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[hellrider 31038] Thursday, June 12, 2008 6:05:27 PM 
wow man.thats awesome.where is that picture taken from.looks like in uk someware
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[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, June 12, 2008 5:50:21 PM 

[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, June 12, 2008 4:36:33 PM 
Lemmy Interview

Pop-Rock Candy Mountain
recently conducted an interview with MOTÖRHEAD frontman Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister. An excerpt from the chat follows.

Pop-Rock Candy Mountain: How's the new album coming?

Lemmy: We have all of the tracks done. It's just vocals and guitars now, really.

Pop-Rock Candy Mountain: With this being your 20th album, was a challenge to find inspiration? How did you keep it fresh?

Lemmy: Not really, we just do what we always do. We've got it down to a fine art now, you know? We know how to do that now.

Pop-Rock Candy Mountain: You recorded parts of the album at Dave Grohl's studio?

Lemmy: Just the drums were done up there. The rest of we did in L.A.

Pop-Rock Candy Mountain: Who produced it?

Lemmy: Cameron Webb. The same as who did the last two.

Pop-Rock Candy Mountain: Are you looking forward to the tour with JUDAS PRIEST?

Lemmy: Yeah, but we've got festivals to do in Europe first. So, I'm just looking at those at the moment. Yeah, we're going out with JUDAS PRIEST in August.

Pop-Rock Candy Mountain: Do you still enjoy playing the festival shows in Europe?

Lemmy: Yeah. It's a big event. There's not just one band.

Pop-Rock Candy Mountain: You recently taped an appearance on "Californication". Did you enjoy that?

Lemmy: Well, I've never seen the show myself (laughs). So, someone asked and I said, "Yeah." (laughs) I don't know what the fuck it is. I just said a couple of things.

Read the entire interview at Pop-Rock Candy Mountain

Legendary hard rock band MOTÖRHEAD will release its new album, entitled "Motörizer", through SPV Records on the following dates:

USA: August 26
Germany: August 29
Rest of Europe: September 1

The follow-up to 2006's "Kiss of Death" was recorded in part (drums only) at FOO FIGHTERS frontman/ex-NIRVANA drummer Dave Grohl's Studio 606 in Northridge, California with producer Cameron Webb, who also worked on "Kiss of Death" and 2004's "Inferno".

Check out what appears to be the "Motörizer" album artwork below.

"Kiss of Death" entered the national album charts in the following countries: Germany: #4, Norway: #9, Sweden: #13, Austria: #20, Switzerland: #26, U.K.: #45, Denmark: #53. The CD was recorded at the Paramount studios in Los Angeles and includes guest appearances by POISON guitarist C.C. Deville and ALICE IN CHAINS bassist Mike Inez.

As previously reported, the life and career of MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister is being celebrated in a new documentary, tentatively titled "Lemmy" and slated for release in 2009.

The film promises fans more access than ever before to Kilmister's life, and includes interviews with past and present bandmates and such peers/admirers as Slash, Dave Grohl, THE CLASH's Mick Jones, Alice Cooper, Steve Vai and wrestling superstar Triple H.

Directors/producers Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski (both of whom have contributed to Billboard) are shooting the film on a combination of HD video and super 16 mm film. Other giants from the world of metal and hard rock will appear in the film as well, with details to be announced. "We haven't heard the word 'no' yet after any interview request," Olliver says.


Watch a "teaser" for the movie below.
[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, June 12, 2008 4:05:57 PM 

Lita Ford Interview

Jesse Capps of Rock Confidential conducted an interview with Lita Ford earlier this week. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow.

Rock Confidential: The word is out that you're making your return and that's the first thing people want to know — what have you been up to these past few years?

Lita: Oh boy. I married Jim Gillette (NITRO) about 14 years ago and we pretty much checked out of the U.S. We moved to the Caribbean and have lived there for quite a long time. That's why nobody knows where I am. Literally, we're on a deserted island. Like Nihm's Island — that movie with Jodie Foster. We've been living in the islands and I had two kids and we've just been raising our sons. That's it.

Rock Confidential: That still sounds like a pretty cool gig.

Lita: It is! We just bought a house in Miami so we're back in civilization.

Rock Confidential: It probably felt great to get away and recharge the batteries for a while, too.

Lita: The music scene got so weird I just didn't know what the heck I was doing. It was almost like anything from the 80s was a dirty word. I thought it was good time to check out.

Rock Confidential: At that time the music industry was going all to hell — especially for artists that were popular in the '80s. Did that solely influence your decision to step away and start a family or was it just good timing to do both?

Lita: It was definitely the icing on the cake, Jesse. The music scene isn't so wacky today as it was a few years ago. Everything was so different. Rock 'n' roll just went completely out the window.

Rock Confidential: When you knew you were going to step away did you have an idea of how long you'd take a break? Did you ever think you may not come back?

Lita: Not really. I didn't think I'd give it up. I was wondering when the right time to step back in was going to be. My kids were young. I didn't want to leave them. We don't do babysitters. We home school them. I didn't want to take a little baby on the road. I wanted to watch the music scene and see what was going on. There's a lot of rock 'n' roll bands out there now and they're doing good. Things are changing and I'm really happy to see that.

Rock Confidential: Your fans are really looking forward to seeing you on the road. There are rumors of special appearances at a few select warm-up gigs…

Lita: And I've got a really good, kick-ass band. We just put our toes in the water. We've only been together for about a week. We'll be writing some music, doing some new recordings.

Rock Confidential: Did you keep up your licks during your break?

Lita: Nah. I didn't. I just checked out completely. I think one of the hardest gigs in the world is being a parent. It takes all of me. It also takes all of you to be in a rock band. I just couldn't do both. When I had my kids they were priority over everything else. My kids are getting older and they're starting to rock! My son got a gold top Les Paul for his 11th birthday. My other son is playing QUEEN on the drums and he's only six. They're ready to rock! They want me to rock. When they were after me to play I knew it was time!

Rock Confidential: Do you think that some of the '80s bands confused their fans by changing their direction too much?

Lita: I don't know. There's more to life than rock ‘n roll. You've gotta try different things. I know Bret Michaels did some country stuff. That's OK. If the fans are truly fans of the artist then they'll follow them no matter what. I think some bands are just trying to fit in to the wacky music business these days. It's not easy.

Rock Confidential: How does your passion for music differ now that you're a mom?

Lita: I've got to teach it to the kids. We start with the ABCs. "A stands for AC/DC. B stands for BLACK SABBATH. C is for THE CULT. D is for DEEP PURPLE. E is for EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER!" (laughs) My kids already want to do a remake of "Youth Gone Wild" by SKID ROW! I thought that would be really fun and it really fits them. They're insane!

Read the entire interview at

Iced Earth Tour Dates

ICED EARTH has confirmed sixteen North American tour dates for the fall of 2008 that will take the band to all corners of the United States, including New York, Florida, Oregon, and California. Joining the band as special guests are INTO ETERNITY and SAVIOURS.

For the dates listed below, ICED EARTH will be offering a very limited number of fans the opportunity to attend the show as the band’s guest VIPs.

Fans who purchase a "Child of the Wicked" VIP package with will receive the following:

* A ticket to an ICED EARTH concert
* VIP meet-and-greet with ICED EARTH
* Autographed item from ICED EARTH
* Limited-edition ICED EARTH t-shirt
*- VIP commemorative laminate

The VIP packages are very limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis via the ICED EARTH web site. The VIP package cost is $65, including the concert ticket. VIP packages and ticket sales via will be available starting June 13. Regular tickets sales via Ticketmaster and all other outlets will not begin until June 20 and will be subject to local service fees.

To learn more about the tour and how to purchase the VIP package and tickets for the shows below, visit the official ICED EARTH website at

The dates are as follows:

Sep. 21 - Harpo's - Detroit, MI
Sep. 22 - Phoenix Concert Theatre - Toronto, Ontario, CAN
Sep. 23 - Le Medley - Montreal, Quebec, CAN
Sep. 24 - Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
Sep. 25 - 9:30 Club - Washington, D.C.
Sep. 26 – Amos' Southbend - Charlotte, NC
Sep. 27 - Center Stage - ProgPower USA IX. Atlanta, GA**
Sep. 28 - House of Blues - Lake Buena Vista, FL
Sep. 29 - The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
Sep. 30 - House of Blues - Cleveland, OH
Oct. 14 - The Norva - Norfolk, VA
Oct. 15 - The Palladium - Worchester, MA
Oct. 16 - Nokia Theater - New York, NY
Oct. 22 - Hawthrone Theater - Portland, OR
Oct. 23 - Regency Center at The Grand Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
Oct. 24 - The Avalon - Los Angeles, CA

**VIP package not available at ProgPower USA. The festival is sold out.

Mystery Image Update

[Bazookajoe_666] Wednesday, June 11, 2008 8:52:30 PM 
Tony Iommi Interview

Sam Ash Music
recently conducted an interview with legendary heavy metal guitarist Tony Iommi (BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN AND HELL). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow.

Sam Ash Music: What's your writing process like? Does it differ depending on your collaborators?

Iommi: Yeah, I generally come up with the riff first and we build it from there… if that's suitable for Ronnie [James Dio]… make a chorus and just build the song up. We change it around and try different things to experiment.

Sam Ash Music: Was it the same way writing with Ozzy [Osbourne] or in the past with Ronnie?

Iommi: In a way, I suppose. Back then we just jammed and played loud (laughs). Now, it's in a control room either at my house in England or Ronnie's house. At the moment we're at Ronnie's house… in L.A., sitting in the control room (Geezer, myself and Ronnie) coming up with the ideas. It's a bit different. It's better like this, you can hone in more on what you're doing. We seem to get more done this way.

Sam Ash Music: I notice there's a lot more lead work and improvising with HEAVEN AND HELL than there was with Ozzy. What is your take on that?

Iommi: Absolutely. It's been great. To me, that's what we're all about. And we always used to do that with the original SABBATH in the old days. We would just jam. But unfortunately, it got too regimental towards the last tours, doing the Ozzfests and everything. You couldn't improvise that much. It more or less became straight, one song after another because of the time factor and everything else. With Heaven and Hell, it allows more looseness. You can jam around and try different ideas, make something up on any given night, which is great and I like that. It keeps you more stimulated.

Sam Ash Music: Are there any songs that you've written and recorded and now cringe at in hindsight?

Iommi: Well, I think you always get that. If you didn't get that, you probably wouldn't be progressing. The way the industry changes, the way the gadgets change, going from tape to computers. Effect pedals are changing. Everything is changing. There's always something better around the corner and you say, "Oh god, I could have got a better drum sound," or, "I could have got a better guitar sound," but that's always going to be the way. And you think later on, "Oh I could have done that better." That's the way it is and you have to accept it for that time, the way you did it.

Sam Ash Music: Who has been your favorite collaborator over the years?

Iommi: Geezer is really great to work with. Ronnie is always great as well. It's great to bounce ideas off of them both. It has been really good. We can just swap ideas. Geezer can say, "I like that" or Ronnie will go "I like that."… You need that, you know, otherwise you would be sitting on your own playing stuff thinking, "Well, do I like that?" or, "Is that good?" It's nice to have a response from somebody. The chemistry between myself, Ronnie and Geezer is great. We started off at my house in England and Ronnie came over and we wrote some ideas there, which are really good. And now we're here, in L.A. at Ronnie's and it's been great as well. Geezer has been involved. I am really pleased with the stuff we have been coming up with.

Sam Ash Music: When is a potential date for everyone to hear the new HEAVEN AND HELL music?

Iommi: Well, we really haven't put a time on it. We will be going on tour in August. We're really looking forward to that. It'll be nice because we're doing the tour together with JUDAS PRIEST, who are old friends of ours and, of course, MOTÖRHEAD. After the tour, that's when we'll probably be thinking of heading into the studio.

Sam Ash Music: If you could assemble a dream band of any artists living or not, who would be in your super-group?

Iommi: I have always liked, and I don't know why, but Tom Jones (laughs), I always wanted to do something with him. I just like his voice. He has a great voice. But I think I played in a lot of my dream bands. I played with people who I wanted to play with. In fact, even my solo album was a good thing for me because I had different singers and musicians. It was interesting to do, with so many different people. It was very enjoyable.

Sam Ash Music: After Ozzy went solo he's had a number of guitarists cover your songs. Do you have any memories of your first time hearing Randy Rhoads, Jake E. Lee or Zakk Wylde playing your compositions and solos in their own styles?

Iommi: I remember hearing bits… but to be really honest, I can't remember it now. I haven't heard them in so many years. But no, I didn't mind them playing what I did. I mean, I noticed on a couple of things, they weren't right. But as a player you will notice that. I think I remember one now, hearing Brad Gillis playing the riff wrong (laughs), but there we go (laughs)…

Sam Ash Music: You've been going strong for 40 years. What's the secret for keeping it all together for so long?

Iommi: It's the belief in it, wanting to do it, and enjoying it. I think the time when I don't enjoy it anymore will be when I don't do it anymore. At the moment, I am really enjoying it and it's been really good and I don't want it to end. It has been great playing with the Ozzy lineup and it has been great playing with the Dio lineup. I've been fortunate to do the two, which has been just marvelous. I think that is the ultimate kind of thing for me.

Sam Ash Music: What have been the biggest changes you've seen in the music industry over the years?

Iommi: Well, I think the computer age… using ProTools has been a real help in a lot of ways. But in other ways, you sort of miss the old style of recording. I like the technology to a point. If you can use it like that, I think it's really helpful. The change is certainly about how quick you can do things now and having the availability of things. If you wanted to get a sound years ago, you had to make it. Now, it's there on the computer. You know, what I found strange… in L.A., we went down to try and find a record store, and we couldn't find one. Tower Records, gone. Virgin Megastore, gone. Where the hell did it go? We ended up going to Borders to find a bloody DVD. It's peculiar. I just didn't know where to go. It is very sad and becoming a real shock that a lot of record stores are going out of business. The whole business has changed as far as the record label is concerned as well. Who would have thought many years ago that record labels would be going out of business?

Read the entire interview at

Mysterious Metallica Image Updated

METALLICA has posted an updated version (see below) of the image that originally appeared on the band's official web site yesterday (Tuesday, June 10) under the headline "???." There is still no word as to what the image represents or whether it will form part of the cover artwork for the band's much-anticipated new studio album.

The CD is due out in September, with the title expected to be announced soon through the new Mission: Metallica web site.

METALLICA will play Tennessee's Bonnaroo festival on Friday, June 13, and the one-day Ozzfest in Dallas on August 9, with a full North American tour in the works for the fall.

Just one day after several UK web sites posted early reviews of six new METALLICA songs that were previewed for them in London last week, the reports were all taken down, reportedly at the request of the band's management. One site, The Quietus, told Blinded By The Hype that its reporter at the listening session was not asked at the time to hold back from reporting on what he heard or sign a non-disclosure agreement. The site itself was later contacted and asked to remove the article, which it did to "protect the professional interests of the writer concerned."

A representative for METALLICA's management had no comment on the matter, according to The Pulse of Radio.

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Slash Solo Album

VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash has told Spinner that he is keeping himself busy putting together a solo album. "I'm working on it pretty aggressively right now while I have the time 'cause as soon as VELVET finds its singer [to replace the recently departed Scott Weiland], then it's going to be off the races with that," he told Spinner. "I'm using this little period to be able to do as much on my solo record as possible. I'm not sure exactly when it will come out, but hopefully it will come out before the [next] VELVET record."

"It'll be my first solo record," he continued. All the other ones were just me putting other bands together and going out and just jamming. This will actually be a little bit more personal."

Read more from Spinner

More Global Metal

Directors Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn of Banger Films Inc. — creators of the critically acclaimed, award-winning documentary "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" and its soon-to-be-released follow-up "Global Metal" — were interviewed for this week's "The Metal File" podcast from Montreal's CHOM-FM. Download the segment as an MP3 file at this location.

"Global Metal" is said to be a feature documentary that takes audiences to unexpected corners of the world — from Indonesia, Japan and China to India, Israel, Dubai and Brazil – to check out the international flavors of what turns out to be a most universal music — heavy metal.

"I guess 'Headbanger's Journey' for us was like a 101 — like a defense for metal," Dunn tells "Obviously, we didn't want to do something similar, like an obvious sequel that just had interviews with all the guys we didn't get to in the first film.

"We actually wanted to do something that was different, which related to the first film but could stand on its own. So looking at metal within the theme of globalization and how it has spread around the world and what it means to kids growing up in different cultures seemed like a different enough approach to take to the second film.

"We wanted to go to countries that had an interesting story about how metal had arrived and what kind of impact it made. Obviously, there were lots of countries we couldn't go to, but the ones that we chose we felt gave a broad overview of Muslim countries, Christian countries, Buddhist countries and kids growing up in different economic environments. That was important, to touch on that diversity."

From the genre-blending sound of visual kei artists X JAPAN to the mix of metal and traditional Jewish folk of Israel's ORPHANED LAND, "Global Metal" shows that despite our many differences, we are in many ways very much the same.

"It's a tribe," Dunn tells "No offense to jazz fans, but I got a feeling that jazz fans don't have this international feeling of brotherhood and camaraderie.

"It's like, you're wearing a SLAYER shirt, I'm wearing a SLAYER shirt. You're from Indonesia, I'm from Brazil... but it doesn't matter. We weren't sure if that kind of feeling of brotherhood in metal would extend beyond the places we knew like Wacken [Open Air festival in Germany], but we found that it does. The loyalty to metal sometimes supersedes our alignment with a particular culture or religious belief or political view.

"After coming back from travelling to all these countries, we kind of realized there is a lot more that we have in common than we think. I think right now the media paints this picture of everyone being in conflict with one another. But at the end of the day, we realized people just want to listen to music and enjoy what they want to do, and that's pretty common."

Read the rest of the interview at this location.

Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn were interviewed by George Stroumboulopoulos on "The Hour" on May 21, 2008. The 11-minute segment, which originally aired on CBC in Canada, can be viewed below.

For more information, visit

Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn on "The Hour":

"Global Metal" trailer:

Judas Priest interview

MTV's Headbanger's Blog has posted the first segment of its three-part video interview with British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST. Gathered at the bar of The Bourgeois Pig, a restaurant in New York’s East Village, singer Rob Halford and guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing discuss the life of French prophet Nostradamus, and how the events in his life acted as musical cues for the creation of the band's new heavy metal opera, "Nostradamus". They also talk about the largely animated video for "War", which will debut next week on "Headbanger's Ball". Lastly, the band addresses the inclusion of their music in the video game Guitar Hero and how that has helped spread its sounds to a new audience.
[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, June 10, 2008 4:41:15 PM 
Ask Dragonforce A Question! My Question: Why are all the songs about the same damn thing!? HAha

British extreme epic power metallers DRAGONFORCE will release their new album, "Ultra Beatdown", on August 25 via Roadrunner Records.

The UK office of Roadrunner is giving the fans the chance to put their questions to the band about what they can expect from the album and anything else that has puzzled them about DRAGONFORCE.

E-mail your question to [email protected], titling your email "DF Q&A," and then popping your question in the main body of the email. The best questions will be put to the guys and the resulting video interview will be posted on the Roadrunner Records UK web site.

"Ultra Beatdown" track listing:

01. Heroes Of Our Time
02. The Fire Still Burns
03. Reasons To Live
04. Scars Of Yesterday
05. Heartbreak Armageddon
06. The Last Journey Home
07. Inside The Winter Storm
08. The Warrior Inside

In a recent interview with Revolver magazine, DRAGONFORCE guitarist Sam Totman stated about the group's new material, "It's not going to be majorly different. But hopefully the melodies will be nicer, the guitar solos will be better, the production will be better. You just try to improve in every area." Vocalist ZP Theart added, "There isn't much to change, but yet there is. The last three albums have been very much guitar-orientated, and this one probably will be as well, but I want to try to do some extra coloring in with the vocals."

Asked if the songs will be faster, guitarist Herman Li replied, "Bands always say, 'Our new album is faster and heavier,' and then it's never true, so we're not gonna say that. But playing fast just works for us. People who say we play too fast are probably right, but guess what? There's a million other bands that play slow. People listen to DRAGONFORCE and go to the show because they know that we're doing something other bands aren't doing."

DRAGONFORCE will head Stateside in late June for the start of the inaugural Rockstar Energy Mayhem touring festival. The package kicks off in early July and is headlined by Roadrunner labelmates SLIPKNOT.

DRAGONFORCE's last album, "Inhuman Rampage", is still romping out of stores on both sides of the pond, thanks in part to the inclusion of lead track "Through The Fire And Flames" as the "advanced" level on the top-selling Guitar Hero III computer game.

DRAGONFORCE guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman recently launched their new signature guitars at the NAMM show in Anaheim, California. You can check out the details over at 

ICED EARTH's official web site., has posted the cover art (see below) for the band's forthcoming full-length studio album, "The Crucible of Man (Something Wicked Part II)", which continues where their 2007 release, "Framing Armageddon (Something Wicked Part I)" left off. "The Crucible of Man" features the return of frontman Matt Barlow who was mainman/guitarist Jon Schaffer's original voice of choice to introduce the "Something Wicked" saga back in 1998 as a trio of songs which concluded their album, "Something Wicked This Way Comes".

While the 1998 album provided a general overview of the story Schaffer has been conceptualizing for well over a decade, the saga is being fully brought to life with the release of the back-to-back conceptual albums "Framing Armageddon" and "The Crucible of Man". While both albums provide answers to mysteries the previous releases would create, the timeliness of the story in today's world is guaranteed to keep people thinking and guessing. Schaffer's ability to convey the central themes and events of the story without always revealing exactly "why" characters' decisions are made and "how" events come to pass, will keep fans of the saga coming back as future mediums for the "Something Wicked" storyline are revealed.

A finalized tracklisting for "The Crucible of Man" and audio interview with Jon Schaffer covering the new material will be featured at later this month. The band will begin rehearsals next week for a run of dates in June as direct support for JUDAS PRIEST in Europe, as well as the Hellfest, Bang Your Head!!!, Graspop and Gods of Metal European festivals.

"The Crucible of Man" is due for a late August or early September release on Steamhammer/SPV. The release will then be followed by a North American tour that kicks off in September and features an appearance as headliner for the ProgPower USA IX festival in Atlanta, Georgia on September 27. The North American dates will be announced at when they are confirmed.

The single from the new album is titled "I Walk Among You" and is being released worldwide this week by Steamhammer/SPV and features the new track "I Walk Alone" as well as three additional songs from "Framing Armageddon" with new vocal performances by Matt Barlow. All tracks can be listened to in their entirety at both the band's official web site and MySpace pages with exception of the track "A Charge to Keep" which is an iTunes exclusive. 

ICED EARTH played its third show with vocalist Matt Barlow back as the group's frontman on May 11, 2008 at the Rock Hard Festival at the Gelsenkirchen Amphitheatre in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be viewed below.

"Watching Over Me":
[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, June 10, 2008 4:22:15 PM 
The first 2 shows....
Scott Ian Interview

Metal Maniacs' Liz Ciavarella recently spoke with ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian and singer Dan Nelson for the June/July issue about the recent acquisition of Nelson as the band's fourth vocalist. Excerpts follow.

Metal Maniacs: Where do Dan's vocals fit? Are they more Belladonna? More Bush? A new thing completely?

Scott Ian: I've compared him to John Bush on steroids because he definitely comes from more of that tone, but also because he's only 31 or 32 years old. He listens to the more extreme side of heavy metal. He was in a lot of bands that were certainly more extreme than ANTHRAX so he's able to take what he has a lot further. That's not to say you're going to hear an ANTHRAX record with death metal or hardcore vocals or anything like that. The guy's a singer and a great singer at that. I'm just saying that he's already got this really powerful singing voice and he's able to take it to a level we've never explored before. We have a bunch of spots on this record where it really works.

Metal Maniacs: Was everything already prewritten for him or did he come in and write some of his own lyrics and melodies?

Scott Ian: Before Dan, we had ideas for maybe two songs and not even any lyrics yet. Once Dan got involved, that's when the light bulb went off over my head. I wasn't writing anything because I had no focus as far as who was actually going to be singing this stuff. Once I had Dan's voice in my brain it totally opened the door for me writing-wise. It's been really collaborative since then. We all get together, listen to the music and work on the melody lines until everybody is happy. We have two songs done. There's a song called "Revolution Screams" which is a straight-up thrash tune. There's another called "Fight 'Em Til You Can't" which sounds like ANTHRAX from 1987 but in 2008. It's total old-school thrash. We could go play those songs tomorrow. I'm totally stoked on them!

Metal Maniacs: It must be cool knowing he's such a big ANTHRAX fan in the first place.

Scott Ian: Yeah, it is. He didn't have to go and learn a bunch of shit; he already knows it. To have a guy walk in and already know 20 songs definitely makes our life easier.

Metal Maniacs: So Dan, did you geek out a little when you got there for the initial "tryout?" Here's a band you grew up loving and there you were, accidentally auditioning to join.

Dan Nelson: I'm not trying to sound cool or anything because normally I would have, but going through the experience I went through with my wife getting sick and almost dying [Nelson's wife underwent emergency heart surgery some months back], I can honestly tell you, I was more determined than anything. Even Scott said to me, "I've never seen a human being more poised and determined for something he should be shitting his pants for." I was ready; I was in the mindset. I said, "OK, I'm gonna make this happen. I'm gonna be the singer of this band. It's do-or-die time."

Metal Maniacs: Did they hire you on the spot?

Dan Nelson: Well, [drummer] Charlie [Benante] has a funny way of doing things. They tell me now that they knew I was in the band after the first song but I didn't know until about a month later when the rest of the world found out [via the Internet]. As long as I'm in the band. I don't really care [laughs].

Metal Maniacs: How do you see your vocals? Are you better suited for the Neil Turbin/Joey Belladonna era or John Bush?

Dan Nelson: If I had to pick among the three, it would definitely be John Bush. Most people who've heard me [sing with ANTHRAX] say it's like a John Bush meets Phil Anselmo meets Chris Cornell type of sound. But that's not me saying that. I just like to say that I love to sing and hopefully I can be Dan Nelson. Obviously, as you can hear, I have a gruffer and deeper voice. I have more of the John tones going on but I can hit Joey's notes.

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Fan-filmed footage of ANTHRAX's May 31, 2008 performance with Dan Nelson at the second of the two shows the band played with IRON MAIDEN at Irvine, California's Verizon Wireless Amphitheater can be viewed below.


"Caught In A Mosh"


"I Am The Law"

Matt Sorum!.... I dunno I didn't read it.

During this past weekend's (June 7) edition of "Camp Freddy Radio" — the weekly radio show on Los Angeles' Indie 103.1 station hosted by members of the "jam" supergroup CAMP FREDDY — co-hosts Matt Sorum (VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES drummer) and Dave Navarro (ex-JANE'S ADDICTION/RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS guitarist) discussed VELVET REVOLVER's search for a new frontman following the recent departure of Scott Weiland. An excerpt from the discussion follows.

Navarro: Did Perry Farrell [ex-JANE'S ADDICTION] come up as an option [for the new VELVET REVOLVER singer]?

Sorum: Someone mentioned it to me. You go on Blabbermouth…

Navarro: Yeah, yeah, yeah… Don't read those comments, by the way.

Sorum: The people there on Blabbermouth… What is wrong with them?

Navarro: Dude, welcome to my life, by the way.

Sorum: Do you get on there and read that?

Navarro: No, not anymore.

Sorum: My old lady, she makes me shut that stuff off. Some mean, mean, weird people are on there.

Navarro: Yeah, it's horrible.

Sorum: What are they doing out there?

Navarro: Nothing. I'll tell you what they're not doing, Matt. They're not making records and selling millions of them and affecting the lives— [gets cut off by Matt]

Sorum: [Raising his voice] Yeah, talk about that on Blabbermouth!

Navarro: —affecting the lives of millions of people like you. So don't listen to them because they're NOT doing that, I guarantee you.

Sorum: Yeah. When me and Weiland got into that pissing match a little bit…

Navarro: Were there sides? Did people take sides?

Sorum: Oooo… Oh, God…

Navarro: Were people against you?

Sorum: Oh, man…

Navarro: Really?

Sorum: I got on there one night and started scrolling down…

Navarro: Oh, don't scroll down. [Matt bursts out laughing.] Read the story and call it a day. Trust me.

Sorum: And it sort of… like those bad reality shows, it sucked me in.

Navarro: No scrolling, please. [Laughs]

Sorum: I've gotta say it to you, people, man… You didn't affect me at all. Screw you. [Laughs] I say, go get a life.

To download an MP3 file containing the entire 110-minute June 7, 2008 episode of "Camp Reddy Radio", click
here (46 MB). (The above exchange can be heard around the one-hour, six-minute mark.) 

Possible New Metallica Album Cover?

METALLICA has posted a mysterious image (see below) on its official web site under the headline "???," leading to speculation that this is the cover of the band's much-anticipated new studio album.

The CD is due out in September, with the title expected to be announced soon through the new Mission: Metallica web site.

METALLICA will play Tennessee's Bonnaroo festival on Friday, June 13, and the one-day Ozzfest in Dallas on August 9, with a full North American tour in the works for the fall.

Just one day after several UK web sites posted early reviews of six new METALLICA songs that were previewed for them in London last week, the reports were all taken down, reportedly at the request of the band's management. One site, The Quietus, told Blinded By The Hype that its reporter at the listening session was not asked at the time to hold back from reporting on what he heard or sign a non-disclosure agreement. The site itself was later contacted and asked to remove the article, which it did to "protect the professional interests of the writer concerned."

A representative for METALLICA's management had no comment on the matter, according to The Pulse of Radio.

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Entire New Album Available For Streaming
JUDAS PRIEST's forthcoming double-disc concept album, "Nostradamus", is available for streaming in its entirety on's The Leak.

"Nostradamus" is scheduled for release via Columbia Records on Monday, June 16 in Europe, and a day later in the U.S. on Epic Records.

Long in the works, "Nostradamus" takes epic storytelling to a whole new level, as it recounts the life of this mysterious, world-known 16th century French prophet.

Some of the events that Nostradamus experts have interpreted as his predictions include the great fire of London in 1666, the rise of Adolf Hitler, and most recently, 9-11, among countless other renowned events.

As with all new PRIEST releases, the group — singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis — will embark on a mammoth worldwide tour in support of "Nostradamus".

JUDAS PRIEST will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline", hosted by Bob Coburn, on Monday, July 21 at 11:30 p.m. EST/8:30 p.m. PST. Fans can talk live with JUDAS PRIEST by calling 800-344-ROCK (7625). To find a station near you or to listen to the show live via the Internet, go to

Details For "Along Came A Spider"

There are only a handful of rock artists that have proven to be as enduring and influential as Alice Cooper has over the years. Name just about any hard rock artist, and they've probably borrowed a thing or two from Alice. And on his latest studio recording, "Along Came A Spider" (issued via SPV Records on July 29), Alice has returned with a concept album with a sinister streak.

"A dark and menacing album for dark and menacing times" is perhaps the most fitting description for Alice's 25th studio album overall, as a chilling conceptual thread runs through the songs, which are told through the voice of a serial killer named Spider — one that Alice describes as "an arachnophobic psychopath" (in the song "Catch Me If You Can"). Alice, the master storyteller, weaves a web of danger, intrigue and death that rivals his best work.

Co-produced by Danny Saber, Greg Hampton and Alice himself, "Along Came A Spider" manages to marry both vintage and modern-day Alice. As theatrical as ever, the album is a sonic combination of familiar Alice musical elements from albums as diverse as "Billion Dollar Babies" and "Brutal Planet", with the storytelling of "Welcome To My Nightmare", capturing the historic dark side of Alice in peak form, an instantly recognizable presence that will be welcomed by his fans. Joining Alice on the album are members of his touring band — longtime Alice drummer Eric Singer, bassist Chuck Garric, and guitarists Keri Kelli and Jason Hook, with additional contributions from others, including Saber, Hampton, and renowned backing vocalist Bernard Fowler. Slash also lends some guitar style to "Vengeance Is Mine".

Saber and Hampton co-wrote several of the album's songs with Alice, while others were collaborations with Alice's band members. Danny Saber, best known for his role as member and producer of BLACK GRAPE, has also worked with many other artists, including THE ROLLING STONES, OZZY OSBOURNE, and DAVID BOWIE, while Greg Hampton's been working on a new album project teaming up Buckethead and Bootsy Collins.

Who else but Alice Cooper, with "Along Came A Spider", would create a "love story" about a serial killer named Spider? His trademark is wrapping his victims in silk, and his victims are specifically chosen to feed his hunger to kill. But, upon meeting his (possibly) last victim, he falls in love with her and cannot kill to complete his plan. That could be his demise.

Though it is often said about artists with as rich a history as Alice that their newest albums capture the essence of their greatest work, it may honestly be proposed that "Along Came A Spider" does exactly that. It's got hard rock with hooks, an Alice trademark ("Vengeance is Mine", "I Know Where You Live"), classic balladry, another Alice trademark ("Killed by Love", "Salvation"), and always with an overtone of evil, yet another Alice tradmark. Throughout the album, Alice BECOMES Spider, telling the story of a cold-blooded killer to life vocally, as if this were the soundtrack to an as-yet unmade horror film.

"Along Came A Spider" track listing:

01. Prologue/I Know Where You Live
02. Vengeance Is Mine
03. Wake The Dead
04. Catch Me If You Can
05. (In Touch With) Your Feminine Side
06. Wrapped In Silk
07. Killed By Love
08. I'm Hungry
09. The One That Got Away
10. Salvation
11. I Am The Spider/Epilogue

WARRANT got its fill of "cherry pie" in the '80s and '90s, but apparently that was not enough to squelch the band's hunger. With the return of its original members for the first time in almost 15 years, WARRANT will storm back to the stage this summer for a massive tour with CINDERELLA, a featured slot on Rocklahoma and a handful of other dates.

For the first time since 1994, original WARRANT members Jani Lane (vocals), Joey Allen (lead guitar), Jerry Dixon (bass), Erik Turner (guitar) and Steven Sweet (drums) will grace stages across the land together. They'll deliver a brand new and exciting stage show encompassing material from their first two multi-platinum albums "Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich" and "Cherry Pie", plus the gold album "Dog Eat Dog", including such unforgettable hits as "Cherry Pie", "Down Boys", "Heaven", "Sometimes She Cries", "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and many more.

"Are you kidding me?!! We are chomping at the bit to get out this summer and rock!" says Jani Lane, lead singer and songwriter of WARRANT. "The original WARRANT has mucho grande chemistry! When we did the first rehearsal in 14 years I just stepped back in awe and thought...'Man, now this is WARRANT!!' I think fans will have a similar experience this summer!!'"

Their summer-long trek kicks off with a show with MÖTLEY CRÜE in Montreal June 22 at Parc Jean Drapeau and then on their own in Toronto June 23 at the Phoenix Concert Theater. Next, from July 2 until August 16, they'll hook up with CINDERELLA, LYNCH MOB and LYNAM for a national tour. They'll round out the summer with a closing show with ALICE COOPER August 17 at the Fortune Bay Casino in Tower, MN.

Check out WARRANT on tour this summer:

+ Indicates show with MÖTLEY CRÜE
* Indicates shows with CINDERELLA, LYNCH MOB and LYNAM

Jun. 22 - Montreal, QC - Parc Jean Drapeau +
Jun. 23 - Toronto, ONT - Phoenix Concert Theatre
Jul. 02 - Stockton, CA - Stockton Arena *
Jul. 03 - Alpine, CA - Viejas-Concerts in the Park *
Jul. 04 - Universal City, CA - Gibson Amphitheater *
Jul. 05 - Henderson, NV - Sunset Station *
Jul. 07 - El Paso, TX - El Paso County Coliseum *
Jul. 08 - Odessa, TX - Dos Amigos *
Jul. 11 - Amarillo, TX - Azteca Music Hall *
Jul. 12 - Pryor, OK - Rocklahoma
Jul. 13 - Wichita Falls, TX - Kay Yeager Coliseum *
Jul. 16 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues *
Jul. 17 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater *
Jul. 19 - Cleveland, OH - Time Warner Amp at Tower City *
Jul. 20 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheater *
Jul. 21 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre *
Jul. 22 - Baltimore, MD - Pier Six *
Jul. 25 - Tampa, FL - St. Pete Times Forum *
Jul. 26 - Pompano Beach, FL - Pompano Beach Amphitheater *
Jul. 27 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live *
Jul. 29 - Springfield, MO - Ozark Empire Fair *
Jul. 31 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino *
Aug. 01 - Clearfield, PA - Clearfield County Fair *
Aug. 02 - Asbury Park, NJ - Convention Hall *
Aug. 03 - Farmingville, NY - Brookhaven Amphitheater *
Aug. 06 - Columbus, OH - The LC Pavilion *
Aug. 08 - Grand Rapids, MI - Deltaplex *
Aug. 09 - Oshkosh, WI - Leach Amphitheatre
Aug. 10 - Des Moines, IA - Iowa State Fair
Aug. 15 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheater *
Aug. 16 - Winter Park, CO - Hawgfest *
Aug. 17 - Tower, MN - Fortune Bay Casino **

Fan-filmed video footage of WARRANT's May 17, 2008 concert at the Wildhorse in Nashville can be viewed below (courtesy of artzpot).

The group's setlist was as follows:

01. Down Boys
03. All My Bridges Are Burning
04. Sure Feels Good To Me
05. 32 Pennies
06. Heaven
07. Bed Of Roses
08. Hole In My Wall
09. Mr Rainmaker
10. I Saw Red
11. Song & Dance Man
12. Machine Gun
13. Uncle Tom's Cabin
14. Big Talk
15. Cherry Pie

"Uncle Tom's Cabin":
[~ MG_Metalgoddess~] Monday, June 09, 2008 5:53:34 PM 
which show are these from?  lol
[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, June 09, 2008 5:46:37 PM 

[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, June 09, 2008 5:35:34 PM 




[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, June 09, 2008 4:23:22 PM 
Free Priest Tickets?

While supplies last, when you purchase any configuration (regular CD edition, limited edition-deluxe hard-bound version and limited-edition deluxe box [3LPs, 2 CD, book and poster] available only at Best Buy) of the initial pressing of JUDAS PRIEST's double-disc concept album, "Nostradamus" (release date: June 17), specially marked CDs will contain an insert with a exclusive code inside the CD package for one free lawn ticket to see JUDAS PRIEST on select dates of the Metal Masters tour this summer, courtesy of Live Nation (see below for a complete list).

Visit for details on this special offer.

This seemingly too-good-to-be-true offer will be good while supplies last. Also, this offer will not pertain to all the dates of the Metal Masters tour (see below for complete list of dates that the offer is good for).

The Metal Masters tour will undoubtedly be the top metal concert attraction of the summer. In addition to a headlining performance by JUDAS PRIEST, fans will also be treated to sets by HEAVEN AND HELL, MOTÖRHEAD and TESTAMENT.

"As ever, we look forward to screaming out loud with our METAL maniac fans when we hit the road," enthuses PRIEST singer Rob Halford. "The PRIEST is back!"

The tour, produced by Live Nation, will be PRIEST's first thorough sets of U.S. dates in nearly three years, and will be in support of the group's aforementioned "Nostradamus" release.

Offer good only for one of the following shows, while supplies last:

Aug. 06 - Camden, NJ
Aug. 07 - Bristow, VA
Aug. 09 - Holmdel, NJ
Aug. 16 - Pittsburgh, PA
Aug. 19 - Chicago, IL
Aug. 22 - Dallas, TX
Aug. 23 - Houston, TX
Aug. 24 - San Antonio, TX
Aug. 27 - Albuquerque, NM
Aug. 28 - Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 30 - San Bernardino, CA
Aug. 31 - Mountain View, CA

JUDAS PRIEST - "Rock Hard, Ride Free" live in Helsinki, Finland June 3, 2008

This summer, reunited Boston hard rockers EXTREME will release "Saudades de Rock" (pronounced "sow-dodge"), their first studio album in thirteen years which will coincide with their first world tour in over twelve years. "Saudades de Rock" will be released on August 12 on Open E Records and distributed by Fontana.

The iconic rock foursome — vocalist Gary Cherone, guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, bassist Pat Badger and new drummer Kevin Figueiredo — recorded their fifth studio offering at NRG Studios in Los Angeles with Bettencourt at the helm as producer and mixer. "Saudades de Rock" boasts 13 tracks, including the infectious roar of "Star", the groove-laden, swagger of "King Of The Ladies", a raw funk rock anthem called "Learn To Love", and the expressive ballad "Ghost".

"'Saudades' was always a beautiful word to me," Bettencourt explains about the Portuguese album moniker. "It expresses a longing; an underlying sadness for something or someone that's been missing in your life, and never quite sure if it will ever return. In this case, for us, it's rock and roll. Saudades de Rock."

Gary Cherone adds, "I like how it expresses that longing we've been feeling to play for our fans and be together again."

"Saudades de Rock" track listing:

01. Star
02. Comfortably Dumb
03. Learn To Love
04. Take Us Alive
05. Run
06. Last Hour
07. Flower Man
08. King Of The Ladies
09. Ghost
10. Slide
11. Interface
12. Sunrise
13. Peace (Saudade)

The Boston-bred band's 2008 "Take Us Alive" world tour gets underway on July 29 at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and will be anchored by a hometown gig two days later at the Bank of America Pavilion. In advance of the tour, EXTREME will be a co-headliner on July 11 at the five-day Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, OK.

EXTREME "Take Us Alive" world tour 2008 dates:

Jul. 11 - Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma *
Jul. 29 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Jul. 31 - Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion
Aug. 01 - Farmingdale, NY @ Brookhaven Amphitheatre
Aug. 02 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head
Aug. 04 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Aug. 05 - Lancaster, CA @ Chameleon Club
Aug. 06 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Aug. 08 - Detroit, MI @ Emerald Theater
Aug. 09 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Aug. 10 - Cincinnati, OH @ Union Center Blvd Bash
Aug. 12 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
Aug. 13 - Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
Aug. 15 - Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
Aug. 16 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Aug. 18 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
Aug. 19 - Houston, TX @ Meridien
Aug. 20 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Aug. 22 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee
Aug. 23 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
Aug. 25 - San Francisco, CA @ Filmore
Aug. 26 - Los Angels, CA @ House of Blues
Sep. 13 - Milan, Italy @ Rock of Ages Festival

More dates to be added.

Open E Records is a new label that is distributed by Fontana. A portion of Open E Records' profits will be donated to Music Drives Us, a foundation created as a way to support music in New England. The foundation also gives scholarship money for individuals who desire to continue their musical education.

Bay Area Backstage has posted video footage of EXTREME performing a private show at this year's winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show on January 18, 2008 at the Hilton in Anaheim, California. Watch the 13-minute clip below.
[Bazookajoe_666] Sunday, June 08, 2008 9:17:54 PM 
FINAYLL!!! Someone asked about news haha. See this is what I want everyone else to do too because it gives ME something to do when posting news haha.

To answer your question, No haha.
[~ MG_Metalgoddess~] Sunday, June 08, 2008 7:01:23 PM 
Has anyone heard any new's on AC/DC.. ? 

I know the were recording a album in Canada. And were planning a farewell tour? I was wondering if anyone might have read any new  ( News ) on the progress..  

Love this guy too...LOL

[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, June 06, 2008 4:55:08 PM 

Singer Arnel Pineda of the legendary rockers JOURNEY was interviewed on the June 1, 2008 edition of TFC's "Adobo Nation" program. Watch the chat in two parts below.

The European version of JOURNEY's new album, "Revelation", includes an exclusive original bonus track entitled "Let It Take You Back".

A three-disc "Revelation" CD and DVD package is being sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores in North America.

The first disc consists of 11 re-recorded classics, the second is filled with 11 new songs, and the third is a live, in-concert DVD. All of the music on "Revelation" was produced by Kevin Shirley (who previously worked with JOURNEY on their platinum-certified "Trial By Fire" album).

"Revelation" is the first JOURNEY album to feature the angelic voice of Pineda. Schon says about him, "We feel reborn. I think there's a lot of chemistry between the five of us. The new stuff sounds tremendous. Everyone's so stoked about it. We feel very fortunate to have found Arnel."

"Arnel brings a soulful and passionate voice to JOURNEY," continues keyboardist Jonathan Cain. "His personality is very well-suited to our music. He's a sincere, authentic person with a great smile and a big heart. I think fans are really going to love him. With Arnel's soaring tenor, JOURNEY returns to our heritage sound."

JOURNEY kicks off a series of UK dates on June 17 London in London at the Apollo Hammersmith. They'll hit the road in the U.S. with HEART and CHEAP TRICK on July 9 in Englewood, Colorado at Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Kirk Hammet Interview

David Fricke of recently conducted an interview with METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow. You have been working on the new METALLICA album for almost three years. How do you know which riffs and solos to keep and which to throw out?

Kirk: I know whether I'm cutting it or not. And I always try to make a solo the best it can be. I recorded over 100 solos for one track on this album — and the solo is only 25 seconds long [laughs]. But it's apparent when the solo works that it's all there. It's either "Wow!" — or it's not good enough. It's that black-and-white. How would you describe your role in METALLICA's two-guitar sound?

Kirk: James [Hetfield] and I have always been complementary. We've never gotten into guitar squabbles, like a lot of bands with two guitar players do. His approach is primal — rhythmic and percussive. Mine is more technical and fluid. I see the guitar as a bunch of scales and tones. I write riffs and arrange chords to make sure they fit tight harmonically. On a lot of the albums we did in the Nineties, I was doing orchestration, looking for something that fit over a certain part to make it more exciting — a texture, a chord, a little lick here, a chug there. We've strayed from that. We've gotten back to the one-voice guitar thing we did in the Eighties. The album we're working on now is about METALLICA as a single thing — a locomotive coming to mow you down. Is there a solo on the early albums that was a breakthrough in your playing?

Kirk: When the other guys heard the solos on "Creeping Death" and "Ride the Lightning" [both on 1984's "Ride the Lightning"], it was a different aspect of soloing than they were used to. [Original lead guitarist] Dave Mustaine played fast all the time. I play melodically. And I play parts, different sections that make the solo as hooky as possible. Although I've always been very flashy. I admit it. How did you write the riff in "Enter Sandman" [on 1991's "Metallica"]? It's up there in instant recognition with "Smoke on the Water" and "Whole Lotta Love".

Kirk: My friend has a guitar store, and there is a big sign in there that says "No Enter Sandman" [laughs]. SOUNDGARDEN had just put out "Louder Than Love". I was trying to capture their attitude toward big, heavy riffs. It was two o'clock in the morning. I put it on tape and didn't think about it. When [drummer] Lars [Ulrich] heard the riff, he said, "That's really great. But repeat the first part four times." It was that suggestion that made it even more hooky.

Read the entire interview at

Oh Jesus.... Just RETIRE!

Video footage has surfaced (see below) of KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons and the group's longtime manager, Doc McGhee of McGhee Entertainment, confirming what has been some fans' biggest fear for some years now — that Simmons and KISS co-founder Paul Stanley are indeed planning to keep KISS running and touring long after they decide to take off the make-up for good.

During a familiar rant by Simmons about how KISS could go on forever, Stig Karlsen of Norway's NRK asked jokingly if the band would consider looking for replacements for Simmons and Stanley in a TV show, similar to programs like "Rock Star" and "American Idol".

"The answer is yes. The deal has just been signed," Simmons replied. "It's coming soon."

In a separate interview, Stanley was apparently not very happy to hear about his bandmate's statement regarding KISS' future.

"There is no signed deal," Stanley said. "Again, when we are both aked the same question sometimes, you get different answers," Stanley added, "What will happen, we'll see as we go along. But is something going to happen next week? Is something signed? No. But am I opposed to the idea of going out and trying to find new KISS members through the television? Of course not."

In the one-and-a-half-minute clip, which is part of a one-hour-long KISS special which will air on NRK in September, McGhee can be seen stating, "I believe that KISS can go on forever. I believe that there is a way — and we are talking to people and we're pretty close to getting it done — about finding the four new members of KISS."

According to NRK, Stanley said that the members of VELVET REVOLVER were planning a similar stunt to find the replacement for lead singer Scott Weiland, who was fired at the end of the band's European tour earlier this year. However, in the end the band decided not to do it, according to Stanley, because of VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash's wish to remain "cool" and credible to his fans.

"I don't have to be that cool," Stanley reportedly told NRK with a smile.
[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, June 05, 2008 4:03:10 PM 
New Yngwie Album Coming Along Great

Acclaimed heavy metal singer Tim "Ripper" Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) has sent the following update to BLABBERMOUTH.NET:

"I have finished my vocals on the new YNGWIE CD and it's gonna be a killer CD. I had a blast in the studio with him… good times! We will be starting a world tour real soon (in a few weeks). I have also been real busy myself. I've been locked away working on songs the last month or so, and before that I flew out to Los Angeles and worked on some songs there as well! I also just got back from John Comprix's [BEYOND FEAR guitarist] house where we worked on a few tunes! So things are rolling along...I will have some kick-ass info real soon,

"Also... I get asked about the new PRIEST and ICED EARTH all the time. Let me say this, GREAT JOB to both. I have only heard a few tracks but they sound kick-ass. Good luck to both of them and I hope to see you on the road for a beer! (Ken and Glenn, I will take a Carling.)

"I would also like to throw in a great job to Matt [Barlow; current ICED EARTH singer] on that PYRAMAZE CD [Matt sings on the new PYRAMAZE CD, 'Immortal' — Ed.]. Man, I heard a few tracks on that as well; those are some kick-ass vocals. Nicely done!"

Denise Grollmus from the Cleveland Scene has written an extensive article on Tim "Ripper" Owens featuring quotes from a number of Tim's associates from the Ohio metal scene. Read the entire article at

According to, Yngwie Malmsteen will release his new studio album in Japan on July 9. The LP's limited edition will feature the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (fully compatible with standard CD players) plus a bonus DVD containing interviews with Yngwie Malmsteen discussing the songs on the album and more.

Yngwie Malmsteen recently told Guitar World magazine that his forthcoming solo album will feature his strongest lineup ever: Tim "Ripper" Owens on vocals, Bjorn Englen on bass, Michael Troy on keyboards, and Patrik Johansson on drums. "It's going to come down like a fucking atom bomb!" Malmsteen said. "We've already recorded 39 songs. I went full out. I've got strings from Istanbul, and the drums are the heaviest I've fucking heard. Ripper conveys the lyrics I write like no one else. I'll write something like 'divide and conquer' and when Ripper sings it, it really comes out that way. It's like Sparta!"

BEYOND FEAR performing "Scream Machine" live in 2005:

Van Halen Tour Ended

Ray Waddell of reports: Though not without setbacks, the VAN HALEN reunion tour ended up a massive success, wrapping June 2 in Grand Rapids, Mich., with a total gross of more than $93 million and close to one million in attendance from 74 shows.

The tour featured founding members David Lee Roth, and Eddie and Alex Van Halen, along with Eddie's son Wolfgang Van Halen.

The shows marked the first time Roth had performed with the band in more than 23 years. VAN HALEN's handlers say it was the top-grossing tour in the band's history. 

VAN HALEN has posted an end-of-your phot gallery on the band's official web site.

Nearly a million fans journeyed from all over the world to witness the landmark VAN HALEN tour, which kicked off in September of 2007 in Charlotte, NC and wrapped up June 2, 2008 in Grand Rapids, MI. VAN HALEN, featuring Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen and Wolfgang Van Halen, delivered their bombastic live assault performances to legions of loyal fans at 75 arena concerts throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Performing live with Roth for the first time in more than 23 years, VAN HALEN proved its timeless catalog of hits still packs the punch it did decades earlier. Each night, the band treated the capacity audiences to a dream set list of more than two hours of VAN HALEN gems plucked from their original era. Favorites including, "Jump", "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love", "Panama" and more, received a jolt of vivacity and spirit.

"We send our thanks to the countless new and lifetime fans that helped make this tour our most successful," said VAN HALEN in a joint statement. "We also send special gratitude to the tireless efforts of the VAN HALEN touring crew, Live Nation and the media, as well as opening acts Ky Mani Marley and Ryan Shaw," the band went on to say.

Now that the final bits of confetti have fallen, VAN HALEN has their sights set on bright horizons with exciting developments on the way. 

Japan Tour Announced!

Concert promoter UDO Artist Inc. has announced the details of JUDAS PRIEST's Japanese tour via the July 2008 issue of Burrn! magazine.

The dates are as follows:

Sep. 24 - Public Hall, Nagoya, JPN
Sep. 25 - Festival Hall, Osaka, JPN
Sep. 26 - Festival Hall, Osaka, JPN
Sep. 28 - National Convention Hall, Yokohama, JPN
Sep. 29 - Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, JPN

JUDAS PRIEST kicked off its world tour Tuesday night (June 3) at the Icehall in Helsinki, Finland. The group's setlist was as follows:

01. Intro: Dawn of Creation
02. Prophecy
03. Metal Gods
04. Eat Me Alive
05. Between the Hammer and the Anvil
06. Devil's Child
07. Breaking the Law
08. Hell Patrol
09. Death
10. Dissident Aggressor
11. Angel
12. The Hellion / Electric Eye
13. Rock Hard, Ride Free
14. Sinner
15. Painkiller
16. Hell Bent for Leather
17. The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)
18. You've Got Another Thing Coming

Check out fan-filmed video footage from the show below.

JUDAS PRIEST's next concert will take place tonight (Thursday, June 5) at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg.

JUDAS PRIEST's double-disc concept album, "Nostradamus", is scheduled for release via Columbia Records on Monday, June 16 in Europe, and a day later in the U.S. on Epic Records.

Long in the works, "Nostradamus" takes epic storytelling to a whole new level, as it recounts the life of this mysterious, world-known 16th century French prophet.

JUDAS PRIEST will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline", hosted by Bob Coburn, on Monday, July 21 at 11:30 p.m. EST/8:30 p.m. PST. Fans can talk live with JUDAS PRIEST by calling 800-344-ROCK (7625). To find a station near you or to listen to the show live via the Internet, go to

JUDAS PRIEST - "Rock Hard, Ride Free" live in Helsinki, Finland June 3, 2008

JUDAS PRIEST - "Angel" live in Helsinki, Finland June 3, 2008

JUDAS PRIEST performing "Dissident Aggressor" live in Helsinki, Finland June 3, 2008

Rob halford Interview

Simon Milburn of Australia's The Metal Forge recently conducted an interview with JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow.

On the group's just-launched world tour:

"I'm in the rehearsal facility just outside of Birmingham. We're playing every day and just putting the set list together and getting the metal order together because we really haven't played for a couple of years obviously having been in the studio making 'Nostradamus'. We're just kicking the tires and everything and getting everything in shape and it's sounding brilliant."

On "Nostradamus":

"I think there are probably a number of our fans that have known of our talk of wanting to make a concept record for many, many years and there was probably a feeling that it was never going to happen. But lo and behold, here it is. Some three decades later, we've finally got around to doing it. For any concept record, you need a very strong base of ideas to launch your quest on, and having a bloke like Nostradamus to talk about was just an absolutely brilliant moment for us. I mean, concept records have been done on many different subjects, haven't they, over the years. So, we really, when our manager Bill who came up with the idea, we really thought, 'This is fantastic!' because everybody knows about the man and everybody knows about his prophecies and some of the other things they may not be very familiar with we've been able to talk about them with the music. So it's been a fantastic adventure trying to get the story of his life put out by PRIEST style of metal. . . He's just a fascinating guy really apart from his prophecies. There's an enormous amount of information that anybody can find on the Internet, in books, in movies, in documentaries and everything and I think, for me personally, he's a very intriguing man. To be able to have that ability to do what he did, and for his prophecies to still be talked about 500 years later all around the world, is just quite remarkable. There are very few historical figures that can do that. So overall, he's just a controversial… people know of him all over the planet which is another important aspect because he's been researched and people have been trying to find out things about him in many, many different countries. That was also another cool thing that we realized that we got — that people in Australia know about him, South America, North America, everywhere people know about this guy. That was another important issue that we weren't dealing with something that was a bit remote or that people were not very familiar with him. Everybody knows about this man."

On early reactions to the "Nostradamus":

"Well, so far, as you know, we've had a couple of songs that were released recently on LiveNation and and it's been fantastic. I mean, you've only got to look at what people have been saying about it on the message boards on the Internet and everybody's just waiting for it. They can't wait to get an earful. I think it's gonna be really well received. I mean, from our perspective it's thirteen major tracks and it's all linked together seamlessly and flows through and it's still thirteen solid PRIEST tracks that are very typical of the kind of thing we do. There are a lot of cool things going on in terms of the embellishments that we've used but essentially, we can take that and put it into the live performance like we do in here. We're rehearsing some of the 'Nostradamus' material that we'll put into the set list and it sounds absolutely colossal when it's played live."

On the challenges of making a double-disc album with a total running time of just over 100 minutes:

"I suppose it's just the dimension of the work really and to do it justice. I mean, I think it's very easy to get confused and lost and to maybe dilute things if you're not really able to focus and concentrate on the job at hand. We've had 35 years of practice to be able to do this and get this right. I think if it had happened any earlier, it may have turned out differently. It just seems as though everything has been slowly directing itself to this moment. It was a strong record to make. I don't recall any major, major problems getting lost or confused or getting stuck. The material, when it was being written, was very constant and flowing. We've got the chronological thing for us as well. The music was somewhat dictated by the things that he went through. It wasn't as though we were having to invent something out of thing air. We were just trying to follow the significant things that happened to him in his life. So that did make it a little bit easier, because you could look at a section of his life and go, 'OK, well, how would you be feeling at that point?' and that relates to the style of the music you're gonna create — the tempo, the emotion, all the other things. Those were almost predetermined by what he was going through at that certain point when he was alive. Having said that, it is hard work. You have to work really hard to get it right and make every moment important and have a degree of separation so you get distinctive tracks coming out and nothing's bumping into each other."

Read the entire interview at
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Ha! thank you for brightening up my day Metal Jesus, not only is there an influx of excellent new exciting priest news but.... Alice is back too!! June and July are going to be fantastic months for me music wise... I've got my credit card up and ready to let loose on amazon!!!!
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Head on over the Shrine to download the ENTIRE Helsinki show.
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 Judas Priest Start World Tour

British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST kicked off their world tour Tuesday night (June 3) at the Icehall in Helsinki, Finland. The group's setlist was as follows:

01. Intro: Dawn of Creation
02. Prophecy
03. Metal Gods
04. Eat Me Alive
05. Between the Hammer and the Anvil
06. Devil's Child
07. Breaking the Law
08. Hell Patrol
09. Death
10. Dissident Aggressor
11. Angel
12. The Hellion / Electric Eye
13. Rock Hard, Ride Free
14. Sinner
15. Painkiller
16. Hell Bent for Leather
17. The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)
18. You've Got Another Thing Coming

Check out fan-filmed video footage from the show below.

JUDAS PRIEST's next concert will take place on June 5 at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg.

JUDAS PRIEST's double-disc concept album, "Nostradamus", is scheduled for release via Columbia Records on Monday, June 16 in Europe, and a day later in the U.S. on Epic Records.

Long in the works, "Nostradamus" takes epic storytelling to a whole new level, as it recounts the life of this mysterious, world-known 16th century French prophet.

JUDAS PRIEST will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline", hosted by Bob Coburn, on Monday, July 21 at 11:30 p.m. EST/8:30 p.m. PST. Fans can talk live with JUDAS PRIEST by calling 800-344-ROCK (7625). To find a station near you or to listen to the show live via the Internet, go to

JUDAS PRIEST - "Between the Hammer and the Anvil" live in Helsinki, Finland June 3, 2008

JUDAS PRIEST - "Hell Patrol" live in Helsinki, Finland June 3, 2008

JUDAS PRIEST - "Rock Hard, Ride Free" live in Helsinki, Finland June 3, 2008

JUDAS PRIEST - "Electric Eye" live in Helsinki, Finland June 3, 2008

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Ripper Stuff!

Denise Grollmus from the Cleveland Scene has written an extensive article on singer Tim "Ripper" Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH), featuring quotes from a number of Tim's associates from the Ohio metal scene. A couple of excerpts follow.

On trying out for JUDAS PRIEST:

Owens was driven to a studio in Wales. "I was so starstruck. They were just sitting there, eating breakfast, hanging out, playing music. It was surreal."

The band told him to relax, that he wouldn't have to sing until the next day. But Owens demanded to perform then and there. "I was so freaked out," he says. "I hadn't sung JUDAS PRIEST in months, and I just wanted to get it over with."

He launched into "Victim of Changes", a complex song with incredibly high notes. "Whiskey woman, don't you know that you are driving me insane," Owens sang in his perfect falsetto.

The band offered him the job before he'd finished. But Owens insisted on singing one more tune, "The Ripper", a JUDAS PRIEST classic. "That's how I got my nickname," he says.

On his split with PRIEST:

"Everyone thought it was a sad day," Owens says. "But it wasn't. I never would have quit PRIEST, but it was the right thing for Halford to come back and for me to move on."


While Owens was comfortable being bossed around, he wanted to tour more. He also didn't like [ICED EARTH mainman Jon] Schaffer's constant derogatory comments about his time in JUDAS PRIEST. "He hated that I was called the Ripper," Owens says. "He said that my era of PRIEST just sucked and that the songs were bad. It was tense."

After one more album, Schaffer replaced Owens with [his predecessor], just last year. "It was two weeks before Christmas, and he sent this press release out," Owens says. "I didn't even know he was going to announce it. I was pretty upset by how it was handled."

Read the entire article at

Great White Tour Dates

California rockers GREAT WHITE have lined up the following dates:

Jun. 05 - Waukesha, WI @ A Taste of Summer Festival
Jun. 06 - Beaver Dam, WI @ Club 208
Jun. 07 - Celina, OH @ Romers at Westlake Buy Tickets Here
Jun. 08 - Madison, WI @ Dry Bean
Jun. 13 - Santa Fe, NM @ Camel Rock Casino
Jun. 14 - Anthony, TX @ Wet N Wild Water Park (with DOKKEN)
Jun. 19 - San Juan Capistrano, CA @ Coach House
Jun. 20 - Los Angeles, CA @ Crash Mansion
Jun. 21 - Agoura, CA @ Canyon Club
Jun. 27 - Balingen, Germany @ Bang Your Head Festival
Jul. 10 - Oswego, NY @ Scriba Town Inn
Jul. 11 - Walker, MN @ Moondance Jam
Jul. 12 - Glendale Heights, IL @ Summerfest
Jul. 23 - London, Ontario @ Harris Park
Jul. 24 - Heyward, WI @ LCO Casino
Jul. 25 - Eagle River, WI @ High Pines Amphitheater
Jul. 26 - Toledo, OH @ Toledo Harley Davidson
Aug. 15 - Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
Aug. 16 - Santa Fe, NM @ Sky City Casino
Aug. 23 - Greenwood, IL @ Gait Airport
Sep. 12 - Boone, IA @ The Venue
Sep. 20 - Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penn Peak

GREAT WHITE will perform live on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline", hosted by Bob Coburn, on Wednesday, August 13 at 11:30 p.m. EST/8:30 p.m. PST. Fans can talk live with GREAT WHITE by calling 800-344-ROCK (7625). To find a station near you or to listen to the show live via the Internet, go to

GREAT WHITE released a new album in July 2007 entitled "Back to the Rhythm" via Shrapnel Records. Frontiers Records issued the CD in Europe on August 31 via in a lavish digipack edition. The record — which also marks GREAT WHITE's 25th anniversary — features original members Jack Russell (vocals), Mark Kendall (lead guitar), Audie Desbrow (drums), Michael Lardie (guitar/keyboards) and Sean McNabb (bass).

"Back to the Rhythm" was mixed, produced, and engineered by guitarist Michael Lardie with all members contributing to to the final mix.

Fan-filmed video footage of GREAT WHITE performing in Barcelona, Spain earlier in 2008 can be viewed below (clip uploaded by YouTube user "cruehead699").

Metallica's New Album Reviewed
UK's Rock Sound and Metal Hammer magazines have posted separate reports on the listening session for the new METALLICA album, which took place earlier today (Wednesday, June 4) in London.

Rock Sound writes: "On first impressions and just one listen, Rock Sound can confirm that the songs we've heard sound very much like classic METALLICA in vibe, harking back to the days of 'Master Of Puppets', '…And Justice For All' (but with bass) and the [self-titled 'black'] album — without sounding dated or tired.

"Of the six tracks Rock Sound heard this afternoon, only one had a working title — 'Flamingo'. With a slow intro, the song was reminiscent of 'Battery' in vibe, with two guitar solos and an undercurrent of melody and groove.

"The first single is an epic power rocker in the vein of 'The Unforgiven', 'Nothing Else Matters' and 'Sanitarium', with a mid-tempo, head-banging section and some THIN LIZZY-esque twin guitar riffage.

"Another song features the lyrics, 'Into abyss, you don't exist, you can't resist the Judas kiss'; another features an almost RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE-esque drum 'n' bass undercurrent and lyrics about 'suicide' and 'cyanide'; while the final song we heard, dubbed 'The Song', clocks in at under five minutes and is a galloping thrash attack with quirks, and a sniff of TESTAMENT about it!

"We suspect other song titles could include 'Die Hard', 'Show Your Scars', and 'My Apocalypse' — but we cannot be held responsible if none of these titles or lyrics are accurate!

"Thankfully — there are plenty of Kirk Hammett traditional guitar solos and a decent drum sound. Hetfield's voice sounds in fine form too. All of the songs have many different parts to them, giving the impression that the quartet is revisiting the epic vibe of the band's 'classic' period."

Metal Hammer reports: "What do the songs sound like? Track one, which is only known by the cryptic working title 'Flamingo', opens up on thunderous rolling drums as lead guitar meets them head on, a flaring up in stop-start motion before it pulls itself together in rushes forward in classic thrash style, all crunching 'Fight Fire With Fire' riffs and drilling beats. It takes at least two minutes for James Hetfield's vocals to come in, and while they sound furious, this isn't the grittiest he's ever sounded, more open in tone, but while there's still a memorable vocal line for the 'chorus,' and there is so much going on in the song, and so many ideas thrown in and discarded for the next one that it's hard on first listen to pick out one riff that you're going to remember it by. But with galloping riffs and the return of guitar breaks rising up from out of the grooves you can hear the true METALLICA spirit, even though its as if reflected in mirrored mosaic.

"Track two is at heart an anthemic ballad that recalls 'Fight Fire With Fire' and 'Nothing Else Matters', with a chiming guitar intro, airy vocals and some slightly convoluted, progressive-style bridges that mutate into urgent riffing, more galloping riffs and guitar solos. Again, the song has a number of different sections, but it still sounds massive.

"Track three kicks off on a stop-start riff flecked with Eastern touches, as other bustling guitar lines play off each other and Hetfield's vocals retain the power of old, like some monolithic prophet overlooking events as mid-paced, chugging riffs come in, sounding like an army on the march, methodically shooting anyone in their path.

"Track four is reminiscent of 'Master Of Puppets' with more than a touch of heads-down SLAYER pacing thrown in. After an artillery-lobbing drum-led intro, it quickly sets off on marching, thrash mode, Hetfield's spat vocals taking melodic digressions, as he roars 'Bow down, surrender unto me.' The song's groove carries you along as it opens up into guitar atomospherics that bring LED ZEP to mind. It isn't quite the kind of irresistible monster they've created before, but METALLICA still prove they can still sound lean and epic at the same time, and when the track drops out into the grove mid-way though, you can imagine the chants coming from the crowds live.

"Track five has another strong opening, with an uncharacteristic bouncing groove not a million miles away from RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE making appearances throughout setting off sharp riffs that come up against an irregular barrage of percussion that sets it off briefly on a more melodic path and builds up once again into a thrilling riff-fest mayhem.

"Track six is the 'song', considerably shorter than the others, but full of clinically sharp riffing, more SLAYER-esque parts and galloping grooves, all hustle and bustle with a tinge of Eastern melody thrown in once more.

"Initial impressions is that this is an album that's going to get our blood chugging, but whether it's all we hoped for is going to take more plays to answer. Ultimately we're hugely relieved and pretty damn thrilled, and we can't fucking wait to hear the rest."

Lita Ford Touring Lineup Announced

'80s hard rock queen Lita Ford has announced her "current lineup for touring and recording." It is as follows:

Stet Howland (W.A.S.P.) - Drums
Teddy Cook (DIO) - Bass
Michael T. Ross (HARDLINE, ANGEL) - Keyboards

As previously reported, Lita Ford will play at least a couple of warm-up shows for her upcoming Rocklahoma appearance. Ford is apparently being billed as the Lita Ford "tribute" act KISS ME DEADLY for these special performances, which will kick off in early July. So far the following dates have been announced:

July 06 - Famingdale, NY @ Club Loaded at The Crazy Donkey
July 07 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

A date at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, New York is expected to be added to the above list.

Lita Ford recently signed a deal with Coallier Entertainment, the New York-based company whose list of clients includes such artists as TWISTED SISTER and SEBASTIAN BACH.

In a statement released in late March by Lita Ford stated regarding her comeback performance at Rocklahoma: "It's been way too long since I've rocked a crowd. Broke out my axe and turned it up loud. Always in my heart — forever in my soul. On July 11th I'm gonna rock 'n' roll. At Rocklahoma I'll hit the stage with thousands of you maniacs. Close My Eyes — Kiss Me Deadly — can't forget the leather pants!"

Rocklahoma festival will be held July 9-13, 2008 at the Catch The Fever Festival Grounds, four miles north of Pryor, Oklahoma. TRIUMPH and EXTREME are among the bands reuniting with all or most of their original lineups for this year's festival, which will also feature sets from NIGHT RANGER, CINDERELLA, Bret Michaels, TESLA, ARMORED SAINT, L.A. GUNS and many more. More than 85 bands in all will perform on three giant stages throughout the five days.

Rock legend ALICE COOPER will release his new album, "Along Came A Spider", through SPV/Steamhammer on the following dates:

Germany, Austria, Switzerland: July 25
Rest of Europe: July 28
North America: July 29

Check out the CD artwork below.

"Along Came A Spider" was co-produced by Greg Hampton and Danny Saber in Los Angeles. It reportedly features guest appearances by Ozzy Osbourne, who plays harmonica on a track he co-wrote with Cooper, and Slash, who plays guitar on the record as well.

Alice recently told that his forthcoming LP is "a real 'Alice' album. Conceptually, it's going to be pretty interesting."

Cooper wouldn't reveal too many details, but said the album is based on a fictional serial killer named Spider, who wraps his victims in a silk web. "Every song is sort of a letter to the police," he explains. "They think they're investigating it from the outside, but he's actually woven them into the whole thing."

"Along Came A Spider" track listing (in alphabetical order):

01. Catch Me
02. Hungry
03. I Am The Spider
04. I Know Where You Live
05. (In Touch With) Your Feminine Side
06. Killed By Love
07. Salvation
08. The One That Got Away
09. Vengeance Is Mine
10. Wake The Dead
11. Wrapped In Silk

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