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[Bev] Friday, January 09, 2009 4:50:13 AM 
Thanks for this one, Joe - Hope you didn't fall asleep waiting for the download (lol)
Looking forward to the Nightwish documentary!

What Glenn says makes sense, IMO.  Here's to their agents asking better questions ; )
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[kiamat] Thursday, January 08, 2009 2:00:50 PM 
Actually, I'm glad that Priest downsized from the MEN to the Manchester Apollo- I don't like the MEN, its got rubbish acoustics and it so big it feels empty even when its packed out, plus you always feel like you need a telescope to see the stage (thats in standing, if you're in seating you actually do need one.) In the Apollo you always get a great view, great sound, you feel much more part of the gig.
[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, January 08, 2009 8:20:23 AM 
New Live Cd/DVD Documentry From Nightwish

Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have revealed the cover artwork of their new CD/DVD, "Made In Hong Kong (And In Various Other Places)", due on March 6 via Nuclear Blast Records. The set will contain a DVD documentary (with a running time of approximately 45 minutes) of NIGHTWISH's world tour in support of the band's latest album, "Dark Passion Play", as well as a CD featuring live recordings from the trek. The documentary footage was reportedly directed by Ville Lipiäinen.

Fan-filmed video footage of NIGHTWISH performing in Hong Kong on January 24, 2008 can be viewed below.

NIGHTWISH issued a digital-only collection of demos and B-sides titled "The Sound of Nightwish Reborn", on September 2, 2008. This release, which clocks in at nearly 70 minutes of music, retains "must-have" status for all NIGHTWISH diehards, since it includes a bevy of exclusive material, such as demo versions of songs from the "Dark Passion Play" sessions that were recorded prior to singer Anette Olzon joining the band and that feature Marco Tapani Hietala handling the vocals, as well as B-sides. 

Glenn Tipton Interview

JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton has spoken exclusively to Classic Rock magazine to defend the lineup of the band's Priest Feast U.K. tour, which was recently forced to downsize some venues and even cancel a show. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Classic Rock: When Classic Rock spoke to [JUDAS PRIEST singer] Rob Halford before the festival tour, he expressed mild reservations regarding his vocal power — "At the age of 56, there are some things that I know I can't sing anymore". How do feel about that situation?

Tipton: With that type of comment, I think that Rob is selling himself short. To me, he's singing better than he's ever sung.

Classic Rock: Really? There has been some criticism from the fans.

Tipton: Rob still has the biggest range of any heavy metal singer I know, and he's been singing spot-on. He's still doing great.

Classic Rock: There's also been internet outcry regarding MEGADETH and TESTAMENT's places on the Priest Feast bill, some fans preferring a lighter act like the SCORPIONS instead.

Tipton: The SCORPIONS are great friends of ours and it's always a pleasure to play with them, but we've been out together quite a few times. We are very happy with the choices of MEGADETH and TESTAMENT. We wanted a classical metal bill. A lot of the bills that go out these days are intentionally diverse, the intention being to attract more people. All it really does is split things. At Priest Feast, everyone will be in the same frame of mind.

Classic Rock: With the Nottingham cancellation, the smaller venue in Manchester and two-tickets-for-one deals in Sheffield or Birmingham, might your plan have backfired?

Tipton: No. That's down to the agents booking too many gigs in such a confined area. Had they come to us and said, "What do you think of this?" we'd have told them. There's a financial crisis going on and people don't have much money to spend. They were being too optimistic.

Classic Rock: There's a recession going on.

Tipton: Absolutely. There's no shame in what we've done. If you're playing Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham and Birmingham... they're all in close proximity. Kids have only got so much money.
[adrianaec_88] Wednesday, January 07, 2009 9:19:46 PM 
awesome! Thanks for posting Joe
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[Bazookajoe_666] Wednesday, January 07, 2009 9:05:37 PM

This site is awesome if you wanna see some extremely early Ronnie James Dio photos, history, and music.
[Soylentgreen4u] Wednesday, January 07, 2009 7:36:54 PM 


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[adrianaec_88] Wednesday, January 07, 2009 7:17:44 PM 
Lemmy on LA INK

The national cable TV show, LA INK <> , one of The Learning Channel's most talked about shows, will be featuring Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister, with his tattoo update. This Thursday Jan 8th.

[adrianaec_88] Wednesday, January 07, 2009 5:24:57 PM 
ha! Halford is not on the list? OnePoll you can kiss my ass!!!   lol
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[adrianaec_88] Wednesday, January 07, 2009 5:23:20 PM 
Thanks or posting healer!!!! I'm gonna see Heaven and Hell !!!!!! !
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[Healer] Wednesday, January 07, 2009 2:39:22 PM 
Ok, this just keeps getting better.....How in the world can the Metal God himself not be at the top of this list....I have no faith in the people who claim to know "Rock" This is a joke.....

Top 20 "Rock Gods", according to OnePoll:

01. Freddie Mercury (QUEEN)
02. Elvis Presley
03. Jon Bon Jovi (BON JOVI)
04. David Bowie
06. Ozzy Osbourne (BLACK SABBATH)
07. Kurt Cobain (NIRVANA)
08. Slash (GUNS N' ROSES)
09. Bono (U2)
10. Mick Jagger (THE ROLLING STONES)
11. Axl Rose (GUNS N' ROSES)
12. Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS)
13. Jim Morrison (THE DOORS)
14. Paul McCartney (THE BEATLES)
15. Steven Tyler (AEROSMITH)
16. Robert Plant (LED ZEPPelin)
17. Brian May (QUEEN)
18. James Hetfield (METALLICA)
19. Jimmy Page (LED ZEPPELIN)
20. Bruce Dickinson (IRON MAIDEN)
[Bazookajoe_666] Wednesday, January 07, 2009 11:33:04 AM 

Haha thanks Bev, I just can't be arsed to post the news here anymore, and there's barely anything good to begin with anymore either.

Dialup is just driving me nuts now posting news. What should take about 5 or 10 odd minutes takes me like 40. And then it might not even post right by the time I get it all collected and posted!

  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by Bev from Wednesday, January 07, 2009 6:23:42 AM)
[Healer] Wednesday, January 07, 2009 8:49:30 AM 
HEAVEN AND HELL — the band featuring BLACK SABBATH members Tony Iommi (guitar), Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Geezer Butler (bass) and Vinny Appice (drums) — has scheduled the following dates:

May 05 - Bogota, Colombia, Coliseo el Campin
May 07 - Buenos Aires, Argentina, Luna Park
May 08 - Santiago, Chile, Velodromo
May 10 – Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Chevrolet Hall
May 13 - Brasilia, Brazil, Ginadsio Nilson Nelson
May 15 - Sao Paulo, Brazil, Credicard Hall
May 16 - Sao Paulo, Brazil, Credicard Hall
May 17 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Citibank Hall Rio
May 30 - Moscow, Russia, B1
May 31 - Moscow, Russia - B1
Jun. 02 - Helsinki, Finland, Icehall
Jun. 04 - Oslo, Norway, Spektrum
Jun. 06 - Sölvesborg, Sweden, Sweden Rock Festival
Jun. 08 - Giessen, Germany, Hessenhallen
Jun. 09 - Berlin, Germany, Zitadelle
Jun. 10 - Bamburg, Germany, Jakoarena
Jun. 12 - Donnington, England, Download Festival
Jun. 13 - Bergum, Holland, Waldrock Festival
Jun. 14 - Karlsruhe, Germany, Europahalle
Jun. 16 - Bonn, Germany, Museumsplatz
Jun. 17 - Zürich, Switzerland, Volkshaus
Jun. 19 - Clisson, France, Hellfest
Jun. 26 - Dessel, Belgium, Graspop Festival
Jun. 27 - Milan, Italy, Gods Of Metal

U.K.'s Classic Rock has heard three unfinished tracks from the forthcoming debut album from HEAVEN AND HELL. In a world-exclusive, the magazine visited the group on the final day of tracking at Rockfield Studios in Wales, U.K.

According to a posting on the Classic Rock web site, "The songs we heard were a moody, thuddingly malevolent number called 'Rock 'N' Roll Jesus', the pacier and more anthemic 'Neverwhere', and a slice of sloth-like majesty that's likely to be titled 'Breaking Into Heaven'."

Other tracks set to appear on the album — which was co-produced by the group and engineer Mike Exeter — include "Bible Black", "Double Pain" and "Atom + Evil". A late April release via Rhino is expected.

"Each of us submitted a CD of our ideas, and we narrowed it down from there," Iommi told Classic Rock. "In some ways it was like picking up where we'd left off with 'Dehumanizer' [SABBATH's 1992 album], which was also done at Rockfield."

In a recent interview with Revolver magazine, Ronnie James Dio described the material on the HEAVEN AND HELL album as "a real cross-section of everything we've done, from 'Heaven and Hell' through 'Mob Rules' and 'Dehumanizer'. I think there's a lot of 'Dehumanizer' in it, but a lot of other things, too, a real good blend of what this band has represented."
[Bev] Wednesday, January 07, 2009 6:23:42 AM 

January 7, 2009 - Happy Birthday, Joe ; )
[Bev] Friday, January 02, 2009 4:40:10 PM 
Planet Rock is over in another solar system.  They missed the Elvis meteor completely ... interesting (sighs)  It would be interesting to know who is on these nominating committees.
[~ MG_Metalgoddess~] Friday, January 02, 2009 3:23:11 PM 
I must say .. I hope these are-not the same people voting in the Grammy's..  Good Gawd..
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[adrianaec_88] Friday, January 02, 2009 3:17:34 PM 
Ok... didn't know wheter to post, to not post, to get angry, to ignore it, to what..... come on that's just simply ridiculous... let's start....  , James Hetfield is better than Glenn Huges and Dio? Jon Bon Jovi is better than Janis Joplin? Axl Rose is better than Bruce Dickinson and waaaaaaay bettar than Rob Halford?  ok it's stupid, give me a break
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[Head banger] Friday, January 02, 2009 2:03:52 PM 
no clue what rock is these days, let alone the great voices.
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[jimmyjames] Friday, January 02, 2009 1:49:30 PM 
It's all a matter of opinion i suppose but how the hell Hetfield got in there ahead of Halford and Dio I don't know. Deep Purple with two vocalists in the top 10, good result for them.
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[Healer] Friday, January 02, 2009 1:41:52 PM 
Well these people obviously have no clue

The "Top 40 Greatest Voices in Rock," according to Planet Rock:

01. Robert Plant (LED ZEPPELIN)
02. Freddie Mercury (QUEEN)
03. Paul Rodgers (FREE, BAD COMPANY)
04. Ian Gillan (DEEP PURPLE)
05. Roger Daltrey (THE WHO)
06. David Coverdale (WHITESNAKE)
07. Axl Rose (GUNS N' ROSES)
08. Bruce Dickinson (IRON MAIDEN)
09. Mick Jagger (THE ROLLING STONES)
10. Bon Scott (AC/DC)
11. David Bowie
12. Jon Bon Jovi (BON JOVI)
13. Steven Tyler (AEROSMITH)
14. Jon Anderson (YES)
15. Bruce Springsteen
16. Joe Cocker
17. Ozzy Osbourne
18. Bono (U2)
19. Peter Gabriel
20. James Hetfield (METALLICA)
21. Janis Joplin
23. Roger Chapman (FAMILY)
24. Phil Lynott (THIN LIZZY)
25. Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE)
26. Steve Perry (JOURNEY)
27. Jim Morrison (THE DOORS)
29. Rob Halford (JUDAS PRIEST)
30. Ronnie James Dio (DIO)
31. Sammy Hagar (VAN HALEN)
32. Meat Loaf
33. Alice Cooper
34. Geddy Lee (RUSH)
35. Brian Johnson (AC/DC)
36. David Gilmour (PINK FLOYD)
37. Fish (MARILLION)
38. Dave Lee Roth (VAN HALEN)
39. Biff Byford (SAXON)
40. Neil Young
[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, December 12, 2008 11:31:56 AM 
Axl Rose Interview

Reclusive GUNS N' ROSES singer Axl Rose broke his silence last night (Thursday, December 11) by answering fan questions on the message boards of two of the most popular GUNS N' ROSES fan sites on the Web — and Here Today… Gone To Hell!

BLABBERMOUTH.NET has collected some of the more interesting bits from the question-and-answer session and is re-posting them here for your reading enjoyment. (Note: Some of Axl's responses were slightly edited for clarity.)

Q: How come you always come on stage so late at gigs?

Axl: "I've been an after-midnight type since I was sneakin' out of my house in junior high [school]. With [the] old GUNS [lineup], we preferred [to take the stage at] 12:00 a.m. or so. When we moved to theaters etc., obviously that changes but it's never changed inside me. Doesn't matter what I do, so generally that's when I'm more myself. This isn't to mess with anyone that has an early schedule to keep, it's just personal preference. And in regard to the size [of] venues, I'm on record as preferring whatever venues allow for our schedule, but management and promoters can do a lot in their own interests behind the scenes that can rarely be avoided and their greed or whatever leads to a lot of double talk and ugly behind nonsense that generally eventually ruins things for everyone. Translated: once a tour is scheduled, however, it's like parting the seas to change. As far as being late, I've been that way my whole life. It drove Izzy [Stradlin] crazy but he would check himself and freely admit I was generally actually doing something that had to get done rather than watching basketball, etc."

On a video for the new GUNS N' ROSES song "Better":

Axl: "The 'Better' music video will be out in a week or so. Monumental promotion will start very soon!"

Q: Who do you listen to for hardcore blues? I'm a blues singer and I can tell from your work that you have at least got way into a couple of blues records.


Q: Axl, do you really have two or three other albums of material?

Axl: "For now, we'll concentrate and keep our focus on this album, but I will say I've always thought of it as a double. And no offense, but no one's trying to talk in parables. The issues are a bit more complex than anyone would like."

Q: Hey, Axl, is the [unreleased GUNS N' ROSES] song "Atlas Shrugged" as epic as the book? Who is your favorite character from the book?

Axl: "Song doesn't have all that much to do with the book other than trying to do what you believe in and a line about shoulders not being wide enough."

Q: Axl, was there ever a cover B and cover C for "Chinese Democracy"?

Axl: "Yes, there are. There are two more covers/back-cover combos and the real booklet that is all artwork that will be out shortly in some form. It's been an ugly battle that hasn't made any sense to anyone and whether anyone cares about such things the booklet or artwork has always been something I've been passionate about and to release the album with unapproved and unseen final artwork with a first work-only error-filled draft when others more recent were readily available still has not been explained but is finally getting cleared up. My fave is the 'How Are You' grenade cover."

Q: Axl, how do you feel about KANYE [WEST's new album] outselling "Chinese Democracy"? Do you like KANYE's music?

Axl: "I met Kanye at the Versace awards. He was very gracious. I love 'Gold Digger' and told him so. I'm a big fan of his stage performance as he seems to go for it physically which I relate more to. Before our release, I sent him a message that any nonsense from the media had nothing to do with us and wished him the best. I'm humbled we've done as well as we have considering."

Q: Just wanted to ask if you had any fond memories from the U.K. leg of the tour from 2006, particularly the concert in Glasgow in July?

Axl: "Glasgow was great. I think that's where I got to do a lot of slides on the stage. Was like a race track or something, right?"

Q: Axl, thanks for "Chinese Democracy", which I personally think is your best work. What's your pick for album of the year? And have you heard the new METALLICA album ["Death Magnetic"]?

Axl: "Ours, of course!! Yes, [I have heard the new METALLICA]. I like it."

Q: Axl will you tour Australia next year, and when are you looking at doing so? If you could work with [former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist] Buckethead again, would you have him just in studio, or also would you welcome him in the touring lineup?

Axl: "Austrailia's great and the crowds are really alive. No plans [to tour there] yet but I'm sure there will be.

"I have no issues with Bucket. It's hard to tell what was real or not in things we were told by Merck [former GUNS N' ROSES manager Merck Mercuriadis, who was fired by Axl Rose in December 2006 — Ed.]. He's more than welcome to tour with us in some form or other provided we're both interested at the time and come to some type of reasonable terms. Personally, I have a blast with Bucket on tour and get a big kick out of the guy. A lot of feelings were hurt on this side of the fence in how things went down, and unfortunately, others used our silence and the public's not knowing for their own purposes at both Bucket's and our expense."

Q: Now that you said that, please tell us if Robin's [Finck, GUNS N' ROSES guitarist who is currently on the road with NINE INCH NAILS] out or not... because, otherwise, we'll be reading several "Axl wants Bucket back and Robin/Bumble/Richard out"-type of threads for the entire '09 year and these threads annoy us, the new lineup fans.

Axl: "It really is what it is. No decisions have been made by either him, I or us that I'm aware of. When we're touring or working in the studio, or there's social things like a friend's dinner or party, whatever, we would hang. But as people get older, they have their own lives. The STONES aren't going bowling every Tuesday, etc.

"Robin leads one of the most different lives I know of, starting with the trapeze in his backyard to the TV in his closet.

"Robin's work on the next is done so there's not lots for him to do here except the elusive promo and he'd rather be on stage. It's more about seeing where things are when GUNS decides it's right for a tour and if we're able to make agreements we both are comfortable and can live with at that time."

Q: As a native Colombian, I must ask: In 1992, while performing "November Rain" in Bogota (in November), it rained. Wait poured. How weird was that, eh?

Axl: "Very surreal and religious feeling. So was being chased by the military in our plane down the runway gettin' outta Dodge there!!"

Q: Just wondering what stops you from playing more guitar live?

Axl: "Skill."

Q: Axl, I'm fixing to pack everyhting I own into my car and drive out to L.A. from Arkansas to give a career in music a shot. Any advice? Or should I just shit in my pants, dive in and swim?

Axl: "Follow your heart, don't sell out, and read every book on the bix [music business] you can find."

Q: "Catcher N' The Rye" is one of the best songs on the ["Chinese Democracy"] album. Why no Brian? [QUEEN guitarist Brian May recorded a guest appearance on the track back in 1999, but his contributions were removed from the final album version of the song.]

Axl: "There's a few reasons, and none of them all that big and definitely not in spite or to slight anyone.

"First off, obviously I knew people liked the song, but the Brian appreciation really only showed up in force publicly after we had moved on in GUNS. In fact, not many seemed to care and most comments were aimed at why Slash, in their opinions, should be here.

"Brian's solo itself is a personal fave of mine and I really couldn't understand, as he's such a rock legend, why it wasn't openly appreciated more at the time.

"In actuality, all that feel and emotion referred to now had a lot to do with Sean [Beavan, one of the producers who worked on 'Chinese Democracy'] and I and the parts I chose out of Brian's different runs, versions, practice runs, etc., to make sure we had those elements in one version. It's entirely constructed from edits based around one specific note Brian hit in a throwaway take. And though Brian seems to have warmed a bit to it, at least publicly, he was unfortunately none too pleased at the time with our handiwork. I remember looking at Brian standing to my left and him staring at the big studio speakers a bit aghast saying, 'But that's not what I played.'

"Sean Beavan and I were not in any way tring to mess with Brian, we just did what we do and then try and do our best to stand up for our decisions."

Q: Axl, are you still thinking of suing Dr Pepper's ass?

Axl: "Sure, but the actions taken so far had nothing to do with me and I was taken off guard as I had specifically told our team, 'Who fucking cares?! Right now we have a record to deal with.' My feelings are after their public response. It was cute. Maybe the guy who got it rolling originally meant well, but it turned out sour and maybe it's just me, but he seems like maybe he wants a bit too much attention so..."

Q: When [is] the [GUNS N' ROSES] online shop opening?

Axl: "I haven't been involved much in any of our merch and the reasons are it's been a mess legally for years. Unbeknownst to most of you, I was recently sued again by [former GUNS N' ROSES members] Duff [McKagan] and Slash for some murky Merckiness that I was unaware and not involved in. Fortunately that was resolved but it got ugly and took a while going into arbitration. Merck shifted our merch from some of our newer styles to incorporating more of the old with some scam that actually and surprisingly lost sales in comparison but that's old news. What I look forward to is incorporating the new artwork into our merch and getting some for myself. I think you'll like a lot of it. My vote's for the 'How Are You' grenade and the 'Sorry' automatic rifle artwork on shirts, etc."

Q: How do you feel about artists covering your songs ?

Axl: "Depends, but in general it's great."

Q: I know this is jumping the gun big time, but any tentative idea when you would like to see the next CD come out?

Axl: "No, maybe same bat time, same bat channel next year but we'll have to see."

Q: Is there anything in the past that you have now looked back on and thought, "Maybe I could have handled that differently?" Also, what are your ongoing hopes for GUNS N' ROSES in the future? I have cyclothemia and sometimes get this feeling that I can't be around people and need my own space and area. How do you find the bipolar affect you, if you don't mind me asking, that is?

Axl: "Of course, but in the world of sports and litigation....

"I've not been diagnosed as being bipolar though many misconstrue statements I made earlier as alluding to such and unfortunately there's been an abundance of misguided or unqualified speculation of various events but I definitely can relate to needing my own space.

"In my world, all bipolar means (and not to offend or make light of those suffering from a genuine condition or involved with those who are) is that someone can try to take cheap uneducated shots or try to claim I'm bipolar thus justifying why they should get paid a financial settlement for whatever nonsense they're up to. Fortunately that hasn't proved successful."

Q: What is your honest opinion on why the old lineup disintegrated? What is your honest opinion on why it took so long for "Chinese Democracy" to come out? I think that's what most people want to know but dare not ask.

Axl: "Two great but complicated questions, and I agree that people would like to know at least my take on things. Not avoiding them here, but they deserve more than I can give, as we've been at this a little while. But I'm attempting to speak out on several issues, these being a major focus over the coming weeks and months. What I can say now is you've been told a lot of things in order for others to promote themselves that factually they cannot back up in regard to either. They are complicated legally, financially and have devoured a good portion of my life.

"The record 'Chinese Democracy' you may have is nothing short of a miracle in almost each and every way that either it or I exist, in my opinion, under the bizarre and ugly conditions of the last over 15 years."

Q: I am curious as to your relationship with Mickey Rourke. He's one of my favourite actors, and I saw an interview with him recently where he said you were kind enough to give him songs for "The Wrestler". My question is: how long do you and Mickey go back, and do you have any interesting stories from "back in the day?" You guys strike me as being pretty similar in a lot of ways (I mean, as far as personalities and what you've been through in your lives) and it's cool for me to see two of my pop culture "heroes," for lack of better description, being friends, and also making similarly timed "comebacks." (Or whatever you want to call it.)

Axl: "Mickey and I haven't really hung much but have a lot of mutual friends over the years. He's always been massively supportive. I've always been a big fan of his as well. It's probably better for both of us we didn't hang directly back in the day!!"

Q: Hey, Axl, is Mickey going to pay you back for letting them use "Sweet Child O' Mine" in "The Wrestler" by starring in a new GUNS video?

Axl: "Actually, Mickey agreed to play The Shackler if we were to make a vid for [the song 'Shackler's Revenge']."

Q: Axl, have you been in contact with [original GUNS N' ROSES drummer] Steven Adler at all? Not as far as playing with him or anything, just to, like, lend him support? [Adler appeared this year on the reality television show "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" during an attempt to get off drugs. He was subsequently arrested in Los Angeles on July 18, after someone called police to report he was causing a disturbance.]

Axl: "I do wish Steven the best and in my heart hope that he finds some peace and security. As far as direct contact, no. It, unfortunately, gets too messy too quick. In Steven's mind, I'm the one who holds the keys and power over his happiness, so I'm the bad guy pretty quickly."

Q: Axl, why did you change [the title of the "Chinese Democracy" track] "The Blues" to "Street Of Dreams"?

Axl: "'The Blues' was my first working title and I was never comfortable with it in the sense that I felt that should be used with a bluesier-based song. And here in Hollywood, with the Walk Of Fame, etc., I had always seen that imagery in my head when I think of it. I also like the idea of the song having, in effect, two titles."

Q: Axl, I would like to know why you avoid the press so much. I think it's definitely hurting album sales, I mean, you haven't even done one interview. I know for sure you'd be able to get a few magazine covers. So why don't you? Why be such a hermit/recluse?

Axl: "That's your opinion and it very well could be true. What I have to say a lot of people have no desire to hear."

Q: Thanks for playing "Rocket Queen" in Melbourne. The red bike was awesome.

Axl: "I think it's in the 'Better' vid. Not sure if we cut it."

Q: I have one question for you, Axl. What is stopping the fans from seeing you Slash, Duff and Izzy back on stage together?

Axl: "You've been lied to and misled for such a long time that sorting through all that here is virtually impossible. A lot will come out over time, but the truth has been out there for a long time as well but that doesn't give you what you want, so this dance just goes on and on."

Final message for fans:

"Thanks everyone and thanks for all the support and the positive comments both tonight and over the years. I hope to do this again soon, maybe sooner than you'd think! And you didn't scare me off — I'm just burnt and would rather not mispeak on issues that may mean a lot to some. Thanks again."

Eric Singer Interview

Fury Rocks recently conducted an interview with KISS/ALICE COOPER drummer Eric Singer. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Fury Rocks: In the '80s it seemed that a lot of drummers wanted to be fast and faster like Dave Lombardo (SLAYER), for example. What do you think about it?

Singer: I call it the "Drummer Olympics." It's like who can be the fastest human in the race. I gotta say, there are some amazing drummers nowadays. I think the reason is that nowadays they have much better tools to learn from than when I grew up. At that time we didn't have DVDs, videos, MTV and all these instruction tapes and private lessons. Now you can go and take lessons from some of these drummers by buying their instruction DVDs, using computer programs. Now you have all this best information available to you. These kids have a lot of great learning tools nowadays. I also realized that I never had the ambition to be faster than everybody. That is not important to me. I leave it up to the guys that enjoy it. When I see it, I am blown away by these guys' fantastic technique. I admire what they do but it is not something that I aspire to do.

Fury Rocks: You grew up during the beat generation. In that time, the drums were recorded with only two microphones and the sound was, let's say, slight. Nowadays drummers have much more possibilities. Where do you see further capabilities?

Singer: I was influenced by a lot of '60s music, but probably more by the '70s stuff. I was born 1958 so by the time the early '70s were around, I was a teenager. That's the age when music has the most impact. Well, I think everybody should explore whatever different styles and technologies that they like. For me, I still like the idea of just playing real drums and live in a band. In some bands it works good with backing tracks or loops, you know, especially in bands like those of MADONNA and BEYONCÉ. Something like this would have these really big productions on record and to reproduce it live you almost have to do it. And also they have everything with the lights synchronized with the computers and with the dancers, it is very important to keep in. To me, one of the most important things in rock 'n' roll is the human aspect. You know, playing the instruments and keeping it real and live. The beauty is, sometimes you are not having such a good night and you make mistakes. But the great thing is, when you play the next show you have the chance to make it better or try something different and experiment. And that's the beauty of playing live drums. To me, you can't reinvent the wheel. I mean, a drummer is basically a drummer. The function of a drummer in the band is to hold the beat and to provide the rhythm. A drummer like Terry Bozzio really took drumming to another level and created it more to an individual voice of an instrument, he has done some incredible things like making drums an instrument that is not just only there to keep time. But that's not the kind of drummer I am. I enjoy just playing live in a band and doing my part of creating this chemistry of sound.

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The acclaimed history of Finnish symphonic metal superstars NIGHTWISH, "Once Upon a Nightwish: The Official Biography 1996-2006", will soon be available in a new, improved English edition through North American publisher Bazillion Points. Pre-orders are being accepted now for books shipping with limited metal badges on December 31.

In this remarkably revealing official biography, author Mape Ollila charts the rise from village student project to global stardom, gaining unprecedented access not just to the members of NIGHTWISH past and present; but also their families, their loyal and lewd crew, their peers, their critics, and countless other insiders from the NIGHTWISH adventure. The book lays bare the creative firepower and personal demons of songwriter Tuomas Holopainen; the unique talents and traits of guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, drummer Jukka Nevalainen, and bassist Marco Hietala; and the true reasons behind the 2005 departure of vocalist Tarja Turunen — in the band's words and hers.

Along the way, the band struggles with religious protesters, fortune-tellers, naked crew members, health problems, shady promoters, out-of-control fans, and the growing pains of an ever-steeper rock star learning curve. Happily ever after or not, these unique Finnish personalities are brought to life in this journey. For longtime fans and newcomers seeking the backstory of how NIGHTWISH came to where they are today, this is rare public airing of the mysteries that exist... Once Upon a Nightwish.

The 352-page paperback has been revamped by Bazillion Points from earlier Finnish editions, and features extensive corrections, with 32 pages of rare color images dating back to the dawn of the band, and a complete list of international concert appearances from the entire Tarja Turunen era, all on exquisite 100gsm paper with a glossy folding cover.

Judas Priest Commited To Nostradamus Performance

JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford has told that the band is "absolutely committed" to doing an elaborate stage show where it will play its new concept album, "Nostradamus", in its entirety, but it likely won't happen until later in 2009.

"We talk about it constantly, and that's what we’re going to do at the end of the world tour sometime next year," Halford said. "At the back end of the summer, we're going to wind up the regular tour. Then we'll go straight into production for the 'Nostradamus' show and we'll probably do a DVD to go along with that. We'll more than likely launch it in London or somewhere in the U.K., because that's our home base. Then we'll see what happens. My gut feeling tells me that once it's been delivered, everybody will want to see it and feel it live, and that might entail taking it to a lot of places around the planet. It's going to be great. It's something we've been looking forward to doing for a long time after actually making the record itself. The next step is to perform it in its entirety, which we've never done before."

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