Tune in this Sunday, October 26 at 10/9c to AMC TV's live "The Walking Dead" after-show "Talking Dead" to watch iconic, Grammy-winning artist Slash join host Chris Hardwick, along with a "Walking Dead" cast member and guest Mary Lynn Rajskub. They will discuss "The Walking Dead"'s new episode "Four Walls And A Roof" (Season 5, Episode 3). Fans can submit questions during the live broadcast at this location. Questions will be broadcast and discussed by Chris and Slash on the show. On Monday, October 27 visit TalkingDead.com to check out exclusive video and photos from the episode. "Talking Dead" airs this Sunday at 10/9c immediately following "The Walking Dead" at 9/8c on AMC. Slash is a massive fan of horror movies and told The Pulse Of Radio that he thinks the genre as it stands now needs to shake things up. "It's just like anything else," he said. 'You go through these periods where the money issue becomes 'Okay, we can just keep making franchises because it's a guaranteed sell.' But there's still movies in the background that are still really good, they're just fewer and farther between during this whole period. So it takes something to sort of give it a kickstart and change the genre a little bit, if only for a minute."
ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian says that he "doesn't give a shit" about former ANTHRAX singer Neil Turbin's opinion of Ian's autobiography, "I'm The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax", explaining that the book is an accurate account of the band's history from Scott's point of view. Turbin recently slammed Ian over the guitarist's portrayal of the vocalist in "I'm The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax", saying: "I find it very sad that somebody I've had no contact for 30 years feels that it's necessary to fabricate lies about me in order to draw attention to themselves." He added: "I wish them all the luck in the world on their new work of fiction. I'm sure it must be as good as 'The Lord Of The Rings'." Asked by Artisan News what his reaction is to Turbin's comments about "I'm The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax", Ian said (see video below) "I don't care. My book isâ¦ It's my book. [Laughs] I don't give a shit." In a recently published excerpt from the book, which was released on October 14 via Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group, Ian details his tensions with Turbin â vocalist on ANTHRAX's 1984 debut album, "Fistful Of Metal" â and the band's split with original bassist Danny Lilker, a period of time that Scott describes as "the worst moment for me in the history of ANTHRAX." "As soon as we started touring to support 'Fistful Of Metal', Neil got ultra-cocky," Scott wrote. "He felt like he was the boss man, and he became inflexible. His attitude was, 'I'm the singer and it's my way or the highway.' He thought we'd be dead without him. The shitty thing is, he was right. We were on the fast track. Jonny Z [founder of '80s metal label Megaforce Records] was managing us, and he was bringing RAVEN back in the summer of 1984 to tour like they did the year before with METALLICA opening, and this time we were scheduled to open all the dates, starting May 30. Everything was already announced and planned, and if we lost our singer, we'd have had to cancel. Jonny wasn't going to wait around for us. There were other bands he was talking to like OVERKILL and LEGACY (which became TESTAMENT). We had to strike while the iron was hot, and that gave Neil the ability to pull all these power plays. "The biggest dick move Neil ever pulled was when he fired Danny Lilker behind our backs after 'Fistful' came out in January 1984. The main reason he did it, in my opinion, was because Danny is taller than him. He honestly didn't think someone should be taller than the front man onstage. He thought it made him look bad, so he tried to stand as far away from Danny as possible, which was hard when we were playing stages the size of ping pong tables." In a 2009 interview with VoltageMedia.com.au, Turbin stated about his departure from ANTHRAX: "I was a member of ANTHRAX from August 1982 up until August 1984. I was a member of ANTHRAX for exactly two years. The reason I leftâ¦ well, there were a number of things, actually. The whole relationship started to deteriorate after a while, there was definitely backstabbing from certain people who chose to hang around with other people instead of focusing in the band. I was into metalâ¦ focused on music while Scott Ian and Charlie Benante [drums] formed an alliance and Dan Spitz [guitar] just followed. In a matter of months, it was simply a case of them versus me. It was very difficult to deal with them, because it was obvious that we wouldn't get along and they were also more interested in other things than musicâ¦ at least back then. We didn't establish a trusted friendship within the bandâ¦ that's for sure!" For "I'm The Man", Ian worked with Jon Wiederhorn, co-author of the books "Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal" and "Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen". Turbin will front British thrashers ONSLAUGHT on their "Thrash Invasion Tour 2014" of the U.S., Canada and South America. He will fill in for ONSLAUGHT vocalist Sy Keeler, who will sit out the trek due to health issues with his son.
Canadian rock legends RUSH will release a special "R40" video box set on six Blu-ray discs or ten DVDs this coming November to celebrate their 40th anniversary. The set features live footage spanning all four decades of the band's career, including over two hours of unreleased material, a rare performance of entire seven-part version of "2112", three unreleased tracks from the 1974 vault plus RUSH's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction. Speaking to Artisan News at a recent charity golf event in California, Lifeson said (see video below): "We're talking about putting a tour together for next spring. So ['R40'] is kind of like the prelude to it. "I can't believe that it's been 40 years already. But I hope for another 40." 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of RUSH's eponymous debut album in 1974. "R40" is a superb collector's box set which brings together live performances by RUSH from each decade of their career. It includes "Rush In Rio", "R30", "Snakes & Arrows Live", "Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland" and "Clockwork Angels Tour" plus a bonus disc of previously unseen and unreleased live material stretching from 1974 to 2013. To the delight of fans, the bonus disc will include all eight songs from the Laura Secord Secondary School show in 1974 which features original drummer John Rutsey. That recording includes two RUSH originals "I've Been Runnin'" and "The Loser", as well as their cover of Larry William's "Bad Boy", made famous by THE BEATLES. The bonus discus also features five songs from songs from the Capitol Theatre in 1976 such as "Anthem" and "Lakeside Park", the rarely performed full, seven-part version of "2112" filmed in 1997, "Lock And Key" from the "Hold Your Fire" tour, as well as footage from the glorious evening when RUSH fans got their beloved band inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. RUSH are renowned for the energy and excitement of their live concerts and this set brings together some of their finest performances. The ten DVD (or six Blu-ray) discs are contained in a stunning 52-page hardback book measuring 305mm x 225mm with the ten discs contained in five additional rigid insert pages each holding two discs. The 52 pages of the book are filled with memorabilia and photographs documenting 40 years of RUSH live in concert. This is the ultimate collection of RUSH live performances, beautifully presented. For more information, including the complete track listing, visit Rush.com.
Brian Aberback of Patch.com recently conducted an interview with singer Michael Starr of Los Angeles glam-metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Patch.com: Would you say that your high-caliber musicianship sets you apart as being more than a simple novelty act? Your songs are hilarious and in many aspects you're a modern-day SPINAL TAP, but you're also serious musicians. Starr: Absolutely. That's one thing that separates us from a SPINAL TAP. We take what we do extremely serious as far as musicianship is concerned. Singing on key, playing onstage, getting the audience involved, having charisma. But at the same time, we have a lot of fun. We do care, but we don't care. We're not faking it, but we're having fun. I think that's one of the things that has really propelled us. We have nothing to lose. Patch.com: Who were you favorite bands back in the glory days? Starr: My favorite band was VAN HALEN. They were great musicians and David Lee Roth was an amazing performer. He would crack jokes onstage. It was a fun experience. If you went to see the band, it was a party. Jani Lane with WARRANT would crack jokes onstage, change words in the songs. It was fun. Those were the bands I was always drawn to as a kid. This is why we're doing what we're doing. The four of us in the band all feel the same way. Patch.com: You may be playing to fans that don't know STEEL PANTHER on the JUDAS PRIEST tour. Does that change any aspect of your performance? Starr: Not really. We pretty much forge forward the same way we would do it in front of a crowd that knows who we are. We've had a lot of experience playing festivals before a bunch of people that have never seen us and we just do what we do, no matter what. It's challenging too, because you have to realize that just because they're not screaming your songs, it doesn't mean they don't like you. Usually by the end of our show, people are fans or hate us. Nobody leaves our show going, "They're pretty good." They just go, "I hate them" or "I love them." Read the entire interview at Patch.com.
Celebrate the holidays with some of the biggest names in music performing holiday classics on "CMA Country Christmas", a two-hour special hosted for the fifth year by Jennifer Nettles airing Monday, December 1 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC television network. The special, which tapes in front of a live audience Friday, November 7 (7:00 p.m. CT), at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, is a star-packed celebration of the season with performances by Alan Jackson, and Brad Paisley adding his blazing guitar work to a performance by rock 'n' roll royalty Steven Tyler. Artists previously announced include Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Lucy Hale, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Idina Menzel, Nettles, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith and Carrie Underwood. For the third year, audience members are being encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the taping to help make the holidays brighter for Nashville area children. "Our toy drive adds something special to the celebration shining a spotlight on a worthy endeavor in a way that reflects the values and giving nature of our artists, the industry, and this city," said Sarah Trahern, CMA chief executive officer. The Nashville-based, non-profit group Generosity will have volunteers on site at the Bridgestone Arena plaza with specially marked bins to collect toys beginning at 5:00 p.m. CT on November 7. In 2013, the group collected more than 5,000 toys. Tickets for "CMA Country Christmas" are on sale now and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com; by calling (800) 745-3000; or in person at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office, located at 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, Nashville). Tickets for "CMA Country Christmas" are $25 for Upper-Level seating and $50 for Lower- and Club-Level seating. Ticket prices include tax, but exclude applicable service fees. "CMA Country Christmas" is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the executive producer, Paul Miller is the director, and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor has denied that he was angry over the leak of the identity of the band's new bassist, insisting that he was "laughing [his] ass off" when he said he was "upset" about the musician's name being revealed in the media. SLIPKNOT's fifth album, ".5: The Gray Chapter", was released on October 21 via Roadrunner. It's the band's first CD without founding drummer Joey Jordison, who was fired in 2013, and late bassist Paul Gray. The identities of the band's new bassist and drummer have not yet been revealed, but both appeared â disguised in the same newly designed mask â 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. Venturella has served as a guitar tech for MASTODON, COHEED AND CAMBRIA and others, while also playing in the band KROKODIL. Asked by Revolver magazine if he was "pissed" over the tattoo faux pas, Corey said: "It wasn't something we'd even thought of and it didn't even occur to us until it hit. I was like, 'Aw, man. C'mon.' But the funny thing is, I was doing a radio interview and I was laughing about it. And then the story got picked up by all these media outlets that implied I was incensed, angry, and outraged. No, not really. If you listen to the interview, I'm laughing my ass off. It just goes to show you, in this TMZ world, people are gonna pick up something just so they can make a story out of it. It would be nothing for me to make an argument out of it, but at that point it was like, 'Man, who gives a shit?'" Asked why SLIPKNOT has chosen to keep the new members' identities a secret, Taylor said: "To me, it's more about the collective. It's more about the group than it is those individuals. And people don't know for sure all the details, which is part of the fun of it, too â keeping people on the edge of their seats." Taylor told Metal Hammer that firing 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 isâ¦ 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."
Keyboardist Marta Demmel of Orange County, California's BLEEDING THROUGH, who announced in 2013 that the band would be coming to an end after a 15-year run, spoke to Ghost Cult magazine about her plans for the future and whether she will ever end up joining another group. "I'm a full-time step mom," Marta, who is married to MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel, explained. "I bartend â it's fun and I enjoy it. Life is pretty easy-going. "I hope to enjoy making music. I'm not exactly sure what. I haven't been in a hurry to jump into something else. I really would like to continue to make music." As for the rest of the band, no set plans were announced, but one member has already hit the road with a new project. "Ryan [Wombacher], our bass player, is now with DEVIL YOU KNOW," Marta said. "I'm sure some other dudes with play with some other groups. I'm sure we will keep making music, but not sure what avenue yet." Regarding BLEEDING THROUGH's decision to call it quits, Marta said: "We started talking about it over a year ago. Maybe a year and a half ago. "I think it was a lot of circumstances but just not wanting to be part time. Just having BLEEDING THROUGH being full time and full on and not just fade into the sunsetâ¦ end with a bang." She added: "I think there were some circumstances â slowing down in general as a band, pursuing other things in life, families, careers, etc. Brandan [Schieppati, vocals] wanted to be fully dedicated to his gym, as well as not doing BLEEDING THROUGH part time. I think he saw it as all or nothing." "You still have to do what you want to do. You still have to take the path you want to take. "There would be no BLEEDING THROUGH without Brandan or any of us, for the most part. We're so much a family and a unit at this point there would be no moving on with someone else I think." BLEEDING THROUGH's latest album, "The Great Fire", was released on January 31, 2012 via Rise Records.
RAMMSTEIN guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe, who is currently promoting the sophomore album from his EMIGRATE project, is the latest musician to respond to KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' recent comment that "rock is dead." Simmons told Esquire magazine last month â in an interview conducted by his son Nick â 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, Kruspe told Australia's Heavy magazine: "I dont think rock will ever be dead because it's a life statement for a lot of people. But what I do realize is that the quality of records is very poor. I understand why â there's no time, there's no money, [and] everything becomes a promotion tool. "I said it a few years ago: people only fuck themselves by stealing music. But I think also there is another movement coming. Streaming will maybe save something. "People are spending money on music at the moment, but it just has to go in the right direction. "We need to go through that generation that wants to own music to the next generation that says, 'I dont care, I just want to have it.' Then, well, have another way of paying the artist, for people to get money again to invest in music. "I wouldn't say rock's dead; it's just going through a really poor quality stage." Kruspe's EMIGRATE project will release its sophomore album, "Silent So Long", on November 4 via Spinefarm. The CD, which was produced by the EMIGRATE bandmembers themselves and mixed in February/March by Ben Grosse (MARILYN MANSON, DISTURBED), features guest appearances by Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÃRHEAD), Jonathan Davis (KORN), Marilyn Manson, Canadian born Berlin-dweller Peaches, and Frank DellÃ© from chart-topping German collective SEEED.
Ozzy Osbourne says that BLACK SABBATH will "disband" after completing the next album and touring cycle, leaving him to focus entirely on his solo career. The singer released a solo retrospective called "Memoirs Of A Madman" earlier this month. The collection features 17 of Ozzy's greatest hit singles compiled in one place for the first time in his career. Asked why he decided to release "Memoirs Of A Madman" now, Ozzy told The Times-Picayune: "A lot of people are asking me, with the success of the reformation of BLACK SABBATH, am I going to do any solo stuff any more? The answer is yes. I am going to continue to do my solo stuff, but I can't do the two at the same time. This 'Memoirs Of A Madman' package is to let everybody know that I haven't abandoned my solo career." He continued: "I'm doing one more BLACK SABBATH tour, one more BLACK SABBATH album, and then we're disbanding the name, I believe. And then after that, I'll be doing my solo stuff." Ozzy added: "In a way, I'm glad that I did the things with BLACK SABBATH. No. 1, it was the first time we ever had a No. 1 [album] in America. No. 2, hopefully we'll end on a happy note. The only sad note about it is that [original drummer] Bill Ward didn't do the last tour, for reasons that I guess have something to do with financing or something. I don't know. "It would be great for him to get it together and sort all the problems out for the next tour. It would be a great way for the four of us to end such a wonderful experience of being BLACK SABBATH, and what we achieved. "Tommy Clufetos [the drummer in Osbourne's solo band] did a great job [filling in for Ward on the most recent tour]. He's a great drummer. But he ain't Bill Ward, you know?" Ward was announced as part of the band's reunion in late 2011, but dropped out early the following year due to what was assumed to be a dispute over his contract. Since that time, however, the other three original SABBATH members â Ozzy, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler â have hinted that Ward was not physically up to the task of recording a new album and embarking on a lengthy world tour. Ozzy said as much when The Pulse Of Radio asked about Ward's absence a while back. "Bill Ward has got the most physically demanding job of the lot of us, 'cause he's the timekeeper," he said. "I don't think personally he had the chops to pull it off, you know. The saddest thing is that he needed to own up to that, and we could have worked around it, whether we had a drummer on the side with him or something. But I suppose it was something to do with finances as well." Ward underwent surgery last year for perforated diverticulitis, a gastrointestinal condition in which the walls of the intestine have become perforated. For the recording of its 2013 reunion album, "13", SABBATH used RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE drummer Brad Wilk, while Clufetos handled the drums on tour. Ozzy recently told Metal Hammer magazine that Rick Rubin, who produced last year's "13" album, will likely be back for the next project. Asked if he has started writing songs for the new BLACK SABBATH album, Ozzy told Esquire magazine: "No. Although I texted [guitarist] Tony [Iommi] the other day. I said, 'It would be a great idea if you could send me some musical ideas so I can try and work some melodies around so we don't have to go searching for the song structure.' So I'm not starting from a cold block, you know?"
AVENGED SEVENFOLD has finally released its long-in-development mobile role-playing game, "Hail To The King: Deathbat". The game is available on the App Store and Google Play for $4.99. A "Hail To The King: Deathbat" video tutorial from AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows can be seen below. M. Shadows said in a statement: "The process of developing this game has been a new and challenging experience for us as we've worked hard to create a game that we are not only proud of but more importantly, a game that is fun to play. We think we've achieved that and hope you enjoy the game." Shadows told The Pulse Of Radio that the fan response to the game after just one day has been the most gratifying part for him. "Putting this thing out was very scary in a way because it's, you know, a lot of people would want to say, 'Hey, you're a band, don't give me a game, I don't want it,' he said. "And from the reaction today that we're getting from when it's out and just seeing Twitter explode and seeing people playing it online and being excited about it and getting to walk around in our world that we created for them, it's been amazing and just puts a smile on my face. I'm super, super happy with them." "Hail to the King: Deathbat" features classic AVENGED SEVENFOLD tracks along with a new and original score composed by the band. AVENGED SEVENFOLD also has a DVD in the works and will tour Southeast Asia in early 2015. In August the group reissued its 2003 second album, "Waking The Fallen", in a special edition featuring previously unheard music and demos, new artwork and a documentary on the making of the record. AVENGED SEVENFOLD was touring in support of its sixth album, "Hail To The King", which debuted at No. 1 in August 2013 on the Billboard chart.
In The Now Magazine 's Brett Tully recently conducted an interview with guitarist Mark Tremonti of ALTER BRIDGE and CREED. You can now watch the chat below. Asked if there has ever been a low point in his music career where he came close to calling it quits, Tremonti said: "No. I mean, there's nothing else I'd wanna do. This is all I know how to do." He continued: "When CREED was coming to an end, it just made me work harder and try to survive. Since then, the Internet's kind of come in and shaken up the business, and it's just been a constant struggle to just stay revelant, stay out there and make a living. "It's definitely the hardest it's ever been for a lot of bands in their career right now with everything that's been going on, but there's nothing else we'd rather do." Regarding the fact that even bands like JUDAS PRIEST and IRON MAIDEN are not selling the same number of tickets and playing to as many people in the U.S. as they once did, Tremonti said: "Well, those bands are still selling out arenas over in Europe. Europe's what, I think, really has kept rock alive. If it wasn't for Europe, we'd probably be retired." He continued: "We've been struggling so much here in the States. It's finally getting larger here in the States, but right off the bat it got big in Europe and we were playing the arenas over there. We get to play shows with all the bands you mentioned. We just played with IRON MAIDEN a couple of times on the last tour, we went [on] right before METALLICA, right before SOUNDGARDEN and [BLACK] SABBATHâ¦ all these great bands. "Europe's a really strong rock market. In the States, I think, the big rock stars turned into pop stars, and the rap starsâ¦" Tremonti added: "Rock's such a faceless scene right now. Everybody knows what Lil Wayne looks like and what Jay-Z and Pink and all the pop stars look like, but rock stars are kind ofâ¦ Hopefully it's a cyclical thing and rock will come back and be as big as it once was." ALTER BRIDGE current U.S. headlining trek winds down on October 26 in Los Angeles. This is likely the band's final run in support of 2013's "Fortress" album.
"The Feast And The Famine", a brand new song from FOO FIGHTERS, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Sonic Highways", which arrives on November 10. The "Sonic Highways" eight-part series, which documents the making of the CD, premiered on October 17 on HBO. FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl, who directed the documentary, interviewed a number of personalities for the series, including Slash, Dan Auerbach of the BLACK KEYS, LL Cool J, Bonnie Raitt, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Pharrell Williams, Joan Jett, CHEAP TRICK âs Rick Nielsen, Paul Stanley of KISS, Joe Walsh, ZZ TOP's Billy F. Gibbons, Macklemore, Buddy Guy and even President Barack Obama. FOO FIGHTERS have announced additional details about the concert the band is playing at Chicago's Wrigley Field on August 29, 2015. The day-long event will celebrate the musical history of the Windy City and feature performances by local legends CHEAP TRICK, URGE OVERKILL and NAKED RAYGUN. CHEAP TRICK guitarist Rick Nielsen appears on the song "Something From Nothing", the first single from "Sonic Highways". Bassist Nate Mendel told The Pulse Of Radio what he found most rewarding about the process of making "Sonic Highways". "I think the cool thing about this was â and it was sort of a surprise to me â is going to all these cities and learning about them in a little bit more depth than we had before," he said. "It gives us a sense of pride in a way of American music and all the variety of it and depth of it and all these unique cities. After a while, you take it all in and you're like, 'Yeah,' you know â it just gives you a little bit of more feeling of like being a part of the place."
Deen Castronovo (JOURNEY, OZZY OSBOURNE, BAD ENGLISH, HARDLINE), Jack Blades (NIGHT RANGER, DAMN YANKEES, SHAW/BLADES) and Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE, DIO, BURNING RAIN) have joined forces in REVOLUTION SAINTS, a new project which recently completed recording its debut album for a 2015 release via Frontiers. The CD, which was produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio (HARDLINE), will feature 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. Aldrich left WHITESNAKE on May 7, explaining in a statement that he "had several recording and live commitments, so [he] needed a more flexible schedule to conclude these before going full force as normal." He added: "Unfortunately, my schedule was not workable." Aldrich played on the last two WHITESNAKE studio albums, 2008's "Good To Be Bad" and 2011's "Forevermore", and appeared on several live releases, including last year's "Made In Japan" and "Made In Britain/The World Records". NIGHT RANGER's latest studio album, "High Road", came out on June 10 in North America via Frontiers. JOURNEY's most recent studio album, "Eclipse", was released in May 2011. The Walmart exclusive debuted on The Billboard 200 album chart at No. 13 â eight spots lower than the band's previous album, 2008's "Revelation" â which also went on to hit No. 1 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart.
Kaaos TV conducted an interview with guitarist Rob Barrett of Florida death metal veterans CANNIBAL CORPSE on October 15 at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about the problems CANNIBAL CORPSE encountered on its recent Russian tour, Rob said: "We tried to do eight shows in Russia, but ended up only doing four and a half due to some problems over there with somebody that was getting our shows shut down. So we actually only were able to do four full shows and then we got stopped half way through a fifth one. But at least we got to do more than half, so that was a success in itself. We didn't get arrested or deported, orâ¦ Well, we got canceled several shows, butâ¦ Other than that, the shows were really good over there. The shows that we weren't allowed to play, we actually stuck around and did a signing and took pictures with a bunch of people just so then they didn't feel like we were just leaving and not really caring about them." Asked how he feels that there are still some countries like Russia, where concert cancelations are believed to have been related to complaints by Dmitry Tsorionov, the head of "God's Will," a Russian Orthodox social movement, about CANNIBAL CORPSE's lyrics, which Tsorionov claims violate Russia's anti-blasphemy law, Rob said: "I don't really wanna say my full opinion about it, but it seems at least over there that the wall is back up, you just can't see it." 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 tour of Russia kicked off on October 2 in Krasnodar and was scheduled to include eight concerts. However, only four shows went ahead as planned, with the band's October 5 gig in Ufa getting axed when the venue abruptly closed "for technical reasons." CANNIBAL CORPSE's October 10 concert in Nizhny Novgorod was shut down by armed masked police officers 30 minutes after it had started. A number of fans were detained and taken for compulsory drug tests. According to the police, the detained fans were charged either with "disorderly conduct" or with "being drunk in public," offenses that are punishable by fines or up to 15 days in prison. 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 had their concerts in Khabarovsk, Tomsk, Novosibirsk and Krasnodar canceled following a string of protests by Christian activists.
Superskum.com conducted an interview with vocalist Sharon den Adel of Dutch symphonic rockers WITHIN TEMPTATION during the band's recently completed North American tour. You can now watch the chat below. Asked why it takes WITHIN TEMPTATION a minimum of three years to release a new studio album, Sharon said: "The problem is you guys always want us back very soon, and longer and longerâ¦ The problem is, when you're touring, it's very exhaustingâ¦ That's how it goes most times when you're on the road. You don't really write that much, and then you come home, and then we've all got our families. And besides that, there's also the theater tour that we're gonna do. It takes a lot ofâ¦ We have to rebuild our songs; it's almost like a whole studio project. And then you have the festivals again; you don't do much then, because it's flying around with airplanes, and you don't take your gear with you that you have in the studio. And we don't just tour America; we also tour the whole of Europe extensively. But also outside of Europe â like Asia, we also go to. So it's a lot of shows that we do. And before you know it, it's three years later, and you still have to write an album, and that takes a year also. And if you do it in a year, that's quite quick, actually, with recordings and everything." WITHIN TEMPTATION will release 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. When it comes to the live experience, WITHIN TEMPTATION's status is of a league extraordinaire. These two performances showcase every nuance of their fierce reputation plus stunning imagery and special FX, including even giant fire-breathing dragons! In November 2012, WITHIN TEMPTATION challenged themselves to create one of their most impressive arena shows ever, to celebrate the band's 15th birthday. The result was the one-off symphonic "Elements" show, held at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp. A dazzling event with 15,000 fans, the band's dream came to life. Newly inspired, the group went forth to write their critically acclaimed sixth studio album, "Hydra". In early 2014, WITHIN TEMPTATION unleashed "Hydra". This monster record claimed more than 10 European Top-10 chart positions, a No. 2 position in the iTunes World Charts, and the band's highest U.S. Billboard Top-20 chart position to date. The album success was followed by a 33-date European arena tour, selling out noted venues like Wembley Arena in London, Le Zenith in Paris, and the legendary Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam (twice). Over 15,000 fans joined the "Elements" show celebrations and more than 120,000 fans witnessed the "Hydra" beast on stage in Europe, but WITHIN TEMPTATION is far from done. The "Hydra" world tour is currently in full swing in North America. With South America and Japan still to come, more than half a million fans will have seen WITHIN TEMPTATION by the end of this year. 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" will be 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.
New York Rocks TV host/producer Phil Fiumano has uploaded video footage of KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' October 21 appearance at Barnes & Noble in New York City for a signing session of Simmons' new book, "Me, Inc.: Build An Army Of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win In Life And Business". Check out the report below. "Me, Inc.: Build An Army Of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win In Life And Business" was released on October 21 via Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Official book description: "The quintessential self-made man, master of brand identity, New York Times bestselling author, and award-winning executive â KISS' Gene Simmons âshares his manifesto for business success. "KISS did not become one of the most successful rock bands in history by accident. Long before they first took the stage, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley had a clear-cut operating plan for their business. Over the past forty years, KISS has sold over 100 million CDs and DVDs worldwide and manages over 3,000 licensed merchandise items. In addition to KISS, Simmons' lucrative ventures include two hit reality shows, a professional sports team, a restaurant chain, and a record company. A recipient of the Forbes lifetime achievement award, this brilliant executive runs all of his businesses on his own â no personal assistant, few handlers, and as little red tape as possible. "In 'Me, Inc.', the marketing and finance wizard gives aspiring entrepreneurs the critical tools they need to succeed. Simmons teaches you how to build a solid business strategy, harness the countless tools available in the digital age, network like hell, and be the architect for the business entity that is you. Inspired by 'The Art Of War', 'Me, Inc.' is organized around thirteen specific, easy-to-understand principles for success, drawn from Simmons' own triumphs and failures. From finding the confidence necessary to get started, to surrounding yourself with the right people, to knowing when to pull the plug and when to double-down, these principles can help you attain the freedom and wealth of your dreams." Although Simmons has long portrayed himself as the brains behind KISS, his bandmate Paul Stanley's memoir, "Face The Music: A Life Exposed", paints a different picture, with Stanley claiming that Simmons was always more concerned with the Gene Simmons business. According to Keith Spera's review of "Face The Music" in The Times-Picayune, Paul writes in the book that he, along with his therapist at the time, realized in the 1980s that KISS' financial managers were acting in bad faith. Other managers â not Simmons â encouraged diversification into a wide and lucrative range of merchandising opportunities. "I saw the term 'marketing genius' used in reference to Gene quite frequently .â.â. [and] it turned my stomach," Stanley wrote of Simmons. "Neither Gene nor I has had an active hand in any significant deals. "He was no marketing genius. He just took credit for things. It was unwarranted, selfish, and hurtful, and there was no way to excuse it. Calculated strategist? Sure. Genius? No." Despite the barbs directed at Simmons, Stanley said in a recent interview that his longtime bandmate and business partner "had no arguments with" the comments Paul made in "Face The Music". "We've always been very honest with each other," insisted Stanley.
Guitarist Jim Root has opened up in a new interview with Australia's Triple J radio station about his dismissal from STONE SOUR late last year â even as he and singer Corey Taylor were working together on a new SLIPKNOT album. Root said, "I think, in some ways, there are certain people in that band [STONE SOUR] that are just extremely impatient, and they think that they need to have everything that they have, and they need to realize that the only reason they have anything of what they have is because SLIPKNOT made it possible for them to have what they have. SLIPKNOT has graciously and kindly stepped aside and let this other band do everything that it's ever needed or wanted to do, yet this band can't seem to take a break for SLIPKNOT to do what it needs to do. And, I don't knowâ¦ For me, it seemed like it was a little bit of a smack in the face. So it just got to the point, for me, where I couldn't stand it anymore, and I needed to work on SLIPKNOT, it was apparent, and it was becoming more and more apparent the more shows that we were doing." Asked whether his departure from STONE SOUR may have improved his relationship with Corey by taking some pressure off it, Root replied: "It may [have]. But I've never had a problem with Corey. You know what I mean?! Corey and I understand each other a lot better than anybody else from the other bands could, because we've been pullng double duty for all these years. And when you've got other people in the bands that you're in that don't share that common thing, they could never really understand what it is. And after a while you become so spread thin that it becomes really hard to give a hundred percent to both things, and eventually there comes a time where you have to say, 'Enough is enough,' and, 'I need to put my focus a hundred percent into what it is that made this all possible for all of us,' And let's face it: SLIPKNOT is a world-class, cult-status band, and it's where my passion lies. That's not to say I'm not passionate about STONE SOUR â I'm absolutely passionate about everything that I contributed to STONE SOUR â but there are certain people in that band that have a different idea of what STONE SOUR should be, and I don't necessarily wanna be in a radio band, so to speak, you know what I mean?! I'd rather be creative and be artistic and be able to play intricate music that moves and really takes you on a journey. About the closest STONE SOUR ever came to that were the two records that we just released, and I don't know that they'll ever do that again in the future." Root told The Pulse Of Radio when he first revealed that he was sitting out the last STONE SOUR tour â before it was announced that he was let go â that he was already dealing with a lot of stress juggling the two bands. "You know, unfortunately I'm only one person," he said. "I can't really be in two places at one time and the amount of focus that I need to put into SLIPKNOT makes it really difficult for me to be on tour with STONE SOUR. It's crushing and it's heartbreaking and I really don't like the idea of not being out there, but I don't really see any other way to really do it." Root said that he was dismissed from STONE SOUR in November 2013, revealing to Revolver magazine: "I was mad because STONE SOUR wanted to go do a tour and they didn't want me to be a part of it. So I had a little anger, and I had a little bit of depression. I was kind of hurt. But at the same time, it was probably all for the better, because I wasn't really happy in that band anymore." Taylor addressed the issue as well, telling Revolver: "It was difficult, at first. It put a strain between he and I for a little bit. It was one of those things where the timing just sucked. But at the same time, we knew that, on both sides, we've gotta do what we've gotta do.â Taylor added that working together on the new SLIPKNOT album actually helped mend fences between him and Root, explaining: "We were able to kind of channel that and put it into what we were making, which I think in a lot of ways helped the overall aggression and emotion really get there." Taylor and Root spent much of the last four years recording and touring behind three full STONE SOUR studio records, including 2010's "Audio Secrecy" and the double concept album "House Of Gold & Bones". STONE SOUR recently entered a Burbank, California studio to begin recording a covers album for a tentative early 2015 release. There's no word yet on which songs the band intends to include on the disc, which will mark the recording debut with the band of new guitarist Christian Martucci. SLIPKNOT's new set, ".5: The Gray Chapter", arrived on October 21.
Vocalist Chuck Billy and guitarist Eric Peterson of San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT answered "five random questions" for Shockwave magazine aboard MOTÃRHEAD's MotÃ¶rboat cruise, which took place September 22-26. You can watch the question-and-answer session below. Asked to name his "favorite sappy balad," Peterson said: "I would say 'The Legacy' [from TESTAMENT's 1990 album 'Souls Of Black']. The last time we played that song was in Mexico City. Some kid came to us and had a picture of a girl that just died. And he was, like, 'He wanted to come to the show so bad.' And it was an unfortunate death. She was obviously young. I think she was 18. I forgot her name. But [the song] wasn't even in our set, and he asked us, can we play the song for her? And I remember when we played it, the lighters came up, and we had her picture on the drum riser, and it was pretty sappy. I started crying. I was just, likeâ¦ Chuck was singing killer. It was great. That was the last sappy ballad I could think of." TESTAMENT is writing material for the follow-up to 2012's "Dark Roots Of Earth" album for a tentative early 2015 release. Billy said in a recent interview that would like the new CD 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.
According to Examiner.com, the new studio album from Glenn Danzig's namesake band is set for a fall 2015 release, and his long-awaited covers effort is due in March. He is also working on an EP of Elvis Presley covers. Asked if there is any other musical ground that he is interested in covering, Danzig laughed and said, "No, probably 'Danzig Sings Elvis' will be about it." He added: "I'm pretty lucky in that a long time ago I started my own label. So I can just put out stuff when I want as long as I have a good distributor and no one can kick me off my own label. So I make sure that it sounds like what people expect DANZIG to sound like and hopefully they'll like the product when it comes out. That's really all that I do." DANZIG's cover version of the the classic Lee Hazelwood/Nancy Sinatra song "Some Velvet Morning", featuring a guest appearance by Cherie Currie (THE RUNAWAYS), was made available for streaming last year. The track was supposed to appear on Danzig's covers album, which was also due to include Glenn's renditions of classic songs from BLACK SABBATH, ELVIS PRESLEY and ZZ TOP, among others. Danzig was in the studio in February with DANZIG guitarist/bandmate Tommy Victor (also of PRONG) recording three new tracks for the next DANZIG album. As of six months ago, Glenn had five new songs in various stages of completion. The first new DANZIG studio album in six years, "Deth Red Sabaoth", sold 11,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart. "Deth Red Sabaoth" was released on June 22, 2010 via Evilive/The End Records. Produced by Glenn, the CD was recorded in Los Angeles over the course of 2009.
According to Hot Metal, CINDERELLA guitarist Jeff Labar has recruited Nashville bassist Jasmine Cain and her band to back him at his upcoming solo dates. Labar, who lives in Nashville and recently released his debut solo album, "One For The Road", said: "I have booked a few shows â I'm going to try it out. "I've never been the frontman, the singer of a band before, but I'm going to try it out November 15 in Indianapolis and a couple more shows in December. "But I think next year I might start hitting it hard with my bass player, who is Jasmine Caine. She's a bass player in my video, 'No Strings', and she's a great singer-songwriter-performer-artist in her own right." Cain's band is rounded out by Zach Ballard (drums) and Benjamin Johnson (guitar). Labar continued: "Basically, her band is backing me up. They're taking me under their wing, basically. "This will be the first â¦ Jasmine and I have been crossing paths for years and we finally got to work together in my video. "We're going to put it to the test live." LaBar's video for the song "No Strings" was directed by James Erdman and features drummer Matthew Arnn, Jeff's son, guitarist Sebastian LaBar, and Cain. "One For The Road" was released on August 26 through Rat Pak Records. The CD was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with longtime friend and noted engineer Ronnie Honeycutt, and was mixed and mastered by Chris "The Wizard" Collier (KXM, LYNCH MOB, LITA FORD).