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[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, June 09, 2009 10:49:57 AM 
Possible New Metallica DVD Setlist

The four members of METALLICA took part in a press conference prior to the band's June 4, 2009 concert at Foro Sol in Mexico City, Mexico. A four-minute clip featuring highlights from the press conference can be viewed below. Also available is footage from the tuning room where the band can be seen rehearsing songs for the Mexico City show.

The group's setlist was as follows:

01. That Was Just Your Life
02. The End Of The Line
03. Creeping Death
04. Holier Than Thou
05. One
06. Broken, Beat And Scarred
07. Cyanide
08. Sad But True
09. The Unforgiven
10. All Nightmare Long
11. The Day That Never Comes
12. Master Of Puppets
13. Blackened
14. Nothing Else Matters
15. Enter Sandman
- - - - - - - -
16. Helpless
17. Trapped Under Ice
18. Seek and Destroy

METALLICA filmed its three concerts in Mexico City for a future DVD release. The band played Mexico City for the first time in a decade on June 4, June 6 and June 7, with the group keeping the shows on its schedule despite the recent outbreak of swine flu that originated in the area.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD and a Mexican act called RESORTE served as the opening acts.

METALLICA is also scheduled to shoot footage for a DVD this summer, when the band plays a show in France on July 7. That DVD, however, will be a French release only.

METALLICA has issued several DVDs in the past, including "Cliff 'Em All", "Cunning Stunts", "S&M With The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra" and "A Year And A Half".
[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, June 09, 2009 10:47:50 AM 

Promotional Partners
company will release a series of KISS Mr. Potato Head toys, complete with interchangeable parts. This collectors set includes all four members of KISS: The Demon, The Spaceman, The Catman and The Starchild. A variety of KISS costumes, instruments, hairstyles, footwear and faces are included to mix and match.

The KISS Potato Heads are scheduled for a mid-July release.

[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, June 09, 2009 10:42:44 AM 
David Coverdale Interview
recently conducted an interview with WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Have you got a guilty karaoke song?

Coverdale: No. I f***in' don't, but my hairdresser is the king of karaoke. I told him to stay clear of BON JOV songs because that's a bit too high for his butchness. And he disobeyed my guidance and paid the price for it in front of 60 of his nearest and dearest. I think I did a Sinatra melody. It must have been instantly forgettable because I completely forgot about it until right this second. But that is my only karaoke experience other than signing off on agent stuff. It's actually big money these days to let them use your tunes. Is it true you have a four-octave range?

Coverdale: I have no idea. I practice rock 'n' roll ventriloquism: I throw the voice and hopefully it gets there. It's going very well, seeing that dogs can hear it. I am delighted that I go from a whisper to a scream. Ritchie Blackmore said it is a man's voice and that's a big compliment. I like having a man's voice. Any idea how many people have popped their cherry to "Slide It In"?

Coverdale: Certainly a lot of people in the media — reluctantly at times — tell me they did. It's also very good for pole dancing. All these things do not figure when one's putting these songs together. I am 58 this September, so I have got a couple of good years left and I got a gold record for a new album in days when you're not supposed to be able to sell records. Somebody out there seems to support the SNAKE. Didn't the model on the "Slide It In" cover faint because of the snake?

Coverdale: There were actually two girls. The first one was 17 years old and she fainted dead away. We had to get another model in to do the back cover. Basically the press dictated the sexist response from WHITESNAKE. The more the press jumped on that, the more I pushed back with the sexist aspect. Regardless, we had a very high percentage of fine young ladies at our shows. They were the loudest singing along to "Slide It In", to be perfectly honest. A lot of other songs were tongue-in-cheek stuff. And fortunately I had the substance of other songs to forge a soon-to-be 40-year career. What has been your most rock 'n' roll moment?

Coverdale: When we were in California we jammed with DEEP PURPLE and we had this beautiful private plane called the Starship and we had Warner Brothers sending movies that hadn't been released. We kept getting this message that somebody called Miss Lovelace wanted to see us but we ignored it. We actually got on the plane and took off and put on "Deep Throat" and only then found out who Linda Lovelace was. That was a sad moment, but there you go.

Read the entire interview at

New Blaze Bayley Live Cd Released

British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley (ex-IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) has just released "The Night That Will Not Die", a double live CD containing his entire December 13, 2008 concert at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland. It features two hours of live perfomance material, including songs from the new album, "The Man Who Would Not Die". A concert DVD, "The Night That Will Not Die", was released in April via Blaze Bayley Recordings.

The track listing for the "The Night That Will Not Die" two-CD set is as follows:

Disc 1:

01. The Man Who Would Not Die
02. Blackmailer
03. Smile Back At Death
04. Alive
05. Identity
06. Kill And Destroy
07. Ghost In The Machine
08. Ten Seconds
09. Futureal
10. The Launch
11. Lord Of The Flies
12. Leap Of Faith

Disc 2:

01. Edge Of Darkness
02. Crack In The System
03. Voices From The Past
04. Stare At The Sun
05. Born As A Stranger
06. Man On The Edge
07. While You Were Gone
08. Samurai
09. Robot

You can order a copy at this location.

Blaze reportedly dedicated the song "While You Were Gone" at the Pratteln concert to his wife/manager Debbie Hartland, who died in late September after suffering a brain hemorrhage while in the hospital.

[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, June 08, 2009 7:34:39 AM 
Michael Anthony Interview

Earlier this week, Jeb Wright of Classic Rock Revisited conducted an interview with former VAN HALEN and current CHICKENFOOT bassist Michael Anthony. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Classic Rock Revisited: How much do personalities have to do with a band like CHICKENFOOT?

Michael: It has a lot to do with it. On stage is one thing, but off stage is another. It is kind of interesting, because sometimes you wonder how these four personalities are going to mesh. I have partied enough times with Chad [Smith, drums] down in Cabo to know what he is like. We are saying now, that we should have called this band "ONE GENIUS & A BUNCH OF IDIOTS." Joe [Satriani] balances the rest of us out. Joe Satriani is a methodical, and structured, kind of guy — thank God for that. Every day, he came to the studio with his staff paper while the rest of us were saying that we should put up a blackboard and scribble down what we needed to work on. Joe would say, "No, we are not going to do that." You really need someone like that in the studio. Of course, we had Andy Johns [producer] in to do this thing with us. He is a great engineer and a great producer. He really was like the fifth member of the band. He was out in the studio with us, making suggestions and everything. He knew when we had a take. He would say, "Play it as many times as you want, but that is the one right there." He would go outside and have a cigarette and say, "Let me know when you guys are through goofing around because this is the take we are using." We just went out on a little nine-show thing and everyone got along great. I was wondering if Chad was going to make us wear socks on our dicks. I told him that he should leave his socks at home.

Classic Rock Revisited: Does being around great guitar players and great producers even phase you anymore?

Michael: No, it really doesn't. Playing with Eddie [Van Halen], and now playing with Joe, where there is not another guitar player . . . Sammy didn't even put on a guitar while we were doing this. When we are live, he plays a little bit here and there. My position is to really anchor the thing down. CREAM was one of the only bands that when [Eric] Clapton went into a solo, it was almost like there were three different solos going on. They would, somehow, come right back into the song. You can lose your perspective and wonder where the song is going, and even, what song it is, but Chad and I click so well together that we can play anything and know where we are. We play so well together, that when Joe plays a solo, it doesn't sound like anything drops out. That shows that everyone knows what they need to do in a band like this. It shows that everyone knows how to make it sound good.

Classic Rock Revisited: Eddie Van Halen told that Michael quit VAN HALEN and was not fired.

Michael: I am so far past that… I wish that he would be too. Unfortunately, he is a bitter guy. At my age, at this point in my life, I don't want to be bitter. I want to hang around positive people, and I could not find three more positive guys than the guys I am playing with now. Why keep rehashing the past? They were asking Eddie questions that had nothing to do with that. They said, "Have you heard CHICKENFOOT?" And he goes, "Yeah, but by the way, Michael Anthony wasn't fired; he quit." It had nothing to do with anything. I never quit the band. At one point, I was forced to make a decision to sit on my hands, at home, and do nothing for a number of years, or go out and play some shows on a tour with Sammy and Dave [Lee Roth]. What would you do? I felt that I was doing those guys a service by going out and flying the VAN HALEN flag and letting people know that VAN HALEN is still here. My last name is not "Van Halen." People tend to forget you. I didn't want people to go, "That is that guy that used to play in VAN HALEN. What's his name again?" The fans wanted to hear that music. I was kind of forced into a situation like that. I never quit the band. When we did the 2004 reunion, Eddie didn't even want me to be a part of that because he was so torqued up that I was buddies with Sammy. Why can't I be buddies with Sammy and still play with VAN HALEN? With those guys, it was a cut-and-dried situation. You are in or you are out. You are with us or you are not. He still keeps bringing this stuff up. I talked to Joe Bosso [of] yesterday about it, because Rolling Stone was on his back for a response. I wanted the fans to know that I never left the band. For whatever happened, I am not a bitter person about it. I loved VAN HALEN; I loved everything we did. Hell, I was one of the only two guys who showed up for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. I love the legacy of the band but I am moving on. I am in a great place with CHICKENFOOT. Ed needs to do that too. [Eddie says he's] got a studio right there at [his] house, and [he says] that [he has] a million songs written. Well, go ahead and record some, and go out and have fun. Let's look back fondly at VAN HALEN and what it was. How was that? I am not a guy who gets mad. A lot of people are looking at my response and going, "Oh my God, Mike grew a set of balls." I didn't grow a set of balls. I just got tired of rehashing this shit. I am tired of it. I would always skate around the subject, but this is the way it is. I have gotten on with it and they need to get on with it too. They need to go out and remember why they are in this business.

Read the entire interview from Classic Rock Revisited
[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, June 08, 2009 7:33:23 AM 
Nicko McBrain Talks "Flight 666"

Kory Grow of Revolver magazine recently conducted an interview with IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Revolver: IRON MAIDEN have done so many concert films, documentaries, and music-video DVDs over the years. Other than the jet, what makes "Flight 666" special for you?

McBrain: It's a bit of the agony and the ecstasy on this one. It was the first time that we had had 24-7 cameras with us. Not just filming the backstage stuff and the concert; it was filming us going to work and coming from work, while we're at work, and then when we're not working. We were always a very private band. We never were and we still aren't a band that would chase the limelight, chase the paparazzi. We steer clear of places where we knew people would be at to take photographs for OK magazine. When you look at the film… they had 500 hours worth of film to edit from. And there's a lot of it [laughs] that are those sort of things that you didn't want people to see that's on the cutting-room floor. They did a fantastic job.

Revolver: One thing that stood out in the video was, do you play barefoot?

McBrain: Yes, I do. It's something I used to do when I was a kid. As I started playing stronger, heavier, hard-hitting music as I got into my teenage and into my adult life, I started using a Ludwig Speed King pedal. You can't play one of them in bare feet, because it's not very smooth; there are holes in it. So I went to using boxing boots, and so over the years of my drumming, I went from barefoot to boxing boots to back to bare feet when I switched to a DW pedal. And I've been playing barefoot for, I don't know, eight or nine years. The only reason I like to play in bare feet is because I have more freedom.

Revolver: Is IRON MAIDEN working on a new album?

McBrain: We start working on a new record in November. We've got November and the first couple of weeks of December booked into writing. We're gonna do a new album in January 2010, and we should tour with that in late summer, fall time. That's the plan. Hopefully, God willing, everybody's health is good and we can get on with it and get out there again.

Read the entire interview from Revolver magazine.
[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, June 08, 2009 7:26:37 AM 
Joe Elliott STILL A Douchebag
recently conducted an interview with DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott . A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Are there benefits to having a one-armed drummer?

Elliott: He's actually a better drummer now! He plays more to the song than the ego. If a drummer can do a complicated fill, he will. But if he can't, you can prove to yourself you don't need it. People always joke about Ringo [Starr] being a s**t drummer — he wasn't, he was a simple drummer! (laughs) So was Charlie Watts. We encourage Rick to do simple fills. We're not trying to write EMERSON LAKE AND PALMER! (laughs) "Adrenalize" is also being released and then came out at an interesting time too — the L.A. riots were going on and grunge was beginning to take off. Do you remember it having an affect on your sales or fans?

Elliott: Not at all. "Adrenalize" was exactly what everybody expected — we'd nailed America twice and this time beat Springsteen to number one and had five weeks at the top. Only about a dozen artists ever managed that in the '90s, really. So the sales weren't noticeably affected?

Elliott: No, grunge didn't really take root until late 92, early 93. It was like the rise of punk — in 1979, after the SEX PISTOLS had released their album and THE CLASH were heading to world domination, the biggest-selling record was "Breakfast in America" by SUPERTRAMP! (laughs) We were flying around the States in a private plane with an album that sold seven million copies — grunge was happening, and we were replying "So??" It didn't hurt us until '96. We need to go somewhere else with our sound and if anything, grunge gave us a kick. Was going back to basics with "Slang" a risk in 1996?

Elliott: We were looking at each other saying: "We are all aware that this is commercial suicide, right? Yep, we are? Ok… " But we were all really happy with that, we weren't doing it for the money — we didn't need it — we were doing it for the right reasons. We were trying not to be us, but another side of us. Every band does it, KISS did it with "The Elder", but that was actually a rubbish record! This year you've got the 40 cities tour with POISON and CHEAP TRICK. After so long in the band, can it be gruelling or is it still just great to be on the road?

Elliott: We can do 40 dates for breakfast! What gets gruelling is doing the same thing year-in, year-out. At every venue, those tours can feel like you were only there a week ago. But what's great about these big tour is being on the road with different people — last year, it was BILLY IDOL and JOAN JETT, the year before was STYX, FOREIGNER and REO SPEEDWAGON, the year before was JOURNEY and before that we were doing baseball stadiums with BRYAN ADAMS. That keeps it fresh for the time you're not on stage — you get to drink coffee with different rock stars!

Read the entire interview from
[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, June 04, 2009 12:18:41 PM 
New Slayer Album Title Revealed

BLABBERMOUTH.NET can exclusively reveal that California thrashers SLAYER have set "World Painted Blood" as the title of their new album, tentatively due late summer via American Recordings/Columbia Records. The forthcoming CD is being produced by Greg Fidelman and will include the album's title track and "Psychopathy Red" (both of which are Jeff Hanneman-penned tunes), the latter of which was made available as a limited-edition seven-inch vinyl disc on April 18, 2009 as part of the third annual Record Store Day.

Prior to the new album release, SLAYER will join forces with MEGADETH to perform together for the first time in more than 15 years when they co-headline four shows in Canada in late June. The tour, dubbed "Canadian Carnage", will also feature MACHINE HEAD and SUICIDE SILENCE, and will see MEGADETH and SLAYER each closing two of the four shows. SLAYER will also co-headline with MARILYN MANSON on the five-week Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, set to kick off July 10 in Sacramento, California.

On May 19, BLABBERMOUTH.NET spoke to SLAYER guitarist Kerry King about the band's new CD and their upcoming touring activities. Highlights of that conversation follow below.

On the status of the new album recording sessions:

Kerry: "Probably today was the last day for touch-ups. The longer you let that go on, you can keep fixing it forever; you've just gotta cut the line at one point and say, 'We're done.' But I think Tom [Araya] finishes up vocals today, and then it's just gotta get mixed."

On whether producer Greg Fidelman is going to be mixing the album as well:

Kerry: "To my knowledge, I think he's doing it. I don't always pay attention to that. But I haven't heard anything to the contrary, so I would imagine, yeah."

On Greg Fidelman being a somewhat odd choice for a producer considering that a lot of fans seem to blame him for the distorted sound on METALLICA's "Death Magnetic" album:

Kerry: "I would never do that because — no offense to him or METALLICA — but it's not Greg's fault for the last 15 years of METALLICA. I think he made a decent record with them. I think 'Death Magnetic' is pretty cool. I mean, It's not the glory of the '80s, but it's better than 'St. Anger', you know what I mean?! You're dealing with hard-headed dudes. We're the same way. When you're in the business for as long as us and them [METALLICA] are, you don't always [listen to] everybody's opinion; you've kind of got your own opinion. I blame everybody, not just him. [Laughs]"

On the songwriting/recording process for the new album:

Kerry: "We were over-ready [when we recorded 2006's 'Christ Illusion']. My songs [for the new album] came together since the middle of January — that was super-fast. I [attended] the NAMM show in the middle of January [2009], the big trade show out here [in California]. I might have had some riffs [at that point], but I had no songs. So everything I've done [songwriting-wise] has been put together since then. And this time when we went into the studio, we were, like, under-ready, because there were songs that hadn't even been finished, so we actually had to teach Dave [Lombardo; drums] some of them in the studio, which is totally unique for us. When you do it like that, you risk songs sounding the same and vocal ideas being similar, but I think everything sounds really different. . . [We did it that way because] we had a window of time that we secured Greg Fidelman [for and] we wanted to keep that happening, so after the NAMM show came around, I went, 'Shit, I'd better get some fuckin' songs happening.' So I got off my ass and really worked at it."

On how he would describe the new material:

Kerry: "I think 'Christ Illusion' and 'God Hates Us All' [2001] were compared to faster records like 'Reign In Blood' [1986]. I think this one, when it's all said and done, will be compared to 'Seasons In The Abyss' [1990], because I think 'Seasons' was a little bit of everything, as far as SLAYER goes. I think this one has a little bit of everything — more so than anything we've done since 'Seasons'. So I would imagine people are gonna compare it to that one."

On how the songwriting is split between him and fellow guitarist Jeff Hanneman this time around:

Kerry: "I don't know which songs... We've got 13 songs. I don't even know if they're all done, it's been such a hectic recording thing, but musically I wrote six and he wrote seven. It's about as down the middle as you can get."

"I think, as a general description [I tend to write the faster stuff and Jeff comes up with the moodier material], but that's not to say that Jeff won't write fast and I won't write slow, but generally I'm the fast, thrashier dude and Jeff's definitely the more moodier guy, but trail off into each one's domain every once in a while."

"I think everything [Jeff's] done came up at least since November. Because we did those first three songs [including 'Psychopathy Red'] in October and those were all his. I don't know if he's worked just since January like I have. I would imagine he probably worked a little earlier than that."

On why not all 13 songs that are being recorded will make it to the finished album:

Kerry: "I got out of that mindset that was popular in the '90s when everybody put as much material on CDs as would fit. I just think that's a waste of time, and I think it's a waste of song ideas, because everybody I've ever heard do that, maybe two or three songs are good and the rest is just filler. All my favorite records from whan I was growing up had 10 songs tops, and they're all kick-ass, so I just [think back to] how I perceived records as when I was a fan."
[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, June 04, 2009 12:15:50 PM 
Aerosmith To Play All of "Toys In The Attic"

Steven Tyler and Joey Kramer of AEROSMITH stopped by the WZLX radio station in Boston, Massachusetts on Tuesday, June 2. They talked to Chuck Nolan, Carter Alan, and Kenny Young about their upcoming tour, the upcoming books, jamming with members of LED ZEPPELIN in London and getting wedding invitations. They also confirmed reports that they will play the whole ""Toys In The Attic" album on the upcoming trek with ZZ TOP.

You can now listen to the interview at this location.

Asked which album he'd like to play in its entirety on tour, AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry recently told VH1 Classic Radio, "I think 'Toys In The Attic' would be fun. We do a lot of songs off the first four records anyway. We've jammed on 'Uncle Salty' onstage a few times. The later records with more songs on them, they would take up too much time in the set. We need to leave some room for some of the other standards."

"Toys In The Attic", AEROSMITH's third album, was released in 1975 and is one of their most successful efforts. It includes the classic singles "Walk This Way" and "Sweet Emotion", as well as "Adam's Apple", "Big Ten-Inch Record", "Round And Round", "Uncle Salty" and the title track.

By playing one record from front to back on this tour, AEROSMITH will join the ranks of other classic rock artists doing the same this summer. MÖTLEY CRÜE plans to perform 1989's "Dr. Feelgood" in its entirety, while JUDAS PRIEST is going to blast through all of 1980's "British Steel".

[DelivererofEvil] Thursday, June 04, 2009 12:14:12 PM 
[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, June 04, 2009 12:09:49 PM 
Ratt To Enter Studio This Month

Reactivated California rockers RATT will enter the studio mid-June to begin recording their first new material since 1999's self-titled album. A late 2009 release via Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records is expected.

Fan-filmed video footage of RATT performing the song "Nobody Rides For Free" on May 28, 2009 at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, Tennessee can be viewed below (courtesy of "Metalbabe86"). Photos of the concert are available at this location (courtesy of "Rockchick86"). Playing rhythm guitar for RATT during the show was John Corabi (MÖTLEY CRÜE, UNION), who was filling in for Carlos Cavazo (QUIET RIOT).

Over the past two years, RATT has toured the world in support of their releases "Tell The World - The Very Best Of Ratt" and their first-ever DVD, "Videos from the Cellar - The Atlantic Years". During this time, the current lineup of Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini, Bobby Blotzer, Robbie Crane and Carlos Cavazo played shows in Australia, Colombia and Peru for the first time in their careers.
[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, June 04, 2009 11:53:35 AM 
Extreme/Ratt Tourdates

Celebrated rock pioneers RATT and EXTREME have teamed up to bring you this summer's most rockin' tour lineup. The tour, which will feature sets from both bands with RATT closing, kicks off on July 12 in Amarillo, Texas and runs through August 7 in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. It will cross the U.S. and cover 16 markets, with more to be announced soon. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of their landmark debut "Out Of The Cellar", RATT will be playing the album in its entirety.

Both bands are excited about the double bill. "Warren DeMartini and Nuno Bettencourt on same stage, same night?? 'Nuff said, we'll see you there!" says RATT's Bobby Blotzer. EXTREME's Nuno Bettencourt concurs, "One hot summer night. Two bands fully loaded with musicianship. Mix in one part memorable songwriting. Add nine ounces of passionate performers. Throw in three well-respected guitarists. Add a touch of West Coast raunch and a hint of East Coast funk. And you get yourself a recipe for one night of unforgettable rock and roll."

The dates are as follows:

Jul. 10 - Pryor, OK - Rocklahoma **
Jul. 12 - Amarillo, TX - Midnight Rodeo
Jul. 13 - San Antonio, TX - Scout Bar
Jul. 14 - Odessa, TX - Dos Amigos
Jul. 16 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theater
Jul. 17 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theater
Jul. 18 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock
Jul. 19 - Anaheim, CA - Grove
Jul. 22 - Denver, CO - Ogdon Theater
Jul. 23 - Kansas City - Crossroads
Jul. 24 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Jul. 25 - Toledo OH - Harley Davidson-LOT **
Jul. 26 - Cheswick, PA - Ches-a-rena
Jul. 28 - New York, NY - Nokia Theater
Jul. 30 - Westbury, NY - Westbury Theater
Aug. 02 - Allentown, PA - Crock Rock Festival
Aug. 05 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx ***
Aug. 06 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Aug. 07 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino
Aug. 08 - Clearfield, PA - ClearfieldCountyFairgrounds **
Aug. 15 - Sky City, NM - Sky City Casino **
Aug. 29 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Casino **

** RATT only
*** EXTREME only 

[Head banger] Tuesday, June 02, 2009 12:51:47 PM 
how the fuck did they get bruce there?
thanks for all this btw, is great reading
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[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, June 02, 2009 12:27:29 PM 
Mmhmm, good to know somebody reads this stuff.
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[CountessErzebethBathory9] Tuesday, June 02, 2009 12:25:19 PM 
I like reading what u posts..its always informative ...keep us to date..

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[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, June 02, 2009 12:25:00 PM 
Tarja Turunen Checks In

Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen has issued the following update:

"My friends, the tour is happily over. But very soon, we will start next shows in Europe.

"There is no time really to relax since I have to keep on rehearsing for them. I will go to make a visit at my vocal coach who is most probably going to 'kill' me again. Just kidding; she is just magnificent help and amazingly kind lady.

"Mexican show was great and it was nice to see the reaction of the audience when they heard the new songs in our set list. I spoke with many fans and they felt that the show was a lot better than my first visit in Mexico.

"As always, I learn new things about myself and from my music through my musical journey and it is very rewarding to hear good feedback from my supporters.

"Thank you Mexico! As I said during the show, I hope to see you next time with my new album.

"It was also wonderful to make for the first time a show in Venezuela and to see that I have an audience there! I got to meet many fans in the singing session I did in Caracas and the feeling was really overwhelming.

"The local promoter got very emotional to see how people were reacting towards me and told me that he had never seen anything like that before. The devotion of the fans was unexpected for him and for some local media. Not for me ;)

"The final challenge was to make four shows in Buenos Aires. Everything went fine and I was very happy to be able to finish the tour with these shows here. Especially the last two shows in La Trastienda were great, because the audience was seated and they could follow every little details of our show. For me it was nice to see their expressions closer and to feel their love.

"I would like to do similar kind of concerts in other countries, but promoters haven't realized yet that my fans would like it too.

"I am sure the band was happy with the tour. Every one of them already flew to different destinations and in couple of weeks we'll find each other in Budapest where we'll start rehearsing for the summer shows. Can't wait to get there!

"Next week I will face another challenge when I am performing with [Argentine] band RATA BLANCA in Luna Park stadium [in Buenos Aires]. I have to learn few of their songs, which means I am going to sing in Spanish again!!!!! Let's see how that goes. I am expecting to have a great time with RATA on stage. Was very nice to receive their invitation."

Tarja Turunen has set "What Lies Beneath" as the working title of her new solo CD, tentatively due before the end of the year. She says, "With [2007's] 'My Winter Storm', I chose the name of the album in the early stages and that helped me to create the concept for the album. With the new album, I decided to do it the same way, so I searched for an inspiring title and all the songs are one way or another related to it."

Regarding the songwriting process for the new CD, Turunen said, "In the last months I've been writing a lot of music for my new album. Songwriting is always an amazing learning experience, and it has been a pleasure to discuss music with different people.

"The album process is still going on and I have more songs that are in the working. It is sounding very promising. The songs are absolutely more mature, wild, and emotional and they sound more me, if I can say so.

"The biggest difference in preparing this new album is that I will be taking the time that I need until the songs are in a shape that I am happy with. No matter how long it takes. I want it to be perfect for me. No hurry; no pressure."
[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, June 02, 2009 12:21:18 PM 
Anvil Interview

Michael Dunaway of recently conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Steve "Lips" Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner of Canadian heavy metal legends ANVIL. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. The movie has gotten an incredible reception, at Sundance and at several other festivals.

Steve "Lips" Kudlow: We debuted the movie at Sundance and it basically blew the roof off. But Sacha [Gervasi, director] is very clever. He didn't want to sell the movie cheap, and he didn't want to sell it alone. He wanted to keep the movie and the band intact together, as a unit. He wouldn't move on any deals unless the two were hand in hand. It took a year and a half of winning awards at all these film festivals, and eventually, VH1 heard about it.

Robb Reiner: And we found our right man.

Kudlow: And we found our right man. Rick Krim is one of the nicest people we've ever met, and he put the whole weight of VH1 behind us. And now we're off.

Reiner: Sacha could have sold out to someone like Miramax or Universal or whomever. He had those chances.

Kudlow: But then the band and the movie would have been separate, and it wouldn't have had the longevity. This is a slow burn; it's not a flash in the pan. We are utilizing the actual audience to spread the word rather than soaking the media with paid advertising.

Reiner: It's word of mouth. It's organic.

Kudlow: And what's beautiful and unique about it is that the epilogue is being written by the audience. It's a beautiful thing. You've been on stage your whole life, and now Sacha is following you around with a camera the whole time. What was that like?

Kudlow: It was amazing, actually, the circumstances that led up to it. I mean, let's start from the beginning. We met this kid when he was 15 years old at the Marquee club in London, just this English headbanger, and he became our drum roadie. So we took him on the road, took him on the joyride of his life, he had all of his first sexual encounters, we really corrupted him well! We called him Teabag. And we gave him a life experience he would never forget. Eventually, of course, he had to finish school and he disappeared out of our lives. We never forgot about him, and we always wondered whatever happened to him. Then, in the summer of 2005, I got an e-mail from him, and it was like, "Holy shit! Teabag has returned! And he's this Hollywood bigshot now, working with Spielberg!" So we go down to his place in L.A., and he has a stack of every one of our albums. He says, "I was sitting down listening to an album by METALLICA, and I said, 'This sounds just like my friends ANVIL. I wonder what happened to them?'" And about a week later he comes to Toronto and says, "I want to make a film about you." I started bawling my eyes out. It was like we both went on our journeys, and now we've come back together to make this movie. It was like perfect kismet, everything we had both been through was focused to make this movie. And I thought, this is it! The moment has arrived! That enthusiasm for what you do really comes through in this film, and it's really inspiring. It reminds me of that great Bill Mallonee line about the minor-league ballplayer, "We may not make it out of the bush leagues, but that's not why we're here." I watched this film thinking, "Even if these guys never make it back up to the top, they're going to rock it out every night because they love it so much." It's beautiful.

Reiner: That's really the truth.

Kudlow: It's like I always say, you don't have to win the race to enjoy the race. I think we all have a responsibility to make the best of our lives. And to enjoy our lives. And we get so much enjoyment and fun out of being in the band and creating this music. How could you ever stop that? It's like saying "I've already had kids, why would I keep having sex?" Well, no! When I'm up on stage playing and singing, that is the almighty orgasm for me. And I'm not going to give it up! Tell me about the new album you're working on. It'll be your fourteenth album, right?

Reiner: That's right. It's called "Juggernaut of Justice". All of the songs are now written. We'll hopefully record it at the beginning of next year. We've also recorded the song "Thumb Hang", which is mentioned in the movie. It'll be on the soundtrack.

Kudlow: You know, we wrote that thing when we were about 14 and we had had a school lesson on the Spanish Inquisition. And we just put it away and never bothered with it. But after the movie, that's what everybody wants to hear. So Sacha put in the credits that we're going to finally record it and we said, "What? We are?"

Reiner: And it actually turns out to be a really good song.

Kudlow: Shockingly.

Read the entire interview from
[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, June 02, 2009 12:18:56 PM 
Tim Ripper Owens Interview

Robert Gray of recently conducted an interview with merican heavy metal vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) as part of a series entitled "Hit The Lights." Several excerpts from the chat follow below.

On how his solo debut, "Play My Game", came to fruition:

"After I left ICED EARTH, we began talking about possibly arranging tracks for BEYOND FEAR's next album. The management thought it would be a great time for me to issue a solo album, so the wheels started turning. I started writing some music, and made some phone calls. The project began to come together, and all these great musicians guested upon 'Play My Game'. We recorded the album in Los Angeles, and began the process roughly a year ago."

On whether he felt slightly restricting in past groups like JUDAS PRIEST and ICED EARTH:

"Yes, I was restricted. I couldn't really write with JUDAS PRIEST, but I actually understood the situation with JUDAS PRIEST. It didn't really bother me. I think it bothered me more with ICED EARTH, as I felt like I probably had something to give to the table that time. I really wasn't able to contribute, so I felt more restricted with ICED EARTH, though I understood. I understood it with both groups. This made me go onwards, and save all my material for my own project."

On how Chris Caffery and Bob Kulick came to contribute to "Play My Game":

"I've known them for years. I met Chris Caffery in '96, and we've been really good friends. Bob Kulick and I have appeared on some albums together for years, years and years. A lot of these guys who guested upon 'Play My Game' are friends. Michael Wilton, Jeff Loomis, Bobby Jarzombek — so many great musicians feature on the album who are friends. Also, I made new friends who I just met, ones who guested on 'Play My Game'Billy Sheehan, for example. Having so many stars to guest, and to meet them, was just awesome."

On whether scheduling conflicts prevented certain musicians from guesting upon "Play My Game":

"Yeah, scheduling conflicts were always a problem. TRIVIUM's Corey Beaulieu was interested in contributing, and even SEPULTURA's Andreas Kisser. Andreas and I have worked on some material, so I wanted him to play upon a song. He said that he couldn't, and was leaving for a tour the following day. Since he couldn't lay down a part here, or there, we were somewhat screwed."

On "Play My Game"'s lyrical content:

"I think the album's lyrics are much like 'Beyond Fear', in that the album pretty much tackles every topic. 'Play My Game' tackles many topics, whether it be losing a loved one, spaceships, the cover up of political scandals, or ex relationships. Whatever the topic might be, everything is really upon 'Play My Game'. 'Play My Game' has a song about cars, and a song about evil things in the shadows, for example. Really, the album's lyrics are right across the board, and that's how I always write. I'm not a dungeons-and-dragons writer, and am not a writer that will write about extremely corny subjects all the time. I'm a writer that'll write about everything. Whatever comes to mind, and whatever I feel needs to be written about, I'll write about."

Read the entire interview at
[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, June 02, 2009 12:16:03 PM 
Marilyn Manson Comments On New Album

Amy Sciarretto of Noisecreep recently conducted an interview with Marilyn Manson. An excerpt from the chat follows below.

Noisecreep: How much did your reunion with bassist Twiggy Ramirez spark the creativity on this record?

Manson: It's about me realizing the importance of loss, I even say, "I am going to teach you about loss." There are various degrees of things going on in my life and when you get back with a friend, you realize the void that it created, when it's back together. It was as if no time had passed. Separately, we did a lot on our own and we both can stand on our own. What we do together on this record, no one else can do. This is the record we wanted to make, at the right time, as friends. We needed each other. We had gone through parallel emotions with relationships and didn't have each other as best friends to say, "I am going through this torment." He came to the plate with this music which sounded like what I wanted to say. It was intimidating, for me, that I had to take it up a level, and do and say something I had not said before. My part as the singer and lyricist took place between November and January 5. I finished on my birthday. During that period, I lived alone, which I had never done before. I had gone from living with my parents as everyone does, to starting a band, going on tour and living in hotels and in and out of different relationships. Then in November, the last relationship I was in ended with me living alone and it became a process. I spent, by choice, the holiday season alone!

Noisecreep: You don't seem like a big "holiday celebration" type guy!

Manson: I am not big on holidays, but I spent Christmas, New Year's Eve and my birthday entirely alone. I returned to the studio, did the last three tracks. I woke up thinking, "I have to sing this song and finish this record," which isn't about giving up what you are. It's about seeing what doesn't work and hating everyone and trying to destroy it. Without that feeling, the song "Devour" would not exist. That's about a murder/suicide that almost happened and the song is why it didn't happen, so it began the record. The person who wrote that song is not the same person who wrote the last track, "15". I changed, people make mistakes. Now, I see that showing kindness and love shouldn't be mistaken for weakness. I am not desperate for love; it is something I have decided upon. I could have ended [the record] being null, like ["American Psycho"'s] Patrick Bateman, without any sense of reality or contact with humanity. Track "15" is like when you walk out of theater, after the end title credits and what you didn't expect to happen...happened.

Read the entire interview from Noisecreep.
[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, June 02, 2009 12:14:14 PM 
The Cult Frontman Comments On Upcoming Tour

In July, THE CULT will kick off an international tour on which the band will play its seminal, 1985 "Love" album from start to finish.

The "Love" album is viewed by fans and worldwide media as THE CULT's pre-eminent release. From the immediately recognizable opening notes of "She Sells Sanctuary", through Billy Duffy's psychedelic guitar strains on "Phoenix", to the resolve of Ian Astbury's haunting baritone on "Brother Wolf, Sister Moon", THE CULT created an album that maneuvers as a tour de force.

"[Playing the album live] gives some context to what THE CULT are, in terms of what we do have a claim to — building this post-modern world," singer Ian Astbury told "We're one of the principal architects to that world, in a way. For me, it's kind of like, 'Hey, wait a minute, I don't want my legacy to be 'Sonic Temple'. It's amazing how many people come up and say, 'Hey dude, where's the cowboy hat and long hair?' I haven't looked like that in like 16 years."

"The band is redefining the live album experience with the 'Love Live Tour'; nothing is comparable to witnessing THE CULT, fully engaged in the live creation of arguably their seminal album," stated stated THE CULT manager Tom Vitorino. "For fans this will be the greatest tour yet, and for those just discovering THE CULT, this staging will envelop them in a pure performance experience."

THE CULT will be delivering spectacular production, along with the intense performances that fans have come to expect. The evening's finale will include an encore of THE CULT's greatest hits, spanning the bands' storied career. The band has been working closely with their art/ design team creating an arresting set, with dramatic effects, using state-of-the art technology.

Continuing their historic creative partnership, Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy began writing together this winter, and have since recorded several songs at The Sunset Marquis Villa Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California. Their highly anticipated new tracks will be the follow up to THE CULT's 2007 release, the critically acclaimed "Born Into This". As of press time, the band is keeping options open to drop new tracks in conjunction with the tour.
[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, June 02, 2009 12:11:26 PM 
Def Leppard/Taylor Swift Concert DVD

CMT has partnered with Big Machine Records for the first DVD release of its critically acclaimed series "CMT Crossroads", when the episode featuring TAYLOR SWIFT and DEF LEPPARD hits stores on Tuesday, June 16. "CMT Crossroads: Taylor Swift And Def Leppard" includes 11 electrifying performances by 2008's best-selling artist among all genres of music and Great Britain's premier arena rock band. The DVD will be available exclusively at a low price of $11.88, in Wal-Mart stores in the U.S. and Canada, including Sam's Club and on, and hits shelves the same day SWIFT and DEF LEPPARD are scheduled to appear on the 2009 CMT Music Awards. Their performance of "Photograph" is also up for both "Performance of the Year" and "Wide Open Country Video" of the Year at the CMT Music Awards.

The DVD is currently available for presale at this location.

Taped before a standing-room only audience in Nashville, Swift fulfilled her "childhood dream" when she walked onstage and performed with DEF LEPPARD. Lead singer Joe Elliott and Swift swapped lyrics on such hit songs as "Photograph", "Hysteria", "Pour Some Sugar On Me", "Picture To Burn" and "Love Story". The DVD has special features that include extended and new interviews with the artists, and never-before-seen performances.

"CMT Crossroads: Taylor Swift And Def Leppard" DVD track listing is as follows:

01. Photograph
02. Picture To Burn
03. Love Story
04. Hysteria
05. Teardrops On My Guitar
06. When Love & Hate Collide
07. Should've Said No
08. Pour Some Sugar On Me

Exclusive Bonus Performances:

09. Our Song
10. Love
11. Two Steps Behind

"Performing with DEF LEPPARD was awesome!" said Swift. "It was the coolest thing in the world to have my band on stage with them, because for the past two years, before we go on stage we listen to DEF LEPPARD and just rock out and jump around. And then, we were playing on the same stage as they were. It was the most amazing feeling in the world, and we were all just trying to act cool the whole time."

"What an absolute pleasure it was to work with Taylor and her band who are a great set of musicians," says LEPPARD's Elliott. "Myself and Taylor blended really well together, I think, and everybody, both bands and the crowd, had a great time. I'm really glad we had the opportunity to do this."

In addition to the performances, the one-hour show featured reheasal, behind-the-scenes and interview footage.

Videos, picture galleres and information about the show can be found at

DEF LEPPARD and Taylor Swift join an elite group of performers who have taped "CMT Crossroads", which pairs country music stars with popular artists from other genrespop, rock, R&B to play together, swap stories, and share their common love of music. Previous episodes of "Crossroads" have included Lindsey Buckingham and LITTLE BIG TOWN; BON JOVI and SUGARLAND; John Fogerty and Keith Urban; Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire; Joss Stone and LeAnne Rimes; Robert Plant and Alison Krauss; and most recently MAROON 5 and Sara Evans.

Edited at: Tuesday, June 02, 2009 12:11:59 PM
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