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[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, May 21, 2009 12:40:58 PM 
Tarja Turunen Interview

Sonic Cathedral
webzine recently conducted an interview with former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen. An excerpt from the chat follows below.

Sonic Cathedral: This is your first time touring solo [without NIGHTWISH] in the United States. What made you decide to come out here finally?

Tarja: You know, this is my third try, I think, already to come here, so I'm actually really, really happy it finally came true. My wishes were fulfilled. You know, I have lots of followers here in the United States and they have been supporting me a lot in my solo career as well as in my previous career with NIGHTWISH. So it has been really marvelous to get their support and now it's very important for me to give my best for them. Back to them somehow. This gratitude that I have.

Sonic Cathedral: Speaking of NIGHTWISH, you were let go in a very bad public way. It's been a few years since the letter and you seem much happier now. How have things been for you after going through that experience?

Tarja: Well, many things have changed. Actually, the whole career as a solo artist is radically different than being a member of a band. I mean, everything is different. The whole organization around me. I have to be deciding more things on my own. I mean, there is so many things. Also the responsibility that I'm carrying on my own is, of course, very different than before. But the thing is that I have learned so many things. Every day is such a different day and I'm also writing songs on my own today so I'm really happy to be able to do that. To have that sort of freedom to explore what is inside of my soul and my heart. Then let people hear that. What's really there. That has been a really beautiful thing.

Sonic Cathedral: So you're doing a lot more writing. What is it like to be more involved in that process rather than just being the singer?

Tarja: Of course it gets more personal. That's what it all is. I mean, it gets really personal and, you know, it's just very rewarding. I have to be so honest with the music today; that's because I believe in that. I don't know if this is a very naive thought in a way, but I believe if you are honest with the music then people can reach the message easier and the music touches them. I mean, music is the emotion for me and that's all about it. I want to deliver emotions for the audience. For the listeners. That is it. That's the beauty in it. It's so lovely to be a musician. It's a privilege today to be an artist.

Sonic Cathedral: You have a second album you have been working on called "What Lies Beneath".

Tarja: Yes.

Sonic Cathedral: How has that been coming along and when can we expect it?

Tarja: Well, I have quite many songs already. (Laughs) Actually I wrote around 20 songs already which are not all going to be the album, of course. (Laughs) Otherwise I need to make a double album again. (Laughs) But, I mean, that there are lots of good songs. Kind of a same continuance process from "My Winter Storm" to the next one but the radical difference is the variety of songs that will be offered but more or less radical with the heavier guitars and with overall heavier songs. Then also some moody sounds...So I still want to keep on the same line but make a radical difference to the songs even more than "My Winter Storm".

Sonic Cathedral: So you're going to stay in the heavy metal genre for this one?

Tarja: Yeah, of course. Of course. Come on. (Laughs) It's part of me. But you know part of me. (Laughs)

Read the entire interview from Sonic Cathedral.
[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, May 21, 2009 12:26:46 PM 
"Twilight" Actor to Portray Varg Vikernes In New Film

Jackson Rathbone, the teen heartthrob from "Twilight", has reportedly agreed to play Varg Vikernes (a.k.a. Count Grishnackh) — the former BURZUM mastermind who is currently serving a Norwegian prison term for the August 1993 murder of MAYHEM guitarist Oystein Aarseth (a.k.a. Euronymous) and setting fire to three churches — in the upcoming movie "Lords Of Chaos".

Based on Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderlind's book of the same name, the film depicts true events and revolves around the black metal sub-culture that spawned a wave of murders and church arsons across Norway in the early 1990s.

Making his English-language debut with "Lords Of Chaos" will be hot Japanese director Sion Sono.

Stuart Pollok of Los Angeles-based Saltire Entertainment, Ko Mori of Eleven Arts and Oh Jungwan of Korea's Bom Productions are producing the film, which starts shooting in Norway in mid-September.

When asked why he chose to make the "Lords Of Chaos" movie, Pollok — who was in Cannes this past week to sell the project — told, "It's a fascinating subject, a visually great world and a funny portrait of Norway. Quite possibly, black metal is Norway's greatest cultural export of the last 20 years."

Rathbone plays Jasper in Summit's "Twilight" series and is currently shooting the lead role in M. Night Shyamalan's $140-million "The Last Airbender" for Paramount Pictures.

In a 2004 statement posted on the web site, Vikernes slammed the "Lord Of Chaos" book as "a pool of mud," insisting that "the vast majority of all the statements made in this book are either misinterpretations; taken out of context; misunderstandings; malicious lies made by enemies; a result of ignorance; extreme exaggerations; and/or third-hand information at best. This includes the statements attributed to me!" He went on to say, "This book serves only one single purpose and that is to create a myth around my name and to mystify me. If that was their objective they have indeed succeeded with their work. Well, the book seems to have served one other purpose too. The authors have managed to fill the heads of a generation of metal fans with lies. What could have been a righteous revolt has been made into some pathetic, embarrassing, brain-dead, impotent and traditional poser-culture best exemplified by bands like DIMMU BORGIR — and indeed VENOM!"

Varg Vikernes:

Jackson Rathbone:

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[kiamat] Friday, May 08, 2009 1:29:27 PM 
I love the fact that festivals are starting to do this- two years ago I had to leave Download after only a day to revise for an exam on the Monday- so I stayed home abd watched it all online!
Something to look forward to
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[CountessErzebethBathory9] Thursday, May 07, 2009 11:45:14 AM 
Thanx.. i guess its the only thing to do is waited...for Rammstein...

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[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, May 07, 2009 10:45:36 AM 
I know eh? I REALLY wanna see Rammstein this time around. And also, they did confirm that there will be US dates this time as well. So be patient.

Wacken To Be Streamed Live For The First Time

The 20th Wacken Open Air metal festival has been sold out for months already. But fans who couldn't get a ticket shouldn't despair, because the Wacken summer begins in May in Berlin at the "Wacken Rocks Berlin" festival, reaches its climax at the end of July with the legendary Open Air in Wacken and its live stream broadcast from the rock fan's Mecca, and doesn't finish until late in August with the twin festival "Wacken Rocks Seaside" and "Wacken Rocks South" in Aurich and Rieden/Kreuth respectively.

So the good news is that there are still tickets available for all three "Wacken Rocks" festivals! The warm-up for the legendary Wacken metal festival kicks off on May 30 in Berlin's Spandau Citadel with the first of three "Wacken Rocks" festivals. "Wacken Rocks Berlin" offers fans acts and artists like DER W, VOLBEAT, HEAVEN SHALL BURN and D.A.D.

Then, at the end of July, the metal world divides up into two camps: the more than 70,000 lucky ones who will rock the earth on site at the 20th Wacken Open Air in Wacken, and the global metal community who will be attending remote via the biggest online metal live stream ever. Because the second piece of good news is that just as in 2008, the music portal will be broadcasting the festival exclusively on the Internet in collaboration with Tempodome.

The transmission begins in the morning and goes on until the early morning. Gigs happening simultaneously on two separate stages will be filmed and broadcast one after the other. In addition to experiencing the concerts in top sound and picture quality, online fans will also be able to chat, vote and headbang in their own four walls. And the virtual road to the festival is well paved too: Tickets for the big weekend are on sale for various prices at The three-day pass guarantees at least 40 hours of live programme and costs 6.90 euros until May 15 ("Early Metalheadz" ticket), 10.90 euros from May 15 May to July 15 ("Wacken Rulez" ticket) and 15.90 euros from then on ("Headbangers Heaven" ticket).

Fans who still have the energy to rock on will then be served the ultimate heavy metal deal at the end of August: The double festival "Wacken Rocks Seaside" and "Wacken Rocks South" will be on almost simultaneously and with identical line-ups in Aurich (August 28-30) and in Rieden-Kreuth (August 27-29). Here, metal fans who couldn't get a ticket for Wacken, or who simply can't get enough, can finish off the festival year with acts like IN EXTREMO, DER W, EDGUY, DORO, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, U.D.O., STRATOVARIUS and many many more.

The organizers of the Wacken Open Air have joined forces again as they did last year to offer the live stream of the festival together: CTS Eventim AG, Europe's ticketing market leader, is handling the live stream tickets; the interactive live stream specialist is responsible for the Internet broadcast; and, the portal for all fans of hard rock, will be presenting the stream exclusively on its web site.

"We are very happy that the organisers of the Wacken Open Air have entrusted us with the live Internet broadcast of the festival together with Tempodome and Rockalarm. We invite all metal fans around the world to jump into the biggest virtual mosh pit the world has ever seen!" says Malte Blumenthal, New Media vice president at CTS Eventim AG and CEO of

"In 2009 we'll be everywhere and online with the entire world," adds Holger Hübner, partner in the Wacken organizer ICS Festival Service. "The Wacken Rocks festivals and the Wacken Online live stream will be rocking the web again this year!"

The exact schedule for the Wacken Online live stream will be published in the weeks to come.

Wacken Open Air festival billing is shaping up as follows:


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[DelivererofEvil] Wednesday, May 06, 2009 5:36:02 PM 

And they kick off the tour right here in Portugal!

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[CountessErzebethBathory9] Wednesday, May 06, 2009 1:28:06 PM 
Jeez!! It really suck that RAMMSTEIN dont come to Montreal, Canada...

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[Bazookajoe_666] Wednesday, May 06, 2009 1:05:44 PM 
Rammstein Announce European Tour! FUCK YEAH!

German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN have announced the following European dates:

Nov. 08 - Portugal Lisbon Pavilhão Atlântico
Nov. 10 - Spain Madrid Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid
Nov. 12 - Spain Barcelona Pavelló Olímpic de Badalona
Nov. 14 - Spain Bilbao Bizkaia Arena
Nov. 16 - France Nantes Zénith Nantes Métropole
Nov. 18 - Switzerland Basel St. Jakobshalle
Nov. 19 - Switzerland Geneva Arena de Genève
Nov. 21 - Austria Vienna Stadthalle
Nov. 23 - Germany Munic Olympiahalle
Nov. 24 - Germany Leipzig Arena
Nov. 25 - Czech Republic Prague O2 Arena
Nov. 27 - Poland Katowice Spodek
Nov. 29 - Germany Cologne Lanxess Arena
Dec. 02 - France Lyon Halle Tony Garnier
Dec. 03 - France Strasbourg Zénith
Dec. 04 - Luxembourg Luxembourg Rockhal
Dec. 06 - Netherlands Arnheim GelreDome
Dec. 08 - France Paris Bercy
Dec. 09 - France Paris Bercy
Dec. 10 - Belgium Antwerp Sportpaleis
Dec. 11 - Germany Frankfurt Festhalle
Dec. 12 - Germany Stuttgart Schleyer-Halle
Dec. 14 - Germany Hamburg Color Line Arena
Dec. 15 - Denmark Copenhagen Forum
Dec. 17 - Germany Rostock HanseMesse
Dec. 18 - Germany Berlin Velodrom
Dec. 19 - Germany Berlin Velodrom

RAMMSTEIN recorded the initial tracks for the band's new album in Los Angeles with Jacob Hellner and the production team of Ulf Kruckenberg and Florian Ammon. A studio was rented near San Francisco for the bulk of the main recording work.
[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, May 05, 2009 11:11:04 AM 
Ratt To Play Entire "Out of the Cellar" Album At Rocklahoma

California rockers RATT have been confirmed for the third annual Rocklahoma festival, set to take place July 9-12, 2009 on the Catch The Fever Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma.

At Rocklahoma, RATT will be celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of the band's debut album, "Out Of The Cellar", featuring such hits as "Round And Round" and 'Lack Of Communication". The group will perform the multi-platinum-selling LP in its entirety at the festival.

Commented RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer: "The metal gods of Oklahoma must have a soft spot in their hearts for Ratt N Roll. We are so pumped to be asked again for an unprecedented third consecutive year to rock the thousands of rodents in Oklahoma! We will put every ounce of Ratt N Roll sweat into a kick ass Friday night along with all of our other friends in the accompanying bands, so get ready to bang thy heads! Thank you Oklahoma concert promoters and fans!!"

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

Thursday, July 9:


Friday, July 10:


Saturday, July 11:


Sunday, July 12:


The third annual Rocklahoma will have over ninety bands on four stages.

Rocklahoma is one of the largest rock festivals of its type featuring music from the Eighties. Attendance has come from all fifty states and six out of seven continents.

Both Playboy and Rolling Stone in 2008 called Rocklahoma one of the top festivals that should not be missed.

Catch The Fever Festival Grounds is located four miles north of Pryor, Oklahoma and has 6,200 assigned and numbered seats, as well as general admission on the lawn for over 50,000 people. The grounds also feature over 4,000 campsites, on-site parking, bathroom facilities, a convenience store, Rocklahoma also has a Picture Alley that allows anyone in attendance to approach the stage during any performance and take photographs of a favorite artist at close range.

Rocklahoma offers a one-day and four-day general admission passes, along with V.I.P. Passes that includes all the food and drink you want for all four days.

The public can also order tickets online at, or charge by phone at 1-866-310-2288. Tickets can also be purchased at any of the 3,200 O'Reilly Auto Parts across the nation.
[Healer] Friday, May 01, 2009 6:38:55 PM 
This actually might be worth watching....

SLASH On 'American Idol' Appearance: Producers 'Offered Me Freedom To Do It However I Wanted' - May 1, 2009
VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash has commented on his "mentor" appearance next week during "Rock Week" on "American Idol", the annual reality show and singing competition. Slash wrote on his MySpace page, "As you may or may not know, the producers for 'American Idol' have asked me to be the mentor for 'Rock Week' next week. I was reluctant at first, but they offered me the freedom to do it however I wanted. More importantly, there are a few singers this year who are really impressive. It's the first time any 'American Idol' lineup has really caught my attention."

Slash added, "The approach I'm taking is different than usual on the show and I'm going to make this as rock and roll an 'American Idol' as possible. Wish me luck!"

Previous stars who have mentored hopefuls on the show include Mariah Carey and Neil Diamond, while Jon Bon Jovi has mentored "Rock Week."

Slash has also posted a new update on his solo album, which he is in the process of recording with various guest vocalists appearing on different tracks. He wrote, "Things are going great in the studio. We are officially past the halfway point, with some really cool collaborations coming up in the days and weeks ahead."

Ozzy Osbourne and AVENGED SEVENFOLD frontman M. Shadows are two of the vocalists confirmed to appear on Slash's record.

The guitarist said there are eight songs still to record, and also posted some working song titles, including "We're All Gonna Die", "These Last Words", "Crucify The Dead" and "Beautiful, Dangerous".

Slash has recruited ex-NINE INCH NAILS drummer Josh Freese and former JANE'S ADDICTION bassist Chris Chaney to play on the record.
[Healer] Wednesday, April 29, 2009 4:16:54 PM 
That is so cool! I would love to play there someday, it looks beautiful.
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[kiamat] Wednesday, April 29, 2009 1:58:37 PM 
What??! I had no idea he owned Astbury Hall! I've been near there a few times, it is beautiful around there. The Hall itself I don't really remember, if indeed I ever saw it. Well.....
[Bazookajoe_666] Wednesday, April 29, 2009 12:17:03 PM 
KK Comments On New Golf Course

U.K.'s reports that JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing is piling a big part of his fortune into a magnificent golf course around the mansion he bought near Bridgnorth.

K.K. bought Astbury Hall, five miles outside Bridgnorth, in the most beautiful Shropshire countryside you could imagine.

That was in 1985 and the 300-acre estate supported a large herd of prime milking cows.

But whenever K.K.'s eyes roved the rolling land outside his lounge window he dreamed of creating a golf course of a quality to match his own meticulous standards.

"I've played golf all over the world on some of the best golf courses and I want a course to match those," he said.

"I'm not after the £20-a-day-including-lunch market. It takes a lot of money, and I mean a lot of money, to provide a great golf course but as long as I can attract enough money to pay for it I'll be happy."

"I'm not cutting corners. I'm aiming at golfers who are passionate about the game and appreciate five-star golf and a five-star clubhouse."

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[Bazookajoe_666] Wednesday, April 29, 2009 12:09:42 PM 
Pyromania and Andrenalize Reissue Details

DEF LEPPARD, Britain's greatest arena rock band, is set to release deluxe editions of the classic albums "Pyromania" and "Adrenalize" on June 8 (U.K.) / June 9 (world) / June 16 (North America). The band also headline Dublin's O2 Arena on Friday, June 12 and headline the U.K.'s Download festival on Sunday, June 14.

Having sold over 65 million albums worldwide since their debut release in 1980 and proved themselves one of rock music's hardest working and consistently powerful live bands (playing to over 50 million fans in the last 15 years alone), DEF LEPPARD's timely deluxe editions are a must for any discerning music fan.

DEF LEPPARD remains one of only five rock groups who can claim two separate original 10-million-plus-selling albums in the U.S. ("Pyromania" being one of them). The others are THE BEATLES, LED ZEPPELIN, PINK FLOYD and VAN HALEN.

Both deluxe editions will feature deluxe digipack gatefold packaging with expanded booklets containing rare and previously unseen photographs, comprehensive sleeve notes telling the story behind each album and include images of rare single covers and memorabilia from the period. Liner notes come from Rolling Stone's David Fricke.

"Pyromania", DEF LEPPARD's third album originally released in 1983, was the album that took the band to the global stage. Produced by Robert "Mutt" Lange, the album sold over 10 million copies in the USA alone and spawned the huge singles "Photograph", "Rock Of Ages" and "Foolin'". The deluxe edition features a remastered version of the original album and a bonus disc of a previously unreleased 15-track show from The Forum in Los Angeles in 1983.

The full track listing follows:

Disc One - Pyromania:

01. Rock! Rock! (Til You Drop)
02. Photograph
03. Stagefright
04. Too Late For Love
05. Die Hard The Hunter
06. Foolin'
07. Rock Of Ages
08. Comin' Under Fire
09. Action! Not Words
10. Billy's Got A Gun

Disc Two - Live L.A. Forum 1983:

01. Rock! Rock! (Til You Drop)
02. Rock Brigade
03. High 'N' Dry (Saturday Night)
04. Another Hit And Run
05. Billy's Got A Gun
06. Mirror Mirror (Look Into My Eyes)
07. Foolin'
08. Photograph
09. Rock Of Ages
10. Bringin' On The Heartbreak
11. Switch 625
12. Let It Go
13. Wasted
14. Stagefright
15. Travellin' Band

"Adrenalize", DEF LEPPARD's fifth studio album from 1992, followed the enormous "Hysteria" (released in 1987) and cemented the band as the dominant arena rock band. The album was recorded following the tragic death of guitarist Steve Clark — with Phil Collen recording all guitar parts — and dedicated to his memory. The album featured huge singles such as "Let's Get Rocked" and "Make Love Like A Man" and debuted at No. 1 in both the U.K. and USA (and went on to sell over 7 million copies worldwide). The album was produced by DEF LEPPARD and Mike Shipley with Robert "Mutt" Lange as executive producer. The deluxe edition features a remastered version of the original album with a bonus disc of rare, live, acoustic and demo versions.

The full track listing follows:

Disc One - Adrenalize:

01. Let's Get Rocked
02. Heaven Is
03. Make Love Like A Man
04. Tonight
05. White Lightning
06. Stand Up (Kick Love Into Motion)
07. Personal Property
08. Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad
09. I Wanna Touch U
10. Tear It Down

Disc Two - Rare, Live and Acoustic:

01. Hysteria - In The Clubs In Your Face (Bonn 29/05/92)
02. Photograph - In The Clubs In Your Face
03. Pour Some Sugar On Me - In The Clubs In Your Face
04. Let's Get Rocked - In The Clubs In Your Face
05. You Can't Always Get What You Want - B-Side
06. Little Wing With Hothouse Flowers - B-Side
07. Tonight (Version 2-Demo Version) - B-Side
08. Now I'm Here (Live) - B-Side
09. Two Steps Behind (Acoustic) B-Side
10. Tonight (Acoustic) - B-Side
11. Too Late For Love (Live) - B-Side
12. Women (Live) - B-Side

Toni Iommi Comments On The Devil You Know

Gary Graff of reports: "The Devil You Know" is either the first album by HEAVEN & HELL or the third studio set from the third lineup of BLACK SABBATH. Either way, guitarist Tony Iommi says there's much more where that came from.

"There were loads of ideas," Iommi tells "We've got enough to make another album if we wanted. We probably wouldn't use that stuff again, but we had more than enough" for "The Devil You Know". Iommi says the remaining material are "ideas — a verse or a riff, lots of bits, really." But he adds that with "The Devil You Know" just coming out Tuesday, HEAVEN & HELL isn't close to thinking about a next album.

"We're gonna be pretty tied up in touring for a bit," Iommi says, "and then when it comes to what we're gonna do afterwards, I don't know — but I'm sure we'll sort that out."

Read the entire article from

Geoff Tate Interview

QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate recently spoke to Goldmine contributor Bryan Reesman about the inspiration behind and making of their new album "American Soldier", finding new ways to make money in the music biz, golfing with Doc McGhee, and his wine brand, Insania. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On "American Soldier" being the first release in the band's 28-year history on which Michael Wilton played all of the guitars:

"There wasn't anybody there to say, 'Ah no, let's do it like this instead.' He really got to follow his vision. He didn't have to compromise on the guitar end, which is nice."

On the QUEENSRŸCHE songwriting dynamic:

"We definitely let it flow, but we definitely have the committee, which is myself, Eddie [Jackson, bass], and the producer that we're working with [at the time]. (In this case, Jason Slater with Kelly Gray.) Eddie and I are probably the ones in the band that care the most about what's happening and police everybody and make sure everybody's doing what they need to be doing, given that we allow them the freedom to express themselves. But we reserve the final call for deciding what the deep end is. Somebody has to put a marker down that says it's 'six feet deep here' by the poolside. Somebody has to got to write that in, so that's mostly my job: 'That solo is really cool, so let's ask some questions. Does it fit the mood of the song? Does it make you want to cry? Does it show that you can play guitar really fast?' We all have to feel fine with the answer."

On "Operation: Mindcrime II" selling approximately 150,000 copies domestically compared to the original "Mindcrime", which sold more than a million:

"We don't make any money selling records anymore. Very few people do. We still love doing it and still do it, but we do it differently. Money comes from other places. It's not just showing up; you've got to go look for it and figure out ways of making money."

"I remember in 1999 I was at this celebrity golf tournament, and the team I got assigned to had Doc McGhee, who is a pretty well-known band manager. Doc is a very smart man, and I said, 'Doc, what's happening to the business? What's happening to the music industry?' He was puffing on a big old cigar and said in a very grandfatherly type [of] delivery, 'Well, boy, it's changing.' I said, 'Yeah, I'm really concerned. Record sales seem to be plummeting, and there's all this downloading going on. What's the industry doing to stop that?' He said, 'The whole industry is doing absolutely nothing. The whole thing is going to go in the toilet.' 'What are we going to do?' 'Well, we're going to find other ways of making it work. I just read this really cool book and you've got to check it out. It's called 'Who Moved My Cheese?'"

"You can't stay in one place and expect to make a living in that same place all your life. It doesn't work that way. You've got to go where the food is. You've got to go where the money is. And you've got to go where the supplies are. So it was actually really good advice, and I thank him for that. It definitely made me look at what we do and try to modify it so we could make a living. And we are. We do very well considering the economy and the state of our industry."

On how finding new avenues of expression and new ways to reinvent oneself comes from determination and passion:

“Believe it or not, people are multidimensional. Their interests lie in other areas besides what they do for a living or perhaps what they are famous for. You pursue those things with passion. Say you like real estate. You're fascinated by the numbers and figuring out the deals, and you like the art of the deal and cutting deals with people. You start going into that and having some success because you throw yourself into it. Say you love fine dining and Bordeaux-style wines. That's me, baby. I love it.

"I think that's the key to life. Someone once told me if you want to change your life, lean in that direction [of interest]. Start focusing on it and looking at it and understanding it, and pretty soon you'll be doing it and having success at it."

Read the entire interview from Goldmine

[~ MG_Metalgoddess~] Sunday, April 26, 2009 5:09:19 PM 
Heaven & Hell will make a rare in-store appearance  and signing at Best Buy in San Bernadino on Saturday, May 2.

Ronnie  James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice will all be on hand to  celebrate the release of their new album The Devil You Know, out April 28 on Rhino. Best Buy stores will offer an exclusive version of the album featuring a bonus DVD with unreleased video of the band recording the album including studio performances, interviews, and other behind-the-scenes content.

Fans who buy The Devil You Know at the San Bernadino  Best Buy beginning on April 28 will get a wristband which will grant them  access to get their copy signed by the band.   Fans can also get  wristbands for the event by purchasing the album at Best Buy stores in  Burbank, Rancho Cucamonga and Riverside.

The event takes place Saturday,  May 2 at 2:00 PM. Please call the San Bernadino store for more details at  (909) 885-4049.
[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, April 21, 2009 12:39:34 PM 
Sam Dunn Comments on Flight 666

Mike Devlin of the Canwest News Service recently conducted an interview with directors Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn of Banger Films Inc., creators of "Iron Maiden: Flight 666", the feature-length documentary film which follows the IRON MAIDEN bandmembers on the first leg of their "Somewhere Back In Time World Tour" in February and March of 2008.

"This film was way harder than we expected," said Dunn, 35. "I think we went into it with the assumption that because we were focusing on a specific band and not an entire genre of music that it was going to be easier. It wasn't — at all. In terms of piecing together the story and establishing rhythm, it was a totally different challenge for us."

The filmmakers shot 500 hours of live performances and behind-the-scenes footage, which the band's crew brushed aside as if it were nothing. "They said we weren't hard enough," McFadyen, 40, recalled with a laugh.

"Being out on a tour like this, the anxiety you feel is that you might miss a golden moment," McFadyen added. "It was all-hands-on-deck. We shot each concert with five cameras, and in between shows, whether we were on the plane or in a police escort going to the hotel, we could have any number of four cameras going at once."

The film was financed by the band, yet Dunn and McFadyen still think they captured a side of their lives never before seen on film.

"It's a very visceral journey with IRON MAIDEN on this massive global tour," Dunn said. "We wanted to make a film MAIDEN fans could be proud of and give some insight into the band that they've never had before."

Read more from the Canwest News Service.
[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, April 21, 2009 12:28:31 PM 
Klause Meine Interview

Deutsche Welle
recently conducted an interview with SCORPIONS frontman Klaus Meine. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow.

Deutsche Welle: Why have you stayed in Hanover? Many stars choose to move to LA or New York, yet you have chosen to stay in a relatively small German city.

Klaus Meine: The most important thing is to have a place you can come back to, where your roots, family and friends are. Those are things you can't transplant. We're cosmopolitan and have been traveling around the world for so many years. Wherever we are, the music helps us to feel connected and we never really feel like strangers, whether we're in Siberia or the Amazon. But it's really important to be able to come back to the place where your roots are, where your family and friends are.

Deutsche Welle: You recently received an Echo music award for your life's work. Does that make you feel old?

Klaus Meine: No, not at all. We're very honored. The Echo is a very important award and it's a big honor to receive one. We don't see it as a final cadence, but rather as an incentive, or motivation to keep playing for our fans in the coming years and to do that which has kept us going for so many years - that is, living our dream of making rock music.

Deutsche Welle: What are you currently working on?

Klaus Meine: We're working in the studio at the moment and preparing a new project. After a very turbulent 2008 with 60 shows in 22 countries, we're now trying to breathe a bit and charge our batteries — but also to be creative.

We're working on new songs that will hopefully come out towards the end of the year. That's really a lot of fun, after doing all those concerts.

Deutsche Welle: "Wind of Change", one of your best-known songs, became something of hymn for political change in eastern Europe. Was the song conceived as something of an ode to perestroika?

Klaus Meine: Of course not. When you write a song, you might have a certain feeling about it, but you can never be sure how a song is going to develop and what will become of it - if it will become a Top Ten hit, a number one hit, or in this case even an international hit that became like a hymn to the end of the Cold War for many people from East and West. Something like that can't be imagined or planned.

The only thing I did was try to express in the music all the emotions and everything we experienced in 1988 and 1989. We really had the feeling that the world was changing before our eyes — at the latest in August 1989 in Moscow. We had the feeling that the Cold War could be over soon, but of course no one thought that the Berlin Wall would fall just a few months later and that so much in our own country, Germany, and in eastern Europe would change. So this song has a particularly special story, which goes way beyond just being a "hit."

It's a nice feeling to know that the song touched so many people and, for many, will always be associated with these historical events.

Read the entire interview from Deutsche Welle

[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, April 21, 2009 12:25:32 PM 
Geezer Butler Discusses "The Devil You Know"

Justin Donnelly conducted an interview with legendary heavy metal bassist Geezer Butler (HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH) on Friday, April 17. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On the writing and recording process for HEAVEN & HELL's debut album, "The Devil You Know":

"All together, it took about twelve weeks to write 'The Devil You Know'. We seriously started laying down the ground work on the new album about last May, where we did about six weeks worth of writing. We then took a break and went out on tour for a month in the U.S. (The 'Metal Masters' tour), before we came back, and did another six weeks writing. That was about it. We had finished writing the album in around twelve weeks. I think we had another couple of ideas and songs that we were working on, but they weren't as strong as the ten songs that appear on the album, so we didn't pursue them any further. We felt that ten was a good number of tracks, so we left it at that. Once we had finished writing, we went right into rehearsals, and played everything live so that we got to know the songs really well. All the bass runs, the drums rolls and all that kind of stuff were worked out during the rehearsal sessions. So when we got into the studio, it took us about three weeks to put down the tracks, and around a month to mix the album. It was a really quick process for us, because usually it takes us fucking ages to record an album. So we were all pretty happy with the studio experience this time around."

On the album title, "The Devil You Know":

"Everybody was asking me if I had any ideas for the title of the album. So I got a few titles together, and that was the one that everybody seemed to like. So you can say that I was the one responsible for coming up with 'The Devil You Know'. The meaning behind the title is really quite simple. Everybody still calls us and sees us as BLACK SABBATH. So even though we call ourselves HEAVEN & HELL, we're still very much the devil you know in the sense that we're still BLACK SABBATH. That's the story behind that."

On the addition of the numbers twenty-five and forty-one on either side of the band's familiar winged demon logo on the front cover of the HEAVEN & HELL album:

"I've seen tons of explanations on the forums! Some of them have been really quite funny! (Laughs) But the real meaning behind the numbers is quite simple. We've had the winged demon logo for a long time, and the record company wanted to use that logo once again on the new album. So I thought that rather than do the same thing once again, I decided that we needed to do something a little different. So I came up with a verse from the bible. It's from the gospel according to Matthew, chapter twenty-five, verse forty-one. The verse goes, 'Then He will also say to those on His left, 'Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels!' It's about those who sit at the left hand side of God who are cast down into hell. That's all."

On HEAVEN & HELL's tourng plans:

"The tour starts on May 5th in South America and Columbia. That should be interesting. We then go from South America to Russia, and then we'll be playing a lot of the European summer festivals. That will include some gigs in Germany and France as well. And then I think we're back in the U.S. in August. Obviously with a new album, we'll be playing some new songs on this tour. We start rehearsals tomorrow, so in the lead up to that, I've been listening to the album again and again. At this moment, I really like 'Follow The Tears'. It's a track that's taken a few listens for me to really appreciate. It's really grown on me a lot. I really like 'Eating The Cannibals' as well now. That wasn't one of my favorites before, but that's come up in my estimation as well. So we'll be playing at least four songs off the new album. Well at least for South America and Europe anyway. We'll also be including tracks like 'Time Machine' (from 'Dehumanizer') into the set this time around, because we didn't get to play that last time we were on tour. I think it's really good to vary the set list from tour to tour. I think that if there wasn't a new album from us, we wouldn't have bothered touring. But with a new album behind us, it does give us something new to work with. And it's also more of a challenge too, especially when it comes to trying to remember everything again! (Laughs) It gets a little difficult at my age! (Laughs) At the moment, we're just seeing how things go, so we've only booked shows up until September. I think we'll probably see this year out, and then maybe do a few things next summer. After that, I think that will be it. We'll just have to wait and see what's happening at the time. That's the good thing about this band. I think when you're not planning something, it's always a surprise when something good does happen. But hopefully the album will do well for us, and we'll be able to revisit a lot of the places we played a couple of years ago, including Australia. I really do hope we get back down there! I love it down there."

Read the entire interview at this location.
[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, April 21, 2009 12:21:27 PM 
Bonus Details For "The Devil You Know" Released

BLACK SABBATH fan site has revealed the details of several "exclusive" physical and digital retail versions of HEAVEN & HELL's forthcoming debut album, "The Devil In You", which is scheduled to arrive in North America on April 28 from Rhino for a suggested list price of $18.98 (physical) and $9.99 (digital). The effort will also be released as double vinyl LP featuring a laser etched design and exclusive poster on May 12.

The details are as follows:

* Best Buy will offer an exclusive version featuring a DVD with unreleased video of the band recording the album including studio performances, interviews, and other behind-the-scenes content. (See several clips from the DVD below.)

* Wal-Mart will offer an exclusive alternate cover (see image below) that prominently features the traditional BLACK SABBATH devil logo. When finalizing the cover, the band narrowed it down to their two favorites but had a difficult time making a final decision. Now the alternate cover will also be available as a Wal-Mart exclusive.

* iTunes will offer an exclusive version with previously unreleased live recordings of "Die Young" and "I" from the band's 2007 European tour.

* Select independent retail stores will offer exclusive HEAVEN & HELL T-shirts and/or copies of the album signed by the entire band, while supplies last. See below for a list of all participating stores and contact them directly for more details.

Participating independent retail stores:

* Cactus Music - Houston, TX
* The Exchange - Cleveland, OH
* Independent Records - Denver, CO
* Looney Tunes - Long Island, NY
* Newbury Comics - 28 total stores in Boston, MA area
* Record Theatre - Buffalo, NY
* Record & Tape Traders - Washington D.C.
* Rolling Stone - Chicago, IL
* Silver Platters - Seattle, WA
* The Omega Order - online only
* Vintage Vinyl - Fords, NJ
* Zias - Phoenix, AZ, Tucson, AZ & Las Vegas, NV

HEAVEN & HELL is the band featuring BLACK SABBATH members Tony Iommi (guitar), Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Geezer Butler (bass) and Vinny Appice (drums).

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