'd pick up the mic and go crazy. And people loved it, I loved it; he's always been so great. "If the opportunity ever arose, I would definitely… Even if it was a thing where we we just did the music and he just did his vocals, I'd be down with that. There's no competitive thing in it for me. I just think he's talented. I'd be down to do something. "We're in this mode right where I think our band is very collaborative and very interested in doing different things, and if the right combination of elements arises, I'm open to a lot of things in a lot of different genres." LINKIN PARK's new album, "The Hunting Party", debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard album chart in June — the first time since the band's 2000 debut disc, "Hybrid Theory", that the group did not land at the top of the chart in its first week of sales. "The Hunting Party" sold around 110,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The record arrived in stores via Machine Shop Recordings/Warner Bros.

New ROBERT PLANT Solo Set Debuts In U.S. Top 10

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Robert Plant's new solo set with backing band SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS has earned the former LED ZEPPELIN frontman a Top 10 hit on The Billboard 200 album chart. The album, "Lullaby… And The Ceaseless Roar", came in a full five spaces under Plant's previous studio set, 2010's "Band Of Joy", and far below his Top 2 runaway hit with Alison Krauss on their groundbreaking 2007 "Raising Sand" collection. Plant's 2004 album, "Mighty Rearranger", got as high as No. 4. On Wednesday (September 17), Plant joined former squeeze and frequent collaborator Patty Griffin in Nashville to perform Griffin's "Ohio" during the Americana Music Honors And Awards. Robert Plant told The Pulse Of Radio that the success he found in 2007 with the "Raising Sand" album both liberated and centered him creatively. "Following the work with Alison Krauss, which was a spectacular revival of my spirit in a way, I felt I could do more or less anything, I could sink and swim," he explained. "There was no real big partnership moment. I don't have to ask anybody anything. I just stood there a little bit like I did when I was about 17."


SHARON OSBOURNE: I Slit My Wrists To Prove My Love For OZZY

Sharon Osbourne has admitted that she once slashed her wrists in a "stupid" attempt to impress a then-married Ozzy Osbourne. Ozzy's now-wife and manager, who co-hosts CBS's "The Talk", revealed Wednesday (September 17) during "Secret Week" (see video below): "Yes, this is a secret. It's a secret only and Ozzy and I know. My children I have never told. And it's really… I've never discussed it out of embarrassment of how stupid I was at the time to have done such a thing to myself. And I want to share this with everyone, because it's a lesson learned; I learned a great lesson from this. And it's something that was done when I was 27. "I was just going out with Ozzy at the time; we were working together and dating at the same time. And he was married and had two children. I was free and single and wild. "When we first got together, we would drink a lot together; you know, that's what we did. And we had a session of romance, drinking, partying. It was about four in the morning and he says to me, 'How much do you really love me? I don't know if this relationship is gonna last.' And I'm saying to him, 'I'd do anything for you. Anything. I absolutely adore you.' 'How much do you love me?' 'I'd give my life for you.' 'Okay, Prove it.' It wasn't him. It was me, me, me. And I'm very dramatic, as you all know. And if I say something, I like to follow it through. So I'm, like, 'I'll show you how much I love you. I'd die for you.' So I went to a room-service table that was still in the room, covered in all fries and burgers and steak. And there was a steak knife. So I get the knife and I go, 'I love you so much.' Slash, slash, slash, on my wrist. And, unfortunately for me, I kind of went too deep, and it wouldn't stop bleeding. So I'm saying, 'Dear, I think we'd better call an ambulance. This thing is not stopping now.' And I got very sober very quickly. So the ambulance came and I'm, like, 'Just put tape on it.' 'No, this is attempted suicide.' And I'm, like, 'No, actually, no. I'm drunk. I didn't know.' 'We're taking you away.' They took me to the hospital. I'm in somewhere like Indianapolis at the time time on tour. I'm, like, 'No, I promise you. It was not attempted suicide. I promise you.' So then they put me on lockdown, called the psych ward, called in all the psych doctors, the police are coming. "I permanently scarred my wrist. I was on lockdown for being overdramatic and drunk at the time. And there was nothing anybody could do. Ozzy and I weren't married, so he had no right. So it was up to doctors to decide whether I was of sound mind to come out. And that's very hard for me to prove. So I'm, like, 'Please, can I come out now? The tour bus is going. I have another town to go to. I wanna come out.' 'No.' "So if anybody out there who likes to cut or harm themselves or try and prove to someone, firstly, let me tell you, these scars are a big embarrassment. I tell everyone I was attacked by a dog, which I was, I was attacked by a Doberman, but it was the other arm, and they're bite marks. But this, I've had to explain to doctors along the way, and people look at me, and I'm, like, 'Oh, dog.' No, steak knife. Dirty steak knife. Drunk, trying to be dramatic. And you know what?! Scars don't go away; they stay with you. And it's, like, 'Grow up. Just grow up.' Look at this. It's sad, pathetic on a 61-year-old. And it's, like, please let it go away already. It happened. It's a reminder to us all." Ozzy Osbourne, who relapsed into drug and alcohol abuse for 18 months a few years ago, credited Sharon for saving his life. "I'm alive because I've got a strong wife, I think," he said. "I didn't expect to live past 30. I remember when I was 21 saying I would be dead by 40. That was all right until I was 39½."