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[kiamat] Tuesday, February 16, 2010 2:02:29 PM 
To be fair to Edward the Great, it actually goes all the way up to 2003. Number of the Beast happened to be the first song I played from it because, well I thought it was a cool song name. I play Brave New World and AMOLAD all the time, I used to diss Dance of Death as overrated but I've come around to it, likewise a fair amount of the 90s stuff grew on me after several playings and after hearing recordings of Bruce singing Blaze-era stuff. 

I know Maiden's 80s stuff has been in the media all the time, what with the Somewhere Back in Time tour. But remember that in the tour before that they played the new album in its entirety, a tour I seriously regret not going to, as everyone I know who did go said it was fantastic, and all the songs worked brilliantly live. I think both of us would agree that Priest couldn't pull that off with Nostradamus.

Anyhow, I don't wish to sound bolshy in any way- I just felt compelled to defend a band I love very much.
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[Becks] Tuesday, February 16, 2010 1:36:00 PM 
I agree JD, whenever most people talk about Maiden, they bring up their albums from the 80s to show how awesome they are, whereas with Priest you have stuff from the 70s, 80s and more recent releases like the 3 albums you mention. Maiden really needs to go back to their 'roots' to give fans a reason to continue to think they are awesome, lol. Fans like me anyways. Angel Of Retribution blows any recent Maiden out of the water I believe. I also believe Priest can certainly bring out an album next which will kick Maidens butt, LOL! But who knows in the world of heavy metal.
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[J.D. DIAMOND] Tuesday, February 16, 2010 1:31:50 PM 
I fully agree with Guido 100%,I think that Iron Maiden gets too much credit for songs that are overrated and I'm talking about the last 20 years again! Come on guys Priest hasn't done much better the last 20 years but at least they have 1990 Painkiller under thier belts and 1997 Jugulator blows away anything Maiden has done in the 1990's and Angel Of Retribution is waaaay better than anything Maiden has done since 1984 Powerslave. 

Just like kiamat mentioned....Edward The Great wich is a best of album,and The Number Of The Beast...nobody ever mentions a horrible album like 1990 No Prayer For The Dying or the terrible awful 1992 Fear Of The Dark,the shit albums X Factor,Virtual Eleven or they never even mention Brave New World,Dance Of Death or A Matter Of Life And Death...

When Maiden is mentioned its always something from the 80's,again Priest hasn't set the world on fire either but like I said they have Painkiller,Jugulator and Angel Of Retribution to wield in front of Maiden fans while Maiden doesn't have any records as strong as those 3 albums from Judas Priest since 1988's Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son album.I realize this is just all opinions but I hear 95% of people talk about Angel Of Retribution but when it comes to Maiden they talk about the 1980's for some reason? Hummmm
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[Becks] Tuesday, February 16, 2010 12:30:16 PM 
Well I've never seen Priest or Maiden live, but I can say without a doubt who I would rather see - Priest. I want to see Maiden live too, but if I see Priest live I will die happy LOL! I'm the biggest Priest fan I know which isn't hard where I am haha.
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[jimmyjames] Tuesday, February 16, 2010 12:08:42 PM 
Come on, Maiden do a better live show than Priest these days.
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[Brian_Evans] Tuesday, February 16, 2010 12:05:47 PM 
This is excellent! Iron Maiden always put out quality albums and 'm sure this new one will be will be great as usual.
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[guidogodoy] Tuesday, February 16, 2010 10:37:35 AM 
Yup, I disagree completely. I have most of Maiden albums and most of the later ones are boring as all get-out. I have seen both live (many times) and, while Maiden of old was fine live and I even got on stage with them, I was almost bored to tears just like I am with most of their later albums.

PRIEST is always awe-inspiring. To each his own.
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[kiamat] Tuesday, February 16, 2010 10:00:01 AM 

Well, I personally am SO stoked over this- I love Maiden, I disagree that all their stuff is the same- and I could happily listen to most of their albums right through- I can't always say the same for Priest, sadly.

In fact, (and I totally expect people to disagree, and get angry with me over this, its fine) if I had to choose which I like more, Priest or Maiden, I would always come down on the sice of Maiden. I love Priest, I think they are incredible. But Maiden have always totally blown me away, from the moment I brought home 'Edward the Great' and put Number of the Beast on full blast. I've seen Priest live, and it was great. I'm seen Maiden live, and it was awe-inspiring.

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[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, February 16, 2010 8:05:00 AM 
Actually they did say somewhere that the new material is different from the last 3 albums. Its got some different stuff overall going on compared to everything they've done.

I hope its good.
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[jimmyjames] Tuesday, February 16, 2010 1:57:57 AM 
I think it's part of the reason they spend so long in between albums these days. There has to be 15 songs instead of 8 or ten and you have to pretty much fill up the available space on the cd. Even bad ideas get stretched out into songs. Number Of The Beast, 8 Songs, 9 if you have the version with Total Eclipse which ruins the continuity of the album. Piece Of Mind, 9 songs. Powerslave 8 songs. This is the way forward for Maiden.
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[J.D. DIAMOND] Tuesday, February 16, 2010 1:45:45 AM 
I can almost gaurantee this next Iron maiden album will be "boring". They are anything but "consistant" and there has been no news on the album sounding like something "old-school" so prepare this one to be a big bore with 9 minute tracks and average material. I could be wrong,but don't count on it.
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[jimmyjames] Tuesday, February 16, 2010 12:06:22 AM 

Metallica used to be good too. 8 or 9 songs, most of them between 5 and 8 minutes, still made for only a 45 to 50 minute album. And the songs varied so much they never got boring. Then they did Black album which had 12 songs but they made sure the songs were shorter, don't think theres any over 6 minutes. After that they went to shit as we know but initially they had the right idea.

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[Becks] Monday, February 15, 2010 11:46:56 PM 
Agreed again, Back in Black is a great example of how an album should be - no mucking about trying to show the listener how long and awesomely they can play, just 9 fantastic songs that don't bore you and leave you wanting to listen again. I was STOKED they played Shoot To Thrill at the concert here, it's my favourite off that album. It's one of the highest selling albums of all time for a reason.
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[jimmyjames] Monday, February 15, 2010 11:43:33 PM 
Yeah, It's like the Soundgarden album Superunknown, everyone thinks it's their best because it had a few hit singles on it but it's not, It's a long boring mess of an album with about 5 or 6 quality songs out of 16 or something. Then take an album like Back In Black, 9 songs between 3 and 5 minutes and one 6 minute cracker to start proceedings, whole thing over in about 40 - 45 minutes, not a dull moment. Perfect.
[Becks] Monday, February 15, 2010 11:37:15 PM 
Agreed. I want something that will make me want to listen again, not something to cure insomnia cos it's so long and drawn out.
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[jimmyjames] Monday, February 15, 2010 11:29:49 PM 
Great, hope it's got 10 songs or less and is less than an hour long. I'm sick of these 75 minute albums with 9+ minute long songs. 10 songs ranging from 3 1/2 minutes to 5 minutes with maybe one 6 or 7 minute epic would be perfect.
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[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, February 15, 2010 9:25:54 PM 
Iron Maiden Completes Recording New Album

British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN have completed the recording process for their new album at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas with producer Kevin Shirley. According to a posting on Kevin's official web site, "There's still work to do, but the band portion is complete and in the can, so to speak."

Shirley also worked on the last three MAIDEN albums — 2000's "Brave New World", 2003's "Dance of Death" and 2006's "A Matter of Life and Death".

The next IRON MAIDEN album will be the band's fifteenth studio record, and they face a challenge to follow up "A Matter of Life and Death", which was received well critically and saw the group play the whole album on tour.

Speaking at last year's premiere of the band's documentary film "Iron Maiden: Flight 666", guitarist Adrian Smith stated, "There's always a bit of pressure to follow up the last album, in a way it's good because it motivates you.

"We never get complacent; we always try our best for our own sake as much as anything else. As far as pressure for another album, we just do what we do — we've been doing it long enough now, we know what we're doing. [laughs]"

IRON MAIDEN guitarist Janick Gers revealed to BBC News in November that the band was on its way "to Paris for three weeks to work on some new stuff." He added, "The most important thing for a band is to create new music, otherwise you're not valid — you become a parody."

IRON MAIDEN will headline this year's edition of the U.K.'s Sonisphere festival, which will be held Saturday, July 31, 2010 and Sunday, August 1, 2010 at Knebworth.
[Painkiller87] Friday, February 12, 2010 2:06:53 PM 
Now this came out of the blue for me. One of my other favorite bands has lost a founding member!

Guitarist JESPER STRÖMBLAD Quits IN FLAMES - Feb. 12, 2010
Guitarist Jesper Strömblad has officially quit Swedish metallers IN FLAMES. He says in a statement, "I have decided it is best for me to leave IN FLAMES and to quit the band permanently.

"The last 17 years have been a blast, and I am proud to have been part of this great journey, with the most talented and amazing people anyone can wish to have the privilege to work with. I'm also the luckiest guy in the world, to have the BEST fans in the world, who have been supporting me during my difficult times. It means the world to me, and I'm determined to fight and defeat my demons once and for all…. and by the help from you guys, I'm on my way.

"I'm far from done with music, metal, or whatever my direction is taking me, so be sure to hear from me in the future."

The remaining members of IN FLAMES have released the following statement regarding Jesper's decision to leave the band:

"We are losing a great guitar player and musician, but in order to keep a very dear friend this is probably for the best. If this feels right for Jesper, we are behind him 100% on his decision.

"It is way too early to speculate about the future and possible replacements and things like that. However, we can assure you that IN FLAMES will continue as a band, release albums and tour the world.

"The door to IN FLAMES is always open to Jesper. We are, and will always be, behind Jesper 100% on his way to recovery."

Wearing a "Rehab Is For Quitters" shirt, Strömblad — who checked himself into a rehabilitation clinic early last year in order to receive treatment for his alcohol addiction — rejoined IN FLAMES on stage on December 11, 2009 at Hovet in Stockholm, Sweden for the last two songs of the group's set, "Take This Life" and "My Sweet Shadow". The band performed the tracks as a six-piece, with Strömblad's temporary replacement, Niclas Engelin from the Swedish band ENGEL, playing alongside Jesper.

The sold-out show was attended by 8,335 people, making it IN FLAMES' biggest headlining show ever.

Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be viewed below.

Engelin had helped IN FLAMES on a couple of occasions in the past and is no stranger to the band's songs or the touring life.

Edited at: Friday, February 12, 2010 2:07:14 PM
[icecreamman] Wednesday, February 10, 2010 6:38:45 AM 
Judas Priest Behind the Music to air on VH1 Classic this Saturday at 10:00 P.m.
[Painkiller87] Tuesday, February 09, 2010 9:00:27 AM 

That is some of the best news for this month so far! It really makes me want to see them in Tucson even more!!

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[guidogodoy] Monday, February 08, 2010 8:47:12 PM 
YEAH!! Now THAT is good news!!! Thanks, Joe!
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[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, February 08, 2010 7:51:42 PM 

David Ellefson Rejoins Megadeth

Megadeth founder and frontman Dave Mustaine has announced the return of original bassist David Ellefson (1983-2002) to the iconic multi-platinum group.  This reunion is appropriately timed to Megadeth’s upcoming historic month-long Rust In Peace 20th anniversary tour which launches March 1 in Spokane, WA.  At these incredibly special shows, Megadeth will play their landmark, genre-defining 1990 album Rust In Peace in its entirety, in addition to other Megadeth favorites.

"This shows the power of brotherly love and forgiveness,” Mustaine says.  “David Ellefson belongs in Megadeth. Next we are going to show you the power of getting your asses kicked...HARD!"

David Ellefson concurs: "This is a huge moment for all of us, band and fans alike. It is a great celebration of the music from one of the biggest landmark albums of our career."

Ellefson will join Mustaine and Megadeth band members Shawn Drover (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitar) on tour in support of the group’s current CD Endgame, which has received some of the highest critical accolades of the band’s career.

"We'd like to thank James LoMenzo for several years of loyal service on the bass, and wish him the very best," Mustaine adds.

For more information on Megadeth, go to:

[spapad] Monday, February 08, 2010 6:53:56 PM 
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[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, February 08, 2010 6:50:41 PM 

Disturbed Begin Recording New Album

According to The Pulse of Radio, DISTURBED has hit the studio in its hometown of Chicago to begin recording its fifth album, with a tentative summer release date planned. The group has not yet announced a title for the project, which will follow up 2008's "Indestructible". Guitarist Dan Donegan told The Pulse of Radio that DISTURBED had 15 to 18 songs ready to go, adding that the band doesn't like to waste time once it gets started. "I mean, we definitely go in there very prepared," he said. "We never enter the studio unless we feel like, right now, if these are the songs we record, that we would have an album that we're proud of and we're excited about. And we put everything under the microscope and examine it the best we can to make sure that we're prepared. We don't like going in there wasting time. We go in there to work, and to try to make the best album we can."

Meanwhile, the band has set March 23 as the release date for the 10th anniversary edition of its debut album, "The Sickness". The set, which will also be available on vinyl, will feature B-sides, new artwork, and exclusive online content.

Around the same time, the group will re-launch its website with a special section, accessible only by a code included with new copies of "The Sickness", that will feature clips of the quartet in the studio recording their new album.

[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, February 08, 2010 6:49:18 PM 
Bill Ward Interview

Jarrod Dicker of Stay Thirsty recently conducted an interview with legendary BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Stay Thirsty: What are you currently involved in musically? Does the Bill Ward band still participate in the modern music scene?

Bill Ward: Oh, yeah! This year [2009] I've worked non-stop. I'm in the process of finishing up three albums, which are ALL my albums. When I write songs, I usually write everything (tracks), so I compose in guitar, bass, keyboards, melody arrangements, the vocals…just everything really. So I'm really active inside my own music…

Stay Thirsty: And I'm assuming drums as well?

Bill Ward: And drums of course [laughs], forgot all about the drums. But that's what I've been doing throughout the year and I'm hoping to bring out three fresh albums in 2010. The first one hopefully in the spring, then one in the summer and then trying to get one towards the end of October, right before Halloween. So that's what I'm doing right now. Well I go back into the studio on Tuesday, making sure the tracks are ready for 2010. I'm always busy.

Stay Thirsty: On these upcoming albums, are you the sole musician or do you have a group accompanying you on the tracks?

Bill Ward: When I say I write, I write the parts and so forth, but I have other players that play the music. On the newest work, that's coming out in the spring, Keith Lynch (Bill Ward band veteran) is playing guitar. Paul Ill is playing some bass and then I have a couple of other guys that will play bass as well. Paul's also from early years of the Bill Ward band. And then I have my own drummer, Ronnie Ciago, who's playing on several tracks. I'm playing drums on several tracks too, so it's pretty much a band album if you'd like. There are some guests coming onto the following two albums after the spring one, but it's all under wraps right now [laughs]. They're rock and rollers, man… so they agreed to do it but now let's get them all together in a room and nail it!

Stay Thirsty: Currently, how is your relationship with BLACK SABBATH alumni Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi?

Bill Ward: My relationship with Ozzy is brilliant. I am picking Ozzy first because I speak with him the most often. I talked to Oz a couple days ago. We speak once or twice a week, so we're always in contact with each other. My relationship with Tony is very good at the moment. I spoke with him last week as well. And Geezer never talks on the telephone so I e-mailed Geez, I don't know, just a few weeks ago. I'm in constant contact with all of them, pretty much.

Stay Thirsty: Do you still hold a relationship with Ronnie James Dio? Recent news revealed that he is battling cancer…

Bill Ward: Oh shit yea. For quite a while we did the whole "Heaven and Hell" album together, so I felt like I spent a lot of time with him. We wrote together and played together and did some of the business things together. I also spent a lot of social time with him and his family as well.

Stay Thirsty: In 1979, SABBATH made the decision to fire Ozzy claiming pressure from the record label and various other complications and frustrations. It was you who was chosen to break the news to Ozzy. Why so?

Bill Ward: I just thought that it would be easier if I just did it. I've been in that position before with other musicians; I just felt that I ought to do it. It just felt like the right thing to do at the time. It was a very difficult and depressing time for all of us. I felt it was the right thing to do, for me to talk to Oz. We were close. I volunteered myself.

Stay Thirsty: You left (fired) BLACK SABBATH one year after Ozzy's dismissal. How difficult of a time was this for you; 1) the separation from Ozzy and 2) your constant battle with addiction?

Bill Ward: Yes, it was a very difficult time. I was indeed feeling the loss of not having Ozzy in the band. I also had something happen to me, which had nothing to do with Ronnie or BLACK SABBATH or anything. I'm an alcoholic and a drug addict and my addiction was running rampant with me. I was losing all "control." I thought I had control of it and I did not. I was completely hit so hard with everything that I was unable to function properly. So I reached a point where I put the alcohol and the narcotics before the band and that had never happened before in my life (1980). This is something that I am not proud of, but it is something that happened to me. It actually became more important for me to drink and get high than to perform on stage. That's changed a lot since; my priorities are the right way round again. But back in 1980 it was very bad…very, very bad.

Stay Thirsty: As previously mentioned by other music critics and historians, the drumming style you use doubles the bass and guitar riffs played by accompanying band members. How did you step into this method? Who inspired you to play this particular way?

Bill Ward: As far as drummers are concerned, when I was a child growing up I was really attracted to artists like Gene Kupra and Louis Bellson and Buddy Rich; a lot of the drummers that played in the popular big bands of the '40s. I would listen to their records. My mother and father listened to them because the GIs in World War II had brought that music over with them. So my mother and father became real quick fans of American music. When I was growing up in the early '50s, four or five years old, I listened to these bands and thought it was great. It was pretty much all we had, except for the early rock and roll like THE PLATTERS and a few other bands that were still doing the "crooner"-type ballads.

Stay Thirsty: This is a question I like to ask older, more established musicians: Now that we are in the digital age of mp3's and music piracy, it seems that the concept and idea around a record has vanished. Fans prefer to buy singles rather than listen to the entire piece of work. What are your particular feelings on this matter?

Bill Ward: I have some feelings about it. If I say anything, I must preface it by saying that we [SABBATH] were all brought up in the age of the '60s at a time when how you made a record was that you would release it out and people actually bought it. [laughs] So it's very different today. It can be a little bit frustrating. I think it's a shame that we get bootlegged so much, we were always bootlegged anyway, but now people are just grabbing a copy downloading it and not thinking twice about it. It's just difficult for me to be supportive of that. I mean, it's always been music first and money somewhere down the line. But now, it's really tough to actually make a living in this business.

Stay Thirsty: As I said before, we are in a more digital age. Do you think that music piracy and "ripping off" musicians is a product of the times?

Bill Ward: Now it's this ruthless dog-bite-dog world, but it was definitely like that before the whole "age" you speak of. The '60s and the '70s had their assholes as well. What really pisses me off isn't what necessarily is happening with me, but what is happening with younger bands. They're some great musicians who need to be cut a break, man, and someone needs to invest some time in them. The only ones that invest time in them, what once was enormous record companies, are falling like broken giants now. I see a lot of the casualties coming out of it. It's a shame, there's a lot of people in the industry who I wish weren't in the industry because they don't know anything about the industry or music or anything. You asked me a question there, and a little long and drawn out answer but there it is…

Read the entire interview from Stay Thirsty.
Edited at: Monday, February 08, 2010 6:56:53 PM
[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, February 08, 2010 6:48:35 PM 
KK Downing Comments On Grammy Win

guitarist K.K. Downing has issued the following update:

"At last, after five nominations, I am happy to say the PRIEST has at last come home with a Grammy Award!

"I know that some of you may think that the awards are geared up mainly for the pop and country fraternity. But, really, it is a celebration of music excellence around the globe that inspires people in all corners of the world. And when it comes to metal, I think that as long as it gets the recognition and acceptance that it deserves, then I am happy. And I am especially happy for you the fans. I feel that it is your award too; you have been loyal campaigners staying loyal to the music that we all love whilst giving your support to so many bands throughout the decades. None least other than JUDAS PRIEST. For this I thank you and wish for us all be winners time and time again for the good of heavy metal.

"Meanwhile, we are continuing to put together the cool package I was speaking of and that is the 30th anniversary reissue of 'British Steel' and live DVD of the 2009 'British Steel Tour'. There will also be hopefully some bonus stuff too. I can't make any promises, but we are determined to make it as good as it can be.

"I guess many of you are already planning which of the festivals you are going to go this year. Again I think it's going to be a bumper year with tons of great bands to see. One thing is for sure: if PRIEST has a rare summer off this year, you will definitely see me at as many festivals as I can get too. So keep an eye out for me and as usual a good place to look would be in the beer tent!"
[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, February 04, 2010 10:20:39 AM 
Dio Era Sabbath Albums Getting Rereleased..... Again

Universal Music has set an April 5 release date for the deluxe expanded editions of BLACK SABBATH's classic albums "Heaven And Hell" (1980), "Mob Rules" (1981) and "Live Evil" (1982).

The details are as follows:

"Heaven And Hell" (1980):

Disc One:

01. Neon Knights
02. Children Of The Sea
03. Lady Evil
04. Heaven And Hell
05. Wishing Well
06. Die Young
07. Walk Away
08. Lonely Is The Word

Disc Two:

01. Children Of The Sea (Live)
02. Heaven And Hell (Live)
03. Lady Evil (Mono Edit)
04. Neon Knights (Video - Live)
05. Die Young (Video - Live)
06. Neon Knights (Live, Hartford, CT, USA, '80)
07. Children Of The Sea (Live, Hartford, CT, USA '80)
08. Heaven And Hell (Live, Hartford, CT, USA '80)
09. Die Young (Live, Hartford, CT, USA '80)

"Mob Rules" (1981):

Disc One:

01. Turn Up The Night
02. Voodoo
03. The Sign Of The Southern Cross
04. E5150
05. The Mob Rules
06. Country Girl
07. Slipping Away
08. Falling Off The Edge Of The World
09. Over And Over

Bonus Tracks:

10. Die Young (Live - 12" version)
11. The Mob Rules (Alternative Version)

Disc Two:

01. E5150 (Live)
02. Neon Knights (Live)
03. N.I.B. (Live)
04. Children Of The Sea (Live)
05. Country Girl (Live)
06. Black Sabbath (Live)
07. War Pigs (Live)
08. Slipping Away (Live)
09. Iron Man (Live)
10. The Mob Rules (Live)
11. Heaven And Hell (Live)
12. Paranoid (Live)
13. Voodoo (Live)
14. Children Of The Grave (Live)

"Live Evil" (1982):

Disc One:

01. E5150
02. Neon Knights
03. N.I.B.
04. Children Of The Sea
05. Voodoo
06. Black Sabbath
07. War Pigs
08. Iron Man

Disc Two:

01. The Mob Rules
02. Heaven And Hell
03. The Sign Of The Southern Cross / Heaven And Hell (continued)
04. Paranoid
05. Children Of The Grave
06. Fluff

* Original Ronnie James Dio crowd interaction and audience noise restored
[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, February 01, 2010 10:37:08 PM 

Willy Wonka For Metalheads

Ernie Ball has partnered with longtime endorsee Slash (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES) to provide 20 guitarists a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a private masterclass with Slash in Hollywood, California. Hidden inside select packs of Ernie Ball electric guitar string sets are five different-colored picks — gold, silver, red, black, and white. Each pick has a corresponding prize including:

* Gold – Flight, hotel, and ticket to attend a private masterclass with Slash
* Silver - Custom Ernie Ball Music Man instrument
* Red - $500.00 Guitar Center shopping spree
* Black - Signed copies of Slash's solo record.
* White - Free packs of Ernie Ball strings.

"I'm honored to partner with Ernie Ball and work with up-and-coming rock and roll musicians, and I'm keen to see what comes from it," said Slash.

Available exclusively at Guitar Center, over 1,000 prizes will be available in all Slinkys, Coated Slinkys, Classic Pure Nickel and 7 String Sets.

The promotion runs from February 1 - April 30, 2010, and will coincide with the worldwide release of Slash's new solo album.

For more information, visit

The iconic guitarist's new album is scheduled to hit stores on April 6, 2010 and features an incredible list of guest appearances, including Ozzy Osbourne, M. Shadows, Fergie, Adam Levine, Lemmy Kilmister, and more. 

[Painkiller87] Monday, February 01, 2010 11:06:40 AM 
Cool. At least the Phoenix date is still there. But I am going to rangle up some tix for the Tucson showing of Megadeth, Testament and Exodus. Now that will be sick! Downtown Tucson will be leveled by this amount of thrashing!
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[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, February 01, 2010 10:00:57 AM 
Canadian Carnage Tour Rescheduled Dates, Third Times the Charm

SLAYER and MEGADETH are thrilled to announce the new, confirmed routing for the "American Carnage" North American Tour, which will commence with the rescheduled "Canadian Carnage East" dates in Quebec City on Friday, July 23. SLAYER will then head to Europe for a run of festival dates, returning to kick off the "American Carnage" leg in Albany, NY on August 11.

"American Carnage" will play 26 dates across the United States and Eastern Canada up to the Labor Day weekend, ending in Portland, Oregon on September 4. TESTAMENT will be special guest on all shows. Tickets purchased for the "American Carnage" shows when they first went on sale late last year will be honored for these rescheduled dates.

Due to venue availability and other conflicts, the shows originally scheduled in El Paso, Houston, Nashville, Duluth, and Louisville cannot be rescheduled at this time, and ticket holders may obtain refunds at point of purchase. However, new cities have been added to the "American Carnage" itinerary, with dates now scheduled in Cleveland, Kansas City, San Diego, and Sacramento. The confirmed, complete itinerary is below.

The "American Carnage" tour, originally scheduled to take place in January and February, had to be put on hold due to SLAYER's vocalist/bassist Tom Araya's ongoing, minimally-invasive treatments for what was diagnosed as a cervical radiculopathy, an occupational hazard for the rocker who is known for aggressively swinging his long mane of hair while performing. Right after the first of the year, Araya made the difficult decision to undergo a surgical procedure, called an anterior cervical discectomy with fusion, a relatively routine practice with an excellent recovery rate. That surgery took place early last week.

"The doctors said that Tom's surgery went very smoothly and was a resounding success," said Rick Sales, longtime SLAYER manager. "He's home now, doing really well, and he said the numbness in his fingers had already diminished considerably."

Shortly after the surgery, SLAYER's Kerry King received a text from Tom: "Awake and feeling good, actually whatever he did, it feels better."

The "American Carnage" tour will mark the first time that SLAYER, MEGADETH and TESTAMENT will have toured the U.S. together since 1991's epic "Clash of the Titans" tour, making this truly a "must-see" event.

SLAYER recently announced the rescheduling of its headline tour in Europe, and MEGADETH and TESTAMENT are currently on tour together playing U.S. cities that will not be on the "American Carnage" itinerary.

"American Carnage" North American tour dates:

Jul. 23 - Pavillon de la Jeunesse, Quebec City, QC CANADA
Jul. 24 - Heavy MTL, Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal, QC CANADA
Jul. 26 - Metro Centre, Halifax, NS CANADA
Jul. 27 - Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, NB CANADA
Jul. 29 - Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, ONT CANADA
Jul. 30 - John Labatt Centre Center, London, ONT CANADA
Aug. 11 - Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY
Aug. 12 - Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ
Aug. 14 - Tsongas Arena, Boston, MA
Aug. 15 - Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
Aug. 16 - Chevrolet Theatre, Wallingford, CT
Aug. 18 - Tower City Amphitheatre, Cleveland, OH
Aug. 19 - Joe Louis Arena, Detroit,MI
Aug. 20 - UIC Pavillon, Chicago, IL
Aug. 21 - Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 23 - Cap Fed Park @Sandstone, Kansas City, KS
Aug. 25 - Magness Arena, Denver, CO
Aug. 26 - Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, NM
Aug. 27 - Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 29 - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA
Aug. 30 - Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA
Aug. 31 - Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA
Sep. 01 - Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA
Sep. 03 - Wamu Theatre, Seattle, WA
Sep. 04 - Washington County Fairgrounds, Portland, OR 

[guitardude] Sunday, January 31, 2010 7:07:00 PM 
Now that`s what I`m talking about! Congrats guys, long overdue and well deserved!
[Vaillant 3.0] Sunday, January 31, 2010 7:02:40 PM 
Well, spoilers notwithstanding, I shall say this:

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[Becks] Sunday, January 31, 2010 6:58:58 PM 

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[Bazookajoe_666] Sunday, January 31, 2010 6:55:23 PM 

Judas Priest Win First Grammy

JUDAS PRIEST was honored with a Grammy in the "Best Metal Performance" category in the pre-telecast ceremony at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, which are being held tonight (Sunday, January 31) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. JUDAS PRIEST was nominated for the track "Dissident Aggressor", from the band's 2009 live album "A Touch of Evil: Live". The band's lead vocalist Rob Halford and drummer Scott Travis accepted the award at the event.

In his acceptance speech, Halford said, "The fifth time is the charm." According to AOL's Noisecreep, he mentioned that PRIEST have been making metal for 25 years and that they still love what they do. He also remembered to thank all the radio stations and press that have supported the band, and he dedicated the award to all heavy metal fans.

The nominees in this year's "Metal" category were as follows:

* JUDAS PRIEST - "Dissident Aggressor" (from "A Touch of Evil: Live"
* LAMB OF GOD - "Set to Fail" (from "Wrath")
* MEGADETH - "Head Crusher" (from "Endgame")
* MINISTRY - "Señor Peligro" (from "Adios...")
* SLAYER - "Hate Worldwide" (from "World Painted Blood")

Only albums released between October 1, 2008 through August 31, 2009 could be considered for this year's awards.

The Grammys are determined by 12,000 music industry professionals who belong to the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

The 52nd annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live in high definition TV and 5.1 Surround Sound on CBS from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. EST.

Nominations for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards were announced on December 2, 2009 by The Recording Academy and reflected an eclectic mix of the best and brightest over the past year in music, as determined by the voting members of The Academy. For the second year, nominations for the annual Grammy Awards were announced on primetime television as part of "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night". The one-hour special — broadcast live on CBS from Club Nokia at L.A. live — featured the announcement of nominations in several categories as well as performances by the BLACK EYED PEAS, DJ/producer David Guetta, Maxwell, Nick Jonas & THE ADMINISTRATION, Sugarland, and host LL Cool J. Presenters included LINKIN PARK, George Lopez, Katy Perry, Smokey Robinson, Ringo Starr, T-Pain, and Dwight Yoakam.

A complete list of Grammy nominees can be found at this location.

[Bazookajoe_666] Saturday, January 30, 2010 10:19:55 AM 

New White Wizzard Video "Over The Top"


"Over The Top", the new video from Los Angeles traditional metal heroes WHITE WIZZARD, can be viewed below. The clip sees WHITE WIZZARD trade their axes for guns, as the five members turn into rugged outlaws and bring true heavy metal to the wild west.

Filmed with director Dave Vorhes, the video strays from today's standard dark videos and instead features a light-hearted and entertaining story. Fans of WHITE WIZZARD's first music video for "High Speed GTO" will instantly recognize "Over the Top" as a sequel, with the same fun approach. The legendary White Wizzard himself may even make an appearance!

"Over The Top", WHITE WIZZARD's full-length follow-up to the "High Speed GTO" mini-album, will be released on February 8 in Europe and March 9 in the U.S. via Earache Records. The CD was recorded with producer Ralph Patlan (MEGADETH, UFO, MICHAEL SCHENKER) and contains "10 songs that will rip your head off," according to bassist Jon Leon. The limited-edition CD version includes two bonus tracks of classic metal covers.

WHITE WIZZARD formed in 2007 and shortly afterwards recorded its "High Speed GTO" demo, which only made it into the hands of a few select fans. Following a brief period of inactivity, the demo fell into the hands of Earache Records and the "High Speed GTO" song was included on "Heavy Metal Killers", a compilation featuring 13 tracks from the best new traditional-sounding heavy metal bands. Earache Records released the "High Speed GTO" tracks as a mini-album last summer.

For more information, visit

[hellrider 31038] Friday, January 29, 2010 8:23:34 PM 
hey jimmyjames no offence of coarse but i just dont particulary like them
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[guidogodoy] Friday, January 29, 2010 8:23:30 PM 

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[jimmyjames] Friday, January 29, 2010 8:16:20 PM 
C'mon Hellrider, Testament are a cool band.

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[hellrider 31038] Friday, January 29, 2010 6:07:49 PM 
yeah hey.wasted like 20 bucks  on that souls off black cassette tape like 20 years ago.
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[J.D. DIAMOND] Friday, January 29, 2010 3:35:50 PM 
Same here hellrider,not saying they are not a good band,but I could never get into them either,and I have heard just about everything they have done.Just not our style thats all eh?
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[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, January 28, 2010 6:37:55 PM 
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[hellrider 31038] Thursday, January 28, 2010 12:06:54 AM wow only 10.00$ for a HALFORD shirt.he is giving them away
[Head banger] Wednesday, January 27, 2010 7:14:36 AM 
now can you get them to western canada?
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[hellrider 31038] Wednesday, January 27, 2010 12:00:26 AM 
i could never get into testament
[jimmyjames] Tuesday, January 26, 2010 9:06:15 PM 
I'd like to hear Testament do Practice What You Preach in it's entirety, I think that's their best.
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[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, January 26, 2010 6:45:48 PM 
Testament are also playing "The Legacy" in its entirety on the tour.
[jimmyjames] Tuesday, January 26, 2010 2:42:00 PM 

Their masterpiece, can't believe it's 20 years old. Remember buying it on tape when it came out. Great album. 

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[Painkiller87] Tuesday, January 26, 2010 9:00:38 AM 
Definitely some of the best news this week. I won't have to drive far which is AWESOME!!!
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[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, January 25, 2010 6:04:14 PM 
Megadeth, Testament, And Exodus North American Tour Dates

The mighty MEGADETH will join forces with TESTAMENT and EXODUS for a month-long jaunt that will find these thrash titans crisscrossing the nation on the "Rust in Peace" twentieth anniversary tour. These will be incredibly special shows that will delight MEGADETH fans, as the band will be playing their landmark, genre-defining album, 1990's "Rust in Peace", in its entirety, in addition to other MEGADETH set list favorites.

The tour will kick off on March 1 in Spokane, Washington and will run through the end of the month.

The dates are as follows, with tickets going on sale this Friday, January 29.

March 01 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
March 02 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
March 03 - Medford, OR - Medford Armory
March 06 - Calgary, AB - Big Four (TESTAMENT w/ special guests)
March 07 - Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Centre (TESTAMENT w/ special guests)
March 08 - Saskatoon, SK - Prairieland Exhibition Hall
March 11 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theater
March 12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Palace Theater
March 13 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
March 15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
March 16 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
March 18 - Scranton, PA - Scranton Cultural Center
March 19 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
March 21 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
March 22 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
March 23 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
March 25 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theater
March 26 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Amphitheater
March 27 - Lubbock, TX - The Pavilion
March 28 - El Paso, TX - Club 101
March 30 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater
March 31 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Palladium (TESTAMENT w/ special guests)
[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, January 25, 2010 6:00:44 PM 
New Ozzy Documentry

Filming for "Wreckage Of My Past", the forthcoming film documenting the life of music icon Ozzy Osbourne as he approaches his 60th birthday, has apparently been completed. The documentary is being directed by Mike Piscitelli and is written and produced by Jordan Tappis. It will be the first release from Jacko Productions, a company started by Ozzy's son Jack.

A brief Twitter message from Piscitelli, posted this past Friday (January 22), reads, "My last shoot day with Ozzy..."

Newly sober, Ozzy has finally reached a point of clarity as he looks back on a lifetime of unresolved issues, unparalleled success, misdiagnosed diseases, severed ties, and a recurring dependency on drugs and alcohol. Due in theaters later in 2010, "Wreckage Of My Past" is a film about reconciling the past and looking toward the future.

Jack Osbourne is executive-producing "Wreckage Of My Past" along with his mother, Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy's longtime manager.

Jack and Sharon are financing the film themselves.

Filming for "Wreckage Of My Past" began in January 2008. The documentary will reportedly include interviews with all the principal members of BLACK SABBATH, the various incarnations of Ozzy's solo band, family and friends. But the trick, Jack said, was getting them to be truthful. "The hard thing is getting people to be honest and not have it be a fluff piece, because that's not what we're trying to do," he told "I'm trying to paint a realistic picture of who my father is. I think 'The Osbournes', to a degree, tarnished the public's perception of my dad as a bit of a senile, funny, bumbling guy. Yeah, my dad can be that guy, but it's not him. I think that almost discredited who he is as an artist. My dad's not an idiot — he's nothing short of a genius, in my opinion. He does have huge flaws, and we're trying to really paint an honest picture of that."

According to Variety, Jack Osbourne filmed several of his father's concerts, compiled early archive footage, and was hoping to secure an interview with Ozzy's first wife. He was planning to put the footage together with Piscitelli and Tappis before talking to distributors.

"I want people to see John Osbourne as the guy I grew up with, the tormented, complex musician whose personal demons manifest themselves in so many crazy, unique ways," Osbourne said. "He's agreed to it but is putting up his guard, massively afraid of putting his true self out there on display for people to see."
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