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[kiamat] Tuesday, February 16, 2010 2:02:29 PM 
To be fair to Edward the Great, it actually goes all the way up to 2003. Number of the Beast happened to be the first song I played from it because, well I thought it was a cool song name. I play Brave New World and AMOLAD all the time, I used to diss Dance of Death as overrated but I've come around to it, likewise a fair amount of the 90s stuff grew on me after several playings and after hearing recordings of Bruce singing Blaze-era stuff. 

I know Maiden's 80s stuff has been in the media all the time, what with the Somewhere Back in Time tour. But remember that in the tour before that they played the new album in its entirety, a tour I seriously regret not going to, as everyone I know who did go said it was fantastic, and all the songs worked brilliantly live. I think both of us would agree that Priest couldn't pull that off with Nostradamus.

Anyhow, I don't wish to sound bolshy in any way- I just felt compelled to defend a band I love very much.
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[Becks] Tuesday, February 16, 2010 1:36:00 PM 
I agree JD, whenever most people talk about Maiden, they bring up their albums from the 80s to show how awesome they are, whereas with Priest you have stuff from the 70s, 80s and more recent releases like the 3 albums you mention. Maiden really needs to go back to their 'roots' to give fans a reason to continue to think they are awesome, lol. Fans like me anyways. Angel Of Retribution blows any recent Maiden out of the water I believe. I also believe Priest can certainly bring out an album next which will kick Maidens butt, LOL! But who knows in the world of heavy metal.
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[J.D. DIAMOND] Tuesday, February 16, 2010 1:31:50 PM 
I fully agree with Guido 100%,I think that Iron Maiden gets too much credit for songs that are overrated and I'm talking about the last 20 years again! Come on guys Priest hasn't done much better the last 20 years but at least they have 1990 Painkiller under thier belts and 1997 Jugulator blows away anything Maiden has done in the 1990's and Angel Of Retribution is waaaay better than anything Maiden has done since 1984 Powerslave. 

Just like kiamat mentioned....Edward The Great wich is a best of album,and The Number Of The Beast...nobody ever mentions a horrible album like 1990 No Prayer For The Dying or the terrible awful 1992 Fear Of The Dark,the shit albums X Factor,Virtual Eleven or they never even mention Brave New World,Dance Of Death or A Matter Of Life And Death...

When Maiden is mentioned its always something from the 80's,again Priest hasn't set the world on fire either but like I said they have Painkiller,Jugulator and Angel Of Retribution to wield in front of Maiden fans while Maiden doesn't have any records as strong as those 3 albums from Judas Priest since 1988's Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son album.I realize this is just all opinions but I hear 95% of people talk about Angel Of Retribution but when it comes to Maiden they talk about the 1980's for some reason? Hummmm
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[Becks] Tuesday, February 16, 2010 12:30:16 PM 
Well I've never seen Priest or Maiden live, but I can say without a doubt who I would rather see - Priest. I want to see Maiden live too, but if I see Priest live I will die happy LOL! I'm the biggest Priest fan I know which isn't hard where I am haha.
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[jimmyjames] Tuesday, February 16, 2010 12:08:42 PM 
Come on, Maiden do a better live show than Priest these days.
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[Brian_Evans] Tuesday, February 16, 2010 12:05:47 PM 
This is excellent! Iron Maiden always put out quality albums and 'm sure this new one will be will be great as usual.
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[guidogodoy] Tuesday, February 16, 2010 10:37:35 AM 
Yup, I disagree completely. I have most of Maiden albums and most of the later ones are boring as all get-out. I have seen both live (many times) and, while Maiden of old was fine live and I even got on stage with them, I was almost bored to tears just like I am with most of their later albums.

PRIEST is always awe-inspiring. To each his own.
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[kiamat] Tuesday, February 16, 2010 10:00:01 AM 

Well, I personally am SO stoked over this- I love Maiden, I disagree that all their stuff is the same- and I could happily listen to most of their albums right through- I can't always say the same for Priest, sadly.

In fact, (and I totally expect people to disagree, and get angry with me over this, its fine) if I had to choose which I like more, Priest or Maiden, I would always come down on the sice of Maiden. I love Priest, I think they are incredible. But Maiden have always totally blown me away, from the moment I brought home 'Edward the Great' and put Number of the Beast on full blast. I've seen Priest live, and it was great. I'm seen Maiden live, and it was awe-inspiring.

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[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, February 16, 2010 8:05:00 AM 
Actually they did say somewhere that the new material is different from the last 3 albums. Its got some different stuff overall going on compared to everything they've done.

I hope its good.
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[jimmyjames] Tuesday, February 16, 2010 1:57:57 AM 
I think it's part of the reason they spend so long in between albums these days. There has to be 15 songs instead of 8 or ten and you have to pretty much fill up the available space on the cd. Even bad ideas get stretched out into songs. Number Of The Beast, 8 Songs, 9 if you have the version with Total Eclipse which ruins the continuity of the album. Piece Of Mind, 9 songs. Powerslave 8 songs. This is the way forward for Maiden.
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[J.D. DIAMOND] Tuesday, February 16, 2010 1:45:45 AM 
I can almost gaurantee this next Iron maiden album will be "boring". They are anything but "consistant" and there has been no news on the album sounding like something "old-school" so prepare this one to be a big bore with 9 minute tracks and average material. I could be wrong,but don't count on it.
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[jimmyjames] Tuesday, February 16, 2010 12:06:22 AM 

Metallica used to be good too. 8 or 9 songs, most of them between 5 and 8 minutes, still made for only a 45 to 50 minute album. And the songs varied so much they never got boring. Then they did Black album which had 12 songs but they made sure the songs were shorter, don't think theres any over 6 minutes. After that they went to shit as we know but initially they had the right idea.

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[Becks] Monday, February 15, 2010 11:46:56 PM 
Agreed again, Back in Black is a great example of how an album should be - no mucking about trying to show the listener how long and awesomely they can play, just 9 fantastic songs that don't bore you and leave you wanting to listen again. I was STOKED they played Shoot To Thrill at the concert here, it's my favourite off that album. It's one of the highest selling albums of all time for a reason.
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[jimmyjames] Monday, February 15, 2010 11:43:33 PM 
Yeah, It's like the Soundgarden album Superunknown, everyone thinks it's their best because it had a few hit singles on it but it's not, It's a long boring mess of an album with about 5 or 6 quality songs out of 16 or something. Then take an album like Back In Black, 9 songs between 3 and 5 minutes and one 6 minute cracker to start proceedings, whole thing over in about 40 - 45 minutes, not a dull moment. Perfect.
[Becks] Monday, February 15, 2010 11:37:15 PM 
Agreed. I want something that will make me want to listen again, not something to cure insomnia cos it's so long and drawn out.
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[jimmyjames] Monday, February 15, 2010 11:29:49 PM 
Great, hope it's got 10 songs or less and is less than an hour long. I'm sick of these 75 minute albums with 9+ minute long songs. 10 songs ranging from 3 1/2 minutes to 5 minutes with maybe one 6 or 7 minute epic would be perfect.
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[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, February 15, 2010 9:25:54 PM 
Iron Maiden Completes Recording New Album

British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN have completed the recording process for their new album at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas with producer Kevin Shirley. According to a posting on Kevin's official web site, "There's still work to do, but the band portion is complete and in the can, so to speak."

Shirley also worked on the last three MAIDEN albums — 2000's "Brave New World", 2003's "Dance of Death" and 2006's "A Matter of Life and Death".

The next IRON MAIDEN album will be the band's fifteenth studio record, and they face a challenge to follow up "A Matter of Life and Death", which was received well critically and saw the group play the whole album on tour.

Speaking at last year's premiere of the band's documentary film "Iron Maiden: Flight 666", guitarist Adrian Smith stated, "There's always a bit of pressure to follow up the last album, in a way it's good because it motivates you.

"We never get complacent; we always try our best for our own sake as much as anything else. As far as pressure for another album, we just do what we do — we've been doing it long enough now, we know what we're doing. [laughs]"

IRON MAIDEN guitarist Janick Gers revealed to BBC News in November that the band was on its way "to Paris for three weeks to work on some new stuff." He added, "The most important thing for a band is to create new music, otherwise you're not valid — you become a parody."

IRON MAIDEN will headline this year's edition of the U.K.'s Sonisphere festival, which will be held Saturday, July 31, 2010 and Sunday, August 1, 2010 at Knebworth.
[Painkiller87] Friday, February 12, 2010 2:06:53 PM 
Now this came out of the blue for me. One of my other favorite bands has lost a founding member!

Guitarist JESPER STRÖMBLAD Quits IN FLAMES - Feb. 12, 2010
Guitarist Jesper Strömblad has officially quit Swedish metallers IN FLAMES. He says in a statement, "I have decided it is best for me to leave IN FLAMES and to quit the band permanently.

"The last 17 years have been a blast, and I am proud to have been part of this great journey, with the most talented and amazing people anyone can wish to have the privilege to work with. I'm also the luckiest guy in the world, to have the BEST fans in the world, who have been supporting me during my difficult times. It means the world to me, and I'm determined to fight and defeat my demons once and for all…. and by the help from you guys, I'm on my way.

"I'm far from done with music, metal, or whatever my direction is taking me, so be sure to hear from me in the future."

The remaining members of IN FLAMES have released the following statement regarding Jesper's decision to leave the band:

"We are losing a great guitar player and musician, but in order to keep a very dear friend this is probably for the best. If this feels right for Jesper, we are behind him 100% on his decision.

"It is way too early to speculate about the future and possible replacements and things like that. However, we can assure you that IN FLAMES will continue as a band, release albums and tour the world.

"The door to IN FLAMES is always open to Jesper. We are, and will always be, behind Jesper 100% on his way to recovery."

Wearing a "Rehab Is For Quitters" shirt, Strömblad — who checked himself into a rehabilitation clinic early last year in order to receive treatment for his alcohol addiction — rejoined IN FLAMES on stage on December 11, 2009 at Hovet in Stockholm, Sweden for the last two songs of the group's set, "Take This Life" and "My Sweet Shadow". The band performed the tracks as a six-piece, with Strömblad's temporary replacement, Niclas Engelin from the Swedish band ENGEL, playing alongside Jesper.

The sold-out show was attended by 8,335 people, making it IN FLAMES' biggest headlining show ever.

Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be viewed below.

Engelin had helped IN FLAMES on a couple of occasions in the past and is no stranger to the band's songs or the touring life.

Edited at: Friday, February 12, 2010 2:07:14 PM
[icecreamman] Wednesday, February 10, 2010 6:38:45 AM 
Judas Priest Behind the Music to air on VH1 Classic this Saturday at 10:00 P.m.
[Painkiller87] Tuesday, February 09, 2010 9:00:27 AM 

That is some of the best news for this month so far! It really makes me want to see them in Tucson even more!!

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[guidogodoy] Monday, February 08, 2010 8:47:12 PM 
YEAH!! Now THAT is good news!!! Thanks, Joe!
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[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, February 08, 2010 7:51:42 PM 

David Ellefson Rejoins Megadeth

Megadeth founder and frontman Dave Mustaine has announced the return of original bassist David Ellefson (1983-2002) to the iconic multi-platinum group.  This reunion is appropriately timed to Megadeth’s upcoming historic month-long Rust In Peace 20th anniversary tour which launches March 1 in Spokane, WA.  At these incredibly special shows, Megadeth will play their landmark, genre-defining 1990 album Rust In Peace in its entirety, in addition to other Megadeth favorites.

"This shows the power of brotherly love and forgiveness,” Mustaine says.  “David Ellefson belongs in Megadeth. Next we are going to show you the power of getting your asses kicked...HARD!"

David Ellefson concurs: "This is a huge moment for all of us, band and fans alike. It is a great celebration of the music from one of the biggest landmark albums of our career."

Ellefson will join Mustaine and Megadeth band members Shawn Drover (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitar) on tour in support of the group’s current CD Endgame, which has received some of the highest critical accolades of the band’s career.

"We'd like to thank James LoMenzo for several years of loyal service on the bass, and wish him the very best," Mustaine adds.

For more information on Megadeth, go to:

[spapad] Monday, February 08, 2010 6:53:56 PM 
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[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, February 08, 2010 6:50:41 PM 

Disturbed Begin Recording New Album

According to The Pulse of Radio, DISTURBED has hit the studio in its hometown of Chicago to begin recording its fifth album, with a tentative summer release date planned. The group has not yet announced a title for the project, which will follow up 2008's "Indestructible". Guitarist Dan Donegan told The Pulse of Radio that DISTURBED had 15 to 18 songs ready to go, adding that the band doesn't like to waste time once it gets started. "I mean, we definitely go in there very prepared," he said. "We never enter the studio unless we feel like, right now, if these are the songs we record, that we would have an album that we're proud of and we're excited about. And we put everything under the microscope and examine it the best we can to make sure that we're prepared. We don't like going in there wasting time. We go in there to work, and to try to make the best album we can."

Meanwhile, the band has set March 23 as the release date for the 10th anniversary edition of its debut album, "The Sickness". The set, which will also be available on vinyl, will feature B-sides, new artwork, and exclusive online content.

Around the same time, the group will re-launch its website with a special section, accessible only by a code included with new copies of "The Sickness", that will feature clips of the quartet in the studio recording their new album.

[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, February 08, 2010 6:49:18 PM 
Bill Ward Interview

Jarrod Dicker of Stay Thirsty recently conducted an interview with legendary BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Stay Thirsty: What are you currently involved in musically? Does the Bill Ward band still participate in the modern music scene?

Bill Ward: Oh, yeah! This year [2009] I've worked non-stop. I'm in the process of finishing up three albums, which are ALL my albums. When I write songs, I usually write everything (tracks), so I compose in guitar, bass, keyboards, melody arrangements, the vocals…just everything really. So I'm really active inside my own music…

Stay Thirsty: And I'm assuming drums as well?

Bill Ward: And drums of course [laughs], forgot all about the drums. But that's what I've been doing throughout the year and I'm hoping to bring out three fresh albums in 2010. The first one hopefully in the spring, then one in the summer and then trying to get one towards the end of October, right before Halloween. So that's what I'm doing right now. Well I go back into the studio on Tuesday, making sure the tracks are ready for 2010. I'm always busy.

Stay Thirsty: On these upcoming albums, are you the sole musician or do you have a group accompanying you on the tracks?

Bill Ward: When I say I write, I write the parts and so forth, but I have other players that play the music. On the newest work, that's coming out in the spring, Keith Lynch (Bill Ward band veteran) is playing guitar. Paul Ill is playing some bass and then I have a couple of other guys that will play bass as well. Paul's also from early years of the Bill Ward band. And then I have my own drummer, Ronnie Ciago, who's playing on several tracks. I'm playing drums on several tracks too, so it's pretty much a band album if you'd like. There are some guests coming onto the following two albums after the spring one, but it's all under wraps right now [laughs]. They're rock and rollers, man… so they agreed to do it but now let's get them all together in a room and nail it!

Stay Thirsty: Currently, how is your relationship with BLACK SABBATH alumni Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi?

Bill Ward: My relationship with Ozzy is brilliant. I am picking Ozzy first because I speak with him the most often. I talked to Oz a couple days ago. We speak once or twice a week, so we're always in contact with each other. My relationship with Tony is very good at the moment. I spoke with him last week as well. And Geezer never talks on the telephone so I e-mailed Geez, I don't know, just a few weeks ago. I'm in constant contact with all of them, pretty much.

Stay Thirsty: Do you still hold a relationship with Ronnie James Dio? Recent news revealed that he is battling cancer…

Bill Ward: Oh shit yea. For quite a while we did the whole "Heaven and Hell" album together, so I felt like I spent a lot of time with him. We wrote together and played together and did some of the business things together. I also spent a lot of social time with him and his family as well.

Stay Thirsty: In 1979, SABBATH made the decision to fire Ozzy claiming pressure from the record label and various other complications and frustrations. It was you who was chosen to break the news to Ozzy. Why so?

Bill Ward: I just thought that it would be easier if I just did it. I've been in that position before with other musicians; I just felt that I ought to do it. It just felt like the right thing to do at the time. It was a very difficult and depressing time for all of us. I felt it was the right thing to do, for me to talk to Oz. We were close. I volunteered myself.

Stay Thirsty: You left (fired) BLACK SABBATH one year after Ozzy's dismissal. How difficult of a time was this for you; 1) the separation from Ozzy and 2) your constant battle with addiction?

Bill Ward: Yes, it was a very difficult time. I was indeed feeling the loss of not having Ozzy in the band. I also had something happen to me, which had nothing to do with Ronnie or BLACK SABBATH or anything. I'm an alcoholic and a drug addict and my addiction was running rampant with me. I was losing all "control." I thought I had control of it and I did not. I was completely hit so hard with everything that I was unable to function properly. So I reached a point where I put the alcohol and the narcotics before the band and that had never happened before in my life (1980). This is something that I am not proud of, but it is something that happened to me. It actually became more important for me to drink and get high than to perform on stage. That's changed a lot since; my priorities are the right way round again. But back in 1980 it was very bad…very, very bad.

Stay Thirsty: As previously mentioned by other music critics and historians, the drumming style you use doubles the bass and guitar riffs played by accompanying band members. How did you step into this method? Who inspired you to play this particular way?

Bill Ward: As far as drummers are concerned, when I was a child growing up I was really attracted to artists like Gene Kupra and Louis Bellson and Buddy Rich; a lot of the drummers that played in the popular big bands of the '40s. I would listen to their records. My mother and father listened to them because the GIs in World War II had brought that music over with them. So my mother and father became real quick fans of American music. When I was growing up in the early '50s, four or five years old, I listened to these bands and thought it was great. It was pretty much all we had, except for the early rock and roll like THE PLATTERS and a few other bands that were still doing the "crooner"-type ballads.

Stay Thirsty: This is a question I like to ask older, more established musicians: Now that we are in the digital age of mp3's and music piracy, it seems that the concept and idea around a record has vanished. Fans prefer to buy singles rather than listen to the entire piece of work. What are your particular feelings on this matter?

Bill Ward: I have some feelings about it. If I say anything, I must preface it by saying that we [SABBATH] were all brought up in the age of the '60s at a time when how you made a record was that you would release it out and people actually bought it. [laughs] So it's very different today. It can be a little bit frustrating. I think it's a shame that we get bootlegged so much, we were always bootlegged anyway, but now people are just grabbing a copy downloading it and not thinking twice about it. It's just difficult for me to be supportive of that. I mean, it's always been music first and money somewhere down the line. But now, it's really tough to actually make a living in this business.

Stay Thirsty: As I said before, we are in a more digital age. Do you think that music piracy and "ripping off" musicians is a product of the times?

Bill Ward: Now it's this ruthless dog-bite-dog world, but it was definitely like that before the whole "age" you speak of. The '60s and the '70s had their assholes as well. What really pisses me off isn't what necessarily is happening with me, but what is happening with younger bands. They're some great musicians who need to be cut a break, man, and someone needs to invest some time in them. The only ones that invest time in them, what once was enormous record companies, are falling like broken giants now. I see a lot of the casualties coming out of it. It's a shame, there's a lot of people in the industry who I wish weren't in the industry because they don't know anything about the industry or music or anything. You asked me a question there, and a little long and drawn out answer but there it is…

Read the entire interview from Stay Thirsty.
Edited at: Monday, February 08, 2010 6:56:53 PM
[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, February 08, 2010 6:48:35 PM 
KK Downing Comments On Grammy Win

guitarist K.K. Downing has issued the following update:

"At last, after five nominations, I am happy to say the PRIEST has at last come home with a Grammy Award!

"I know that some of you may think that the awards are geared up mainly for the pop and country fraternity. But, really, it is a celebration of music excellence around the globe that inspires people in all corners of the world. And when it comes to metal, I think that as long as it gets the recognition and acceptance that it deserves, then I am happy. And I am especially happy for you the fans. I feel that it is your award too; you have been loyal campaigners staying loyal to the music that we all love whilst giving your support to so many bands throughout the decades. None least other than JUDAS PRIEST. For this I thank you and wish for us all be winners time and time again for the good of heavy metal.

"Meanwhile, we are continuing to put together the cool package I was speaking of and that is the 30th anniversary reissue of 'British Steel' and live DVD of the 2009 'British Steel Tour'. There will also be hopefully some bonus stuff too. I can't make any promises, but we are determined to make it as good as it can be.

"I guess many of you are already planning which of the festivals you are going to go this year. Again I think it's going to be a bumper year with tons of great bands to see. One thing is for sure: if PRIEST has a rare summer off this year, you will definitely see me at as many festivals as I can get too. So keep an eye out for me and as usual a good place to look would be in the beer tent!"
[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, February 04, 2010 10:20:39 AM 
Dio Era Sabbath Albums Getting Rereleased..... Again

Universal Music has set an April 5 release date for the deluxe expanded editions of BLACK SABBATH's classic albums "Heaven And Hell" (1980), "Mob Rules" (1981) and "Live Evil" (1982).

The details are as follows:

"Heaven And Hell" (1980):

Disc One:

01. Neon Knights
02. Children Of The Sea
03. Lady Evil
04. Heaven And Hell
05. Wishing Well
06. Die Young
07. Walk Away
08. Lonely Is The Word

Disc Two:

01. Children Of The Sea (Live)
02. Heaven And Hell (Live)
03. Lady Evil (Mono Edit)
04. Neon Knights (Video - Live)
05. Die Young (Video - Live)
06. Neon Knights (Live, Hartford, CT, USA, '80)
07. Children Of The Sea (Live, Hartford, CT, USA '80)
08. Heaven And Hell (Live, Hartford, CT, USA '80)
09. Die Young (Live, Hartford, CT, USA '80)

"Mob Rules" (1981):

Disc One:

01. Turn Up The Night
02. Voodoo
03. The Sign Of The Southern Cross
04. E5150
05. The Mob Rules
06. Country Girl
07. Slipping Away
08. Falling Off The Edge Of The World
09. Over And Over

Bonus Tracks:

10. Die Young (Live - 12" version)
11. The Mob Rules (Alternative Version)

Disc Two:

01. E5150 (Live)
02. Neon Knights (Live)
03. N.I.B. (Live)
04. Children Of The Sea (Live)
05. Country Girl (Live)
06. Black Sabbath (Live)
07. War Pigs (Live)
08. Slipping Away (Live)
09. Iron Man (Live)
10. The Mob Rules (Live)
11. Heaven And Hell (Live)
12. Paranoid (Live)
13. Voodoo (Live)
14. Children Of The Grave (Live)

"Live Evil" (1982):

Disc One:

01. E5150
02. Neon Knights
03. N.I.B.
04. Children Of The Sea
05. Voodoo
06. Black Sabbath
07. War Pigs
08. Iron Man

Disc Two:

01. The Mob Rules
02. Heaven And Hell
03. The Sign Of The Southern Cross / Heaven And Hell (continued)
04. Paranoid
05. Children Of The Grave
06. Fluff

* Original Ronnie James Dio crowd interaction and audience noise restored
[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, February 01, 2010 10:37:08 PM 

Willy Wonka For Metalheads

Ernie Ball has partnered with longtime endorsee Slash (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES) to provide 20 guitarists a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a private masterclass with Slash in Hollywood, California. Hidden inside select packs of Ernie Ball electric guitar string sets are five different-colored picks — gold, silver, red, black, and white. Each pick has a corresponding prize including:

* Gold – Flight, hotel, and ticket to attend a private masterclass with Slash
* Silver - Custom Ernie Ball Music Man instrument
* Red - $500.00 Guitar Center shopping spree
* Black - Signed copies of Slash's solo record.
* White - Free packs of Ernie Ball strings.

"I'm honored to partner with Ernie Ball and work with up-and-coming rock and roll musicians, and I'm keen to see what comes from it," said Slash.

Available exclusively at Guitar Center, over 1,000 prizes will be available in all Slinkys, Coated Slinkys, Classic Pure Nickel and 7 String Sets.

The promotion runs from February 1 - April 30, 2010, and will coincide with the worldwide release of Slash's new solo album.

For more information, visit

The iconic guitarist's new album is scheduled to hit stores on April 6, 2010 and features an incredible list of guest appearances, including Ozzy Osbourne, M. Shadows, Fergie, Adam Levine, Lemmy Kilmister, and more. 

[Painkiller87] Monday, February 01, 2010 11:06:40 AM 
Cool. At least the Phoenix date is still there. But I am going to rangle up some tix for the Tucson showing of Megadeth, Testament and Exodus. Now that will be sick! Downtown Tucson will be leveled by this amount of thrashing!
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[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, February 01, 2010 10:00:57 AM 
Canadian Carnage Tour Rescheduled Dates, Third Times the Charm

SLAYER and MEGADETH are thrilled to announce the new, confirmed routing for the "American Carnage" North American Tour, which will commence with the rescheduled "Canadian Carnage East" dates in Quebec City on Friday, July 23. SLAYER will then head to Europe for a run of festival dates, returning to kick off the "American Carnage" leg in Albany, NY on August 11.

"American Carnage" will play 26 dates across the United States and Eastern Canada up to the Labor Day weekend, ending in Portland, Oregon on September 4. TESTAMENT will be special guest on all shows. Tickets purchased for the "American Carnage" shows when they first went on sale late last year will be honored for these rescheduled dates.

Due to venue availability and other conflicts, the shows originally scheduled in El Paso, Houston, Nashville, Duluth, and Louisville cannot be rescheduled at this time, and ticket holders may obtain refunds at point of purchase. However, new cities have been added to the "American Carnage" itinerary, with dates now scheduled in Cleveland, Kansas City, San Diego, and Sacramento. The confirmed, complete itinerary is below.

The "American Carnage" tour, originally scheduled to take place in January and February, had to be put on hold due to SLAYER's vocalist/bassist Tom Araya's ongoing, minimally-invasive treatments for what was diagnosed as a cervical radiculopathy, an occupational hazard for the rocker who is known for aggressively swinging his long mane of hair while performing. Right after the first of the year, Araya made the difficult decision to undergo a surgical procedure, called an anterior cervical discectomy with fusion, a relatively routine practice with an excellent recovery rate. That surgery took place early last week.

"The doctors said that Tom's surgery went very smoothly and was a resounding success," said Rick Sales, longtime SLAYER manager. "He's home now, doing really well, and he said the numbness in his fingers had already diminished considerably."

Shortly after the surgery, SLAYER's Kerry King received a text from Tom: "Awake and feeling good, actually whatever he did, it feels better."

The "American Carnage" tour will mark the first time that SLAYER, MEGADETH and TESTAMENT will have toured the U.S. together since 1991's epic "Clash of the Titans" tour, making this truly a "must-see" event.

SLAYER recently announced the rescheduling of its headline tour in Europe, and MEGADETH and TESTAMENT are currently on tour together playing U.S. cities that will not be on the "American Carnage" itinerary.

"American Carnage" North American tour dates:

Jul. 23 - Pavillon de la Jeunesse, Quebec City, QC CANADA
Jul. 24 - Heavy MTL, Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal, QC CANADA
Jul. 26 - Metro Centre, Halifax, NS CANADA
Jul. 27 - Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, NB CANADA
Jul. 29 - Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, ONT CANADA
Jul. 30 - John Labatt Centre Center, London, ONT CANADA
Aug. 11 - Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY
Aug. 12 - Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ
Aug. 14 - Tsongas Arena, Boston, MA
Aug. 15 - Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
Aug. 16 - Chevrolet Theatre, Wallingford, CT
Aug. 18 - Tower City Amphitheatre, Cleveland, OH
Aug. 19 - Joe Louis Arena, Detroit,MI
Aug. 20 - UIC Pavillon, Chicago, IL
Aug. 21 - Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 23 - Cap Fed Park @Sandstone, Kansas City, KS
Aug. 25 - Magness Arena, Denver, CO
Aug. 26 - Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, NM
Aug. 27 - Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 29 - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA
Aug. 30 - Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA
Aug. 31 - Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA
Sep. 01 - Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA
Sep. 03 - Wamu Theatre, Seattle, WA
Sep. 04 - Washington County Fairgrounds, Portland, OR 

[guitardude] Sunday, January 31, 2010 7:07:00 PM 
Now that`s what I`m talking about! Congrats guys, long overdue and well deserved!
[Vaillant 3.0] Sunday, January 31, 2010 7:02:40 PM 
Well, spoilers notwithstanding, I shall say this:

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[Bazookajoe_666] Sunday, January 31, 2010 6:55:23 PM 

Judas Priest Win First Grammy

JUDAS PRIEST was honored with a Grammy in the "Best Metal Performance" category in the pre-telecast ceremony at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, which are being held tonight (Sunday, January 31) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. JUDAS PRIEST was nominated for the track "Dissident Aggressor", from the band's 2009 live album "A Touch of Evil: Live". The band's lead vocalist Rob Halford and drummer Scott Travis accepted the award at the event.

In his acceptance speech, Halford said, "The fifth time is the charm." According to AOL's Noisecreep, he mentioned that PRIEST have been making metal for 25 years and that they still love what they do. He also remembered to thank all the radio stations and press that have supported the band, and he dedicated the award to all heavy metal fans.

The nominees in this year's "Metal" category were as follows:

* JUDAS PRIEST - "Dissident Aggressor" (from "A Touch of Evil: Live"
* LAMB OF GOD - "Set to Fail" (from "Wrath")
* MEGADETH - "Head Crusher" (from "Endgame")
* MINISTRY - "Señor Peligro" (from "Adios...")
* SLAYER - "Hate Worldwide" (from "World Painted Blood")

Only albums released between October 1, 2008 through August 31, 2009 could be considered for this year's awards.

The Grammys are determined by 12,000 music industry professionals who belong to the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

The 52nd annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live in high definition TV and 5.1 Surround Sound on CBS from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. EST.

Nominations for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards were announced on December 2, 2009 by The Recording Academy and reflected an eclectic mix of the best and brightest over the past year in music, as determined by the voting members of The Academy. For the second year, nominations for the annual Grammy Awards were announced on primetime television as part of "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night". The one-hour special — broadcast live on CBS from Club Nokia at L.A. live — featured the announcement of nominations in several categories as well as performances by the BLACK EYED PEAS, DJ/producer David Guetta, Maxwell, Nick Jonas & THE ADMINISTRATION, Sugarland, and host LL Cool J. Presenters included LINKIN PARK, George Lopez, Katy Perry, Smokey Robinson, Ringo Starr, T-Pain, and Dwight Yoakam.

A complete list of Grammy nominees can be found at this location.

[Bazookajoe_666] Saturday, January 30, 2010 10:19:55 AM 

New White Wizzard Video "Over The Top"


"Over The Top", the new video from Los Angeles traditional metal heroes WHITE WIZZARD, can be viewed below. The clip sees WHITE WIZZARD trade their axes for guns, as the five members turn into rugged outlaws and bring true heavy metal to the wild west.

Filmed with director Dave Vorhes, the video strays from today's standard dark videos and instead features a light-hearted and entertaining story. Fans of WHITE WIZZARD's first music video for "High Speed GTO" will instantly recognize "Over the Top" as a sequel, with the same fun approach. The legendary White Wizzard himself may even make an appearance!

"Over The Top", WHITE WIZZARD's full-length follow-up to the "High Speed GTO" mini-album, will be released on February 8 in Europe and March 9 in the U.S. via Earache Records. The CD was recorded with producer Ralph Patlan (MEGADETH, UFO, MICHAEL SCHENKER) and contains "10 songs that will rip your head off," according to bassist Jon Leon. The limited-edition CD version includes two bonus tracks of classic metal covers.

WHITE WIZZARD formed in 2007 and shortly afterwards recorded its "High Speed GTO" demo, which only made it into the hands of a few select fans. Following a brief period of inactivity, the demo fell into the hands of Earache Records and the "High Speed GTO" song was included on "Heavy Metal Killers", a compilation featuring 13 tracks from the best new traditional-sounding heavy metal bands. Earache Records released the "High Speed GTO" tracks as a mini-album last summer.

For more information, visit

[hellrider 31038] Friday, January 29, 2010 8:23:34 PM 
hey jimmyjames no offence of coarse but i just dont particulary like them
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[jimmyjames] Friday, January 29, 2010 8:16:20 PM 
C'mon Hellrider, Testament are a cool band.

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[hellrider 31038] Friday, January 29, 2010 6:07:49 PM 
yeah hey.wasted like 20 bucks  on that souls off black cassette tape like 20 years ago.
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[J.D. DIAMOND] Friday, January 29, 2010 3:35:50 PM 
Same here hellrider,not saying they are not a good band,but I could never get into them either,and I have heard just about everything they have done.Just not our style thats all eh?
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[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, January 28, 2010 6:37:55 PM 
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[hellrider 31038] Thursday, January 28, 2010 12:06:54 AM wow only 10.00$ for a HALFORD shirt.he is giving them away
[Head banger] Wednesday, January 27, 2010 7:14:36 AM 
now can you get them to western canada?
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[hellrider 31038] Wednesday, January 27, 2010 12:00:26 AM 
i could never get into testament
[jimmyjames] Tuesday, January 26, 2010 9:06:15 PM 
I'd like to hear Testament do Practice What You Preach in it's entirety, I think that's their best.
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[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, January 26, 2010 6:45:48 PM 
Testament are also playing "The Legacy" in its entirety on the tour.
[jimmyjames] Tuesday, January 26, 2010 2:42:00 PM 

Their masterpiece, can't believe it's 20 years old. Remember buying it on tape when it came out. Great album. 

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[Painkiller87] Tuesday, January 26, 2010 9:00:38 AM 
Definitely some of the best news this week. I won't have to drive far which is AWESOME!!!
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[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, January 25, 2010 6:04:14 PM 
Megadeth, Testament, And Exodus North American Tour Dates

The mighty MEGADETH will join forces with TESTAMENT and EXODUS for a month-long jaunt that will find these thrash titans crisscrossing the nation on the "Rust in Peace" twentieth anniversary tour. These will be incredibly special shows that will delight MEGADETH fans, as the band will be playing their landmark, genre-defining album, 1990's "Rust in Peace", in its entirety, in addition to other MEGADETH set list favorites.

The tour will kick off on March 1 in Spokane, Washington and will run through the end of the month.

The dates are as follows, with tickets going on sale this Friday, January 29.

March 01 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
March 02 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
March 03 - Medford, OR - Medford Armory
March 06 - Calgary, AB - Big Four (TESTAMENT w/ special guests)
March 07 - Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Centre (TESTAMENT w/ special guests)
March 08 - Saskatoon, SK - Prairieland Exhibition Hall
March 11 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theater
March 12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Palace Theater
March 13 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
March 15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
March 16 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
March 18 - Scranton, PA - Scranton Cultural Center
March 19 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
March 21 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
March 22 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
March 23 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
March 25 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theater
March 26 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Amphitheater
March 27 - Lubbock, TX - The Pavilion
March 28 - El Paso, TX - Club 101
March 30 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater
March 31 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Palladium (TESTAMENT w/ special guests)
[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, January 25, 2010 6:00:44 PM 
New Ozzy Documentry

Filming for "Wreckage Of My Past", the forthcoming film documenting the life of music icon Ozzy Osbourne as he approaches his 60th birthday, has apparently been completed. The documentary is being directed by Mike Piscitelli and is written and produced by Jordan Tappis. It will be the first release from Jacko Productions, a company started by Ozzy's son Jack.

A brief Twitter message from Piscitelli, posted this past Friday (January 22), reads, "My last shoot day with Ozzy..."

Newly sober, Ozzy has finally reached a point of clarity as he looks back on a lifetime of unresolved issues, unparalleled success, misdiagnosed diseases, severed ties, and a recurring dependency on drugs and alcohol. Due in theaters later in 2010, "Wreckage Of My Past" is a film about reconciling the past and looking toward the future.

Jack Osbourne is executive-producing "Wreckage Of My Past" along with his mother, Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy's longtime manager.

Jack and Sharon are financing the film themselves.

Filming for "Wreckage Of My Past" began in January 2008. The documentary will reportedly include interviews with all the principal members of BLACK SABBATH, the various incarnations of Ozzy's solo band, family and friends. But the trick, Jack said, was getting them to be truthful. "The hard thing is getting people to be honest and not have it be a fluff piece, because that's not what we're trying to do," he told "I'm trying to paint a realistic picture of who my father is. I think 'The Osbournes', to a degree, tarnished the public's perception of my dad as a bit of a senile, funny, bumbling guy. Yeah, my dad can be that guy, but it's not him. I think that almost discredited who he is as an artist. My dad's not an idiot — he's nothing short of a genius, in my opinion. He does have huge flaws, and we're trying to really paint an honest picture of that."

According to Variety, Jack Osbourne filmed several of his father's concerts, compiled early archive footage, and was hoping to secure an interview with Ozzy's first wife. He was planning to put the footage together with Piscitelli and Tappis before talking to distributors.

"I want people to see John Osbourne as the guy I grew up with, the tormented, complex musician whose personal demons manifest themselves in so many crazy, unique ways," Osbourne said. "He's agreed to it but is putting up his guard, massively afraid of putting his true self out there on display for people to see."
[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, January 25, 2010 5:56:03 PM 
Give These Guys (And a Gal) A Chance

"Arrival", the new video from WILDESTARR — the band featuring original VICIOUS RUMORS bassist Dave Starr (now on all guitar and bass) and vocalist London Wilde — can be viewed below. According to a press release, the clip is "a visually stunning sci-fi work of art combining dark elements of 'Blade Runner', 'Batman', 'The Outer Limits', and classic film noir."

"Arrival" is the title track of WILDESTARR's debut album, which came out last August through the band's own label, Furnace Maximus Records. According to a press release, the CD contains "10 original tracks of searing melodic metal, in the vein of JUDAS PRIEST, VICIOUS RUMORS, SAVATAGE and EVANESCENCE."

Dave previously stated about "Arrival", "We spent three years working on this record, and the results are just amazing. It has been a real labor of love for London and I, and this is by far the best record I have ever done in my career. Although I am very proud of my past with VICIOUS RUMORS and all the great records we did, I can honestly say that this new album is better than anything I have ever done before. Great songs, great playing, great production, and London is going to really turn some heads with her amazing vocals; I have never heard a woman sound like this before, she has pipes that people are comparing to Rob Halford, Geoff Tate, and Carl Albert."

For more information and a free download of the album's title track, visit
[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, January 25, 2010 5:46:19 PM 
String In The Tail Release Date

Veteran German hard rockers SCORPIONS will release their final studio album, "Sting In The Tail", in North America on March 23 via Universal Music Enterprises. The CD was recorded at a studio in Hannover, Germany with Swedish producers Mikael "Nord" Andersson and Martin Hansen (the team behind THE RASMUS' "Dead Letters" CD).

[guidogodoy] Sunday, January 24, 2010 3:13:42 AM 
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[Vaillant 3.0] Saturday, January 23, 2010 9:25:53 PM 
Are you kidding me?!? Awwww...

They did some great music. Happy retirement, Scorps. Good luck.

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[guidogodoy] Saturday, January 23, 2010 8:45:21 PM 
Oh, sad news. That deserves a vid.....or more from fans. Thanks for the many years of enjoyment.

Edited at: Saturday, January 23, 2010 8:46:25 PM
[Bazookajoe_666] Saturday, January 23, 2010 8:30:08 PM 

Scorpions Retiring

It was always our pleasure, our purpose in life, our passion and we were fortunate enough to make music for you - whether it was live on stage or in the studio, creating new songs.

While we were working on our album these past few months, we could literally feel how powerful and creative our work was – and how much fun we were still having, in the process. But there was also something else: We want to end the Scorpion’s extraordinary career on a high note. We are extremely grateful for the fact that we still have the same passion for music we’ve always had since the beginning. This is why, especially now, we agree we have reached the end of the road. We finish our career with an album we consider to be one of the best we have ever recorded and with a tour that will start in our home country Germany and take us to five different continents over the next few years.

We want you, our fans, to be the first to know about this. Thank you for your never-ending support throughout the years!

We uploaded the very first snippets from our new album for you.

And now… let’s get the party started and get ready for a “Sting in the Tail”!

See you on the world tour,



[Bazookajoe_666] Saturday, January 23, 2010 11:46:11 AM 
Lips of Anvil Interview

Raoul Hernandez of The Austin Chronicle recently conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Steve "Lips" Kudlow of Canadian metal legends ANVIL. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

The Austin Chronicle: In the film, getting a record label is a main concern. After the film, you got one. "This is Thirteen" came out on VH1 Classic Records. Was that what you thought it would be?

Lips: Well, I knew that once the movie came out and there was publicity there's gonna be labels wanting to be part of it. It's such a herding business out there. It's really obvious. It was just a question of what they were willing to do for us — what was on the table. What was the convenience of it for us, or was there any convenience for us. But it had gotten to the point where we couldn't keep up with mail order stuff. The supply can't meet the demand because we didn't have the resources. What happened was we did a licensing deal with VH1 Records and it came out in October.

The Austin Chronicle: On the new album, back-to-back songs "Feed the Greed" and "Big Business" address the music business. How is it now to be in the music business, "agents, managers, a record company?" How's that treating you?

Lips: As horrible as it always was [dissolves into laughter]. [Then, resigned] It's always been the same. It's a pound of flesh, no doubt about it. It's all about co-dependency. They need you and you need them. It's never just one-sided: "Oh, we're going to help you out." They help themselves. It's a business. That's the way it is. They have no choice and you've got to deal with it. That's the way it is.

The Austin Chronicle: Strange to want something that in the end is going to be dysfunctional.

Lips: I'm not sure what you mean by that?

The Austin Chronicle: Like you said, they need you and you need them, but the "music business" is already something of an oxymoron. It's fucked up from the get-go.

Lips: That's right. What choice do you have? No one does anything for nothing. Every inch you pay for and it comes out of your hide. Realistically it's all coming from you as the artist, but you're giving up massive percentages to forge forward. That's just the nature of it. No one's going to do anything for you unless they're getting a piece. The potential of you getting very wealthy is certainly there, but not while you have a whole trainload of people to pay. You're going to maintain and you're going to keep the train going down the track, but you're not going to become a millionaire because it costs too much [chuckles]. Just like anything, you sustain it and eventually you'll get there, but immediate, it isn't like that. It costs a lot of money to make money. It's just the nature of business, and particularly the music business, which is even that much more exaggerated.

The Austin Chronicle: In the film, is it Robb's [Reiner, drums] sister who expresses no small amount of pessimism about the band? Your families must be blown away by this turnaround of events.

Lips: Yeah, they're really celebrating it. It's been wonderful. At the same time, it's a double-edged sword. I'm away from home. My wife is flipped out because she's got so many responsibilities that I'm not there to help her with. Life is filled with challenges, so you always have to be careful of what you wish for. And I'm not saying that I should be careful of what I wish for.... Nothing comes without a price. Those are the balances in life. I knew that going into this. When I was told I was going to do a movie I knew it would be what it's ending up to be, and I also knew what came with it. I'm going to be away from home. I'm not going to be home for my son. I'm not going to be home for my wife. I'm not going to be there to cut the grass, to shovel the snow — to generally be there. This is an extraordinarily time consuming endeavor and I realized that. That's the price you pay. Before this all happened I told my son when he was 7, 8 years old — we watched "The Osbournes" — I said, "We're going to become like the Osbourne family. People are going to know us wherever we go. I'm not going to be home all the time. I'm going to be out playing and you're not going to see me a lot." And everything I warned him about is now transpiring, but it doesn't make it easier. All these things lay heavy on your woman at home — you're not there. These are the costs. It's not that I'm complaining. I'm just stating reality — state of mind — for what it is. It's great. It's absolutely amazing, but like I said, there's certain aspects that you have to be aware are going to take place. You have to be on top of it and be as understanding as you possibly can to the other people around you. Everything that I do has an effect on everybody else. It's not completely a selfish endeavor.

The Austin Chronicle: You worked for this for so long. You put all of your dreams into this and it happened. What's the next dream?

Lips: Hmmm. I really don't think this dream could come to anywhere near an end because I would still like to pay off the mortgage on my house. You know, pay for my son's education in another six, seven years when he finishes high school and so forth. There's a lot yet to go, man. Freedom is still quite a ways away from my perspective and I'm working on it. There's goals and aspirations that I still have to reach at this point. Obviously, yes, I'm very famous and things have turned around for the band and we're very busy, but at the same time, like I said, there's a huge choo-choo train that people are hungry and want a piece of and it's going to take a while to go down that track until everybody gets fed and I see the end of the tunnel. I'm aiming at things financially that I'm hoping to get to. And that's not a complaint. I'm totally willing and able and excited and full of hope, so it's all good. As long as it continues to create more music and more tours and continue on it's never over. Just like it wasn't over for THE ROLLING STONES after so many years. You have to write another album and go out on tour. It never stops. That's the beautiful thing about it. It's not just something that's a means to an end, like you become a dentist and go every day and fix people's teeth [chuckles].

Read the entire interview from The Austin Chronicle.
[jimmyjames] Friday, January 22, 2010 7:36:58 PM 
Maybe Aerosmith could get Gary Cherone to take Steve Tylers spot. He'd be fucking crap, but that didn't stop Van Halen.
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[J.D. DIAMOND] Friday, January 22, 2010 4:43:32 PM 
LOL! He is weak for even coming up with that name in the first place!! lol!!  This is "SAD".
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[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, January 22, 2010 3:57:58 PM 
"Soul Sucka" Is NOT The Name of the New Ozzy Album! YAY!

Ozzy Osbourne has scrapped "Soul Sucka" as the working title of his new solo album. "When we put that on the Internet none of my fan base liked the title," Osbourne tells "They were like, 'I can't imagine me walking around the fucking house with the words 'Soul Sucka' on my T-shirt.' So I was like, 'Fuck it. I've got to come up with something else!'" The now-untitled set is due out in July, the same month Osbourne says that Ozzfest will return after a one-year break. "After Ozzfest I'm doing the most extensive tour of my life," he says. "It'll be something like, 3,025 dates."
[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, January 22, 2010 3:55:56 PM

Follow the link if you want to see the new promo video for Rob Zombie's "Sick Bubble-Gun"
[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, January 22, 2010 3:53:55 PM 
Joe Perry: Still Being A Douche

According to The Pulse of Radio, AEROSMITH plans to begin auditioning new singers next month, with guitarist Joe Perry telling Canada's QMI Agency that the band is "already getting the word out there." He added that they will "start having some auditions, making some phone calls. Hopefully, we'll have found a new singer by the summer, and AEROSMITH will be able to go back out on the road." The group aims to replace original frontman Steven Tyler, who announced last fall that he was taking two years off to pursue a solo project before later checking himself into rehab for an addiction to painkillers.

Although Tyler stated that he planned to be "writing, recording and performing with AEROSMITH" once his stint in rehab was completed, Perry said that the rest of the group is not sure what Tyler's status is: "It's kind of hard to get a straight answer about what's going on. He has to have leg surgery and foot surgery and it's basically going to take him out of the picture for about a year, year and a half. So, in the meantime, the rest of the band wants to play."

Perry pointed out that the band hired fill-ins for bassist Tom Hamilton and guitarist Brad Whitford last year when both were ill, saying, "That's basically how I look at it; we need another singer to fill in."

Perry has said in other interviews that AEROSMITH might lean toward hiring an established "name" vocalist to tour with the group, and there were a few people they already had in mind.

But he also told QMI that the door is open for Tyler to return: "I'm ready to write with him, to play on stage with him anytime he's physically ready and wants to do it. But it's really up to him . . . the last things he said to the press were that he wanted to work with the band and sing with the band, so we'll see."

Meanwhile, Palm Springs, California newspaper the Desert Sun reported that Tyler made a surprise appearance at a local bar called the Tilted Kilt on Tuesday night (January 19), not far from the Betty Ford Center where he is in rehab. Tyler, accompanied by a publicist and management rep, reportedly sang the AEROSMITH hit "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" during a karaoke competition. One witness claimed that he only drank Shirley Temples and left after singing.
[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, January 22, 2010 3:50:50 PM 

Philip Anselmo Interview

DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo has confirmed to U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine that the group is currently working on a new album for a summer release. In addition, he has been working with "a shitload of bands" for his Housecore record label, including RED RIVER REVIVAL, EVIL ARMY, haarp (all lower case) and WARBEAST.

"I've been in the studio with this dirty rock band, kinda very much like AC/DC-influenced rock band called RED RIVER REVIVAL," he said. "I just got out of the studio with the mighty haarp — that's all in lower-case letters. They are fucking brutal and slow. They're more different than anything else out there; so fucking different — these fuckers are outrageous. They're from New Orleans, and they're probably the best local band for a long time... since the '90s. We've got EVIL ARMY, haarp and WARBEAST from Texas — that's Bruce from RIGOR MORTIS's band. He's the singer from RIGOR MORTIS. It's fucking brutal. It's true thrash. So well-executed, double-guitar brutality. I'm going to mix the new ARSON ANTHEM next week, which is fucking outrageous as well. It's never-ending, man."

On March 16, 2009, Anselmo spoke passionately and candidly about his music career and his history with — and the dangers of — drugs, particularly heroin, during an appearance at the Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana. When asked whether he was sober, he explained that "sober" is a "harsh" word.

"A sober person is absolutely clean of anything that is considered legally wrong or illegal," Anselmo clarified to Metal Hammer. "I smoke pot, man. Matter of fact, since my back surgery I have severe nerve damage down my left leg, and I find that marijuana actually helps that very much. I'm not saying it's completely medicinal, but it doesn't hurt that it fucking helps! I might have a few beers too, mostly on Sundays during games or if there's a big fight, but I will remind you... after three beers, if I don't take some asprin in the morning I'm going to wake up with the worst fucking hangover. So that's my half sober."

Photo below courtesy of

[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, January 22, 2010 3:49:12 PM 
Mick Mars Interview

Mike Devlin of the Canwest News Service recently conducted an interview with MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below:

On MÖTLEY CRÜE's stories of debauchery, excess and ego:

Mars: "I did my fair share of drinking and drugging, but, to me, it was, and still is, always about the music. You can take everything away from me and I'll play in sweats and a T-shirt with no shoes on stage. As long as I have my music, it's all I really, honestly care about. Playing the best that I can, writing the best that I can, good, bad or indifferent, it's my passion. That's the most important thing to me on the planet."

On living with ankylosing spondylitis, a form of arthritis that causes severe joint pain:

Mars: "Some days are good, some days are worse than others. But, on an average, it's pretty steady. You become accustomed to it after a while. I deal with it. I don't care, as long as I can play."

On the success of MÖTLEY CRÜE's latest album, "Saints Of Los Angeles":

Mars: "I have to put it all on the fans. They are very loyal to us. Our fans are hardcore. They came to our gigs when they were (teenagers). Now they've had their families and it's back around again. They're bringing their kids to the concerts, but they haven't lost that respect. They are fans of MÖTLEY and our music. And now they want to share it with the next generation."

Read the entire interview from Canwest News Service.
[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, January 22, 2010 3:48:25 PM 
New 3 Disc DVD Set From King Diamong Release Date Announced

Massacre Records has set a March 26 European release date for "At The Graves", the long-awaited three-disc DVD set from KING DIAMOND. "This has taken so much longer than expected because of so many technical issues that I won't bore you to death, but we recently acquired a brand new noise-reduction program that we're using to enhance all the footage, and it's amazing how much better everything is beginning to look compared to the original tapes," the band's singer and namesake wrote in an October 2009 online posting.

On October 13, 2009, Metal Blade Records re-released KING DIAMOND's "The Spider's Lullabye" and "The Graveyard" albums. Both LPs were remastered by KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy La Rocque and each title includes bonus material that purchasers are able to obtain digitally. Both "The Spider's Lullabye" and "The Graveyard" include live "bootleg" versions (with video footage) of the following songs: "The Spider's Lullabye" from the album of the same name, and "Trick Or Treat" and "Up From The Grave" from "The Graveyard".
[Head banger] Friday, January 22, 2010 1:40:13 PM
[J.D. DIAMOND] Wednesday, January 20, 2010 4:53:39 PM 

Rob Halford is the King Of Heavy metal and is our Metal God and HELL YEAH,hails to Biff Byford of Saxon for stepping up as an ambassador of heavy metal!!!!!!

saxonbiff_90Get all the details on how you can join our world metal peace ambassador Biff Byford in defending the faith in the best way possible – by making ‘heavy metal’ a recognised religion in the UK!

Are you a defender of the faith? Do you throw the horns more often than you put your hands together? Then you’ll want to get in on Metal Hammer’s Metal Britannia campaign to let the powers that be know it.

In the census of 2001, over 390,000 people stated that their religion was ‘Jedi’ on their census forms, making the fictional Stars Wars creed the fourth-biggest religion in the UK. With your help, we want to give metal the recognition it deserves by getting it acknowledged as a religion in the UK!

Over the next year, Metal Hammer, with the help of Saxon’s Biff Byford acting as our very own world metal peace ambassador, will be saluting the UK’s rich heavy metal heritage, selecting a different town or city each month and celebrating its sterling contribution to our beloved music and culture.

“Metal was created here so it must be in the gene pool in the UK, I think!” says Biff. “In the early 80s there was a huge number of great bands and we were all part of the same club, whatever we called ourselves, whether it was heavy rock, rock’n’roll or heavy metal, it made no difference. There was just this huge following of over a million people in the UK and now it’s happening all over again! Getting heavy metal recognised as a religion is a great bit of rebellion, isn’t it? This really is going to be a very cool thing.”

Which bands and musicians do you think are worthy of prestigious positions within the Church Of Heavy Metal? And which towns or cities or other places do you think we should honour as integral parts of Metal Britannia over the coming months? Let us know by emailing us at [email protected]

[hellrider 31038] Monday, January 18, 2010 12:29:11 AM 
just imagining when we get news here  about the next PRIEST BEAST HEAVY METAL MONSTER and plans for 2010.i swear my heart will skip a few
[guidogodoy] Tuesday, January 12, 2010 10:30:29 PM 
Here here. I am with you.

Too bad, really.
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[J.D. DIAMOND] Tuesday, January 12, 2010 10:23:40 PM 

I would'nt get too excited about a new Iron Maiden album,I'd put money on that it will severly suck.I'm so tired of that band putting out mundane material and everybody saying how great they are.Bullshit.

I'll belive it when I hear it.

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[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, January 12, 2010 9:14:34 PM 
New Airbourne Song Available For Streaming

"No Way But The Hard Way", the new single from Australian hard rockers AIRBOURNE, is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The song comes off the group's sophomore album, "No Guts. No Glory.", which is scheduled for release on March 8 via Roadrunner Records.

AIRBOURNE recently filmed a video for "No Way But The Hard Way" with director (and SUM 41 drummer) Stephen Martin "Steve" Jocz (BOWLING FOR SOUP).
[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, January 12, 2010 9:13:33 PM 
New W.A.S.P. Promo Video - Babylon's Burning

"Babylon's Burning", the new video from W.A.S.P., can be viewed on YouTube. The song comes off the band's new album, "Babylon", which entered the U.K. "Rock Albums" chart at position No. 15. The CD was released in Europe on October 12 through Global Music (via Demolition Records) and was made available in the U.S. on November 17.

Regarding how he came up with the album's concept, frontman Blackie Lawless recently told AOL's Noisecreep, "I'll tell you basically where it started. It was about a year ago when all this global financial crisis — supposed crisis — was going on. In the news, everybody was talking about this global meltdown. I heard different politicians in different places — especially over here in the E.U. [where Blackie was at the time of the interview] — these guys are saying, 'Maybe it's time that we should start thinking about a one-world government.' Then I heard another guy say, 'Well, speaking of a one-world government, maybe we should have a one-world currency.'"

He added, "What really got me was there was a guy who spoke up in Brussels and said by 2017 they're going to have all the E.U. microchipped. When he said that, I stood there with my mouth hanging open. When I heard that — this is potential 666 that kind of thing — I went online and I started doing a detailed research of microchipping.

"It's actually more widespread than even I thought it was. At home, there's a school — I can't remember if it's a high school — they already had some of the students microchipped there for school lunches and stuff like that. It's an experimental thing. All the kids do for lunch is they wave their hand in front of the thing that reads the computer bar. It's all done and they go eat.

"There's a doctor over here that I saw in Finland. He's the biggest [general practitioner] nutrition specialist. He said he believed this will be the first generation of babies to be microchipped in the E.U. I'm listening to all this, [thinking], 'These guys understand what they're saying? This is direct, direct prophecy coming out of the Bible.' When I heard all this coming out a year ago, the first thing you think when you hear a politician use the word 'crisis,' is it's usually code for trying to figure out some way to take some more freedom away from you, or certainly to tax you one way or another."

According to Lawless, the Bible's book of Revelation and the book of Daniel was "astonishingly accurate in the description of what these guys were talking about. These guys are talking 2017. That's eight years from now. That's not a long time from now. Twenty years ago, I wrote a record called 'Headless Children' and there's a line in there, it says, 'Four horsemen sit high up in this saddle in waiting and ride the ride the bloody trail of no return.' I heard these guys talking, are we closer to that potential Armageddon scenario than we are then?

"What I am trying to do is with any kind of art, you're trying to make people think. All art is designed to provoke thought — whether it's movies, or music, or sculpture or painting. It's all designed to get you to think, to also understand in a particular scenario like this: Elections have consequences. Don't just think your voice doesn't matter. I used to think it's me and my one voice doesn't matter. We do know that groups of people coming together really can make a huge difference, whether it is or it isn't.

"In democratic society, elections have consequences. Don't just look at some guy because he's speaking well, or you think he's going to be OK or something like that. Go dig into the guy's background. Look at what this guy is really standing for and try to make a decision from there. I understand we all get busy lives. But in democratic societies, you have a responsibility to really make your votes be heard and not just go along with the status quo."
[kiamat] Sunday, January 03, 2010 3:31:02 PM 

UP THE IRONS!!!!!!!!

So looking forwards to this!

Christopher Lee stuff sounds interesting too. I never knew it was him singing on 'Magic of the Wizard's Dream' until now- but as he said himself- 'One should try anything he can in his career- except folkdance and incest'.

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[Bazookajoe_666] Sunday, January 03, 2010 11:51:08 AM 
Iron Maiden - 8 New Songs Written

On Friday, January 1, IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain told Eddie Trunk — co-host of the VH1 Classic television program "That Metal Show" who has a long-running radio show, "Friday Night Rocks", on New York's Q104.3 FM — that the band will enter the studio in a couple weeks to start work on a new CD. According to Trunk, Nicko "said there was about eight songs written so far so the band would probably need to come up with a few more new songs while recording. [He added that] the material was a little different than past albums and they were taking their time with the recording schedule." McBrain also stated that the "new CD probably won't come out until 2011," according to Trunk.

IRON MAIDEN guitarist Janick Gers revealed to BBC News in November that the band was on its way "to Paris for three weeks to work on some new stuff." He added, "The most important thing for a band is to create new music, otherwise you're not valid — you become a parody."
[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, December 31, 2009 11:58:43 PM 
Christopher Lee, Oldest Metal Fucker Ever!
Legendary actor Christopher Lee, who has appeared in such cinematic milestones as "Lord Of The Rings", "Star Wars", "The Man with the Golden Gun" and "Dracula", will release "Charlemagne", a concept album with original words and symphonic metal music, on March 15, 2010.

Composer Marco Sabiu, best known for his collaborations with Kylie Minogue, TAKE THAT, Pavarotti and Morricone, has created a truly epic canvas by introducing modern metal symphonies, in a style which resembles a movie score. Marie-Claire Calvet, a graduate from Bristol University, transports the listener into "The Dark Ages", with a very powerful storyline and mesmerizing lyrics. A full orchestra, heavy metal musicians, choir and special guest vocalists bring the legend of Charlemagne to life.

Lee has previously collaborated with MANOWAR and RHAPSODY OF FIRE.

For more information, visit
[Bev] Friday, December 25, 2009 5:46:23 AM 

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[J.D. DIAMOND] Wednesday, December 23, 2009 5:50:21 PM 
My "Comical" Romance has NOTHING to do with 'heavy metal" and for them to say Priest is not really "metal" shows the integrity of thier knowlege in the realm of heavy metal.They are a bunch of tunnel hat skate board goth wanna be posers and these kids don't know what the fuck metal is all about in the first place,they think they are king shit because "they have a record deal"...."who the fuck doesn't have a record deal these days"....these bastards are a fucking joke gone bad and should be punished for thier obvious dorkish behavior,FUCK "MCR".
[truckreye] Wednesday, December 23, 2009 5:03:18 PM 
I cant stand that whiney sounding shit
[kiamat] Wednesday, December 23, 2009 4:55:15 PM 
Almost felt sorry for them when they played Download festival a few years back- I was out by the car park waiting for a bus when they came on and you could hear the booing from there- the car park was a good ten minutes walk from the main stage. That got shown on TV after, and sure enough, there was a big crowd of people there when mcr played- all walking in the direction of the camp site.
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by jimmyjames from Wednesday, December 23, 2009 2:51:50 PM)
[jimmyjames] Wednesday, December 23, 2009 2:51:50 PM 
A few years ago MCR shared the bill with Tool at the Big Day Out ( festival ). I did not attend but I watched a show on C4 ( music channel ) about the day. One of the interviewers was asking fans what they thought of the bands. This ugly little emo chick goes "We came here to see MCR and some bogan ( metal fan ) pushed me over and said fuck off emo" I cracked up. Wish it was me that did that. MCRs fans are worse than MCR.
[Becks] Wednesday, December 23, 2009 1:54:11 PM 
My Chemical Romance is shit music that belongs at the bottom of a rubbish bin. That Gerard Way dude or whoever the fuck he is needs a lesson in real heavy metal. What a cock!
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[Painkiller87] Wednesday, December 23, 2009 1:35:35 PM 

These guys are just ignorant. Nuff said.
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[kiamat] Wednesday, December 23, 2009 8:08:43 AM 
Before they were merely beneath our notice- but now....

My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way Questions Judas Priest’s Metal

terrybezer / News / 23/12/2009 12:23pm

mcr0290Gerard Way doesn’t consider Judas Priest metal. Oh no, he didn’t!

Gerard Way has been flapping his gums about the new MCR album which is due to be with us in 2010. In amongst jabbering on about the band’s new album, he mentioned that some of the album has been inspired by Judas Priest. OK, now you’ve got our attention (not that we believe it for a second, obviously).

He then goes on to tell “Judas Priest is considered metal, but it’s great rock n roll. (New MCR songs have) nothing to do with that era of metal, the hair rock, but then having everything to do with like the birth of power-anthem metal.”

Judas Priest aren’t metal, they’re great rock and roll. Really? Judas Priest aren’t metal? Are you for real, douchebag?
(I'd like to add, since when did MCR have anything to do with rock n roll, let alone metal?)

Edited at: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 8:09:34 AM
[jimmyjames] Tuesday, December 22, 2009 11:53:35 PM 
Halford sounded good on that. That leather suit was a crackup though, fuckin' funny.
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[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, December 22, 2009 11:46:06 PM 
Fan-filmed video footage Rob Halford (JUDAS PRIEST) performing the PRIEST classic "Living After Midnight" with an all-star band consisting of Slash (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER), Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN) and Steve Lukather (TOTO) on December 16, 2009 at the 95.5 KLOS Mark And Brian Christmas Show at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California can be viewed below (courtesy of "shandalous"). Other artists performing that night were HEART, FOREIGNER and Richie Sambora (BON JOVI).

The setlist for the Slash / Bonham portion of the show was as follows:

01. Black Dog (feat. Frankie Perez on vocals)
02. Talk To You Later (feat. Fee Waybill on vocals)
03. Living After Midnight (feat. Rob Halford on vocals)
04. We Three Kings (feat. Rob Halford on vocals)

The staff captured exclusive rehearsal, soundcheck and performance footage. Once edited, the footage will be made available as a free download on a date to be confirmed next month (January 2010).
[jimmyjames] Tuesday, December 22, 2009 10:38:56 PM 
Why? Def Leppard are a joke. This kind of crap proves it. How can you call anyones opinions ridiculous after the Ripper Owens crap that went on here for weeks. 
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[kiamat] Tuesday, December 22, 2009 11:11:11 AM 
Rob has strange taste in films
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[Cooper Ryback] Tuesday, December 22, 2009 9:33:41 AM 
What a ridiculous thing to say about Def Leppard.
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[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, December 22, 2009 9:17:10 AM 
Rob's Favorite Horror Movies

JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford recently spoke to Bloody Disgusting about his favorite horror movies. They are as follows:

01. The Shining
02. The Exorcist
03. Nosferatu
04. Carnival of Souls
05. White Zombie
06. The Terror
07. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
08. The Amazing Mr. X
09. Phantom from 10,000 Leagues
10. The Brain that Wouldn't Die
11. The Giant Helomonster

Read Halford's comments about a few of the above-mentioned flicks at this location.
[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, December 22, 2009 9:14:35 AM 
The Formation of Damnation Reissue Details

San Francisco Bay Area metal veterans TESTAMENT are preparing to take the stage once again in support of their highly acclaimed 2008 release, "The Formation Of Damnation". TESTAMENT will be hitting the road as special guests with fellow thrash legends MEGADETH and SLAYER on the "American Carnage" tour beginning on January 18 in Seattle, Washington.

"The Formation Of Damnation" will be reissued in a deluxe tour edition just in time for the upcoming trek. The two-disc edition will include the band's comeback album plus bonus footage of classic tracks and more.

Disc 1:

01. The Persecuted Won’t Forget
02. Killing Season
03. Afterlife
04. The Evil Has Landed
05. The Formation Of Damnation
06. Henchmen Ride
07. More Than Meets The Eye
08. Dangers Of The Faithless
09. False Evidence Appearing Real (F.E.A.R.)
10. Leave Me Forever

Disc 2

* "The New Order" *Audio and Video
* "Practice What You Preach" *Audio and Video
* "Souls Of Black" *Audio and Video
* "More Than Meets The Eye" music video

* Recorded in Alcatraz for MTV's "52/52" TESTAMENT campaign

The deluxe tour edition will be in stores on February 23, although fans will be able to pick up the release on all of the dates of the upcoming "American Carnage" tour prior to it hitting stores.

As a special exclusive to the dedicated TESTAMENT legions, there will be a VIP package available for purchase. This VIP package makes a great stocking stuffer for every TESTAMENT fan. Now is your chance to give your friends and family the metal Christmas present they have always wanted.

The TESTAMENT "VIP Pack" is available for all of the shows and includes the following:

* One general admission ticket with early entry
* Exclusive meet-and-greet with the members of TESTAMENT
* Personal photograph with the band
* Autograph session (includes 8x10 photo)
* Exclusive TESTAMENT Affliction shirt
* Collectible tour poster (limited, numbered)
* Exclusive TESTAMENT music skin
* Official VIP meet-and-greet laminate
* Official set of TESTAMENT guitar picks
[jimmyjames] Tuesday, December 22, 2009 3:47:44 AM 
Songs From The Sparkle Lounge sounds like the title a bunch of child sex offenders would call their album. Songs From The Sparkle Lounge: Music To Molest Minors. And now they're making cartoons and video games in an attempt to make themselves more appealing to children. Very suspect if you ask me. Make a stand against pedophiles. Boycott Def Leppard.  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by kiamat from Tuesday, December 22, 2009 3:35:31 AM)
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[kiamat] Tuesday, December 22, 2009 3:35:31 AM 
(From BBC news)

Def Leppard cartoon show in pipeline

Def Leppard
The band were huge in the 1980s on both sides of the Atlantic

British metal band Def Leppard are planning a cartoon TV show in the US starring themselves.

The group has entered a deal with music publishing company Primary Wave, which is also developing Def Leppard video games and mobile phone applications.

The animation project is still in the early stages and has not been pitched to TV networks yet, according to the head of Primary Wave, Larry Mestel.

There are no recording or touring plans in the pipeline, a band spokesman said.

The band toured North America earlier this year with Poison and Cheap Trick.

Rock royalty

The group's last album, Songs From the Sparkle Lounge, debuted on the US pop chart at number five in May 2008 and in the UK chart at number 10.

It was the highest entry for the band on either chart since the 1990s.

Primary Wave will now administer Def Leppard's publishing rights although copyrights will continue to be owned the the songs' composers.

Def Leppard are best know for their albums Pyromania and Hysteria, which sold millions of copies in the 1980s.

[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, December 21, 2009 4:49:53 PM 
JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing has released his latest video blog featuring his holiday and winter greetings from Finland along with a 2009 wrap-up. Watch the four-minute clip below.
[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, December 21, 2009 1:51:05 PM 
And here is the video for it!
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[kiamat] Sunday, December 20, 2009 4:29:22 PM 
And I forgot to add that they raised £60,000 for the homelessness charity Shelter. Awesome!
[kiamat] Sunday, December 20, 2009 1:26:07 PM 

Rage Against The Machine Seal Christmas Number 1!

terrybezer / News / 20/12/2009 20:08pm

ratm90Rage beat X-Factor by over 50,000 copies!

Rage Against The Machine were tonight revealed as the first ever UK download-only Christmas number one. RATM sold a stggering 502, 672 copies while X-Factor winner/loser sold 450, 838 copies.

Congratulations to RATM and a giant high-five to each of you who bought your copy. Talk about taking the power back!

(To those who are not British- Simon Cowell's TV 'talent' parade has dominated the Christmas charts for the past four years, so this is something of an achievement. Plus lots of people got very offended by the idea of a 'disgusting' song like Killing In the Name Of being number 1 'at this festive time' and RATM got to swear a lot on the radio and upset the BBC. All in all, it's made for a very entertaining week.)

[Bazookajoe_666] Saturday, December 19, 2009 5:07:05 PM 
GNR Perform Longest Concert In Bands History

According to a Twitter message by GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, tonight's (Saturday, December 19) GN'R concert in Tokyo, Japan was the band's longest performance ever at three hours and 37 minutes.

The group's setlist was as follows:

01. Chinese Democracy
02. Welcome to the Jungle
03. It's So Easy
04. Mr. Brownstone
05. Catcher in the Rye
06. Sorry
07. Band Jam (I Want You Back, Jackson 5)
08. If the World
09. Richard Fortus Solo (James Bond Theme)
10. Live and Let Die
11. Dizzy Reed Solo (Ziggy Stardust)
12. Street of Dreams
13. Band Jam
14. You Could Be Mine
15. Rocket Queen
16. My Michelle
17. DJ Ashba Solo
18. Sweet Child O' Mine
19. Shackler's Revenge
20. I.R.S.
21. Band Jam
22. Axl Rose piano solo
23. November Rain
24. Band Jam
25. Whole Lotta Rosie
26. Knockin' on Heaven's Door
27. Scraped
28. Prostitute
29. Jam
30. This I Love
31. Frank Ferrer Solo (We Will Rock You)
32. Out Ta Get Me
33. Ron Thal solo (Pink Panther Theme/Don't Cry)
34. Don't Cry (Axl, Ron and DJ)
35. Nightrain


36. Madagascar
37. There Was a Time
38. My Generation
39. Better
40. Patience
41. Nice Boys
42. Paradise City
[Bazookajoe_666] Saturday, December 19, 2009 10:32:47 AM 
Rammstein To Debute New Promo Video On Monday

"Ich Tu Dir Weh" (English translation: "I'll Hurt You"), the new video from German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN, will make its online debut on on Monday, December 21 at 1:00 p.m. CET at visit-x/rammstein. According to a press release, the clip "is the ultimate distillation of a RAMMSTEIN concert into five minutes. As with the preceding video, 'Pussy', Jonas Åkerlund [METALLICA, SATYRICON, MADONNA, THE PRODIGY] stands at the helm as director, and for 'Ich Tu Dir Weh', he captures the show on the band's 'rehearsal stage' in 35mm. A full-bodied format to do filmic justice to RAMMSTEIN's own brand of 'widescreen' staging.

"The plan was simple. Åkerlund uses the language of grand cinema, RAMMSTEIN delivers the rest: the theatre, the flesh, the frenzy. The result is formidable. 'Ich Tu Dir Weh' shows the band at its purest and most concentrated. A beast, only awakened to life onstage under the spell of fire and a maddening roar."

"Ich Tu Dir Weh" comes off RAMMSTEIN's new album, "Liebe Ist Für All Da", which sold 22,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 13 on The Billboard 200 chart. Previously, the group's best rank came with its 1998 chart debut, "Sehnsucht", which peaked at No. 45 off the strength of its only U.S. radio chart hit, "Du Hast". Although the band just had its highest chart debut, "Reise, Reise" sold over 26,000 copies in the U.S. its opening week of sales.
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