Each episode of "Crazy Tour Stories" features a touring act giving you all the details about one or more wild things that have taken place while on tour. The latest episode, featuring the Dutch symphonic rock band WITHIN TEMPTATION, was filmed on October 1, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois, and can be seen below. In a recent interview with Patch.com, WITHIN TEMPTATION vocalist Sharon den Adel satted about the band's plans for 2015: "It is going to be a very busy year. We will do a theater tour and a lot of summer festivals in Europe and we are hoping to come back to America to play places we did not get to this year. And we're writing new music at the same time. It is looking to be another fun year." WITHIN TEMPTATION released a new live DVD/Blu-ray/2CD, "Let Us Burn - Elements & Hydra Live In Concert", on November 14. The set features two of WITHIN TEMPTATION's most-talked-about arena shows ever. The two dates are 2012's resplendent 15th birthday "Elements" concert and the final night of the "Hydra" European arena tour at Amsterdam's Heineken Music Hall in May 2014. WITHIN TEMPTATION is renowned for releasing impressive live DVDs. Previous release, the best-selling "Black Symphony" DVD, helped make them one of the most popular bands in their genre. At their recent Awards show in Berlin, Metal Hammer Germany presented WITHIN TEMPTATION with the prestigious "Best Live Band" award. The new DVD underlines this title. "Let Us Burn - Elements & Hydra Live In Concert" was released in four formats â DVD + 2CD, Blu-ray + 2CD, 2CD, and digital album. The DVD and Blu-ray contain 34 live audio visual tracks in HD, mixed in 5.1 Dolby Surround. The 2CD and digital album comprise 32 live audio tracks. The two shows have a running time total of approximately 170 minutes.
Josh Maloney, who works in artist relations at Dean Guitars, talked about the company's new Wayne Static Modifier ML guitars â built for Wayne before his untimely passing in November 2014 â at this weekend's NAMM show in Anaheim, California. Check out the footage below. Said Josh: "As you know, in 2014, we lost a very good friend, artist, colleague and just a great dude, Mr. Wayne Static. And as a tribute to him, he requested a couple of guitars for the tour that, unfortunately, he never got to go on. This is one of them. This is our Dean ML Modifier. And as Wayne and I spoke both on the phone and via text, he was very specific about what he wanted." He continued: "Wayne, as you well know, was a very accomplished artist, just a great guy. If you never got a chance to meet him, I feel sorry for you, because he was just a wonderful human being. His wife Tera was a great chick â and still is. "And so we were talking. He was getting ready to go out on the tour. And he said, 'I want a couple of new modifiers.' [And I said], 'No problem.' So he wanted 'em a very specific way. He wanted a purple-and-black modifier. And what's interesting about what Wayne wanted [is] he wanted one volume knob. Obviously, there's no switch, 'cause there's only one pickup â one EMG â and he wanted an unfinished neck. So what we did was we did an oil finish, mahogany neck on this guitar â a lot like his other modifiers." Josh added: "When [Wayne] came to us, he said, 'I wanna play an ML.' I said, 'Well, it's interesting enough that you ask that because we're coming out with a new version of the ML called the Modifier.' And Wayne, without hesitation, said, 'I wanna do it. Let's do it. I wanna do The Modifier. I wanna be the first guy to have one, first guy to play one. Let's do it.' So we built him The Modifiers way early on, and this is actually an ML Modifier built to his exact specs, which he asked me for. We built two of them â there's this one that we're showing at the NAMM show, and the other one that we gave to his wife Tera Tuesday at the Wayne Static tribute show at the Whisky, earlier this week. "We miss Wayne tremendously. He was a great human being, a hell of an artist, an innovator, and just an all-around great guy. And we're proud to display this guitar at our 2015 NAMM show at Dean Guitars, the Wayne Static ML Modifier. "God love you, Wayne. We miss you like crazy. And we hope you're looking down, rocking out and just having a hell of a time." Static, whose real name was Wayne Richard Wells, was just getting ready to head out on co-headlining tours with POWERMAN 5000 and DROWNING POOL when he died on November 1, 2014. Statements from both Static's widow, former porn star Tera Wray, and a publicist dismissed rumors that his passing was the result of a drug overdose. A spokesperson for the San Bernardino coroner's office told BLABBERMOUTH.NET that "no foul play [was] suspected" in Static's death. The coroner's office is still awaiting toxicology results to determine how Static died. Toxicology tests will reveal whether Wayne had any alcohol or drugs in his system at the time of his death. PAPA ROACH singer Jacoby Shaddix apologized for remarks he made shortly after Static's death, suggesting that Wayne's passing was caused by a drug overdose. Shaddix told Loudwire, "I read a blog online that said it was an O.D., and I posted online, âToo many dudes dying because of drugs. It's terrible.' Apparently, it's not drugs, so I put on my Facebook that I was incredibly sorry that I jumped the gun if that's not the truth. My heart goes out to his family, regardless. My intention wasn't to drag him through the mud or anything." A native of Michigan who later moved to Chicago, Wayne Static founded STATIC-X in 1994 after the break-up of his previous band, DEEP BLUE DREAM. Static played in that group with SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman Billy Corgan. STATIC-X became one of the most popular acts in the so-called "nu metal" movement, selling more than one million copies of its 1999 debut, "Wisconsin Death Trip". The disc included the rock radio hit "Push It". STATIC-X released five more studio albums, with the last being "Cult Of Static" in 2009. The band broke up shortly after that, reformed again with a new lineup in 2012, then disbanded permanently in June 2013. Static released his first and only solo album, "Pighammer", in 2011.
Maziar "Marzi" Montazeri of PHILIP H ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS spoke to GearZombiee.com about his new signature Washburn guitar The Priestess at this year's NAMM show at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Check out the footage below. The Priestess combines modern and classic features, such as an offset solid mahogany body with a carved raised center cradling two Marzi Montazeri custom wound Seymour Duncan pickups which provide unmatched tone and sustain. An original Floyd Rose tremolo system with locking nut is built in, allowing you to make this axe squeal with delight or dive bomb to the depths of your soul. The mahogany neck sports an ebony fingerboard, split block inlays with custom 12th fret Marzi "M" inlay and super jumbo frets providing classic rock style with modern speed and superior playability. Custom Grover 18:1 tuners make it easy to keep the guitar accurately tuned. Washburn's Parallaxe series is a breakthrough line of guitars aimed at the pro rock or metal guitarist. It is stage- and recording-ready and packed with unique features such as the Buzz Feiten tuning system, spring silencers, brass trem blocks, super jumbo frets and USA-made electronics. In an interview with the Minneapolis, Minnesota radio station 93X, Philip Anselmo stated about Marzi, "[He] and [late PANTERA guitarist] Dimebag had known each other since the middle '80s, late '80s, and I've known Marzi almost as long. And really, Dimebagâ¦ He was such a killer, killer, amazing player â we all know this â but Dimebag would show so much respect to Marzi. Just to sit there and watch those two guys jam together back in the old days, or just talk guitarsâ¦ They just had this amazing mutual respect for one another. So Marzi and I have reunited, and he is really an executioner when it comes to right-hand picking, and his left hand blows mine away completely, and he's a great lead player. . . And really, man, I orchestrated the whole thing â my words, my songs â but I let Marzi put his fingerprints, so to speak, all over this whole damn thing."
UNEARTH guitarist Ken Susi demonstrated the new Fishman Fluence Modern pickups at the NAMM show on January 24 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Check out video footage below. UNEARTH's sixth album, "Watchers Of Rule", was released on October 28, 2014 via eOne Music in North America and Century Media in Europe. The CD was mixed by Mark Lewis, who has previously worked with CANNIBAL CORPSE, WHITECHAPEL and DEVILDRIVER, among others. After an awe-inspiring 15 years of blazing trails and dominating stages, UNEARTH is now institutionalized as a relentless force in heavy metal, standing the test of time with consistently triumphant creative output, tireless road warrior resilience, blue-collar-style workmanship and a resolute determination to deliver the goods. Like SLAYER, CANNIBAL CORPSE, TESTAMENT and ANTHRAX before them, UNEARTH emerged as part of a burgeoning revolution in heavy music but continued to maintain their relevance and mastery of their craft. They've resisted and prevailed against changing trends, subcultural fashions and the way music is obtained and distributed with their credibility, integrity and unique persona intact. The men of UNEARTH â longtime members Trevor Phipps (vocals), Buz McGrath and Ken Susi (guitars), John "Slo" Maggard (bass) â are proven "lifers." In just a couple of short years, drummer Nick Pierce has proven his commitment as well. They have put the furtherance of uncompromising heavy music at the forefront of their career goals. UNEARTH's previous CD, "Darkness In The Light", sold 6,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 72 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's 2008 effort, "The March", opened with around 11,000 units to land at No. 45.
Video footage of DEVIL CITY ANGELS, the band featuring former L.A. GUNS guitarist Tracii Guns alongside drummer Rikki Rockett (POISON), bassist Eric Brittingham (CINDERELLA), and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Brandon Gibbs (CHEAP THRILL), performing the song "All My People" on January 23 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California can be seen below. "It was kind of by accident how it came together, it really was," Tracii told Lithium Magazine about DEVIL CITY ANGELS' formation. "Rikki and I had done a John Entwistle/Keith Moon tribute show together. We went backstage after playing our songs and the guys backstage were all kind of chanting, 'Guns and Rocketts, Guns and Rocketts' as a joke. And we kind of laughed it off but then Rikki suddenly turned around and said, 'Guns and Rocketts' actually has a pretty nice ring to it, don't you think. So we decided right there to start a band." Guns, who has a solo project called LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN, continued: "[LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN is] more of a vanity project. I wanted something that I could go and tour with and be in a real band. We thought of a few different players and Rikki said he knew Brandon. He said he knew this guy who was younger than us, but should have been born decades earlier. He had a real bluesy sound and played with Eric. We decided to check him out so I called him and he was a really cool dude. And before you knew it, we had him ask Eric if he was interested. He said absolutely and they flew out here a couple weeks later and we recorded [our] first song [called 'All My People']." Regarding "All My People", Tracii said: "The song was written by Rikki and Brandon a couple of years before. They each did their parts separately and then we did the vocal tracking. They went home and I spent the rest of the time doing the lead guitar stuff. And we sent it to Anthony Focx, who is an amazing engineer and mixer who has worked with [former] METALLICA [bassist Jason Newsted] and AEROSMITH and a bunch of other bands. He is a good friend of ours and he mixed it really good and we put it out." He added: "It was eight days from recording to releasing it. It was beautiful the way it came together, kind of old school." Tracii also spoke about DEVIL CITY ANGELS' musical direction, saying "It's basic. It's simple. We might groove out a little more on some things and we might have a ballad or two. But other than that, we're going to keep it pretty straightforward 1977 rock. Since we have a winner with 'All My People', we are just going to stay in that framework. We feel that kind of music and Brandon surely delivers it."
AEROSMITH drummer Joey Kramer stopped by Giant Food stores in Enola, Pennsylvania on Saturday. He greeted fans and shoppers while promoting his line of organic coffee, Rockin' & Roastin'. His line of coffee comes from Ethiopia, Guatemala and Sumatra and is sold at most Giant Food stores in Pennsylvania. Watch a Fox TV report on Joey's appearance below. Kramer will open his first brick-and-mortar Joey Kramer's Rockin' & Roastin' CafÃ© in early 2015. Situated at the intersection of Routes 1 and 1A in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, the Joey Kramer Rockin' & Roastin' CafÃ© will cater to the coffee faithful by offering an unmatched atmosphere laced with rock royalty. Kramer and his Rockin' & Roastin' business partners, Ron Mann and Frank Cimler, will team up with Kramer's longtime friend, auto-dealership magnate Ernie Boch, Jr., in this flagship venture. Encompassing 1,500 square feet, Joey Kramer's Rockin' & Roastin' CafÃ© will be a coffeehouse with rockstar edge. As one approaches, Kramer's custom-designed Rockin' & Roastin' dragon will be reproduced into a bold sign with illuminated eyes. In a glass jewel case visible from the roadways, Kramer's full drum kit from the recent "Let Rock Rule!" world tour will be expertly backlit and displayed in all its glory. Once inside, the ceiling is lined with undulating rock-and-roll images and memorabilia so while java aficionados await their Rockin' & Roastin' creations, they can experience a taste in music history. With table seating and plush couches, Joey Kramer's Rockin' & Roastin' CafÃ©'s dÃ©cor is unlike any other coffeehouse. Dark crimson tones as well as ornate moldings and fixtures will set the stage in Kramer's coffee sanctuary while classic rock-and-roll music videos and legendary concerts play on screens in the background. Joey Kramer's Rockin' & Roastin' CafÃ© also will boast a seasonal patio spanning an additional 1,500 square feet and has complimentary WiFi. "I've always wanted to start my own business and I'm humbled by how far Rockin' & Roastin' has come in the past couple of years," said Joey Kramer, founder and chairman of Rockin' & Roastin'. "Opening up our flagship cafÃ© is another way that I can continue to entertain fans in new and unique ways." At Joey Kramer's Rockin' & Roastin' CafÃ©, baristas will prepare a variety of coffee drinks using the traditional Rockin' & Roastin' brews (Guatemala, Ethiopia, Sumatra), a signature espresso, an all-natural Swiss water-based decaffeinated version, organic flavored coffees such as French vanilla and hazelnut, seasonal blends and cappuccinos. For those looking to snack, Joey Kramer's Rockin' & Roastin' CafÃ© will offer fresh baked goods including coffee cakes, Danishes, pastries and muffins that are baked in-house as well as breakfast sandwiches. There also will be a full line of Rockin' & Roastin' merchandise available including branded apparel as well as 12-ounce bags and single-serve cups of Kramer's signature brews. "Rockin' & Roastin' has been a rapidly expanding organic coffee brand and we couldn't be more pleased with the positive feedback we continually receive," said Frank Cimler and Ron Mann, Kramer's Rockin' & Roastin' business partners. "Joey Kramer's Rockin' & Roastin' CafÃ© is a very exciting milestone for us and we look forward to new brand extensions." In June of 2013, Kramer announced a campaign to donate a portion of his coffee sales to Ernie Boch Jr.'s nonprofit organization, Music Drives Us, which supplies grants for music programs to effect positive changes for people in need throughout New England. Joey Kramer's Rockin' & Roastin' CafÃ© will be located at 551B South Washington Street in North Attleborough, Massachusetts.
In the most unexpected guitar news of this year's NAMM show in Anaheim, California, Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) has launched his own range of guitars and amps under his new brand Wylde Audio, with more products to follow. U.K.'s Total Guitar magazine got a private viewing of what Zakk's been up to. Check out the clip below. Wylde, who was previously sponsored by such companies as Gibson, Marshall, Dunlop and Electro-Voice, tells Billboard.com: "It's beyond an honor to have a signature anything. I still have great relationships with those companies, just like with Ozzy and [Osbourne's wife/manager] Sharon. I still love them, and you still talk to your folks, and you still hook up with them on the holidays." Wylde says that there are plans for Wylde Audio to include "everything down to studio plug-ins with ProTools. Headphones. Anything you can think of audio: cable, strings; we'll be involved in that." For more information, visit www.wyldeaudio.com. BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's latest studio album, "Catacombs Of The Black Vatican", sold around 26,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 5 on The Billboard 200 chart. "Catacombs Of The Black Vatican" was released in Europe on April 7, 2014 via Mascot Label Group and one day later in North America through eOne Music. BLACK LABEL SOCIETY amicably parted ways with longtime guitarist Nick Catanese and replaced him with Dario Lorina (LIZZY BORDEN). BLACK LABEL SOCIETYs' "Angel Of Mercy" video was directed by longtime collaborator Justin Reich of the Antimatter Studio. The clip depicts a stripped down version of the wall of sound that is widely associated with the band.
Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR), Slash (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) and John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE, MARILYN MANSON) will serve as panel participants at METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett's second edition of his Fear FestEvil horror and music convention, set to take place on April 10-12 in San Jose, California. For the second installment of Fear FestEvil, Hammett has dug deeper into his crypt for the makings of another spectacular three-day event. Part One: A Murder Mystery Dinner/VIP Party to be held at the legendary Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California on Friday, April 10. It'll be a classic night of "whodunit" madness dining alongside Hammett and touring the famously eerie mansion while unraveling clues from invited "horror royalty" to solve the "who killed who" mystery with all the expected plot twists & turns! Part Two: A concert line-up for a raucous weekend party that'll raise the frikkin' dead. Performing live at the RockBar Theater in San Jose on Saturday and Sunday, April 11-12 will be Nuclear Blast artists MESHUGGAH, AGNOSTIC FRONT, and ORCHID, in addition to the North American debut of multicultural blues rock band BLUES PILLS. Also performing will be HIGH ON FIRE and ASADA MESSIAH. SiriusXM's Liquid Metal host JosÃ© Mangin and Nikki Blakk of Bay Area rock station 107.7 The Bone will preside over the musical mayhem at the RockBar, where another exhibit of some of the finest pieces in any modern collection of horror memorabilia will be on display. "It has always been my intention that Fear FestEvil events carry both the weird and the loud," stated Kirk Hammett, "and what better way to achieve another extension of what we want to do than eat dinner in a haunted house while solving criminal acts before a weekend of super kick-ass music?!" For details and ticket information on this unique event, visit FearFestEvil.com. Kirk Von Hammett's Fear FestEvil kicked off last year at San Francisco's Regency Ballroom. The inaugural event featured an exhibition of horror memorabilia from Hammett's world famous Crypt Collection in addition to an array of panels and guest speakers, live musical performances, and various on-site vendors.
During a a brand new interview for VH1 Classic "That Metal Show" co-host Eddie Trunk's podcast, "Eddie Trunk Podcast", DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell was asked how he is doing after undergoing stem-cell treatment in his continuing battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma. "Well, I seem to be in a good spot at the moment," Vivian responded. "You can never be too certain with these things, 'cause they can come creeping back. But after three rounds of chemo over the last two years, I did a stem-cell transplant in October. And the first [post-transplant] PET scan that I did on New Year's Eve came back really, really good â there's no sign of the tumors â so I'm hopeful that we're on the right path. I mean, that's certainly the way I've been thinking. I'm not letting it concern me at all. But continuing for the next few years, I'll be doing more scans and follow-ups and stuff, just to make sure, but I'm certainly feeling healthy, you know?!" Campbell also spoke about what it was like to find out last year that his cancer had returned after first announcing in November 2013 that he was in remission. "For anyone who knew anything about cancer, they'd probably say, 'Well, that's not unusual,'" he said. "But I didn't. I got my diagnosis in the spring of 2013 when we were doing the Las Vegas residency with DEF LEPPARD. And as soon as we were done with that, I started six months of chemo. And I just kind of naturally assumed you do the chemo, you do a scan at the end of the chemo and it shows that you're good, and that's it. But apparently not. It was, like, ninety-something percent gone, and it was what they couldn't see on the scan that came creeping back. And it came back so fast. That's why the doctors advised me to do the stem-cell transplant â to try and kill it at the microbiological level. So it's pretty much rocket-science stuff; I mean, it's amazing technology. I personally feel pretty good about this right now. I feel that it's gone. But, like I said, you never really know, and you've gotta keep your eye on it. If it's gonna come back, it's gonna come back in the next couple of years. But hopefully not, you know?!" Asked if he has had an opportunity to speak with some of his fellow musicians, like BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi, and other people who have gone through similar ordeals, Vivian said: "Funny enough, actually, I think that Tony Iommi and I have the same cancer â Hodgkin's lymphoma â as far as I know. But obviously I don't know what stage his was at. Now I don't know Tony personally, so I haven't talked to him about it. But I've talked to a lot of people. It's amazing. Even just through my Facebook page. I mean, you put this kind of stuff out there, and I personally was amazed by how rampant it is, how many people have been affected by it to some degree, or people that are close to them in their family. I've had a lot of advice, but to be honest, I'm just pig-headed and Irish, and I just do my own thing. The main thing for me was to continue working, and in fact, to continue my life unabated, and to not let it compromise me as much as possible. And I think that's been a big part of my mental recovery on this." Campbell â who before joining DEF LEPPARD in 1992 was well known for his work with DIO and WHITESNAKE â went public with his Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis in 2013.
KISS has collaborated with the Japanese pop group MOMORIO CLOVER Z on a new single, to be released on January 28. The track "Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina" was composed by KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley and Greg Collins, with lyrics written by Yuho Iwasato. MOMOIRO CLOVER Z performs the song, with KISS providing background vocals and instruments. It will be released in two versions â "Momoclo Edition" and "KISS Edition" â via iTunes in 120 countries. A music video for the track, featuring both bands, has already been shot in Las Vegas. Both the "Momoclo Edition" and "KISS Edition" of "Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina" will feature the title track and one same coupling song, but the "KISS Edition" will include the track titled "Samurai Son", which was made using "Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina" as its base. It is sung by KISS while MOMORIO CLOVER Z members participate on vocals. The "Momoclo Edition" will come with a Blu-ray disc which contains the music video for the title track instead. "Samurai Son" will also be made available on KISS's upcoming Japanese special edition of songs culled from the 2014 "KISS 40" release, alongside 19 tracks spanning the band's four-decade career and a DVD featuring three exclusive live performances, released to commemorate KISS's 2015 Japanese tour. The DVD includes three songs filmed at the Budokan in Tokyo on October 24, 2013. Audio from that version of "Hell Or Hallelujah" was previously released as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of "KISS 40". "KISS 40" special edition track listing: 01. Samurai Son (U.S. mix) (KISS vs. MOMOIRO CLOVER Z) 02. Rock And Roll All Nite 03. Shout It Out Loud 04. Beth 05. Hard Luck Woman 06. Detroit Rock City 07. Calling Dr. Love 08. Christine Sixteen 09. Love Gun 10. I Was Made For Lovin' You 11. Shandi 12. I'm A Legend Tonight 13. Lick It Up 14. Heaven's On Fire 15. Tears Are Falling 16. Crazy Nights 17. God Gave Rock 'N' Roll To You II 18. Psycho Circus 19. Modern Day Delilah 20. Hell Or Hallelujah Limited-edition DVD: 01. Psycho Circus 02. Shout It Out Loud 03. Hell Or Hallelujah A six-minute promotional clip for the special edition of "KISS 40" can be seen below.
Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman and KISS axeman Tommy Thayer joined Los Angeles glam-metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER on stage during their headlining performance at the intivitation-only NAMMJAM 2015 event on Friday, January 23 at The Grove Of Anaheim in Anaheim, California. The event also featured appearances by HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, OTHERWISE and NICK COLIONNE, as well as an Affliction fashion show. There was also a silent auction for the House Of Blues Music Forward Foundation. Presented by Delve Texas and sponsored by Epiphone Guitars, Monster Energy, Affliction, FX Group, Newtek, Guitar World magazine, SIT Strings, Kramer Guitars, Band Gear and Gotham Stands, NAMMJAM 2015 was a rocking evening of music, fashion and camaraderie. NAMMJAM 2015 also had a charitable element with a silent auction benefitting the House Of Blues Music Forward Foundation featuring autographed Epiphone guitars and other memorabilia donated by music industry notables. Fan-filmed video footage of STEEL PANTHER's performance can be seen below. Delve Texas is a live action and experiential marketing, creative content and product development company headquartered in Austin, Texas. A NAMM member, Delve Texas is a music industry service provider. More information is available at www.DelveTexas.com.
MÃTLEY CRÃE and Alice Cooper appeared on January 20 edition of the Fox News morning show "Fox & Friends" to announce the date of CRÃE's last show ever. You can now watch the segment below. "The Final Tour" kicked off last year and will end New Year's Eve at the Staples Center in Los Angeles after one more round of North American gigs. Because of higher ticket demand, some cities will see them twice. CRÃE said in a statement, "In some of the cities, we could only reach a fraction of the fans who wanted to come see us play last year, so we're coming back to those places." Cooper will open all the shows. When their upcoming retirement was announced last year, the CRÃE actually signed a legal contract saying that they could not go back on their agreement to cease touring. To coincide with the announcement of the last show, the band released a new video, "All Bad Things", which includes clips from throughout their career. The 2014 leg of "The Final Tour" was one of last year's top-grossing tours, selling close to a million tickets across 72 cities and grossing more than $45 million. Dates for 2015 will include five shows in Japan, a tour of Australia and New Zealand, European festival shows, and summer shows in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW), Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE, Joel Hoekstra (WHITESNAKE, NIGHT RANGER), Kiko Loureiro (ANGRA), Marzi Montazeri (PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS), Mike Orlando (ADRENALINE MOB), Rowan Robertson (DIO), Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT), Brian Tichy (WHITESNAKE, FOREIGNER, OZZY OSBOURNE, BILLY IDOL), Phil X (BON JOVI), Mark Zavon (KILL DEVIL HILL) and Michael Angelo Batio are among the musicians who took part in last night's "Randy Rhoads Remembered: A Celebration Of A Guitar Legend" concert at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California. Fan-filmed video footage of the event can be seen below. "Randy Rhoads Remembered" salutes Rhoads, the brilliant original OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist. Show creator Brian Tichy and partner Joe Sutton conceived this event in 2013 after agreeing years before that Randy Rhoads deserved fresh recognition for his musical impact. They are both huge fans of Rhoads. Tichy himself played with Ozzy Osbourne in 2000. On top of the best guitar players in the world rocking their favorite Rhoads songs, Randy's brother Kelle Rhoads performs and both his sister Kathy and he share their stories, making this a very touching and personal experience for all involved! "Randy Rhoads Remembered" was the second celebration event produced by Tichy & Sutton, with the first one selling out and taking place during NAMM weekend 2014. The show highlights the industryâs top guitarists playing every song from the iconic "Blizzard Of Ozz" and "Diary Of A Madman" records and then some! Tichy says: "I get to play drums all night at 'Randy Rhoads Remembered' with so many amazing players on records I learned from as a kid! To me, there's no cooler place to be than at these mighty events! I feel like a wildebeest that's made it across a croc-infested river onto fresh grassland; heartily content!"
Members of SLIPKNOT joined KORN on stage last night (Friday, January 23) at The SSE Arena in London, England during the two bands' joint U.K. tour to perform at cover of the BEASTIE BOYS song "Sabotage". Fan-filmed video footage of the collaboration can be seen below. Prior to the London concert, a posting on KORN's Instagram account hinted that the two bands were "maybe doing a cover tonight in London" with a photo of the musicians performing together in soundcheck. KORN later announced on Twitter that a video of the entire "Sabotage" performance would be made available at some point in the future. They also released "a little teaser" of the collaboration, featuring footage shot with a GoPro camera that hovered over the band and the crowd. In an October 2014 interview with the "Metal Hammer Radio Show", SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor stated about touring with KORN: "Not only were they the band that we loved, but we also aspired to what they had. It wasn't until a handful of years later that we actually got to meet them and we got to know them, we got to be very close with them, to the point where now it's very weird to think that [KORN frontman] Jonathan Davis has me on a first-name basis. It's crazy when the bands you look up to become your peers; that's a pretty big statement to what you've done, especially with that band, because I have so much respect for what they've been able to do and what they've accomplished, and just how far they've been able to push their music. I mean, it's fantastic. This is something that we've been trying to put together for a very, very long time. Just putting together a tour with them and finally, finally we get to do it and it just felt like the right time. They were available, we were ready to do it and the rest is going to be history." Davis was similarly excited about sharing the stage with SLIPKNOT, telling a radio station in Philadelphia: "We've been longtime friends with the SLIPKNOT guys, so we're really excited to be doing this tourâ¦ We've done stuff togetherâ¦ We had Corey come out and sing 'Freak On A Leash' one time live, and then when I got sick back in Europe in '06, he covered for me on a show and sang a couple songs, because I was in the hospital and couldn't perform." SLIPKNOT's first major U.S. headlining tour in support of its new album, ".5: The Gray Chapter", dubbed "Prepare For Hell", also featured KORN and KING 810. The trek kicked off on October 29, 2014 in El Paso, Texas and wrapped up on December 7, 2014 in Boston. ".5: The Gray Chapter" sold around 132,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on October 21, 2014 via Roadrunner.
Dani Buarque of the "Lokaos Rock Show" recently conducted an interview with former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. frontman Udo Dirkschneider. You can now watch the chat below. Asked how it feels for him to see ACCEPT continue with a new singer (ex-TT QUICK frontman Mark Tornillo) as his replacement, Udo responded: "What can I say? I mean, I was watching a show of ACCEPT in Hamburg, and I was a little bit disappointed. It was without any emotion. For me, there was no band on stage. Playing-wise, it was okay, but it was without any emotion. It was automatic â like, do it and then go." Regarding whether he woud ever consider reuniting with his former ACCEPT bandmates in the future, Udo said simply, "No." Dirkschneider also spoke about what he is able to do musically with U.D.O. that he couldn't do while he was a member of ACCEPT. "Let's say it in this way: With ACCEPT, the name ACCEPT, if I continued with the name ACCEPT, then you have to do somethingâ¦ what the people know under the name ACCEPT," he said. "I think with U.D.O., I think I'm more free." In a September 2014 interview with Music Enthusiast Magazine, ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann was asked if Udo Dirkschneider has tried to reach back out or re-establish communication with his ex bandmates in a recent years. "I haven't heard from him in forever other than indirectly in the press, and honestly none of us are even thinking about him," Wolf replied. "It's really not been an issue at all, I mean, we surely put it to rest with this album [the recently released 'Blind Rage']. Clearly it was a big deal the first time around for [2010's] 'Blood Of The Nations'; a lot of people were asking, 'Why?' and 'What?' and 'How come?' But the story has been told so many times now that it's clear that we've started a new life and Udo didn't want to be part of it. He made his choice, we're moving on, and that's that." In a September 2013 interview with BigMusicGeek.com, Udo stated about the possibility of another full-scale reunion between him and ACCEPT: "We did a reunion in '92 and did three albums together ['Objection Overruled', 'Death Row', 'Predator']. For me, the first one was a real ACCEPT album. We did the next one with only with one guitarist and for me, the sound with ACCEPT was always with two guitarists, so there was already some problems coming up. The whole atmosphere was completely gone. We did a tour and then we said, 'Okay, before we destroy the name ACCEPT, let's split up again.' Then they asked me twice after fifteen years to do another reunion and I said, 'Guys, I'm quite successful with U.D.O., and if I shut down U.D.O. again and join ACCEPT, we have to talk about a lot of things.' In the end, I said, 'Okay, if I do this and we split up again, I cannot come up for a third time with U.D.O. I have to continue under the name ACCEPT.' And I said to Wolf, 'You were stealing the name in the '80s. You get the rights on it without asking somebody, especially me.' And he said, 'No, I cannot do this.' and I said, 'Okay.' There was a lot of other points and then I said, 'Okay, guys. Sorry, but I don't want to do this. I will continue with U.D.O. I wish you all the best.' That was the whole thing with the reunion." Regarding the current lineup of ACCEPT, Udo said: "They put out a very good album in 2010 ['Blood Of The Nations'], but then again, I can imagine that after fifteen years, they would have enough time to write a good album. I wish I had fifteen years time to write songs. I expected them to do a good album and 'Blood Of The Nations' is a good album, but in my opinion, 'Stalingrad'  is not as good as 'Blood Of The Nations'." He added: "The new singer is a really good singer, but I think he has problems when he sings all the old ACCEPT songs." Asked if he is still on "speaking terms" with Wolf, Udo replied: "No. There is not talk anymore. I don't want to start a war, but Wolf was saying a lot of bad things about me and I don't understand why he did that. Then, later on, when they would come up to people who didn't know what they had said before, they changed completely. They'd say, '[Udo's current band] U.D.O. is great. Udo is such a nice guy.' So I said, 'Never ever talk to me again.' I don't care. I am happy and they seem to be happy, so what can I say?"
The official video for "Fearless", the third song from THE SIRENS, the collaboration between vocalists Kari RueslÃ¥tten (THE 3RD AND THE MORTAL), Anneke van Giersbergen (THE GATHERING) and Liv Kristine Espenaes Krull (LEAVES' EYES, THEATRE OF TRAGEDY), can be seen below. Also available are previously released tracks "Sisters Of The Earth" and "Embracing The Seasons". The seeds for THE SIRENS were planted when Anneke approached Kari in early 2013 with the proposal of doing a duet for her "Drive" album (released in 2013). Seeing as Anneke regards Kari as an inspiration going in to do THE GATHERING's breakthrough album, "Mandylion", Anneke's intention was to pay tribute to Kari via the collaboration. The song didn't make the final cut as it didn't fit the album, but they remained in touch. Then, in July 2013, Anneke and Liv had a chance meeting at the Masters Of Rock festival in the Czech Republic, and THE SIRENS concept was born. "We had a few minutes only to talk in between our gigs," Liv recalls, "but we agreed that we really should get together and tour. We both had to smile then, thinking that we were, with Kari, the 'originals' within our scene. Moreover, all three of us being mothers and still highly busy in music and art. Anneke told me that she had just talked to Kari, and that was the 'go' for THE SIRENS." It would be fair to call Kari the catalyst for THE SIRENS, as both Anneke and Liv saw her as a role model when they first made their way into music. "I find it hard to believe that I once inspired them," Kari admits, "but if so, it is truly flattering. It is a fantastic feeling to know that I will be singing live with two such amazing vocalists!" THE SIRENS tour was split into two parts, including festival appearances, and staged at the end of 2014 in October and December. It was a full concert showcasing the trio, one band, and a setlist featuring songs from THE 3RD AND THE MORTAL, THE GATHERING and THEATRE OF TRAGEDY as well as tracks from Kari, Anneke and Liv's respective solo careers. They sang alone, performed duets, capping off the night with all three of them on stage, with a show that clocked in at around 100 minutes each night. "The female-fronted scene has become so big all over the world, sometimes it's hard to believe the three of us were at the very beginning of it," says Anneke. "I am very proud of that. Without intentionally wanting to start a new genre, our bands made it okay to sound and look as a girl singer on a metal stage. It was all very new and exciting. I think the tour is great to, in a way, celebrate those early days now that a third-wave of bands is appearing on the scene." There are noteworthy parallels in the lives of Kari, Anneke and Liv that bind them together. All three fronted influential bands, they went on to have lucrative solo careers and remain active, and they've successfully balanced music with family life. It's clear the trio share a chemistry that make THE SIRENS a rousing success. "Making music with kindred spirits is such a wonderful feeling," Anneke says. "I also love harmonizing with more than one singer on stage, so that [is] a cool aspect of the show as well."
MikeJamesRockShow.com recently conducted an interview with guitarist Blake Meahl of the Los Angeles-based, occult-themed traditional heavy metal band HUNTRESS during the group's European tour as the support act for AMON AMARTH. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about the progress of the recording sessions for HUNTRESS's third studio album, which is being helmed by the production duo of Paul Fig (ALICE IN CHAINS, GHOST, RED LINE CHEMISTRY) and James A. Rota ("Sound City" movie, FIREBALL MINISTRY), Blake said: "We're trying to get our record finished, and we keep getting these insane tour offers that are impossible to decline. We did [the] Download [festival in England in June], came home, wrote the album, left for [another] tour, then came back and started tracking it. And now as soon as we get back from [the European tour with AMON AMARTH], we'll finish it up." He continued: "We got it all ready and written. It's just the powers that be that make it really tough between booking schedules and timing and tour timing and then everybody's availability being the same and money coming at the right time to pay for it, and all that." Regarding HUNTRESS's approach for the upcoming CD, Blake said: "Our goal for this record, and for every record since our first one, is to get more organic and real with it." He continued: "The first two producers that we worked with, they liked to stick with that modern, edited sound where they're going, they're snapping things around and making sure, visually, everything lines up so it sounds extra tight. It's a byproduct of a little bit of Pro Tools and the whole situation. But you don't have to do it that way. The production we've got this time is awesome, 'cause they're using that technology, but we're doing full takes of everything and we're not editing things up. It's, like, yeah, if there's a fuckup, we'll punch it, but it's not all mechanized." Blake added: "All my favorite records are the old ones, and I think part of that is that real natural energy of sound of that human push-pull. When it's all glossed like that, it just slides right by. Everything is so even, it doesn't feel musical." HUNTRESS' sophomore CD, "Starbound Beast", was released in June 2013 in Europe and July 2013 in North America via Napalm Records. The CD was recorded at Hobby Shop Studios in Los Angeles with producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris (SHADOWS FALL, HATEBREED, MUNICIPAL WASTE). "Starbound Beast" included the track "I Want to Fuck You to Death", which was co-written for HUNTRESS singer Jill Janus by legendary MOTÃRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister.
According to Nola.com, former PANTERA and current DOWN singer Philip Anselmo will be honored with the Musical Artist Of The Year award at the 2015 President's Arts Awards. This year's President's Arts Awards will be hosted at the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center in historic Downtown Covington, Louisiana on January 31 at 6 p.m. This years festivities will feature food from over 21 St. Tammany Parish restaurants, live music from Ronnie Kole and Christian Serpas, dance performance by Javier Juarez and a theatrical performance by the Slidell Little Theatre. You can purchase tickets at the following locations: St. Tammany Parish Government's Grants/CRT Offices, 21410 Koop Drive, Building C, 1st floor window Mandeville, LA 70471 St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Center, Public Information Office 510 E. Boston St. Covington, LA 70433 Tickets for the Appetite for Art Gala are $75 per person or guests may purchase tickets to the Patron Party hosted by Chef John Besh and the Gala for $150. You can also purchase tickets or donate to the Public Art Program by mailing a check payable to The Northshore Community Foundation (Please be sure to write "President's Arts Awards" on the memo line) to: St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs ATTN: Jennifer Bushnell 21490 Koop Drive Mandeville, LA 70471 For more information or to purchase tickets please call (985)898-5243 or email email@example.com. Anselmo told Nola.com that he fancies himself "a wordsmith to a certain degree, so I'm always learning and expanding my lyrical repertoire." "Normally, like most bands, the music comes first, then the lyrics. But I'm always jotting down one-liners, or merely words that I may incorporate later," he added. "A lyric can inspire a riff, or a piece of music, so to collect as much phonetic info as possible is important. There is rhythm in everyday conversation, and I'm a believer in the fact that all rhythms in music haven't been investigated. That's what makes creating innovative music a blast."
Italy's SpazioRock.it recently conducted an interview with bassist and co-vocalist Troy Sanders of Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON. You can now watch the chat below. Asked about the fan response to MASTODON's latest album, "Once More 'Round The Sun", Sanders said: "We're very happy with the result of the new record, 'Once More 'Round The Sun'. The four of us in the band are very, very happy with it, and that's the most important thing. But it seems like a handful of people around the world seem to like it too, and that's wonderful." He continued: "Every record that we do is gonna sound different, because we always want to evolve and create our own musical path. And every record will be different. We do not wanna write the same record twice. And it's a musical journey that the four of us are on. And to any fans that we've ever had before, we want them to embrace it and grow with us, but we don't expect people to. We just write what we love, and we love what we write. And that's the path that it takes." Regarding the fact that there are more memorable choruses on "Once More 'Round The Sun" compared to some of MASTODON's previous albums, Sanders said: "We've tried to incorporate more melody â not only guitar-wise, but vocal melodies and vocal harmonies and vocal patterns that really are catchy; you know, like, hooks that bring you in and make a song more memorable. So we did spend more time and effort on trying to find those right vocal moments for this new record without cheating the song's music itself." He continued: "You can find vocal patterns that are catchy and meaningful to the song without just being cheesy about it and singing for the sake of not screaming. We're always trying to be better songwriters, and just continue to evolve and make songs that don't sound like the last song we wrote." "Once More 'Round The Sun", sold around 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 24, 2014 via Reprise Records. "Once More 'Round The Sun" was recorded in Nashville with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz, who is known for his work with RUSH, DEFTONES, FOO FIGHTERS and ALICE IN CHAINS.
The official lyric video for the song "Way To The Sun" from REVOLUTION SAINTS, the project featuring Deen Castronovo (JOURNEY, OZZY OSBOURNE, BAD ENGLISH, HARDLINE), Jack Blades (NIGHT RANGER, DAMN YANKEES, SHAW/BLADES) and Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE, DIO, BURNING RAIN), can be seen below. The song is taken from REVOLUTION SAINTS' self-titled debut album, which is scheduled for a February 24 release via Frontiers. The CD, which was produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio (HARDLINE), features Castronovo on lead vocals and drums, Blades on bass and vocals, and Aldrich on guitar. Already well known for his drum talents for his work with JOURNEY, BAD ENGLISH and more, Deen's excellent vocal talents are also in the spotlight on the REVOLUTION SAINTS release. On bass (and co-lead vocals on a few tracks), Blades is well known for his melodic-yet-hard-rocking approach to songwriting and playing via multiple classic albums by his main band NIGHT RANGER, as well as with the DAMN YANKEES and the SHAW/BLADES releases. On guitar, Aldrich was excited to lend his fiery blues guitar attack to such a unique and melodic band. Doug, who recently left WHITESNAKE after a fruitful 12-year run, has a deep pedigree and is one of today's most respected guitarists, having previously played with DIO. You can tell by the name (and the names involved) that this is not going to be your average rock 'n' roll album. It is a record that brings back the classic melodic rock style to where it should be: inspiring, uplifting vocals, soaring melodies and musicianship to die for. Or more simply, it is completely badass. The project was initially the vision of Frontiers president Serafino Perugino, who for years had hoped to work on a project where Deen would be the lead vocalist. Having previously worked with all three artists on different projects on Frontiers, getting Deen, Jack and Doug together was a dream come true for the president of the label. With production overseen by in-house Frontiers man Del Vecchio (who also contributed to the songwriting and played keyboards on the album), the recording process happened in Portland, Oregon during the summer of 2014. REVOLUTION SAINTS' music is played with a heart and soul and that highlights the passion and the enthusiasm of three of the best rock and all-around musicians in the game today. REVOLUTION SAINTS is: Deen Castronovo: lead vocals, drums Jack Blades: bass, vocals on "Turn Back Time" and "Way To The Sun" Doug Aldrich: guitars Special guests: Alessandro Del Vecchio: keyboards, backing vocals, vocals on "Way To The Sun " Arnel Pineda: co-lead vocals on "You're Not Alone" Neal Schon: guitar solo on "Way To The Sun" "Revolution Saints" track listing: 01. Back On My Trail 02. Turn Back Time 03. You're Not Alone (feat. Arnel Pineda) 04. Locked Out Of Paradise 05. Way To The Sun (feat. Neal Schon) 06. Dream On 07. Don't Walk Away 08. Here Forever 09. Strangers To This Life 10. Better World 11. How To Mend A Broken Heart 12. In The Name Of The Father (Fernando's Song) Bonus Tracks (deluxe edition only) 01. You Are Not Alone (Arnel Pineda version) 02. Way To The Sun (Doug Aldrich version) 03. You Are Not Alone (Deen Castronovo version) DVD Content (deluxe edition only) 01. Making Of The Album Documentary 02. Turn Back Time (promo video) 03. Back On My Trail (promo video) 04. Here Forever (promo video) 05. Way to the Sun (lyric video) An EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for the album, as well as the video for the song "Turn Back Time", is available below.