On the July 2 edition of WWUH Radio's "The House Of Zazz" metal program, host Sam Hatch spoke at length with OVERKILL frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth. You can now listen to the chat below. "The House Of Zazz" airs Tuesday nights/Wednesday mornings from midnight until 3:00 a.m. Eastern Time on 91.3 FM WWUH (in Connecticut) and is available for streaming live via the Internet at www.wwuh.org. OVERKILL's new album, "White Devil Armory", was released on July 22 in North America via eOne Music (July 18 in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records). The effort was tracked at Gear Recording and was mixed by Greg Reely, who also worked on 2012's "The Electric Age". OVERKILL's videos for "Bitter Pill" and "Armorist" wre filmed with veteran director Kevin J. Custer (HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, SUFFOCATION). Custer previously worked with OVERKILL on the "Electric Rattlesnake" and "Bring Me The Night" clips. "White Devil Armory" track listing: 01. Freedom Rings 02. Where There's Smoke... 03. Pig 04. Armorist 05. Down To The Bone 06. Bitter Pill 07. King Of The Rat Bastards 08. Another Day To Die 09. It's All Yours 10. In The Name The limited-edition box-set version of "White Devil Armory" includes a digipack CD, a leather belt and buckle plus a certificate of authenticity. Speaking about what OVERKILL was trying to accomplish with "White Devil Armory", Ellsworth told Artisan News: "My personal motivation, and I can probably speak for my partner D.D. [Verni, bass], is that you don't want repetition. Obviously, we are what we are â a thrash metal band â [and] we fall into, let's say, a subgenre of this metal community, but the idea is that you wanna stay interested with it, you want to try, to some degree, to reinvent yourself. And I think the thing I'm most proud of when it comes to a record like Number 17, being 'White Devil Armory', is that that's the push for it. No repetition. Let's get in there and let's define that line between repetition and what style is. I write all these notes in my office where I have my little studio â 'Don't repeat yourself,' 'Don't use this,' 'Don't use that' â and that becomes kind of the flavor of the writing: Stay relevant, great execution, modern presentation. Make Number 17 relevant in 2014."
Rocker-turned-filmmaker Rob Zombie has teamed up with "The Walking Dead" artist Tony Moore to create an animated film about the French Revolution, which is the setting for the upcoming "Assassin's Creed Unity" video game. Check out the short film below. Said Zombie about his involvement with the project: "When the 'Assassin's Creed' thing came up and it was all taking place during the French Revolution, I thought that was incredibly attractive, because that is such a dark, weird time yet so visually stunning. "At first, it seemed like an odd thing for a video game, but after getting deeper into it, I realized that it was perfect. "Tony Moore is helping to imagine some of this, doing the story boards and the layout art. And I thought, 'Well, he's fantastic, so that'll be a great combination.' "If you look at the reality of what went on in the French Revolution and the way things were done, I just thought, you know, it's not like there's tons of film footage of all this going down. Other things could have happened. And I would just look at each situation and kind of put my own twist on it." Asked how his collaboration with Zombie came about, Moore told Game Informer: "I had worked with Rob before. I did some covers for his 'Spookshow International' comics right after 'The Walking Dead'. My friend Angry Blue is a poster artist. He did all the finishing on the artwork [in the short] and he had actually been talking to [the producers] before I was ever brought in. They wanted someone who had more of a storytelling background and Angry Blue and I were friends. He's from Kentucky, too. So we hit it off and he reached out to me and they brought me in, andâ¦ yeah. I knew it was going to be fun because I had worked with Rob before and was familiar with his work. I knew it was going to be a good time."
AVENGED SEVENFOLD guitarist Zacky Vengeance tells Billboard.com that the band will take "a real quick trip to Japan" after Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival ends on August 10 and then plans to come off the road in order to start working on a follow-up to 2013's "Hail To The King". "I think once we get home, the ideas are going to start brewing," Vengeance says. "I know Syn's [lead guitarist Synyster Gates] been writing a ton purely for fun, trying different styles, recording backstage, keeping himself busy. I've been thinking of all sorts of ideas, listening to tons of different music to get inspiration â as have all of us. And being on tour, I'm so inspired. Seeing bands like BODY COUNT with Ice-T out there, they're so old-school and riff-based and over the top and slightly offensive and it's fuckin' awesome. So there's tons of inspiration that I know we'll be drawing from." "Hail To The King" was the band's second straight CD to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard chart, following 2010's "Nightmare". The latest effort was recorded after the AVENGED SEVENFOLD bandmembers immersed themselves in the music of two classic LPs: METALLICA's Black Album and GUNS N' ROSES' "Appetite For Destruction". "The BLACK SABBATH, AC/DC, ZEPPELIN Influence comes through," Gates told TimesLeader.com about "Hail To The King". "We wanted to create space rather than just fill up every song with four bridges and three choruses and vocal harmonies everywhere, with guitar duels going on. The goal was to focus on the songwriting and the arrangements." "Hail To The King" marked AVENGED SEVENFOLD's full-length debut with new drummer Arin llejay, whom Gates described to TimesLeader.com as "one of the most tasteful drummers I've heard in my lifeâ¦ He's got that caveman, barbaric huge groove philosophy that we were trying to go for on this record. He's really got it in his heart and soul. We took the approach of wanting a hungry young kid who could suddenly come out of nowhere and play in front of 50,000 people. He really stepped up." AVENGED SEVENFOLD and KORN are co-headlining this year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which kicked off its annual run on July 5 in Devore, California. Other acts on the bill include ASKING ALEXANDRIA, SUICIDE SILENCE, TRIVIUM, MISS MAY I and more. AVENGED SEVENFOLD will reissue its breakthrough second album, "Waking The Fallen", in a new special edition on August 26. "Waking The Fallen: Resurrected" will include a total of 23 tracks, including 11 never-before-heard songs, new artwork, the original first cut of the music video for "Unholy Confessions" and a 30-minute film featuring the present-day band.
Eight guitars belonging to BLACK STONE CHERRY axeman Ben Wells were stolen from the band's storage shed in Glasgow, Kentucky. The Glasgow Police Department and BLACK STONE CHERRY are asking fans for their help in recovering the instruments. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Glasgow Police Department at 1-270-651-5151. BLACK STONE CHERRY's fourth album, "Magic Mountain", sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 22 on The Billboard 200 chart. This number is in line with the first-week performance of BLACK STONE CHERRY's last CD, "Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea", which shifted 13,000 units back in June 2011 to land at No. 29. "Magic Mountain" was released in North America on May 6 (one day earlier internationally) via Roadrunner Records. Regarding BLACK STONE CHERRY's songwriting approach on "Magic Mountain", Wells told About.com Heavy Metal: "We had a freed mind, I guess, is the best way to put it. We weren't really concerned about radio and what's popular and what's going to sell. We just became more confident in who we are as a band, who our fans are. We just wanted to make a great rock album. We wrote songs with solos, we wrote songs that were longer than three minutes. We just wanted to write a great album." Asked how the band picked Joe Barresi (CHEVELLE, TOOL) to produce the new CD, Wells said: "He actually reached out to us about doing it. We checked him out, had a meeting with him, and just fell in love with his method of recording and his ideas. He was on the same page we were. He wasn't about trying to make a cookie-cutter polished album. He wanted to make something cool. That's what really drew us to want to work with him." Wells also spoke about the inspiration for the "Magic Mountain" album title. He said: "We had the song first. We thought it was a cool title. We knew we wanted the album to be titled that. Basically, it's a metaphor for open your mind up. If you have a place, whether it's spiritual or metaphorical that you like to go to, that could be your magic mountain. We just thought it was cool and captured the essence of the whole album."
Florida death metal veterans MALEVOLENT CREATION have a full lineup again with Jason Blachowicz (a.k.a. Jay Black) back in the fold on bass and Justin DiPinto (drummer on "The Will To Kill" album) on drums. The band is now also working with longtime friend, former OBITUARY and current GORGOROTH bassist Frank Watkins, as their business manager. Drummer Gus Rios left MALEVOLENT CREATION in February due to "personal differences." Rios joined MALEVOLENT CREATION in 2008 as the replacement for Dave Culross. Rios recorded and co-mixed the band's tenth studio album, "Doomsday X", and laid down the drum tracks on MALEVOLENT CREATION's 2010 CD, "Invidious Dominion". MALEVOLENT CREATION recently finished recording its new album. The CD is expected to include the tracks "Corporate Weaponry" and "Face Your Fear", the latter of which can be streamed below. The song was recorded, produced and mixed at Rios' studio, Riversound Productions, except for the vocals, which were laid down with Jim Nickles at his Shredly Studios. MALEVOLENT CREATION's latest album, "Invidious Dominion", was released in August 2010 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records (in Europe through Massacre). The effort was made available in various territories as a regular CD; digipack with bonus material; and vinyl LP.
PHILM â the Los Angeles-based experimental post-hardcore triumvirate featuring drummer Dave Lombardo (SLAYER, AMEN), guitarist/vocalist Gerry Paul Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE), and bassist Francisco "Pancho" Eduardo Tomaselli (WAR) â will release its sophomore album, "Fire From The Evening Sun", on September 16 (one day earlier internationally) via UDR. Without a doubt, every fan of hard rock and extreme metal knows the name Dave Lombardo. For nearly two decades the drummer provided the impulsive, whipping rhythm for thrash metal pioneers SLAYER, which is why fans and critics crowned him as the "godfather of double bass." He also proved his talents outside of the strict thrash corset and cooperated with musicians like Mike Patton (FAITH NO MORE), GRIP INC., John Zorn, MELVINS and many more. The newest outlet for his extraordinary creativity acts under the banner of PHILM: With his bandmates Gerry Nestler and Francisco "Pancho" Tomaselli, he has found two companions who also deny any genre restrictions. On their new album, "Fire From The Evening Sun", the trio acts accordingly: free and unlimited. As Lombardo states: "We tend to live on the heavy side, but we also touch on haunting, desolate, ambient sounds." The estimation of frontman Gerry Nestler also emphasizes the great variety of the band: "Heavy but sensitive, powerful and atmospheric. The music of PHILM is channeled through the many different influences of drum and bass, expressionism, and underground that is indigenous to the street. " The result of this cooperation is a truly exceptional album that has its roots in the heavy music but stretches its branches into all possible genres. With his demanding and innovative drumming, Lombardo provides for the rhythmic base on which songs like the impulsive opener "Train", "Blue Dragon" with its detailed guitar and bass play or the drum-'n'-bass-influenced "Turn In The Sky" can unfold. Nestler adjusts his vocals to this varied music and masters imploring whispering or coaxing clean vocals as superior and emotional as aggressive shouting or nearly manic screaming. PHILM pay special attention to the haunting atmosphere of their songs that evokes goose bumps over and over again. Be it the malign undertone in "Lady Of The Lake", the dark beginning und the nearly psychedelic guitar solo of "Silver Queen" or "Corner Girl", which closes the album in a laid-back but also sinister mood. "Fire From The Evening Sun" track listing: 01. Train 02. Fire From The Evening Sun 03. Lady Of The Lake 04. Lion's Pit 05. Silver Queen 06. We Sail At Dawn 07. Omniscience 08. Fanboy 09. Luxhaven 10. Blue Dragon 11. Turn In The Sky 12. Corner Girl
Italy's "Heavy Demons" radio show recently conducted an interview with keyboardist Jordan Rudess of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. Asked how it feels to be back on the road in Italy, Rudess said: "Europe is a hotspot for DREAM THEATER, and Italy is probably among the hottest spots, so it's great to be here. I know the fans are really excited about everything, and we are too. And personally, I love coming to Italy, 'cause it's probably my favorite place of all the choices of where we can go. I have a lot of friends [here], and there's a lot of pluses [to being in Italy], as you know." Regarding whether there has been a difference in reactions to DREAM THEATER's new, self-titled album between the audiences in America and those in Europe, Rudess said: "This album's been very well received, but I guess the main difference that I would say is the general difference that happens all the time at the shows, and even as reaction to the music, which is that there's certain places in the world, like where we are right now, that it is more passionate about things, and especially with music that's a little bit more demanding, more challenging, that you need to invest more personal energy into to get back the satisfaction, I find that the European audiences are more willing to go along for the ride than the American audiences. That's not to say that there aren't a lot of people in the U.S. that will go along for the ride, but I find it more happening around here." Rudess spoke to GetYourRockOut at this year's Sonisphere festival about whether the band has already begun thinking about the follow-up to last year's self-titled release. He said: "We haven't really gotten into serious band discussions about what's gonna happen next, although we've had little discussions between some of us about what we would like to see happen next. At the same, if I get a good idea in the middle of the night, or whatever, I'll record it onto my iPhone. I elected James [LaBrie, vocals] to kind of be the keeper of some of my ideas; I'll send him little YouTube clips of me playing something I think is cool. And then when it wraps around and we get into writing again and start our process, then we'll go back an see what we've got and kind of figure it out." Rudess also reassured fans that there are no plans for DREAM THEATER to stop making new music and become a nostalgia act. He said: "Oh, no no no. We love what we do. We're passionate about making music and as composers; that's just who we are. DREAM THEATER has never been a band that hit at a particular fashionable point and said, 'OK, that's basically it.' We're a band that reallyâ¦ It's important to us to write music and put it out there and to work together. And we love it. And that's why we keep going." DREAM THEATER's latest, self-titled album sold around 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on September 24, 2013 via Roadrunner.
THE RAVEN AGE, the band led by George Harris, son of IRON MAIDEN and BRITISH LION bassist Steve Harris, supported BRITISH LION on a 10-date European tour that kicked off on July 8 in Norwich and wrapped at the annual International Motorcycle Convention at the Moto Clube De Faro, Portugal on July 19. Quality-filmed video footage of THE RAVEN AGE's July 15 performance in Toulouse, France can be seen below. THE RAVEN AGE is a melodic metal band from London, United Kingdom consisting of five individuals who very quickly became friends through sharing a love for heavy music and a passion for songwriting. In 2009, guitarists Dan Wright and George Harris began establishing their vision of a band that combines contemporary heavy music with powerful melodic vocals to create an epic and unique sound. After writing their first album, they began searching for likeminded musicians to join the band and make their vision a reality. Taking on bass player Matt Cox in 2012, with vocalist Michael Burrough and drummer Jai Patel joining in early 2013, the line up was complete and ready to take their music to the stage. THE RAVEN AGE released its debut EP on July 5. The track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Uprising 02. Eye Among The Blind 03. The Death March 04. Angel In Disgrace THE RAVEN AGE is: Michael Burrough - Vocals Matt Cox - Bass Dan Wright - Guitar George Harris - Guitar Jai Patel - Drums
Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based melodic death metallers THE AGONIST will release their new album, "Eye Of Providence", on November 11 in North America (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media. The band's first CD with new vocalist Vicky Psarakis was recorded at The Grid studio in their hometown with producer Chris Donaldson (CRYPTOPSY). Vicky joined THE AGONIST as the replacement for Alissa White-Gluz, who left the band to focus on her new gig as the frontwoman of ARCH ENEMY. The third in a series of video updates from the studio can be seen below. THE AGONIST released a two-song digital single on April 29 via Century Media. These tracks were the first to feature Psarakis. 01. Disconnect Me 02. Perpetual Notion Commented THE AGONIST guitarist Danny Marino: "Creating this album has been an amazing experience so far. "Vicky has breathed new life into the songwriting process and we are so excited to share these first two tracks with the world! "The songs on this album represent a culmination of the past 10 years, as well as a new beginning for THE AGONIST. We're also thrilled to be back in the studio with our old friend and longtime engineer Chris Donaldson. "We can't thank our fans enough for their ongoing support in this new and exciting chapter of THE AGONIST!" The official lyric video for "Disconnect Me" can be seen below. THE AGONIST's third album, "Prisoners", debuted at No. 19 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. THE AGONIST 2014 is: Vicky Psarakis - Vocals Danny Marino - Guitar Chris Kells - Bass Simon McKay - Drums Pascal "Paco" Jobin - Guitar
Video footage of former PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo and comedian, radio host, author and musician Dave Hill performing a cover version of THE SMITHS' "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" after the screening of their "Metal Grasshopper" web series on Wednesday (July 23) at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans, Louisiana can be seen below. In an interview with Radio.com, Anselmo gushed about THE SMITHS, saying: "THE SMITHS are humorous, THE SMITHS are poppy when they wanna be, but also very grim at times. And I think that maybe the more grim stuff might appeal to heavy metallers in a way. "You think you know depression, grimness and self-loathing? Listen to [THE SMITHS singer] Morrisey. "THE SMITHS really took me aback, because I'd never really heard a vocalist who was, I guess, androgynous to a certain degree lyrically, be so honest, be so damn honest. And then so bleak, too, at the same time with this edge of humor. "I always say extreme music comes in all genres. [THE SMITHS] are an extreme band in the same way THE BEATLES were extreme, or QUEEN was extreme. THE SMITHS should be held in that lofty position as well. "Morrisey's style is original. His voice, when you hear Morrisey, you know it's him. That is the mark of success. Like when you hear King Diamond, it might not be for you, but when you hear him, you know him. That's success, ladies and gentlemen." "Metal Grasshopper" is a web series produced and directed by Chris Lee, the SUPAGROUP guitarist-and-singer-turned-webâseries-producer, who is married to Sean Yseult, the former WHITE ZOMBIE bassist. According to NOLA.com , the series, which was shot mostly at Anselmo's wooded compound north of Lake Pontchartrain, follows the misadventures of a budding hard rock star, played by Hill, as he seeks guidance from a metal mentor, played by Philip. Lee is finalizing a deal with a web portal to air "Metal Grasshopper" this fall, possibly as 10 four-minute episodes.
METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett has revealed to RollingStone.com that he recently laid down a guitar solo on song "Salt In The Wound" on "Blood In, Blood Out", the new album from his first band, EXODUS. "It felt really casual, really cool â just like it did back in 1980 when we were all just hanging out back in the day," Hammett said. "Me, recording a solo on their album was a huge thing for me. Other than the EXODUS demo that's been heard by a lot of people, it's the only time I ever recorded with EXODUS. It was a huge thing for me." He added: "I play a pretty cool solo, and then Gary [Holt, EXODUS guitarist] comes in and plays another solo, and you know what? I listened to that and thought, 'Wow, it's 1982 all over again and here we are, Gary and I are trying to cut each other's heads off with our guitar solos.' Nothing has changed much in the last 30 years. I love it. I love those guys. I've only known them for most of my life, so I'm really happy that I finally got to record with them." Hammett and METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo will join EXODUS tonight (Friday, July 25) at Kirk's "Fear FestEvil After Party" at the San Diego Comic-Con International for a special set featuring "10 or 12 cover songs", including "The Real Me" by THE WHO, KOOL AND THE GANG's "Jungle Boogie" and OZZY OSBOURNE's "Diary Of A Madman". Hammett was a member of EXODUS' original lineup before replacing Dave Mustaine in METALLICA in 1983. In fact, Hammett was not only the person who came up with the EXODUS name, but also the first from the band to meet original EXODUS singer Paul Baloff and brought him into the group.
TOOL guitarist Adam Jones recently spoke to U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine about the band's long-awaited follow-up to 2006's "10000 Days". Asked how the new material is coming along and what kind of direction it is taking, Jones said: "We're always on an experimental path. We never think about what worked on the last record or what's good on the radio right now. It's a selfish process. We just go in there with some riffs. We experiment and the riffs start to take a different path and over time. This riff from last week might go really well with this riff from two years ago. We piece stuff together, almost like a film soundtrack, you know? But I'll tell you this â there's a lot of stuff in 7/4. Breaking up 7 can sound like an even number to the listener even though it's an odd number, that's really exciting. 'Rosetta Stoned' had some elements of that where we had a middle break and the end rhythm of 7 against 5. It kinda opens up a whole can of worms! There's some really light stuff going on but there's also a lot of heavy stuff in there too." Jones and TOOL drummer Danny Carey recently revealed the real reasons why the band has not made an album since 2006 in a new interview with Rolling Stone. The biggest hold-up has been a "multi-level lawsuit" that started in 2007 when a friend of the band claimed that he had created artwork for the group and wanted credit for it. Then an insurance company that TOOL had hired for the sole purpose of defending the band against lawsuits turned around and sued the band over technicalities regarding the case. The band countersued the insurer, with the case finally going to trial next January after seven years. Asked by Metal Hammer magazine when he thinks the new TOOL album will be ready, Jones said: "This lawsuit has really gotten in the way. All we want to do is get it behind us so we can focus on what we do best. I don't want to just get it out and worry about the next record, then look back and go, 'Why did I do that? It's a piece of crap.' I want to sleep well at night. It's my legacy, you know? Some day, I'm gonna croak and I wanna look back on what I did and go, 'I worked really hard, took the time and had integrity.' I know our fans are frustrated and obviously want to hear new music. You gotta look at that in a good way and think, 'Wow â they really like us and they want more!' To be honest, you can't beat that feeling at all." Even through all the financial and legal turmoil, Jones, Carey and bassist Justin Chancellor have come up with enough raw material for an album and have one song that's "pretty much done," with the rest needing further refinement before they're sent to vocalist Maynard James Keenan. Jones and Carey described the overall feel of the band's new music to Rolling Stone as "heavy," with Jones saying, "Sometimes I feel we get a little too proggy or too into exploring time signatures but not getting heavy enough for my taste. There are some good nose-bleeding riffs happening, and I'm really happy about that. It's not out-of-the-gate crazy heavy, but there are these little journeys with nice paths that end up very heavy." The guitarist said that while TOOL has always had complete creative freedom, the band's legal issues have put a damper on that. He revealed, "I find it so hard to be creative when you have something awful nagging at you, just stuck between the hemispheres of your brain and affecting your sleep and your relationship with other band members . . . It's just a shame." Neither Jones nor Carey offered a possible timeline for when a new album might arrive, but Carey said, "I'm hoping that we have something really solid recorded by the end of the year," Jones added, "We're just not going to settle for doing anything but our best work, and the fans appreciate that."
On June 29, TJ Fowler of Ghost Cult Magazine conducted an interview with drummer Kjetil-Vidar "Frost" Haraldstad (SATYRICON, 1349) at the Tuska open-air festival in Helsinki, Finland. You can now watch the chat below. SATYRICON's self-titled album sold around 1,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release. This is roughly in line with the opening-week performance of the band's previous CD, "The Age of Nero", which premiered with 1,700 units back in November 2008. "Satyricon" debuted at position No. 1 on the official chart in the band's home country â the first time one of the group's releases topped the chart in Norway. "Satyricon" also saw success internationally, debuting at No. 6 in Finland, No. 23 in Germany and No. 26 in Austria. By comparison, SATYRICON's previous studio album, "2008'a "The Age Of Nero", entered the chart at No. 5 in Norway and No. 73 in Germany. "Satyricon" was recorded in Norway between January and May 2013 and was produced by SATYRICON frontman Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven. Mixing took place in Seattle by Adam Kasper and Satyr.
A 58-second audio snippet of the song "Time Will Tell" from SWEET/LYNCH â the new band featuring guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet of Christian hard rockers STRYPER, legendary guitarist George Lynch (T&N, DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB), bassist James Lomenzo (MEGADETH, WHITE LION, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and drummer Brian Tichy (S.U.N., WHITESNAKE) â can be streamed using the audio player below. (Note: The name STILL was briefly considered for this project but was ultimately abandoned in favor of SWEET/LYNCH.) SWEET/LYNCH's debut album will be released in early 2015 via Frontiers. The band's first lyric video for the song "September" â a tribute to the victims of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York â will be made available on September 11. Sweet told Guitar International about SWEET/LYNCH: "It was the brainchild of Serafino Perugino at Frontiers Records. He asked me to basically sing on this record and then I suggested producing it. I co-wrote the songs with George. I called Brian Tichy and James Lomenzo to put the band together. It's an incredible combination of classic '70s and '80s. You will hear some flavors of JOURNEY, BAD COMPANY, DOKKEN, VAN HALEN and STRYPER." He added: "I love this CD. I'm super excited for people to hear this CD. I'm so proud of it. "James and Brian are amazing musicians. They tore it up. The drums and bass are just as impressive as the guitars. Everybody really deliveredâ¦ The musicianship level on this is top notch. It sounds as if we were all in the stuff playing together and we were not. Basically, George wrote some riffs about a minute to a minute and a half long. I wrote lyrics and melodies then arranged them. I cut and pasted them together in the studio. Then Brian and James came out and tracked the drums and bass, as well as some rhythm stuff. We then sent it to George to add the guitars." Asked if there will be any live dates in support of the album, Sweet said: "We are one million percent sure there will be a tour." "Time Will Tell" audio snippet:
TWISTED SISTER performed this morning (Friday, July 25) as part of the Fox News channel's Fox & Friends All-American Summer Concert Series at the Fox News Plaza in New York City. Video footage of the band's rendition of its classic song "We're Not Gonna Take It" can be seen below. Earlier on "Fox & Friends", TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider talked to Brian Kilmeade about the original five members of the band getting back together after a 15-year hiatus. TWISTED SISTER guitarist Jay Jay French also highlighted a great cause that he is promoting. French introduced an eye doctor who he said saved his daughter from blindness. French's daughter Samantha suffers from a rare eye disease called Uveitis. The band will perform at a benefit concert September 5 in an effort to raise awareness and help the work for a cure.
Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare has announced a second engagement for 2014. The ultimate Halloween horror event will invade the Chicago metropolitan area select nights from September 26 to November 1 at Odeum Expo in Villa Park, Illinois. Opening night will also feature a special one-night-only concert with groundbreaking musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie. "I am thrilled to be able to expand the Great American Nightmare to TWO new cities this year," said Zombie. My only goal is to make it twice as sick as last year." The Great American Nightmare's second city will feature three attractions based on Zombie's own horror films: The Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D and Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses. These attractions were first seen at the 2013 Great American Nightmare debut in Pomona, California and have been improved and enhanced based on visitor feedback. The fully immersive haunted house experience at Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare will include the Bloody Boulevard with freak shows, musical entertainment, roaming characters, themed food and beverages, games and vendors each night. "After the tremendous success last year, we all felt we wanted to bring Great American Nightmare to as many people as possible," says Great American Nightmare producer Steve Kopelman. "Chicago is a haunted house hotbed with the Odeum Expo center being the go-to haunted house venue for the past two decades. We really feel the Midwest will welcome this event with open arms and this will be the ultimate Chicagoland Halloween event." As previously announced, Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare will also make its debut at WestWorld Of Scottsdale in Arizona for select nights from September 19 to November 1. This engagement will feature the following three attractions â two that have never been seen before â based on Rob Zombie's horror films: The Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out, Captain Spaulding's Clown School In 3D and The Devil's Rejects. At Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare, patrons will sequentially enter three different attractions, each completely different in look, theme and effects: The Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out: This harrowing attraction â based on Zombie's 2012 "The Lords Of Salem" independent horror film â is designed to twist the mind. It will accentuate some senses while limiting others. Fear of the dark, claustrophobia, and fear of the unknown will be preyed on as the visitor attempts to traverse this sixty-degree maze. The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D: Utilizing Chromadepth glasses, this innovative attraction will take the patron right into the middle of the irreverent world of Rob Zombie's "El Superbeasto" 2009 animated exploitation musical horror comedy film based on the comic book series of the same name. The attraction's unique surprise entrance, brilliant colors, sudden chills and startling thrills, and salacious humor will make patrons scream with fright and laughter. Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses: This terrifying attraction pays homage to the exploitation horror film "House Of 1,000 Corpses", directed by Rob Zombie. The extreme, traditional haunted house will take visitors on a walking journey through a recreation of the film's "Museum of Monsters & Madmen" along with an expanded "Murder Ride," confronting notorious serial killers along the way. This high impact, highly detailed attraction will use state of the art animatronics, video effects, costuming, sound, scents and lights. Tickets for Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare go on sale Wednesday, July 30 at 10:00 a.m. CT at GreatAmericanNightmare.com, with prices starting at only $25 for September 27-November 1. Each ticket includes access to all haunted house attractions and the Bloody Boulevard activities. Tickets for opening night (September 26) include the Rob Zombie concert and will be available starting at only $45. A limited number of VIP packages will also be available for purchase at GreatAmericanNightmare.com. All VIP packages include a commemorative t-shirt and quicker access to the haunted attractions than general admission. Some packages also include a designated viewing area for the concert. Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare will celebrate the Halloween season on the following dates between September 26 and November 1: September: 26, 27 October: 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31 November: 1 Hours for Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare will be 7:00 p.m. until midnight (Fridays and Saturdays) and 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. (Thursdays and Sundays). Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare is a creative collaboration between master of the macabre Rob Zombie and preeminent haunted house producer Steve Kopelman. The event is produced by Rob Zombie, Steve Kopelman and Andy Gould. Odeum Expo is located at 1033 North Villa Avenue in Villa Park, Illinois, just outside Chicago. It's easily accessible from downtown Chicago by major highways, and from the Tri-State area by tollways.
MÃTLEY CRÃE drummer Tommy Lee told the Reno Gazette-Journal in a new interview that he wanted he each show on band's "The Final Tour" â which kicked off on July 2 in Grand Rapids, Michigan â to be like a wake. "I always thought it was weird and cool, there's something very bizarre about going to a wake," Lee said. "I still find it so odd that after somebody's funeral, there's that thing where everybody gets together and has drinks and celebrates and parties. And you're like, 'This is f-ing weird.' But there's something real cool about it (too), because everybody's celebrating a life and death simultaneously, the beginning of something new and the end of something old. So I think we've figured out that's how we want this to play out, much like a happy funeral, a celebration." Lee also spoke about CRÃE's over-the-top live show, which features a pair of scantily clad, dancing female backup singers as well as the usual dose of ear-splitting volume and eye-popping pyrotechnics. "I think that's one of the awesome things about MÃTLEY CRÃE," he said. "I think people can blindly go buy a ticket knowing full well when they get there they're gong to be like 'Holy (crap), that was insane. And I think that's cool. That's one of the things that fans will probably miss because not a lot of guys in bands put on shows like we do, not very many that I know of. Just know that it will be mindblowing. That's for sure." While announcing the first details of "The Final Tour" at a Los Angeles press conference in January, the four members of MÃTLEY CRÃE revealed that they took the unusual step of having their lawyer draw up a formal "cessation of touring" agreement that goes into effect at the end of 2015 and prohibits the members of the group from going on the road again under the MÃTLEY CRÃE banner. "This is definitely not something new. We've been talking about this for years," Lee told the Reno Gazette-Journal about the decision to stop touring. "We would constantly ask each other how do we want to, you know, end this thing? I know how we don't want to end it. We don't want to end it with one or two guys still out there touring with two other hired guys. That's just not how we ever envisioned it â ever. And so to prevent that, before anything bad could happen ... we're all still alive and everyone's healthy â¦ maybe now is a good time."
Premier Guitar caught up with QUEEN guitarist Brian May and his longtime guitar tech Pete Malandrone during QUEEN's summer tour to talk about May's minimal effects, Vox amps, and, of course, the Red Special. Check out the footage below. QUEEN last month returned to North America for a 24-date arena tour with "American Idol" finalist Adam Lambert once again fronting the band. The trek winds down on July 28 at Toronto, Ontario's Air Canada Centre. The threesome first shared the stage during "American Idol" in May 2009 for a performance of "We Are The Champions". They teamed up again in 2011 at the MTV European Music Awards in Belfast, Ireland for an electrifying eight-minute finale of "The Show Must Go On", "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions" and in the summer of 2012, Lambert performed a series of shows with QUEEN across Europe as well as dates in Russia, Ukraine and Poland. They also performed three sold-out gigs at Londonâs Hammersmith Apollo. In 2008, May and Taylor, who had been touring with Rodgers as QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS, released the chart bomb, "The Cosmos Rocks", before calling it a day as a trio and a recording entity â despite a string of globally sold-out concerts.
POISON singer Bret Michaels recently spoke to Yahoo! Travel about how to "properly trash a hotel room" when you are a rock star. Check out the clip below. "There's got to be a massive kick, usually into a closet door â a little hollow in there, so you get your foot through it so you feel fired up when it happens," said Bret. Find a vase or something thatâs going to shatter loudly. Go after the coffee machine â that's a good one â anything from the minibar. Make sure it's loud and a lot of glass involved and there are no children within eye-shatter range." Michaels released a new solo single, "A Beautiful Soul", on April 1. He also performed the track on the April 2 edition of "Oprah's Lifeclass". His last CD, "Bret Michaels: Jammin With Friends", was released in June 2013 and featured a myriad of legendary guests, including Joe Perry (AEROSMITH), Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Buffett, Ace Frehley (KISS), Michael Anthony (VAN HALEN) and members of LYNYRD SKYNYRD.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, Courtney Love has ruled out having a HOLE reunion concert. Love told the Philippine Daily Enquirer that she was working with guitarist Eric Erlandson but was unlikely to tour with the entirety of the band. "I don't want to get on the oldies circuit," she said. "I don't need to do that for money. I want to put out music that is relevant today. Being one of the last chicks in a rock 'n' roll band is a weird place to be. It's scary not to be selling out." In a later interview she said, "It's tough to put HOLE back together and make sure that itâs relevant." Love previously spoke about the possibility of a HOLE reunion in May, when she said that the band would get back together once she's done with her solo shows. She said, "The problem is just that the HOLE camp are like, 'Can you get this over with?' And I'm like, 'OK, we don't have to worry about anything, festivals, etc., if we do this.' We have to dot the 'i's and cross the 't's." The "Celebrity Skin" lineup of HOLE played together from 1994 to1998, between the arrival of bassist Melissa Auf der Maur, who replaced the group's late bassist Kristin Pfaff, and the departure of drummer Patty Schemel, who left the band over differences with the "Celebrity Skin" producer. The lineup played its first songs together in 15 years â "Miss World", off "Live Through This", and a cover of THE WIPERS' "Over The Edge" â in April 2012 at an after-party for Schemel's documentary.
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