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[~ MG_Metalgoddess~] Wednesday, October 29, 2008 7:04:49 PM 
Oh come on HB.. I know you are going to buy the VIP tickets for that gig,,, ROFL.......... LMFAO
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[guitardude] Wednesday, October 29, 2008 5:50:45 PM 
Would somebody please get me a rope!!!!!!
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[Head banger] Wednesday, October 29, 2008 2:23:10 PM 
in other depressing news
[Bazookajoe_666] Wednesday, October 29, 2008 7:52:46 AM 
Gaahl Interview

Götz Kühnemund of Germany's Rock Hard magazine (web site) recently conducted a revealing interview with GORGOROTH frontman Gaahl (real name: Kristian Espedal) in which the controversial black metal singer spoke publicly for the first time about his sexual orientation and his political beliefs. The chat, which appears in issue 258 of the magazine, was translated exclusively for BLABBERMOUTH.NET and appears below in its entirety.

For a long time GORGOROTH frontman Gaahl was deemed "the evil face of black metal." There was nothing anyone wouldn't put past him or try to pin on him. In his native Norway, he regularly finds himself on the front page of the biggest daily newspapers — as Satan personified or national bogeyman supreme. But now this villain of all people has outed himself as gay and reveals a few sides to his personality very few people would've thought possible.

Rock Hard: I think it's pretty ballsy that you've outed yourself as gay. I'd love to ask you two or three questions on the subject, if you don't mind.

Gaahl: "Sure, no problem."

Rock Hard: When I met you, we talked pretty extensively about an old JUDAS PRIEST live video that had made a strong impression on you. Was Rob Halford coming out a partial factor in your publicly acknowledging your own sexual preference?

Gaahl: "No. Rob Halford is a big musical inspiration for me, but nothing more. It doesn't feel to me as if I've outed myself because up until now the whole thing was a non-issue for me. All this evolved very naturally. I feel how I feel and I've never made any secret about it."

Rock Hard: But there are people that do not accept homosexuality. Isn't it true that you were in fact attacked by someone in the backstage area at Wacken [Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany]?

Gaahl: "That's something that went down behind my back. Nobody has ever said anything derogatory to my face in person."

Rock Hard: But King (GORGOROTH bassist) witnessed something and told me about it later (Note: there was a vicious brawl backstage at Wacken, which involved King among others. It was reportedly triggered by anti-gay remarks by a certain person who found himself in a hospital shortly thereafter). How are people treating you?

Gaahl: "Absolutely positive. I haven't felt any animosities directed toward me."

Rock Hard: But there are likely people on the right fringe of the black metal scene for whom you as an avowed homosexual have become an enemy.

Gaahl: "Possibly, yes. My idea of art, and black metal especially, is the depiction of honesty without compromise. I really don't care how other people react to it or the feelings it might provoke."

Rock Hard: There are people who were previously close to you that have contacted Rock Hard over the past few months offering "information" that would purportedly make you appear in a "whole new light." Since your homosexuality has become known, those sources have gone silent. Is there a connection?

Gaahl: "Yeah, most likely (laughs). It seems like I've pre-empted a few people. And for that I'm truly sorry. (laughs) But the information in question could also pertain to certain things that happened in the early '90s."

Rock Hard: You mean political things?

Gaahl: "Yeah."

Rock Hard: Since then you've openly admitted to having associated with radical right-wing circles back then.

Gaahl: "That's correct."

Rock Hard: Can you elaborate a bit more?

Gaahl: "These are things related to the past and the environment I found myself in at the time. In the early '90s, there were all these different youth gangs in Norway and one thing led to another. I was involved in gang fights and had false friends. It wasn't about any deep political convictions but rather about disassociation. Eventually it took on violent strains. I mean, gangs don't meet up to hold discussions."

Rock Hard: Would you call yourself a one-time die-hard Nazi?

Gaahl: "No, there was no political disposition — not with me nor any of my friends. But you had to profess allegiance to a certain group if you wanted to defend yourself and not get your ass kicked. I think we all — my friends at the time as well as myself — felt that way but some of them drifted off into politically extreme circles."

Rock Hard: Were there racially motivated incidents?

Gaahl: "It was all about gang affiliation. Who attacked first and who merely defended themselves is impossible to say after all this time. But there were definitely violent altercations. Some of us even had guns."

Rock Hard: When did your attitude toward these things change?

Gaahl: "It was a slow process that took years and not something that was triggered by any one thing. I've always had friends from different cultural backgrounds, hence I was exposed to different ways of thinking from the get-go. That's probably why I've never developed a deep set of political beliefs. But there have definitely been changes and an evolution in my thinking. I'm a different person today."

Rock Hard: Who are you exactly?

Gaahl: "I am I. I'm an individualist."

Rock Hard: Are there people in your circle of friends whom you'd call right-wingers?

Gaahl: "Yes, there are. Just like there are left-wingers. I don't judge people by their political beliefs. That may sound strange. The people I associate with are a motley crew and yet there is no violence. My friends have respect for each other just like I respect them."

Rock Hard: So we're talking about people who don't resort to violence when it comes to representing their convictions?

Gaahl: "Exactly. People evolve and accept differences. But now and then you do have to be patient with those you're close to (laughs). Not everybody always knows right away what's best for them. You have to give people leeway to experience things and grow because that how they might change their way of thinking."

Rock Hard: How are your right-wing friends responding to your being gay?

Gaahl: "There has been very little in terms of negative reactions. I'd like to think it's because my friends respect me enough to where that side of me doesn't bother them. If I was another type of guy, the reactions might be more drastic."

Rock Hard: You've been jailed several times. Did any of that have anything to do with your political or sexual background?

Gaahl: "No, absolutely not."

Rock Hard: I'm mentioning it because I forgot to ask you an important question during our last interview. When you talked about that "contract killer" that was out to get you, and whom you injured so badly that you had to go to prison over it, we never even talked about what provoked the attack in the first place. Who had it in for you?

Gaahl: "That was connected to my previous stint in prison. Someone whom I had caused trouble wanted to get revenge on me. But since he didn't want to get his own hands dirty for obvious reasons he hired someone who was supposed to attack me and in fact broke into my house carrying a weapon."

Rock Hard: Can you elaborate on what you mean by "causing trouble?"

Gaahl: "I was attacked in a bar, apparently because I had provoked someone with my appearance or something I said — someone with a reputation of being 'dangerous' himself. It turned into a physical altercation with serious consequences. I ended up in jail but the well-to-do 'victim' who had provoked me got off scot-free."

Rock Hard: Are you safe now from acts of revenge?

Gaahl: "I sure hope so. It makes no sense to be afraid of something you have no influence over anyway. Should it turn dangerous again down the line I'll simply have to deal with the situation."

Rock Hard: Sounds as if you've gotten rid of a lot of muck in your life.

Gaahl: (laughs) "Yeah, you could say that. I'm content all around with my situation right now. I love life at the moment."

Rock Hard: Would you say you're a happy person?

Gaahl: "Oh yes, most definitely."

Rock Hard: It's got to feel great: You are free and no longer have anything to hide.

Gaahl: "That's right. But I've never really hidden anything to begin with. It's just that I was never in love before."

Rock Hard: Never?

Gaahl: "No, not until last year."

Rock Hard: There is a girl who for a time lived with Jenny from Rock Hard in Norway, and she claimed to be your ex-girlfriend.

Gaahl: (laughs) "Then she lied. I was never ever together with anyone until last year."

Rock Hard: How old are you now?

Gaahl: "33."

Rock Hard: And you were a lone wolf up until age 32?

Gaahl: "Yes. I've just now reached puberty!" (laughs)

Rock Hard: Very cool that you talk so openly about these things.

Gaahl: "Well, that's the way it is." (laughs)

Rock Hard: You're a pretty strange bird, if I may say so. Anyone familiar with your image wouldn't think it possibly for you to have such an astute sense of humor.

Gaahl: "Thanks. I'm a strange dude, I know."

Rock Hard: Up until very recently, I had a totally different impression of you — and it wasn't exactly a positive one.

Gaahl: "Well, people tend to draw their own conclusions and create an image where other people are concerned. You always see the character you want to see."

Rock Hard: You sound very content and well balanced indeed. How is that gonna affect GORGOROTH?

Gaahl: "As far as my 'outing' goes — King was more nervous about it beforehand than I myself. He is glad that everybody's been cool about it. As far as the musical aspect is concerned — we've started work on the next album and I can't wait to write the lyrics for it. I already have ideas in my head but normally my lyrics just sort of 'happen.'"

Rock Hard: That's what I was getting at. Aren't you lacking the hatred to write the type of lyrics GORGOROTH is known for? Or are you tackling dark subject matters differently in the future?

Gaahl: "Time will tell. I take the view that you should always be moving forward and not standing still. It's gonna be different for sure but I can't say how exactly. A lot of what happens during the process of writing lyrics stems from the unconscience anyway. That is more honest than conscious planning."

Rock Hard: Isn't it difficult not to fool yourself? How do you know what originates from your unconscience and what comes from your conscience?

Gaahl: "It's difficult to differentiate indeed — but that's what the artistic aspect is all about. And I think I'm pretty well versed in it." (laughs)

Rock Hard: When I look at your overall concept — your provocative show, morbid aesthetics, and intellectual aspirations — I'm heavily reminded of CELTIC FROST. Can you relate to that sentiment?

Gaahl: "Yeah, even though I'm more familiar with the early CELTIC FROST classics, I know what you mean. We're pretty good friends (with them), and I'm gonna sink my teeth deeper into the last CELTIC FROST album as soon as I have some time."

Rock Hard: Martin [Ain] and Tom [Fischer of CELTIC FROST] were part of the reason why we decided to interview GORGOROTH for Rock Hard. They think very highly of you — and we of them. You can't be all that asinine if you have advocates like that.

Gaahl: "I'm happy about that. (laughs) I'm definitely seeing correlations between the two bands as well. We have a similar way of overstepping certain boundaries. I know Tom a little better than Martin but I see parallels between us and both of them."

Rock Hard: You just returned from Mexico, right?

Gaahl: "Yeah. We played two shows there. The fans were unbelievable as was the technical equipment – albeit in a negative sense." (laughs)

Rock Hard: Where do things stand legally right now as far as the name GORGOROTH is concerned?

Gaahl: "I can't say anything about it due to pending litigation. As long as there is no final ruling, both sides will continue to use the name GORGOROTH." (Note: Guitarist Infernus, the last remaining founding member, was fired by Gaahl and King last year but has so far refuses to relinquish the band name).

Rock Hard: Do you have a steady line-up now?

Gaahl: "Yes, we do. We'll make an official announcement shortly — it's gonna shock some people!"

Rock Hard: Positively or negatively?

Gaahl: (laughs) "Positively, as I see it. But I don't know how people are gonna react… It'll definitely be a surprise, and I'm excited about it. What I can confirm is that Frost (SATYRICON, 1349) will be the drummer on the new album. We view him as a full band member even though he doesn't figure in a creative role with us."

Rock Hard: That leaves two open spots in the band….

Gaahl: "Not open, merely unknown. I know, we come off as chaotic but we have everything under control. Believe it or not — there is a plan." (laughs)

Rock Hard: What else you got going on at present other than GORGOROTH?

Gaahl: "Working on an ambient album that's currently being mixed — really interesting stuff, in my opinion. Other than that, I spend a lot of time painting. I've become really creative lately."

Rock Hard: What kind of paintings do you paint?

Gaahl: "Hard to describe. They definitely don't have anything in common with GORGOROTH. People might think that all I'm painting are chopped off heads but that's not the case."

Rock Hard: Then what do you paint? Rob Halford in various motorcycle poses?

Gaahl: "Exactly." (laughs)
[Bazookajoe_666] Saturday, October 25, 2008 6:54:32 PM 
Sebastian Bach Interview

Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach was recently interviewed by Record Collector magazine (web site) — a publication which the singer has described as "definitely my favorite magazine out of the UK and possibly the world. One of the only magazines I can think of that is truly about music, not gossip, trends, fashion, or nostalgia. One of the only magazines I actually buy due to its focus on collecting all sorts of music and its attention to detail."

An excerpt from Bach's interview with Record Collector follows below.

Record Collector: Is there much unreleased in the archives?

Bach: A lot. Back when we were on tour in SKID ROW, from '89 to '91, the soundman was making DATs of every concert, and we were partyng so much, I was the only one who listened to them and collected them. So when they kicked me out of the band in '96, what they forgot was [laughs] … that I have 400 DAT tapes of everything of us and everybody from BON JOVI to SOUNDGARDEN to Axl and MÖTLEY CRÜE. I've got the only copy of those, not to mention the video archive — Dimebag [Darrell Abbott of PANTERA] goofing off and pro-shot concert footage — tons of one-of-a-kind tapes from '90/'91, with all sorts of people jamming with us. Those guys kicked me out, but they should know that I've transferred all of it to digital for DVD and preserved the quality — I'm not that much of an asshole! [laughs] JOURNEY put out a 1981 show on DVD and those guys hate each other's guts, but how come they put this shit out? So if they [SKID ROW] ever want to do that, I'm the guy that has all th footage. Make me an offer!

Record Collector: Do you have any tapes from before SKID ROW?

Bach: Yes. I have a tape of my first beer commercial for radio — Schooner — in 1983. Then the guy who was the engineer on RUSH's "Snakes & Arrows", Rich Chycki, was a guitarist in Toronto in the mid-'80s. Before I joined MADAME X from Detroit, I was playing in Rich's band and those tapes exist in high quality sound. When I left for MADAME X, he got James LaBrie of DREAM THEATER in and told him, "Sing it exactly like this." The album came out as WINTER ROSE, but that material exists with me singing [at] age 16. I was also on "Maple Metal" onAttic, at 14. It got reviewed in Kerrang! and I couldn't even comprehend it.

Record Collector: Do you get involved in limited editions of your releases?

Bach: Yeah. The record company told me "Angel Down" was coming out on vinyl picture disc, and I was like, "What?! How cool is that?!" How ironic that vinyl is the one area taking off now. I have tons and it's all preserved in plastic. I've got THE BEATLES "Yesterday and Today" with the baby dolls, and bootlegs I collected as a teenager, like VAN HALEN "Live in Pasadena". I think record companies are silly not putting out this stuff, instead of all this compilation bullshit. They're fucking nuts! [laughs] SKID ROW best-of? We only had three albums, and you can buy them for five bucks. Assholes! [laughs]
[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, October 24, 2008 5:19:37 PM 
New Rob Zombie Track In Punisher: War Zone Soundtrack

ROB ZOMBIE's brand new song "War Zone" is available for streaming at this location.

"War Zone" is the first track off the soundtrack release to "Punisher: War Zone" from Marvel Comics' latest film adaptation of fictional vigilante and deadly antihero Frank Castle. The lethal motion picture soundtrack features a powerful collection of A-list rockers including the first new music in thre years from ROB ZOMBIE in addition to heart-pounding songs from rock icons such as SEETHER, SLAYER, SLIPKNOT and RISE AGAINST. The fifteen-track album attacks stores on November 25. The film opens nationwide on December 5.

The original track "War Zone", written for and inspired by the film, contains the kind of raw, throttling energy that has made ROB ZOMBIE a platinum-selling artist. The song will also serve as the first single from the soundtrack. Rob Zombie said, "I love writing music for films, rather than just throwing them an unwanted B side or remix. This track was written exclusively for 'Punisher: War Zone'. A punishing track for a punishing movie."

The record also features SLAYER's 2008 Grammy-winning "Final Six" and current chart-topping singles from SLIPKNOT "Psychosocial" and SEETHER "Fallen". The beatdown doesn't stop there, with a broad mix of new and unreleased music that spans every niche of the rock genre, including unreleased songs by premiere punk group RISE AGAINST and emo scenesters SENSES FAIL. Dan Trapp of SENSES FAIL had this to say: "We are super-excited to be a part of the 'Punisher' legacy… when we heard we were going to be involved, we all threw up in our hands out of excitement."

Adding to the epic soundscape of "Punisher: War Zone" is one lucky winner from the Lionsgate/Clear Channel "Unsigned Artist Contest" that was hosted last month. The contest attracted over 5,000 bands and millions of listeners. The winner will be announced on October 24 at Lionsgate music president Jay Faires adds, "Teaming up with Clear Channel has been a phenomenal experience. The response to the 'Punisher' contest has been incredible, and we are absolutely thrilled about introducing one of these talented unsigned bands to the world."

Providing extra ammunition to round out the album are emerging artists Kerli, highly praised electronica duo JUSTICE, and an inspired, propulsive original score by Michael Wandmacher. This all adds up to make the "Punisher: War Zone" soundtrack one of the most anticipated of the season.

"Punisher: War Zone" track listing is as follows:

01. "War Zone" - ROB ZOMBIE
02. "Final Six" - SLAYER
03. "Psychosocial" - SLIPKNOT
04. "Historia Calamitatum" - RISE AGAINST
05. "Fallen" - SEETHER
06. "Bulletproof" - KERLI
07. [To Be Determined - Contest Winner]
08. "The Past Is Proof" - SENSES FAIL
09. "Butterfly Wings" - MACHINES OF LOVING GRACE
10. "Genesis" - JUSTICE
11. "Showdown" - PENDULUM
12. "Refuse" - HATEBREED
13. "Lunatic" - STATIC-X
14. "Days Of Revenge" - RAMALLAH
15. "The Punisher Main Title" - MICHAEL WANDMACHER 

Extreme Film Video For New Song Ghost

Reunited Boston hard rockers EXTREME filmed a video for the track "Ghost" on October 23 inside an old church in Massachusetts. Guitarist Nuno Bettencourt came up with the concept and directed the video.

Fan-filmed video footage of EXTREME performing "Ghost" in New York City in August 2008 can be viewed below.

"Saudades de Rock", the new album from EXTREME, sold 6,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 78 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD entered the UK chart at position No. 80.

The band's first studio album in thirteen years, "Saudades de Rock" (pronounced "sow-dodge") was released in the U.S. on August 12 on Open E Records and distributed by Fontana. The European version of the CD, which came out on August 1, includes a bonus track, the "Americocaine" demo from 1985, the very first studio recording of EXTREME.

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."

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.

[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, October 23, 2008 8:30:27 PM 
New Twisted Sister Live DVD

TWISTED SISTER will release a new DVD, "Live At The Astoria", on November 17. The artwork can be viewed below.

Commented guitarist Jay Jay French: "Recorded in London, in August 2004, the critics hailed TWISTED SISTER's performance as one of their greatest ever. If you're an SMF, and have wondered what TWISTED SISTER thought about any of their live shows throughout their 35-year history, you should know this: while certain bandmembers remember certain shows, and relate tales of particular performances as being their favorite, rarely does the band universally agree that any particular show is about as good as it gets. I can say this without hesitation or ambiguity: each bandmember considered that night to be amongst the most special of our careers. This concert was filmed and kept in a vault for the past four years. When the band had the opportunity to look at the footage, it brought back the heat, passion, intensity and audience participation that was at a level far above all expectations. The DVD will be released worldwide through Demolition Records, our UK-based label, and we look forward to sharing this magical performance with all of you."

TWISTED SISTER's setlist for the August 1, 2004 show at the Astoria in London, England was as follows:

01. What You Don't Know (Sure Can Hurt You)
02. The Kids Are Back
03. Under The Blade
04. Destroyer
05. Like A Knife In The Back
06. Burn In Hell
07. Ride To Live
08. Shoot 'Em Down
09. You Can't Stop Rock N' Roll
10. The Fire Still Burns
11. We're Not Gonna Take It
12. The Price
13. I Am, I'm Me
14. I Wanna Rock
15. Come Out & Play
16. S.F.M

TWISTED SISTER live at Arrow Rock Festival in Holland – June 2008:

Metal Mike Interview recently conducted an interview with guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (HALFORD, PAINMUSEUM, SEBASTIAN BACH). An excerpt from the chat follows below. So Mike, on the Sebastian Bach "Angel Down" album, the band covered an old AEROSMITH classic "Back In The Saddle". Was this a bit of a departure for you?

Chlasciak: Well, it's funny that you mention this. When Roy Z (our producer), came in with an idea of covering "Back In The Saddle" and I heard the original version of the song, I was like, "Is Z out of his mind?" You gotta understand that, if I remember correctly, that song had a 12-string bass and you have all these sounds, whistles, grinds and pops in it and I'm thinking to myself… "Let's see how this one goes," you know. But I remember sitting down with Roy one time in the studio and we looked into the track, I got my routines down and I go — I think I got my head around this. To be honest, I love the way that song came out. And, I think Roy is a fantastic producer for always thinking outside the box. I remember recording the rhythms and finally doubling some choruses for "Back In The Saddle" and thinking that our version has got a slab of really heavy groove in it — its heavy, but at the same time still raw and pissed off kind of like MÖTLEY CRÜE's "Dr. Feelgood"… and then I go, wait a minute — the puzzle is solved! This early AEROSMITH sound is part of the blueprint for that whole U.S. Los Angeles metal. At that time, I went gimme my guitar because I know exactly what to do with it! And, after the rhythms were done, I added some textures by simulating a slide guitar with my Floyd Rose whammy bar and I just played how I play. Later I heard what Axl added to it and what Baz sang on it and I went, "It's done!" It sounds fucking great. I mean, although I am a full on metal lover, I do like different things in music as well, whether it's Gary Moore, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tina Turner or whatever. I think all these things come into play when you record or write as an artist, and it helps you understand music on a broader range. As a kid in high school, I would walk to school listening to MEGADETH's "Peace Sells…But Who's Buying?!" or METALLICA's "Ride The Lightning" and walk back listening to EZO, W.A.S.P., MÖTLEY CRÜE or VINNIE VINCENT INVASION. My peers through so differently about things. You know it was this; if you like METALLICA, you can't like DAVID LEE ROTH or MR. BIG, are you a PRIEST fan or MAIDEN fan. Like you know, why? You can't like both? Why the segregation. And, I was just sick of this type of thinking, you know. I think at the end of the day it gave me a better understanding of music, to be open-minded and listen to and like what I like. You had the priviledge of appearing on albums with some of the greatest vocalists in metal that include Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson, Sebastian Bach and Axl Rose. Are there any others you would like to work with? Any memorable moments?

Chlasciak: Man, they are all memorable moments. I have vivid memories of recording guitar solos for the HALFORD "Resurrection" album. You have to understand, making the "Resurrection" album was the most important thing in my life at that time and it will always remain as a special experience for me. But anyways, while making the album Bruce would stop by the studio every so often just to say hey. And, I remember getting ready to do my guitar solos one day and into the control room walk in Rob Halford and Bruce Dickinson and they stand behind me and I go, "Are you kidding me?! I'm supposed to play my solos now?!" Haha. It was an honor to hear Bruce sing on the track "The One You Love To Hate" from "Resurrection", it really was. I remember HALFORD playing "The One You Love To Hate" live in London and joining The Metal God on stage were Bruce and Geoff Tate. I'd say that's memorable. Standing on stage next to Rob Halford is an absolute honor. Without any trace of doubt, Rob is The Metal God. Recording Sebastian's "Angel Down" album had some great times, too. It almost had that energy of an artist making their first recording — excitement! Baz was rebuilding things and he was excited about the album. The band played in the same big room at Sound City Studios in California and I would hear Baz go for it in the vocal isolation booth. It was great to hear his determination and performances. The band would play live and cut it "directly to tape" like the old days, except we replaced the 2" machine with hard drives. Then to hear what Axl added to the songs when he did his guest spots, was just … I don't know how to describe it — it was special to hear him on it. I felt wonderful as a musician to have someone like him sing over something I had been a part of. And, you know, I hear Axl's voice and I hear the strength, his delivery and his attitude and it's obvious that Axl Rose has a metal heart. Needless to say, I'd love to opportunity to do something similar again, however small it might be.

[guitardude] Thursday, October 23, 2008 1:59:15 PM 
After this amount of time shouldn`t the album be called..."Typical Axl BS"!   [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by TIMBONI from Wednesday, October 22, 2008 5:08:59 PM)
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[TIMBONI] Wednesday, October 22, 2008 5:08:59 PM 

NEW YORK – After years of delay, Guns N' Roses is finally releasing "Chinese Democracy."

Geffen Records has announced that the band's eagerly awaited album will be released Nov. 23 at Best Buy stores and the retail chain's Web site.

[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, October 21, 2008 7:58:36 PM 
Kirk Hammet Interview

Saby Reyes-Kulkarni of The Pitch recently conducted an interview with METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

The Pitch: Looking back to the Black Album, why did you suddenly go for shorter songs? You had three classic albums in a row with winding, involved, progressive songs, and your fanbase up until that time came to you for that.

Kirk Hammett: We were just burned out on it. We wanted to do something that was more groove-oriented and had a little more soul. With the stuff we did in the '80s, a lot of times it was about showing off our chops.

The Pitch: So why the return to form with "Death Magnetic"?

Kirk Hammett: We got tired again. [Laughs.] When we started writing for "Death Magnetic", we found out that the more progressive stuff sounded good again. We hadn't done it for a while, and all of a sudden it just kinda sounded fresh. A lot of it also has to do with the fact that [producer] Rick Rubin said that he wanted to make the ultimate METALLICA album. In his mind, the ultimate METALLICA album would be more along the lines of what we did back in the '80s.

The Pitch: In the 2007 documentary "Get Thrashed", you said, "METALLICA invented thrash metal." I wanted to ask you about EXODUS, who you were playing with first. EXODUS' Gary Holt says that everybody who was there knows what EXODUS' role was.

Kirk Hammett: You know what? [Laughs.] I guess I was just at the center of two storms. If I was still in EXODUS, I would have said that EXODUS invented thrash metal. I said that only because I was in METALLICA at a certain moment in time. There were steps that were being taken, and there's a whole group of musicians who were feeling it. It was a zeitgeist. I would say METALLICA and EXODUS probably simultaneously, ANTHRAX and SLAYER, too — we were all just taking cues from what we heard and what the state of heavy music was at that point. It was something that we all just kinda felt.

The Pitch: After the Napster backlash, how do you look back on the band's attempt to fight downloading?

Kirk Hammett: I'm still against file sharing. I still think people should respect the concept of intellectual property. I don't have a problem with downloading that intellectual property once the people that deserve to be paid do get paid. Technology is a double-edged sword. It's convenient and quick, but we pay a pretty high price for that convenience, that impatience. I would much rather be able to go out and buy a better-sounding CD than a shitty MP3. The whole e-mail and texting thing — I'm not sure if it's really bringing us together as much as it's isolating us. I kind of miss how people used to just call each other up.

Read the entire interview from The Pitch

Halford DVD Footage
A four-minute video of Rob Halford (JUDAS PRIEST) and Bruce Dickinson (IRON MAIDEN) in the studio laying down vocal tracks for the song "The One You Love To Hate" from HALFORD's 2000 album "Resurrection" can be found at The footage comes off "Resurrection World Tour - Live At Rock In Rio III", a three-hour DVD which debuted earlier this month in a custom-designed digipack, featuring a twenty-eight page booklet and HALFORD's debut CD release, "Resurrection – Remastered" with 16 songs, including two new HALFORD tracks. The DVD also includes HALFORD's complete Rock In Rio III performance in 5.1 Surround Sound audio. Thirteen cameras are fixed on the HALFORD as The Metal God delivers one of his best live performances in front of two-hundred-thousand-plus Brazilians.
[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, October 20, 2008 4:05:36 PM 

A Fuckload Of New Promotional Clips For Chinese Democracy
Sixteen short promotional clips for the long-awaited new GUNS N' ROSES album, "Chinese Democracy", can be viewed below.

A slightly revised track listing for "Chinese Democracy" was posted late last week at, which will exclusively carry the album in the U.S. starting on November 23. A pre-order page for the long-delayed release was posted at the site on Wednesday (October 15), although the pre-order option was later taken off. The page lists 14 song titles for the record, 11 of which have either been played live or leaked online over the past few years. The Pulse of Radio reports that one of those, "Street of Dreams", was previously known as "The Blues", while three titles, "Scraped", "Sorry" and "Prostitute", have not been heard anywhere.

According to, sources who have heard the album say that it opens with a "blood-curdling Axl Rose scream."

Two different covers will apparently be available, along with CD and vinyl versions. What appears to be one of the covers has been posted at the Best Buy site, showing what seems to be a bicycle with a basket perched on it.

There has still not been an official announcement regarding the November 23 arrival date for the record.

"Chinese Democracy" has been in the works since the mid-'90s, with speculation and mystery surrounding the album's 13-year journey, ever-changing roster of players and spiraling recording costs.

Revised "Chinese Democracy" track listing:

01. Chinese Democracy
02. Shackler's Revenge
03. Better
04. Street Of Dreams
05. If The World
06. There Was A Time
07. Catcher N' The Rye
08. Scraped
09. Riad N' The Bedouins
10. Sorry
11. I.R.S.
12. Madagascar
13. This I Love
14. Prostitute

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Brian Johnson Interview

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson recently spoke to Edna Gundersen of USA Today about the band's forthcoming tour in support of the "Black Ice" album.

"At 61, this could be my last shot," Johnson said, but he added that the run-throughs "have been smooth as a gravy sandwich."

"I try to look after my health," he said. "I don't do a 6-mile jog. I might do a half-hour on a bike in the morning."

Johnson expressed amazement at the band's enduring appeal and credited much of its longevity to chemistry and an obsessive focus on music.

"People talk a lot about Angus and Malcolm, but that's not fair," he said. "There's more than two brothers. There are five. Malcolm, our spiritual leader, always told us to be a rock band first and a celebrity way, way after that. Stay below the radar, don't get involved in politics, stop covering yourself in glory on the stages of the world."

Read more from USA Today
[Bazookajoe_666] Saturday, October 18, 2008 4:33:33 PM 
Brian Johnson Interview

Darryl Sterdan of 24 Hours recently conducted an interview with AC/DC singer Brian Johnson. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

24 Hours: Why did the new album ["Black Ice"] take eight years?

Johnson: Well, after the last one, we did a tour, and then we did a few gigs in Germany with THE [ROLLING] STONES, and we did the SARS benefit in Toronto and so on, so we were playing a lot. Plus, we changed record companies, which took some time and some pushing and all kinds of nasty stuff. So that took our focus away. But really, I think the reason was that Mal [Malcolm Young] and Angus [Young] really wanted something special, something fresh, and they weren't going to be rushed. And I think they came up with it, me son. I think they did a cracking job. I was so happy when I heard these riffs. This was the most fun album I've done in about 15 years. It was just a hoot to do.

24 Hours: Aren't you sick of carrying Angus around on your shoulders? How far have you run over the years with his sweaty crotch on the back of your neck?

Johnson: Me son, it's got to be 50 miles. But at least he's not getting any heavier.

24 Hours: Everybody says Malcolm is really the boss. Is that true? Is the band a democracy or a dictatorship?

Johnson: It's a democracy, up to a certain point. And Malcolm wouldn't thank me for saying he's the man. But he is. Well, him and Angus. It's their band. They started it. It's their puppy. And they've made decisions through the years that have kept the band the way it is, kept it clean and pure. And there's not many bands that have really not sold out in any way, shape or form.

24 Hours: For 30 years, Malcolm has been standing stage right of the drums, with Cliff [Williams] on the left. If they switched sides, would it all fall apart?

Johnson: Definitely. If Cliff and Mal changed sides, it would be the end of AC/DC. They wouldn't know what to do. The band would split. End of story.

24 Hours: What songs are you going to play on tour? There must be a dozen you have to do. But are there others you particularly want to do?

Johnson: Well, we have to do "Thunderstruck", "Back in Black", "You Shook Me All Night Long", "TNT", "Whole Lotta Rosie", "Let There be Rock". And we're gonna do five songs off the new album. As for older stuff, I'd like to do "What's Next to the Moon". I like "Gone Shootin'" too. That would be a good one.

Read the entire interview from 24 Hours.
[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, October 17, 2008 9:23:00 PM 
Tony Iommi Interview

BLACK SABBATH/HEAVEN AND HELL guitarist Tony Iommi recently spoke to Guitar World magazine about his 40 years in music, and one of the subjects broached by writer Chris Gill was the fact that a handful of BLACK SABBATH songs recorded in the band's early days when they were still known as EARTH — including "The Rebel", "When I Came Down" and "Song For Jim" — have yet to be released to this day.

According to Iommi, "We didn’t write those songs. They were written by a chap named Norman Haines. At the time we were managed by Jim Simpson, who was a local Birmingham guy. He insisted that we record these songs that his friend Norman had written. We just wanted to play, so we recorded them. We wanted to write our own songs and make our own record, but this was just an initial effort. We had never been in a recording studio in our lives before that. It was a very basic studio. Even back then we never really wanted those recordings to see the light of day. Those songs sound nothing remotely like BLACK SABBATH."

A brief audio snippet of "When I Came Down" can be heard below.

A collection of unpublished outtakes from Guitar World's interview with Tony Iommi can be read here.
[hellrider 31038] Friday, October 17, 2008 7:03:10 PM 
kick a?? helmets only to bad they are not priest helmets.awesome way to encourage people to wear helmets
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[guitardude] Friday, October 17, 2008 4:39:40 PM 
There is also an Iron Maiden helmet in the works,but the release date has not been announced!!
Edited at: Friday, October 17, 2008 4:40:06 PM
[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, October 17, 2008 4:32:57 PM 
New Motorhead Helmets

MOTÖRHEAD, a band that lives according to its own rules and which has never sacrificed anything, has joined forces with O'Neal USA, one of the leading manufacturers of motorcycle and BMX accessories, to produce a limited-edition MOTÖRHEAD helmet that features the band's iconic "Motörhead - England" artwork. The helmets will be released under the RockHard brand and will be available at all Cycle Gear locations and finer motorcycle dealerships worldwide.

MOTÖRHEAD's RockHard Helmets will be available in three shells: Full Face Street (retail from $349), Off Road Dirt (retail from $249), and Harley Half Shell (retail from $159). Each helmet is crafted using the finest materials and offers protection in compliance with the world's toughest safety standards including, but not limited to, DOT, SNELL, EU, Australia, and Japanese standards. In addition, each helmet comes in a custom-made container patterned after the band's Anvil equipment road cases and is individually certified and numbered with its own Certificate of Authenticity.

For more information, visit

More White Zombie Boxset Details

WHITE ZOMBIE. The musical horrorshow that mixed dark pop culture with metallic hard rock has been resurrected on the 4-CD/1-DVD box set "Let Sleeping Corpses Lie" (Geffen/UMe), released November 25, 2008. The CDs bring together for the first time all 64 original studio recordings released by the band led by Rob Zombie during its 1985-1996 career. The DVD offers nine music videos, 10 live performances, and some hidden gems.

Disc One of "Let Sleeping Corpses Lie" includes all of the tracks released on the New York City band's own Silent Explosion label — the four songs on the 1985 "Gods On Voodoo Moon" EP, of which only 300 copies were pressed; the two songs on the 1986 "Pig Heaven" EP, which had only 1,000 made; and the seven on 1987's "Psycho-Head Blowout" EP, which NIRVANA's Kurt Cobain called one of his favorite albums.

Disc Two encompasses WHITE ZOMBIE's first two full-length albums, 1987's "Soul-Crusher", which began on Silent Explosion but was re-released by Caroline Records the following year, and 1989's "Make Them Die Slowly". Disc Three offers the three-selection "God Of Thunder" EP and the band's 1992 major label debut, "La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1", which broke the band into the Top 40, earned double platinum and spawned the Best Hard Rock Performance Grammy-nominated "Thunder Kiss '65" and "Black Sunshine" (with Iggy Pop). Also heard is "I Am Hell" from the soundtrack to the 1993 animated flick "The Beavis & Butt-head Experience".

Disc Four opens with "Children Of The Grave" from a 1994 BLACK SABBATH tribute album and "Feed The Gods" from that year's "Airheads" soundtrack album. The centerpiece, however, is 1995's "Astro-Creep: 2000, Songs Of Love, Destruction And Other Synthetic Delusions Of The Electric Head", which ranked in the Top 10 for two months, was certified triple platinum and spun off the Modern Rock Top 10, Grammy-nominated "More Human Than Human". The 64 "Let Sleeping Corpses Lie" recordings conclude with 1996 soundtrack contributions to "Escape From L.A.", "Beavis And Butt-head Do America" and "The Crow: City Of Angels", with its Grammy-nominated cover of the disco hit "I'm Your Boogieman".

Among the DVD's videos are those for "More Human Than Human", winner of the MTV Video Music Award for Best Hard Rock Video, as well as "Thunder Kiss '65", "Black Sunshine", "Super-Charger Heaven", "I'm Your Boogieman" and "The One". Live performances include "Soul-Crusher", "Spiderbaby (Yeah Yeah Yeah)", "I Am Hell" and "Creature Of The Wheel".

WHITE ZOMBIE officially disbanded in 1998 after the release of the "Hellbilly Deluxe", the triple platinum solo debut for Rob Zombie, who has since enjoyed continued success both on record and as a film director with his vision of the dark side.

"Let Sleeping Corpses Lie" track listing:

01. Gentleman Junkie
02. King Of Souls
03. Tales From the Scarecrowman
04. Cat's Eye Resurrection
05. Pig Heaven
06. Slaughter The Grey
07. Eighty-Eight/Fast Jungle
08. Gun Crazy
09. Kick
10. Memphis
11. Magdelene
12. True Crime
13. Ratmouth
14. Shack of Hate
15. Drowning the Colossus
16. Crow II
17. Die Zombie Die
18. Skin
19. Truck On Fire
20. Future Shock
21. Scumkill
22. Diamond Ass
23. Demonspeed
24. Disaster Blaster
25. Murderworld
26. Revenge
27. Acid Flesh
28. Power Hungry
29. Godslayer
30. God Of Thunder
31. Love Razor
32. Disaster Blaster 2
33. Welcome to Planet MF
34. Knuckle Duster
35. Thunder Kiss
36. Black Sunshine
37. Soul-Crusher
38. Cosmic Monster
39. Spiderbaby
40. I Am Legend
41. Knuckle Duster 2
42. Thrust
43. One Big Crunch
44. Grindhouse
45. Starface
46. Warp Asylum
47. I Am Hell
48. Children Of The Grave
49. Feed The Gods
50. Electric Head Pt. 1
51. Super Charger Heaven
52. Real Solution 9
53. Creature Of The Wheel
54. Electric Head Pt. 2
55. Grease Paint And Monkey Brains
56. I Zombie
57. More Human Than Human
58. El Phantasmo
59. Blur The Technicolor
60. Blood Milk Sky
61. The One
62. I'm Your Boogieman
63. Ratfinks, Suicide Tanks and Cannibal Girls

WHITE ZOMBIE performing "More Human Than Human" live in Köln, Germany in 1995:
[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, October 17, 2008 4:00:38 PM 
Stay Hungry! Again!

TWISTED SISTER is planning a 25th-anniversary re-release of its classic 1984 album "Stay Hungry" featuring loads of bonus material, including one brand new track that the band is set to record later this month. "There's gonna be two discs — it's gonna be the original album remastered, and it's gonna have all the outtakes, including about 15 songs that we never finished; all two verses and a chorus," guitarist Jay Jay French revealed during an October 10, 2008 appearance on Eddie Trunk's "Friday Night Rocks" radio show on New York's Q104.3 FM. "In much the same way that everybody's throwing the kitchen sink in these historical records — we're gonna have that — plus we're gonna have a brand new song that we're recording in two weeks."

Back in 2004, TWISTED SISTER released "Still Hungry" — a re-recorded and expanded version of "Stay Hungry". "Still Hungry" — which was produced by Mark Mendoza, a longtime producer/engineer in addition to his bass guitar duties with TWISTED SISTER — gave the New York-based band a chance to make "Stay Hungry" the way it was first envisioned. "Stay Hungry" sold more than 6 million copies worldwide, but it didn't sound the way TWISTED SISTER wanted it to sound.

"'Still Hungry' is 'Stay Hungry - The Way It Ought to Be'," Jay Jay French stated at the time. "It has an ultra-heavy sound, which is the way we wanted 'Stay Hungry' in the first place. But at that time rock records had a thin, very midrange kind of sound and so 'Stay Hungry' was recorded very lightly. We battled Atlantic Records and producer Tom Werman about it, but we lost.

"These re-recordings are faithful to the original arrangements but they sound much heavier," he continued. "There are an additional seven tracks included — obscure songs from our club days but never officially recorded then. On two of these songs, 'Never Say Never' and 'Blastin' Fast & Loud', we used the original drum tracks that A.J. [Pero] recorded. These songs were meant to be included on 'Stay Hungry' but were never finished. 'Heroes Are Hard to Find' was on the soundtrack of Dee's [Snider's] movie 'Strangeland'."

Six of the seven bonus tracks on "Still Hungry" previously appeared, mostly in raw form, on archival TWISTED SISTER albums. Demos of "Come Back" and "Rock N Roll Saviors" were included on the 1999 Spitfire Records collection "Club Daze Volume I: The Studio Sessions". The completed 2001 studio recordings of "Never Say Never" and "Blastin' Fast & Loud" (with Pero's original 1984 drum tracks) kicked off 2001's Spitfire release "Club Daze Volume II: Live in the Bars", which also featured vintage live versions of "You Know I Cry", "Plastic Money" and "Come Back" (one of just a few songs to appear on both "Club Daze" volumes).

Italian news blog Musica Metal uploaded video footage (see below) of TWISTED SISTER performing the song "The Price" (which originally appeared on the "Stay Hungry" album) at the first edition of the Rock Of Ages festival, which was held on September 13, 2008 in Milan, Italy.

Guitar Hero: Metallica Trailer

A trailer for the forthcoming Guitar Hero: Metallica game, which is apparently included on Guitar Hero: World Tour, can be viewed below.

When Guitar Hero: World Tour arrives at the end of this month, METALLICA fans will be able to play all 10 songs from the band's new album, "Death Magnetic", on the game as downloadable content. Among those playing along will be METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich, who bought the game for his kids and told The Pulse of Radio why he's now a fan himself. "It works on a couple of fronts," he said. "It works on the front of sharing the experiences with your kids. It works on exposing your kids to music. And it also helps Dad a little bit, because all of a sudden Dad's in the video game, and that helps balance the perception of Dad when Dad spends a lot of time talking about doing homework and eating vegetables and all this other stuff, you know what I mean?"

Guitar Hero: World Tour is due out on October 26. It contains more than 80 songs from METALLICA, VAN HALEN, MICHAEL JACKSON, OZZY OSBOURNE, THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, COLDPLAY, STING, and dozens more artists.

METALLICA also created a special "extended" version of a "Death Magnetic" track called "Suicide and Redemption" for playing on Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. All 10 songs from "Death Magnetic" are available as downloadable content for Guitar Hero III.

While a rumored all-METALLICA edition of Guitar Hero has yet to be confirmed by either the band or the game's publisher, Lars Ulrich himself hinted that the game will be out sometime next year.

METALLICA will kick off its first indoor North American tour on October 21 in Glendale, Arizona. Ulrich told Billboard that the band intends to play at least five new songs a night in its set, rotating them so that all the tracks from "Death Magnetic" will be performed live.

Angus Young Interview

Guitarist Angus Young of Australian hard rock legends AC/DC has told Kathy McCabe of he remains in awe of his brother Malcolm's (the other half of AC/DC guitar duo) natural talent.

"My ambition was just to be able to play," he said

"(Growing up) Malcolm was always way ahead of me with it, he did it so naturally but for me, it took some learning to get it and get better. I'm still in amazement. Malcolm's unique in that he has that sound, that style.

"Even when we were recording ['Black Ice'], [producer] Brendan O'Brien was looking at Malcolm — not anyone else — and he was in amazement, just watching him, just watching that hand.

"Once when we were in London and Keith Richards said to come on down to one of their shows — we'd played some gigs for them — and he was talking about playing and he asked me if I ever f...ed up.

"And I told him 'I'm not a' robot, everyone can screw up. But I've got one saving grace, Keith. I've got Malcolm.'

"He knows what Malcolm's got goin' and he knows it's no easy thing to do because it's the same as what he does.

"It ain't no easy thing to do, it's rare."

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Hair Metal Musical!!!...... *snickers* reports that the 1980s-set musical "Rock of Ages" — starring "American Idol" finalist Constantine Maroulis — officially opens at Off-Broadway's New World Stages October 16. Previews began October 1.

Featuring a book by Chris D'Arienzo, the musical, press notes state, is "fueled by high-octane '80s rock — from the anthems that defined an era to the power ballads that lit up arenas everywhere." Expect songs by JOURNEY, BON JOVI, STYX, REO SPEEDWAGON, PAT BENATAR, TWISTED SISTER, POISON, ASIA and WHITESNAKE.

The producers describe the musical as such: "It's the late 1980s and the final countdown is on for a legendary Hollywood rock club facing its demise at the hands of eager developers. When a young rocker hungry for his big break and a small town girl chasing her dreams land on the scene at this infamous venue, how far will ambition drive them? And will it be lights out for the club and all the regulars and rockers who have made it their home?"

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"Rock of Ages" preview from Fox 5:
[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, October 16, 2008 11:37:40 AM 

Track List and Cover Art For Chinese Democracy (I can't post the art though because this computer won't load the pictures, I'm at school)
has revealed the track listing and what appears to be the official cover art (see below) for GUNS N' ROSES' long-awaited new album, "Chinese Democracy". The effort, which will reportedly be released on Sunday, November 23 via an exclusive deal with Best Buy, will be made available on CD and vinyl format. Furthermore, fans have a choice between three different CD and LP covers, although exact details have not yet been revealed.

"Chinese Democracy" track listing:

01. Chinese Democracy
02. Scraped
03. Shackler's Revenge
04. Street Of Dreams
05. If The World
06. Better
07. This I Love
08. There Was A Time
09. Riad N' The Bedovins
10. Sorry
11. I.R.S.
12. Catcher
13. Madagascar
14. Prostitute 

Angus Young Interview recently spoke to AC/DC guitarist Angus Young about the band's forthcoming album, "Black Ice", due out on October 20.

"All you need to know about AC/DC is this — we stopped growing musically when we were 17," Young said. "When you’re 17, you write songs that you hope will appeal to other 17-year-olds. And we still write songs for 17-year-olds."

Young has a "never-complain, never-explain" attitude to both the band's image and their eye-watering record sales.

"There's a lot of nonsense spoken about music today," he said. "For us it really is quite simple. We began by playing Chuck Berry covers. Every so often we would sneak in one of our own songs. We used to look at each other at the end of our own songs and say, 'I don't think they noticed.' So then we put a few more originals in. We went from the bars to slightly bigger venues and then over the years to arenas and all of that. One day, you look around and you find that you’ve sold 200 million albums."

Read the entire interview from

[Necroticist] Monday, October 13, 2008 5:41:31 PM 
had 'Black Ice' fer weeks...i get loads - it's not my fave....u might like it tho
[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, October 13, 2008 5:26:42 PM 
F5 Cover "Nailed To The Gun"

F5 — the Phoenix-based band featuring former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, ex-SICK SPEED vocalist Dale Steele, guitarists Steve Conley and John Davis, and ex-MEGADETH drummer Jimmy DeGrasso — has uploaded photos from the video shoot for its cover of FIGHT's "Nailed To The Gun". Check them out on the group's MySpace blog.

F5 has posted its cover of FIGHT's "Nailed To The Gun" on the F5 MySpace page. The group says, "the song was recorded as a b-side during the sessions of the new F5 album, 'The Reckoning', and will be available shortly on iTunes. The track is not part of the regular retail version of 'The Reckoning' full-length CD."

A four-minute video clip of Ellefson talking about the track with on the "Headbanger's Heaven" radio show with host Mike Gaube on 93.3 KDKB in Phoenix, Arizona can be viewed below.

"The Reckoning" was released on August 19 through OarFin Distribution. The follow-up to 2005's "A Drug for All Seasons" was produced by Ryan Greene at his Crush Recording facility in Scottsdale, Arizona.

F5 called in Ellefson's longtime rhythm section cohort Jimmy DeGrasso to play drums on the new album following the departure of original F5 drummer Dave Small

Judas Priest Interview

An 11-minute audio interview with vocalist Rob Halford and guitarist Glenn Tipton of British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST conducted by Norway's Metal Express Radio during this past summer's Metal Masters tour has been posted online at this location.

JUDAS PRIEST's new double-disc concept album, "Nostradamus", has sold more than 90,000 copies in the United States since its June 17 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD shifted 42,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 11 on The Billboard 200 chart. This marks the band's highest-ever chart position in the U.S. In Canada, the CD opened at position No. 9 after shifting close to 4,000 units. 

New Girlschool Release Dates Change

The European release date (except for Germany and Austria) of the 30th-anniversary album from the veteran British all-female hard rock band GIRLSCHOOL, "Legacy", has been pushed back to November 3 from the previously announced October 27. The CD will be made available in Germany and Austria on October 24 and in North America on November 4 via Wacken Records/SPV. "Legacy" will feature a plethora of special guests, including Tony Iommi (BLACK SABBATH), Ronnie James Dio (BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, DIO), Lemmy and Phil Campbell from MOTÖRHEAD, "Fast" Eddie Clarke (FASTWAY, ex-MOTÖRHEAD) and a couple of members of TWISTED SISTER. Even the group's original guitarist Kelly Johnson, who died last year, can be heard on the opener "Everything 's The Same" with a special ghost appearance!

"Legacy" (see artwork below) track listing:

01. Everything's The Same (feat. Kelly Johnson on percussion - her ashes)
02. From The Other Side
03. I Spy (Girlschool Mix)
04. Spend Spend Spend (feat. J.J. French guitar solo)
05. Whole New World (feat. Neil Murray - bass, Phil Campbell - lead guitar)
06. Just Another Day (feat. Phil Campbell - guitar solo)
07. Legend (feat. Neil Murray - bass)
08. Still Waters
09. Metropolis (MOTÖRHEAD cover) (feat. Fast Eddie Clarke - guitar solo)
10. Don't Mess Around (feat. Eddie Ojeda - guitar solo)
11. Zeitgeist
12. Don't Talk To Me (feat. Lemmy on bass, vocals and triangle)

Bonus Tracks:

13. I Spy (Dio/Iommi Mix) (feat. Ronnie James Dio on vocals, Tony Iommi on lead guitar)
14. Emergency
15. London

Kelly Johnson passed away on July 15, 2007 after a six-year battle with cancer of the spine. Along with Johnson, the classic lineup of GIRLSCHOOL included Kim McAuliffe (guitar), Enid Williams (bass) and Denise Dufort (drums). The band was an integral and major force in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) movement, beginning with the release of its debut album, "Demolition" (1980), and continuing with the follow-up efforts, "Hit 'n' Run" (1981) and "Screaming Blue Murder" (1982).

[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, October 13, 2008 5:20:03 PM 
Slash Solo Project Well Under Way

Former GUNS N' ROSES and current VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash recently spoke to the Artisan News Service about his upcoming solo album which is tentatively expected sometime next year.

"I'm just at the very tail end of doing demos for it right now," he said. "So, I'll probably have about four more songs left to record in demo form and then in January go into the studio and actually start recording. Schedule permitting, because I've got VELVET REVOLVER stuff if we find a singer. So, it's sort of a juggling act at the moment."

Although Slash didn't want to jinx anything by revealing any vocalists as of yet, it is rumored that his friends Lenny Kravitz, Sebastian Bach and Alice Cooper have initially committed to the project.

Read more from the Artisan News Service

Preview ACDC's New Album

UK's Times Online will premier AC/DC's new album, "Black Ice", in its entirety from 11:00 UK time today (Monday, October 13) until noon on Sunday, October 19.

Each day three new tracks will be released: keep coming back for new tracks each day.

Click link here for your exclusive "Black Ice" preview (free sign-up required).

A new AC/DC track entitled "War Machine" is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The song comes off the Australian hard rock legends' first studio album in eight years, "Black Ice", which will arrive on October 20 and will sold exclusively at Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and in the U.S. All three plan multiple promotional campaigns aimed at the group's millions of fans.

AC/DC's first new single in eight years, "Rock 'N Roll Train", hit the band's web site and radio stations on August 28.

AC/DC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. The band has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, including 69 million in the U.S. alone.

"No Bull: The Director's Cut", a chronicle of the band's famed July 1996 concert at the Plaza De Toros De Las Ventas in Madrid, Spain, was released on DVD and Blu-ray September 9. 

[Necroticist] Saturday, October 11, 2008 4:31:08 PM 
WOW - thx Joe - didn't know that was imminent!
[Bazookajoe_666] Saturday, October 11, 2008 4:29:15 PM 
Release Dates for Halford: Resurrection World Tour - Rock In Rio III
U.K. & Ireland - October 13, 2008
U.S. & Canada - October 14, 2008
E.U. - October 17th or 24th (To be announced)
[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, October 10, 2008 10:44:20 PM 
[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, October 10, 2008 4:38:57 PM 
Alice Cooper Interview

Johnson Cummins of the Montreal Mirror recently conducted an interview with legendary rocker Alice Cooper. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Montreal Mirror: What were those early days in Detroit in the late '60s like, playing with the MC5, STOOGES, MITCH RYDER and so on?

Alice: Detroit at that time was by far the healthiest music scene going. When we first went to Detroit, we had never heard of the MC5 or the STOOGES. We went on after the STOOGES at this festival and when I saw Iggy, I just realized that I had found some competition. Detroit audiences would only respond to bands that had attitude, offered no excuses and played it loud. Every week, we would play bills like STOOGES, MC5, ALICE COOPER and THE WHO at the Grande, and even at that time we realized that these were some of the greatest rock 'n' roll shows that would ever happen. Everybody was really competitive too. If Keith Moon had 31 drums, Neal [Smith, ex-drummer] would make sure he had 32.

Montreal Mirror: It does seem rare that the STOOGES and your current show can still deliver after 40 years.

Alice: When people call me and Iggy dinosaurs, I just tell them we're carnivores because we will take on any band full of 20-year-olds right now and blow them off the stage. I'm not even basing that on content or showmanship, but just on energy alone.

Montreal Mirror: Do you ever get pissed that so many people have ripped off your image and theatrics, and continue to do so?

Alice: When Marilyn [Manson] came along, I thought, if he was playing hard rock, it was way too close, but he didn't really. I mean, I respect what he does, but I still think it's a little funny — gee, a guy with a girl's name wearing make-up, I wish I would've thought of that. When I first met him, it was like Bela Lugosi meeting Boris Karloff.

Read the entire interview from Montreal Mirror.
[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, October 09, 2008 6:35:26 PM 
New Led Zeppelin Boxset

LED ZEPPELIN first took flight 40 years ago this summer. And while the song may remain the same, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham forever changed rock 'n' roll. To celebrate the band's anniversary and its immeasurable influence on popular music and culture, Atlantic Records/Rhino Entertainment will release on November 4 a limited-edition CD box set. This Japanese import contains all 10 of the quartet's albums in mini-LP replicas with artwork from the original U.K. LP sleeves.

The mini-LP replicas boxed set includes:

* Led Zeppelin (1969)
* Led Zeppelin II (1969)
* Led Zeppelin III (1970)
* Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
* Houses of the Holy (1973)
* Physical Graffiti (1975)
* Presence (1976)
* The Song Remains the Same (1976)
* In Through the Out Door (1979)
* Coda (1982)

The sleeves included in the boxed set feature the original LP album artwork released in the U.K., including the original printing of the group's debut, which used turquoise ink on the cover for the band's name and the Atlantic Records logo. Later printings used orange ink, making the first a rare collector's item. The orange sleeve is included with the boxed set as a bonus.

"Led Zeppelin III" features the gatefold sleeve with the rotatable laminated card disc, while "Physical Graffiti", which was nominated for a Grammy Award for best album package, features the interchanging window illustrations from the original LP jacket that included four covers made up of two inners, a middle insert cover and an outer cover.

Additionally, the set includes all six covers released for "In Through the Out Door", LED ZEPPELIN's final studio album. Nominated for a Grammy Award for best album package, the "In Through the Out Door" covers feature different photos of the same bar scene taken from different perspectives.

To pre-order this limited-edition CD boxed set, go to

[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, October 09, 2008 6:26:21 PM 
Rush: Retrospective 3

According to a posting on the RUSH fan site Power Windows, the track listing has been revealed for both the CD edition as well as the DVD edition of RUSH's forthcoming "Retrospective 3" release.

"Retrospective 3" will be released December 9. Although the album art is still a mystery, the album's title implies it may follow the theme created by the first two "Retrospective" albums released by Mercury Records in 1997, later remastered and reissued as the "Gold" two-CD set in 2006.

"Retrospective 3" will reportedly fulfill the band's obligation to Atlantic Records. Although denied by a spokesman for RUSH in a statement to Classic Rock magazine, it has been rumored that RUSH is negotiating a future contract with Rounder Records, who released the "R30" DVD in 2005.

"Retrospective 3" track listing:


01. One Little Victory (remix)
02. Dreamline
03. Workin' Them Angels
04. Presto
05. Bravado
06. Driven
07. The Pass
08. Animate
09. Roll the Bones
10. Ghost of a Chance (live)
11. Nobody's Hero
12. Leave That Thing Alone
13. Earthshine (remix)
14. Far Cry


01. Stick it Out
02. Nobody's Hero
03. Half the World
04. Driven
05. Roll the Bones
06. Show Don't Tell
07. The Pass
08. Superconductor
09. Far Cry
10. Malignant Narcissism
11. The Seeker (live)
12. Secret Touch (live)
13. Resist (live) 

Tony Iommi Interview

Chris Gill of Guitar World magazine conducted an interview with BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi for the publication's holiday issue cover story. An excerpt from the chat follows below.

Guitar World: How old were you when you started playing?

Iommi: I was probably about 12. I played accordion before that. Everyone else in my family played accordion, so I got one as well. In those days you used to just sit in your room and you didn't know what to do, so I learned to play accordion. From there I moved on to different instruments, and I eventually discovered the guitar.

Guitar World: Was it a challenge to find a decent left-handed guitar?

Iommi: It was a big challenge trying to find any decent guitar, let alone a left-handed one. In England, the only ones you could find then were very cheap. If you wanted a left-handed guitar, you had to order one from a catalog and then wait three months for it to show up. A few years after I started playing, I was lucky enough to come across a left-handed Fender Stratocaster that somebody who worked in a shop had tucked away and told me about.

Guitar World: It's fascinating how the factory accident led to you tuning down your guitar to make it more comfortable to play, but at the same time it also made what you played on the guitar sound heavier.

Iommi: Everything I did was to make it more comfortable for me, first and foremost. It used to hurt a lot to play because my fingertips were very sensitive. If my plastic fingertips ever came off, which did happen one time, my fingers would be sliced right open by the strings and there would be blood everywhere. I really had to work with my guitar setup so I could be able to play. There were some limitations, but I had to try to get over it. That's how I came up with all of these other things, such as a 24-fret neck and lighter strings, so I could do more. But it really helped us get the sound we were looking for.


The complete interview with Tony Iommi can be found in the Holiday 2008 issue of Guitar World, on sale October 14. 

ACDC Comment on New Album

AC/DC members Angus Young (guitar) and Brian Johnson (vocals) recently spoke to UK's The Sun about the band's forthcoming album, "Black Ice", due out October 20. "It had to be representative of how we are," Angus says of the new CD. "We had other songs but they weren't right. Every one of the 15 tracks on 'Black Ice', you will say, 'That is AC/DC.'"

For "Black Ice" they teamed up with producer and fan Brendan O'Brien, who said "I'd missed AC/DC and wanted the same band back."

Angus adds: "I was impressed by him because he is a musician first and has great production skills. We told him to be brutal. Critics can shoot us full of arrows but I don't worry about it. When we started, we never had great reviews. I can show you some of them, they were never pretty. We were called colonial hicks, the Chunder From Down Under, and told we should be on the first boat home."

Brian credits working with Brendan as an important factor in the making of the album. He says: "Brendan was fantastic. We hadn't met him before so there's a little awkwardness when you first get in the studio with a new guy because he's butting into your little gang. But, by Christ, after five minutes with this guy we could see how wonderful he was. He would never call you by your first name but by both names. He goes (puts on an American accent), 'Brian Johnson — are you ready to sing?' Well, yeah, sure I am Brendan. He goes, 'OK, let's go down there, see what you got, big boy.' Then looking at me, he said, 'Brian Johnson, you don't like singing in studios do ya?' and I said, 'No, I frickin' hate it'. He said, 'What's wrong?' I said, 'It's the buttons, it's the microphone hanging down, it's the headphones and then it's the 123 and sing.' So, he said, 'Just give me a night to think about it.' The next day, I come in and he said, 'OK, this is the room you're gonna sing in'. I went, 'But this is the office behind the reception desk in the studio.' He said, 'Yeah, well you said you didn't like to be alone.' And so he put a couple of speakers and a little mixing desk in there and gave me this huge microphone, this big old Shure 56, which weighed about seven pounds and he said, 'OK, let's rock.' He played the backing track the boys had done the night before and I started singing...and the receptionist resigned immediately. The receptionist, the poor little girl, she got the shock of her life and she had a German Shepherd dog which started howling. I don't know if he was joining in or he was protesting about the whole thing."

Read more from The Sun

New Slayer Song And DVD Planned

California thrash kings SLAYER will perform their classic 1986 album "Reign In Blood" in its entirety on October 30 at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, England during the band's "The Unholy Alliance: Chapter III" European tour. The following night's performance at the same venue will feature a different set and will be filmed for an upcoming DVD.

In addition to SLAYER, "The Unholy Alliance: Chapter III" features TRIVIUM, MASTODON and AMON AMARTH. The UK portion of the tour is co-headlined by SLAYER and TRIVIUM, with SLAYER closing all shows. The mainland Europe portion is headlined by SLAYER, with TRIVIUM as "special guest."

Fans who attend any of the upcoming European "Unholy Alliance: Chapter III" dates, will receive a new SLAYER song via an exclusive download card that will also include special material from the entire tour's lineup — SLAYER, MASTODON, TRIVIUM and AMON AMARTH. The download card, along with a limited edition "Unholy Alliance Tour" clothing patch, will be given away free only to ticket holders when they arrive at their local venue the night of the show.

The new SLAYER song is being recorded as you read this, as SLAYER has just entered a Los Angeles-area studio to begin recording the new album. More info on the free song and new album will be announced shortly. In addition, TRIVIUM's "Kirisute Gomen" from their upcoming album "Shogun" (released September 30), and "Guardians of Asgaard", a new gem from AMON AMARTH's "Twilight of the Thunder God" (released September 30), will also be part of the download package. MASTODON opted to do something a little different for their contribution to the tour download — the band will take fans into the recording studio for a first-look and listen to the making of their upcoming album. Plus, a live-in-concert SLAYER performance filmed at the band's 2007 San Diego Sports Arena show will be included in the "Unholy Alliance Tour" download package.

New Greatest Package From Queen

EMI has set a November 17 release date for "Queen: The Singles Collection Volume 1", a project 35 years in the making and spanning no less than sixteen albums; from the debut LP, "Queen", in 1973, to the last project with Freddie Mercury, "Made In Heaven", in 1995, and beyond. This box, the first of four, kicks off with the first single, "Keep Yourself Alive", and runs through to "Don't Stop Me Now" from 1979. Box 2 will continue the story into the mid 1980s, and so on. Ultimately, the four boxes will offer every one of QUEEN's singles to have made the top 40 (except "Keep Yourself Alive" which is included because it was the first-ever single).

On July 6, 1973, EMI released the first QUEEN single, "Keep Yourself Alive". In the UK it is the first and only track to be taken from the band's debut album, "Queen". The record attracts some interest in England but gets little airplay, and so fails to appear in the singles chart. EMI's promotion team are given feedback from the radio programmers that the song doesn't fit into their playlists, because, apparently, "It takes too long to happen" — presumably referring to its 30-second guitar intro (now widely regarded as one of its most intriguing features!). In order to ensure the same excuse is not offered next time around, in crafting the band's second single, "Seven Seas Of Rhye" (from "Queen II"), the band decide to make everything happen in the opening seconds… "Everything, including the kitchen sink," as guitarist Brian May would later quip. Evidently, it works; this time the single picks up immediate airplay and charts in the first week of release: in February 1974 QUEEN achieve their first UK and worldwide hit.

From this moment on, QUEEN hit singles become a virtual certainty, with the release of each successive album, each one musically a departure from the last, and, significantly, featuring compositions from all four band members. QUEEN is to date the only group whose members have all written No. 1 hits around the world.

Packaged in a flip top box the 13 CD singles feature a selection of faithfully reproduced cover artwork from around the world.


1. A. Keep Yourself Alive
2. B. Son And Daughter


1. A. Seven Seas Of Rhye
2. B. See What A Fool I've Been


1. A. Killer Queen
2. A. Flick Of The Wrist


1. A. Now Im Here
2. B. Lily Of The Valley


1. A. Bohemian Rhapsody
2. B. I'm In Love With My Car


1. A. You're My Best Friend
2. B. 39


1. A. Somebody To Love
2. B. White Man


1. A. Tie Your Mother Down
2. B. You And I

CD9: Queen's First EP

1. A. Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
2. Death On Two Legs (Dedicated To…)
3. B. Tenement Funster
4. White Queen (As It Began)


1. A. We Are The Champions
2. B. We Will Rock You


1. A. Spread Your Wings
2. B. Sheer Heart Attack


1. A. Bicycle Race
2. A. Fat Bottomed Girls


1. A. Don't Stop Me Now
2. B. In Only Seven Days

Dio's "Magica" To Be Released On Vinyl

Night Of The Vinyl Dead has pushed back the release date of the limited-edition gatefold LP edition of DIO's "Magica" album on 180g heavy vinyl to October 20 from the previously announced September 30. According to the label, the delay was caused by "technical problems in the manufacturer's plant (not dependent from us)." Limited to 500 hand-numbered copies, the title was previously released on CD only through Eagle/Spitfire Records in 2000.

The track listing is as follows:

Side A:

01. Discovery02. Magica Theme03. Lord Of The Last Day04. Fever Dreams05. Turn The Stone06. Feed My Head
Side B:

01. Eriel02. Challis03. As Long As It's Not About Love04. Losing My Insanity05. Otherworld06. Magica (Reprise)
07. Lord Of The Last Day (Reprise)

For more information, click here.

Chinese Democracy Coming Out Next Month?

According to Hits Daily Double, the companion web site of music industry tip sheet HITS, GUNS N' ROSES' long-awaited new album, "Chinese Democracy" (Geffen/Interscope) finally has a release date. The CD will hit all Best Buy stores, where it is an exclusive, on the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving, November 23, giving it a full seven days on sale before entering the chart on December 2. Best Buy's sales week runs from Sunday through Saturday night.

GUNS manager Andy Gould reportedly told 900 Best Buy employees at "vendor convention" held by Best Buy last month in Dallas that a new GN'R song called "If The World" will play under the closing credits of "Body of Lies", the new film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe due out on October 10. That news was confirmed online at film web sites whose representatives had attended a press screening of the flick. "If The World" will not appear on the film's soundtrack album.

"If The World" features the guitar work of Robin Finck and Buckethead, who have both since departed GUNS N' ROSES.

Another new GN'R song, called "Shackler's Revenge", appears on the Rock Band 2 video game.

"Chinese Democracy" has been more than 13 years in the making, with every original member of GUNS N' ROSES except for frontman Axl Rose long since gone from the lineup. 

[Bazookajoe_666] Wednesday, October 08, 2008 2:45:28 PM 
New Museum For MEtal!

For too long, the residents of Birmingham, UK have failed to celebrate what is rightfully theirs — to claim the city as the home of heavy metal. Now, 40 years after the term "heavy metal" was coined, it's time to start celebrating!

The city of Birmingham has spawned arguably some of the most influential bands of all time — bands who defined genres and influenced generations. To celebrate this, art and music promoters Capsule are launching a new project named "Home of Metal" with the aim of creating the first digital archive of music, memorabilia and more, to tell the story of this city's unique musical heritage.

Along with such legends as BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST and LED ZEPPELIN, Earache Records' very own early signings NAPALM DEATH and GODFLESH will be featured in this special tribute to metal and the place where it all started.

"Home of Metal" will launch at Wolverhampton Art Gallery on Saturday, October 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., where rare artefacts from the early days of NAPALM DEATH's and GODFLESH's careers will be exhibited. Fans are invited to come along with memorabilia and share their personal experiences of the bands, all of which will go towards the new digital archive. Further open days will take place on Thursday, November 6 at New Art Gallery in Walsall and Saturday, February 7 at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Each open day will be hosted by Kerrang! Radio DJ Johnny Doom, accompanied by special guests from the music industry, and entrance for the events is free!

For more information, visit

Slash Interview

Erin Broadley of L.A. Weekly conducted an interview with former GUNS N' ROSES and current VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash on Tuesday, October 7 inside a parked Gibson tour bus behind Sam Ash Music in Hollywood, California. An excerpt from the chat follows below.

L.A. Weekly: You've said about band dynamics that you don't think there needs to be volatile chemistry in a band to create good music. For the solo album, without having a domineering or problematic frontman to deal with, is that opening up doors for you?
Slash: Sitting around thinking about stuff every so often, I realize that where I get the most inspiration is when the guys that you're working with... it's like being with a woman... you have this energy. When you have a lot of negative stuff going on it just completely depletes the creative process. It's nice to be able to do a solo record and do whatever the fuck I want.

L.A. Weekly: I interviewed Dave Mustaine [MEGADETH] awhile back at Guitar Center Sessions and he sang your praises but then said, "Buckethead [former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist] is probably twice as good a guitar player as me and Slash combined, and can stand having fried chicken rubbed up against his face all night for a couple of hours."

Slash: Well, that is actually true. Anybody who knows me knows that technically I couldn't play my way out of a paper bag. [Laughs] Or a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket, for that matter. I manage to do what it is I do based on a certain kind of feel and sound. I'm getting better at it but I've never been what you'd call a technical guitar player so he's totally right [laughs].

Read more from L.A. Weekly.
[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, October 06, 2008 5:43:05 PM 
Lars Ulrich Interview

Tom Trakas of Chicago's now-defunct Midwest Metal magazine conducted an interview with METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich on September 5, 2008. A few excerpts from the chat, which can be found on Trakas' None But My Own blog, follow below.

None But My Own: I'm sure at certain points in METALLICA's life you've been completely overwhelmed with press, where are you in 2008 in regards to promoting "Death Magnetic"?

Lars: Generally, because we've been touring all summer, [when we're out] we try to keep it to about two to three hours per day because any more than that then it starts to affect the show. But back in the '90s we used to go on these crazy fucking promo trips where you'd spend like two weeks in Europe or the Far East or wherever. While you're there, you'd do like eight to ten hours a day for, like I said two or three weeks straight. That would drive you fucking crazy because you'd be sitting there and literally [in the middle of an interview] you couldn't remember if the point you were about to make, whether you already said it to that guy or to the guy a half an hour ago (laughing)! It's been crazy though, we've got some shows coming up next week so we've been rehearsing and while we're doing that we're trying to keep it to a few hours a day. I did do a full day in Copenhagen which was like, eight to ten hours or so but we haven't done any of the full-on things, I suppose we're just trying to preserve our sanity, but it sure feels like at any time it can go!

None But My Own: Back after the success of 1991's self-titled "Black" album there was a cover story in Issue #38 of Classic Rock magazine, it had a photo of you and the caption was something like "Lars Ulrich, this man simply did not want to settle for being the 'next' IRON MAIDEN"…

Lars: (Laughing)

None But My Own: But my thing is, you had the balls to actually dream that dream, and more or less set this goal for your band and sonofabitch if it didn't happen.

Lars: I gotta tell ya, man, that's a little far-fetched, I mean if someone would've told me in 1981 or '82 that maybe one day we could be equals or even in their shadows (pause) listen, IRON MAIDEN is a different generation. I'll always look up to IRON MAIDEN because I grew up looking up to IRON MAIDEN. The rest of all that is up to the other people to figure the rest out. Like I said, I'll always look up to IRON MAIDEN, I had IRON MAIDEN posters on my wall growing up. Talk about bands holding a place in your heart, IRON MAIDEN holds a very special place in my heart. Yes, we've been fortunate enough to, at least in America, to have bigger numbers or whatever but if you or anyone would've told me in 1981 when James and I started this band that one day we might be able to be mentioned in the same breath as IRON MAIDEN, it would've blown our minds. We were not as goal oriented as the press in England tagged us to be, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Maybe later, by the time you could sense that whatever it was that we were doing was kind of working and turning people on, we're talking about the late '80s. But when we started? We couldn't fathom any of this and we simply did not have such goals. When we started it was drink some beers or some Goldschläger or Schnapps or whatever horrible shit we were drinking and get together to play our favorite heavy metal songs. The first six months the band was together we didn't even write any songs! I mean we had "Hit The Lights" and then the next ten songs we had were all covers, it wasn't until "Jump In The Fire" with (Dave) Mustaine, that's when we thought, "OK, it's kinda fun writing your own songs." (laughs) Those first few whatever was just about having a good time and sweating it out and banging into some shit. A few years later, there was a turning point and you may have heard me talk about this before, but there's a few turning points for METALLICA that can be looked at upon and this was one of them. I remember the last date of the Ozzy tour and this would be James' birthday, so that's August 3, 1986 in Hampton, Virginia, and our manager, Cliff Burnstein, came down from New York for the last show. So we're all sitting there in the back of the bus and he said, "You've now sold enough records and you've made enough money to go and buy houses." We'd been on the Ozzy tour, at that point for five months. All of us, band and crew on one bus, drinking twelve hours a day, fucking, just living every crazy fantasy about girls and heavy metal and being on the road. We were completely blissfully ignorant to what was going on, you know on that side of it. I remember Cliff [Burton] sitting there and going, "Fuuucccckkk, I can buy a house," and the rest of us were, I mean the rest of didn't want to buy a house — we wanted to stay on tour (laughing)! We didn't want to go home! So yeah, I remember that day because it was like, "Whoa, you mean you can actually make money doing this? You can buy a house and buy shit?" And this was what? Five years into it? Then we did the VAN HALEN thing in the summer [Monsters of Rock in 1988] and then all fall we did Europe and then we came back to the States to start in November of 1988. We had AC/DC's production manager, Jake Berry, and we had a real stage show and we were playing the arenas and they booked two nights at Long Beach Arena and I seriously didn't think we could even sell one out, but we sold both out and that was another turning point. It was like, not only can you make enough money to buy a house, but you could make enough money to buy a big fucking house (laughs)!! But the first six years or so was ignorant bliss, four nerdy dudes out there banging away, having a lot of fun. But "Justice" was when we actually had to get it together as we were the headliners and we had a two-hour show to play every night, but you know after that it just kept building and all of a sudden you're making records with Bob Rock. But man, as far as IRON MAIDEN is concerned, I'm a fanboy of IRON MAIDEN, always will be. We did a few shows with them in Spain back in 1988 and it was us, ANTHRAX and IRON MAIDEN and it was like, "Fuck, we get to play with IRON MAIDEN," and we got a chance to hang back at the hotel and party with them. Dude it was super-cool. I'm super-psyched that they're still out there and kicking major fucking ass all over the world. I got to see them at Long Beach Arena four or five months ago and it was awesome! Steve Harris, I swear to god, I met Steve Harris for the first time in 1981 and it was the last show they ever played with Paul Di'Anno in Copenhagen, Denmark at a place the size of your living room. Steve Harris, when I saw them back in February of this year, he's the exact same guy, the exact same guy as the guy I met back in '81 except he's got longer hair now! How many dudes that are 50 years old have hair down to their ass? I mean why can't I grow my hair, what's up with that (laughs)?!

None But My Own: In your book [2004's] "So What!: The Good, The Mad, and The Ugly" in the Cliff tribute section, you write "I wish I could spend some time with Cliff in your current state of mind." please elaborate.

Lars: Sure. I think it would be interesting to sit here with kids and obviously twenty-seven years of doing this and have a slightly healthier outlook on life as well as a less narcissistic outlook. More open-minded, less linear or one track minded and all this stuff, so it'd be interesting to share some of that with him now. It would be very interesting to see what he would have contributed to some of the wackier paths METALLICA has gone on musically. He was so all over the place, very hard to pin point musically. He was very open to different and fucked up shit and I'm pretty sure he would've thought playing with the San Francisco Symphony would be way cool! I'm pretty sure he would've got off on the pummeling aggression of "St. Anger" but I'm not so sure he would necessarily agreed with the way it was kind of put together on a computer, but the naked aggression of that record, I do think he would've dug. He would have probably wanted a few more melodic elements on it, but in some ways he was quite contradictory, he was all about a lot of melody and stuff but at the same time "Damage Inc." was one of his favorite songs. So there was a lot of opposing energies going on and it would be great to just share with him the nuttiness that's going on right now.

None But My Own: Are you still the obsessive METALLICA collector you once were?

Lars: Increasingly less, but I do try to the best of my ability but at one point and we're talking a few years ago, it got so big it became difficult to handle. I have maybe the first one-hundred bootlegs that came out but during the "Black" album when we allowed everyone to start taping the shows it just became too much. I have most of the official stuff, but again it's hard to manage that too. You have to call the office and make sure you get two copies of the Spanish thing with the poster that's a different poster than the Portuguese one, so yeah it's a little much. I will tell you this, I have everything up until the mid-'90s, then you start having kids and stuff and you almost have no choice but to ease up. (laughing) I still have twenty-five, unopened "$5.98 Garage Days…" in the original long boxes, still shrink wrapped, so when the whole thing falls flat on its face, I can start eBay-ing those!

Read the entire interview from None But My Own

Iced Earth North American Tour Dates Added

American metal powerhouse ICED EARTH has announced the continuation of its current "North American Crucible" with 11 more shows in the U.S. and Canada in November. "People kept on reaching out to us and questioned why we weren't coming to their cities — well, here's your answer! I cannot wait to see more Minions out at these shows!" says ICED EARTH mainman/songwriter Jon Schaffer.

Support on the shows will come from DIVINE HERESY (main support) and EARLY MAN (opening act).

Public on-sale for these dates is October 9, 2008.

After the overwhelming success of the "Child Of The Wicked" VIP packages, ICED EARTH has decided to give its fans the chance to get close to the band again and is offering VIP packages for all shows starting tomorrow, October 7, 2008 at this location. ICED EARTH is also planning something very special for members of the band's official fan club, "Minions Of The Wicked".


Nov. 07 - Marquee Theater - Tempe, Arizona
Nov. 08 - Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, New Mexico
Nov. 09 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, Colorado
Nov. 11 - Ridglea Theater - Fort Worth, Texas
Nov. 12 - Beaumont Music Hall - Kansas City, Missouri
Nov. 13 - Station 4 - St. Paul, Minnesota
Nov. 14 - Metro - Chicago, Illinois
Nov. 16 - Odeon – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Nov. 17 - MacEwan Ballroom - Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Nov. 19 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, British Columbia
Nov. 20 - Studio Seven - Seattle, Washington recently issued episode #63 of its podcast, featuring ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer.

The interview lasts approximately 40 minutes and is available for download at this location.

ICED EARTH's new full-length studio album, "The Crucible of Man (Something Wicked Part II)", has registered the following first-week chart positions around the world:

Hungary: #13
Germany: #28
Austria: #34
Finland: #35
Switzerland: #39
Sweden: #46
Norway: #71
Holland: #71
Belgium: #72
USA: #79
USA (Indie): #8
USA (Hard Music): #17
France: #86
UK: #168
UK (Metal): #19

"The Crucible of Man (Something Wicked Part II)" sold 6,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release.

"The Crucible of Man (Something Wicked Part II)" continues where ICED EARTH's 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".

Professionally filmed video footage of ICED EARTH's June 28, 2008 performance at the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium can be viewed below.

Eddie Van Halen Getting Hitched! reports that Eddie Van Halen is engaged to his girlfriend/publicist Janie Liszewski.

Van Halen, 53, proposed to Liszewski, 38, on Aug. 4 while they were vacationing in Hawaii. The rock guitarist dropped to one knee and popped the question in a private room at Tiffany's, a source close to the couple tells

The couple plan to wed next June.

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[~ MG_Metalgoddess~] Sunday, October 05, 2008 4:08:55 PM 
Ohh Ohh I have to add this to Joe's post..  

Pete Alander, from the Steel Mill site  did the imaging for Yngwie On his website and latest album.. go take a look..........  Pete YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Yngwie Interview

Jeb Wright of Classic Rock Revisited recently conducted an interview with legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen. An excerpt from the chat follows below.

Classic Rock Revisited: The first thing we need to talk about is "Perpetual Flame". This album sounds more live than you have for a long time.

Yngwie: All the stars aligned for this album. We made this record completely different than any record I have ever made. I have my own studio, so I have the luxury of doing it whenever I want. In the old days, you would spend five grand a day in the studio and it was serious pressure. Normally, I just write the songs while I am noodling on my guitar when I am upstairs watching television. I would then get Patrick [Johansson] to do the live drums and I would write the bass and the guitar and whatever. On this particular instance, the songs were taking shape, so I went in the studio with Patrick and we did thirty songs, and I went on the road and forgot about it. I came back from tour, listened to it and picked out the songs that were really good. I put on some guitar and bass and then I went on tour again. I was in Istanbul and I was hanging out with some guys who were playing these strings and I had them add a string section. I have my laptop with me on tour with the backing tracks and ProTools on it. Normally, I start and finish an album right away, but this one took a long time, and that is a big difference. When I came back from Russia, I was listening to the songs "Death Dealer" and "Four Horseman" and I knew that the singer I had was not going to cut it for what I was hearing in my head. So I brought in Ripper [Tim "Ripper" Owens]. He was in another band and he was leaving that band. He came down to Miami and he sang a couple of songs to just feel it out, and it was a no-brainer because it sounded so fucking good. I went back on tour to Germany and then came back and he sang some more. Being the songwriter, the producer, and the arranger, it is actually hard to keep a distance and a good perspective on things. So it was actually really good for me to go away from it for a while and come back. It was also a great thing to bring in Roy Z to mix it. He came in like an outsider and he was very cool. I produced and engineered the whole thing. I miked up the drums and the whole nine yards. It was cool; I liked it. I have always been involved in that, but I have also always had an engineer there. I am getting better at it so I was confident enough that I could do it.

Classic Rock Revisited: How did you get Roy Z involved?

Yngwie: I needed someone to mix. I know K.K. Downing from PRIEST and he told me to check this guy out, so I did. He came in and goes, "Hey let's try this" and he throws an eight thousand dollar compressor on a snare drum. I go, "What the fuck are you doing that for?" Then I hear it and I go, "Fuck, that really sounds good." I have all this shit lying around and half the time I don't even know where it is. I learned a lot from Roy.

Classic Rock Revisited: Roy has made the last two PRIEST records sound awesome. Roy has an ear for heavy metal.

Yngwie: He really makes everything stand out. He was like, "We should do it with ProTools." I told him, "Oh no, brother, this is old school. This is live guitar and live drums. This is like ZEPPELIN and PURPLE recorded." I didn't use any samples or triggers — nothing. This is all the real deal.

Classic Rock Revisited: This album will be successful because it feels good. How do you know when you are just sitting around playing and when you are really being creative?

Yngwie: That is a very good question because I don't really know, but I kind of sense it. The way I play is so spontaneous. I have to be clever about it. If I don't like it, and I don't feel that it is the one, then I just do will do it tomorrow — that is the beauty of having your own studio. I bought this house about fifteen years ago. It is a colonial old mansion sort of thing. It had servants quarters. I completely gutted one of the servants quarters and filled it up with Marshall stacks and hardwired it up to the control room where the heads are. It is a permanent guitar setup. I don't have to worry about miking shit up or anything. I push a button and there it is. It is such a sweet deal because I don't have to worry about anything. There is a track on the new album called "Caprici Di Diablo" and that was taking the bull by the horns, brother. I said to myself that I was just going to push it all the way out. The whole idea behind this record is my motto: More is more. Some people say less is more, but I say more is more. Like I said, as this album was coming along, I knew I needed someone like Tim. The first song we did was "Live to Fight Another Day". After doing the vocals, I went back to do the guitars again, because everything was up another notch higher. It has taken a year and a half to do this fucking album. It really turned out to be a good thing. A lot of things fell into place making this record. I think this record captures my passion more than any of my other records. When I play live is when it really comes out. On my records I like to have a couple of clams on there, that really makes the ones that have the fire stand out. I wouldn't say clams — I really threw myself over the cliff on that one [laughter]. The chance-taking is going to be more rewarding when you play it live, but there is also the chance you will fall on your ass.

Read the entire interview from Classic Rock Revisited.
[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, October 03, 2008 9:51:59 PM 
ACDC Interview

Melbourne, Australia's Triple M Music recently spoke to guitarist Angus Young and vocalist Brian Johnson of AC/DC about their new album, "Black Ice". Watch video footage below listen to more of the interviews at this location.

A new AC/DC track entitled "War Machine" is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The song comes off the Australian hard rock legends' first studio album in eight years, "Black Ice", which will arrive on October 20 and will sold exclusively at Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and in the U.S. All three plan multiple promotional campaigns aimed at the group's millions of fans.

AC/DC's first new single in eight years, "Rock 'N Roll Train", hit the band's web site and radio stations on August 28.

AC/DC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. The band has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, including 69 million in the U.S. alone.

"No Bull: The Director's Cut", a chronicle of the band's famed July 1996 concert at the Plaza De Toros De Las Ventas in Madrid, Spain, was released on DVD and Blu-ray September 9.

Blaze Bayley Interview

UK-based heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) was interviewed by the Belfast Telegraph one day before his wife/manager Debbie died late last month after suffering a stroke while in the hospital. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On his latest album, "The Man Who Would Not Die":

"This is such an important record for me. A few years ago I was broke, depressed, without a record contract and I didn't have a band. It was a dark time for me. I was considering giving it up and throwing in the towel. But then I met Debbie, who is now my wife and manager. I've known her nearly all my life. We grew up together in Tamworth and fate seemed to bring us together again. She's been instrumental in the making of this album and getting my head together."


"I'm immensely proud of the Wolfsbane days. You know the way our fan-club was called the Howling Mad S**t-Heads? Well, we were even worse. When I left the band to join MAIDEN it caused a bit of bad blood between me and the guys, but that's all water under the bridge now and we've played a few reunion shows together which were great fun and just like the old days."

On fronting IRON MAIDEN in the mid-Nineties:

"The mid-Nineties were a horrible time to be in a rock band. Grunge and Britpop bands were everywhere and we [MAIDEN] felt like we weren't getting a fair crack of the whip as far as the UK and American press was concerned. If you had long hair and your songs lasted more than four minutes you were old-fashioned. Thankfully those days are long gone. Metal never goes out of fashion because it was never in fashion in the first place.”

"Fronting IRON MAIDEN was and still is the biggest job in the world. For five years I was that man and I had to shoulder the burden. Do I have any regrets about it? Of course not. It was a brilliant way to see the world and make a living. The only thing I didn't like was not being able to see the fans after a show. In the WOLFSBANE days I would head out on the town with them as I don't see a difference between someone who comes to a show and someone who sings in a band. We all love music and that's what bonds us together, but MAIDEN is such a huge machine that there's no room to meet fans after the gigs as everything was scheduled and set in motion days in advance."

On his fans:

"The connection between myself and my audience is hugely important to me. It kept me going through the bad times and is one of the reasons why there is such a change in my lyrics from 'Silicon Messiah' and 'Tenth Dimension' to 'Blood and Belief' and 'The Man Who Would Not Die'.

"A few years ago I decided to stop singing about sci-fi situations and fantasy stuff and drop that persona altogether in favour of being completely honest about my thoughts. I think listeners appreciate it more."

On what words of advice would he give to the young Bayley of 1984 when he was just starting out:

"When I was younger I was guilty of pushing myself too much. I never took time to appreciate anything that I ever achieved because I was always looking at what I could do next. If I could give myself some advice when I first started I'd say — just try to enjoy it more and live in the moment. Sometimes life can be too short."

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This was just funny at the end, it's so seriously put haha.

The Pulse of Radio reports that NIRVANA frontman Kurt Cobain's ashes were not stolen earlier this year despite tabloid reports that they were, according to Alan Nierob, publicist for Cobain's widow Courtney Love, said that a story alleging that Cobain's ashes were taken from Love's Hollywood home along with clothes and jewelry was "erroneously reported" and that the ashes were "never taken." Nierob issued his comments after an Australian artist claimed she would smoke Cobain's ashes in a joint as part of a performance art installation in Berlin later this month.

Natascha Stellmach claimed in Art World that she had acquired Cobain's ashes through "magic" and that smoking them would release the late singer and guitarist "into the ether from the media circus."

Inquiries about what Stellmach is currently smoking have not received a response. 
[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, September 30, 2008 4:55:59 PM 
Lemmy Interview

Keith Carmen of Canada's Exclaim! magazine recently conducted an interview with MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.

Exclaim!: What have been your career highs and lows?

Lemmy: "The high was probably going straight in at number one [for their 1981 live album 'No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith']. The low was probably just after it. You couldn't do another live album to go straight in at number one, could you?"

Exclaim!: What do you think of when you think of Canada?

Lemmy: "That large country just above the States and to one side of Russia. Canada's always a great place for us. We've always had a good time up there and people are great."

Exclaim!: What was the first LP/cassette/CD/eight track you ever bought with your own money?

Lemmy: "'The Buddy Holly Story' on vinyl."

Exclaim!: What has been your strangest celebrity encounter?

Lemmy: "[EAGLES guitarist] Joe Walsh once tapped me on the shoulder in a bar at the CMJ Convention. He said, 'I've wanted to meet you for a long time,' then turned around and walked away from me. Very strange. I never saw him again. But what an incredible introduction, huh?"

Read the entire interview from Exclaim! magazine. 

Stephen Pearcy Plans New Project

RATT frontman Stephen Pearcy has announced a new project for 2009, TOP FUEL ALL STARZ. The new CD and touring band will consist of '80s, '90s, 2000 artists. Pearcy says he'll even have a couple influential '70s artists that he admired growing up on the CD, that there will be plenty of class musicians revolving on the tour. The band will perform material from the artists involved and the new music from TOP FUEL ALL STARZ. With songs already written, recording will begin January 2009 with a tour to follow.

In other news, Pearcy — who is the president and CEO of Top Fuel Records — will again be involved in sponsoring a Top Fuel Dragster 2009 with Top Fuel Records. The new CD and tour will follow the NHRA Drag Racing series thru out the season 2009. The new race team and TFR sponsor association will hopefully be announced at the world finals in Pamona, California in November where Stephen and his RAT BASTARDS will be laying it down at the races.

Stephen Pearcy recently released his third solo CD, "Under My Skin"
[~ MG_Metalgoddess~] Tuesday, September 30, 2008 2:29:09 PM 
Burrr  January 19th In minneapolis   In gonna have to wear extra leather to this one...LOL
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Sebastian Bach Interview

Mick Burgess of Norway's Metal Express Radio recently conducted an interview with former SKID ROW vocalist Sebastian Bach. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Metal Express Radio: Do you think it's important in this day and age to be able to offer something extra to the fans to encourage fans to buy the product rather than downloading it?

Bach: I've sold 22 million SKID ROW records and if the fans don't get [Bach's new solo album] "Angel Down", then it's their loss. It is just as good, if not better than those records, and I should know — I've heard those records a million times and I've heard "Angel Down" a million times and it's right up there with them. If you've spent 15 years listening to "Slave To The Grind" then it's your loss not getting "Angel Down". It's really, really good. All the fans keep telling me it is and the reviews do too.

Metal Express Radio: "Angel Down" [was] released in the UK on DR2 Records which is linked to Demolition Records. How did you get involved with Demolition?

Bach: Demolition offered me a record deal at the time when Spitfire was giving me a deal. Both are labels from the UK. Demolition picked up because the people that work at EMI in the UK must be brain dead or something. EMI has the right to put out my record everywhere in the world and they put it out everywhere except the UK. I can't understand why they didn't put it out especially after we'd sold out two nights at Wembley and me and Axl [Rose] did a record together so I'm sure most of them would be interested in getting this so I don't know how many nights you have to sell out before they'll put your record out.

Metal Express Radio: Do you think being a priority act on a specialist hard rock label is more beneficial to you than being one of many artists on a major label who in many cases don't know how to market rock bands?

Bach: What label would not want to release the new Axl Rose material?? Forget about me — there's three songs on there with Axl Rose that people will want to hear. That's nuts. EMI's loss is DR2's gain.

Metal Express Radio: You've always seemed to be a music fan who found himself in a successful rock band and you never seem to have lost your enthusiasm for other bands. Your love of KISS and RUSH, amongst others, is well known. Do you still feel that sense of excitement when you hear some great music that makes you sit up and take notice?

Bach: I listen to music constantly. My iPod is always on. If I'm in the dressing room before the gig I'll be cranking out heavy metal from HATEBREED, OZZY to MALICE, EZO to ANVIL and MANOWAR's "Battle Hymns"; it's just so heavy, we all love it. In my iPod, I've got HATEBREED next to HELLYEAH next to HANOI ROCKS, so with a little flick of my thumb I can listen to something that was recorded today or something that was recorded 25 years ago. I don't analyze what I listen to, I just listen to what I want. I just love music.

Read the entire interview from Metal Express Radio

ACDC North American Tour Dates and Rock Band Live Track Pack

AC/DC has extended its trek across North America by adding sixteen more shows to its Black Ice World Tour. Newly added dates begin on December 20, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and wrap up on January 31, 2009 in Nashville, TN. The tour kicks off on October 28, 2008 in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Tickets for the Houston, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, and Cleveland concerts go on sale October 4 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets for the Toronto concert go on sale October 10 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets for the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Omaha, Fargo, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Dallas, Tulsa, and Nashville concerts go on sale October 11 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets for the Little Rock and Memphis concerts go on sale October 18 at 10:00 a.m.

18 Black Ice World Tour concerts sold out in record time when tickets went on sale for the initial round of on-sales, with shows being added in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Oakland due to unprecedented fan demand.

Here are AC/DC's new tour dates:

Dec. 20 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Bank Atlantic Center
Dec. 21 - Tampa, FL - St. Pete Times Forum
Jan. 05 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
Jan. 07 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mellon Arena
Jan. 09 - Toronto, ONT - Rogers Centre
Jan. 11 - Cincinnati, OH - U.S. Bank Arena
Jan. 13 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
Jan. 15 - Omaha, NE - Qwest Center
Jan. 17 - Fargo, ND - Fargodome
Jan. 19 - Minneapolis, MN - Xcel Energy Center
Jan. 21 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
Jan. 23 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
Jan. 26 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
Jan. 28 - Little Rock, AR - Alltel Arena
Jan. 30 - Memphis, TN - FedEx Forum
Jan. 31 - Nashville, TN - Sommet Center

AC/DC comes exclusively to Rock Band beginning this November for the worldwide release of AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack by Harmonix, the leading developer of music-based games, and MTV Games, a part of Viacom's MTV Networks. This exclusive deal with Columbia Records and AC/DC marks the first time ever the band has included an entire album for video game play, with 18 live tracks from their prolific live performances becoming available in one electrifying, standalone game. The AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack allows players to experience this amazing set list with Rock Band, Rock Band 2 or other compatible music game peripherals. Full of the band's classic songs, the game will be available this November in the U.S. and throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand beginning in early December.

"When MTV first launched in 1981, we promised that people would 'never look at music the same way again' and, with Rock Band, we continue to fulfill this commitment," stated Paul DeGooyer, MTV's Senior Vice President of Electronic Games & Music. "We're excited to be part of AC/DC's and Columbia's global plan for the release of their new album, DVD and now, videogame. Being the first to present these revered songs in interactive form, exclusively on the Rock Band platform is a true honor. For those about to rock with the AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack, we salute you!"

"AC/DC fans can now experience performing live, on stage with the band," said Columbia Records co-Chairman Steve Barnett. "An unforgettable concert is now an ultimate at-home entertainment experience with the AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack."

AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack will feature the master recordings from the best of the band's live performances. The live recording was specially remixed for Rock Band by Mike Fraser. The game features 18 tracks, with more than 99 minutes of game play for each instrument:

* "Thunderstruck"
* "Shoot to Thrill"
* "Back in Black"
* "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be"
* "Heatseeker"
* "Fire Your Guns"
* "Jailbreak"
* "The Jack"
* "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"
* "Moneytalks"
* "Hells Bells"
* "High Voltage"
* "Whole Lotta Rosie"
* "You Shook Me All Night Long"
* "T.N.T."
* "Let There Be Rock"
* "Highway To Hell"
* "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)"

All tracks from the AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack will also be available for play in Rock Band and Rock Band 2 by entering a special export authentication code for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system versions. As previously announced, AC/DC's anthem "Let There Be Rock" is featured in Rock Band 2 — the first time the group has been included in a music-based video game.

The AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack will be available in the U.S. on November 2 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and on November 16 for Wii. Pricing for AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii is MSRP $39.88 and MSRP $29.88 for the PlayStation 2. The AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack will also be available at most major retailers in Europe, Australia and New Zealand in early December on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2 and Wii.
[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, September 30, 2008 11:43:13 AM 
Judas Priest, Megadeth, and Testament To Tour Europe

JUDAS PRIEST, MEGADETH and TESTAMENT will team up for the "Priest Feast" tour of the UK in February 2009. Pre-sales go on sale at 9:00 a.m. UK time on Wednesday, October 1 to all MegaFanClub members and registered Live Nation members. Public on sales go on sale this Friday, October 3 at 9:00 a.m. UK time.

The dates are as follows:

Feb. 13 - Sheffield, UK - Sheffield Arena
Feb. 14 - Birmingham, UK - NEC
Feb. 16 - Glasgow, UK - SECC Hall 4
Feb. 17 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Arena
Feb. 18 - Nottingham, UK - Nottingham Arena
Feb. 20 - Cardiff, UK - Cardiff Arena
Feb. 21 - London, UK - Wembley Arena

JUDAS PRIEST's new double-disc concept album, "Nostradamus", has sold more than 90,000 copies in the United States since its June 17 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD shifted 42,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 11 on The Billboard 200 chart. This marks the band's highest-ever chart position in the U.S. In Canada, the CD opened at position No. 9 after shifting close to 4,000 units.

According to a posting on MEGADETH's web site, acclaimed British record producer/engineer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, NEVERMORE, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY) arrived Sunday night (September 28) to meet up with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine and the crew at the band's new studio near San Diego, California. The studio is being custom-built to record the next MEGADETH album and more. Over the next few days Andy will be tweaking and mixing the new MEGADETH live DVD which was recorded in San Diego during the last tour, and will soon be seen on HDNet TV.

Sneap produced MEGADETH's last album, "United Abominations", which came out in May 2007 via Roadrunner Records.

MEGADETH's forthcoming CD will be the group's first with guitarist Chris Broderick (NEVERMORE, JAG PANZER), who replaced Glen Drover (Shawn's brother) at the end of last year.

TESTAMENT's new album, "The Formation of Damnation", is available on limited-edition green vinyl at Supplies are limited to 2,500 copies worldwide, so order your copies today before they sell out! "The Formation of Damnation" limited-edition green vinyl also ships with a bonus poster and band logo patch.

TESTAMENT just returned from Australia and is preparing to kick off a headlining tour with SOILENT GREEN starting October 1. A tour of Mexico with JUDAS PRIEST will follow in late October. 

[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, September 29, 2008 5:20:08 PM 
METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich has commented on the fan-generated controversy over the audio quality of the group's new album, "Death Magnetic".

Several articles from both the mainstream press and recording industry web sites have discussed the album in context of the so-called "Loudness Wars," a term used by UK publication The Guardian, which claims that the music industry is trying to make recordings as loud as possible mainly to stand out on radio.

An audio clip has surfaced on YouTube comparing music from the "Death Magnetic" CD to tracks from the album used for Guitar Hero, which were prepared differently. A number of fans prefer the Guitar Hero versions.

A petition circulated by some fans asking the band to remix the CD has gathered 12,000 signatures, although they are dwarfed by the nearly a million copies the CD has sold in the U.S. since going on sale September 12.

Ted Jensen, the engineer who mastered the album at Sterling Sound in New York, recently responded to fan complaints that the CD is too loud and the audio is pushed to distortion levels by writing, "I'm certainly sympathetic to your reaction, I get to slam my head against that brick wall every day. In this case the mixes were already brick-walled before they arrived at my place. Suffice to say I would never be pushed to overdrive things as far as they are here. Believe me, I'm not proud to be associated with this one, and we can only hope that some good will come from this in some form of backlash against volume above all else."

Mastering is the process of preparing and transferring recorded audio from a source containing the final mix to a data storage device, the "master," from which all copies will be produced.

Blame for the sound quality has been laid at the feet of the band itself, producer Rick Rubin and his recording engineer, Greg Fidelman.

In a brand new interview with, Ulrich responded to the complaints by saying, "Listen, there's nothing up with the audio quality. It's 2008, and that's how we make records. Rick Rubin's whole thing is to try and get it to sound lively, to get it to sound loud, to get it to sound exciting, to get it to jump out of the speakers. Of course, I've heard that there are a few people complaining. But I've been listening to it the last couple of days in my car, and it sounds fuckin' smokin'.

"Somebody told me about [people complaining that the Guitar Hero version of 'Death Magnetic' sounds better]. Listen, what are you going to do? A lot of people say [the CD] sounds great, and a few people say it doesn't, and that's OK. You gotta remember, when we put out '...And Justice for All', people were going, 'What happened to these guys, this record? There's no bass on it. It sounds like it was recorded in a fuckin' garage on an eight-track.' And now '...And Justice for All' is sort of the seminal METALLICA record that supposedly influenced a whole generation of death-metal bands. The difference between back then and now is the Internet.

"The Internet gives everybody a voice, and the Internet has a tendency to give the complainers a louder voice. Listen, I can't keep up with this shit. Part of being in METALLICA is that there's always somebody who's got a problem with something that you're doing: 'James Hetfield had something for breakfast that I don't like.' That's part of the ride.

"I will say that the overwhelming response to this new record has exceeded even our expectations as far as how positive it is. So I'm not gonna sit here and get caught up in whether [the sound] 'clips' or it doesn't 'clip.' I don't know what kind of stereos these people listen on. Me and James made a deal that we would hang back a little and not get in the way of whatever Rick's vision was. That's not to put it on him — it's our record, I'll take the hit, but we wanted to roll with Rick's vision of how METALLICA would sound."

"Broken Beat & Scarred" album version:

"Broken Beat & Scarred" unofficial remix using nothing but **six** separated/extracted Guitar Hero tracks:
[Bazookajoe_666] Sunday, September 28, 2008 4:05:56 PM reports that AC/DC is currently charting on Mainstream Rock Tracks, where "Rock N' Roll Train" is No. 3. "Train" is the group's 29th entry on this tally and its first since "Safe in New York City" peaked at No. 21 in May 2001. "Train" is AC/DC's highest-charting song since "Stiff Upper Lip" spent four weeks at No. 1 in March-April 2000. "Lip" was the Australian group's third No. 1 on this survey, following "Big Gun" in 1993 and "Hard as a Rock" in 1995.

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[hellrider 31038] Tuesday, September 23, 2008 11:52:07 PM 
what the hell.bring back the  8 track tape hell yeah
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NEW YORK —  Just as vinyl once gave way to compact discs as the main physical medium for music, could CDs be replaced now by a fingernail-sized memory card?

Perhaps not entirely, but SanDisk Corp., four major record labels and retailers Best Buy Co. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are hoping that albums sold on microSD memory cards will at least provide an additional stream of sales.

The companies unveiled plans Monday to sell memory cards loaded with music in the MP3 format, free of copy protections.

Called "slotMusic," the new format is meant to address two intertwined trends.

Most albums are still sold in a physical format — 449 million were sold on CDs in 2007, while 50 million were sold digitally, according to Nielsen SoundScan — yet CDs are decreasingly popular. Albums sold on CD dropped almost 19 percent last year.

Given this, the record labels — Vivendi SA's Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group Corp. and EMI Group PLC — are hoping slotMusic can be another physical revenue source, and one that is more versatile than CDs given the kinds of gadgets people carry around these days.

Unlike when the CD was introduced and people had to buy new players, many people already have the ability to play slotMusic albums, since many cell phones and multimedia players support microSD cards.

These new albums will come with a small USB dongle that lets buyers use them with computers, too. [The USB dongle will also enable users to transfer the songs to iPods, which don't have memory-card slots, via a PC.]

"Particularly in this kind of economic climate, the idea of being able to use an electronic device you already own to enjoy music rather than going out and buying a dedicated player is pretty compelling," said Daniel Schreiber, who heads the audio-video business unit at SanDisk, which created the microSD card format and is working on the technology behind slotMusic.

Schreiber said slotMusic albums will be sold on 1 gigabyte microSD cards, which means they will be able to hold a full album and related content such as liner notes and cover art.

Buyers will be able to use extra space on the cards to hold songs and photos from their own collections.

[The files will be MP3s encoded at a bitrate of 320 samples per second, the highest possible setting ensuring roughly CD-quality sound.]

The cards and dongles will come in boxes similar to current CD packaging, and Schreiber expects the cost of slotMusic releases to be "in the ballpark" of current CD prices.

It's not yet known exactly when — or how many — albums will be initially sold in the format, but Schreiber expects retailers to give a "sizable amount of shelf space" to slotMusic albums.

The albums are expected to debut at multiple retailers, including Best Buy and Wal-Mart stores in the U.S., and later in Europe.

Rio Caraeff, executive vice president of Universal Music Group's eLabs digital music unit, said the label will initially release about 30 titles in the slotMusic format. The titles will include old and new albums, such as one by singer Akon.

"We want to provide the benefits of digital music to people who go to physical retail environments," he said.

Asked whether he sees the format taking the place of the CD, Caraeff said, "I think we would certainly hope that would be the case, but I don't think we are so tied to that."

NPD Group entertainment analyst Russ Crupnick sees a potential for slotMusic to emerge as a compelling format.

He said the industry needs "desperately" to give people a new reason to head back into the music sections at brick-and-mortar stores.

"Not that we want them out of the gaming section, but once they're done looking at 'Guitar Hero' we want them to come look at the music section," he said.

[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, September 19, 2008 4:45:17 PM 
Rush To Release "Snakes & Arrows Live" DVD

According to, Canadian rock trio RUSH will release its new concert DVD, "Snakes & Arrows Live" (see artwork below), on November 18. The set — which was filmed in Rotterdam, Netherlands, during the 2007 leg of the band's "Snakes & Arrows" tour — is expected to feature the same track listing as RUSH's "Snakes & Arrows Live" album which was released this past April.

A spokesperson for RUSH has denied Internet reports that the band is leaving Atlantic Records for the independent Canadian company Rounder. In fact, "RUSH are still contracted to Atlantic for one more album," the spokeperson told Classic Rock magazine. Rounder — whose roster includes GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS, ALISON KRAUSS, THE TRAGICALLY HIP and BRUCE COCKBURN — "will be issuing the trio's upcoming 'Snakes & Arrows Live' DVD, but that's as far as the arrangement goes."

RUSH has been with Atlantic Records since 1989's "Presto" and has released a total of seven studio and four live albums for the label.

RUSH's most recent concert leg wrapped July 24 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The group has been out behind its 18th studio album, "Snakes & Arrows", which marked RUSH's first set of all-new material since 2002's "Vapor Trails".

RUSH's songs "Closer to the Heart" and "Working Man" were recently made available for the Rock Band video game.

RUSH will receive a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame next year.

Lars Ulrich Interview

Australia's recently conducted an interview with METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.

On his life away from METALLICA:

"We all live quiet normal lives in the suburbs outside San Francisco, taking our kids to school. My responsibilities are to wake up at 6.30 in the morning and make the lunch boxes. Hanging out in Paris doing TV shows and having nice fancy dinners and drinking expensive French wine, it's not exactly hard work. I tell the people with me that they have permission to slap me if I ever complain. None of them slap me enough because they are scared but I do encourage them."

"I look increasingly at METALLICA as my escape away from my real responsibilities which are my kids and family and my domestic situation. A lot of people use the word job or work, but this is fun, it's an escape to go away on tour. I get more sleep on tour than when I am at home."

On "Death Magnetic":

"It's not the most cheery of records. There's a thread going through all the songs, through death and suicide, despair and misery and fuckedupness. 'Death Magnetic' was a way, an expression of summing all that up.

"The lyrics are always important to METALLICA. They can't be forced and these ones came out quite late in the process, all from the twisted mind of one James Hetfield."

"I was stunned at how great the lyrics were. And stunned how much shit was going on in his head, how many issues are lingering in the poor man's head. So I was pleased from the creative viewpoint but a little concerned about the guy."

On who made the first call to get METALLICA back in the studio:

"Mick Jagger. And I'll tell you why it was Mick Jagger. One of his reps called up METALLICA's reps in the fall of 2005 and asked if we would play with THE ROLLING STONES in San Francisco. Our response was 'Fine, fuck it, we'll play with the STONES because it's something everyone should do once.' We met up a week before the shows after the better part of a year off and started rehearsing and hanging out. We had such a good time that literally the day after the STONES show, we went in and started going through the demo tapes."

On the recording process:

"When you are trying to nail something in the studio, you have to bring an extra physicality because of the lack of an audience; you have to find it yourself, turn it up not just to 11 but to 12. We don't do many takes — six, eight, maybe 10 — and then we are done with it and you usually get three or four hours out of us at that level. There's definitely a routine for us in the studio and it also involves having a steam and yoga and fruit plates."

Of course all that happens behind closed doors and best it stays there so metal fans can remain blissfully oblivious to such gentle behaviour.

On the fact that the album's first two singles, "The Day That Never Comes" and "Cyanide", have made it onto the singles charts despite the fact that they are each more than six-and-a-half minutes long:

"That is a victory. There's a lot of love and goodwill and positive momentum for this METALLICA record. Let's see in six months whether it sticks."

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[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, September 18, 2008 8:22:12 PM 
More Details On the Best Christmas Album Ever!

On October 14, Armoury Records, distributed by Eagle Rock Entertainment, will release one mighty molten metal blast of good CD cheer: "We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year".

It's an all-star assemblage as members of such great hard rock bands as FOO FIGHTERS, QUEENSRŸCHE, DIO, ALICE COOPER, ZZ TOP, DOKKEN, KISS, L.A. GUNS, MARILYN MANSON, MOTÖRHEAD, BLACK SABBATH, KING'S X, JUDAS PRIEST, ANTHRAX, RATT, STYX, TOTO and more all jam out together on some of the most beloved holiday songs of all time (including "Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer").

The kick is in the chemistry between the musicians as members of different bands perform together on the material to create a one-of-a-kind listening experience! MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy, ZZ TOP's Billy Gibbons and FOO FIGHTERS' Dave Grohl, for instance, team up on "Run Rudolph Run", a song popularized by Chuck Berry. This is just one of 12 such irresistible pairings.

"This is a metal CD you will want to listen to all year round," says Wendy Dio, who put the project together with Bob Kulick and Brett Chassen. "It has been a very exciting and exhausting project, but we have managed to get an all-star cast together."

Ironically, the hardest person to get was Dio himself as he doesn't sing Christmas songs. Wendy hounded him for days, finally getting him to listen to Kulick's arrangement of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen". Dio liked it, added a few bits, recorded it at Kulick's studio, and got Tony Iommi to add his signature guitar sound. The result is a very SABBATH Christmas song. Rounding out the circle of familiar characters on this track are DIO bassist Rudy Sarzo and drummer Simon Wright.

"The 'Metal Xmas' album was a great opportunity to pay homage to my least favorite holiday," says Dio, "and what a lineup of musicians to do it with! The arrangements of the classic noel songs are fresh and heavy with rock'n'roll, and the performances are equally classic. It's a magical way to change your holiday listening."

"We Wish You A Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year" track listing:

01. We Wish You A Merry Xmas

Bruce Kulick (KISS, UNION)
Bob Kulick
Chris Wyse (THE CULT)

02. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Alice Cooper

03. Run Rudolph Run

Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD)
Billy F. Gibbons (ZZ TOP)

04. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO)

05. Little Drummer Boy

Doug Pinnick (KING's X)
George Lynch (DOKKEN)
Simon Phillips (THE WHO, TOTO)

06. Santa Claus Is Back In Town

Steve Morse (DEEP PURPLE)
Juan Garcia (AGENT STEEL)

07. Silent Night

Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT)
Scott Ian (ANTHRAX)
Chris Wyse (THE CULT)
John Tempesta (ROB ZOMBIE, THE CULT)

08. Silver Bells

Carlos Cavazo (QUIET RIOT, RATT)

09. Deck the Halls

Oni Logan (LYNCH MOB)
Craig Goldy (DIO)
Tony Franklin (THE FIRM)
John Tempesta (ROB ZOMBIE, THE CULT)

10. Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer

Stephen Pearcy (RATT)
Bob Kulick
Greg Bissonette (DAVID LEE ROTH)

11. Rockin' Around the Xmas Tree

Bruce Kulick (KISS, UNION)
Bob Kulick
Simon Wright AC/DC, DIO)

12. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Tommy Shaw (STYX)
Steve Lukather (TOTO)

Listen to "Run Rudolph Run" at this location.
[Bazookajoe_666] Wednesday, September 17, 2008 4:29:42 PM 
Robert Trujillo Interview
recently conducted an interview with METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo. An excerpt from the chat follows below. You joined METALLICA in February, 2003. How much did you know about the dynamics within the band at the time?

Robert: They were in the middle of a bunch of transitional things. They were recording the album ["St. Anger"], still doing tracking and mixing, and also trying to find a new bass player. I received a phone call. I was in Tahiti on vacation. I checked my voice mail, and I had Lars and Kirk on there. Lars was in the background: "Join our band!" They were probably out on the town, having a few cocktails, calling all the bass players on their list. Do you know how you got on that list?

Robert: I'm not 100 percent sure. I think it was a combination of things. One was I toured with METALLICA, with SUICIDAL TENDENCIES. That's where I originally met everybody. And less than a year prior to me receiving the call, a mutual friend of Kirk's called and said, "Kirk and I are coming down with some friends. Can you show us some surf spots around L.A.?" I thought that was neat: that Kirk, the vampire I knew, the nocturnal man, was ready to explore daylight and surfing in Southern California. He was in an RV with three friends. We spent a weekend hitting different spots.

The whole thing, at least from what I understand, was they each had people they wanted to bring into the auditions. I became Kirk's guy. From my understanding, Lars wasn't aware of much that I had done. [In addition to playing with SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, Trujillo toured and recorded with OZZY OSBOURNE and worked with ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell.] I don't know where James' head was at.

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Lars Ulrich Interview recently conducted an interview with METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich. An excerpt from the chat follows below. Which is better — traveling to METALLICA shows with your family or the way you used to do it with the band? Four on the bus, like a fist.

Lars: The four fists on the bus, one fist and four beers on the bus [laughs] — that was a lot of fun. But if you're going to do this in the prime years of your family life, when you're rearing the kids, then basing becomes the way to solve it. Park yourself in a city — Copenhagen, London, Paris. You hop in and out. It may not be the most cost-effective way of touring. But big picture — it's the way of keeping everybody sustained. Everybody gets their elbow room. What you don't need is a party policy, where people are dictated to, what they can or can't do. That's not going to make it fun. It's not going to give people what they need to administer their own survival skills, to get through this insanity. Is there a price that comes with that? The unity of the band?

Lars: To me, it has to start with getting along. If we don't get along, everything else is irrelevant. If you've got four guys that are content, who get along, everything else will happen automatically. When we come to Europe every year, it's basically what we call Summer Vacation. Bring the families, park ourselves, play gigs. Where else would you rather be than western European capitals in the summer? Playing festivals with great bands, cool vibes, the long days? This is fucking paradise.

I don't take any of this shit for granted. There are no absolutes in my life. I don't think in black and white. I think in grays. Who knows where it's gonna go? But for right now, this works. It works for the family. It works for the band. And I don't think there's ever been a better internal vibe in this band. And the place where that shows and makes a difference — those two hours onstage. Because the reports I'm hearing from the people I trust — there's more fire, more spunk, more in-your-face-ness. Somehow, through the bloat of the Nineties, the excess, it's gotten back to being on fire again. Maybe it shouldn't be overanalyzed. If people are content, with themselves and their families and each other, then it shows in those two hours onstage.

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James Hetfield Interview recently conducted an interview with METALLICA guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield. An excerpt from the chat follows below. You have been in METALLICA for your entire adult life. Have you ever felt restricted?

James: I made myself feel restricted: "I'm tired of arguing. I'm not gonna argue for another five hours about something little and stupid. You win. This is Lars' band. When I'm able to be me, it'll be the side project, the solo thing." Which is just ridiculous. Every band that I've known that has done side projects or things like that — I don't respect them anymore. There are very strict parameters to life in METALLICA. It's like joining the Army.

James: The metal militia, dude! We've all discovered there is freedom through structure. There has to be some structure in my life, at least. I think Lars has discovered that a lot. You could look at Jason [Newsted] as the sacrificial lamb. I didn't want him doing 12 side projects: "You're in METALLICA." But it was so unconnected when he left [in 2001], so compartmentalized. But now, METALLICA is the four of us. This is our solo project. This is the best way to get our emotions and feelings out and touch people. Was there a clear leader in the beginning? You or Lars?

James: There were leaders in different ways. There's no doubt Lars was the spearhead of wanting to get a band together. But I was the same, and we joined forces. Lars had the name. I had the logo. He was more the business guy, the thinker. I'm much less of a thinker. And there was his personality, the only child growing up in a pretty well-off family. A well-off bohemian family.

James: Yeah, getting to do what he wants, anytime, anywhere. The negative side of that, somewhat obvious — spoiledness. But the positive side of that is he can get it done. He has the faith he can get it done. There are times when I think all of us follow his energy. There's fear at times. I can see it in him, when he feels like he's not getting his way. We always revert to our teenage years [laughs].

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Kirk Hammet Interview recently conducted an interview with METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett. An excerpt from the chat follows below. Was there a point when you realized you were a rock star?

Kirk: It was probably the "Black Album" tour, when thing started to get really crazy. We would go to social events, and Ozzy would come up to us — "Hello!" Or we'd get a message — "Tony Iommi is here. He wants to say hello." If our heroes, the people we were so inspired by, are interested in us now, we might have crossed a line somewhere. We had reached a level, in musicianship, in respectability. It was a powerful feeling. Did it also make you realize that your friend was right — rock stars are normal too?

Kirk: There came a time when you started feeling comfortable with them, and realizing, yeah, they have the same mechanics as every other human being in the world. Just because they played that fantastic guitar solo in 1978 does not make them non-human. I hope that carries on to people when they meet me. I'm always uncomfortable when people start bowing. I'm waiting to shake their hand, and they do that. Just shake my hand! [Laughs] How much do you think you need to be in METALLICA — that there is nothing else you can or want to do? During the making of "St. Anger", when it was clear the engine was not turning over, were you able to accept the fact that nothing lasts forever?

Kirk: Honestly, I was ready to start working on a solo album. I had a bunch of music I was sitting on. I was going to ask Lars to play drums on it. But to get to the real meat of the question . . . The need to be in this band.

Kirk: It's really important. I've been in the band longer than I haven't been. I joined the band when I was 20 years old. I've been in the band now 25 years.

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[Bazookajoe_666] Sunday, September 14, 2008 5:01:59 PM 

4 DVD Set Released By Loudness

Veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS have released a new four-disc DVD set entitled "The Legend Of Loudness - Live Complete Best" in Japan through Tokuma Communications. It features footage spanning the band's entire career — from the early 1980s through 2008 — including the periods when it was fronted by Michael Vescera (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, OBSESSION) and Masaki Yamada (EZO).

The track listing is as follows:

01. In The Mirror
02. Lonely Prayer
03. Exploder
04. Road Racer
05. Burning Love
06. Crazy Doctor
07. Dream Fantasy
08. In The Mirror
09. Esper
10. Crazy Night
11. Like Hell
12. Heavy Chains
13. The Lines Are Down
14. Loudness
15. Shadows Of War
16. Drum Solo
17. Let It Go
18. Guitar Solo
19. Crazy Night
20. Speed
21. Down'n'dirty
22. In The Mirror
23. You Shook Me
24. Never Again
25. Sleepless Night
26. Black Widow
27. Slaughter House
28. Pray For The Dead
29. Waking The Dead
30. Firestorm
31. Loudness
32. Esper
33. Mr. Yesman
34. The End Of Earth
35. The Winds Of Victory
36. So Lonely
37. Stay Wild
38. S.D.I.
39. The Pandemonium
40. What's The Truth?
41. Biosphere
42. Hellrider
43. Wind From Tibet
44. Pharaoh
45. Cyber Soul
46. Cross
47. Crazy Doctor
48. In The Mirror
49. Angel Dust
50. Rock Shock
51. Like Hell
52. Crazy Samurai
53. S.D.I.
54. Exultation
55. Lunatic
56. So Lonely
57. Drum Solo
58. Never Change Your Mind
59. The Battle Ship Musashi
60. The Love Of My Life
61. S.D.I.
62. Lonely Prayer
63. Angel Dust
64. High Try
65. Bass Solo
66. Hard Workin'
67. Devil Soldier
68. Guitar Solo
69. I'm On Fire
70. Rock Shock
71. Crazy Night
72. Like Hell
73. Heavy Chains
74. No Way Out
75. Never Change Your Mind
76. The Lines Are Down - Drums Solo
77. We Could Be Together
78. Clockworktoy
79. Guitar Solo
80. Speed
81. Long Distance Love
82. Metal Mad (Promotion Video Clip)

A four-part video overview of the package can be viewed below.

Kirk Hammet Interview

Darryl Sterdan of the Toronto Sun recently conducted an interview with METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.

Toronto Sun: So, having a new son or making a new METALLICA album — which is the scarier prospect?

Hammett: Actually, during the creation of this album, I've managed to sire two children! My other son is two years old and this album is three years old, when you go from start to finish. I would say that two little guys are still scarier than this undertaking — and this is a huge undertaking.

Toronto Sun: After "Some Kind of Monster", a lot of people would not have been surprised if you were hesitant to go back into the studio.

Hammett: We've moved on so much from that point. From that period to where we started writing the songs, there was a two-year gap, and in that time we did a lot of touring and we got Rob [Trujillo, bass] in the band. And we started acting and operating and feeling like the unit that we were in the past. So when it came time to start writing the material, we were back to four guys in a room playing our instruments and milking that energy that we create.

Toronto Sun: So how did you recapture the spirit of "Master of Puppets"?

Hammett: We just asked ourselves, "What would we have done if this was 1986?" We kind of put it through that filter, that lens.

Toronto Sun: But if it really was 1986, you would have drunk a bottle of vodka first.

Hammett: Ha! Yeah, definitely. But it started off as an experiment and we started to get some really great results. So we decided to just follow it through. And we continued writing in that dynamic manner that we did back then — which is to fuse a lot of vague, disparate pieces of music together to make them work rather than taking one bit of music and milking it for ideas.

Toronto Sun: So are these songs a lot more enjoyable to play?

Hammett: Oh, they're totally fun for us to play. Are you kidding? We're rehearsing five of them because the intent is to play at least five new songs in our set, because we're tired of playing the same set list for the past three years. Our goal is to always write songs that are fun for us to play. But yeah, that these songs really do stand out — they're just a lot of fun.

Toronto Sun: How long are you going to tour for this album?

Hammett: For as long as we can. We're setting aside a good two years, but it depends on the success of the album and the demand. It takes two years just to play all the places you need to play, especially if you're doing one week on and one week off. And that isn't even counting all the places we've already played that want us back. So it could run into three years.

Toronto Sun: Over the years, you've had this reputation as the George Harrison of the band — the guy who's caught between these two massive egos and doesn't get his due. Is that fair?

Hammett: It's easy to think that. But all the music I write, I write for METALLICA. All my musical motivations are always METALLICA-oriented. It's just the tempers and the egos that I'm stuck between are frustrating, because I want everything to progress and I'm so dedicated to us reaching the goals we set for ourselves. It's not that I don't have a means of expression. I've always been able to express myself in this band. Even with "St. Anger", even though I didn't play a bunch of guitar solos, I was still writing a lot of the music and lyrics — and keeping those guys from tearing each other apart! I had my hands full!

Read the entire interview from the Toronto Sun.

Professionally filmed video footage of METALLICA's record-release party held Friday night (September 12) at O2 World in Berlin, Germany can be viewed below.

Twisted Sister & Extreme Perform Together

Italian news blog Musica Metal has uploaded photos from the first edition of the Rock Of Ages festival, which was held yesterday (Saturday, September 13) in Milan, Italy.

Pictures of TWISTED SISTER, EXTREME, DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED and THE QUIREBOYS can be viewed at this location.

According to Musica Metal, during the final song of TWISTED SISTER's set, "I Wanna Rock", the band was joined onstage by co-headliners EXTREME, who "bowed at the feet of Dee Snider and helped out with the choruses."

Fan-filmed video footage of the "I Wanna Rock" performance can be viewed below (video shot and uploaded by Elia Alovisi, a.k.a. "NergalBehemoth").

All of the bands on the bill appreciated the enthusiastic reception of the Italian audience, with the two headliners issuing on-stage apologies for having neglected Italy on their previous tours: it had been 13 years since EXTREME last played in Italy, and this was only the fourth time in TWISTED SISTER's whole career that Italy had been included in the group's touring schedule.

Fan-filmed video footage of the "I Wanna Rock" performance can be viewed below:

Rob Halford Message

JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford has told Australia's Perth Now that while he understands that metal has become something of an obvious and ever-ready target for public outrage looking for a scapegoat for society's ills, he takes the form very seriously.

"There are people who don't understand it, but the fact is heavy metal music consistently does good and great things for people," he said. "We have a list a mile long of people who came up and said this song or that record helped them get through a difficult time in their life."

He added: "I think it's fair to say once a metalhead, always a metalhead. A 15-year-old metalhead can stand next to a 60-year-old metalhead and give each other the devil's sign. It really is a unified community."

Regarding the fact that his admission that he was homosexual during a 1998 interview did little to alter his place as one of metal's best-loved singers, Halford said, "It's unusual for anybody in a world-famous metal band to proclaim their sexuality, other than being straight. I was glad I did it, mostly for my own state of mind. You're able to remove all the innuendo and all the snide comments, all the things that people like me have to put up with.

"The fans don't care, they're indifferent. Metal fans are very tolerant, very compassionate people, very smart people and I think they showed their true colors in accepting me for what I am regardless of my sexual orientation."

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[Bazookajoe_666] Saturday, September 13, 2008 4:08:35 PM 
Quiet Riot Drummer Interview

The Ludwig Drums web site recently conducted an interview with drummer Frankie Banali (QUIET RIOT, FREAKSHOW). An excerpt from the chat follows below.

Ludwig: What is your schedule like for the next few months?

Frankie Banali: I continue to do sessions. I expect the usual slowdown in November, and then the habitual music industry grinding to a halt in December for the holidays; which invariably continues through January. Then, slowly, the industry resuscitates itself back to some abnormal sense normality in February. I am involved in a new project called FREAKSHOW, which I am excited about. The tracks have now been recorded and mixing will commence around the middle of September. I am really happy with the drum tracks for these recordings and I love the songs. I used the Ludwig reissue Amber Vistalite Zep Set, and they recorded amazingly well. It's not the first time I've used the Ludwig V's in the studio; having done so with both the Amber set, and two of my vintage kits (a yellow 1975 and a clear 1976.) The Vistalites are largely considered by most recording engineers, producers and some musicians as unrecordable; but I beg to differ and I play them wide open.

Ludwig: QUIET RIOT was the first metal band to break through to the mainstream with a chart-topping single and album. What was it like for you to reach this level of success so early in your career?

Frankie Banali: I was fairly realistic when we reached the pinnacle of success, with the "Metal Health" record reaching #1 on the Billboard Top LPs and Tapes chart, and #5 with the single "Cum On Feel The Noize" on Billboard's Hot 110 chart on November 26, 1983. To put into perspective how historic this was, "Metal Health" had to climb over albums by LIONEL RICHIE, MICHAEL JACKSON, THE POLICE and BILLY JOEL — all established hitmakers — which no one would call an easy feat. I also understood that the elusive elevator of success travels both up, and eventually and invariably down. Having said that, I had already been fortunate enough to have recorded the hit single "Mony Mony" for BILLY IDOL's debut EP "Don't Stop", as well as drum tracks for the HUGHES/THRALL record. I had just returned from Germany where I recorded with keyboardist Tony Carey (fresh out of Ritchie Blackmore's RAINBOW) I was already both somewhat experienced and very fortunate. Perspective was somewhat easier for me to comprehend.

Ludwig: Were there any drawbacks?

Frankie Banali: No more than there are in life in general or any other profession. With success comes a lot of demands, which are to be expected. You can't dream of being a successful musician and then complain about the constant touring, which feeds the industry and your career. Yes, the touring was exhausting early on, because we toured under the worst possible circumstances. First in two station wagons and a rental truck, then a Winnebago, then a low end Eagle bus that spewed more exhaust inward than outward. But we were touring! It improved as we earned more money, and time off from the road usually meant that we would fly to L.A. to shoot a video or a TV show. But it was great, it was wonderful and I would not trade one single experience — neither good or bad — because I achieved many of my dreams as a musician along the way. If you look at life as neither being fair or unfair, you get the sense that life is just life; so do the best you can while you can and make the best of it. Enjoy the ride, as much as the ride and you allow it to.

Read the entire interview from Ludwig Drums

[Bazookajoe_666] Saturday, September 13, 2008 3:56:55 PM 
Anyone Have Spike TV?

According to Kotaku, DISTURBED, JUDAS PRIEST and CHEAP TRICK are challenging the top three user bands in the nation tonight on Spike TV's "30 Minutes To Midnight", the official countdown show for the launch of Rock Band 2. The three bands challenge the users to play their songs, among the hardest in the game, with other competitive twists. There will also be a guy who can finish a song playing all four instruments at once.

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Death Magnetic Packaging

METALLICA worked with design company Turner Duckworth to create packaging and branding for its new album, "Death Magnetic". Turner Duckworth is better known for designing logos, packaging and visual identity systems for consumer brands like Coca-Cola and than for working with rock bands.

With the music industry in a state of rapid change, the band was looking for new ideas. "This time, we wanted to work with professionals who understand iconography," said James Hetfield, METALLICA's lead singer. Lars Ulrich, the band's drummer and frequent spokesperson added, "We wanted somebody who commanded respect in branding but were not jaded by the music business. Someone who would bring fresh ideas. Enter Turner Duckworth. Enter happy days."

With the growth of downloading, METALLICA was looking for a package that would rekindle interest in CDs. But with the consolidation of music sales in the U.S. into a few national retailers (Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy), the package had to conform to highly limiting standards. Turner Duckworth's answer was to create an iconic, three dimensional package using a powerful image and an ingenious layered die cut. As Lars Ulrich put it, "We got ourselves a very unique package."

David Turner, partner, Turner Duckworth, said, "The songs are about how death — and life — repels and attracts us. Our image expresses the theme, with a white coffin resting in a grave, surrounded by a magnetic field. But it's also open to other interpretations, which keeps it interesting after multiple viewings. This image really puts the graphic in graphic design." The image was created to be recognizable even on a cell phone screen. "It's not just about sleeve art any more; it's about creating icons that work across media," added Turner. That's a discipline Turner Duckworth understands well; recent work for the Coca-Cola brand has won a slew of international design awards including the Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions.

Turner Duckworth re-worked the classic METALLICA logo, created a signature typographic style and designed key promotional materials including a flag, a coffin shaped special edition and a vinyl boxed set. A design kit including logos, imagery and graphics was distributed to the band's record companies to produce a vast array of promotional materials around the world.

Designers in both London and San Francisco collaborated on the designs. "Everyone got fired up working on this project. METALLICA instinctively understand branding and really appreciate the value we created for them. There was no rock star attitude, just enthusiasm and creativity," said Bruce Duckworth, partner, Turner Duckworth

[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, September 12, 2008 6:21:56 PM 
Guitar Hero: World Tour Tracklist Revealed.... I like Rock Band 2's better.

Delivering unparalleled depth and diversity featuring some of the most prolific artists of all time including JIMI HENDRIX, THE DOORS, VAN HALEN, METALLICA, OZZY OSBOURNE, MICHAEL JACKSON and more, Activision Publishing, Inc. today revealed the highly-anticipated full set list for Guitar Hero World Tour, the definitive rock 'n' roll music videogaming experience. Spanning over 40 years of rock history and featuring 86 tracks, comprised entirely of master recordings, the game will deliver Guitar Hero fans the largest selection of on-disc music in the music-rhythm videogame genre to date.

The complete Guitar Hero World Tour on-disc set list available on October 26, 2008 will include:

311 – "Beautiful Disaster"
30 SECONDS TO MARS - "The Kill"
AIRBOURNE - "Too Much Too Young"
ANOUK - "Good God"
THE ANSWER - "Never Too Late"
AT THE DRIVE-IN - "One Armed Scissor"
BEASTIE BOYS - "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
BEATSTEAKS - "Hail to the Freaks"
BILLY IDOL - "Rebel Yell"
BLINK-182 - "Dammit"
BLONDIE - "One Way or Another"
BON JOVI - "Livin' On A Prayer"
COLDPLAY - "Shiver"
THE CULT - "Love Removal Machine"
DINOSAUR JR. - "Feel The Pain"
THE DOORS - "Love Me Two Times"
DREAM THEATER - "Pull Me Under"
THE EAGLES - "Hotel California"
THE ENEMY - "Aggro"
FILTER - "Hey Man, Nice Shot"
FLEETWOOD MAC - "Go Your Own Way"
FOO FIGHTERS - "Everlong"
THE GUESS WHO - "American Woman"
HUSH PUPPIES - "You're Gonna Say Yeah!"
INTERPOL - "Obstacle 1"
JANE'S ADDICTION - "Mountain Song"
JIMI HENDRIX - "Purple Haze (Live)"
JIMI HENDRIX - "The Wind Cries Mary"
JIMMY EAT WORLD - "The Middle"
JOE SATRIANI - "Satch Boogie"
KENT - "Vinternoll2"
KORN - "Freak On A Leash"
LACUNA COIL - "Our Truth"
LENNY KRAVITZ - "Are You Gonna Go My Way"
LINKIN PARK - "What I've Done"
THE LIVING END - "Prisoner of Society"
LOS LOBOS - "La Bamba"
LOST PROPHETS - "Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)"
LYNYRD SKYNYRD - "Sweet Home Alabama (Live)"
MARS VOLTA - "L'Via L'Viaquez"
MC5's Wayne Kramer - "Kick Out The Jams"
METALLICA - "Trapped Under Ice"
MOTÖRHEAD - "Overkill"
MUSE - "Assassin"
NEGRAMARO - "Nuvole e Lenzuola"
NIRVANA - "About a Girl (Unplugged)"
NO DOUBT - "Spiderwebs"
NOFX - "Soul Doubt"
OASIS - "Some Might Say"
OZZY OSBOURNE - "Crazy Train"
OZZY OSBOURNE - "Mr. Crowley"
PARAMORE - "Misery Business"
PAT BENATAR - "Heartbreaker"
R.E.M. - "The One I Love"
RADIO FUTURA - "Escuela De Calor"
RISE AGAINST - "Re-Education Through Labor"
SEX PISTOLS - "Pretty Vacant"
STEELY DAN - "Do It Again"
STING - "Demolition Man (Live)"
THE STONE ROSES - "Love Spreads"
SUBLIME - "Santeria"
SURVIVOR - "Eye of the Tiger"
TED NUGENT - "Stranglehold"
TED NUGENT's Original Guitar Duel Recording
TOKIO HOTEL - "Monsoon"
TOOL - "Parabola"
TOOL - "Schism"
TOOL - "Vicarious"
TRUST - "Antisocial"
VAN HALEN - "Hot For Teacher"
WILLIE NELSON - "On The Road Again"
WINGS - "Band on the Run"
ZAKK WYLDE's Original Guitar Duel Recording

When the house lights go down this fall, a new generation of guitarists, drummers and fearless frontmen will come together and rock with Guitar Hero World Tour. The latest installment in the #1 best-selling video game franchise of 2007, Guitar Hero World Tour transforms music gaming by expanding Guitar Hero's signature guitar gameplay into a cooperative band experience that combines the most advanced wireless controllers with new revolutionary online* and offline gameplay modes including Band Career and 8-player "Battle of the Bands," which allows two full bands to compete head-to-head online for the first time ever. The game features a slick newly redesigned guitar controller, drum kit controller and a microphone, as well as an innovative Music Studio music creator that lets players compose, record, edit and share their own rock 'n' roll anthems. Music creators will also be able to share their recordings with their friends online through GHTunesSM where other gamers can download and play an endless supply of unique creations.

Lars Ulrich Interview

Stevie Chick of The Guardian conducted an interview with METALLICA at the end of August when the band was in the UK to play the Reading festival. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On how long they will be able to continue as METALLICA:

Lars Ulrich (drums): "In the immortal words of Noel Gallagher, I'm gonna live forever. [That's] the $64,000 question. THE ROLLING STONES are setting a great precedent, but Charlie Watts doesn't play drums on songs like 'Fight Fire With Fire' every night, no disrespect. Will we be able to play the shit we do when we're 65? I don't know. When it becomes a joke, we'll stop."

On the widely panned 2003 album "St. Anger":

James Hetfield: "'St Anger' happened because it had to happen. It sounds very disjointed to me when I listen to it now. One-dimensional. Relentless. And that's exactly how we felt at the time: we were disjointed, and I think the resentment we felt towards each other was relentless."

On politics:

James Hetfield: "METALLICA has really tried to be non-political, as much as possible. I write about the human side of it all. I really dislike it when celebrities get up on a soapbox and start giving their opinion. It shouldn't be more valid, because you're popular. It gets in the way of the music. I like to just live, and think, and feel. Politics bore me. Politics separate people, especially where we're from. Politics rarely bring people together."

On not being the same people as they were when they recorded "Master of Puppets":

Lars Ulrich: "I'm 44 years old, I've got three kids, I flew in a helicopter on Friday. It's a little difficult to revisit the vibe of 20 years ago when you're living in a two-bedroom suite at Claridge's. I live a very different life to how I lived then."

On the level of expectation METALLICA still command:

Lars Ulrich: "I was thinking the other day about how everyone expects us to continue to release albums that define the genre, to 'save' metal. And that's a lot of fucking pressure, really. Why hasn't anyone dethroned us yet? We support all the great new metal bands, take them under our wing, but people still want us to carry the whole genre on our backs." 

Geoff Tate Interview

QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate recently spoke to Scott Iwasaki of the Deseret News about the singer's upcoming solo shows and the next QUEENSRŸCHE album, which is due in 2009.

On separating his solo music from the music he writes for QUEENSRŸCHE:

"When I write a song I like and present it to the band and they don't like it, then it goes into my solo pile. We have code words in QUEENSRŸCHE to make it more palatable if the song isn't good for the band. They'll say things like 'I can't give that song the passion you want it to have' rather than saying 'What a stupid song."'

On the setlist for his solo performance:

"Coming up with a set list is pretty easy when I'm doing it by myself. I do have a band, and we will be playing my solo album (self-titled release in 2002), but I will also be playing some QUEENSRŸCHE songs that QUEENSRŸCHE doesn't play live.

"I know you can't please everyone, but this way those who know my solo work usually know about my QUEENSRŸCHE work. And those fans may like hearing QUEENSRŸCHE songs that they don't usually hear live."

On the new QUEENSRŸCHE CD, which started with a discussion Tate had with his father, a career military man:

"He fought in Vietnam and Korea and was in the Marines and the Air Force and does some civil servant work for the Navy. One night I asked him about his experiences. He told me for the longest time he didn't want to talk about them but said he'd been thinking about it. So we started talking. And then I asked if I could videotape the discussion. [Tate's wife and manager, Susan] said, 'You should write a record about these stories.' So I started interviewing more veterans and got people who served in World War II, Iraq, Vietnam, Somalia, Korea — that was really inspiring." 

Metallica Tribute

Greg Prato of has just published a "Metallica Spotlight" piece featuring tributes from 17 renowned metal musicians (including a section titled "How I Almost Died," which is Oderus Urungus from GWAR recounting a funny METALLICA-related memory). Also included are reviews of all of METALLICA's albums, as well as their "Top 11 Videos."

The musicians paying "tribute" to METALLICA are as follows:

Brian Tatler (DIAMOND HEAD)
King Diamond (MERCYFUL FATE)
Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX)
Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT)
Mille Petrozza (KREATOR)
Thomas Youngblood (KAMELOT)
Jonas Ekdahl (EVERGREY)
Michale Graves (MISFITS)
Rob Arnold (CHIMAIRA)
Brock Lindow (36 CRAZYFISTS)
Harley Flanagan (CRO-MAGS)
Michel "Away" Langevin (VOIVOD)
Oderus Urungus (GWAR)

Below are a couple of excerpts.

Brian Tatler (DIAMOND HEAD):

"As some of you will already know, my band DIAMOND HEAD influenced METALLICA. In 1981, Lars came to England to see and hang out with DIAMOND HEAD, and not long after returning from that trip, he formed METALLICA. Since then, I have watched METALLICA's rise with astonishment. It is one of the hardest things in the world to achieve — going from a garage band to stadium monsters, without ever really losing credibility or deliberately making hit singles. And what is even more difficult is sustaining it. You can hear DIAMOND HEAD's influence in a couple of early songs, but we all take inspiration from somewhere. I have seen METALLICA many times, and they always give 100% — they don't hold anything back for the next show. Such a great band to watch live. I can hear their influence in thousands of bands, who want their phenomenal success. It's down to writing great songs, working very hard at it for 25 years, building an incredible following all over the world, and Lars' business brain. My favorite METALLICA song is 'One'. It has great dynamics and has to be one of the best double kick drum/guitar parts ever recorded."

King Diamond (MERCYFUL FATE):

"One of the great memories of METALLICA is when we met while I was with MERCYFUL FATE in '84. We were playing in San Francisco and they came to the show. I heard they had a Danish drummer and that I might know his dad, the famous Danish tennis player, Torben Ulrich. METALLICA came in, said hi, and later, came out on stage and headbanged during one of our encores. Later, they were recording 'Ride the Lightning' at Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen. We had a rehearsal room in the same building and METALLICA happened to need a rehearsal room. So we offered them our room while we were not rehearsing. I remember hearing some riffs and saying, 'Wow,' it was some of the heaviest stuff I had ever heard at the time. 'Creeping Death' is still one of my favorites. This year, I had the honor of performing onstage with METALLICA at Ozzfest. Singing the entire MERCYFUL FATE medley was an incredible experience. We had only practiced two hours the night before, and they had not played the song since '99. It just shows how pro they are and that there is a reason they are the biggest metal band in the world!"

Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX):

"Ummm, I don't think they had an influence on me — I think we were influenced by the same bands. We liked the same style of music — MAIDEN, NWOBHM, MISFITS, etc. I think it came across in our music and attitude. I think for me, the 'Puppets' record was their finest moment. I think Cliff [Burton] had a lot to do with that sound — it was so fat and precise. I love the song 'Orion' — it still is one of my favorite musical pieces by them. I do think it's all so different now — the media back then didn't really cater to them like they do doesn't really matter anymore, it all seems to be considered great anyway."

Read the entire article at
[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, September 11, 2008 7:54:37 PM 

Death Magnetic Cd Photos

Rush Day On VH1

According to a posting on the RUSH fan site, VH1 Classic will air a special dubbed "Rush Hashanah" on September 29 in celebration of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah. The 24-hour tribute to RUSH will include two of the band's concerts — including "Rush In Rio" and "R30" — as well as past and present videos from band."

A spokesperson for RUSH has denied Internet reports that the band is leaving Atlantic Records for the independent Canadian company Rounder. In fact, "RUSH are still contracted to Atlantic for one more album," the spokeperson told Classic Rock magazine. Rounder — whose roster includes GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS, ALISON KRAUSS, THE TRAGICALLY HIP and BRUCE COCKBURN — "will be issuing the trio's upcoming 'Snakes & Arrows Live' DVD, but that's as far as the arrangement goes."

RUSH has been with Atlantic Records since 1989's "Presto" and has released a total of seven studio and four live albums for the label.

RUSH's most recent concert leg wrapped July 24 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The group has been out behind its 18th studio album, "Snakes & Arrows", which marked RUSH's first set of all-new material since 2002's "Vapor Trails".

RUSH's songs "Closer to the Heart" and "Working Man" were recently made available for the Rock Band video game.

RUSH will receive a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame next year.

Lemmy Interview

MOTÖRHEAD is featured on the cover of the September 2008 issue of Metal Maniacs. The magazine features an extended interview with bassist/vocalist Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister in which he speaks about a wide range of topics, including the band's 24th album, "Motörizer", C.C. DeVille of POISON, SEX PISTOLS, the upcoming "Lemmy" documentary and much more. Excerpts follow:

Metal Maniacs: Bronze Records in Japan just released a series of nine MOTÖRHEAD albums, complete with cardboard sleeves and 24-bit remastering. Do you feel that in some cases the remastering and/or remixing process pisses the soul out of the music, and dulls the bite of the original recordings?

Lemmy: Well, why's it necessary in the first bloody place? If they're worth re-releasing because they're out of print or something, fine, but why not put them out as they were when they first came out? Oh yeah, because some record company guy wants to give a family member a job or something equally ridiculous! And then these greedy fucking labels add bonus tracks or live songs, and totally piss on what the album was at the beginning. If it was good enough to get the band a deal and be released the first time as it was, why add all these bullshit extras? Most of the time the bonus tracks are from different albums, or the live tracks are from a different lineup, it just takes a piss on the original and the people that were involved in the record the first time around. Every time I think about it, I just wanna grab a sword and impale the guy whose idea it was — 18 years later, "hey! Remember me?!" Actually, an axe would probably be better. People tend to fear an axe more than a sword, don't they?

Metal Maniacs: It's the blunt force, I think, instead of something sharp that's gonna take your head off clean.

Lemmy: Yeah, so cleave the desk in half, then the axe is only gonna take your head half-off, [laughs] so it's laying on your shoulder and you're still aware, just running around all panic-stricken… So yeah, an axe is better.

Metal Maniacs: You recently played a show with ALICE COOPER in Birmingham where anything metal, studded or potentially dangerous was banned from the audience, which struck me as silly. Sure, take away the wallet chains, but let the bands play at a billion decibels, and just decimate everyone's eardrums, that's fine!

Lemmy: There are a lot of people like that, but the English seem to be the funniest when it comes to asinine requests. I remember one place we played awhile back, we were advised that "in case of a fire, the phrase 'Mr. Brown is in the garden' will be broadcast over the P.A." Excuse me, but what the fuck? What if I misheard it and suddenly I'm trapped in the exit tunnel with a thousand other idiots who didn't know that Mr. Brown was actually in the garden the whole time!

The September issue of Metal Maniacs is on sale now.

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Gamma Ray DVD

GAMMA RAY's long-awaited 2-DVD/2-CD DVD package "Hell Yeah! The Awesome Foursome (And The Finnish Keyboarder Who Didn't Want To Wear His Donald Duck Costume) Live in Montreal", is scheduled for release on October 27 in Europe and November 4 in the U.S. via SPV. The set will feature a multi-camera recording of the band's May 6, 2006 show at Medley in Montreal, Quebec, several "road movies," promotional clips, and footage from the group's January 2008 concert in Barcelona, Spain.

Band leader Kai Hansen looks back at GAMMA RAY's first American tour with pride and great joy, saying: "We had played in the States only once before, so this was our first headliner tour of America. Of course we had no idea what exactly to expect, but the reactions were overwhelming. The tickets sold extremely well, and the atmosphere was amazing night after night. What you see on the footage from Montreal is what we experienced at almost every show."

He continued: "We had been thinking about releasing a live DVD for a long time, especially as our faithful fans had been nagging us about one for years. Unfortunately we'd never had the time to plan and realise such a large-scale project. Well, here you go! This is a DVD the way we like it: diverse and multi-faceted, featuring a musical cross-section of the GAMMA RAY albums recorded by the current line-up since 1998. The road movie speaks for itself, and those nice little extras are great mementoes of our band history to date."

The DVD's humorous subtitle "… And The Finnish Keyboarder Who Didn't Want To Wear His Donald Duck Costume…" refers to keyboardist Eero Kaukomies who plays in the GAMMA RAY cover band GUARDIANS OF MANKIND from Helsinki and who performed with GAMMA RAY during its entire American tour. Hansen explained: "During the tour, Henjo suddenly noticed that Eero has a somewhat duck-like walk. So the crazy idea developed to make him wear a Donald Duck costume at the show in Montreal and present him to the audience. Naturally, this great suggestion didn't meet with much enthusiasm from Eero, and the whole thing became a running gag." Hansen added with a wink: "By the way, the 'awesome foursome' refers to Henjo, Dirk, Daniel and myself, in case you were wondering."

GAMMA RAY will travel to Russia at the beginning of September and is scheduled to tour America and Canada this fall. And the rest of the year? "We are collecting ideas for our next studio album," Hansen revealed. "Quite a few of them have already piled up, so come autumn we will probably begin to sort through them and go to the studio in January 2009."

Track Listing – DVD:

DVD 1 – Montreal Show 2006

01. Welcome
02. Gardens Of The Sinner
03. New World Order
04. Man On A Mission
05. Fight
06. Blood Religion
07. Heavy Metal Universe
08. Dreamhealer
09. The Heart Of The Unicorn
10. Fairytale
11. The Silence
12. Beyond The Blackhole
13. Valley Of The Kings
14. Somewhere Out In Space
15. Land Of The Free
16. Rebellion In Dreamland
17. I Want Out
18. Send Me A Sign


Road Movie:

* Documentary from the Northamerican Tour

Video Clips:

* Space Eater
* One With The World
* Gamma Ray
* Rebellion In Dreamland
* Send Me A Sign
* Heavy Metal Universe
* Eagle
* Into The Storm

Live At Wacken Open Air 2003

* One With The World
* Last Before The Storm

Live At Wacken Open Air 2006

* Rebellion In Dreamland
* Heavy Metal Universe
* Somewhere Out In Space

Historay: Over the years private movies, backstage scenes and live performances
Unplugged: Kai and Henjo unplugged in Japan

DVD 3 (Bonus, only Europe)

Four songs from "Land Of The Free II" recorded live in Barcelona during the "Hellish Rock" tour with HELLOWEEN in January 2008:

01. Into The Storm
02. Empress
03. From The Ashes
04. Real World

Plus Backstage scenes, soundchecks, etc...

Track Listing CD:

CD 1

01. Welcome
02. Gardens Of The Sinner
03. New World Order
04. Man On A Mission
05. Fight
06. Blood Religion
07. Heavy Metal Universe
08. Dreamhealer
09. The Heart Of The Unicorn
10. Fairytale
11. The Silence

CD 2

01. Beyond The Blackhole
02. Valley Of The Kings
03. Somewhere Out In Space
04. Land Of The Free
05. Rebellion In Dreamland
06. I Want Out
07. Send Me A Sign

Bonus Tracks:

08. Into The Storm
09. Empress
10. From The Ashes
11. Real World 

Re-Release Of "The Blackening"
Roadrunner Records has revealed the details of the U.S. version of the special edition of "The Blackening", MACHINE HEAD's Grammy-nominated masterwork, which is due on October 28, 2008.

(Details of the European version of the special edition of "The Blackening", which will be available on October 27, can be found here.)

Hailed unanimously as the best metal album of 2007 by journalists, metal radio stations and fans alike, "The Blackening" earned a Grammy nomination for the fan-favorite track, "Aesthetics of Hate" and all the while MACHINE HEAD continue to earn "the hardest working band" title with over 19 months on the road in support of "The Blackening" (with five U.S. tours alone) and no signs of stopping soon.

"The Blackening Special Edition" is two-disc CD/DVD set that will feature an assortment of extras, including rare bonus tracks such as covers of IRON MAIDEN's "Hallowed Be Thy Name", over an hour of live performance footage from With Full Force, Download and Rock in Rio festivals, three uncensored music videos for "Aesthetics of Hate", "Now I Lay Thee Down" and "Halo", a "making-of" featurette on each video, "The Making of The Blackening" and expanded artwork. There's also what many hardcore fans have been rabidly waiting for: four never-before-seen performances of MACHINE HEAD celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album, "Burn My Eyes", captured in Philadelphia in 2004. This special edition is a must have for any fan of this Bay Area band that is steadily carving out "legendary status" for itself within the metal scene.

MACHINE HEAD spent the summer headlining the second stage of the first annual Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival and the band will cap off two extremely successful years as direct support on METALLICA's U.S. headline tour in December 2008 and January 2009. METALLICA frontman James Hetfield was quoted in Revolver as saying, "'The Blackening' [is] unbelievable. Unbelievable sound and power. It sounds like a band on fire. They have really turned it on again for me."

"The Blackening" U.S. Special Edition 2-Disc CD/DVD

CD - The Blackening + Bonus Tracks

01. Clenching The Fists of Dissent
02. Beautiful Mourning
03. Aesthetics Of Hate
04. Now I Lay Thee Down
05. Slanderous
06. Halo
07. Wolves
08. A Farewell To Arms
09. Hallowed Be Thy Name [IRON MAIDEN cover] *
10. Battery [METALLICA cover] *

* Bonus Track

DVD - Live Performances & Videos

Live performances:

* Clenching The Fists Of Dissent (With Full Force 2008)
* Now I Lay Thee Down (With Full Force 2008)
* Halo (With Full Force 2008)
* Aesthetics Of Hate (Rock In Rio 2008)
* Davidian (Rock In Rio 2008)
* Imperium (Download 2007)
* Old (Download 2007)
* A Thousand Lies (Burn My Eyes 10th Anniversary 2004)
* The Rage To Overcome (Burn My Eyes 10th Anniversary 2004)
* Death Church (Burn My Eyes 10th Anniversary 2004)
* Blood For Blood (Burn My Eyes 10th Anniversary 2004)

Uncensored & Unedited Music Videos:

* Halo
* Now I Lay Thee Down
* Aesthetics Of Hate
* The Making of Halo
* The Making of Now I Lay Thee Down
* The Making of Aesthetics Of Hate
* The Making of The Blackening 
[Bazookajoe_666] Wednesday, September 10, 2008 6:17:50 PM 
Rob Halford Interview

Vocalist Rob Halford of the British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST was interviewed earlier this week by Andrew Haug of Triple J's "Full Metal Racket" (based in Australia). Listen to the interview in streaming audio at the Triple J web site: Windows Media, Real Media (NOTE: Part one of the Rob Halford interview begins around the one-hour, 19-minute mark; parts two and three can be heard later in the show). Check out the program's entire playlist at this location.

JUDAS PRIEST performed a free outdoor mini-concert on September 2 on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in Hollywood, California, with two songs ("Prophecy" and "Breaking the Law") airing on that night's show.
The band's new double-disc concept album, "Nostradamus", has sold 91,000 copies in the United States since its June 17 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD shifted 42,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 11 on The Billboard 200 chart. This marks the band's highest-ever chart position in the U.S. In Canada, the CD opened at position No. 9 after shifting close to 4,000 units. 

[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, September 09, 2008 8:15:52 PM 
White Zombie Boxset Details

Rob Zombie has revealed the track listing for the much-anticipated WHITE ZOMBIE box set, which is due for release before end of the year. It is as follows:

01. Gentleman Junkie
02. King Of Souls
03. Tales From the Scarecrowman
04. Cat's Eye Resurrection
05. Pig Heaven
06. Slaughter The Grey
07. Eighty-Eight/Fast Jungle
08. Gun Crazy
09. Kick
10. Memphis
11. Magdelene
12. True Crime
13. Ratmouth
14. Shack of Hate
15. Drowning the Colossus
16. Crow II
17. Die Zombie Die
18. Skin
19. Truck On Fire
20. Future Shock
21. Scumkill
22. Diamond Ass
23. Demonspeed
24. Disaster Blaster
25. Murderworld
26. Revenge
27. Acid Flesh
28. Power Hungry
29. Godslayer
30. God Of Thunder
31. Love Razor
32. Disaster Blaster 2
33. Welcome to Planet MF
34. Knuckle Duster
35. Thunder Kiss
36. Black Sunshine
37. Soul-Crusher
38. Cosmic Monster
39. Spiderbaby
40. I Am Legend
41. Knuckle Duster 2
42. Thrust
43. One Big Crunch
44. Grindhouse
45. Starface
46. Warp Asylum
47. I Am Hell
48. Children Of The Grave
49. Feed The Gods
50. Electric Head Pt. 1
51. Super Charger Heaven
52. Real Solution 9
53. Creature Of The Wheel
54. Electric Head Pt. 2
55. Grease Paint And Monkey Brains
56. I Zombie
57. More Human Than Human
58. El Phantasmo
59. Blur The Technicolor
60. Blood Milk Sky
61. The One
62. I'm Your Boogieman
63. Ratfinks, Suicide Tanks and Cannibal Girls

In a posting on his MySpace page, Zombie writes, "Well, I am now holding the finished newly master WHITE ZOMBIE box set in my hands. Yes, it is done! A long time coming but it is here. I'm not sure what the release day is yet, but it shouldn't be much longer. I'm pretty you'll be getting under your Christmas tree. All I can say is boy the early shit is whacked. I haven't heard some of these songs in over twenty years. I don't know what the hell we were thinking. Everything is included on this set. Over 4 and 1/2 hours of music plus tons of never before seen videos. Five discs in all."

Rob Zombie recently spent time in the studio working on material for his next studio album. Zombie wrote in a May 2008 online posting, "Well, we have for the first time ever written more songs than we need for an album. Everything isn't 100% finished, but everything is moving along great."

Zombie's next studio effort will follow up 2006's "Educated Horses", which was his third solo CD. He also released his first concert recording, "Zombie - Live", late last year. Although he's still apparently committed to making music, Zombie recently told Metal Edge magazine that the record labels are "dinosaurs waiting to die."

WHITE ZOMBIE performing "More Human Than Human" live in Köln, Germany in 1995:

MOTORHEAD... and some video game thing!! I dunno it's pretty cool if you play the game I guess.

Mindark, developer and operator of Virtual World Entropia Universe, and rock icon Lemmy from MOTÖRHEAD, today announced a partnership in which Lemmy and his band will team up with Mindark to create Motörhead Stadium and Lemmy's Castle within Entropia Universe. The Stadium and Castle are being built utilizing the award-winning CryENGINE2 graphics engine. This will be the virtual universe's first major virtual rock arena and castle that will enable fans to hear exclusive music as well as battle Lemmy's Guardians in hopes of joining his private Virtual Army. Lemmy's Castle will be defended by Guardians, some of whom when defeated, will drop rare and valuable Motörhead Armor Parts. Fans must collect a full set of Motörhead Armor in order to gain entrance to the inner sanctum of Lemmy's Castle and be eligible to join Lemmy's private Army.

Army Privileges will include: the ability to chat with Lemmy online in the army's private chat channel, and the opportunity to compete in special quests and events to win both real and virtual MOTÖRHEAD merchandise. Among the cool prizes will be an exclusive trip to Los Angeles for drinks with Lemmy at the famous Rainbow Bar and Grill on Sunset Blvd.

"The Motörhead Stadium and Lemmy's Castle will add great diversity to Entropia Universe when we launch the upgraded version of Entropia Universe using CryENGINE2," says David Simmonds, Business Development Director at Mindark.

Fans can already download the free software online at Entropia Universe and create a unique avatar which will then be used to visit Motörhead Stadium, where they can view exclusive metal and rock concerts, pre-recorded or broadcast live from around the world. In addition to the live music, fans will be able to create their own social networks and fan clubs, battle monsters to earn real cash, and even manufacture and sell collectable virtual rock merchandise.

Entropia Universe is the first virtual world with a real cash currency that has a fixed exchange rate with the U.S. dollar. Avatars develop professional skills to assist them in gathering natural resources to sell, trade and manufacture. In 2007 alone, the real cash turnover between players in Entropia Universe exceeded $400,000,000 USD! In an era of declining record sales, Entropia's Real Cash virtual platform offers bands, artists, labels and studios an entirely new and extremely valuable method to monetize their content.

MOTÖRHEAD is no stranger to video games, having recently provided a number of tracks for the hit console game Guitar Hero.

For more information, visit

[Bazookajoe_666] Sunday, September 07, 2008 5:03:22 PM 
Ian Hill Interview

Greece's Solid Rock recently conducted an interview with JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow.

Solid Rock: Do you think that a double concept album is rather dangerous or risky during the days of downloading?

Ian Hill: "Everything is a risk during the days of downloading. If it's downloaded legally, that's fine. But illegal downloads are the problem. It sounds like a good idea, music for nothing, but unfortunately, it doesn't cost nothing to produce, it costs a fucking fortune to produce. And it's not really bands like ourselves who lose out, because we've got a huge back catalog and we've got a lot of fans who will go out and buy the album anyway. But the up-and-coming bands, they don't get a chance, they have no option but to give their music away. Record companies aren't giving out many contracts anymore, simply because they're not making any money. It's as simple as that."

Solid Rock: Does JUDAS PRIEST like to try new things?

Ian Hill: "Yeah, we do. We always try to embrace new technologies, new gadgets, and new recording techniques. If it's there we'll try it, if it's good we'll use it, if it doesn't, we don't and we just move on. But I think that it's always been there, it's something that we've always done. Some bands get a certain formula and they stick to it and people love them for it, but we've never done that. We'd stagnate if we did and become predictable and we've always liked to try and be a little bit different and move on and push the envelope a little bit, musically. We've always tried to do that."

Solid Rock: Do you think that there will be future if bands like JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, KISS, AC/DC, MOTÖRHEAD, BLACK SABBATH quit someday?

Ian Hill: "Yes! I think, like I said, that there's a lot of interest in traditional metal. As I said, you often come to find bands that are getting a bit more versatile. Even when the day comes that we can't carry on, for one reason or another, either it's us or MAIDEN or KISS or BLACK SABBATH or many other bands, I think it will carry on. There's another couple of generations there already, waiting in the wings."

Solid Rock: After the tour what will be the next step for JUDAS PRIEST?

Ian Hill: "This tour will go round the world with us now with a similar setlist to what we have now. We're playing two from the new record, 'Prophecy' and 'Messenger Of Death'. And then, when we've done that, we are planning to try and do 'Nostradamus' in its entirety, go out and do a tour and just play whole album. It'll be interesting. It's something that we're looking forward to and it's a lot of work. It's in the future; so we don't have any timeslots yet. We're still at the beginning of this tour, but towards the end we can start to make plans."

Read the entire interview from Solid Rock

Ask Lars A Quesion is offering its readers the chance to submit questions for METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich. Ulrich's answer to the questions may appear in a future issue of Blender magazine.

To submit your question for Lars, go to this location.

METALLICA is offering a "Death Magnetic Experience" pre-sale ticket package between now and September 13, the official general on-sale date for tickets to the band's upcoming North American tour. Members of the group's fan club have already had first crack at tickets, and now American Express cardholders will get their shot on Monday and Tuesday (September 8 and September 9), followed by a general public pre-sale on Wednesday (September 10). The package includes purchase of up to four tickets with better seating, a free download of the show you attend at, and delivery "right to your door" of the band's new CD, "Death Magnetic". The pre-sale ends at midnight on September 12. 

Classical Violinist Performs Cowboys From Hell

Video footage of acclaimed classical violinist Rachel Barton Pine and cellist Mike Block performing Rachel's arrangement of "Cowboys From Hell" by PANTERA for a faculty concert at Mark O'Connor's Strings Conference in San Diego on July 31, 2008 can be viewed below.

"I've been a big heavy metal fan since I was 12, groups like PANTERA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, METALLICA, SLAYER," Rachel, 33, said in a 2004 interview. "So it was very natural for me to go on these [rock radio] stations and talk about my favorite bands, and I think it helps break down those barriers for my peers — to hear that a classical musician can also like the music that they like."

Pine's heavy metal penchant comes to the fore in 1997's "Storming the Citadel", according to The Republican. With her "rock trio" STRINGENDO (Barton Pine and Edgar Gabriel, violins, and Brandon Vamos, cello), she covers her favorite songs by bands ranging from LED ZEPPELIN ("Heartbreaker", "Black Dog", and "Stairway to Heaven") and BLACK SABBATH ("Paranoid") through AC/DC ("Thunderstruck" and "Back in Black") to METALLICA ("One" and "Fade to Black").

Rachel Barton Pine's official web site can be accessed at this location.

Ripper Solo Album

Guitarist Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) has revealed more information about his collaboration with singer Tim "Ripper" Owens' (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) on a song for Tim's forthcoming solo CD. Caffery writes on his MySpace blog, "[On] Thursday September 4] I went into Bob Kulick's studio to record guitars for a song I wrote with Ripper for his new solo CD. The song is called 'The Shadows Are Alive'. Frickin' heavy tune! The studio is called Office Studios. Great place, it was awesome to work with Bob and his engineer Brett. The drums were played by Simon Wright [DIO, AC/DC] and I believe bass is coming soon from Mr. Rudy Sarzo [DIO, QUIET RIOT]! Not sure of Ripper's plan of attack but he said I could let you all know about the recording... This CD is going to smoke!"

Owens's forthcoming solo album will reportedly be released before the next BEYOND FEAR CD and will also feature a guest appearance by QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Michael Wilton, among others.

BEYOND FEAR's self-titled debut album came out in May 2006 via SPV Records.

Owens' first album as the lead singer for YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, "Perpetual Flame", will be released on October 14, 2008. The CD will be the first-ever Yngwie effort to be released via Rising Force Records (distributed via Koch). 

Message From Sebastian Bach

Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach has posted a message on his MySpace blog regarding the alleged "cancellation" of his previously announced October 30 concert at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and other Canadian dates that were expected to take place around the same time. He writes, "I don't get it. None of these shows were ever confirmed. I do not ever cancel any shows. I have no idea why any of these shows went on sale. I never announced them on my site because they were never confirmed. We wanted to do the tour, we were gonna do the tour, but the offers that we got made it impossible for us to actually do the tour. So 'Bach to the drawing board'. (Sorry, had to do it!) No show or tour was ever cancelled — because no show or tour was ever booked! I have no clue why any of these shows went on sale, but there are no shows at all planned at this time. I hope to see you all again soon though! It was a great 2008!"

Sebastian Bach's "Angel Down" limited-edition CD/DVD package, featuring "Roadrage", a film by Sebastian Bach, was made available in the USA as an FYE exclusive at all FYE stores nationwide and also at the FYE booth on the POISON tour. "Roadrage" features five tracks, "100% live, pro-shot" on the 2006 North American GUNS N' ROSES/SEBASTIAN BACH tour.

"Angel Down" was produced by Roy Z (BRUCE DICKINSON, HALFORD, JUDAS PRIEST), and recorded at Sound City Studios and Under City Studios in Los Angeles, CA. Joining Bach in the studio were guitarists "Metal" Mike Chlasciak and Johnny Chromatic, Bobby Jarzombek on drums, and Steve DiGiorgio on bass. GUNS N' ROSES' Axl Rose makes a special guest appearance contributing vocals on three of the album's songs — "(Love is a) Bitchslap", a cover of AEROSMITH's "Back In the Saddle" and "Stuck Inside".

An e-card for "Angel Down" can be found at this location.
[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, September 05, 2008 7:37:41 PM 
New Firehouse Album Planned

Sleaze Roxx recently conducted an interview with FIREHOUSE guitarist Bill Leverty. When asked what his future plans were, Bill replied, "I just released my second solo album called 'Southern Exposure'. This one is instrumental music. I hope to do more guitar clinics for Randall amps and play some of the material off this album in 2009. As for FIREHOUSE, we plan on starting to work on our next album this winter. We'll continue to tour as much as possible because we love to play live."

The entire interview can be found at this location.

Jani Lane Fired From Warrant.... Again

BLABBERMOUTH.NET has received the following statement from long-running California rockers WARRANT:

"It is with the deepest regret that we have to announce that Jani Lane will no longer be performing with WARRANT.

"From the beginning of our reunion talks to the last note of our last show together in Houston this past weekend [on August 31 at the Rock The Bayou festival], we have had nothing but good intentions of bringing a quality original WARRANT show to our fans and friends.

"We wish Jani nothing but the best and remain friends.

"We are very excited that we have found an unbelievable voice in Robert Mason [LYNCH MOB], an old friend of the band. We have three dates confirmed, come out and judge for yourself… We don't think you will be disappointed!"

Upcoming WARRANT shows:

Sep. 09 - Tucson, AZ - Casino Del Sol (w/ ALICE COOPER)
Sep. 19 - Maplewood, MN - The Myth (w/ TRIXTER)
Oct. 17 - Tyler, TX - The Oil Palace (w/ QUEENSRŸCHE, KIP WINGER)

Slash Interview recently conducted an interview with VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash. Amn excerpt from the chat follows. What do you think "Chinese Democracy" — the album your former colleague Axl Rose has been working on for ten years now — will sound like?

Slash: To tell you the truth: I already listened to it. At first I thought that I would never listen to it until it's released, but someone handed it to me and I was in my car and I was like, "Okay, let's give it a try." So I listened to it: It's a really good record. It's very different from what the original GUNS N' ROSES sounded like, but it's a great statement by Axl. Now you understand where he was heading all this time. It's a record that the original GUNS N' ROSES could never possibly make. And at the same time it just shows you how brilliant Axl is. So it was a relief for me to actually hear it. Many of the songs already leaked to the Internet and a blogger was arrested by the FBI recently, because he published the material on his website…

Slash: All the Napster stuff and all these people who talk about illegal file sharing killing the record business and taking money out of the artists' pockets! It may be true. But Napster was just a reaction to the record business not catching up with the development of the Internet. Napster was inevitable. But when somebody takes somebody's work and releases it prematurely just to become famous, it's an incredibly selfish and criminal thing to do. A record is a piece of art. And it shouldn't be released until the creator decides to release it — and I don't care how long it took to make it. Do you use the internet yourself?

Slash: I'm an old-school guy. I only got a laptop within the last five years — and I hate it. The only new piece of technology I use on a regular basis is my Blackberry. I became addicted to it. No wonder it's often called "Crackberry."

Read the entire interview at
[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, September 04, 2008 6:32:12 PM 
Motley Crue To Re-Release Entire Catalog.... Again.

MÖTLEY CRÜE will reissue its complete studio catalog on September 30, 2008 on Mötley Records/Eleven Seven Music (RED Distribution). The catalog includes eight chart-topping studio albums originally released between 1981 and 2000:

* "Too Fast For Love" (1981)
* "Shout at the Devil" (1983)
* "Theatre of Pain" (1985)
* "Girls, Girls, Girls" (1987)
* "Dr. Feelgood" (1989)
* "Mötley Crüe" (1994)
* "Generation Swine" (1997)
* "New Tattoo" (2000)

The band has sold over 80 million albums, 25 million in the U.S. alone, with six singles reaching the top 20 on the U.S. Billboard chart.

Also released on the same day will be 17 of the band's classic music videos which will be available for download online via all digital music stores.

The "uncensored" version of MÖTLEY CRÜE's video for the song "Mutherfucker of the Year" can be viewed below. The track comes off the group's new album, "Saints of Los Angeles", which has sold 212,000 copies in the United States since its June 24 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD is MÖTLEY CRÜE's first studio album since 2000's "New Tattoo", which has sold a little over 200,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The band's last studio effort with all of its original members was 1997's "Generation Swine", which debuted and peaked at No. 4 on The Billboard 200, and has sold more than 300,000 units.

According to Billboard, the 99,000 bow of "Saints" represented the biggest sales week for MÖTLEY CRÜE since Christmas week of 1991, when its hits package "Decade of Decadence" sold 121,000.

"Saints of Los Angeles" is loosely based on the band's memoir, "The Dirt", which was published in 2001.

MÖTLEY CRÜE's "Crüe Fest" kicked off on July 1 in West Palm Beach, Florida and hit 40 cities before wrapping up on August 31.

MÖTLEY CRÜE's tour in 2005/2006 grossed $46.3 million and drew more than 960,000 people to 125 concerts, according to Billboard Boxscore.
[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, September 04, 2008 4:34:13 PM 
Hendrix Guitar Worth Half A Mill?

The Press Association
reports that the first guitar set alight on stage by rock legend Jimi Hendrix has been sold at auction for £280,000 (approximately $495,000).

Hendrix torched the 1965 Fender Stratocaster at the end of his show at the Astoria in Finsbury Park, north London, in March 1967.

After tense bidding at the Fame Bureau's It's More Than Rock And Roll auction at the Idea Generation Gallery in east London, the guitar was snapped up by American collector Daniel Boucher. He said: "I thought I'd have to pay a little bit more for it, actually. I am going to play it, I hope some of it rubs off on me."

Read more from The Press Association

Slash On GNR

VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash recently told New Zealand's 3 News that has GN'R started playing in 1985 out of their love for the music, not because they had any aspirations to become rich and famous.

"Actually the [early] gigs never did pay that well but somehow they managed to... yeah, they paid the rent in one place that we used to squat in," he said. "We actually looked forward to getting paid after a gig, but it was usually for the beer, you know."

He added, "I'd a lot of jobs, at some point there was a little hustling involved as far as like, a little bit of drugs, a little bit of this and that, but prior to that it was just, you know, I kept a straight job for a while."

Slash left GUNS N' ROSES in 1996 after creative differences with lead singer Axl Rose — but he still feels proud that whatever they did, they did it their way.

"Everybody else is making compromises and concessions so that they can make it big and get their, you know, their picture on the cover of Teen Beat or Us Weekly or whatever, you know, so, so...There's a sort of, kind of, selling out to that. But I think what was great about GUNS N' ROSES is that we made it on our own integrity and we didn't give up anything to anybody and made it on our own merit."

Watch video footage of Slash speaking to 3 News at this location

Paul Stanley Owns Fan

KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley reportedly had a member of the audience at the band's August 30 concert at Harvey's Casino and Resort in Stateline, Nevada ejected from the venue after the two exchanged words in the middle of KISS' performance. According to one attendee (writing on the Metal Sludge Gossip Board), "Paul got into a verbal/fluid scuffle with a jackass in the front. It's unknown what the guy said or did to Paul, but Paul began spitting at the guy before and during 'I Was Made For Loving You', and after the song, went off on the guy for about five minutes before security removed the non-fan. Paul unleashed an F-bomb tirade, and it involved the guy's mom, his possible low-level job history, his mental-age level, and what the guy likes to put in his mouth. It was GREAT!"

Watch fan-filmed video footage of the verbal exchange below.

Vivian Campbell Interview

Ilikemusic recently conducted an interview with DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow.

Ilikemusic: You're coming to the end of a massive global tour with WHITESNAKE. Has touring changed over the years? Do you still enjoy it?

Vivian: "Yeah, I think we still enjoy touring! Though going on tour now is very different to going on tour back in the day — we're not sleeping on guitar amps in the back of a van after playing in bars and coffee shops anymore. We worked really hard and took every opportunity we could. Things have definitely become easier; nowadays, you get into a sort of routine while touring. It's much more comfortable."

Ilikemusic: With over three decades of being in the music business, you're still keeping fans captivated. How do you manage it after so long?

Vivian: "Well, we're certainly an ambitious band. I mean, we have enough of a back catalogue to just play old songs on stage but, as musicians, we always look forward to playing new songs too. New material and energetic stadium shows really help when you're trying to cultivate a whole new set of younger fans."

Ilikemusic: DEF LEPPARD were initially considered the leaders of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. How do you feel about this title?

Vivian: "Well, we never really thought the title fit us. We came out around the same time as bands like IRON MAIDEN, who eventually did claim the status — and they deserved it. DEF LEPPARD were a lot heavier back then but we soon morphed into a hard, stadium rock band, which was a new sub-genre of music at the time."

Read the entire interview at Ilikemusic

This is just funny.'s metal maniac Buckshot caught up with the members of Miami's BLACK TIDE for a candid conversation while the band was in New York City. As Gabriel, Zakk, Alex and Steven tried their hand at taking on Buckshot at a beer-chugging contest, the guys talked about what it was like being a part of this summer's Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, future touring plans, preparation for their sophomore release, stealing music from Best Buy, their lack of excitement about the new METALLICA album and how they are going to download it off Limewire. Watch the interview below.

BLACK TIDE sold 11,400 copies of its debut album, "Light from Above", in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 73 on The Billboard 200 chart.

"Light from Above" was released on March 18 via Interscope Records. The CD was recorded with producer Johnny K, who has previously worked with DISTURBED, MACHINE HEAD and SOIL, among others.

BLACK TIDE with METALLICA's James Hetfield at Kerrang! Awards, which was held on August 21, 2008 in London, England:
[Bazookajoe_666] Wednesday, September 03, 2008 8:29:54 PM 
Aerosmith to Record Next Month

According to the web site of the official AEROSMITH fan club AeroForceOne, AEROSMITH is expected to hit the studio at the end of the month to start working on a new studio album. Singer Steven Tyler stated about what kind of music fans can expect to hear on the record, "Just your usual AEROSMITH. You can't tame it; rocking-out, in-your-face music."

Once the new CD is completed, Tyler revealed that the band is already scheduled to hit the road. "The tour is booked for March or April, I believe it starts, and then we [go through] the States although I think there are some outside gigs but not as much as last year when we did Dubai and India and wound up in Russia," he said.

Tyler checked into a facility in Pasadena, California, in May, prompting speculation he had slipped from sobriety, 20 years after he kicked hard drugs.

The vocalist later revealed he was in rehab on doctor's orders because of a foot injury. 

A UK TV commercial for the DVD release of "Chemical Wedding" — the supernatural horror-thriller written by IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson and longtime "Monty Python" editor Julian Doyle, who also directed the film — can be viewed below.

Bruce Dickinson and the crew of "Chemical Wedding" are featured in a behind-the-scenes video talking about the horror film hitting the UK on DVD September 8. Watch the clip below.

According to Variety, Cinema Management Group has closed key deals in major territories on "Chemical Wedding".

Starz/Anchor Bay Entertainment is set to handle distribution in the U.S. and Canada, while Universal Pictures Video will cover France, Belgium and the Netherlands for an early 2009 release.

Dickinson was in Cannes in May to show off "Chemical Wedding". The singer, a registered commercial airline pilot, flew himself to the south of France, along with a bunch of journalists and fans.

Video footage of Dickinson in Cannes promoting the "Chemical Wedding" movie can be seen on the BBC News web site.

Dickinson is not the first rocker to be inspired by Crowley, who died in 1947. LED ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page was a big collector of Crowley's writings and even bought his Scottish estate. OZZY OSBOURNE, meanwhile, eulogized him in the song "Mr. Crowley".

UK TV commercial:

Interviews with Dickinson, crew:
[Bazookajoe_666] Wednesday, September 03, 2008 6:28:17 PM 
As for Priest on TV last night, go look it up your fucking selves because I gotta go eat haha. They played Prophecy and Breaking the Law.
Airbourne Frontman Interview

conducted an interview with AIRBOURNE lead singer/guitarist Joel O'Keefe at the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival stop at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, New York. O'Keefe shared his thoughts about hard partying on the road, being the only hard rock act on an extreme metal tour, and the constant comparisons the band receives to AC/DC. Excerpts from the interview follow:

MetalSucks: So how's the [Rockstar Mayhem] show aspect of the tour going?

O'Keefe: Oh, it's great. For us it's a different crowd. It's predominantly hardcore metal. It's not something you can walk into without getting your head chopped off. We play hard and every band on the bill is definitely out there playing hard. I think that's the common ground that [the other bands are] finding with us. We don't go out there to fuck around. We go out there to play hard. It's go hard or go home. We're from Australia, and to have a soft day on stage and weaken up a bit, you just let a lot of people down, including yourself. You could get turfed out of the country all the way back home again and never come back. So you've got one chance. You're not a cat with nine lives. You've got one chance to make a kill, and you definitely make sure that you fucking kill that thing to death.

MetalSucks: One last question and we'll let you go. We just want to ask you about AC/DC. You guys get compared to them a lot obviously. Does that make you happy? Or do you wish people would let you have your own identity?

O'Keefe: Oh, mate, in this day and age, whoever you are when you come out, especially if you're from Australia and you sound like we do, you're going to get compared to anyone who is out there. It doesn't matter who you are, you are going to get compared to somebody. To be compared to the best rock and roll band in the business, who are still going today and are about to release another album, there is no higher compliment. I could list a thousand bands that I would not want to be compared to. There are a handful that any band does [want to be compared to]. If you get compared to a band like AC/DC or MOTÖRHEAD or ROSE TATTOO or IRON MAIDEN or METALLICA, you can't be doing anything wrong because that's real rock and roll. I think Mick Jagger said it best, "It's only rock and roll but I like it."

To read the rest of this interview, go to
[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, September 02, 2008 4:07:16 PM 
Dead Rockers

The results of a poll conducted by the web site — which asked its readers the question "Which dead rock star you would bring back to life for one gig?" — have been released. LED ZEPPELIN's John Bonham was voted into first place with 26% of the votes. QUEEN's Freddie Mercury came second with 22% and Elvis Presley third with 10% of the votes.

Bonnham died at age 32 after a heavy drinking session. Bonzo was found dead at guitarist Jimmy Page's house of what was described as "asphyxiation, after inhaling his own vomit after excessive vodka consumption." (40 shots in 4 hours).

The highest-placed female act was the U.S. singer Janis Joplin, who died from an accidental drug overdose in 1970.

The results of the poll are as follows:

01. John Bonham
02. Freddie Mercury
03. Elvis Presley
04. John Lennon
05. Jimi Hendrix
06. Kurt Cobain
07. Bob Marley
08. Jim Morrison
09. Johnny Cash
10. Jeff Buckley
11. Stevie Ray Vaughan
12. "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott
13. Frank Zappa
14. Ian Curtis
15. Janis Joplin
16. Bon Scott
17. Jerry Garcia
18. Phil Lynott
19. Karen Carpenter
20. Keith Moon

Dio Era Boxset Albums to Be Released Individually

According to a posting on the unofficial BLACK SABBATH web site, the four Ronnie James Dio-era BLACK SABBATH albums that made up the recently released "The Rules of Hell" box set are being re-released individually. "Heaven and Hell", "Mob Rules", "Live Evil" and "Dehumanizer" will be made available separately on October 17 via Rhino. These albums are also being re-released on vinyl.

Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice signed copies of "The Rules Of Hell" on August 2 at Vintage Vinyl in Ford, New Jersey. Check out photos at the Brooklyn Rocks music blog and photo journal.

"The Rules Of Hell" box set sold around 2,650 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"The Rules Of Hell" is a box set featuring all three of BLACK SABBATH's Dio-era studio releases ("Heaven And Hell", "Mob Rules", "Dehumanizer") and its double live collection ("Live Evil"), each recently remastered for the first time. "The Rules Of Hell" comes packaged in a deluxe slipcase with extensive liner notes featuring all new interviews with the band. 

New Metallica Promo Video

The video for METALLICA's new single, "The Day That Never Comes", can be viewed at It is also available below. The clip was shot at the end of July in Acton, California (about an hour's drive north of Los Angeles).

METALLICA guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield told that the video isn't making any lofty political statements about the war in Iraq. Instead, it's a statement on humanity, helmed by acclaimed Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, who, along with Lars von Trier, co-founded the Dogme 95 movement in filmmaking. Hetfield said that when he was writing the song's lyrics, he never envisioned the video would look anything like this.

"That's the beauty, I think, of writing vague but powerful lyrics — that someone like a movie director can interpret it in his own way and obviously, someone creative is able to take the metaphors and apply them to whatever he needs in his own life," the frontman explained to "The main [theme of the video] is the human element of forgiveness and someone doing you wrong, you feeling resentment and you being able to see through that in the next situation that might be similar and not take your rage or resentment out on the next person and basically keep spreading the disease of that through life."

He added, "The one thing that I wasn't keen on here was Metallica plugging into a modern war or a current event [that] might be construed as some sort of political statement on our part. There are so many celebrities that soapbox their opinions, and people believe it's more valid because they're popular. For us, people are people — you should all have your own opinion. We are hopefully putting the human element in what is an unfortunate part of life. There are people over there dealing with situations like this, and we're showing the human part of being there.

"It's the forgiveness part — that is key," he continued. "METALLICA has never plugged into any current event visually, but this one is kind of a hotbed. People have very high opinions about this war, and we're trying to cut through all of that. The politics and the religion tend to separate people, and what we're trying to do is bring it together with the common thread of resentment and forgiveness."

METALLICA's new album, "Death Magnetic", is scheduled for release on September 12.

[Bazookajoe_666] Saturday, August 30, 2008 10:14:26 PM 
Another Rob Interview

Skylaire Alfvegren of the LA Weekly recently conducted an interview with JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow.

L.A. Weekly: Rob, how are you?

Rob Halford: I'm fine. Did you survive the earthquake?

L.A. Weekly: I was in Northern California at a UFO convention.

Rob Halford: Oh, for the band?

L.A. Weekly: No, not the band.

Rob Halford: The things in the sky?

L.A. Weekly: The things in the sky.

Rob Halford: Well, I've got some stories to tell you. I've had one or two encounters in England, not close encounters, but things that have totally freaked me out. It absolutely fascinates me. I think maybe just because it's an artistic thing. People that are in tune with their emotions and creativity, I think that a lot of us are prone to that almost sixth-sense phenomenon. Having said that, people from all walks of life see those things in the sky, you know. But I think it's something very bizarre and it's been with humanity forever.

L.A. Weekly: You guys just toured Europe, and now you're headed across North America.

Rob Halford: We're roaring away on the American leg of the world tour. I'm in Kansas City about to get my head together and go and have a sound check for the big show we've got here tonight. We've got a couple of shows on our own before we commence the Metal Masters tour, which will be [full of] legendary moments, and which we're all very, very excited about. I'm like a fan, I just get all excited myself. I can't sleep!

L.A. Weekly: If I were in your position, I'd most want to arm-wrestle Ronnie James Dio.

Rob Halford: I'm obviously a huge fan of everything that Ronnie's done with SABBATH and with Dio and elsewhere, and Lemmy is — I call him Lord Lemmy. Lemmy has just got this character, he's just so strong with his presence onstage, and he's a fantastic bass player and songwriter. MOTÖRHEAD are legendary in their own right. TESTAMENT's been around since 1980-something. I think it's great that we've got this bunch of metal minstrels. I said minstrels because I'm slogging my way through a 700-page book by Kate Mosse called "Labyrinth". [Which fictionalizes the Fourth Crusade, proclaimed against the Cathars, during which the nobility doubled the size of their country.] It's set in 12th-century France. In 11th- and 12th-century France, you know, bands were famous. The courts and courtiers, the nobility, they would book these bands to come and play at their feasts and weddings, and here we're doin' it in 2008!

Read the entire interview at
[Bazookajoe_666] Saturday, August 30, 2008 7:40:11 PM 
New Yngwie Album Info Released

Legendary Swedish guitarist YNGWIE MALMSTEEN will release his latest studio album, "Perpetual Flame", on October 14, 2008. The CD will be the first-ever Yngwie effort to be released via Rising Force Records (distributed via Koch) and it will mark the debut of Malmsteen's new singer, ex-JUDAS PRIEST/ICED EARTH frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens.

Featuring twelve tracks of "pure six-string metallic bliss" (which stretches to almost 70 minutes total), the album was produced and engineered by Yngwie himself, and mixed by Roy Z (who has previously worked with JUDAS PRIEST and BRUCE DICKINSON, among others). Joining Yngwie and Ripper on the album are keyboardist Derek Sherinian and drummer Patrick Johansson (Yngwie contributed bass, additional keyboards, and vocals, as well), but on tour, Michael Troy will supply keyboards, and Bjorn Englen will be laying down the bass. A supporting tour of the U.S. and Canada is slated to run through all of October.

In addition to the arrival of "Perpetual Flame" in October, another career highlight is slated for that same month — Yngwie will be inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk on Monday, October 13 in Los Angeles. A new Fender/Yngwie Malmsteen custom shop guitar will also be unveiled on November 28 (with a limited run of 100 instruments) and there will be a slew of CD reissues of Yngwie classics to soon be announced.

"Perpetual Flame" track listing:

01. Death Dealer
02. Damnation Game
03. Live to Fight (Another Day)
04. Red Devil
05. Four Horsemen (Of the Apocalypse)
06. Priest of the Unholy
07. Be Careful What You Wish For
08. Caprici Di Diablo
09. Lament
10. Magic City
11. Eleventh Hour
12. Heavy Heart

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN 2008 North American Tour Dates:

Sep. 28 - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Centro Bellas Artes
Oct. 04 - San Antonio, TX - Scoutbar
Oct. 05 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
Oct. 08 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
Oct. 09 - Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
Oct. 10 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
Oct. 11 - Ventura, CA - Majestic Ventura Theater
Oct. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - Avalon
Oct. 17 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Theater
Oct. 19 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Oct. 21 - Williamsville, NY - Club Infinity
Oct. 24 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Oct. 26 - New York, NY - Blender Theater

Yngwie Malmsteen performing live in 2008:

Yngwie Malmsteen press conference at the Bang Your Head!!! festival on June 28, 2008 in Balingen, Germany:

Rob Halford Interview

David Pehling of recently conducted an interview with JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow. Do you envision setting up somewhere for an extended run where people would come to a theater [to see a full theatrical production of "Nostradamus"], or do you see a tour? Would you expand the musical support of the band as far as recreating the symphonic aspects of the album?

Rob Halford: That's a good question, and I don't have a really solid answer. In my mind, I want to go completely over the f***ing top. I want to throw everything into it including the kitchen sink, personally. I think we've all got different feelings about it, but I just want to see a massive, full-scale theatrical production. Obviously it's all about the music, but I want to see a full chorus. I want to see everyone in costume, stage sets and lights and the whole shebang. I think it can take that. I've seen that type of thing done. I'm not an expert on how to put that together, but that's my dream, speaking as one person in PRIEST. We're all thinking very aggressively about where the final outcome will be. Before that we do want to take it on the road ourselves as a band, because we can play this music live. We're doing it now. That's important. But I see it having a multi-dimensional life.

And as far as the short-attention span, this is no different than going to see "Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull" or "Spiderman 1", "2" or "3", "Superman Return", "The Dark Knight", whatever. You put your butt down and you just get lost in the experience for two hours or more. If you're a fan of music — and a lot of people are clueless about music. That might not be the right thing to say, but it's a fact. A lot of people have no idea about music, what music is about. They just hear the sounds and that's it. It either grabs you or it doesn't. This is as much an education about music as anything else as far as I'm concerned. I believe our fans are capable of that. We all in PRIEST want to see this leaning over and reaching out into other areas of an audience that wouldn't ordinarily think about JUDAS PRIEST or know of us. I think it's got that potential personally. Judging from fan discussions and some of what have been written about the album, "Nostradamus" might be the most polarizing JUDAS PRIEST effort since "Jugulator", when some fans insisted an album without Rob Halford simply wasn't PRIEST. There's a lot of defense and praise as a masterpiece; there are some who can't get past symphonic or keyboard elements and the sheer scope of it. Do you think the audience that has embraced it is big enough to support a large-scale tour focusing on the new material?

Rob Halford: I think that that's all relative to a lot of different things. I mean the album sales have been very strong, so that really supports the fact that when we do come to play it live there will be an audience for it. I think the acceptance and the rejection of what you do musically is great, because that's the passion and the power that music has over your emotions. I think what we're going through in terms of the two sides of the coin is no different than what any other career musician has gone through. That's it. It's in the lap of the gods once you've released it. You have no idea what the feedback or the push back is going to be about.

I think all of us in PRIEST are displaying that determined strength of character again. Regardless of what people think about us or say about us, we don't really care. We just do everything from the heart. We believe in what we do and that's it. Fortunately, we have a really fabulous fan base that knows what we're about and our chemistry. Some PRIEST fans want "British Steel", "British Steel", "British Steel". Some PRIEST fans want "Painkiller", "Painkiller", "Painkiller". And that's just the raw energy and support that you get. That some fans are just focused on one style on display and they couldn't care less about anything else. But they've got that music, so they should be happy and content with it. Having said that, we're always on the lookout and searching to do something different from record to record. As I've said before, it's all about each release having its own legs to stand on. JUDAS PRIEST has really never replicated itself, from "Rocka Rolla" to "Nostradamus".

Read the entire interview at
[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, August 29, 2008 5:01:44 PM 

Get Thrashed: Release Dates

Lightyear Entertainment will release "Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal" on DVD in the U.S. and Japan on September 16, 2008, in the UK on October 20 and in the rest of Europe on September 26. The film covers the evolution, cultural impact, and musical influence of thrash metal, an extreme form of heavy metal which burst on to the scene in the early-to-mid-1980s. Told first-hand by members of bands such as METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ANTHRAX, as well as using raw, original show footage, writer/director Rick Ernst (MTV, VH1) demonstrates how and why many of these bands emerged from playing local parties and small clubs to headlining major arenas and stadiums. The film is a roller coaster ride of extreme music and personalities, starting with the most famous thrash metal pioneers METALLICA and highlighting other genre defining bands like MEGADETH, SLAYER, EXODUS and more. The documentary features interviews with over 50 artists, including past and current members of METALLICA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, SLAYER, PANTERA, EXODUS, LAMB OF GOD, TESTAMENT, SHADOWS FALL, IN FLAMES, KREATOR, DESTRUCTION, HATEBREED and many more. The artists discuss the groundbreaking music of the thrash metal scene, the culture surrounding it and includes raw, live concert footage depicting mosh pits, stage diving, head-banging, partying and the over-the-top antics that went along with the thrash metal movement. The movie breaks down how the thrash metal scene grew from its DIY beginnings in Los Angeles and San Francisco, then reached the East Coast, conquered Europe, and even took root in countries like Brazil and Australia. "Get Thrashed" highlights the similarities and differences in each region while illustrating how the seeds that were planted by thrash metal gave rise to the modern day breed of extreme heavy metal and hard rock. The film features wall-to-wall music from METALLICA, MEGADETH, PANTERA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, EXODUS, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and many more, and contains over 90 minutes of bonus footage, featuring thrash scenes and bands from around the world. The DVD offers more than three hours of content, including director's commentary by Rick Ernst and associate producer Rat Skates (ex-OVERKILL drummer), plus liner notes from legendary EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt.

"Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal" has appeared in over 20 film festivals, highlighted by invitations to the prestigious Silver Lake Film Festival (LA), Oldenberg Film Festival (Germany), Athens International Film Festival (Greece) and Raindance Film Festival (London). The film's year-long run on the film festival circuit saw the documentary screen to packed houses and sold-out theaters around the world while picking up awards including Best Documentary (2007 Seattle True Independent Film Festival, Backseat Film Festival, New York International Independent Film & Video Festival), SAFILM Grand Prize Award (2007 San Antonio Underground Film Festival), Best Soundtrack (2007 Backseat Film Festival) and Best Director (NYIIFVF).

Film running time is 100 minutes; DVD running time is 193 minutes

Black Ice Review editor David Higgins today heard seven tracks from AC/DC's new album, "Black Ice", in the studios of the band's Sydney headquarters, Albert Music.

According to Higgins, the songs — "Anything Goes", "War Machine", "Stormy May Day", "She Likes Rock 'N' Roll", "Money Made" and "Black Ice", along with the current single "Rock N' Roll Train" — suggest the band has made a remarkable return to form after a series of fan-only albums in recent years.

Judging by these songs, the 15-track album is the band's most consistent and accessible release since "Back in Black".

"Anything Goes" has the potential to be the band's biggest hit since "You Shook Me All Night Long" if released — under one plan — as a second single.

Read Higgins' entire review at

[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, August 28, 2008 8:53:52 PM 
Video Message From KK

Guitarist K.K. Downing of the British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST has posted a video message from the band's August 13, 2008 stop in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Watch the three-minute clip below.

JUDAS PRIEST will perform a free outdoor mini-concert on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on September 2 in Hollywood, California, with two songs set to air that evening. Tickets to attend the taping, which will begin around 6:15 p.m., are available at Everyone must be at least 16 years old with a valid ID, and no knapsacks or bags of any kind will be allowed at the outdoor performance (all of this information and more is included when they get tickets).

JUDAS PRIEST is currently taking part in the "Metal Masters Tour" alongside TESTAMENT, HEAVEN AND HELL and MOTÖRHEAD.

The band's new double-disc concept album, "Nostradamus", has sold 87,000 copies in the United States since its June 17 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD shifted 42,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 11 on The Billboard 200 chart. This marks the band's highest-ever chart position in the U.S. In Canada, the CD opened at position No. 9 after shifting close to 4,000 units.
[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, August 28, 2008 5:01:02 PM 
Lars on Dave

The Quietus
conducted an interview with METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich earlier this week. An excerpt from the chat follows.

The Quietus: Rumor has it that you and MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine [former METALLICA guitarist] still aren't friends. Do you have a relationship?

Lars: "No. We did the movie ['Some Kind Of Monster', 2005], and as has been well documented, he was not pleased with what came in the movie and what came in the wake of it, and since then we haven't spoken. I'm sure we'll cross paths one day, and usually when we cross paths it's all OK. There's the public relationship and there's the private relationship. People say, 'Kerry King [SLAYER] and METALLICA — whoo!', but whenever I see Kerry King we hug, we laugh, we talk, we embrace. I haven't seen Dave since I filmed that scene in the movie, and I'm sure I'll see him again and maybe it won't be the same — but when did he leave the band, 24 years ago, 25 years ago? Every time I've seen him since then, it's always been, 'Hey, how are you doing? What's going on?' and then there's the shit-talking thing in the press, and then I see him three years later and it's fine again."

The Quietus: All this childish squabbling has been going on for decades. Can't you just call him and say, "Let's stop this now, once and for all?"

Lars: "Yeah, but I gotta tell you, honestly — I don't feel that I'm the instigator. I don't have a problem with him as much as I think he has a problem with me. I've always quite liked the guy. It has a tendency to depend on which mood he's in. If he's in happy-go-lucky mood, then it's 'Lars is OK, ha ha, the little Danish guy, we used to dig holes in the earth and smoke bongs,' or whatever, and if he's in a particular type of mood then it's 'Lars is a fuckin' asshole.' I can't control that, so when people say to me in an interview, 'Dave Mustaine says this and that and that'… I can take on anybody in verbal diarrhea match, but I don't feel the need to. I keep coming back to the statistics, which are interesting: he's never played on a METALLICA record, he was in the band for 10 months, 25 years ago! That's an amazing statistic when you think about it, and still METALLICA is such a prominent part of his existence. That's just mind-blowing, because he has made some of the best heavy metal records of all time. It blows my mind."

Read the entire interview from The Quietus

Girlschool's 30th Anniversary

Veteran British all-female hard rock band GIRLSCHOOL will release its 30th-anniversary album, "Legacy", on October 24 in Germany, October 27 in Europe and November 4 in the USA via Wacken Records/SPV. The CD will feature a plethora of special guests, including Tony Iommi (BLACK SABBATH), Ronnie James Dio (BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, DIO), Lemmy and Phil Campbell from MOTÖRHEAD, "Fast" Eddie Clarke (FASTWAY, ex-MOTÖRHEAD) and a couple of members of TWISTED SISTER. Even the group's original guitarist Kelly Johnson, who died last year, can be heard on the opener "Everything 's The Same" with a special ghost appearance!

"Legacy" (see artwork below) track listing:

01. Everything's The Same (feat. Kelly Johnson on percussion - her ashes)
02. From The Other Side
03. I Spy (Girlschool Mix)
04. Spend Spend Spend (feat. J.J. French guitar solo)
05. Whole New World (feat. Neil Murray - bass, Phil Campbell - lead guitar)
06. Just Another Day (feat. Phil Campbell - guitar solo)
07. Legend (feat. Neil Murray - bass)
08. Still Waters
09. Metropolis (MOTÖRHEAD cover) (feat. Fast Eddie Clarke - guitar solo)
10. Don't Mess Around (feat. Eddie Ojeda - guitar solo)
11. Zeitgeist
12. Don't Talk To Me (feat. Lemmy on bass, vocals and triangle)

Bonus Tracks:

13. I Spy (Dio/Iommi Mix) (feat. Ronnie James Dio on vocals, Tony Iommi on lead guitar)
14. Emergency
15. London

Evil Elvis of conducted an interview with GIRLSCHOOL at this year's Wacken Open Air festival, which was held July 31 - August 2 in Wacken, Germany. Watch the chat below.

Kelly Johnson passed away on July 15, 2007 after a six-year battle with cancer of the spine. Along with Johnson, the classic lineup of GIRLSCHOOL included Kim McAuliffe (guitar), Enid Williams (bass) and Denise Dufort (drums). The band was an integral and major force in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) movement, beginning with the release of its debut album, "Demolition" (1980), and continuing with the follow-up efforts, "Hit 'n' Run" (1981) and "Screaming Blue Murder" (1982).

Death Magnetic Review

Stavros Pamballis of UK's Terrorizer magazine has just had an opportunity to listen to the new METALLICA album "Death Magnetic" in its entirety. His knee-jerk first impressions follow.

"If you could timewarp back to 1983 with a copy of 'Death Magentic' in your hands and play it to the spotty, longhaired brats who'd just finished recording 'Kill 'Em All', they would have no problem at all recognizing themselves in its epic song structures, jaw-dropping guitar work (all buzzsaw guitars and face-melting solos) and sheer whiplash-inducing energy. In fact, they'd probably be impressed.

That's right kids, for once, you can believe the hype: 'Your' METALLICA are back and they've brought their balls with them this time.

"The album is so complex, so riddled with stops, starts, breakdowns and solos that, much like '…And Justice For All' it is virtually impossible to digest in one sitting but a few questions can be answered:

"Is it thrash? Hell yes! At times anyway. Opener 'That Was Your Life' is the heaviest thing they've done since 'Battery' while 'All Nightmare Long' sounds like it was written by SLAYER. On the whole, the album feels like the missing link between '...And Justice For All' and 'The Black Album'. James' vocals, have something to do with this as he rarely uses the low growl of the early days, opting for the higher registers of the Bob Rock days.

"How's the production? Runs rings around 'St Anger', but that's not saying much. Very strong on the whole but the drums are a little too high in the mix and the dynamics suffer as a result. Recalls the Black Album at times but with a hint of 'Reign In Blood'.

"What are the highlights? Almost every song on this album is at the very least interesting. 'Judas Kiss' is an instant, moshpit-firendly classic while 'Unforgiven III' is the album's true epic ballad. Let's just say it blows both of its namesakes out of the water.

"Okay...any negatives then? Lars Ulrich. The guy's limitations are laid bare by the spectacular guitar work on this album.

"So, is it as good as the 'First Four'? Only time will tell... Probably not, but at least it sounds like it belongs to the same back catalogue as those albums. A METALLICA (written the old way) album through and through!"

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Yeah I know eh man? It's gonna be fucking killer! I didn't think there was gonna be anything on it but the concert and the Resurrection Cd!

Turns out it's the concert in 5.1 audio. The Resurrection album Remastered with Bonus Tracks + the Internet only songs (Fetish and God Bringer of Death) on it. And it's gonna have a fucking documentry about each band member!
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[Bazookajoe_666] Wednesday, August 27, 2008 3:44:20 PM 
New ACDC Single To Be Released At Midnight

AC/DC's new single, "Rock 'N Roll Train", will receive its world premiere on tonight at midnight. The track, from the group's upcoming album "Black Ice", will arrive at radio stations nationwide on Thursday (August 28). According to, which got an advance listen to the album, "Black Ice" is a "15-track extravaganza that frequently echoes the down-and-dirty rock 'n'roll of its iconic 1980 album 'Back in Black'."

"Black Ice" is due out on October 20 worldwide. The album will be sold exclusively through Wal-Mart and Sam's Club, as well as

The album was recorded in Vancouver in just eight weeks with producer Brendan O'Brien, who has previously worked with PEARL JAM, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN and VELVET REVOLVER, among others.

As one of America's largest music retailers, Wal-Mart will join with Columbia Records to launch multiple activities for fans in celebration of the new CD album, including new product features and promotions to come this fall that will bring fans closer to one of history's greatest rock bands.

"No Bull: The Director's Cut", a newly edited, comprehensive DVD and of the band's famed July 1996 Plaza De Toros De Las Ventas concert in Madrid, Spain, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray September 9, 2008.

"Black Ice" is AC/DC's first new studio effort since 2000's "Stiff Upper Lip".

The legendary rockers are slated to begin an 18-month world tour in October, with the trek reportedly kicking off on around Halloween in Chicago.

"Black Ice" track listing:

01. Rock 'N Roll Train
02. Skies On Fire
03. Big Jack
04. Anything Goes
05. War Machine
06. Smash 'N Grab
07. Spoilin' For A Fight
08. Wheels
09. Decibel
10. Stormy May Day
11. She Likes Rock 'N Roll
12. Money Made
13. Rock 'N Roll Dream
14. Rocking All The Way
15. Black Ice

Napalm Death Finish Drum Tracks For New Album

UK's legendary grindcore masters NAPALM DEATH are currently recording their new album, "Time Waits For No Slave", with producer Russ Russell. Drums have been tracked at Parlour Studios in Kettering and guitars, bass and vocals will be done at Foel Studios in Wales. The band will then return to Parlour for the mixing sessions. Expect the new album to surface in early 2009 via Century Media Records.

NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury recently spoke to Paul Travers of about the band's upcoming thirteenth full-length studio album. "We've got about seventeen songs together," Embury said. "I guess it's moving on again from the last album [2006's 'Smear Campaign']. It's still very fast and hopefully heavy. There's a couple of strange kind of moments in the music, with a little more experimentation and a little more discordance in the guitar perhaps. I think Barney's [Greenway] trying to move forward vocally in some areas like he did on tracks like 'Smear Campaign' and 'Persona Non Grata'."

NAPALM DEATH will only interrupt its studio work for a few select shows in the fall. The details are as follows:

Oct. 03 - Lichtenfels, Germany - WOD Festival
Oct. 31 - Chalon Sur Saone, France - La Peniche
Nov. 01 - Nancy, France - Láutre Canal
Nov. 02 - Vitry Le Francois, France - Orange Bleue
Nov. 22 - Leeds, England - Damnation Festival

David Coverdale Interview

Goldmine contributor Bryan Reesman recently conducted an interview with WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow.

On working with WHITESNAKE guitarist Doug Aldrich:

"After developing a good friendship from touring and hanging out, it was inevitable that we would gravitate towards musical conversation rather than just conversation. It's very similar to my fabulous friendship/relationship/partnership with Adrian Vandenberg. Great pals, and that translated into a very healthy and very creative relationship. You don't need to be aggressively and negatively beating the shit out of each other in order to create good rock music. Otherwise, I'd still be working with some assholes from my past!"

On seeing Jimmy Page after a recent show:

"He said, 'I wish we did more together again.' I said, 'Don't worry.' I was delighted with what we did. It was an honor and privilege to work with one of my heroes, and [who] now is one of my dearest friends, who I love and adore and support."

On his departure from DEEP PURPLE:

“I left PURPLE after the show in Liverpool. It was so f**king embarrassing. I did not want to be part of dragging PURPLE into the mud, the details of which I don't really want to go into right now because it would involve personal critiques of several of the members. The circumstance was I left and was asked to keep it quiet until some of the members had decided what course to pursue. But I was an emotional wreck at the end of it. Drugs had come in in a much more overt way, and it was awful to turn around and see some of the founding members playing with their heads down out of shame. I just went, 'F**k it; I'm out of here.' I just couldn't do it anymore. I didn't want to be part of the demise of the legacy of DEEP PURPLE. DEEP PURPLE was an unbelievably beloved band and still is in Europe."

On his druggie days in PURPLE:

"I had what I would call '1 percent Yorkshire sense.' You'd go, 'Okay, this is the last line for the night.' Then, five minutes later, another one. I didn't dive into it body, mind, and soul as some did, but I certainly did enough to know about it.”

On life lessons he has learned:

"These are impossible questions. The best life lesson I can tell anybody is balance. That's the best thing I can offer. That and a great lawyer and a great accountant. And a great woman in your life. It took me a few tries, but I'm absolutely, utterly blessed with my dear wife. I have it all, babe. I'm the luckiest bastard I know."

Read the entire interview at

[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, August 26, 2008 10:17:03 PM 


[hellrider 31038] Tuesday, August 26, 2008 9:13:52 PM 
awesome.thanks alot Bazooka joe.i went into a state of shock for a moment there.cant wait to get it and add it to the collection.
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[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, August 25, 2008 8:57:06 PM 
Free Outdoor Mini Show!

British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST will perform a free outdoor mini-concert on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on September 2 in Hollywood, California, with two songs set to air that evening.

Tickets to attend the taping, which will begin around 6:15 p.m., are available at Everyone must be at least 16 years old with a valid ID, and no knapsacks or bags of any kind will be allowed at the outdoor performance (all of this information and more is included when they get tickets).

JUDAS PRIEST is currently taking part in the "Metal Masters Tour" alongside TESTAMENT, HEAVEN AND HELL and MOTÖRHEAD.

The band's new double-disc concept album, "Nostradamus", has sold 85,000 copies in the United States since its June 17 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD shifted 42,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 11 on The Billboard 200 chart. This marks the band's highest-ever chart position in the U.S. In Canada, the CD opened at position No. 9 after shifting close to 4,000 units.

JUDAS PRIEST's Rob Halford (with cake all over his face) celebrating his 57th birthday onstage last night (August 24) in San Antonio, Texas on the "Metal Masters Tour" (with members of TESTAMENT and HEAVEN AND HELL offering their congratulations):
[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, August 25, 2008 12:58:29 PM 
Queensryche Performs With An Orchestra

QUEENSRŸCHE performed with an orchestra (dubbed the "Empire Orchestra") for the first time ever last night (Saturday, August 23) at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, Washington. The concert was part of Seattle station KISW 99.9 FM's Pain in the Grass 2008 event, also featuring SEETHER, SHINEDOWN, SEVENDUST, DROWNING POOL, JET BLACK STARE and EARSHOT.

QUEENSRŸCHE's setlist was as follows:

01. Best I Can
02. N M 156
03. Screaming In Digital
04. Another Rainy Night (Without You)
05. Breaking The Silence
06. I Don't Believe In Love
07. The Needle Lies
08. The Lady Wore Black
09. Real World
10. Suite Sister Mary
11. Anybody Listening?
12. Jet City Woman
13. Eyes Of A Stranger
14. Empire
15. Silent Lucidity

"Best I Can":

"N M 156":

"Breaking the Silence":

"The Needle Lies":

"The Lady Wore Black":

"The Real World":

"Suite Sister Mary":

"Anybody Listening?":

"Silent Lucidity":
[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, August 25, 2008 12:51:30 PM 
ANOTHER Guitar Hero Rip-off.... but with better songs!

According to PSXExtreme, classic tracks from METALLICA, MÖTLEY CRÜE, JUDAS PRIEST, DEEP PURPLE and MEGADETH are featured in the upcoming Rock Revolution video game from Konami. Due on October 14 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Rock Revolution will boast both guitar and drum peripherals. You'll be able to create your own tracks, test out each individual instrument, and of course, have a legitimate blast with several friends.

The following tracks are slated to appear in Rock Revolution:

01. All My Life" - FOO FIGHTERS
02. All the Small Things" - BLINK-182
03. Am I Evil?" - METALLICA
04. Are You Gonna Be My Girl" - JET
05. Bad Reputation" - JOAN JETT
06. Blitzkrieg Bop" - RAMONES
07. Chop Suey!" - SYSTEM OF A DOWN
08. Cum on Feel the Noize" - QUIET RIOT
09. Dance, Dance" - FALL OUT BOY
10. Detroit Rock City" - KISS
11. Diary of Jane" - BREAKING BENJAMIN
12. Dirty Little Secret" - ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS
13. Dr. Feelgood" - MÖTLEY CRÜE
14. The End of Heartache" - KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
15. Falling Away from Me" - KORN
16. Given Up" - LINKIN PARK
17. Heading Out to the Highway" - JUDAS PRIEST
18. Highway Star" - DEEP PURPLE
19. Holy Wars… The Punishment Due" - MEGADETH
20. Joker & the Thief" - WOLFMOTHER
21. Kiss Me Deadly" - LITA FORD
22. Last Resort" - PAPA ROACH
23. Magic Man" - HEART
24. No One Like You" - SCORPIONS
25. Our Truth" - LACUNA COIL
27. Paralyzer" - FINGER ELEVEN
28. Pull Me Under" - DREAM THEATER
29. Round and Round" - RATT
30. Run to the Hills" - IRON MAIDEN
31. Sk8er Boi" - AVRIL LAVIGNE
32. Somebody Told Me" - THE KILLERS
33. Spoonman" - SOUNDGARDEN
34. The Spirit of Radio" - RUSH
35. Still of the Night" - WHITESNAKE
36. Stone Cold Crazy" - QUEEN
37. Walk" - PANTERA
38. We’re Not Gonna Take It" - TWISTED SISTER
39. White Room" - CREAM
40. Won’t Get Fooled Again" - THE WHO
41. Youth Gone Wild" - SKID ROW 

[Bazookajoe_666] Saturday, August 23, 2008 6:20:32 PM 
Axl Rose Biography

According to New York Post's Page Six, GUNS N' ROSES frontman Axl Rose held debauched sex parties at his home — with all female visitors ordered to "get naked or leave." In "Watch You Bleed", Stephen Davis' new bio of the California rockers, Rose recalls, "There was a lot of indoor and outdoor sex . . . People would show up at all hours and we'd talk the girls into climbing into our loft, and somebody would hit the light and go, 'All right! . . . Get naked or leave!' This one girl, she [bleep]ed almost the whole band, friends of the band, and the band next door. Two days later, she comes back and goes, 'Axl, I'm having your child.'" 

Ripper Replies to Rob

Former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim "Ripper" Owens has commented on Rob Halford's assertion that "a straight man" can't do Halford's job in the legendary British heavy metal band.

In a recent interview with The Dallas Morning News, Halford — who revealed he was homosexual during a 1998 appearance on MTV — explained why he believes that he's the only man capable of fronting JUDAS PRIEST. "To be brutally honest, 'Jugulator' and 'Demolition' [the two PRIEST albums made with Owens as frontman] were affected by my not being in the band, much like when Bruce Dickinson went away from IRON MAIDEN, the way VAN HALEN [was] affected when David Lee Roth left," Rob is quoted as saying. "But I don't think a straight man can do my job in JUDAS PRIEST. I've never said that before. I'm sorry, but they can't."

After reading Rob's remarks on Friday (August 22), Owens — who replaced Halford as PRIEST's frontman in 1996 — told BLABBERMOUTH.NET in an e-mail, "HAHAHAHAHAHA... Rob can be a funny dude! I feel like I did a good job in PRIEST and I'm straight! But Rob is a friend and the guys in PRIEST are all friends of mine! So, really, I will leave it at that.... But, man, that was a pretty funny comment. [It] had to be taken out of context or the question [was] just asked in a strange way, 'cause Rob would not just say that... I'm still laughing though. That just brightened up my day!"

Tim "Ripper" Owens:

Rob Halford 

More Metallica Samples And Interview

A sixth short audio sample of a new METALLICA song has been posted on the group's official web site: Windows Media, Real Media.

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The latest issue of UK's Kerrang! magazine (web site) includes an interview with METALLICA and report on the band's July 27, 2008 concert in Istanbul, Turkey. A couple of excerpts from the interview portion of the article follow.

On staying relevant more than 25 years after the band's formation:

James Hetfield (guitar, vocals): "Despite the earthquake that is going on in the record industry, this band is still relevant. We worked through our problems and now we've gone to work capturing our musical essence. We've challenged ourselves; we're hungry."

"We understand the importance of staying relevant. We understand the importance of playing new songs. We understand how important it is not to become a nostalgia act. No one in the band wants us to be that. [METALLICA] still has something to offer. No matter what the public thinks, as a band we will do what we have to do. We always have."

On METALLICA's new album, "Death Magnetic":

Lars Ulrich (drums): "I can honestly say that this album is the best album we could possibly have made. Can I guarantee that people will like it as much as they like our older albums? No, I can't; I can't offer any guarantees. But I promise you that we could not have made a better album."

Kirk Hammett (guitar): "This album is some of the best music we've made in the past 15 years. A lot of the albums we made post-'Black' album were us trying to get away from a perceived METALLICA sound. That was the right thing for us at the time, but we don't feel we haveto do that anymore. And to be truthful, it's fun to play fast, to be heavy. We're now all on the same page with regards to that. I'd even go so far as to say that we even missed playing that way."

James Hetfield: "This album has a hunger and a youthfulness about it. We had a new producer, a new bass player… and we worked really hard to get it right. So when you ask me if it is good, if it's really good, I can honestly say, 'Yes, it is!'"

Kirk Hammett: "I think we're all aware of the danger of becoming a band that exists in the past. I think any band that's been around as long as we have has to face that. But ['Death Magnetic'] is going to prove to people that we never lost our ability to make an album like this. We just chose not to. And I'll stand by those words."

New Randy Rhoads Sculpter

KnuckleBonz has created a second sculpture of late guitarist legend Randy Rhoads (OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT) in association with the Randy Rhoads estate. The figure is sculpted and hand-painted and available only in a very limited edition of 3,000 worldwide. Each is hand-numbered and has a certificate of authenticity on the base of the sculpture.

The Randy Rhoads II figure is officially licensed through the Randy Rhoads Charitible Trust. The sculpture has already been completed and approved by the family and KnuckleBonz is in the paint-production phase now. A fall release is expected.

A number of photos taken at Randy Rhoads's gravesite at the Mountain View Cemetery in San Bernardino, CA on March 19, 2007 to mark the 25th anniversary of Randy's passing have been posted online at this location.

With the blessings of the family of Randy Rhoads, Dakota Pictures and director Peter Margolis began filming the "Randy Rhoads Documentary" last year at the Mountain View Cemetery. In hopes to fully capture the significance of the 25th anniversary of Randy's passing, the filmmakers interviewed as many of Randy's fans as possible.

In 1982, Rhoads, the then-lead guitarist for OZZY OSBOURNE, and two others were killed at Flying Baron Estates, just outside Leesburg, Florida, when their small plane struck Osbourne's tour bus, then crashed into a mansion.

[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, August 22, 2008 7:02:25 PM 
Take a look!

Did METALLICA take inspiration from the Swedish industrial goth metal band DEATHSTARS for its new album? According to a posting on the DEATHSTARS' web site, METALLICA used the same font as the DEATHSTARS logo for the title of its new CD, "Death Magnetic", and one of the tracks on "Death Magnetic" is named "Cyanide", which also happens to be the title of the first single from DEATHSTARS' latest album, 2006's "Termination Bliss".

Commented DEATHSTARS vocalist Andreas "Whiplasher Bernadotte" Bergh: "It's just fun. What can I say?!! It's just as big of a coincidence and chance as if you get a hermaphrodite child. What can you do? You just need to smile at the little monster."

Guitarist Emil "Nightmare Industries" Nödtveidt added, "It's interesting to see how a band that made a name for themselves hating Napster and downloading practically downloads ideas from a younger and sexier band, but think positively — maybe METALLICA does something that we can steal later."

In a recent interview with Lucem Fero, Bergh stated about the group's upcoming third album, "Deathglam", "It'll just continue with the deathglam that we play. In terms of this new album's style, I think it's more DEATHSTARS than ever. . . We're digging deeper and deeper into the impression that we began with 'Synthetic Generation', and we're achieving more and more freedom. We're breaking more and more away from metal and things like, which is all we just played before. It makes 'Deathglam' interesting."

DEATHSTARS' "Cyanide" video:

METALLICA performing "Cyanide" at Ozzfest 2008:

A fifth short audio sample of a new METALLICA song has been posted on the group's official web site: Windows Media, Real Media.

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[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, August 22, 2008 6:54:20 PM 
ACDC 30 Second Sample

A 30-second preview of the new AC/DC single, "Rock 'N Roll Train", has been posted on the band's official MySpace page.

As previously reported, Spanish-language AC/DC fan site AC/DC Blog de Noticias has posted several photos from the video shoot for "Rock 'N Roll Train", which took place on Friday, August 15 in London, England. The song will be the first taste of the band's new "Black Ice" album, due in October.

According to Undercover News, one fan at the shoot said in an online posting, the song "has a heavy driving drumbeat with bass being loud n hard to me. It sounded like a cross between 'Hard As A Rock' and 'All Screwed Up'."

The fans were told to jump and wave their arms while they were filmed for the chorus of the song which goes "Runaway train, running off the track."

The set looked something like "Terminator" with big cogs turning and flaming flying out.

A detailed report on the "Rock 'N Roll Train" video shoot can be found on the Metal Hammer web site.

"Black Ice" will be released on October 20 via Columbia Records. The CD features 15 new tracks from brothers Angus and Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson, Cliff Williams, and Phil Rudd. The album was recorded in Vancouver in just eight weeks with producer Brendan O'Brien, who has previously worked with PEARL JAM, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN and VELVET REVOLVER, among others.

"Black Ice" will be sold in the U.S. exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club retail locations at the special price of $11.88. Online, the CD will be available with free shipping and handling via the band's web site, It will also be sold at and

As one of America's largest music retailers, Wal-Mart will join with Columbia Records to launch multiple activities for fans in celebration of the new CD album, including new product features and promotions to come this fall that will bring fans closer to one of history's greatest rock bands.

"No Bull: The Director's Cut", a newly edited, comprehensive DVD and of the band's famed July 1996 Plaza De Toros De Las Ventas concert in Madrid, Spain, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray September 9, 2008.

"Black Ice" is AC/DC's first new studio effort since 2000's "Stiff Upper Lip".

The legendary rockers are slated to begin an 18-month world tour in October, with the trek reportedly kicking off on around Halloween in Chicago.

"Black Ice" track listing:

01. Rock 'N Roll Train
02. Skies On Fire
03. Big Jack
04. Anything Goes
05. War Machine
06. Smash 'N Grab
07. Spoilin' For A Fight
08. Wheels
09. Decibel
10. Stormy May Day
11. She Likes Rock 'N Roll
12. Money Made
13. Rock 'N Roll Dream
14. Rocking All The Way
15. Black Ice

Rob Halford Interview

Mike Daniel of The Dallas Morning News recently conducted an interview with JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow.

On how he believes that he's the only man capable of fronting JUDAS PRIEST:

"To be brutally honest, 'Jugulator' and 'Demolition' [the two PRIEST albums made with Tim 'Ripper' Owens as frontman] were affected by my not being in the band, much like when Bruce Dickinson went away from IRON MAIDEN, the way VAN HALEN [was] affected when David Lee Roth left. But I don't think a straight man can do my job in JUDAS PRIEST. I've never said that before. I'm sorry, but they can't."

On "Nostradamus" being a drastic shift that sounds like no other PRIEST record:

"We don't replicate ourselves. If you want 'British Steel', go and play it; if you want 'Painkiller', go and play it. We don't want to keep making the same thing over and over again, with a different song title and different words. What's the point? I've always felt that if you wanted to compare us to anybody, compare us to QUEEN ... God what a band that was. They were so heavy. I see a lot of that in PRIEST."

On upcoming world tour that will focus on "Nostradamus":

"I want to go over the top with all of it, but that's me. I love to go onto the stage with the big set and costumes and lights. We all do that in the band, but I know what my role is, and I love to get lost in that theatrical, flamboyant style. That's what makes me click as a metal guy. I could see Cirque du Soleil doing it, I can see Broadway doing it, I can see a movie with Johnny Depp playing Nostradamus doing it, I can see a full classical opera interpretation, I can see a full symphonic classical presentation. I see everything in this record."

Rob Halford performing with JUDAS PRIEST on June 13, 2008 at the Download festival at Donington Park, Leicestershire, UK (photo uploaded by Flickr user "MrJolly"):

[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, August 21, 2008 9:52:19 PM 
Deck the Fucking Halls Motherfucker!

Santa Claus is barreling on into town... like a freekin' runaway freight train!

Bob Kulick and Brett Chassen have just finished the mastering of one of the most amazing Christmas albums!

Christmas, you say? These days you gotta start early to get the word out!

Recorded in the 101-degree Van Nuys, California sunshine this summer, with some help from their friends, "We Wish You A Metal Christmas and a Headbanging New Year" will be released in the U.S. on October 14 via Amoury Records and Black Ion Music.

Take your favorite classic holiday tunes ... sprinkle in some shreddin' guitar, blasting vocals, and raucous beats... and you've got yourself a metal album that'll make even Santa bang his head. "We Wish You A Metal Christmas and a Headbanging New Year" is a lineup of hard rock and heavy metal's finest giving their own unique twist to Christmas classics old and new. This is definitely not an album for the faint-hearted. Featuring all brand new studio recordings from stars such as Alice Cooper, Lemmy Kilmister, Ronnie James Dio, Dave Grohl, Billy Gibbons, Tony Iommi and more, this is Christmas as you've never heard it before!

"We Wish You A Metal Christmas and a Headbanging New Year" track listing:

01. We Wish You A Merry Xmas

Bruce Kulick (KISS, UNION)
Bob Kulick
Chris Wyse (THE CULT)

02. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Alice Cooper

03. Run Rudolph Run

Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD)
Billy F. Gibbons (ZZ TOP)

04. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO)

05. Little Drummer Boy

Doug Pinnick (KING's X)
George Lynch (DOKKEN)
Simon Phillips (THE WHO, TOTO)

06. Santa Claus Is Back In Town

Steve Morse (DEEP PURPLE)
Juan Garcia (AGENT STEEL)

07. Silent Night

Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT)
Scott Ian (ANTHRAX)
Chris Wyse (THE CULT)
John Tempesta (ROB ZOMBIE, THE CULT)

08. Silver Bells

Carlos Cavazo (QUIET RIOT, RATT)

09. Deck the Halls

Oni Logan (LYNCH MOB)
Craig Goldy (DIO)
Tony Franklin (THE FIRM)
John Tempesta (ROB ZOMBIE, THE CULT)

10. Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer

Stephen Pearcy (RATT)
Bob Kulick
Greg Bissonette (DAVID LEE ROTH)

11. Rockin' Around the Xmas Tree

Bruce Kulick (KISS, UNION)
Bob Kulick
Simon Wright AC/DC, DIO)

12. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Tommy Shaw (STYX)
Steve Lukather (TOTO)

Listen to "Run Rudolph Run" at this location.

U.S. cover:

U.K. cover:

[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, August 21, 2008 5:24:29 PM 

New Metallica Single

METALLICA's new single, "The Day That Never Comes", is available for streaming right now:

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You can also listen to the track below.

A five-minute video clip containing behind-the-scenes footage from the video shoot for "The Day That Never Comes", which took place last month in Acton, California (about an hour's drive north of Los Angeles), can be viewed below (bottom clip).

METALLICA guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield told that the clip won't be making any lofty political statements about the war in Iraq. Instead, it's a statement on humanity, helmed by acclaimed Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, who, along with Lars von Trier, co-founded the Dogme 95 movement in filmmaking. Hetfield said that when he was writing the song's lyrics, he never envisioned the video would look anything like this.

"That's the beauty, I think, of writing vague but powerful lyrics — that someone like a movie director can interpret it in his own way and obviously, someone creative is able to take the metaphors and apply them to whatever he needs in his own life," the frontman explained to "The main [theme of the video] is the human element of forgiveness and someone doing you wrong, you feeling resentment and you being able to see through that in the next situation that might be similar and not take your rage or resentment out on the next person and basically keep spreading the disease of that through life."

He added, "The one thing that I wasn't keen on here was Metallica plugging into a modern war or a current event [that] might be construed as some sort of political statement on our part. There are so many celebrities that soapbox their opinions, and people believe it's more valid because they're popular. For us, people are people — you should all have your own opinion. We are hopefully putting the human element in what is an unfortunate part of life. There are people over there dealing with situations like this, and we're showing the human part of being there.

"It's the forgiveness part — that is key," he continued. "METALLICA has never plugged into any current event visually, but this one is kind of a hotbed. People have very high opinions about this war, and we're trying to cut through all of that. The politics and the religion tend to separate people, and what we're trying to do is bring it together with the common thread of resentment and forgiveness."

METALLICA's new album, "Death Magnetic", is scheduled for release on September 12.

METALLICA debuted a new song called "Cyanide" during its headlining set on August 9 at Ozzfest, which took place at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. This marked the first time that the band has performed any material in concert from "Death Magnetic". The rest of METALLICA's 17-song Ozzfest set featured a number of the band's classic tunes as well as a medley of songs from underground metal act MERCYFUL FATE, for which they were joined onstage by that Danish act's singer, King Diamond.

"The Day That Never Comes" audio (entire song):

[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, August 18, 2008 9:44:11 PM 

Columbia Records has set an October 20 release date for AC/DC's widely anticipated "Black Ice", the band's first studio album in eight years. "Black Ice" (see artwork below) features 15 new tracks from brothers Angus and Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson, Cliff Williams, and Phil Rudd. The album was recorded in Vancouver in just eight weeks with producer Brendan O'Brien, who has previously worked with PEARL JAM, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN and VELVET REVOLVER, among others.

"Rock 'N Roll Train", the album's first single, will debut on August 28. A source at Harddrive Radio described it as "smoking hot. It's AC/DC like we love them, loud, anthemic and hard!" The video will premiere in September.

"Black Ice" track listing:

01. Rock 'N Roll Train
02. Skies On Fire
03. Big Jack
04. Anything Goes
05. War Machine
06. Smash 'N Grab
07. Spoilin' For A Fight
08. Wheels
09. Decibel
10. Stormy May Day
11. She Likes Rock 'N Roll
12. Money Made
13. Rock 'N Roll Dream
14. Rocking All The Way
15. Black Ice

"Black Ice" will be sold in the U.S. exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club retail locations at the special price of $11.88. Online, the CD will be available with free shipping and handling via the band's web site, It will also be sold at and

As one of America's largest music retailers, Wal-Mart will join with Columbia Records to launch multiple activities for fans in celebration of the new CD album, including new product features and promotions to come this fall that will bring fans closer to one of history's greatest rock bands.

"Like all excited fans of AC/DC, we can hardly wait for the launch of this album and all that will surround it," said Gary Severson, Wal-Mart's senior vice president of Entertainment. "We promise there will be a multitude of opportunities for fans of all ages to get involved and 'rock again' as we count down to October 20."

"No Bull: The Director's Cut", a newly edited, comprehensive DVD and of the band's famed July 1996 Plaza De Toros De Las Ventas concert in Madrid, Spain, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray September 9, 2008.

"Black Ice" is AC/DC's first new studio effort since 2000's "Stiff Upper Lip".

The legendary rockers are slated to begin an 18-month world tour in October, with the trek reportedly kicking off on around Halloween in Chicago.

The 1977 AC/DC song "Let There Be Rock" will be featured in the new Rock Band 2 video game, due out in September. This will mark the band's first and so far only contribution to a video game soundtrack.

[Bazookajoe_666] Saturday, August 16, 2008 5:51:52 PM 
Testament Guitarist Interview

Scott Tady of recently conducted an interview with TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow. What's been the highlight or craziest moment of the ["Metal Masters Tour" with HEAVEN AND HELL, MOTÖRHEAD and JUDAS PRIEST]?

Alex: The best part of it happens almost every night when my friends come to the show, and together, with my all-access pass, we get to go front row for BLACK SABBATH and JUDAS PRIEST. I love meeting up with my friends and watching some of the best bands of all time. There have been a couple nights where I've been front row and (JUDAS PRIEST's) Glenn Tipton has noticed me and made faces at me. My friends congratulated me because I got props from Glenn. Congratulations on a strong new album, one that might ultimately be TESTAMENT's most successful. Why do you suppose "The Formation of Damnation" was your highest-charting album, here, nearly 25 years into the band's career?

Alex: I think there are a number of reasons. One is that when the original lineup got back together, we didn't think about doing a record until it felt right. Despite cries from certain sections of the fans and media to hurry up and do a record, we just took our time. When we ended up doing it, we meant business. I don't think we wanted to do one until we were in that place. I think that there was also a need for a good classic metal record that also felt current. A hardball question on behalf of people weaned on pure '80s metal: Which has hurt heavy-metal more, POISON, CINDERELLA and the other "hair-metal" bands; or today's guttural, Cookie Monster-voiced death metal bands?

Alex: Ha ha, it's hard to say. I would say neither because that's a general stereotype. There are bands from both genres that are good, and there are bands that are bad. Occasionally the bad ones get all the attention, and it can hurt the overall impact and image of metal in general.

Read the entire interview from

New Queen Album Pushed Back

The North American release date of QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS's new album, "The Cosmos Rocks", has been pushed back to October 28 from the previously announced October 14. The CD will still arrive in Europe on September 15 via EMI/Parlophone.

"The Cosmos Rocks" was recorded and mixed at QUEEN drummer Roger Taylor's The Priory studio between November 2007 and August 2008, and co-produced and engineered by Joshua J Macrae, Justin Shirley-Smith and Kris Fredriksson. It marks the first album of newly recorded material from QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS since they first set out on the road in 2005, and the first QUEEN studio album since 1995.

A first single from the album, "C-lebrity", will be released September 8 in enhanced CD, 7", and digital formats. Versions contain exclusive performances of QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS live performances of "Show Must Go On" and "Fire and Water" filmed during Q + PR's 2005 Japanese tour.

The track, according to Roger Taylor — and seemingly much in keeping with many on "The Cosmos Rocks" — is the writers' skew on the times in which we live: "'C-lebrity' is really a comment on the current concept of fame — success and all that goes with it. Getting your face on TV is enough — talent doesn't really enter into the equation. 'Celebrity' is an overused and devalued word today. I think the song shows we have lost none of the humour ofQUEEN!"

The album is released in three physical formats: standard CD, deluxe package which includes additional DVD featuring 15 highlight performances by QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS from the band's Super Live in Japan concert recorded live at Saitama Super Arena, Tokyo on October 27, 2005, along with double gatefold vinyl release. The album will also have a special digital release including bonus tracks.

Coinciding with the release of "The Cosmos Rocks", QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS embark on a 33-date Europe and Northern Eurasia tour beginning mid-September. The tour reaches the UK on October 10 with 11 dates including two at London 02 and the tour's final date at Wembley Arena on November 8.

"The Cosmos Rocks" track listing:

01. Cosmos Rockin'
02. Time To Shine
03. Still Burnin'
04. Small
05. Warboys
06. We Believe
07. Call Me
08. Voodoo
09. Some Things That Glitter
10. C-lebrity
11. Through The Night
12. Say It's Not True
13. Surf's Up . . . School's Out!
14. (small reprise)

A special edition CD/DVD featuring a bonus disc containing a recording of QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS at Saitama Super Arena, Tokyo on October 27, 2005 will also be made available.

The DVD track listing is as follows:

01. Reaching Out (Hill / Black)
02. Tie Your Mother Down (May)
03. Fat Bottomed Girls (May)
04. Another One Bites The Dust (Deacon)
05. Fire And Water (Rodgers / Fraser)
06. Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Mercury)
07. Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) (May)
08. These Are The Days Of Our Lives (Queen)
09. Radio Ga Ga (Taylor)
10. Can't Get Enough (Ralphs)
11. I Was Born To Love You (Mercury)
12. All Right Now (Rodgers / Fraser)
13. We Will Rock You (May)
14. We Are The Champions (Mercury)
15. God Save The Queen (Trad. Arr. May)

QUEEN's last studio album was "Made In Heaven", released in November 1995 and containing the last recordings with Freddie. The LP became the band's biggest selling studio album, with world sales in excess of 20 million. 

Peter Criss Interview

40° 74° magazine has published a new interview with original KISS drummer Peter Criss and his wife Gigi about their life in Monmouth County, New Jersey.

"That was it for me," Criss said of his decision to leave KISS for the last time in 2003. "That was like: Ace [Frehley, guitar] ain't here. This ain't the original band. I said to Gigi, 'I can't do this with these guys. I made this band what it is. I'm one of the founding fathers. No matter who they get to put stuff on their face, it ain't us. You can take the mask off the Lone Ranger and put it on someone else, but it ain't the Lone Ranger.' We ended it on my 58th birthday, which couldn't have been more apropos."

Regarding his home in Spring Lake, New Jersey, Criss said, "The year before we got married, I came out here for Christmas. I hadn't had a Christmas with snow for eons. I really missed it in California. We were dating then. I was taking the garbage down. There were all these deer surrounding the garbage area. They were beautiful, man. I just love deer anyway. Some people can shoot them. I don't get that.

"Something happened an epiphany, call it what you want. But I just felt God said, 'You're gonna marry this girl, and you're gonna live here.'

"I said (to Gigi), 'Go find a house. Buy it. Make sure it’s got a pool, a lot of privacy and land.' Gigi looked at a bunch of places. I came here. We named the house Harmony. I fell in love with it. I've got land, I have privacy, I have my studio downstairs, I have a pool. I have all the great things a kid from Brooklyn — trust me — never had. What more do you really want in life?

"I find here and now is a great place for Peter Criss. I love it here. It's paradise."

Read the entire article from 40° 74° magazine.
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[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, August 14, 2008 8:38:03 PM 
Alice Cooper Interview

Steven Patrick of recently conducted an interview with rock legend Alice Cooper. An excerpt from the chat follows. Would you agree that "Along Came A Spider" is a "return-to-form" album for you?

Alice: I really kind of do my albums for my fans. I realize I'm not breaking any new ground out there. I don't think OZZY is, or AEROSMITH is, either. We have our fans. We've had them for a long time. We are getting new fans because kids that like MARILYN MANSON immediately go, "Who's this ALICE COOPER that they're always talking about?" Then they bring up my website on the Internet and go, "Wait a minute…I like this guy even better…and he's got 25 albums out!" So, they rediscover me…but honestly, when I do an album, I'm not thinking about, "Boy, I really got to get the FOO FIGHTERS' audience." [laughs] I'm thinking that I've got to satisfy my audience. I spent more time in the production of this one, and I think that's what they mean by going "back to form." It probably reminds them more of "Welcome to My Nightmare", and that's fine because when we do this production on stage next year, it will be like "Welcome to My Nightmare". It will be a full-out Alice production. The album is already doing great. It's charting great, it's selling great, pre-orders are amazing. It's already surpassed in one week all the other albums combined. I must have found something in here that works. So much of your work deals with teenage angst and rebellion; how do you still tap into that at age 60?

Alice: Well, the good thing about it is that I don't. Alice does. I don't know how old Alice is. When he's doing "Eighteen" he's 18. When he's doing "School's Out" he's 15, 16, 17 years old, I guess. You know, because, how old is Dracula? How old is Batman? How old is any fictitious character? They really don't have an age. You know, so when I'm on stage and I'm doing "Eighteen", believe me, I'm as 18 as any kid out there that's 18…maybe more. When I get offstage, of course I go, "Well, I can't say you're 18"…you know, Alice has got to be 18. Then there are other times when Alice needs to be a hundred. You know, he needs to be coming out of a crypt somewhere, so I kind of adapt him to whatever I need him to be.

Read the entire interview at

Reissue of No Bull

According to a posting on the AC/DC Rising Power web site, the new version of AC/DC's "No Bull" DVD — featuring the band's July 10, 1996 performance at Plaza de Toros in Madrid, Spain — will be released on September 9 (one day earlier internationally).

It will be available both in DVD and Blu-ray format and will feature:

* Remixed and remastered sound (Stereo and 5.1 surround) and new transfer in HD.
* "Shoot To Thrill", "Hail Caesar", "Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" and "You Shook Me All Night Long" with the Angus Young angle of view.
- Bonus: "Cover You In Oil" recorded in Gothenburg, Sweden, and "Down Payment Blues" in Daytona, USA
* 12-page booklet
* Discography

AC/DC's new album, "Black Ice", has had its release date pushed up one week, from October 28 to October 21. The record, AC/DC's first in eight years, will be sold exclusively at Wal-Mart.

The first single from "Black Ice", titled "Rock 'n Roll Train", will arrive at radio stations August 28. A source at Harddrive Radio described it as "smoking hot. It's AC/DC like we love them, loud, anthemic and hard!"

"Black Ice" is AC/DC's first new studio effort since 2000's "Stiff Upper Lip". It was recorded at a Canadian studio with PEARL JAM and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN producer Brendan O'Brien.

The legendary rockers are slated to begin an 18-month world tour in October, with the trek reportedly kicking off on around Halloween in Chicago.

The 1977 AC/DC song "Let There Be Rock" will be featured in the new Rock Band 2 video game, due out in September. This will mark the band's first and so far only contribution to a video game soundtrack.

[Bazookajoe_666] Sunday, August 10, 2008 3:53:06 PM 
Metallica Debut New Song "Cyanide"

METALLICA premiered a brand new song called "Cyanide" during the band's co-headlining set at the one-day Ozzfest last night (Saturday, August 9) at Pizza Hut Park in Dallas. The track is the first taste of METALLICA's forthcoming album, "Death Magnetic" to be aired in a live setting. The official video footage of the song can be viewed below.

METALLICA's Ozzfest 2008 setlist:

01. Creeping Death
02. For Whom The Bell Tolls
03. Ride The Lightning
04. Harvester Of Sorrow
05. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
06. Cyanide (new song)
07. ...And Justice For All
08. No Remorse
09. Fade To Black
10. Master Of Puppets
11. Damage Inc.
12. Nothing Else Matters
13. Sad But True
14. One
15. Enter Sandman
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16. (MERCYFUL FATE medley feat. King Diamond)
17. Seek And Destroy

METALLICA has officially set Friday, September 12 as the "worldwide" release date for "Death Magnetic". The CD will be available to download for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock on the same day the album arrives in stores.

The band is offering the record for sale in numerous configurations, ranging from a digital-only release to a deluxe "coffin box" that will come with a bonus CD, a DVD, a T-shirt, guitar picks and other goodies.

Although Dallas was the only Ozzfest date scheduled for this year, METALLICA's name has come up a lot in recent years as a possible headliner or co-headliner. Drummer Lars Ulrich told The Pulse of Radio he was happy that METALLICA was finally doing it. "I don't think we've ever been invited before," he said. "You know, I've gone to a couple of Ozzfests. I think it's been awesome. I mean, it's such a great institution and it's done so much for metal in America. Ozzy and Sharon gave us our first big break in America in 1986. I will always respect that. They've been great to us. So it's cool. I'm psyched. Should be good fun."

METALLICA toured as an opening act for Ozzy in 1986 while supporting its breakthrough album, "Master of Puppets".

Ozzfest began in 1996 as a single show held in Los Angeles, but expanded to a full summer tour for the past 11 years, including last year's "free" event. Both Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne have indicated that it will be a full-blown tour again next year.
[Bazookajoe_666] Wednesday, August 06, 2008 4:01:40 PM 
Appetite For Vinyl

Universal Music will re-release GUNS N' ROSES' classic debut album "Appetite For Destruction" on vinyl. The LP is due on Tuesday, September 9, 2008 and the cover features the controversial original artwork by Robert Williams.

Go to CD Universe to place your order today and be one of the first to receive this product when it arrives.

Product Description: Already a legend in its own meagre lifetime, this startling debut shrouded itself in controversy, from its original Robert Williams artwork to Axl Rose's unblinking accounts of L.A.'s underbelly. This mawkish storytelling, combined with a brattish collective swagger and a surprisingly mature approach to their songs, guaranteed GUNS N' ROSES a speedy notoriety that was to serve their legend brilliantly. From the laconic "Paradise City" to the achingly beautiful "Sweet Child O' Mine", or the furious "Welcome To The Jungle", the record brims with a brutal integrity. An album they could never surpass even if they had stayed together.

120-gram vinyl LP pressing of their genre-defining debut full-length album, originally released in 1987. The LP cover features the controversial original artwork. **Please note that this vinyl pressing features "For Promotional Use Only" printed on the artwork. 2007

German edition in its original sleeve design.

Recorded at Rumbo Studios, Canoga Park, California; Take One Studio, Burbank, California; Can Am Studio, Tarzana, California.

Deluxe Edition Of Paranoid

The Pulse of Radio reports that BLACK SABBATH's 1970 second album, "Paranoid", will be reissued on September 29 as both a double-vinyl set and a deluxe three-CD package, according to a press release. The record, which was recorded in eight days, is SABBATH's best-selling effort and was their commercial breakthrough in the U.S. Containing some of the band's biggest songs, such as "Iron Man", "War Pigs" and the title track, "Paranoid"is considered one of heavy metal's most influential and all-time masterpieces. The CD set will contain the original album on one disc and a 1974 quadraphonic mix on the second, while a third CD will feature never-before-released early instrumental versions of six of the album's eight songs and two with alternate lyrics.

"Paranoid" has sold four million copies in the U.S. and was SABBATH's only album to ever reach No. 1 in their native country, the U.K.

"Paranoid" was followed by 1971's "Master of Reality", also considered by many fans to be one of the group's finest efforts.

At their long-overdue induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, guitarist Tony Iommi and singer Ozzy Osbourne talked about the respect that BLACK SABBATH has earned in the music industry.

Iommi: "I think it's great. I think it's taken a few years, mind (you), because I think for a while, nobody took us seriously. But, you know, our friends in the music business and that obviously did. As we went on, the more we carried on, the more we proved, the more we stayed there, you know? And I think we got the respect from that."

Osbourne: "I never thought anybody liked us, and people on the Ozzfest would come to me and go, 'You were really one of our inspirations.'And I didn't really, I didn't believe it, you know?"

The original lineup of BLACK SABBATH has reunited several times in the last decade to either headline its own tour or Ozzfest, but there are no plans at the moment for the band to either record or tour.

Metal Masters Talk Touring

Revolver magazine has posted short interview clips with the bands taking part in this summer's Metal Masters TourJUDAS PRIEST, HEAVEN AND HELL and MOTÖRHEAD — filmed during the photo shoot for the cover of the publication's latest issue. Watch the footage below.

The Metal Masters Tour launches tonight (Wednesday, August 6) in Philadelphia. Opening the show every night is the veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrash band TESTAMENT.

Are You Experienced?

Experience Hendrix is the continuing concert phenomenon that brings together contemporary guitar greats to celebrate the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix. It is also the title of the first-ever DVD release that chronicles blazing concert performances by top name artists in tribute to Jimi Hendrix. "Experience Hendrix", released through Image Entertainment this month, features highlights of two star-studded concerts featuring such notables as Kenny Wayne Shepherd, DOUBLE TROUBLE, LIVING COLOR, PEARL JAM's Mike McCready, Indigenous, Robert Randolph, Mick Taylor, Kenny Olson of Kid Rock's band, Hubert Sumlin, BAD COMPANY's Paul Rodgers, Buddy Guy, Mitch Mitchell, Buddy Miles, Billy Cox and others.

Fourteen of the performances seen in "Experience Hendrix" were filmed at the Paramount Theater in Seattle, Jimi Hendrix's hometown. Three bonus songs were filmed at San Diego's annual Street Scene.

The connection between the participating artists and the legacy of Jimi Hendrix is undeniably direct. According to Kenny Wayne Shepherd, "Without the music of Jimi Hendrix
, I might never have been so inspired to explore the music possibilities and push the envelope of the guitar."

Billy Cox, the bassist who met Jimi Hendrix in the U.S. Army and performed and recorded with Hendrix with both the JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE and THE BAND OF GYPSYS, stated, "It's a thrill for me to play Jimi's music for audiences now as it was in the past. The Experience Hendrix shows illustrate just you how timeless this music really is."

The Experience Hendrix cast includes musicians who performed or recorded with Hendrix during his lifetime including the aforementioned Cox as well as original JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE drummer Mitch Mitchell and the late Buddy Miles who was, with Cox, the rhythm section of THE BAND OF GYPSYS.

Produced by Janie Hendrix and John McDermott for Experience Hendrix, LLC, the family-run company charged with preserving the legacy of Jimi Hendrix, the DVD was mixed by Eddie Kramer. Kramer, one of history's most lauded recording engineers was a long-time associate of Jimi Hendrix's who worked on every one of his albums from "Are You Experienced?" onward as well as numerous live recordings, including Woodstock. Kramer mixed portions of the "Experience Hendrix" DVD at Electric Lady Studios, the Greenwich Village recording studio he helped construct for Hendrix in 1969.

Janie Hendrix, CEO of Experience Hendrix, LLC commented, "Every day, we see how Jimi's musical legacy continues to transcend generational and cultural boundaries. This DVD release reflects the genius of his unifying spirit." 

[Healer] Wednesday, August 06, 2008 1:57:06 PM 
Hey JayDee.  Just FYI, if you read my story on the Sinful thread I mentioned that we had dinner in the HR cafe and they had did have some Judas Priest stuff.  I will be posting pictures later including what was in the HR.  I'm sure they just put them up because they were playing but I've been there before and I've never seen any Priest stuff.
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[JayDee  Jepsen] Wednesday, August 06, 2008 9:16:54 AM 
I've been to many HR Cafes around the world collecting guitar pins. What I found ironic about the whole Hard Rock Cafe thing is I've never seen a single piece of Judas Priest memorbilia in any of them! No pictures, guitars, gold/platinum records nothing!  Maybe NY HR is different but I will tell all of you as a whole, JP, the greatest heavy metal band of all time has been left 'out in the cold', pun intended when it comes to the HR Cafe.

Interesting note: There's a HR Cafe in Tijuana, Mexico and no music ever came out of Tj. However Seattle, WA. my city and host to- peal jam, nirvana,queensryche, hendrix, hart, soundgarden, alice n chains...etc..... has no HR Cafe.......WTF?    go figure!


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[Healer] Wednesday, August 06, 2008 8:31:34 AM 
Here is a recap from Eddie Trunk about his 25th Anniversary show this past Monday Night at the Hard Rock Cafe which I had the pleasure of attending!

What a night, a recap of the 25th Anniversary event.

8/5/08: Wow, where to begin? Last night really was one of the most special nights of my professional life. After a couple months of anticipation, the 25th Anniversary event is in the books, and what a night it was. Never in a million years could I ever have imagined a day would come that Judas Priest would be playing a private show for me, and that's exactly what has happened. The day started for me with a limo ride into NYC. With me in the car were my Mom and Dad and my good friend Mike Piazza. As we came through Times Square I saw the marquee of the Hard Rock with my name and a congratulations message and it really hit that this was actually happening. Amazing feeling. We entered the back of the Hard Rock where I had a quick look at Priest's stage set up before doors open. Johnny then took me to the red carpet reception area where there was a huge banner with my logo on it. Once the doors opened it was all a blur. Fans, friends and artists came streaming in and I had a chance to greet many of them. It was a scene I could have never imagined as about 20 photographers snapped away at me and my guests that walked the red carpet. Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson handled video interviews with many of the artists as well. Everything, including Priest's set, was filmed professionally with a 4 camera shoot. After about an hour reception out front I was taken to the backstage area where the surprise of the night took place. Many of my close friends in the world of comedy were standing there, as was Piazza, so I knew something was up! When Don, Jim, Craig Gass, Jim Breuer, Billy Mira and Jim Norton are in a group you know things are about to get stupid! I was standing backstage so I really could not hear or see what they all did, but I'm sure it was funny. Then Piazza came out and introed me to the crowd after saying a few words. Then the surprise; a huge video screen comes down and what was essentially an Eddie Trunk roast took place! An entire video tribute was put together by my good friend Erik Luftglass over the last few months and I had no idea! This video will be posted on this site soon, so you can all see it. It featured Chris Jericho, Don & Jim, UFO, Tesla, Ratt, Sabbath, Dio, Kip Winger, Trixter, David Ellefson, Judas Priest, Triumph, Anthrax, Twisted Sister, Bret Michaels, Queensryche, Dream Theater and many others first taking shots at me in a roast style, then all saying some really amazing things about how they feel about me and congratulating me on the 25 years. Just awesome and I will keep this video as a great memory for life. I can not thank Erik enough for spending hours getting these interviews and putting it all together. It was an awesome surprise and there were also some Happy Birthday wishes thrown in (mine is 8/8). JJ and Eddie from Twisted Sister gave me a gift of a guitar signed by the entire band, and the Hard Rock gave me a guitar and amp signed by everyone at the event. After the video I took some time to say a few words to the crowd and thank some of the people who have supported me over the last 25 years. Then the main event, Judas Priest on stage in a club in front of 600 people! The stage was cleared and Priest took over and crushed! AMAZING seeing this band in this setting. Even more interesting was to see the guys perform out of stage clothes, in jeans and T shirts, really cool to see them loose and having fun. The guys would tell me later they had a great time being that close to a crowd and there was great energy on stage and in the audience. Priest played for about 45 minutes and did a set with an equal balance of album cuts and hits. I had no idea what they were going to play and didn't want to know in advance. They opened with "Electric Eye" into "Metal Gods". How can you top that!?!? Then "Devils Child", INSANE! From there it was "Breaking The Law", "Hell Patrol", "Green Manalishi" and "Another Thing Coming". The band was called back out for an encore and slammed into "Hell Bent For Leather". Halford thanked me several times during the set and called me up to the stage just before the last song of the regular set "Another Thing Coming". There I was standing on stage with Priest, unreal. Halford gave me the mic and had me trade off his signature audience call and response before the song. Then Glen Tipton came over and offered me his guitar in a gesture to play with them! I had to decline since I don't know how to play a note, but damn I wish I did!!! Between the guitars as gifts and the chance to jam with Priest, it might be time to take lessons. The band just killed. They played great and Rob sang unreal hitting every high note. If you were lucky enough to be there you saw something really special. Legends in a club setting at a private show. After the show I once again thanked the band and fans and did my best to make the rounds and see some friends. The whole thing almost felt like a wedding for me in that there is all this build up, and then it went by in a flash and there were so many people you wanted to talk to but missed. After the show I hung out with Priest and many guests backstage. The band could not have been cooler and the vibes were great all around. One funny moment nobody knows about is that my good friend Ace Frehley was there, but missed everything! I had called Ace several times warning him not to be late. He walked in around 10PM and saw me on stage and walked right backstage thinking I was bringing Priest on. As I walked off from thanking everyone Ace was standing at the bottom of the stage stairs, said hi, and asked when Priest was starting. He thought I was bringing them on and he was bummed when I explained the night had ended and he missed them. He did hang for a bit backstage then split. Classic Ace! I thank him still for showing up and lending his support, but he missed everything. Off the top of my head here are a few of the artists that joined me in my celebration. I'm sure I'm forgetting some and much more will come to me, but in the house from what I can remember were; Mike Piazza, Ace Frehley, Don Jamieson, Craig Gass, Jim Norton, Jim Breuer, Jim Florentine, Richard Christy, Bumblefoot, Mike Portnoy, Scott Rockenfield, Geoff Tate, Glenn Hughes, Tony Iommi, Ronnie James Dio, Geezer Butler, Vinnie Appice, Carmine Appice, David Ellefson, Gilby Clarke, Frank Bello, Dan Nelson, Russell Allen, Vito Bratta, Jesse Malin, Danny Sage, Johnny Kelly, Bobby Blitz Ellsworth, Kenny Dubman, Scott Metaxes, Russell Arcara and I'm sure others I am forgetting that will come to me. I didn't even get to see everyone, but most I had a quick hello with, it was pretty crazy. It was so great to have so many of my close friends there. A TON of photos, video and more are all coming exclusively to this site. Keep checking back as stuff will start being added daily. My SINCERE thanks to John Pasquale, Dave Miller and everyone at the Hard Rock Cafe NYC. Great people, great venue and I can't thank them enough for providing me a perfect place to do great events in the heart of the greatest city in the world! Thanks to Erik Luftglass, so much support and the video was incredible. Erik and I have worked together on various levels over the years and he always is in my corner. He now works for my website and is a big reason for the upgrades among other things. Speaking of the site, thanks to Rich and Keith and all at PAID. Thank you JUDAS PRIEST! I will forever be in their debt for what they have done for me. To have a band of this stature offer to do this for free, with no ego or bullshit, and to acknowledge what I have done like they did is amazing. Thank you Glen, KK, Rob, Scott and Ian. Also thanks to Jayne Andrews and Priest management for making this a reality. Thanks to our sponsor Legends Harley in Ledgewood NJ. None of this could have happened without the people I just mentioned. Also thank to Punctual Pickups for providing first class transportation. If your looking for great car service at a great price, and a company that gets the rock and roll lifestyle, call them at 201-569-6376. I also want to thank all the PR firms that helped including Coyne PR, Kayos Productiosn, Adrenaline PR, and Chipster PR. A sincere thanks to all the program directors who believed in what I do and have kept me on air for 25 years. Special thanks to Bob Buchmann at my current NYC home Q104.3. Bob rescued my show in NYC back in 2002 and put it on Q where it still lives. Bob is leaving the station and I wish him well and thank him for truly getting what I'm about and letting me be me. Thanks to all the amazing artists over the years, many who have become great friends. Its a two way street, they support me, I support them, and when it works like that its awesome and I appreciate it. Also thanks to VH1, VH1 Classic and MSG Network. I appreciate all that have given me opportunities in TV. Great to be a part of MSG Network and great to be coming back to VH1 Classic. Also thanks to my family. My wife who deals with all the crazy stuff in my schedule and life with no drama, and my parents who took me to my first Priest show and were both at the event Monday. Kind of sureal to see my Mom and Dad rocking to Priest, and then to see them in the bands dressing room after the show before I even got there talking to the guys! Also thanks to Chris, Michelle and Cathy at The Aquarian for the awesome cover story which you can link to from my home page. My current assistants on the radio shows Andrew Ramsingh and Holly Lucian, and all that were there before them. Also thanks to Dana Rosen and all that contribute to make this site what it is. Most of all thanks to YOU! I would be NOTHING without the amazing support of my audience. I thank you all greatly. So much more to talk abouit, so much video and photos coming. We will also cover everything on air this weekend on the radio. I'll also see you at PNC and Jones Beach this weekend for the full Metal Masters Tour. After the little taste of Priest last night, can not wait for the full assault! Thanks to all for an amazing night. Everyone that was there has been raving about how special it was. I hope I can do it another 25!

[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, August 05, 2008 9:00:27 PM 

Iron Maiden Guitar Stolen: Awesome Reward!

IRON MAIDEN guitarist Adrian Smith's new Jackson guitar was stolen after the band's show in Athens, Greece this past Saturday night (August 2).

All MAIDEN fans are being asked to be on the lookout for the guitar. It will be extremely hard to get rid of as it's the only one in the world. There will be a reward of a MAIDEN tour jacket and a handwritten letter of thanks from Adrian to anyone with information leading to the recovery of the guitar.

For more information, go to this location.

According to RIA Novosti, IRON MAIDEN, which is scheduled to perform a gig in Moscow August 19, will fly in over 200 friends and relatives with them to the Russian capital, concert organizers said Tuesday.

[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, August 05, 2008 6:37:28 PM 
Priest Rock The Cafe

British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST performed an abbreviated set at Hard Rock Café New York in Times Square last night (Monday, August 4) as part of syndicated broadcast personality Eddie Trunk's event to celebrate his 25th anniversary in radio broadcasting.

More footage of the performance has surfaced online:

"Breaking The Law": Video
"The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)": Video
"Electric Eye": Video

The group's setlist was as follows:

01. Electric Eye
02. Metal Gods
03. Devil's Child
04. Breakin The Law
05. Hell Patrol
06. The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)
07. You've Got Another Thing Comin
08. Hell Bent For Leather

Among those attending the event were the following:

Frank Bello (ANTHRAX)
Vito Bratta (WHITE LION)
Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER)
Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth (OVERKILL)
Ace Frehley (KISS)
David Ellefson (MEGADETH
Gilby Clarke (GUNS N' ROSES)

Check out photos of the event:

Wire Image Judas Priest Show
Wire Image Arrivals
Film Magic Inside/Show
Film Magic Arrivals
Getty Images

Trunk broadcasts his weekly radio shows, "Friday Night Rocks" on Q104.3 in the New York City listening area and "Eddie Trunk Live" on XM Radio (satellite radio).

Eddie said, "I've had the privilege of meeting and/or interviewing most of the top metal and hard rock artists at various points in my career and sharing their stories and music with millions of fans on air through TV and radio. To have an iconic band like JUDAS PRIEST, who helped invent the genre and are true legends, play a private show to celebrate my contributions and support is humbling, to say the least! It would be tough to find another band that defines metal like PRIEST, so this is an honor beyond belief and one I can truly say I would have never dreamed of as a kid!" 
[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, August 04, 2008 5:58:36 PM 
Vinny Appice Interview

Marko Syrjälä of recently conducted an interview with drummer Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, DIO, HEAVEN AND HELL, DERRINGER). An excerpt from the chat follows: At the beginning of the last tour you were playing for about two hours, but as the tour progressed you dropped a couple of songs cutting the set down somewhat. What was the reason for that?

Vinny: Yeah, we started with a long set and then we just cut it because at a couple of shows we had to play less time and then we pulled the songs out and everybody went, "Let's just play that." But then that got longer because we started jamming, so what went from... we played for two hours, down to an hour and forty-five minutes, then it went back up to almost two hours, because on "Heaven And Hell" we started jamming shit, which was good because we were enjoying it so much. We just started jamming and improvising, so that's a good thing. Can you tell us what stage the new HEAVEN AND HELL studio album is at right now?

Vinny: Right now we have six songs... about six songs written. They're just demos and they sound fucking awesome! Heavy, great... sounds like really cool SABBATH! These six new songs that you've got at this point, how would you compare them to the three new tracks ("The Devil Cried", "Shadow of the Wind" and "Ear in the Wall") that were recorded for the BLACK SABBATH ("The Dio Years") compilation that brought about this whole reunion in the first place?

Vinny: Well, the [new stuff on the] compilation was just written by Tony [Iommi] and Ronnie [James Dio]... and it was done quickly, the first time they got together. We now have a whole tour of playing together behind us, so now we got together and Tony and Ronnie wrote a lot of stuff and then there's a lot of stuff with Geezer. Then we got together... we haven't played together, they write it on the computer and then I put drums on it. So, it's a lot more relaxed since we've played together so long, it's a lot tighter and a lot more focused. That sounds very promising. So, this time around all of the members are participating in the writing process?

Vinny: Yeah... it seems to work best if Tony and Ronnie sit there and start the things and then... sometimes [together] with Geezer too or sometimes Geezer will come in and put his thing in there [later], you know. But mainly the two or three of them [write the material]. And then we'll get together in a room when we've got a couple more songs and play them and then we'll go in the studio and record them.

Read the entire interview at
[Bazookajoe_666] Saturday, August 02, 2008 6:27:11 PM 
Big Name Singer For Velvet Revolver?

VELVET REVOLVER has been looking for a new frontman since dismissing Scott Weiland back in April. Rumored candidates have included ex-SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach, former MTV VJ Steve Isaacs (THE PANIC CHANNEL) and ex-SPACEHOG vocalist Royston Langdon, who has apparently had several successful rehearsal sessions with the band.

Speaking to the Artisan News Service on July 23, 2008 at a fashion event in Los Angeles, VELVET REVOLVER drummer Matt Sorum stated about the group's lead singer search, "We got a call from a pretty big guy who wants to be our singer. I can't say who that is yet but talks are happening about it and hopefully we'll see what happens in the next couple of months."

Asked about the possibility of Sebastian Bach joining VELVET REVOLVER, Sorum said, "No. No, it's a lot cooler than that but I don't know if it's going to happen so I can't say. It's cool that people are calling us and wanting to get in the band, so that's exciting."

Langdon performed last month with VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash at a charity event in Las Vegas.

Langdon's previous band, SPACEHOG, released three albums before breaking up in 2002. Their gold-selling 1995 debut, "Resident Alien", featured the hit "In The Meantime".

Weiland reunited with his previous act, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, and is currently on the road with them. 

Scorpions Guitarist Interview

Shelly Harris of KNAC.COM recently conducted an interview with SCORPIONS guitarist Matthias Jabs. An excerpt from the chat follows.

KNAC.COM: I've heard that you've done it in the past, but on the world tour this year you are letting the fans in the different countries vote on the set list, which means you have to quickly get ready to play different songs for each country's leg of the tour. Do you already know which songs you'll be playing on this American leg?

Jabs: "I've seen the final result of the vote for the U.S. [the web site vote ended on Sunday, July 27], and we always sit together the day of the show, in the afternoon, because we need to let the lighting designer know — you have to program the desk for the order of the songs — so the crew needs to be informed exactly, but we are much more flexible. And we have a different situation in the first three shows, because we are playing with Sammy Hagar as a package, and that means in California, because of the strict curfews, and the situation — there are three bands I think — we don't play as long as we normally do. In Europe we play like two hours and twenty, and here it's just like 90 minutes, so that automatically changes the set, because we have to leave quite a few songs out. So, we will talk about the setlist when we all meet [before the first show] in a few days."

KNAC.COM: So, even though SCORPIONS obviously have a very long and extensive song list — at least a hundred — it's like you're ready to wing it and play whatever you have to play, really?

Jabs: "Yes, yes — there's not one song that we don't know. Some of them, like #89, those songs are not so popular, and with us they're not so popular either. (laughs) And therefore we haven't played those, and if we don't have to play them, we won't, but everything in the top 50 we know right away. Also, we keep changing the set around. You can imagine the votes, the results in Russia, are totally different from the ones in the U.S., or in Spain, they vote for different songs than in England or Japan."

KNAC.COM: I know your most recent album, "Humanity - Hour One", came out last year, and will you also be playing some of those songs?

Jabs: "A few but not too many — it has to be the right proportion. People don't like it if you play too many new songs, but we play three or maybe four. They [Americans] want to hear the back catalogue — the 'Rock You Like A Hurricane', 'No One Like You', 'Holiday', 'The Zoo' and all that, and once you do that, the first hour is gone!"

Read the entire interview at KNAC.COM

Scott Weiland Being A Complete Douche Bag.... Again.

Jim Louvau of The Arizona Republic reviewed STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' July 29, 2008 concert at the the Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. An excerpt from his review follows.

"As lights went out and [Scott] Weiland [vocals] appeared in front of his microphone stand muttering something about VELVET REVOLVER and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS before the rest of the band had even made their way on stage. Part of the beauty of attending a Weiland event is that you never know exactly what version of the singer is going to show up and the singer's erratic behavior set the tone early on for what would be a rough night for the '90s alt-heroes.

"The lengthy set opened with 'Big Empty' from 'The Crow' soundtrack. Dressed in a grey suit Weiland stumbled around the stage and fell into drummer Eric Kretz's drum kit which confirmed he is now officially the Amy Winehouse of rock 'n' roll. When he did sing he often forgot words or changed them. 'Conversations Kill' quickly became 'Masturbation Kill'.

"The singer's incoherent rants in between songs were cut off by his band members starting the next song to stop the bleeding. Guitarist Dean DeLeo and his brother bassist Robert DeLeo looked humiliated as they ripped through classics like 'Wicked Garden', 'Big Bang Baby' and 'Vasoline'."

Read the entire review from The Arizona Republic.

Fan-filmed video footage of Scott Weiland falling backwards into drummer Eric Kretz's drum kit during the Dodge Theatre performance can be viewed below (pay attention beginning around the one-minute, 23-second mark).
[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, August 01, 2008 9:29:25 PM 
Video For "The Day That Never Comes" Completed

METALLICA has posted the following message on its official web site:

"Today [Thursday, July 31] we shot a video... nah, more like a short film really....for the first featured track from 'Death Magnetic'. Directed by fellow Dane/filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg, we spent the better part of the afternoon playing 'The Day That Never Comes' to a sold-out crowd of dust and smoke just outside of Los Angeles, CA.... Should be ready to share with all of you at the end of the month, give or take...more to come."

Check out photos from the video shoot below.

Two of Scandinavia's biggest online music retailers — and CDON.COM — are listing September 30 as the release date for the new METALLICA album, "Death Magnetic".

METALLICA has yet to officially announce a release date for the CD, which will be available to download for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock on the same day the album arrives in stores.

The band is offering the record for sale in numerous configurations, ranging from a digital-only release to a deluxe "coffin box" that will come with a bonus CD, a DVD, a T-shirt, guitar picks and other goodies.

"Death Magnetic" official track listing:

01. That Was Just Your Life
02. The End Of The Line
03. Broken, Beat & Scarred
04. The Day That Never Comes
05. All Nightmare Long
06. Cyanide
07. The Unforgiven III
08. The Judas Kiss
09. Suicide & Redemption
10. My Apocalypse

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[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, August 01, 2008 9:15:59 PM 
Death Magnetic Release Date Announced

METALLICA has officially set Friday, September 12 as the "worldwide" release date for its new album, "Death Magnetic". Although the band has yet to announce separate release dates for the different parts of the world (since albums are virtually never released on the same day "worldwide"), the September 12 date in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (where albums are traditionally issued on Fridays) would indicate that the album would arrive in the U.S. on Tuesday, September 16, with most of continental Europe getting the CD one day earlier on September 15.

Tuesdays are when almost all CDs are issued in the U.S.

METALLICA's new CD will be available to download for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock on the same day the album arrives in stores.

The band is offering the record for sale in numerous configurations, ranging from a digital-only release to a deluxe "coffin box" that will come with a bonus CD, a DVD, a T-shirt, guitar picks and other goodies.

"Death Magnetic" official track listing:

01. That Was Just Your Life
02. The End Of The Line
03. Broken, Beat & Scarred
04. The Day That Never Comes
05. All Nightmare Long
06. Cyanide
07. The Unforgiven III
08. The Judas Kiss
09. Suicide & Redemption
10. My Apocalypse
[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, August 01, 2008 9:06:12 PM 
KK Downing Interview

K-97's Mike Diesel spoke with JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing backstage before the band's show at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on July 27, 2008. Listen to the eight-minute chat below.

JUDAS PRIEST members Rob Halford (vocals), K.K. Downing (guitar) and Glenn Tipton (guitar) were the featured guests on the July 21 edition of the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline", hosted by Bob Coburn. The program is now available for streaming at this location.

JUDAS PRIEST will perform at Hard Rock Café New York in Times Square on Monday, August 4 as part of syndicated broadcast personality Eddie Trunk's event to celebrate his 25th anniversary in radio broadcasting. Trunk, who broadcasts his weekly radio shows, "Friday Night Rocks" on Q104.3 in the New York City listening area and "Eddie Trunk Live" on XM Radio (satellite radio), shared details of the exclusive invitation-only event and instructions on how to win tickets during his live show on Q104.3.
[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, August 01, 2008 5:19:17 PM 
Motorizer Samples!

Audio samples of all 11 tracks that appear on the new MOTÖRHEAD album, "Motörizer", are available for download from the web site of the band's record label, SPV Records.

MOTÖRHEAD will release "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".

"Motörizer" track listing:

01. Runaround Man
02. Teach You How To Sing The Blues
03. When The Eagle Screams
04. Rock Out
05. One Short Life
06. Buried Alive
07. English Rose
08. Back On The Chain
09. Heroes
10. Time Is Right
11. The Thousand Names Of God

For more information, click here.

MOTÖRHEAD mainman Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister will be the featured guest on this Sunday's (August 3) edition of Indie 103.1 FM's specialty metal program "Chaos with Full Metal Jackie" at 10:00 p.m. PST (1:00 a.m. EST Monday morning). Lemmy will premier songs from "Motörizer".

To listen to the show live via the Internet, go to this location. The program also airs on KNAC.COM Monday nights between 7 and 9 p.m. PST (and again on Sunday mornings between 7 and 9 a.m.).

Lemmy was interviewed on July 3, 2008 in Berlin, Germany about his career, the success of MOTÖRHEAD, "Motörizer" and his autobiography "White Line Fever", which will be released as an audiobook in German. Watch the five-minute clip below.

Mini Hendrix?

UK's Daily Mail reports: A schoolboy busker is so good at the guitar he is earning an astonishing £70 an hour (approximately $138) in his summer holidays.

Real-life guitar hero Calvin Prior, 13, has already made £2,000 (approximately $3,951) in the few weeks he has been playing rock riffs in public.

The teenager, dubbed Mini Hendrix, pockets up to £350 (approximately $692) a day and regularly attracts hundreds of people to his street gigs in sedate Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Read the entire article from Daily Mail.

Watch videos of Calvin Prior shredding the axe below.
[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, August 01, 2008 5:04:01 PM 
James Hetfield's 45!

The Pulse of Radio reports: METALLICA frontman James Hetfield turns 45 on Sunday (August 3). One of the most influential figures in hard rock and heavy metal of the past 25 years, Hetfield was born in Los Angeles, California to parents who were devout Christian Scientists. A strict religious upbringing, which included seeing his mother die of cancer because their religion forbade medical treatment, fueled the lyrics of many METALLICA songs, including "Until It Sleeps", "The God That Failed" and "Fade to Black".

Hetfield learned to play piano and drums before picking up a guitar at the age of 14. His early bands during his high school years included OBSESSION, PHANTOM LORD and LEATHER CHARM. When LEATHER CHARM's drummer left, an ad that Hetfield placed in a local paper for a new drummer led him to meet Danish-born Lars Ulrich. The pair formed METALLICA in 1981 and remain its two original members. The group has since become one of the biggest rock bands in history, selling 57 million records in the U.S. and 100 million worldwide.

Hetfield struggled for years with addictions to alcohol and drugs, finally entering rehab in 2001 during the turbulent sessions for the band's "St. Anger" album. He emerged clean and sober and remains so to this day.

While doing press for the 2004 documentary "Some Kind of Monster", which chronicled the events surrounding "St. Anger", Hetfield admitted that he used to drink to maintain his public image. "There's no doubt that I played into the image that was portrayed in the press, portrayed in people's description of why they liked METALLICA," he said. "I didn't want to disappoint. I wanted to be that guy. I wanted to put that mask on, and then keeping the mask on 24 hours became suffocating, and I could not do it anymore."

Hetfield has been married to Francesca since 1997. They have three children, Cali, Castor and Marcella.

His hobbies include skateboarding, hunting, water sports, snowboarding, collecting guitars and customizing classic automobiles.

Hetfield has listed some of his main musical influences as BLACK SABBATH, THIN LIZZY, AEROSMITH, MOTÖRHEAD, QUEEN and LED ZEPPELIN.

METALLICA's ninth studio effort, "Death Magnetic", is due out in September.

Turkey's leading 24-hour news channel NTV aired a lengthy report on METALLICA's July 27, 2008 appearance at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium in Istanbul. The report — which includes an interview with James Hetfield about the group's forthcoming album "Death Magnetic" and the "Some Kind of Monster" movie — can be viewed below.
[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, July 31, 2008 5:59:32 PM 
Three Anthrax Home Videos Get A DVD Upgrade

Three ANTHRAX VHS home videos will finally be released on DVD for the first time on September 2 via MVD Entertainment Group/Cherry Red. A description of each title follows:

[***UPDATE***: ANTHRAX's manager, Izvor Zivkovic of Split Media, has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the upcoming DVD releases: "As of right now, these releases are not sanctioned by ANTHRAX or its management as no one has approached us about them. We are contacting the label to find out more."]

"Through Time P.O.V." (details):

This DVD encapsulates the growth through years of a band that were always FANS of the music they have played. Through both the live and interview footage, most of which you've never seen before, (unless you were there!), it's evident that through time, ANTHRAX has held true to what they believe in — THE MUSIC. This also features six of the band's 10 UK hit singles. It's a rare archive for ANTHRAX fans everywhere!

"Oidivnikufesin N.F.V." (details):

This DVD contains a full show from rock legends ANTHRAX, recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon during their UK tour of 1987. This footage is from a 1988 VHS release — never released before on DVD. As one of the most popular bands of the 1980s thrash metal scene, ANTHRAX are notable for combining metal with rap and hardcore music early on. They have sold over 10 million albums worldwide and are classified as one of the 'big four' of thrash metal alongside METALLICA, MEGADETH and SLAYER. Both the band and individual members have made many, many TV appearances across famous U.S. shows and in the UK they became well known partly for this legendary concert.

"Live Noize" (details):

After ten years of playing the globe and millions of records sold New York's premier metal band ANTHRAX united with rappers PUBLIC ENEMY for the first tour of its kind. Through this tour ANTHRAX broke down barriers which other acts wouldn't even undertake. It was the most exciting tour of their career, and this video is a documentation of just that. In the summer of 1991, ANTHRAX made musical history by collaborating with PUBLIC ENEMY on one of the most renowned singles of recent times. "Bring The Noise" captured rap, alternative and heavy metal radio. The success of that single prompted these two bands to become co-headliners in the "Bring The Noise" tour. The result was a groundbreaking bill that bought together diverse fans from different musical backgrounds. Filmed at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Southern California, "Live Noise" captures ANTHRAX's performance during that tour. The show incorporates approximately one hour of live performance with back stage footage that includes PUBLIC ENEMY. The encore is an extended rockin' version of "Bring The Noise", metal and rap at last fusing into a seamless whole. Includes band interviews covering the early years of ANTHRAX.

[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, July 31, 2008 5:43:22 PM 
Ratt Guitarist Quits, Quiet Riot Replacement?
According to Metal Sludge, John Corabi (former MÖTLEY CRÜE singer) has quit his gig as the rhythm guitarist in RATT and is rumored to have been replaced by former QUIET RIOT guitarist Carlos Cavazo.

XM's Boneyard host Eddie Trunk, who has a long-running radio show, "Friday Night Rocks", on New York's Q104.3 FM, conducted an interview with RATT singer Stephen Pearcy on July 9, 2008 after the band's performance at this year's Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, Oklahoma. Trunk also spoke briefly with Pearcy and guitarist Warren DeMartini before the concert about how the reunion shows have gone so far and the band's future plans. Watch the two clips below.

RATT celebrated the "Year Of The Ratt" with a very special West Coast U.S. run of dates in April. In honor of their Southern California roots, the band embarked on a four-show mini-tour to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the "Ratt" EP.

RATT recently performed the entire EP along with other RATT faves live on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" to an overwhelming response. Host Bob Coburn expressed that he was "totally blown away" by RATT and that they "flat-out kicked ass" as they delivered one of the best shows in the 27 years of "Rockline".

RATT returned to stores with new DVD and CD releases on July 31, 2007: the first-ever DVD release from the band, "Ratt: Videos From The Cellar: The Atlantic Years", and the audio collection "Tell The World: The Very Best Of Ratt", which features the hard rockers at their studio and live performance peak and includes a previously unreleased track.

Eddie Trunk interviews Stephen Pearcy:

Eddie Trunk introduces RATT performing live at Rocklahoma and speaks to Stephen Pearcy and Warren DeMartini:

Motley Crue Partner With Guitar Center

Continuing its commitment to the support of aspiring artists, Guitar Center and MÖTLEY CRÜE announced today the launch of "Guitar Center On-Stage" — Your Chance To Make Rock History. "Guitar Center On-Stage" and the world's most notorious rock band will provide one up-and-coming band the ultimate, career-altering opportunity — the chance to open on tour for rock icons, MÖTLEY CRÜE. Starting today, through September 21 2008, bands across the United States are invited to submit their music at for a chance to win a prize package that includes an opening slot on MÖTLEY CRÜE's 2009 U.S. tour (dates to be announced at a later date), $25,000 cash, $20,000 in exclusive new gear from Gibson Guitar, management from Tenth St. Entertainment, and a recording deal from Eleven Seven Music, MÖTLEY's management and record label.

Guitar Center has engaged FameCast to power the submission site for "Guitar Center On-Stage," using FameCasts proprietary contest management platform to collect and present each band's submissions and rank them using a variety of metrics such as online fan voting and community engagement. A judging panel including Tenth St. Entertainment and Eleven Seven Records will then review the top bands, selecting 30 bands to advance to regional evaluation events held in mid-October at Guitar Center locations in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. After narrowing the list to the top six bands at the regional events, Guitar Center will host a final round of evaluation on November 12, 2008 at Guitar Center Hollywood, where each of the six bands will perform live for members of MÖTLEY CRÜE. One band will be notified via a personal phone call from a member of MÖTLEY CRÜE that they have been chosen as the winner and that the grand prize, which will include going on tour with MÖTLEY CRÜE, is theirs.

Also on hand at the press announcement at Guitar Center on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood was Chris Taylor Brown, lead vocalist from TRAPT who are currently touring on Crüe Fest. "It is an incredible opportunity to be on the road with one of rock's greatest bands. TRAPT has sold more than two million albums, we have four hit singles, a new album out on Tuesday (August 5) and it's still an honor as well as an enormous boost to our audience to be on the bill with MÖTLEY CRÜE." Guitar Center spends millions every year behind programs that help our customers realize their musical dreams.

"'Guitar Center On-Stage' is our most audacious and ambitious program yet. We are offering nothing short of a chance for greatness. A way to step out of the shadows of obscurity and into the light of legends," said Norman Hajjar, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer for Guitar Center.

Allen Kovac, CEO and Founder of Tenth Street Entertainment and Eleven Seven Music said, "Tenth Street Entertainment has historically achieved success with unique and robust strategic marketing initiatives for its clients. In just 24 short months, Eleven Seven Music has become the #1 Independent Active Rock record company with five percent of the market share at rock radio. Aligned with the advertising, brand recognition and credibility Guitar Center is providing, Tenth Street and Eleven Seven are excited to give an up-and-coming rock band the best possible support to jump start a long and successful career in the music and entertainment businesses."

MÖTLEY CRÜE's Mick Mars notes, "Our partnership with Guitar Center gives us the opportunity to help an up-and-coming band by giving them every element needed to succeed. Like Ozzy did for us when he took an unknown band called MÖTLEY CRÜE on the road, we too are looking for the next generation's great rock band."

Press Conference Master of Ceremonies Jim Richards, Program Director of San Diego's 101 KGB FM says, "MÖTLEY CRÜE has remained one of the most relevant bands of their era. Their single 'Saints Of Los Angeles' is currently Top 10 at Active Rock and Top 5 at Mainstream Rock and played alongside bands like DISTURBED, LINKING PARK and AVENGED SEVENFOLD. None of their contemporaries have experienced this kind of staying power. This program is a dream come true for any young musician."

"Gibson Guitar has always supported bands on every level and as a music innovator we work hard to support emerging bands by giving them opportunities for success through our many resources," said Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar. "This program will launch the next MÖTLEY CRÜE and we are proud to partner with our friends at Guitar Center for such an exciting promotion."

New Live Release From U.D.O.

U.D.O., the German band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, celebrated its 20th anniversary by playing two special shows in Germany on April 30 in Solingen at Cobra and May 3 in Tuttlingen at Stadthalle. The three-hour Tuttlingen concert was filmed for a DVD and live CD, entitled "Mastercutor Alive", to be released on September 26 on ZXY Music in three different formats:

* Double DVD including bonus material and double CD
* Single DVD without bonus material in digipack
* Double CD

Check out pictures of the Tuttlingen show on the band's official web site: Part 1, Part 2.

The projected track listing is as follows:

Disc 1:

01. Mastercutor
02. 24/7
03. They Want War
04. The Bullet And The Bomb
05. Midnight Mover
06. Vendetta
07. Mission No. X
08. Midnight Highway
09. The Wrong Side Of Midnight
10. Breaker
11. Guitar Solo
12. Princess Of The Dawn
13. One Lone Voice
14. Winterdreams

Disc 2:

01. Living For Tonite
02. Thunderball
03. Drum Solo
04. Man And Machine
05. Animal House
06. Metal Heart
07. Holy
08. Balls To The Wall
09. Fast As A Shark
10. Burning
11. Outro
12. I'm A Rebel

Bonus material:

* Road movie Russia tour (15 minutes)
* Road movie South America tour (15 minutes)
* Concert Belarus (30 minutes)

The DVDs will feature 5.1 Surround Sound.

U.D.O. released a "best-of" album, "Metallized - 20 Years of Metal", on November 30 via AFM Records. The CD booklet is filled with photos from the last 20 years and and includes liner notes written by Metal Hammer journalist Andreas Schöwe. The first 12 songs on the collection were chosen by fans via the official U.D.O. web site, while tracks 13 to 16 consist of two unreleased songs, an acoustic version of the ACCEPT classic "Balls to the Wall", and a live version of "The Bullet and the Bomb".

U.D.O.'s latest studio album, "Mastercutor", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 39 — the highest German chart position in the band's history.

Fan-filmed video footage of U.D.O. performing the classic ACCEPT song "Midnight Mover" on December 20, 2007 at the Metropolis Club in Munich, Germany can be viewed below.

Sharon Osbourne Interview

Parade magazine has published a brand new interview with Ozzy Osbourne's wife/manager Sharon. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow.

Parade: Do you look at the avalanche of reality shows that has followed "The Osbournes" and wonder what you started?

Sharon: It's terrible, isn't it? Do you know what? It's like I said to Ozzy, "People will just have go get over it." I haven't seen most of them. I'll watch maybe five minutes of something and check it out.

Parade: What do you think of what you see?

Sharon: I'm totally amazed at how shameless people are. They will repeat something that's been done over and over again and act as if it's unique. I think that the younger generation thinks all they have to do is get on TV and act a bit crazy and things will happen for them. They've got it wrong because you need to have a talent to get really famous.

Parade: So you see a lot of wannabes who don't have a clue about what it takes even though they're getting their proverbial 15 minutes of fame?

Sharon: You've got your superstars. You've got your celebrities. And then you've got your people who I call "infamous."

Parade: You look terrific. How's Ozzy doing?

Sharon: I'm great. He's great. This weekend we're off to Dallas where he'll be performing. He's working on a new album at the same time as doing live shows. He never stops writing music.

Read the entire interview at

New Queen + Paul Rodgers Album Release Date Announced

QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS will release their new album, "The Cosmos Rocks", in Europe on September 15 and the U.S./Canada on October 14 via EMI.

Look for the first plays of the new QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS single on UK radio next week:

* Radio 2: "Ken Bruce Show" next Monday, August 4 between 9:30 a.m. and noon. The track will then hopefully get more airs before going into playlist the following week.

* Virgin Radio: The track will be played from noon onwards that day (Monday, August 4).

You can currently log onto the album club and are invited there to check out premier track "Say It's Not True" (previously released at the end of last year by QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS as a special World Aids Day download for Nelson Mandela's 46664 HIV AIDS charity).

Video footage of QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS performing a new song, "C-lebrity", on the April 4, 2008 edition of the UK's ITV "Al Murray's Happy Hour" can be viewed below. Other tracks on the new CD will include a "first" for a QUEEN album — a cover version. The remaining tracks are all newly written by May, Taylor and Rodgers during the late 2007/early 2008 recording sessions.

QUEEN's last studio album was "Made In Heaven", released in November 1995 and containing the last recordings with Freddie. The LP became the band's biggest selling studio album, with world sales in excess of 20 million.

QUEEN's "Greatest Hits 1" album has achieved the distinction of being the UK's biggest selling album of all time, having sold a staggering 5,407,587 copies in Britain alone (source: VH1/The Official UK Charts Company. November 2006).

Paul Rodgers' voice is one of rock's platinum assets and as a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter as front man of FREE and BAD COMPANY and as a solo artist he has written, produced and recorded some of radios biggest hits.

Between them, QUEEN and Paul Rodgers have released more than 50 albums during their long careers and sold in excess of a staggering 300 million records.
[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, July 22, 2008 3:39:17 PM 
New Ozzy Album Planned

According to a bulletin issued by OZZY OSBOURNE's MySpace page, the Prince of Darkness will follow up his appearances at the Monsters of Rock show in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on Saturday, July 26 and Ozzfest 2008 in Dallas, TX on Saturday, August 9 by returning to the studio to record a new album.

OZZY OSBOURNE's latest CD, "Black Rain", was certified gold on December 14, 2007 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for shipments in excess of 500,000 copies in the United States.

"Black Rain" was reissued on November 20 as a "Special Limited-Edition Tour Package" featuring a bonus CD of live tracks and B-sides. The bonus CD includes the following cuts:

01. I Don't Wanna Stop (live)
02. Not Going Away (live)
03. Here For You (live)
04. Nightmare
05. Can't Save You
06. Love To Hate

"Black Rain" debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard album chart, with first-week sales of 152,000 copies.

Ozzy and his family will return to television in a new reality variety show this fall. The Fox program has the working title of "The Osbournes: Loud And Dangerous" and will feature Ozzy Osbourne, his wife Sharon, and their kids Jack and Kelly.

Fox has reportedly ordered six episodes of the series and each episode will run for an hour. "The Osbournes: Loud And Dangerous" will feature musical performances, comedy sketches, and game-show competitions. The show is being produced by FremantleMedia North America, who also produce "American Idol" for Fox.
[JayDee  Jepsen] Tuesday, July 22, 2008 10:09:07 AM 
Judas Priest -here tonight in Seattle, WA !!!!  The show is almost sold out!!!! and 10 of us are going!!!!
[Bazookajoe_666] Sunday, July 20, 2008 6:13:23 PM 
Really? Were the song samples any good?
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[Bev] Sunday, July 20, 2008 7:04:57 AM 
I have an account at YouTube.  One of my subscriptions is to MetallicaTV, which posts MissionMetallica clips (I believe).  Anyway, there is an account feature I use that sends email notices of updated subscriptions.  One day last week, I got an update that included all my subscriptions, including a couple missionmetallica clips  ; ) 
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