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[J.D. DIAMOND] Saturday, April 04, 2009 9:51:41 PM 
Villant 3.0 that is excellent information! Thanks for the youtube clip!!!
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Some news from the Q: Judas Priest legend to open his own golf course
TAKE a sneak peak at the new golf course which is being opened by none other than rock legend KK Downing from Judas Priest.

Edited at: Saturday, April 04, 2009 1:12:07 PM
[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, April 03, 2009 9:08:50 PM 

James Hetfield Interview

Seth Colter Walls of recently conducted an interview with METALLICA guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Newsweek: How about this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame business? Is that really "metal?"

Hetfield: It certainly wasn't in my mind, even two years ago. Then we had the good fortune to go play and induct BLACK SABBATH, and that's when it hit me: hey, aren't we eligible? It is somewhat surreal. One of the greatest things is that we're still relevant, still enjoying each other's company, still making heavy music. We are going to make it as much of a family reunion as possible.

Newsweek: Have you invited Dave Mustaine, even though you and Lars Ulrich fired him?

Hetfield: I would have to say we cast the net very wide, including Mustaine. I want everyone possible to show up. You've seen the ridiculous drama, like with VAN HALEN, that totally messes everything up. I don't get it. This is a celebration of life and accomplishment, not by your means only.

Newsweek: Is it exhausting, keeping up the right image for the fans? You were widely mocked last year when a photo of you shopping at an Armani store surfaced. (See picture below.)

Hetfield: It's awesome. I welcome that. We've got such passion around METALLICA, making fun of us or completely worshiping. There's passion there, and that's what matters. When I'm holding my wife's bag in front of—

Newsweek: So it wasn't your bag? You weren't shopping at Armani?

Hetfield: It was not mine. But it really doesn't matter. It's summertime, and I've got flip-flops and shorts on. We're kicking it. That's what I wear. People's image of what you're supposed to be is really amazing. Maybe you're a full-on headbanger from Latvia and you just don't see me like that very often. Or even fans in America — they love to poke fun and rip you to shreds, but if you're laughing, they can't.

Newsweek: You recently met with ACRASSICAUDA, the Iraqi metal band who have been resettled as refugees in America (see video below). How was that?

Hetfield: I'm amazed by the fact that there was a heavy-metal band in Iraq, and that they got the attention. And that they have this passion, and society is crushing it, but they find a way to keep going. When they showed up [at our concert], it was a pretty big deal. At first they were cowering. They literally turned and put their faces against the wall. It was just a different culture. But I was open and outspoken and in their face, which is very unlike what they were able to do. And, man, within moments, though, they saw the love and they felt pretty comfortable. Handing over that guitar was a pretty big deal to me. Here's the key, open it. Welcome to America.

Read the entire interview at

[Painkiller87] Thursday, April 02, 2009 10:27:44 PM 
Hey the more the merrier! That would be even more worth seeing than before IMO!
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Canadian metal legends ANVIL are strongly rumored to have landed the opening slot on at least some of the shows on the upcoming JUDAS PRIEST / WHITESNAKE North American tour.
[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, April 02, 2009 5:20:35 PM 
Scorpions To Record New Album Later This Year

According to a posting on the SCORPIONS fan site, the German hard rock veterans will enter the studio in late 2009 to begin work on a new album for a 2010 release. It looks like they will be recording the new CD in their home country this time, but that could change.

The SCORPIONS will play 40 dates all around the world in 2009 starting tomorrow night (Friday, April 3) in France. The band's management is also said to be in talks with another major rock act about a possible joint tour of North America in 2010.

SCORPIONS' latest album, "Humanity - Hour 1", was produced by James Michael and co-produced by songwriter/producer Desmond Child, who has worked with such high-profile pop/rock artists as AEROSMITH, BON JOVI, ALICE COOPER, KISS, RICKY MARTIN, CHER, MICHAEL BOLTON and BONNIE TYLER.

The Best Buy edition of "Humanity - Hour 1" includes an exclusive track, "Cold". "Cold" was previously included on the Japanese pressing of the CD along with another bonus cut, a radio edit of "Love Will Keep Us Alive".

New Jon Olivia's Pain Album Planned

JON OLIVA'S PAIN drummer Christopher Kinder has issued the following update:

"JON OLIVA'S PAIN is currently in final negotiations with AFM Records for the release of our fourth CD (due out October 2009) and our first live DVD, to be filmed in early 2010. We are planning a two-hour show with a setlist consisting of the four JON OLIVA'S PAIN CDs as well as a healthy assault of SAVATAGE classics!

"We are very happy with our relationship and agressive promotion that AFM Records has consistently delivered... and we are sincerely greatful for their support and dedication!

"With regards to the upcoming CD... We have completed 90% of the arrangements for 11 songs plus two additional bonus tracks. This CD should prove to be much heavier and far more agressive overall than our previous releases. A few epic songs are always part of the equation, but we wanted to make a record that was more in line with 'Maniacal Renderings' meets 'Hall of Mountain King'.... and the current demos prove to be just that.

"We will begin recording at Morrisound Studios in July and deliver the record on time for an October release. Oliva continues to write at a feverish pace and he is hell bent on delivering one of his most agressive and powerful vocal performances to date!

"The upcoming European festival/club tour dates are almost complete. We are stoked to be hitting a number of countries that we have not yet performed in, including Turkey, Romania and Finland. This will be our busiest summer tour to date and a true testament to our increasing fan base who are supporting JON OLIVA'S PAIN and the rich SAVATAGE history with great enthusiasm."

For a list of upcoming shows, visit

JON OLIVA'S PAIN's latest album, "Global Warning", was released in the U.S. in May 2008 via Locomotive Records. The CD features a guest appearance by guitarist Ralph Santolla (OBITUARY, ex-DEICIDE, DEATH, ICED EARTH) on two songs: "Adding the Cost" and "You'll Never Know".

Bill Ward Talks About Sabbath Reunion

Original BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward will be interviewed by Ian Camfield of U.K.s Xfm Radio on Saturday, April 4 between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.

If you are in U.K., you can listen to the show by tuning in to 104.9 FM on digital radio, or you can stream the program via the Internet at

39 years after its 1970 release, BLACK SABBATH's "Paranoid" album is being re-released as a three-CD deluxe edition, featuring the original album, a quadraphonic mix and a disc full of instrumental and alternate versions.

Ward tells Shropshire Star: "There was some spare tape left, so we said, 'Let's see if we can get another song and we all went down the pub which is the best place to work — well, it was then — and when we got back Tony [Iommi, guitar] had got a really, really good riff. Tony and Geezer [Butler, bass] and myself just sat in and just started playing and it didn't take long at all to have the song with all its parts pretty much done. I think within the afternoon it was taken care of. Ozzy [Osbourne, vocals] had his jamming lyrics, almost rough stuff, as we jammed down the first things. It probably [was] pretty much in the ballpark, his melody's there. We did that with quite a lot of our songs and we would change that around until we reached the final album version."

Ward insists the door is not shut on the idea of a full-blown reunion of BLACK SABBATH's original lineup.

"I have an open mind when it comes to SABBATH," he tells Shropshire Star. "We just haven't done anything for the last three years. But the door's wide open as far as BLACK SABBATH is concerned.

"Playing, doing anything with the original band, that's where I would like to be."

He adds: "Ozzy and I have maintained our relationship, and I've maintained my relationship with the other fellas pretty much all the way through. Nobody's far from each other.

"I saw Oz on his birthday. We went to Vegas and that's the last time I saw him. But I actually spoke to him about three or four days ago. He's doing fantastic, he's doing really well."
[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, April 02, 2009 10:55:05 AM 
Van Halen Debut To Be Re-Released On Vinyl

As part of their ongoing vinyl reissue series, Warner/Rhino on Tuesday (March 31) quietly released VAN HALEN's groundbreaking self-titled 1978 debut record on 180-gram vinyl.

One of the most explosive and accomplished hard rock albums ever produced, VAN HALEN's 1978 self-titled debut altered perceptions of what the guitar could do and it set the template for the sound of rock and roll for the next decade. From the instrumental blow-out of "Eruption" and the gritty pop of "Feel Your Love Tonight", to the strutting riff of "Ain't Talkin' Bout Love" and the grandiose reworking of THE KINKS' "You Really Got Me", VAN HALEN amply demonstrates the drive, showmanship and musicianship that would turn them into rock revolutionaries!

"Van Halen" vinyl reissue details:

* Mastered from the original analog master tapes by Kevin Grey at Acoustech Mastering, using half-speed mastering for superior sound
* Pressed on high-quality 180-gram (180g) weight vinyl for longer life and superior sound
* Features all-original artwork and packaging

Most experts agree that the richness and depth of the original master tapes is truly captured only on vinyl. This should sound better than both the original vinyl, and the remastered CD.

For more information, visit

[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, April 02, 2009 10:42:43 AM 
New Dave Mustaine Amp

Marshall Amplification has announced the release of the Marshall 1960DM Dave Mustaine Signature Cabinet.

In 1962, a new amplifier became available to guitarists, bringing with it a whole new approach to how the guitar was played. Not only that but a new concept in speaker cabinet design was emerging from the same company; a single cabinet containing 4 x 12" speakers, that could be "stacked" on top of one another. The company behind this was Marshall Amplification, and the visionary Jim Marshall.

21 years later, in 1983 a new band emerged on the San Francisco bay area, bringing with them a unique, new sound for a generation. The music had a distinctive guitar style, often involving complex, intricate musical passages. The lyrics were profound and gave a sharp, cynical view of modern society. The band MEGADETH, the visionary Dave Mustaine.

The Dave Mustaine signature range consists of two cabinets, the 1960A-DM, which carries the classic angled look, and the 1960B-DM, the base, straight front cabinet.
Together they make one hell of a stack!

Hand-built in Marshall's U.K. factory, the company's development engineers have worked closely with Dave over the last year, and have devised Marshall's most visually and sonically striking product to date. Hand-sealed for an enhanced response, the baffle is fixed inside the cabinet housing and loaded with G12-V30 Marshall Celestion custom Dave Mustaine Vintage Speakers. This "sealed" construction gives tightly focused, aggressive projection to the sound and is exactly to Dave's specification.

Cosmetically, the cabinet looks like no other. Built with 15mm Birch Ply, the cabinet has a more open face look, with a diamond pattern, black powder coated steel kick grille to protect the speakers. Covered in rugged "Carbon Fibre" patterned, slate black vinyl, the cabs are finished with high impact-resistant cabinet fixtures and durable Manganese-Phosphate plated screws and rivets. The final touch is a
custom plaque in the corner of the cab, carrying the signatures of both Dave Mustaine and Dr. Jim Marshall OBE.

Included with each 1960DM cabinet is a DVD presented by Dave and featuring the building of the cabinet. There is also a heavy duty dust cover with a custom artwork and a product completion certificate hand-signed by the Marshall production staff.

[Bazookajoe_666] Wednesday, April 01, 2009 12:08:57 PM 
No I'm saying the Molson Amphitheater in Toronto holds 16,000 people cause it says so on there site. That thing is fuckin massive for an amphitheater.

Jason Newsted To Perform At Metallica Induction Ceremony

A day after former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted told that his replacement, Robert Trujillo, would not take part in the performance part of Saturday night's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland, a spokesman for the group's label, Warner Bros. Records, clarified that "Jason and Robert will both be playing METALLICA's induction songs." He did not indicate what the songs would be or if Newsted and Trujillo would be on stage together or separately.

METALLICA is flying in from Paris, where the group plays Wednesday and Thursday nights, with plans to rehearse with Newsted at soundcheck on Friday.

Earlier this week, Newsted — who was METALLICA's bassist from 1986-2001 — said that when Lars Ulrich called to invite him to play at the ceremony, the drummer told him that "Robert's not gonna play at all...He wants to be there as a fan, too, and wants to see the 'black' album (1991's 'Metallica') band." Newsted added that he never expected to play in the first place and was "totally on board" with the idea of the current version of METALLICA performing without him.

"I felt strongly they should go as that band and represent because...they're strong right now together," Newsted said. "There was no negativity, no hubbub or jealousy or silly, childish...It was years ago, man. We're just gonna have a...great celebration." 

Stay Hungry Re-Issue Details Revealed

TWISTED SISTER has set a June 23 release date for the 25th-anniversary reissue of "Stay Hungry" featuring loads of bonus material, including one brand new track, "30", that the band recently recorded.

The package includes:

* "Stay Hungry" remastered
* Ten never-before-heard songs originally demoed for "Stay Hungry"
* Five early demos of songs from "Stay Hungry"
* One brand new song
* One rare radio spot using "SMF" as the music bed

"Stay Hungry" bonus tracks:

* "Death From Above"
* "Prime Motivator"
* "Were Not Gonna Take It"
* "Death Run"
* "This One's For You"
* "SMF"
* "We're Coming On"
* "Call My Name"
* "Burn In Hell"
* "Pay The Price"
* "What's Love Without You"
* "Our Voice Will Be Heard"
* "You've Got To Fight"
* "The Price"
* "Stay Hungry"
* "30"

TWISTED SISTER guitarist Jay Jay French commented: "A couple of years ago, while playing to 80,000 fans in Quebec after not playing there since 1984, it struck me just how important our album 'Stay Hungry' had become. It broke sales records in 8 countries and the videos made us international stars. Canada especially had gone crazy for the album and bought it at a much greater proportional rate against U.S. sales then any album in recent memory.

"We had just released our re-recorded version of it called 'Still Hungry'. While talking to our fans in Canada, it struck me how many still preferred the original 'Stay Hungry'. Maybe, as band members, we were just too close to the whole thing. Maybe we just weren't seeing it and, more importantly, hearing it through the eyes of the fans who had spent the last 23 years with their ears tuned in to the sound of the original record. I knew that in two years a milestone was approaching. In May of 2009, the 25th anniversary of 'Stay Hungry' would arrive. I started to think of a way to recognize and celebrate the music and the times which had become so important to the lives of not only our millions of fans around the world, but also to acknowledge the importance and relevance of all of the music created by the hard rock bands of that period. What became obvious to me was that just re-mastering the original record was not a reason to re-release it. The only way this could be 'special' was to locate any material that was recorded by us at the time and never released so as to make a truly great two-disc package.

"Much to the band's surprise, Atlantic/Rhino discovered a series of cassettes that comprised almost a whole extra albums worth of material. This original music was part of the 'demo' process used in making 'Stay Hungry'. These tapes were recorded in December 1983 at Nino's studios in Baldwin, Long Island along with all the songs that wound up on the finished album. I completely forgot that these tapes ever existed. The band barely remembered these songs ever being recorded. Most of the songs, upon fresh listening, are shockingly good. Remember, these are demos which means that they are unfinished versions of songs. Maybe some day we will actually fully finish and record some of them if you, the fans, yell loudly enough. Don't ask me why some didn't make the record; the politics of that question are too deep to get into. Suffice it to say, we are proud of this material and, to make the re-release really special, we also recorded our first new song in 10 years — a song called '30'."

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

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Iam going to see them In Minnesota.... Mostly because I have family there in that state,,

And the July 3rd date works the best for me...  Because there are other concerts I want to see this summer.

But you can still buy me a beer Soy...  Just send me the money and every sip I take I will think of you!

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B. Joe..  I couldnt find th thread where you said in toronto the ampi-theater hold 16000, people so Iam posting in

Most amp-theaters in the states ect.. dont hold that many people..

The one in Cleveland only holds 5000

The Time-Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City (formerly the Tower City Amphitheater) is an approximate 5,000 seat concert venue located in Cleveland, Ohio.

The one In Toronto is half indoors, and half outdoors.. Its part covered seating, is what it looks like. 

So it may be one of the bigger shows to go to... 



[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, March 30, 2009 5:29:21 PM 

More Bands Announced For Rocklahoma 3

Rocklahoma, the premier eighties music festival in the United States being held July 9-12 in Pryor, Oklahoma announces Thursday as "Heavy Metal Day."

General Manager of Catch the Fever Music Festivals Mark Nuessle had this to say, "Rocklahoma is a celebration of the eighties music that made rock great! Our Thursday lineup consists of a heavier sound as we spotlight the music of SAXON, OVERKILL, METAL CHURCH, LEATHERWOLF and, of course, recently announced headliner ANTHRAX!"

LEATHERWOLF's vocalist/guitarist Mike Olivieri stated, "It is definitely an honor to bring the triple axe attack to Rocklahoma this year and being part of such a stellar lineup of bands. I'm looking forward to playing a great show and help make this year the best four days of classic metal anywhere on the planet. We'll see you there!"

D.D. Verni of OVERKILL said, "We're psyched to be part of the Rocklahoma festival! OVERKILL have been doing the summer festivals in Europe for many years and it's always a great time. So doing one in America with old friends like ANTHRAX and METAL CHURCH should be a fricken blast."

The third annual Rocklahoma will have over ninety bands on four stages. Additional bands will be announced in the coming weeks.

On the three side stages, Rocklahoma has partnered with Retrospect Records to showcase additional bands of the Eighties.

Rocklahoma festival billing is shaping up as follows:


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.

Mistresses Of Metal To Air April 3rd

The 1980s were a decade of unprecedented decadence. Wall Street was booming, cocaine was the chic drug of choice, and L.A.'s notorious glam metal scene was in full swing on the Sunset Strip. Ruling that scene were the heavy hitting hair bands and the women who loved them. Narrated by former "Cherry Pie" video girl Bobbie Brown, "VH1 Rock Doc: Do It For The Band: The Women of the Sunset Strip" premiering Friday, April 3 at 11 p.m. on VH1 and Saturday, April 4 at 10p on VH1 Classic tells the story of the mistresses of metal — the women who played a big part in the L.A. rock scene but never got any credit — until now. These are the girls who sacrificed everything for the band — they clothed, bathed, fed, housed, and loved rock stars like Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, Slash, Axl Rose, Blackie Lawless, Jani Lane and many others. Viewers will get a first hand look at what it was like to live life in the fast lane as the women reveal secrets and share stories about a time when the only rule was that there weren't any.

These women, who played pivotal roles in the lives of these male superstars, reveal never-before-shared secrets and stories delivered with candid alacrity like only retired strippers/showgirls turned present-day PTA moms can. We'll hear from:

* Adriana — former 7th Veil stripper, who dated Steven Adler, and was de-crabbed by Axl. She later saved Axl's life when he O.D.'d the week before "Appetite for Destruction" was released and went on to sleep with him in the studio one day as the guys wanted sounds of live sex to mix into their album;

* Gaby Gaby Hey, also a former stripper, who kept socks, cigarettes and booze on hand for the guys who would crash at her pad. Every Friday night they'd toss her apartment furniture over the balcony into the pool below then eat her poor man's spaghetti (noodles and butter);

* Pamela - a music video girl, saved Tommy Lee's life at the Flynt Mansion only to watch him get up the next morning and swill a whole bottle of Jack Daniels. Not long after, Pam became a born-again Christian and prayed hard the night Nikki Sixx O.D.'d and watched in relief as he also "resurrected."

Track By Track Review Of "The Devil You Know"

A track-by-track review of "The Devil You Know", the debut album from HEAVEN & HELL — the band featuring BLACK SABBATH members Tony Iommi (guitar), Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Geezer Butler (bass) and Vinny Appice (drums) — is available at

"The Devil You Know", featuring 10 soon-to-be-classic tracks from the Dio-fronted version of BLACK SABBATH, arrives in North America on April 28 from Rhino for a suggested list price of $18.98 (physical) and $9.99 (digital). It will also be made available as a limited-edition CD+DVD featuring band interviews and rehearsal footage. More information will be made available soon.

Roadrunner Records last week announced the signing of HEAVEN & HELL for the territories of Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South America.

HEAVEN & HELL's new single, "Bible Black", is available for streaming in its entirety below. The track begins with Tony Iommi on acoustic guitar behind Dio's plaintive wail before the rhythm shifts to a menacing stomp for the rest of this dark tale about a book of sinister scriptures. One of the first songs written for the album, Dio says it established a tone for the rest of the LP. "When you start off with a blockbuster like that, it makes the rest of the album so much easier because it gives you a benchmark to measure the other songs against."

"The Devil You Know" track listing:

01. Atom And Evil
02. Fear
03. Bible Black
04. Double The Pain
05. Rock And Roll Angel
06. The Turn Of The Screw
07. Eating The Cannibals
08. Follow The Tears
09. Neverwhere
10. Breaking Into Heaven

[hellrider 31038] Monday, March 30, 2009 12:01:40 AM 
awesome HALFORD news
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Geoff Tate Explains New Track "Middle Of Hell"

Video footage of QUEENSRŸCHE vocalist Geoff Tate talking about the band's new song "Middle Of Hell" can be viewed at this location.

Tate recently stated about the track: "The title of this song came from a something a soldier's dad had said on the eve of his son's deployment. He asked his son to be careful because he was going into hell. The soldier wrote back to his family a month after being overseas and told his dad, 'You were right, I'm in the middle of hell.' A soldier named Anthony was on humvee patrol in Baghdad. His vehicle was blown up with a buried mine and Anthony was severely injured and almost died. He said that patrolling the streets was incredibly tense because every time the vehicle would stop there were hundreds of people surrounding you and they didn't seem happy. They didn't want soldiers there. Everyone was dressed as a civilian so how do you know who the enemy is? How do you deal with that? You're on constant alert, watching for something out of the ordinary.

"He also told a story about being back home from his tour of duty and was pulled over by the police. When he asked what he was doing wrong, the officer said that he was driving down the middle of the road. Anthony said he was sorry, but he'd just gotten back from Iraq, where they couldn't drive in the actual lanes because that's where the bombs were. That inspired the line in the song, 'We drive straight down the centerline. No mistakes, not like last time. You don't want to be on the wrong side of Hell.' The chorus says, 'I'm all right. I'll be all right,' and that's a mantra these guys constantly repeat to themselves. They may have lost an arm, a leg, and an eye, but they'll still keep telling themselves they're going to be all right.

"Musically this turned out very hypnotic, it's very representative of driving. I put down a saxophone solo that Michael plays off with the guitar, intercepting and colliding at different times so the song has a mesmerizing feel with an underlying tension."

QUEENSRŸCHE's twelfth studio release, the epic concept album "American Soldier", is available for streaming in its entirety at

"American Soldier" track listing

01. Sliver
02. Unafraid
03. Hundred Mile Stare
04. At 30,000 Ft.
05. A Dead Man's Words
06. The Killer
07. Middle Of Hell
08. If I Were King
09. Man Down!
10. Remember Me
11. Home Again
12. The Voice

"American Soldier" will be available from Atco/Rhino on March 31 for a suggested list price of $18.98 (CD) and $9.99 (digital). The ambitious album encompasses a dozen songs inspired by numerous interviews with veterans conducted by Geoff Tate, the group's singer and chief songwriter, who was intent on telling their story using their words. After speaking with soldiers who served in various conflicts — from World War II to Iraq — Tate turned their firsthand experiences from the frontlines into an unflinching musical examination of the life of a solider and the consequences of war.

Parker Lundgren, a member of QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate's solo band, has officially joined QUEENSRŸCHE as the group's new touring guitarist.

Lundgren, who is apparently engaged to Tate's daughter Miranda, played several shows with the QUEENSRŸCHE frontman last September and joined Tate and QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Michael Wilton for a rare all-acoustic set at KISW's annual Holiday Hangover Ball on December 12, 2008 at Showbox SoDo in Seattle, Washington.

According to The Breakdown Room,'s QUEENSRŸCHE discussion forum, the band has lined up an acoustic performance for its hometown Seattle fans on Saturday, April 4.

The details are as follows:

Saturday, April 4 at 2:00 p.m.
Silver Platters (Queen Anne)
701 5th Avenue North
Seattle, Washington

[Little Indian Angel] Saturday, March 28, 2009 10:23:02 PM 
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The Devil You Know Limited CD+DVD Release?

HEAVEN & HELL — the band featuring BLACK SABBATH members Tony Iommi (guitar), Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Geezer Butler (bass) and Vinny Appice (drums) — will make its long-awaited new album, "The Devil You Know", available as a limited-edition CD+DVD featuring band interviews and rehearsal footage. More information will be made available soon.

"The Devil You Know", featuring 10 soon-to-be-classic tracks from the Dio-fronted version of BLACK SABBATH, arrives in North America on April 28 from Rhino for a suggested list price of $18.98 (physical) and $9.99 (digital).

Roadrunner Records this week announced the signing of HEAVEN & HELL for the territories of Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South America.

HEAVEN & HELL's new single, "Bible Black", is available for streaming in its entirety below. The track begins with Tony Iommi on acoustic guitar behind Dio's plaintive wail before the rhythm shifts to a menacing stomp for the rest of this dark tale about a book of sinister scriptures. One of the first songs written for the album, Dio says it established a tone for the rest of the LP. "When you start off with a blockbuster like that, it makes the rest of the album so much easier because it gives you a benchmark to measure the other songs against."

"The Devil You Know" track listing:

01. Atom And Evil
02. Fear
03. Bible Black
04. Double The Pain
05. Rock And Roll Angel
06. The Turn Of The Screw
07. Eating The Cannibals
08. Follow The Tears
09. Neverwhere
10. Breaking Into Heaven

Gene Simmons Update On New Kiss Album

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has issued the following update:

"Today, went through the entire set we intend on playing in the forthcoming South American swing of our KISS Alive 35 world tour. If you've seen some of the media coming out of South America, you'll notice we're mostly playing soccer stadiums... and we're told the tix are almost all gone.

"Today was a special day — we all lined up to get yellow fever shots. Great. No one was anxious to get stung by a needle, but if that's what it takes for us to get together with 50,000 close friends, we'll role up our sleeves.

"We've also been recording our first new studio album in 11 years! Produced by Paul Stanley. And having Paul simply decide things works better. Democracy is highly overrated. Paul is kickin' ass. The material sounds great and Tommy [Thayer] and Eric [Singer] are in great form.

"We have four tunes recorded. If you're a fan of our stuff from about 1977, you'll feel right at home. All of us have taken up the songwriting call to arms in the same spirit we once did — without a care in the world and without outside writers. Nothing to prove to anyone. Just doing what comes naturally. Ignoring fashions, trends and with a personal vow from all of us: no rapping. There are plenty of people out there doing this and they don't need four pale-faced guys pretending they're from the hood. Besides, I'm not sure how to correctly pronounce 'wassup.'

"Tommy is finishing his solo tune. Sounds great, I can tell you. And Eric is going to sing on the album.

"Most importantly, we are having the time of our lives, and can't wait to see our friends south of the border.

"We hop on our jet April 1, on the way to gig #1 — Santiago.

"See you all there...Or maybe later!" 

[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, March 27, 2009 12:16:22 PM 
Testament Perform Entire First Two Albums

San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT played their first two albums, 1987's "The Legacy" and 1988's "The New Order" in their entirety (almost) live at the Islington Academy in London, England on March 25, 2009.

Photos of the event can be found at

TESTAMENT's setlist was as follows:

01. Over The Wall
02. The Haunting
03. Burnt Offerings
04. C.O.T.L.O.D.
05. Raging Waters
06. First Strike Is Deadly
07. Do Or Die
08. Alone In The Dark
09. Apocalyptic City
10. Musical Death (A Dirge) (excerpt)
11. Eerie Inhabitants
12. The New Order
13. Trial By Fire
14. Into The Pit
15. The Preacher
16. A Day Of Reckoning
17. Reign Of Terror
18. Disciples Of The Watch
19. Rapid Fire (jam)
20. More Than Meets The Eye
21. The Formation Of Damnation

TESTAMENT will embark on a North American headlining tour in May/June. Support on the trek will come from UNEARTH and LAZARUS A.D.

TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy commented: "It was really exciting last summer touring with JUDAS PRIEST, HEAVEN AND HELL, and MOTÖRHEAD, playing in front of all the old-school as well as new-school metalheads. Now we look forward to CRUSHING on our first headline tour on the Damnation Vacation U.S. run. Heavy metal forever!!!"

Prosthetic Records has set an April 14 release date for "Live at Eindhoven '87", a complete recording of TESTAMENT's performance at the 1987 edition of the Dynamo Open Air festival. A metal history lesson of the highest order, "Live at Eindhoven '87" sees the group's original lineup — vocalist Chuck Billy, guitarists Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson, bassist Greg Christian, and drummer Louie Clemente — at their absolute hungriest.

In addition to recently re-releasing TESTAMENT's 1997 album "Demonic" — hailed as "the most evil-sounding album of their career" (AMG) — and 1999's "The Gathering" (praised by Metal Hammer as the most important metal album of the late '90s), as well as the 2001 re-recordings collection "First Strike Still Deadly", Prosthetic has also just reissued "Demonic" and "The Gathering" on gatefold, etched double-vinyl. Strictly limited to 1,000 copies each, each pressing also includes 100 colored LPs (gold for "The Gathering", red for "Demonic"). 

More British Steel Shit...

For the past few years, JUDAS PRIEST has unquestionably ruled the U.S. summer concert scene, having been a part of both the top-grossing Ozzfest and Metal Masters tours. And this summer, PRIEST has done it again, by uniting with WHITESNAKE for a series of stateside shows. PRIEST will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the classic album "British Steel" (it was originally issued in April 1980), by performing the album in its entirety for the very first time ever live on stage! In addition they will be playing some old favorites.

Along with 1982’s "Screaming for Vengeance" and 1990's "Painkiller", "British Steel" has long been considered one of metal's all-time classics. It was with this release that PRIEST truly broke through to the masses, with a pair of tracks that have become fixtures on rock radio — the enduring anthems "Breaking the Law" and "Living After Midnight". But like all classic albums, there is not a single weak track detected on "British Steel", as evidenced by such standouts as the perennial concert highlight, "Metal Gods", as well as "Rapid Fire", "Grinder", "United" and "The Rage", among others.

Produced by Tom Allom, "British Steel" was recorded at the Tittenhurst Park in England — which is a mansion owned at the time by former THE BEATLES member Ringo Starr, and previously owned by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. In 2001, the album was remastered and reissued with extra bonus tracks, and also was the subject of an in-depth study as part of the popular "Classic Albums" DVD series.

"British Steel" original track listing:

01. Rapid Fire
02. Metal Gods
03. Breaking the Law
04. Grinder
05. United
06. You Don't Have to Be Old to Be Wise
07. Living After Midnight
08. The Rage
09. Steeler

JUDAS PRIEST — singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis — remain as popular as ever to this day, confirmed once and for all upon the release of 2008's "Nostradamus", which became their highest-ever charting album in the U.S. Two years earlier, the group was the inaugural inductees into the "VH1 Rock Honors". The forthcoming summer dates with WHITESNAKE are surely not to be missed by metalheads from coast to coast, especially now that fans will be reintroduced up close and personal to the mighty "British Steel".

Along with PRIEST, WHITESNAKE is certainly one of the most instantly identifiable names in all of hard rock. PRIEST and WHITESNAKE toured together in 2005 (in Mexico and South America), resulting in such a well-received and great package that since then, both groups have been planning to work together again. This summer, U.S. fans will finally get their wish.

"The opportunity to perform live on stage in its entirety the whole of 'British Steel' is a dream come true for all of us! We're really excited and looking forward to presenting the album live on stage. Fans will be able to enjoy a taste of true heavy metal when it was in its early, raw state!" said the group in a statement. "Plus, we will of course be throwing in a few other PRIEST classics!"

The dates are as follows:

Jul. 01 - The Family Arena St. Charles, MO
Jul. 02 - Summerfe - (Harley Davidson Stage) Milwaukee, WI
Jul. 03 - Taste of Minnesota at Harriet Island - St. Paul, MN *
Jul. 07 - Comca - Center - Mansfield, MA *
Jul. 08 - CMAC - Canadaigua, NY *
Jul. 09 - Molson Amphitheatre - Toronto, ONT *
Jul. 11 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ *
Jul. 12 - Nikon at Jones Beach - Wantagh, NY *
Jul. 14 - Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre - Cleveland, OH *
Jul. 15 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Clarkston, MI *
Jul. 17 - Moondance Jam - Walker, MN *
Jul. 18 - Rockfest/Cheppewa Valley Music Cadott, WI
Jul. 21 - PNC Pavillion @ Riverbend Music - Cincinnati, OH *
Jul. 29 - California Mid State Fair - Paso Robles, CA *
Jul. 31 - Sleep Train Pavillion - Concord, CA *
Aug. 01 - 98 Rock Jamboree @ Sleep Train Amp* Marysville, CA *
Aug. 02 - Gibson Amphitheatre - Universal City, CA *
Aug. 04 - SDSU Open Air Theatre - San Diego, CA *
Aug. 05 - Pacific Ampitheatre/OC Fair - Costa Mesa, CA *
Aug. 07 - Dodge Theatre - Phoenix, AZ *
Aug. 08 - Thomas & Mack Center - Las Vegas, NV *
Aug. 10 - Sandia Casino Albuquerque, NM
Aug. 11 - Red Rocks Ampitheatre - Morrison, CO *


New Video For Metallica's "Broken, Beat & Scarred

METALLICA's video for the song "Broken, Beat And Scarred" is available for viewing at It can also be seen below. The performance clip was shot by METALLICA's longtime friend and collaborator, famed video director Wayne Isham, on December 13, 2008 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California and December 12, 2008 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.

Commented the band: "We're having so much fun out on the road that we thought, hey, why not film it? So we invited our good friend Wayne Isham and his crew to join us for a few shows in California in December of 2008 . . . We go way back with Wayne (several vids from the 'Black' album up through 'Frantic' and the 'Cunning Stunts' DVD) and as always, Wayne rocked it!"

Wayne Isham, 50, is an American movie director who has directed music videos of many popular artists such as MÖTLEY CRÜE, SIMPLE PLAN, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, PANTERA, 'N SYNC, SHANIA TWAIN, GODSMACK, BRITNEY SPEARS, LEONA LEWIS, PINK FLOYD, SHERYL CROW, JOSS STONE, MADONNA, AVRIL LAVIGNE, DEF LEPPARD and BON JOVI, among others.

Previous METALLICA videos that were directed by Wayne Isham:

* Enter Sandman
* Wherever I May Roam
* Sad But True
* Fuel
* No Leaf Clover
* Nothing Else Matters (from "S&M")
* I Disappear
* Frantic
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