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[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, September 19, 2008 4:45:17 PM 
Rush To Release "Snakes & Arrows Live" DVD

According to, Canadian rock trio RUSH will release its new concert DVD, "Snakes & Arrows Live" (see artwork below), on November 18. The set — which was filmed in Rotterdam, Netherlands, during the 2007 leg of the band's "Snakes & Arrows" tour — is expected to feature the same track listing as RUSH's "Snakes & Arrows Live" album which was released this past April.

A spokesperson for RUSH has denied Internet reports that the band is leaving Atlantic Records for the independent Canadian company Rounder. In fact, "RUSH are still contracted to Atlantic for one more album," the spokeperson told Classic Rock magazine. Rounder — whose roster includes GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS, ALISON KRAUSS, THE TRAGICALLY HIP and BRUCE COCKBURN — "will be issuing the trio's upcoming 'Snakes & Arrows Live' DVD, but that's as far as the arrangement goes."

RUSH has been with Atlantic Records since 1989's "Presto" and has released a total of seven studio and four live albums for the label.

RUSH's most recent concert leg wrapped July 24 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The group has been out behind its 18th studio album, "Snakes & Arrows", which marked RUSH's first set of all-new material since 2002's "Vapor Trails".

RUSH's songs "Closer to the Heart" and "Working Man" were recently made available for the Rock Band video game.

RUSH will receive a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame next year.

Lars Ulrich Interview

Australia's recently conducted an interview with METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.

On his life away from METALLICA:

"We all live quiet normal lives in the suburbs outside San Francisco, taking our kids to school. My responsibilities are to wake up at 6.30 in the morning and make the lunch boxes. Hanging out in Paris doing TV shows and having nice fancy dinners and drinking expensive French wine, it's not exactly hard work. I tell the people with me that they have permission to slap me if I ever complain. None of them slap me enough because they are scared but I do encourage them."

"I look increasingly at METALLICA as my escape away from my real responsibilities which are my kids and family and my domestic situation. A lot of people use the word job or work, but this is fun, it's an escape to go away on tour. I get more sleep on tour than when I am at home."

On "Death Magnetic":

"It's not the most cheery of records. There's a thread going through all the songs, through death and suicide, despair and misery and fuckedupness. 'Death Magnetic' was a way, an expression of summing all that up.

"The lyrics are always important to METALLICA. They can't be forced and these ones came out quite late in the process, all from the twisted mind of one James Hetfield."

"I was stunned at how great the lyrics were. And stunned how much shit was going on in his head, how many issues are lingering in the poor man's head. So I was pleased from the creative viewpoint but a little concerned about the guy."

On who made the first call to get METALLICA back in the studio:

"Mick Jagger. And I'll tell you why it was Mick Jagger. One of his reps called up METALLICA's reps in the fall of 2005 and asked if we would play with THE ROLLING STONES in San Francisco. Our response was 'Fine, fuck it, we'll play with the STONES because it's something everyone should do once.' We met up a week before the shows after the better part of a year off and started rehearsing and hanging out. We had such a good time that literally the day after the STONES show, we went in and started going through the demo tapes."

On the recording process:

"When you are trying to nail something in the studio, you have to bring an extra physicality because of the lack of an audience; you have to find it yourself, turn it up not just to 11 but to 12. We don't do many takes — six, eight, maybe 10 — and then we are done with it and you usually get three or four hours out of us at that level. There's definitely a routine for us in the studio and it also involves having a steam and yoga and fruit plates."

Of course all that happens behind closed doors and best it stays there so metal fans can remain blissfully oblivious to such gentle behaviour.

On the fact that the album's first two singles, "The Day That Never Comes" and "Cyanide", have made it onto the singles charts despite the fact that they are each more than six-and-a-half minutes long:

"That is a victory. There's a lot of love and goodwill and positive momentum for this METALLICA record. Let's see in six months whether it sticks."

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[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, September 18, 2008 8:22:12 PM 
More Details On the Best Christmas Album Ever!

On October 14, Armoury Records, distributed by Eagle Rock Entertainment, will release one mighty molten metal blast of good CD cheer: "We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year".

It's an all-star assemblage as members of such great hard rock bands as FOO FIGHTERS, QUEENSRŸCHE, DIO, ALICE COOPER, ZZ TOP, DOKKEN, KISS, L.A. GUNS, MARILYN MANSON, MOTÖRHEAD, BLACK SABBATH, KING'S X, JUDAS PRIEST, ANTHRAX, RATT, STYX, TOTO and more all jam out together on some of the most beloved holiday songs of all time (including "Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer").

The kick is in the chemistry between the musicians as members of different bands perform together on the material to create a one-of-a-kind listening experience! MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy, ZZ TOP's Billy Gibbons and FOO FIGHTERS' Dave Grohl, for instance, team up on "Run Rudolph Run", a song popularized by Chuck Berry. This is just one of 12 such irresistible pairings.

"This is a metal CD you will want to listen to all year round," says Wendy Dio, who put the project together with Bob Kulick and Brett Chassen. "It has been a very exciting and exhausting project, but we have managed to get an all-star cast together."

Ironically, the hardest person to get was Dio himself as he doesn't sing Christmas songs. Wendy hounded him for days, finally getting him to listen to Kulick's arrangement of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen". Dio liked it, added a few bits, recorded it at Kulick's studio, and got Tony Iommi to add his signature guitar sound. The result is a very SABBATH Christmas song. Rounding out the circle of familiar characters on this track are DIO bassist Rudy Sarzo and drummer Simon Wright.

"The 'Metal Xmas' album was a great opportunity to pay homage to my least favorite holiday," says Dio, "and what a lineup of musicians to do it with! The arrangements of the classic noel songs are fresh and heavy with rock'n'roll, and the performances are equally classic. It's a magical way to change your holiday listening."

"We Wish You A Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year" track listing:

01. We Wish You A Merry Xmas

Bruce Kulick (KISS, UNION)
Bob Kulick
Chris Wyse (THE CULT)

02. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Alice Cooper

03. Run Rudolph Run

Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD)
Billy F. Gibbons (ZZ TOP)

04. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO)

05. Little Drummer Boy

Doug Pinnick (KING's X)
George Lynch (DOKKEN)
Simon Phillips (THE WHO, TOTO)

06. Santa Claus Is Back In Town

Steve Morse (DEEP PURPLE)
Juan Garcia (AGENT STEEL)

07. Silent Night

Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT)
Scott Ian (ANTHRAX)
Chris Wyse (THE CULT)
John Tempesta (ROB ZOMBIE, THE CULT)

08. Silver Bells

Carlos Cavazo (QUIET RIOT, RATT)

09. Deck the Halls

Oni Logan (LYNCH MOB)
Craig Goldy (DIO)
Tony Franklin (THE FIRM)
John Tempesta (ROB ZOMBIE, THE CULT)

10. Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer

Stephen Pearcy (RATT)
Bob Kulick
Greg Bissonette (DAVID LEE ROTH)

11. Rockin' Around the Xmas Tree

Bruce Kulick (KISS, UNION)
Bob Kulick
Simon Wright AC/DC, DIO)

12. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Tommy Shaw (STYX)
Steve Lukather (TOTO)

Listen to "Run Rudolph Run" at this location.
[Bazookajoe_666] Wednesday, September 17, 2008 4:29:42 PM 
Robert Trujillo Interview
recently conducted an interview with METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo. An excerpt from the chat follows below. You joined METALLICA in February, 2003. How much did you know about the dynamics within the band at the time?

Robert: They were in the middle of a bunch of transitional things. They were recording the album ["St. Anger"], still doing tracking and mixing, and also trying to find a new bass player. I received a phone call. I was in Tahiti on vacation. I checked my voice mail, and I had Lars and Kirk on there. Lars was in the background: "Join our band!" They were probably out on the town, having a few cocktails, calling all the bass players on their list. Do you know how you got on that list?

Robert: I'm not 100 percent sure. I think it was a combination of things. One was I toured with METALLICA, with SUICIDAL TENDENCIES. That's where I originally met everybody. And less than a year prior to me receiving the call, a mutual friend of Kirk's called and said, "Kirk and I are coming down with some friends. Can you show us some surf spots around L.A.?" I thought that was neat: that Kirk, the vampire I knew, the nocturnal man, was ready to explore daylight and surfing in Southern California. He was in an RV with three friends. We spent a weekend hitting different spots.

The whole thing, at least from what I understand, was they each had people they wanted to bring into the auditions. I became Kirk's guy. From my understanding, Lars wasn't aware of much that I had done. [In addition to playing with SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, Trujillo toured and recorded with OZZY OSBOURNE and worked with ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell.] I don't know where James' head was at.

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Lars Ulrich Interview recently conducted an interview with METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich. An excerpt from the chat follows below. Which is better — traveling to METALLICA shows with your family or the way you used to do it with the band? Four on the bus, like a fist.

Lars: The four fists on the bus, one fist and four beers on the bus [laughs] — that was a lot of fun. But if you're going to do this in the prime years of your family life, when you're rearing the kids, then basing becomes the way to solve it. Park yourself in a city — Copenhagen, London, Paris. You hop in and out. It may not be the most cost-effective way of touring. But big picture — it's the way of keeping everybody sustained. Everybody gets their elbow room. What you don't need is a party policy, where people are dictated to, what they can or can't do. That's not going to make it fun. It's not going to give people what they need to administer their own survival skills, to get through this insanity. Is there a price that comes with that? The unity of the band?

Lars: To me, it has to start with getting along. If we don't get along, everything else is irrelevant. If you've got four guys that are content, who get along, everything else will happen automatically. When we come to Europe every year, it's basically what we call Summer Vacation. Bring the families, park ourselves, play gigs. Where else would you rather be than western European capitals in the summer? Playing festivals with great bands, cool vibes, the long days? This is fucking paradise.

I don't take any of this shit for granted. There are no absolutes in my life. I don't think in black and white. I think in grays. Who knows where it's gonna go? But for right now, this works. It works for the family. It works for the band. And I don't think there's ever been a better internal vibe in this band. And the place where that shows and makes a difference — those two hours onstage. Because the reports I'm hearing from the people I trust — there's more fire, more spunk, more in-your-face-ness. Somehow, through the bloat of the Nineties, the excess, it's gotten back to being on fire again. Maybe it shouldn't be overanalyzed. If people are content, with themselves and their families and each other, then it shows in those two hours onstage.

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James Hetfield Interview recently conducted an interview with METALLICA guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield. An excerpt from the chat follows below. You have been in METALLICA for your entire adult life. Have you ever felt restricted?

James: I made myself feel restricted: "I'm tired of arguing. I'm not gonna argue for another five hours about something little and stupid. You win. This is Lars' band. When I'm able to be me, it'll be the side project, the solo thing." Which is just ridiculous. Every band that I've known that has done side projects or things like that — I don't respect them anymore. There are very strict parameters to life in METALLICA. It's like joining the Army.

James: The metal militia, dude! We've all discovered there is freedom through structure. There has to be some structure in my life, at least. I think Lars has discovered that a lot. You could look at Jason [Newsted] as the sacrificial lamb. I didn't want him doing 12 side projects: "You're in METALLICA." But it was so unconnected when he left [in 2001], so compartmentalized. But now, METALLICA is the four of us. This is our solo project. This is the best way to get our emotions and feelings out and touch people. Was there a clear leader in the beginning? You or Lars?

James: There were leaders in different ways. There's no doubt Lars was the spearhead of wanting to get a band together. But I was the same, and we joined forces. Lars had the name. I had the logo. He was more the business guy, the thinker. I'm much less of a thinker. And there was his personality, the only child growing up in a pretty well-off family. A well-off bohemian family.

James: Yeah, getting to do what he wants, anytime, anywhere. The negative side of that, somewhat obvious — spoiledness. But the positive side of that is he can get it done. He has the faith he can get it done. There are times when I think all of us follow his energy. There's fear at times. I can see it in him, when he feels like he's not getting his way. We always revert to our teenage years [laughs].

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Kirk Hammet Interview recently conducted an interview with METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett. An excerpt from the chat follows below. Was there a point when you realized you were a rock star?

Kirk: It was probably the "Black Album" tour, when thing started to get really crazy. We would go to social events, and Ozzy would come up to us — "Hello!" Or we'd get a message — "Tony Iommi is here. He wants to say hello." If our heroes, the people we were so inspired by, are interested in us now, we might have crossed a line somewhere. We had reached a level, in musicianship, in respectability. It was a powerful feeling. Did it also make you realize that your friend was right — rock stars are normal too?

Kirk: There came a time when you started feeling comfortable with them, and realizing, yeah, they have the same mechanics as every other human being in the world. Just because they played that fantastic guitar solo in 1978 does not make them non-human. I hope that carries on to people when they meet me. I'm always uncomfortable when people start bowing. I'm waiting to shake their hand, and they do that. Just shake my hand! [Laughs] How much do you think you need to be in METALLICA — that there is nothing else you can or want to do? During the making of "St. Anger", when it was clear the engine was not turning over, were you able to accept the fact that nothing lasts forever?

Kirk: Honestly, I was ready to start working on a solo album. I had a bunch of music I was sitting on. I was going to ask Lars to play drums on it. But to get to the real meat of the question . . . The need to be in this band.

Kirk: It's really important. I've been in the band longer than I haven't been. I joined the band when I was 20 years old. I've been in the band now 25 years.

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[Bazookajoe_666] Sunday, September 14, 2008 5:01:59 PM 

4 DVD Set Released By Loudness

Veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS have released a new four-disc DVD set entitled "The Legend Of Loudness - Live Complete Best" in Japan through Tokuma Communications. It features footage spanning the band's entire career — from the early 1980s through 2008 — including the periods when it was fronted by Michael Vescera (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, OBSESSION) and Masaki Yamada (EZO).

The track listing is as follows:

01. In The Mirror
02. Lonely Prayer
03. Exploder
04. Road Racer
05. Burning Love
06. Crazy Doctor
07. Dream Fantasy
08. In The Mirror
09. Esper
10. Crazy Night
11. Like Hell
12. Heavy Chains
13. The Lines Are Down
14. Loudness
15. Shadows Of War
16. Drum Solo
17. Let It Go
18. Guitar Solo
19. Crazy Night
20. Speed
21. Down'n'dirty
22. In The Mirror
23. You Shook Me
24. Never Again
25. Sleepless Night
26. Black Widow
27. Slaughter House
28. Pray For The Dead
29. Waking The Dead
30. Firestorm
31. Loudness
32. Esper
33. Mr. Yesman
34. The End Of Earth
35. The Winds Of Victory
36. So Lonely
37. Stay Wild
38. S.D.I.
39. The Pandemonium
40. What's The Truth?
41. Biosphere
42. Hellrider
43. Wind From Tibet
44. Pharaoh
45. Cyber Soul
46. Cross
47. Crazy Doctor
48. In The Mirror
49. Angel Dust
50. Rock Shock
51. Like Hell
52. Crazy Samurai
53. S.D.I.
54. Exultation
55. Lunatic
56. So Lonely
57. Drum Solo
58. Never Change Your Mind
59. The Battle Ship Musashi
60. The Love Of My Life
61. S.D.I.
62. Lonely Prayer
63. Angel Dust
64. High Try
65. Bass Solo
66. Hard Workin'
67. Devil Soldier
68. Guitar Solo
69. I'm On Fire
70. Rock Shock
71. Crazy Night
72. Like Hell
73. Heavy Chains
74. No Way Out
75. Never Change Your Mind
76. The Lines Are Down - Drums Solo
77. We Could Be Together
78. Clockworktoy
79. Guitar Solo
80. Speed
81. Long Distance Love
82. Metal Mad (Promotion Video Clip)

A four-part video overview of the package can be viewed below.

Kirk Hammet Interview

Darryl Sterdan of the Toronto Sun recently conducted an interview with METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.

Toronto Sun: So, having a new son or making a new METALLICA album — which is the scarier prospect?

Hammett: Actually, during the creation of this album, I've managed to sire two children! My other son is two years old and this album is three years old, when you go from start to finish. I would say that two little guys are still scarier than this undertaking — and this is a huge undertaking.

Toronto Sun: After "Some Kind of Monster", a lot of people would not have been surprised if you were hesitant to go back into the studio.

Hammett: We've moved on so much from that point. From that period to where we started writing the songs, there was a two-year gap, and in that time we did a lot of touring and we got Rob [Trujillo, bass] in the band. And we started acting and operating and feeling like the unit that we were in the past. So when it came time to start writing the material, we were back to four guys in a room playing our instruments and milking that energy that we create.

Toronto Sun: So how did you recapture the spirit of "Master of Puppets"?

Hammett: We just asked ourselves, "What would we have done if this was 1986?" We kind of put it through that filter, that lens.

Toronto Sun: But if it really was 1986, you would have drunk a bottle of vodka first.

Hammett: Ha! Yeah, definitely. But it started off as an experiment and we started to get some really great results. So we decided to just follow it through. And we continued writing in that dynamic manner that we did back then — which is to fuse a lot of vague, disparate pieces of music together to make them work rather than taking one bit of music and milking it for ideas.

Toronto Sun: So are these songs a lot more enjoyable to play?

Hammett: Oh, they're totally fun for us to play. Are you kidding? We're rehearsing five of them because the intent is to play at least five new songs in our set, because we're tired of playing the same set list for the past three years. Our goal is to always write songs that are fun for us to play. But yeah, that these songs really do stand out — they're just a lot of fun.

Toronto Sun: How long are you going to tour for this album?

Hammett: For as long as we can. We're setting aside a good two years, but it depends on the success of the album and the demand. It takes two years just to play all the places you need to play, especially if you're doing one week on and one week off. And that isn't even counting all the places we've already played that want us back. So it could run into three years.

Toronto Sun: Over the years, you've had this reputation as the George Harrison of the band — the guy who's caught between these two massive egos and doesn't get his due. Is that fair?

Hammett: It's easy to think that. But all the music I write, I write for METALLICA. All my musical motivations are always METALLICA-oriented. It's just the tempers and the egos that I'm stuck between are frustrating, because I want everything to progress and I'm so dedicated to us reaching the goals we set for ourselves. It's not that I don't have a means of expression. I've always been able to express myself in this band. Even with "St. Anger", even though I didn't play a bunch of guitar solos, I was still writing a lot of the music and lyrics — and keeping those guys from tearing each other apart! I had my hands full!

Read the entire interview from the Toronto Sun.

Professionally filmed video footage of METALLICA's record-release party held Friday night (September 12) at O2 World in Berlin, Germany can be viewed below.

Twisted Sister & Extreme Perform Together

Italian news blog Musica Metal has uploaded photos from the first edition of the Rock Of Ages festival, which was held yesterday (Saturday, September 13) in Milan, Italy.

Pictures of TWISTED SISTER, EXTREME, DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED and THE QUIREBOYS can be viewed at this location.

According to Musica Metal, during the final song of TWISTED SISTER's set, "I Wanna Rock", the band was joined onstage by co-headliners EXTREME, who "bowed at the feet of Dee Snider and helped out with the choruses."

Fan-filmed video footage of the "I Wanna Rock" performance can be viewed below (video shot and uploaded by Elia Alovisi, a.k.a. "NergalBehemoth").

All of the bands on the bill appreciated the enthusiastic reception of the Italian audience, with the two headliners issuing on-stage apologies for having neglected Italy on their previous tours: it had been 13 years since EXTREME last played in Italy, and this was only the fourth time in TWISTED SISTER's whole career that Italy had been included in the group's touring schedule.

Fan-filmed video footage of the "I Wanna Rock" performance can be viewed below:

Rob Halford Message

JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford has told Australia's Perth Now that while he understands that metal has become something of an obvious and ever-ready target for public outrage looking for a scapegoat for society's ills, he takes the form very seriously.

"There are people who don't understand it, but the fact is heavy metal music consistently does good and great things for people," he said. "We have a list a mile long of people who came up and said this song or that record helped them get through a difficult time in their life."

He added: "I think it's fair to say once a metalhead, always a metalhead. A 15-year-old metalhead can stand next to a 60-year-old metalhead and give each other the devil's sign. It really is a unified community."

Regarding the fact that his admission that he was homosexual during a 1998 interview did little to alter his place as one of metal's best-loved singers, Halford said, "It's unusual for anybody in a world-famous metal band to proclaim their sexuality, other than being straight. I was glad I did it, mostly for my own state of mind. You're able to remove all the innuendo and all the snide comments, all the things that people like me have to put up with.

"The fans don't care, they're indifferent. Metal fans are very tolerant, very compassionate people, very smart people and I think they showed their true colors in accepting me for what I am regardless of my sexual orientation."

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[Bazookajoe_666] Saturday, September 13, 2008 4:08:35 PM 
Quiet Riot Drummer Interview

The Ludwig Drums web site recently conducted an interview with drummer Frankie Banali (QUIET RIOT, FREAKSHOW). An excerpt from the chat follows below.

Ludwig: What is your schedule like for the next few months?

Frankie Banali: I continue to do sessions. I expect the usual slowdown in November, and then the habitual music industry grinding to a halt in December for the holidays; which invariably continues through January. Then, slowly, the industry resuscitates itself back to some abnormal sense normality in February. I am involved in a new project called FREAKSHOW, which I am excited about. The tracks have now been recorded and mixing will commence around the middle of September. I am really happy with the drum tracks for these recordings and I love the songs. I used the Ludwig reissue Amber Vistalite Zep Set, and they recorded amazingly well. It's not the first time I've used the Ludwig V's in the studio; having done so with both the Amber set, and two of my vintage kits (a yellow 1975 and a clear 1976.) The Vistalites are largely considered by most recording engineers, producers and some musicians as unrecordable; but I beg to differ and I play them wide open.

Ludwig: QUIET RIOT was the first metal band to break through to the mainstream with a chart-topping single and album. What was it like for you to reach this level of success so early in your career?

Frankie Banali: I was fairly realistic when we reached the pinnacle of success, with the "Metal Health" record reaching #1 on the Billboard Top LPs and Tapes chart, and #5 with the single "Cum On Feel The Noize" on Billboard's Hot 110 chart on November 26, 1983. To put into perspective how historic this was, "Metal Health" had to climb over albums by LIONEL RICHIE, MICHAEL JACKSON, THE POLICE and BILLY JOEL — all established hitmakers — which no one would call an easy feat. I also understood that the elusive elevator of success travels both up, and eventually and invariably down. Having said that, I had already been fortunate enough to have recorded the hit single "Mony Mony" for BILLY IDOL's debut EP "Don't Stop", as well as drum tracks for the HUGHES/THRALL record. I had just returned from Germany where I recorded with keyboardist Tony Carey (fresh out of Ritchie Blackmore's RAINBOW) I was already both somewhat experienced and very fortunate. Perspective was somewhat easier for me to comprehend.

Ludwig: Were there any drawbacks?

Frankie Banali: No more than there are in life in general or any other profession. With success comes a lot of demands, which are to be expected. You can't dream of being a successful musician and then complain about the constant touring, which feeds the industry and your career. Yes, the touring was exhausting early on, because we toured under the worst possible circumstances. First in two station wagons and a rental truck, then a Winnebago, then a low end Eagle bus that spewed more exhaust inward than outward. But we were touring! It improved as we earned more money, and time off from the road usually meant that we would fly to L.A. to shoot a video or a TV show. But it was great, it was wonderful and I would not trade one single experience — neither good or bad — because I achieved many of my dreams as a musician along the way. If you look at life as neither being fair or unfair, you get the sense that life is just life; so do the best you can while you can and make the best of it. Enjoy the ride, as much as the ride and you allow it to.

Read the entire interview from Ludwig Drums

[Bazookajoe_666] Saturday, September 13, 2008 3:56:55 PM 
Anyone Have Spike TV?

According to Kotaku, DISTURBED, JUDAS PRIEST and CHEAP TRICK are challenging the top three user bands in the nation tonight on Spike TV's "30 Minutes To Midnight", the official countdown show for the launch of Rock Band 2. The three bands challenge the users to play their songs, among the hardest in the game, with other competitive twists. There will also be a guy who can finish a song playing all four instruments at once.

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Death Magnetic Packaging

METALLICA worked with design company Turner Duckworth to create packaging and branding for its new album, "Death Magnetic". Turner Duckworth is better known for designing logos, packaging and visual identity systems for consumer brands like Coca-Cola and than for working with rock bands.

With the music industry in a state of rapid change, the band was looking for new ideas. "This time, we wanted to work with professionals who understand iconography," said James Hetfield, METALLICA's lead singer. Lars Ulrich, the band's drummer and frequent spokesperson added, "We wanted somebody who commanded respect in branding but were not jaded by the music business. Someone who would bring fresh ideas. Enter Turner Duckworth. Enter happy days."

With the growth of downloading, METALLICA was looking for a package that would rekindle interest in CDs. But with the consolidation of music sales in the U.S. into a few national retailers (Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy), the package had to conform to highly limiting standards. Turner Duckworth's answer was to create an iconic, three dimensional package using a powerful image and an ingenious layered die cut. As Lars Ulrich put it, "We got ourselves a very unique package."

David Turner, partner, Turner Duckworth, said, "The songs are about how death — and life — repels and attracts us. Our image expresses the theme, with a white coffin resting in a grave, surrounded by a magnetic field. But it's also open to other interpretations, which keeps it interesting after multiple viewings. This image really puts the graphic in graphic design." The image was created to be recognizable even on a cell phone screen. "It's not just about sleeve art any more; it's about creating icons that work across media," added Turner. That's a discipline Turner Duckworth understands well; recent work for the Coca-Cola brand has won a slew of international design awards including the Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions.

Turner Duckworth re-worked the classic METALLICA logo, created a signature typographic style and designed key promotional materials including a flag, a coffin shaped special edition and a vinyl boxed set. A design kit including logos, imagery and graphics was distributed to the band's record companies to produce a vast array of promotional materials around the world.

Designers in both London and San Francisco collaborated on the designs. "Everyone got fired up working on this project. METALLICA instinctively understand branding and really appreciate the value we created for them. There was no rock star attitude, just enthusiasm and creativity," said Bruce Duckworth, partner, Turner Duckworth

[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, September 12, 2008 6:21:56 PM 
Guitar Hero: World Tour Tracklist Revealed.... I like Rock Band 2's better.

Delivering unparalleled depth and diversity featuring some of the most prolific artists of all time including JIMI HENDRIX, THE DOORS, VAN HALEN, METALLICA, OZZY OSBOURNE, MICHAEL JACKSON and more, Activision Publishing, Inc. today revealed the highly-anticipated full set list for Guitar Hero World Tour, the definitive rock 'n' roll music videogaming experience. Spanning over 40 years of rock history and featuring 86 tracks, comprised entirely of master recordings, the game will deliver Guitar Hero fans the largest selection of on-disc music in the music-rhythm videogame genre to date.

The complete Guitar Hero World Tour on-disc set list available on October 26, 2008 will include:

311 – "Beautiful Disaster"
30 SECONDS TO MARS - "The Kill"
AIRBOURNE - "Too Much Too Young"
ANOUK - "Good God"
THE ANSWER - "Never Too Late"
AT THE DRIVE-IN - "One Armed Scissor"
BEASTIE BOYS - "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
BEATSTEAKS - "Hail to the Freaks"
BILLY IDOL - "Rebel Yell"
BLINK-182 - "Dammit"
BLONDIE - "One Way or Another"
BON JOVI - "Livin' On A Prayer"
COLDPLAY - "Shiver"
THE CULT - "Love Removal Machine"
DINOSAUR JR. - "Feel The Pain"
THE DOORS - "Love Me Two Times"
DREAM THEATER - "Pull Me Under"
THE EAGLES - "Hotel California"
THE ENEMY - "Aggro"
FILTER - "Hey Man, Nice Shot"
FLEETWOOD MAC - "Go Your Own Way"
FOO FIGHTERS - "Everlong"
THE GUESS WHO - "American Woman"
HUSH PUPPIES - "You're Gonna Say Yeah!"
INTERPOL - "Obstacle 1"
JANE'S ADDICTION - "Mountain Song"
JIMI HENDRIX - "Purple Haze (Live)"
JIMI HENDRIX - "The Wind Cries Mary"
JIMMY EAT WORLD - "The Middle"
JOE SATRIANI - "Satch Boogie"
KENT - "Vinternoll2"
KORN - "Freak On A Leash"
LACUNA COIL - "Our Truth"
LENNY KRAVITZ - "Are You Gonna Go My Way"
LINKIN PARK - "What I've Done"
THE LIVING END - "Prisoner of Society"
LOS LOBOS - "La Bamba"
LOST PROPHETS - "Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)"
LYNYRD SKYNYRD - "Sweet Home Alabama (Live)"
MARS VOLTA - "L'Via L'Viaquez"
MC5's Wayne Kramer - "Kick Out The Jams"
METALLICA - "Trapped Under Ice"
MOTÖRHEAD - "Overkill"
MUSE - "Assassin"
NEGRAMARO - "Nuvole e Lenzuola"
NIRVANA - "About a Girl (Unplugged)"
NO DOUBT - "Spiderwebs"
NOFX - "Soul Doubt"
OASIS - "Some Might Say"
OZZY OSBOURNE - "Crazy Train"
OZZY OSBOURNE - "Mr. Crowley"
PARAMORE - "Misery Business"
PAT BENATAR - "Heartbreaker"
R.E.M. - "The One I Love"
RADIO FUTURA - "Escuela De Calor"
RISE AGAINST - "Re-Education Through Labor"
SEX PISTOLS - "Pretty Vacant"
STEELY DAN - "Do It Again"
STING - "Demolition Man (Live)"
THE STONE ROSES - "Love Spreads"
SUBLIME - "Santeria"
SURVIVOR - "Eye of the Tiger"
TED NUGENT - "Stranglehold"
TED NUGENT's Original Guitar Duel Recording
TOKIO HOTEL - "Monsoon"
TOOL - "Parabola"
TOOL - "Schism"
TOOL - "Vicarious"
TRUST - "Antisocial"
VAN HALEN - "Hot For Teacher"
WILLIE NELSON - "On The Road Again"
WINGS - "Band on the Run"
ZAKK WYLDE's Original Guitar Duel Recording

When the house lights go down this fall, a new generation of guitarists, drummers and fearless frontmen will come together and rock with Guitar Hero World Tour. The latest installment in the #1 best-selling video game franchise of 2007, Guitar Hero World Tour transforms music gaming by expanding Guitar Hero's signature guitar gameplay into a cooperative band experience that combines the most advanced wireless controllers with new revolutionary online* and offline gameplay modes including Band Career and 8-player "Battle of the Bands," which allows two full bands to compete head-to-head online for the first time ever. The game features a slick newly redesigned guitar controller, drum kit controller and a microphone, as well as an innovative Music Studio music creator that lets players compose, record, edit and share their own rock 'n' roll anthems. Music creators will also be able to share their recordings with their friends online through GHTunesSM where other gamers can download and play an endless supply of unique creations.

Lars Ulrich Interview

Stevie Chick of The Guardian conducted an interview with METALLICA at the end of August when the band was in the UK to play the Reading festival. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On how long they will be able to continue as METALLICA:

Lars Ulrich (drums): "In the immortal words of Noel Gallagher, I'm gonna live forever. [That's] the $64,000 question. THE ROLLING STONES are setting a great precedent, but Charlie Watts doesn't play drums on songs like 'Fight Fire With Fire' every night, no disrespect. Will we be able to play the shit we do when we're 65? I don't know. When it becomes a joke, we'll stop."

On the widely panned 2003 album "St. Anger":

James Hetfield: "'St Anger' happened because it had to happen. It sounds very disjointed to me when I listen to it now. One-dimensional. Relentless. And that's exactly how we felt at the time: we were disjointed, and I think the resentment we felt towards each other was relentless."

On politics:

James Hetfield: "METALLICA has really tried to be non-political, as much as possible. I write about the human side of it all. I really dislike it when celebrities get up on a soapbox and start giving their opinion. It shouldn't be more valid, because you're popular. It gets in the way of the music. I like to just live, and think, and feel. Politics bore me. Politics separate people, especially where we're from. Politics rarely bring people together."

On not being the same people as they were when they recorded "Master of Puppets":

Lars Ulrich: "I'm 44 years old, I've got three kids, I flew in a helicopter on Friday. It's a little difficult to revisit the vibe of 20 years ago when you're living in a two-bedroom suite at Claridge's. I live a very different life to how I lived then."

On the level of expectation METALLICA still command:

Lars Ulrich: "I was thinking the other day about how everyone expects us to continue to release albums that define the genre, to 'save' metal. And that's a lot of fucking pressure, really. Why hasn't anyone dethroned us yet? We support all the great new metal bands, take them under our wing, but people still want us to carry the whole genre on our backs." 

Geoff Tate Interview

QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate recently spoke to Scott Iwasaki of the Deseret News about the singer's upcoming solo shows and the next QUEENSRŸCHE album, which is due in 2009.

On separating his solo music from the music he writes for QUEENSRŸCHE:

"When I write a song I like and present it to the band and they don't like it, then it goes into my solo pile. We have code words in QUEENSRŸCHE to make it more palatable if the song isn't good for the band. They'll say things like 'I can't give that song the passion you want it to have' rather than saying 'What a stupid song."'

On the setlist for his solo performance:

"Coming up with a set list is pretty easy when I'm doing it by myself. I do have a band, and we will be playing my solo album (self-titled release in 2002), but I will also be playing some QUEENSRŸCHE songs that QUEENSRŸCHE doesn't play live.

"I know you can't please everyone, but this way those who know my solo work usually know about my QUEENSRŸCHE work. And those fans may like hearing QUEENSRŸCHE songs that they don't usually hear live."

On the new QUEENSRŸCHE CD, which started with a discussion Tate had with his father, a career military man:

"He fought in Vietnam and Korea and was in the Marines and the Air Force and does some civil servant work for the Navy. One night I asked him about his experiences. He told me for the longest time he didn't want to talk about them but said he'd been thinking about it. So we started talking. And then I asked if I could videotape the discussion. [Tate's wife and manager, Susan] said, 'You should write a record about these stories.' So I started interviewing more veterans and got people who served in World War II, Iraq, Vietnam, Somalia, Korea — that was really inspiring." 

Metallica Tribute

Greg Prato of has just published a "Metallica Spotlight" piece featuring tributes from 17 renowned metal musicians (including a section titled "How I Almost Died," which is Oderus Urungus from GWAR recounting a funny METALLICA-related memory). Also included are reviews of all of METALLICA's albums, as well as their "Top 11 Videos."

The musicians paying "tribute" to METALLICA are as follows:

Brian Tatler (DIAMOND HEAD)
King Diamond (MERCYFUL FATE)
Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX)
Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT)
Mille Petrozza (KREATOR)
Thomas Youngblood (KAMELOT)
Jonas Ekdahl (EVERGREY)
Michale Graves (MISFITS)
Rob Arnold (CHIMAIRA)
Brock Lindow (36 CRAZYFISTS)
Harley Flanagan (CRO-MAGS)
Michel "Away" Langevin (VOIVOD)
Oderus Urungus (GWAR)

Below are a couple of excerpts.

Brian Tatler (DIAMOND HEAD):

"As some of you will already know, my band DIAMOND HEAD influenced METALLICA. In 1981, Lars came to England to see and hang out with DIAMOND HEAD, and not long after returning from that trip, he formed METALLICA. Since then, I have watched METALLICA's rise with astonishment. It is one of the hardest things in the world to achieve — going from a garage band to stadium monsters, without ever really losing credibility or deliberately making hit singles. And what is even more difficult is sustaining it. You can hear DIAMOND HEAD's influence in a couple of early songs, but we all take inspiration from somewhere. I have seen METALLICA many times, and they always give 100% — they don't hold anything back for the next show. Such a great band to watch live. I can hear their influence in thousands of bands, who want their phenomenal success. It's down to writing great songs, working very hard at it for 25 years, building an incredible following all over the world, and Lars' business brain. My favorite METALLICA song is 'One'. It has great dynamics and has to be one of the best double kick drum/guitar parts ever recorded."

King Diamond (MERCYFUL FATE):

"One of the great memories of METALLICA is when we met while I was with MERCYFUL FATE in '84. We were playing in San Francisco and they came to the show. I heard they had a Danish drummer and that I might know his dad, the famous Danish tennis player, Torben Ulrich. METALLICA came in, said hi, and later, came out on stage and headbanged during one of our encores. Later, they were recording 'Ride the Lightning' at Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen. We had a rehearsal room in the same building and METALLICA happened to need a rehearsal room. So we offered them our room while we were not rehearsing. I remember hearing some riffs and saying, 'Wow,' it was some of the heaviest stuff I had ever heard at the time. 'Creeping Death' is still one of my favorites. This year, I had the honor of performing onstage with METALLICA at Ozzfest. Singing the entire MERCYFUL FATE medley was an incredible experience. We had only practiced two hours the night before, and they had not played the song since '99. It just shows how pro they are and that there is a reason they are the biggest metal band in the world!"

Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX):

"Ummm, I don't think they had an influence on me — I think we were influenced by the same bands. We liked the same style of music — MAIDEN, NWOBHM, MISFITS, etc. I think it came across in our music and attitude. I think for me, the 'Puppets' record was their finest moment. I think Cliff [Burton] had a lot to do with that sound — it was so fat and precise. I love the song 'Orion' — it still is one of my favorite musical pieces by them. I do think it's all so different now — the media back then didn't really cater to them like they do doesn't really matter anymore, it all seems to be considered great anyway."

Read the entire article at
[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, September 11, 2008 7:54:37 PM 

Death Magnetic Cd Photos

Rush Day On VH1

According to a posting on the RUSH fan site, VH1 Classic will air a special dubbed "Rush Hashanah" on September 29 in celebration of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah. The 24-hour tribute to RUSH will include two of the band's concerts — including "Rush In Rio" and "R30" — as well as past and present videos from band."

A spokesperson for RUSH has denied Internet reports that the band is leaving Atlantic Records for the independent Canadian company Rounder. In fact, "RUSH are still contracted to Atlantic for one more album," the spokeperson told Classic Rock magazine. Rounder — whose roster includes GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS, ALISON KRAUSS, THE TRAGICALLY HIP and BRUCE COCKBURN — "will be issuing the trio's upcoming 'Snakes & Arrows Live' DVD, but that's as far as the arrangement goes."

RUSH has been with Atlantic Records since 1989's "Presto" and has released a total of seven studio and four live albums for the label.

RUSH's most recent concert leg wrapped July 24 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The group has been out behind its 18th studio album, "Snakes & Arrows", which marked RUSH's first set of all-new material since 2002's "Vapor Trails".

RUSH's songs "Closer to the Heart" and "Working Man" were recently made available for the Rock Band video game.

RUSH will receive a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame next year.

Lemmy Interview

MOTÖRHEAD is featured on the cover of the September 2008 issue of Metal Maniacs. The magazine features an extended interview with bassist/vocalist Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister in which he speaks about a wide range of topics, including the band's 24th album, "Motörizer", C.C. DeVille of POISON, SEX PISTOLS, the upcoming "Lemmy" documentary and much more. Excerpts follow:

Metal Maniacs: Bronze Records in Japan just released a series of nine MOTÖRHEAD albums, complete with cardboard sleeves and 24-bit remastering. Do you feel that in some cases the remastering and/or remixing process pisses the soul out of the music, and dulls the bite of the original recordings?

Lemmy: Well, why's it necessary in the first bloody place? If they're worth re-releasing because they're out of print or something, fine, but why not put them out as they were when they first came out? Oh yeah, because some record company guy wants to give a family member a job or something equally ridiculous! And then these greedy fucking labels add bonus tracks or live songs, and totally piss on what the album was at the beginning. If it was good enough to get the band a deal and be released the first time as it was, why add all these bullshit extras? Most of the time the bonus tracks are from different albums, or the live tracks are from a different lineup, it just takes a piss on the original and the people that were involved in the record the first time around. Every time I think about it, I just wanna grab a sword and impale the guy whose idea it was — 18 years later, "hey! Remember me?!" Actually, an axe would probably be better. People tend to fear an axe more than a sword, don't they?

Metal Maniacs: It's the blunt force, I think, instead of something sharp that's gonna take your head off clean.

Lemmy: Yeah, so cleave the desk in half, then the axe is only gonna take your head half-off, [laughs] so it's laying on your shoulder and you're still aware, just running around all panic-stricken… So yeah, an axe is better.

Metal Maniacs: You recently played a show with ALICE COOPER in Birmingham where anything metal, studded or potentially dangerous was banned from the audience, which struck me as silly. Sure, take away the wallet chains, but let the bands play at a billion decibels, and just decimate everyone's eardrums, that's fine!

Lemmy: There are a lot of people like that, but the English seem to be the funniest when it comes to asinine requests. I remember one place we played awhile back, we were advised that "in case of a fire, the phrase 'Mr. Brown is in the garden' will be broadcast over the P.A." Excuse me, but what the fuck? What if I misheard it and suddenly I'm trapped in the exit tunnel with a thousand other idiots who didn't know that Mr. Brown was actually in the garden the whole time!

The September issue of Metal Maniacs is on sale now.

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Gamma Ray DVD

GAMMA RAY's long-awaited 2-DVD/2-CD DVD package "Hell Yeah! The Awesome Foursome (And The Finnish Keyboarder Who Didn't Want To Wear His Donald Duck Costume) Live in Montreal", is scheduled for release on October 27 in Europe and November 4 in the U.S. via SPV. The set will feature a multi-camera recording of the band's May 6, 2006 show at Medley in Montreal, Quebec, several "road movies," promotional clips, and footage from the group's January 2008 concert in Barcelona, Spain.

Band leader Kai Hansen looks back at GAMMA RAY's first American tour with pride and great joy, saying: "We had played in the States only once before, so this was our first headliner tour of America. Of course we had no idea what exactly to expect, but the reactions were overwhelming. The tickets sold extremely well, and the atmosphere was amazing night after night. What you see on the footage from Montreal is what we experienced at almost every show."

He continued: "We had been thinking about releasing a live DVD for a long time, especially as our faithful fans had been nagging us about one for years. Unfortunately we'd never had the time to plan and realise such a large-scale project. Well, here you go! This is a DVD the way we like it: diverse and multi-faceted, featuring a musical cross-section of the GAMMA RAY albums recorded by the current line-up since 1998. The road movie speaks for itself, and those nice little extras are great mementoes of our band history to date."

The DVD's humorous subtitle "… And The Finnish Keyboarder Who Didn't Want To Wear His Donald Duck Costume…" refers to keyboardist Eero Kaukomies who plays in the GAMMA RAY cover band GUARDIANS OF MANKIND from Helsinki and who performed with GAMMA RAY during its entire American tour. Hansen explained: "During the tour, Henjo suddenly noticed that Eero has a somewhat duck-like walk. So the crazy idea developed to make him wear a Donald Duck costume at the show in Montreal and present him to the audience. Naturally, this great suggestion didn't meet with much enthusiasm from Eero, and the whole thing became a running gag." Hansen added with a wink: "By the way, the 'awesome foursome' refers to Henjo, Dirk, Daniel and myself, in case you were wondering."

GAMMA RAY will travel to Russia at the beginning of September and is scheduled to tour America and Canada this fall. And the rest of the year? "We are collecting ideas for our next studio album," Hansen revealed. "Quite a few of them have already piled up, so come autumn we will probably begin to sort through them and go to the studio in January 2009."

Track Listing – DVD:

DVD 1 – Montreal Show 2006

01. Welcome
02. Gardens Of The Sinner
03. New World Order
04. Man On A Mission
05. Fight
06. Blood Religion
07. Heavy Metal Universe
08. Dreamhealer
09. The Heart Of The Unicorn
10. Fairytale
11. The Silence
12. Beyond The Blackhole
13. Valley Of The Kings
14. Somewhere Out In Space
15. Land Of The Free
16. Rebellion In Dreamland
17. I Want Out
18. Send Me A Sign


Road Movie:

* Documentary from the Northamerican Tour

Video Clips:

* Space Eater
* One With The World
* Gamma Ray
* Rebellion In Dreamland
* Send Me A Sign
* Heavy Metal Universe
* Eagle
* Into The Storm

Live At Wacken Open Air 2003

* One With The World
* Last Before The Storm

Live At Wacken Open Air 2006

* Rebellion In Dreamland
* Heavy Metal Universe
* Somewhere Out In Space

Historay: Over the years private movies, backstage scenes and live performances
Unplugged: Kai and Henjo unplugged in Japan

DVD 3 (Bonus, only Europe)

Four songs from "Land Of The Free II" recorded live in Barcelona during the "Hellish Rock" tour with HELLOWEEN in January 2008:

01. Into The Storm
02. Empress
03. From The Ashes
04. Real World

Plus Backstage scenes, soundchecks, etc...

Track Listing CD:

CD 1

01. Welcome
02. Gardens Of The Sinner
03. New World Order
04. Man On A Mission
05. Fight
06. Blood Religion
07. Heavy Metal Universe
08. Dreamhealer
09. The Heart Of The Unicorn
10. Fairytale
11. The Silence

CD 2

01. Beyond The Blackhole
02. Valley Of The Kings
03. Somewhere Out In Space
04. Land Of The Free
05. Rebellion In Dreamland
06. I Want Out
07. Send Me A Sign

Bonus Tracks:

08. Into The Storm
09. Empress
10. From The Ashes
11. Real World 

Re-Release Of "The Blackening"
Roadrunner Records has revealed the details of the U.S. version of the special edition of "The Blackening", MACHINE HEAD's Grammy-nominated masterwork, which is due on October 28, 2008.

(Details of the European version of the special edition of "The Blackening", which will be available on October 27, can be found here.)

Hailed unanimously as the best metal album of 2007 by journalists, metal radio stations and fans alike, "The Blackening" earned a Grammy nomination for the fan-favorite track, "Aesthetics of Hate" and all the while MACHINE HEAD continue to earn "the hardest working band" title with over 19 months on the road in support of "The Blackening" (with five U.S. tours alone) and no signs of stopping soon.

"The Blackening Special Edition" is two-disc CD/DVD set that will feature an assortment of extras, including rare bonus tracks such as covers of IRON MAIDEN's "Hallowed Be Thy Name", over an hour of live performance footage from With Full Force, Download and Rock in Rio festivals, three uncensored music videos for "Aesthetics of Hate", "Now I Lay Thee Down" and "Halo", a "making-of" featurette on each video, "The Making of The Blackening" and expanded artwork. There's also what many hardcore fans have been rabidly waiting for: four never-before-seen performances of MACHINE HEAD celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album, "Burn My Eyes", captured in Philadelphia in 2004. This special edition is a must have for any fan of this Bay Area band that is steadily carving out "legendary status" for itself within the metal scene.

MACHINE HEAD spent the summer headlining the second stage of the first annual Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival and the band will cap off two extremely successful years as direct support on METALLICA's U.S. headline tour in December 2008 and January 2009. METALLICA frontman James Hetfield was quoted in Revolver as saying, "'The Blackening' [is] unbelievable. Unbelievable sound and power. It sounds like a band on fire. They have really turned it on again for me."

"The Blackening" U.S. Special Edition 2-Disc CD/DVD

CD - The Blackening + Bonus Tracks

01. Clenching The Fists of Dissent
02. Beautiful Mourning
03. Aesthetics Of Hate
04. Now I Lay Thee Down
05. Slanderous
06. Halo
07. Wolves
08. A Farewell To Arms
09. Hallowed Be Thy Name [IRON MAIDEN cover] *
10. Battery [METALLICA cover] *

* Bonus Track

DVD - Live Performances & Videos

Live performances:

* Clenching The Fists Of Dissent (With Full Force 2008)
* Now I Lay Thee Down (With Full Force 2008)
* Halo (With Full Force 2008)
* Aesthetics Of Hate (Rock In Rio 2008)
* Davidian (Rock In Rio 2008)
* Imperium (Download 2007)
* Old (Download 2007)
* A Thousand Lies (Burn My Eyes 10th Anniversary 2004)
* The Rage To Overcome (Burn My Eyes 10th Anniversary 2004)
* Death Church (Burn My Eyes 10th Anniversary 2004)
* Blood For Blood (Burn My Eyes 10th Anniversary 2004)

Uncensored & Unedited Music Videos:

* Halo
* Now I Lay Thee Down
* Aesthetics Of Hate
* The Making of Halo
* The Making of Now I Lay Thee Down
* The Making of Aesthetics Of Hate
* The Making of The Blackening 
[Bazookajoe_666] Wednesday, September 10, 2008 6:17:50 PM 
Rob Halford Interview

Vocalist Rob Halford of the British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST was interviewed earlier this week by Andrew Haug of Triple J's "Full Metal Racket" (based in Australia). Listen to the interview in streaming audio at the Triple J web site: Windows Media, Real Media (NOTE: Part one of the Rob Halford interview begins around the one-hour, 19-minute mark; parts two and three can be heard later in the show). Check out the program's entire playlist at this location.

JUDAS PRIEST performed a free outdoor mini-concert on September 2 on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in Hollywood, California, with two songs ("Prophecy" and "Breaking the Law") airing on that night's show.
The band's new double-disc concept album, "Nostradamus", has sold 91,000 copies in the United States since its June 17 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD shifted 42,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 11 on The Billboard 200 chart. This marks the band's highest-ever chart position in the U.S. In Canada, the CD opened at position No. 9 after shifting close to 4,000 units. 

[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, September 09, 2008 8:15:52 PM 
White Zombie Boxset Details

Rob Zombie has revealed the track listing for the much-anticipated WHITE ZOMBIE box set, which is due for release before end of the year. It is as follows:

01. Gentleman Junkie
02. King Of Souls
03. Tales From the Scarecrowman
04. Cat's Eye Resurrection
05. Pig Heaven
06. Slaughter The Grey
07. Eighty-Eight/Fast Jungle
08. Gun Crazy
09. Kick
10. Memphis
11. Magdelene
12. True Crime
13. Ratmouth
14. Shack of Hate
15. Drowning the Colossus
16. Crow II
17. Die Zombie Die
18. Skin
19. Truck On Fire
20. Future Shock
21. Scumkill
22. Diamond Ass
23. Demonspeed
24. Disaster Blaster
25. Murderworld
26. Revenge
27. Acid Flesh
28. Power Hungry
29. Godslayer
30. God Of Thunder
31. Love Razor
32. Disaster Blaster 2
33. Welcome to Planet MF
34. Knuckle Duster
35. Thunder Kiss
36. Black Sunshine
37. Soul-Crusher
38. Cosmic Monster
39. Spiderbaby
40. I Am Legend
41. Knuckle Duster 2
42. Thrust
43. One Big Crunch
44. Grindhouse
45. Starface
46. Warp Asylum
47. I Am Hell
48. Children Of The Grave
49. Feed The Gods
50. Electric Head Pt. 1
51. Super Charger Heaven
52. Real Solution 9
53. Creature Of The Wheel
54. Electric Head Pt. 2
55. Grease Paint And Monkey Brains
56. I Zombie
57. More Human Than Human
58. El Phantasmo
59. Blur The Technicolor
60. Blood Milk Sky
61. The One
62. I'm Your Boogieman
63. Ratfinks, Suicide Tanks and Cannibal Girls

In a posting on his MySpace page, Zombie writes, "Well, I am now holding the finished newly master WHITE ZOMBIE box set in my hands. Yes, it is done! A long time coming but it is here. I'm not sure what the release day is yet, but it shouldn't be much longer. I'm pretty you'll be getting under your Christmas tree. All I can say is boy the early shit is whacked. I haven't heard some of these songs in over twenty years. I don't know what the hell we were thinking. Everything is included on this set. Over 4 and 1/2 hours of music plus tons of never before seen videos. Five discs in all."

Rob Zombie recently spent time in the studio working on material for his next studio album. Zombie wrote in a May 2008 online posting, "Well, we have for the first time ever written more songs than we need for an album. Everything isn't 100% finished, but everything is moving along great."

Zombie's next studio effort will follow up 2006's "Educated Horses", which was his third solo CD. He also released his first concert recording, "Zombie - Live", late last year. Although he's still apparently committed to making music, Zombie recently told Metal Edge magazine that the record labels are "dinosaurs waiting to die."

WHITE ZOMBIE performing "More Human Than Human" live in Köln, Germany in 1995:

MOTORHEAD... and some video game thing!! I dunno it's pretty cool if you play the game I guess.

Mindark, developer and operator of Virtual World Entropia Universe, and rock icon Lemmy from MOTÖRHEAD, today announced a partnership in which Lemmy and his band will team up with Mindark to create Motörhead Stadium and Lemmy's Castle within Entropia Universe. The Stadium and Castle are being built utilizing the award-winning CryENGINE2 graphics engine. This will be the virtual universe's first major virtual rock arena and castle that will enable fans to hear exclusive music as well as battle Lemmy's Guardians in hopes of joining his private Virtual Army. Lemmy's Castle will be defended by Guardians, some of whom when defeated, will drop rare and valuable Motörhead Armor Parts. Fans must collect a full set of Motörhead Armor in order to gain entrance to the inner sanctum of Lemmy's Castle and be eligible to join Lemmy's private Army.

Army Privileges will include: the ability to chat with Lemmy online in the army's private chat channel, and the opportunity to compete in special quests and events to win both real and virtual MOTÖRHEAD merchandise. Among the cool prizes will be an exclusive trip to Los Angeles for drinks with Lemmy at the famous Rainbow Bar and Grill on Sunset Blvd.

"The Motörhead Stadium and Lemmy's Castle will add great diversity to Entropia Universe when we launch the upgraded version of Entropia Universe using CryENGINE2," says David Simmonds, Business Development Director at Mindark.

Fans can already download the free software online at Entropia Universe and create a unique avatar which will then be used to visit Motörhead Stadium, where they can view exclusive metal and rock concerts, pre-recorded or broadcast live from around the world. In addition to the live music, fans will be able to create their own social networks and fan clubs, battle monsters to earn real cash, and even manufacture and sell collectable virtual rock merchandise.

Entropia Universe is the first virtual world with a real cash currency that has a fixed exchange rate with the U.S. dollar. Avatars develop professional skills to assist them in gathering natural resources to sell, trade and manufacture. In 2007 alone, the real cash turnover between players in Entropia Universe exceeded $400,000,000 USD! In an era of declining record sales, Entropia's Real Cash virtual platform offers bands, artists, labels and studios an entirely new and extremely valuable method to monetize their content.

MOTÖRHEAD is no stranger to video games, having recently provided a number of tracks for the hit console game Guitar Hero.

For more information, visit

[Bazookajoe_666] Sunday, September 07, 2008 5:03:22 PM 
Ian Hill Interview

Greece's Solid Rock recently conducted an interview with JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow.

Solid Rock: Do you think that a double concept album is rather dangerous or risky during the days of downloading?

Ian Hill: "Everything is a risk during the days of downloading. If it's downloaded legally, that's fine. But illegal downloads are the problem. It sounds like a good idea, music for nothing, but unfortunately, it doesn't cost nothing to produce, it costs a fucking fortune to produce. And it's not really bands like ourselves who lose out, because we've got a huge back catalog and we've got a lot of fans who will go out and buy the album anyway. But the up-and-coming bands, they don't get a chance, they have no option but to give their music away. Record companies aren't giving out many contracts anymore, simply because they're not making any money. It's as simple as that."

Solid Rock: Does JUDAS PRIEST like to try new things?

Ian Hill: "Yeah, we do. We always try to embrace new technologies, new gadgets, and new recording techniques. If it's there we'll try it, if it's good we'll use it, if it doesn't, we don't and we just move on. But I think that it's always been there, it's something that we've always done. Some bands get a certain formula and they stick to it and people love them for it, but we've never done that. We'd stagnate if we did and become predictable and we've always liked to try and be a little bit different and move on and push the envelope a little bit, musically. We've always tried to do that."

Solid Rock: Do you think that there will be future if bands like JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, KISS, AC/DC, MOTÖRHEAD, BLACK SABBATH quit someday?

Ian Hill: "Yes! I think, like I said, that there's a lot of interest in traditional metal. As I said, you often come to find bands that are getting a bit more versatile. Even when the day comes that we can't carry on, for one reason or another, either it's us or MAIDEN or KISS or BLACK SABBATH or many other bands, I think it will carry on. There's another couple of generations there already, waiting in the wings."

Solid Rock: After the tour what will be the next step for JUDAS PRIEST?

Ian Hill: "This tour will go round the world with us now with a similar setlist to what we have now. We're playing two from the new record, 'Prophecy' and 'Messenger Of Death'. And then, when we've done that, we are planning to try and do 'Nostradamus' in its entirety, go out and do a tour and just play whole album. It'll be interesting. It's something that we're looking forward to and it's a lot of work. It's in the future; so we don't have any timeslots yet. We're still at the beginning of this tour, but towards the end we can start to make plans."

Read the entire interview from Solid Rock

Ask Lars A Quesion is offering its readers the chance to submit questions for METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich. Ulrich's answer to the questions may appear in a future issue of Blender magazine.

To submit your question for Lars, go to this location.

METALLICA is offering a "Death Magnetic Experience" pre-sale ticket package between now and September 13, the official general on-sale date for tickets to the band's upcoming North American tour. Members of the group's fan club have already had first crack at tickets, and now American Express cardholders will get their shot on Monday and Tuesday (September 8 and September 9), followed by a general public pre-sale on Wednesday (September 10). The package includes purchase of up to four tickets with better seating, a free download of the show you attend at, and delivery "right to your door" of the band's new CD, "Death Magnetic". The pre-sale ends at midnight on September 12. 

Classical Violinist Performs Cowboys From Hell

Video footage of acclaimed classical violinist Rachel Barton Pine and cellist Mike Block performing Rachel's arrangement of "Cowboys From Hell" by PANTERA for a faculty concert at Mark O'Connor's Strings Conference in San Diego on July 31, 2008 can be viewed below.

"I've been a big heavy metal fan since I was 12, groups like PANTERA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, METALLICA, SLAYER," Rachel, 33, said in a 2004 interview. "So it was very natural for me to go on these [rock radio] stations and talk about my favorite bands, and I think it helps break down those barriers for my peers — to hear that a classical musician can also like the music that they like."

Pine's heavy metal penchant comes to the fore in 1997's "Storming the Citadel", according to The Republican. With her "rock trio" STRINGENDO (Barton Pine and Edgar Gabriel, violins, and Brandon Vamos, cello), she covers her favorite songs by bands ranging from LED ZEPPELIN ("Heartbreaker", "Black Dog", and "Stairway to Heaven") and BLACK SABBATH ("Paranoid") through AC/DC ("Thunderstruck" and "Back in Black") to METALLICA ("One" and "Fade to Black").

Rachel Barton Pine's official web site can be accessed at this location.

Ripper Solo Album

Guitarist Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) has revealed more information about his collaboration with singer Tim "Ripper" Owens' (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) on a song for Tim's forthcoming solo CD. Caffery writes on his MySpace blog, "[On] Thursday September 4] I went into Bob Kulick's studio to record guitars for a song I wrote with Ripper for his new solo CD. The song is called 'The Shadows Are Alive'. Frickin' heavy tune! The studio is called Office Studios. Great place, it was awesome to work with Bob and his engineer Brett. The drums were played by Simon Wright [DIO, AC/DC] and I believe bass is coming soon from Mr. Rudy Sarzo [DIO, QUIET RIOT]! Not sure of Ripper's plan of attack but he said I could let you all know about the recording... This CD is going to smoke!"

Owens's forthcoming solo album will reportedly be released before the next BEYOND FEAR CD and will also feature a guest appearance by QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Michael Wilton, among others.

BEYOND FEAR's self-titled debut album came out in May 2006 via SPV Records.

Owens' first album as the lead singer for YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, "Perpetual Flame", will be released on October 14, 2008. The CD will be the first-ever Yngwie effort to be released via Rising Force Records (distributed via Koch). 

Message From Sebastian Bach

Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach has posted a message on his MySpace blog regarding the alleged "cancellation" of his previously announced October 30 concert at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and other Canadian dates that were expected to take place around the same time. He writes, "I don't get it. None of these shows were ever confirmed. I do not ever cancel any shows. I have no idea why any of these shows went on sale. I never announced them on my site because they were never confirmed. We wanted to do the tour, we were gonna do the tour, but the offers that we got made it impossible for us to actually do the tour. So 'Bach to the drawing board'. (Sorry, had to do it!) No show or tour was ever cancelled — because no show or tour was ever booked! I have no clue why any of these shows went on sale, but there are no shows at all planned at this time. I hope to see you all again soon though! It was a great 2008!"

Sebastian Bach's "Angel Down" limited-edition CD/DVD package, featuring "Roadrage", a film by Sebastian Bach, was made available in the USA as an FYE exclusive at all FYE stores nationwide and also at the FYE booth on the POISON tour. "Roadrage" features five tracks, "100% live, pro-shot" on the 2006 North American GUNS N' ROSES/SEBASTIAN BACH tour.

"Angel Down" was produced by Roy Z (BRUCE DICKINSON, HALFORD, JUDAS PRIEST), and recorded at Sound City Studios and Under City Studios in Los Angeles, CA. Joining Bach in the studio were guitarists "Metal" Mike Chlasciak and Johnny Chromatic, Bobby Jarzombek on drums, and Steve DiGiorgio on bass. GUNS N' ROSES' Axl Rose makes a special guest appearance contributing vocals on three of the album's songs — "(Love is a) Bitchslap", a cover of AEROSMITH's "Back In the Saddle" and "Stuck Inside".

An e-card for "Angel Down" can be found at this location.
[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, September 05, 2008 7:37:41 PM 
New Firehouse Album Planned

Sleaze Roxx recently conducted an interview with FIREHOUSE guitarist Bill Leverty. When asked what his future plans were, Bill replied, "I just released my second solo album called 'Southern Exposure'. This one is instrumental music. I hope to do more guitar clinics for Randall amps and play some of the material off this album in 2009. As for FIREHOUSE, we plan on starting to work on our next album this winter. We'll continue to tour as much as possible because we love to play live."

The entire interview can be found at this location.

Jani Lane Fired From Warrant.... Again

BLABBERMOUTH.NET has received the following statement from long-running California rockers WARRANT:

"It is with the deepest regret that we have to announce that Jani Lane will no longer be performing with WARRANT.

"From the beginning of our reunion talks to the last note of our last show together in Houston this past weekend [on August 31 at the Rock The Bayou festival], we have had nothing but good intentions of bringing a quality original WARRANT show to our fans and friends.

"We wish Jani nothing but the best and remain friends.

"We are very excited that we have found an unbelievable voice in Robert Mason [LYNCH MOB], an old friend of the band. We have three dates confirmed, come out and judge for yourself… We don't think you will be disappointed!"

Upcoming WARRANT shows:

Sep. 09 - Tucson, AZ - Casino Del Sol (w/ ALICE COOPER)
Sep. 19 - Maplewood, MN - The Myth (w/ TRIXTER)
Oct. 17 - Tyler, TX - The Oil Palace (w/ QUEENSRŸCHE, KIP WINGER)

Slash Interview recently conducted an interview with VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash. Amn excerpt from the chat follows. What do you think "Chinese Democracy" — the album your former colleague Axl Rose has been working on for ten years now — will sound like?

Slash: To tell you the truth: I already listened to it. At first I thought that I would never listen to it until it's released, but someone handed it to me and I was in my car and I was like, "Okay, let's give it a try." So I listened to it: It's a really good record. It's very different from what the original GUNS N' ROSES sounded like, but it's a great statement by Axl. Now you understand where he was heading all this time. It's a record that the original GUNS N' ROSES could never possibly make. And at the same time it just shows you how brilliant Axl is. So it was a relief for me to actually hear it. Many of the songs already leaked to the Internet and a blogger was arrested by the FBI recently, because he published the material on his website…

Slash: All the Napster stuff and all these people who talk about illegal file sharing killing the record business and taking money out of the artists' pockets! It may be true. But Napster was just a reaction to the record business not catching up with the development of the Internet. Napster was inevitable. But when somebody takes somebody's work and releases it prematurely just to become famous, it's an incredibly selfish and criminal thing to do. A record is a piece of art. And it shouldn't be released until the creator decides to release it — and I don't care how long it took to make it. Do you use the internet yourself?

Slash: I'm an old-school guy. I only got a laptop within the last five years — and I hate it. The only new piece of technology I use on a regular basis is my Blackberry. I became addicted to it. No wonder it's often called "Crackberry."

Read the entire interview at
[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, September 04, 2008 6:32:12 PM 
Motley Crue To Re-Release Entire Catalog.... Again.

MÖTLEY CRÜE will reissue its complete studio catalog on September 30, 2008 on Mötley Records/Eleven Seven Music (RED Distribution). The catalog includes eight chart-topping studio albums originally released between 1981 and 2000:

* "Too Fast For Love" (1981)
* "Shout at the Devil" (1983)
* "Theatre of Pain" (1985)
* "Girls, Girls, Girls" (1987)
* "Dr. Feelgood" (1989)
* "Mötley Crüe" (1994)
* "Generation Swine" (1997)
* "New Tattoo" (2000)

The band has sold over 80 million albums, 25 million in the U.S. alone, with six singles reaching the top 20 on the U.S. Billboard chart.

Also released on the same day will be 17 of the band's classic music videos which will be available for download online via all digital music stores.

The "uncensored" version of MÖTLEY CRÜE's video for the song "Mutherfucker of the Year" can be viewed below. The track comes off the group's new album, "Saints of Los Angeles", which has sold 212,000 copies in the United States since its June 24 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD is MÖTLEY CRÜE's first studio album since 2000's "New Tattoo", which has sold a little over 200,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The band's last studio effort with all of its original members was 1997's "Generation Swine", which debuted and peaked at No. 4 on The Billboard 200, and has sold more than 300,000 units.

According to Billboard, the 99,000 bow of "Saints" represented the biggest sales week for MÖTLEY CRÜE since Christmas week of 1991, when its hits package "Decade of Decadence" sold 121,000.

"Saints of Los Angeles" is loosely based on the band's memoir, "The Dirt", which was published in 2001.

MÖTLEY CRÜE's "Crüe Fest" kicked off on July 1 in West Palm Beach, Florida and hit 40 cities before wrapping up on August 31.

MÖTLEY CRÜE's tour in 2005/2006 grossed $46.3 million and drew more than 960,000 people to 125 concerts, according to Billboard Boxscore.
[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, September 04, 2008 4:34:13 PM 
Hendrix Guitar Worth Half A Mill?

The Press Association
reports that the first guitar set alight on stage by rock legend Jimi Hendrix has been sold at auction for £280,000 (approximately $495,000).

Hendrix torched the 1965 Fender Stratocaster at the end of his show at the Astoria in Finsbury Park, north London, in March 1967.

After tense bidding at the Fame Bureau's It's More Than Rock And Roll auction at the Idea Generation Gallery in east London, the guitar was snapped up by American collector Daniel Boucher. He said: "I thought I'd have to pay a little bit more for it, actually. I am going to play it, I hope some of it rubs off on me."

Read more from The Press Association

Slash On GNR

VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash recently told New Zealand's 3 News that has GN'R started playing in 1985 out of their love for the music, not because they had any aspirations to become rich and famous.

"Actually the [early] gigs never did pay that well but somehow they managed to... yeah, they paid the rent in one place that we used to squat in," he said. "We actually looked forward to getting paid after a gig, but it was usually for the beer, you know."

He added, "I'd a lot of jobs, at some point there was a little hustling involved as far as like, a little bit of drugs, a little bit of this and that, but prior to that it was just, you know, I kept a straight job for a while."

Slash left GUNS N' ROSES in 1996 after creative differences with lead singer Axl Rose — but he still feels proud that whatever they did, they did it their way.

"Everybody else is making compromises and concessions so that they can make it big and get their, you know, their picture on the cover of Teen Beat or Us Weekly or whatever, you know, so, so...There's a sort of, kind of, selling out to that. But I think what was great about GUNS N' ROSES is that we made it on our own integrity and we didn't give up anything to anybody and made it on our own merit."

Watch video footage of Slash speaking to 3 News at this location

Paul Stanley Owns Fan

KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley reportedly had a member of the audience at the band's August 30 concert at Harvey's Casino and Resort in Stateline, Nevada ejected from the venue after the two exchanged words in the middle of KISS' performance. According to one attendee (writing on the Metal Sludge Gossip Board), "Paul got into a verbal/fluid scuffle with a jackass in the front. It's unknown what the guy said or did to Paul, but Paul began spitting at the guy before and during 'I Was Made For Loving You', and after the song, went off on the guy for about five minutes before security removed the non-fan. Paul unleashed an F-bomb tirade, and it involved the guy's mom, his possible low-level job history, his mental-age level, and what the guy likes to put in his mouth. It was GREAT!"

Watch fan-filmed video footage of the verbal exchange below.

Vivian Campbell Interview

Ilikemusic recently conducted an interview with DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow.

Ilikemusic: You're coming to the end of a massive global tour with WHITESNAKE. Has touring changed over the years? Do you still enjoy it?

Vivian: "Yeah, I think we still enjoy touring! Though going on tour now is very different to going on tour back in the day — we're not sleeping on guitar amps in the back of a van after playing in bars and coffee shops anymore. We worked really hard and took every opportunity we could. Things have definitely become easier; nowadays, you get into a sort of routine while touring. It's much more comfortable."

Ilikemusic: With over three decades of being in the music business, you're still keeping fans captivated. How do you manage it after so long?

Vivian: "Well, we're certainly an ambitious band. I mean, we have enough of a back catalogue to just play old songs on stage but, as musicians, we always look forward to playing new songs too. New material and energetic stadium shows really help when you're trying to cultivate a whole new set of younger fans."

Ilikemusic: DEF LEPPARD were initially considered the leaders of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. How do you feel about this title?

Vivian: "Well, we never really thought the title fit us. We came out around the same time as bands like IRON MAIDEN, who eventually did claim the status — and they deserved it. DEF LEPPARD were a lot heavier back then but we soon morphed into a hard, stadium rock band, which was a new sub-genre of music at the time."

Read the entire interview at Ilikemusic

This is just funny.'s metal maniac Buckshot caught up with the members of Miami's BLACK TIDE for a candid conversation while the band was in New York City. As Gabriel, Zakk, Alex and Steven tried their hand at taking on Buckshot at a beer-chugging contest, the guys talked about what it was like being a part of this summer's Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, future touring plans, preparation for their sophomore release, stealing music from Best Buy, their lack of excitement about the new METALLICA album and how they are going to download it off Limewire. Watch the interview below.

BLACK TIDE sold 11,400 copies of its debut album, "Light from Above", in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 73 on The Billboard 200 chart.

"Light from Above" was released on March 18 via Interscope Records. The CD was recorded with producer Johnny K, who has previously worked with DISTURBED, MACHINE HEAD and SOIL, among others.

BLACK TIDE with METALLICA's James Hetfield at Kerrang! Awards, which was held on August 21, 2008 in London, England:
[Bazookajoe_666] Wednesday, September 03, 2008 8:29:54 PM 
Aerosmith to Record Next Month

According to the web site of the official AEROSMITH fan club AeroForceOne, AEROSMITH is expected to hit the studio at the end of the month to start working on a new studio album. Singer Steven Tyler stated about what kind of music fans can expect to hear on the record, "Just your usual AEROSMITH. You can't tame it; rocking-out, in-your-face music."

Once the new CD is completed, Tyler revealed that the band is already scheduled to hit the road. "The tour is booked for March or April, I believe it starts, and then we [go through] the States although I think there are some outside gigs but not as much as last year when we did Dubai and India and wound up in Russia," he said.

Tyler checked into a facility in Pasadena, California, in May, prompting speculation he had slipped from sobriety, 20 years after he kicked hard drugs.

The vocalist later revealed he was in rehab on doctor's orders because of a foot injury. 

A UK TV commercial for the DVD release of "Chemical Wedding" — the supernatural horror-thriller written by IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson and longtime "Monty Python" editor Julian Doyle, who also directed the film — can be viewed below.

Bruce Dickinson and the crew of "Chemical Wedding" are featured in a behind-the-scenes video talking about the horror film hitting the UK on DVD September 8. Watch the clip below.

According to Variety, Cinema Management Group has closed key deals in major territories on "Chemical Wedding".

Starz/Anchor Bay Entertainment is set to handle distribution in the U.S. and Canada, while Universal Pictures Video will cover France, Belgium and the Netherlands for an early 2009 release.

Dickinson was in Cannes in May to show off "Chemical Wedding". The singer, a registered commercial airline pilot, flew himself to the south of France, along with a bunch of journalists and fans.

Video footage of Dickinson in Cannes promoting the "Chemical Wedding" movie can be seen on the BBC News web site.

Dickinson is not the first rocker to be inspired by Crowley, who died in 1947. LED ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page was a big collector of Crowley's writings and even bought his Scottish estate. OZZY OSBOURNE, meanwhile, eulogized him in the song "Mr. Crowley".

UK TV commercial:

Interviews with Dickinson, crew:
[Bazookajoe_666] Wednesday, September 03, 2008 6:28:17 PM 
As for Priest on TV last night, go look it up your fucking selves because I gotta go eat haha. They played Prophecy and Breaking the Law.
Airbourne Frontman Interview

conducted an interview with AIRBOURNE lead singer/guitarist Joel O'Keefe at the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival stop at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, New York. O'Keefe shared his thoughts about hard partying on the road, being the only hard rock act on an extreme metal tour, and the constant comparisons the band receives to AC/DC. Excerpts from the interview follow:

MetalSucks: So how's the [Rockstar Mayhem] show aspect of the tour going?

O'Keefe: Oh, it's great. For us it's a different crowd. It's predominantly hardcore metal. It's not something you can walk into without getting your head chopped off. We play hard and every band on the bill is definitely out there playing hard. I think that's the common ground that [the other bands are] finding with us. We don't go out there to fuck around. We go out there to play hard. It's go hard or go home. We're from Australia, and to have a soft day on stage and weaken up a bit, you just let a lot of people down, including yourself. You could get turfed out of the country all the way back home again and never come back. So you've got one chance. You're not a cat with nine lives. You've got one chance to make a kill, and you definitely make sure that you fucking kill that thing to death.

MetalSucks: One last question and we'll let you go. We just want to ask you about AC/DC. You guys get compared to them a lot obviously. Does that make you happy? Or do you wish people would let you have your own identity?

O'Keefe: Oh, mate, in this day and age, whoever you are when you come out, especially if you're from Australia and you sound like we do, you're going to get compared to anyone who is out there. It doesn't matter who you are, you are going to get compared to somebody. To be compared to the best rock and roll band in the business, who are still going today and are about to release another album, there is no higher compliment. I could list a thousand bands that I would not want to be compared to. There are a handful that any band does [want to be compared to]. If you get compared to a band like AC/DC or MOTÖRHEAD or ROSE TATTOO or IRON MAIDEN or METALLICA, you can't be doing anything wrong because that's real rock and roll. I think Mick Jagger said it best, "It's only rock and roll but I like it."

To read the rest of this interview, go to
[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, September 02, 2008 4:07:16 PM 
Dead Rockers

The results of a poll conducted by the web site — which asked its readers the question "Which dead rock star you would bring back to life for one gig?" — have been released. LED ZEPPELIN's John Bonham was voted into first place with 26% of the votes. QUEEN's Freddie Mercury came second with 22% and Elvis Presley third with 10% of the votes.

Bonnham died at age 32 after a heavy drinking session. Bonzo was found dead at guitarist Jimmy Page's house of what was described as "asphyxiation, after inhaling his own vomit after excessive vodka consumption." (40 shots in 4 hours).

The highest-placed female act was the U.S. singer Janis Joplin, who died from an accidental drug overdose in 1970.

The results of the poll are as follows:

01. John Bonham
02. Freddie Mercury
03. Elvis Presley
04. John Lennon
05. Jimi Hendrix
06. Kurt Cobain
07. Bob Marley
08. Jim Morrison
09. Johnny Cash
10. Jeff Buckley
11. Stevie Ray Vaughan
12. "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott
13. Frank Zappa
14. Ian Curtis
15. Janis Joplin
16. Bon Scott
17. Jerry Garcia
18. Phil Lynott
19. Karen Carpenter
20. Keith Moon

Dio Era Boxset Albums to Be Released Individually

According to a posting on the unofficial BLACK SABBATH web site, the four Ronnie James Dio-era BLACK SABBATH albums that made up the recently released "The Rules of Hell" box set are being re-released individually. "Heaven and Hell", "Mob Rules", "Live Evil" and "Dehumanizer" will be made available separately on October 17 via Rhino. These albums are also being re-released on vinyl.

Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice signed copies of "The Rules Of Hell" on August 2 at Vintage Vinyl in Ford, New Jersey. Check out photos at the Brooklyn Rocks music blog and photo journal.

"The Rules Of Hell" box set sold around 2,650 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"The Rules Of Hell" is a box set featuring all three of BLACK SABBATH's Dio-era studio releases ("Heaven And Hell", "Mob Rules", "Dehumanizer") and its double live collection ("Live Evil"), each recently remastered for the first time. "The Rules Of Hell" comes packaged in a deluxe slipcase with extensive liner notes featuring all new interviews with the band. 

New Metallica Promo Video

The video for METALLICA's new single, "The Day That Never Comes", can be viewed at It is also available below. The clip was shot at the end of July in Acton, California (about an hour's drive north of Los Angeles).

METALLICA guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield told that the video isn't making any lofty political statements about the war in Iraq. Instead, it's a statement on humanity, helmed by acclaimed Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, who, along with Lars von Trier, co-founded the Dogme 95 movement in filmmaking. Hetfield said that when he was writing the song's lyrics, he never envisioned the video would look anything like this.

"That's the beauty, I think, of writing vague but powerful lyrics — that someone like a movie director can interpret it in his own way and obviously, someone creative is able to take the metaphors and apply them to whatever he needs in his own life," the frontman explained to "The main [theme of the video] is the human element of forgiveness and someone doing you wrong, you feeling resentment and you being able to see through that in the next situation that might be similar and not take your rage or resentment out on the next person and basically keep spreading the disease of that through life."

He added, "The one thing that I wasn't keen on here was Metallica plugging into a modern war or a current event [that] might be construed as some sort of political statement on our part. There are so many celebrities that soapbox their opinions, and people believe it's more valid because they're popular. For us, people are people — you should all have your own opinion. We are hopefully putting the human element in what is an unfortunate part of life. There are people over there dealing with situations like this, and we're showing the human part of being there.

"It's the forgiveness part — that is key," he continued. "METALLICA has never plugged into any current event visually, but this one is kind of a hotbed. People have very high opinions about this war, and we're trying to cut through all of that. The politics and the religion tend to separate people, and what we're trying to do is bring it together with the common thread of resentment and forgiveness."

METALLICA's new album, "Death Magnetic", is scheduled for release on September 12.

[Bazookajoe_666] Saturday, August 30, 2008 10:14:26 PM 
Another Rob Interview

Skylaire Alfvegren of the LA Weekly recently conducted an interview with JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow.

L.A. Weekly: Rob, how are you?

Rob Halford: I'm fine. Did you survive the earthquake?

L.A. Weekly: I was in Northern California at a UFO convention.

Rob Halford: Oh, for the band?

L.A. Weekly: No, not the band.

Rob Halford: The things in the sky?

L.A. Weekly: The things in the sky.

Rob Halford: Well, I've got some stories to tell you. I've had one or two encounters in England, not close encounters, but things that have totally freaked me out. It absolutely fascinates me. I think maybe just because it's an artistic thing. People that are in tune with their emotions and creativity, I think that a lot of us are prone to that almost sixth-sense phenomenon. Having said that, people from all walks of life see those things in the sky, you know. But I think it's something very bizarre and it's been with humanity forever.

L.A. Weekly: You guys just toured Europe, and now you're headed across North America.

Rob Halford: We're roaring away on the American leg of the world tour. I'm in Kansas City about to get my head together and go and have a sound check for the big show we've got here tonight. We've got a couple of shows on our own before we commence the Metal Masters tour, which will be [full of] legendary moments, and which we're all very, very excited about. I'm like a fan, I just get all excited myself. I can't sleep!

L.A. Weekly: If I were in your position, I'd most want to arm-wrestle Ronnie James Dio.

Rob Halford: I'm obviously a huge fan of everything that Ronnie's done with SABBATH and with Dio and elsewhere, and Lemmy is — I call him Lord Lemmy. Lemmy has just got this character, he's just so strong with his presence onstage, and he's a fantastic bass player and songwriter. MOTÖRHEAD are legendary in their own right. TESTAMENT's been around since 1980-something. I think it's great that we've got this bunch of metal minstrels. I said minstrels because I'm slogging my way through a 700-page book by Kate Mosse called "Labyrinth". [Which fictionalizes the Fourth Crusade, proclaimed against the Cathars, during which the nobility doubled the size of their country.] It's set in 12th-century France. In 11th- and 12th-century France, you know, bands were famous. The courts and courtiers, the nobility, they would book these bands to come and play at their feasts and weddings, and here we're doin' it in 2008!

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[Bazookajoe_666] Saturday, August 30, 2008 7:40:11 PM 
New Yngwie Album Info Released

Legendary Swedish guitarist YNGWIE MALMSTEEN will release his latest studio album, "Perpetual Flame", on October 14, 2008. The CD will be the first-ever Yngwie effort to be released via Rising Force Records (distributed via Koch) and it will mark the debut of Malmsteen's new singer, ex-JUDAS PRIEST/ICED EARTH frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens.

Featuring twelve tracks of "pure six-string metallic bliss" (which stretches to almost 70 minutes total), the album was produced and engineered by Yngwie himself, and mixed by Roy Z (who has previously worked with JUDAS PRIEST and BRUCE DICKINSON, among others). Joining Yngwie and Ripper on the album are keyboardist Derek Sherinian and drummer Patrick Johansson (Yngwie contributed bass, additional keyboards, and vocals, as well), but on tour, Michael Troy will supply keyboards, and Bjorn Englen will be laying down the bass. A supporting tour of the U.S. and Canada is slated to run through all of October.

In addition to the arrival of "Perpetual Flame" in October, another career highlight is slated for that same month — Yngwie will be inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk on Monday, October 13 in Los Angeles. A new Fender/Yngwie Malmsteen custom shop guitar will also be unveiled on November 28 (with a limited run of 100 instruments) and there will be a slew of CD reissues of Yngwie classics to soon be announced.

"Perpetual Flame" track listing:

01. Death Dealer
02. Damnation Game
03. Live to Fight (Another Day)
04. Red Devil
05. Four Horsemen (Of the Apocalypse)
06. Priest of the Unholy
07. Be Careful What You Wish For
08. Caprici Di Diablo
09. Lament
10. Magic City
11. Eleventh Hour
12. Heavy Heart

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN 2008 North American Tour Dates:

Sep. 28 - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Centro Bellas Artes
Oct. 04 - San Antonio, TX - Scoutbar
Oct. 05 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
Oct. 08 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
Oct. 09 - Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
Oct. 10 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
Oct. 11 - Ventura, CA - Majestic Ventura Theater
Oct. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - Avalon
Oct. 17 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Theater
Oct. 19 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Oct. 21 - Williamsville, NY - Club Infinity
Oct. 24 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Oct. 26 - New York, NY - Blender Theater

Yngwie Malmsteen performing live in 2008:

Yngwie Malmsteen press conference at the Bang Your Head!!! festival on June 28, 2008 in Balingen, Germany:

Rob Halford Interview

David Pehling of recently conducted an interview with JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow. Do you envision setting up somewhere for an extended run where people would come to a theater [to see a full theatrical production of "Nostradamus"], or do you see a tour? Would you expand the musical support of the band as far as recreating the symphonic aspects of the album?

Rob Halford: That's a good question, and I don't have a really solid answer. In my mind, I want to go completely over the f***ing top. I want to throw everything into it including the kitchen sink, personally. I think we've all got different feelings about it, but I just want to see a massive, full-scale theatrical production. Obviously it's all about the music, but I want to see a full chorus. I want to see everyone in costume, stage sets and lights and the whole shebang. I think it can take that. I've seen that type of thing done. I'm not an expert on how to put that together, but that's my dream, speaking as one person in PRIEST. We're all thinking very aggressively about where the final outcome will be. Before that we do want to take it on the road ourselves as a band, because we can play this music live. We're doing it now. That's important. But I see it having a multi-dimensional life.

And as far as the short-attention span, this is no different than going to see "Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull" or "Spiderman 1", "2" or "3", "Superman Return", "The Dark Knight", whatever. You put your butt down and you just get lost in the experience for two hours or more. If you're a fan of music — and a lot of people are clueless about music. That might not be the right thing to say, but it's a fact. A lot of people have no idea about music, what music is about. They just hear the sounds and that's it. It either grabs you or it doesn't. This is as much an education about music as anything else as far as I'm concerned. I believe our fans are capable of that. We all in PRIEST want to see this leaning over and reaching out into other areas of an audience that wouldn't ordinarily think about JUDAS PRIEST or know of us. I think it's got that potential personally. Judging from fan discussions and some of what have been written about the album, "Nostradamus" might be the most polarizing JUDAS PRIEST effort since "Jugulator", when some fans insisted an album without Rob Halford simply wasn't PRIEST. There's a lot of defense and praise as a masterpiece; there are some who can't get past symphonic or keyboard elements and the sheer scope of it. Do you think the audience that has embraced it is big enough to support a large-scale tour focusing on the new material?

Rob Halford: I think that that's all relative to a lot of different things. I mean the album sales have been very strong, so that really supports the fact that when we do come to play it live there will be an audience for it. I think the acceptance and the rejection of what you do musically is great, because that's the passion and the power that music has over your emotions. I think what we're going through in terms of the two sides of the coin is no different than what any other career musician has gone through. That's it. It's in the lap of the gods once you've released it. You have no idea what the feedback or the push back is going to be about.

I think all of us in PRIEST are displaying that determined strength of character again. Regardless of what people think about us or say about us, we don't really care. We just do everything from the heart. We believe in what we do and that's it. Fortunately, we have a really fabulous fan base that knows what we're about and our chemistry. Some PRIEST fans want "British Steel", "British Steel", "British Steel". Some PRIEST fans want "Painkiller", "Painkiller", "Painkiller". And that's just the raw energy and support that you get. That some fans are just focused on one style on display and they couldn't care less about anything else. But they've got that music, so they should be happy and content with it. Having said that, we're always on the lookout and searching to do something different from record to record. As I've said before, it's all about each release having its own legs to stand on. JUDAS PRIEST has really never replicated itself, from "Rocka Rolla" to "Nostradamus".

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[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, August 29, 2008 5:01:44 PM 

Get Thrashed: Release Dates

Lightyear Entertainment will release "Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal" on DVD in the U.S. and Japan on September 16, 2008, in the UK on October 20 and in the rest of Europe on September 26. The film covers the evolution, cultural impact, and musical influence of thrash metal, an extreme form of heavy metal which burst on to the scene in the early-to-mid-1980s. Told first-hand by members of bands such as METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ANTHRAX, as well as using raw, original show footage, writer/director Rick Ernst (MTV, VH1) demonstrates how and why many of these bands emerged from playing local parties and small clubs to headlining major arenas and stadiums. The film is a roller coaster ride of extreme music and personalities, starting with the most famous thrash metal pioneers METALLICA and highlighting other genre defining bands like MEGADETH, SLAYER, EXODUS and more. The documentary features interviews with over 50 artists, including past and current members of METALLICA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, SLAYER, PANTERA, EXODUS, LAMB OF GOD, TESTAMENT, SHADOWS FALL, IN FLAMES, KREATOR, DESTRUCTION, HATEBREED and many more. The artists discuss the groundbreaking music of the thrash metal scene, the culture surrounding it and includes raw, live concert footage depicting mosh pits, stage diving, head-banging, partying and the over-the-top antics that went along with the thrash metal movement. The movie breaks down how the thrash metal scene grew from its DIY beginnings in Los Angeles and San Francisco, then reached the East Coast, conquered Europe, and even took root in countries like Brazil and Australia. "Get Thrashed" highlights the similarities and differences in each region while illustrating how the seeds that were planted by thrash metal gave rise to the modern day breed of extreme heavy metal and hard rock. The film features wall-to-wall music from METALLICA, MEGADETH, PANTERA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, EXODUS, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and many more, and contains over 90 minutes of bonus footage, featuring thrash scenes and bands from around the world. The DVD offers more than three hours of content, including director's commentary by Rick Ernst and associate producer Rat Skates (ex-OVERKILL drummer), plus liner notes from legendary EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt.

"Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal" has appeared in over 20 film festivals, highlighted by invitations to the prestigious Silver Lake Film Festival (LA), Oldenberg Film Festival (Germany), Athens International Film Festival (Greece) and Raindance Film Festival (London). The film's year-long run on the film festival circuit saw the documentary screen to packed houses and sold-out theaters around the world while picking up awards including Best Documentary (2007 Seattle True Independent Film Festival, Backseat Film Festival, New York International Independent Film & Video Festival), SAFILM Grand Prize Award (2007 San Antonio Underground Film Festival), Best Soundtrack (2007 Backseat Film Festival) and Best Director (NYIIFVF).

Film running time is 100 minutes; DVD running time is 193 minutes

Black Ice Review editor David Higgins today heard seven tracks from AC/DC's new album, "Black Ice", in the studios of the band's Sydney headquarters, Albert Music.

According to Higgins, the songs — "Anything Goes", "War Machine", "Stormy May Day", "She Likes Rock 'N' Roll", "Money Made" and "Black Ice", along with the current single "Rock N' Roll Train" — suggest the band has made a remarkable return to form after a series of fan-only albums in recent years.

Judging by these songs, the 15-track album is the band's most consistent and accessible release since "Back in Black".

"Anything Goes" has the potential to be the band's biggest hit since "You Shook Me All Night Long" if released — under one plan — as a second single.

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