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    CBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan s profile of AEROSMITH for 60 Minutes will air on Sunday, March 11 at 7 p.m. on CBS. The segment will
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      CBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan's profile of AEROSMITH for "60 Minutes" will air on Sunday, March 11 at 7 p.m. on CBS. The segment will include an interview Laura conducted with the band on their last tour.

      AEROSMITH began work on its first all-new album since 2001 last year, with the rest of the band working on music while singer Steven Tyler made his "American Idol" debut.

      The band has been working with producer Jack Douglas, who collaborated with them on classic early albums like "Toys In The Attic" and "Rocks".

      In a recent interview with RollingStone.com, AEROSMITH singer Steven Tyler stated about the band's forthcoming CD, "We're gonna have a vintage sound, 'cause we're going to tape and a lot of good things like that. We're keeping tracks lean, not a lot of overdubs, and like I said, we're using Jack to his fullest. So you're gonna hear some stuff where you might think AEROSMITH's back."

      He added, "I'm having such a good time writing again. You got the songs right now where they're like shells, with no lyrics and no melody, and I get to fill in the blanks like I did with 'Back In The Saddle' when it was just a track."

      AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry recently revealed via Twitter that the band will embark on a U.S. tour in June. Tickets will go on sale in March. Exact cities and dates will be announced during the coming weeks.

      In a recent interview with the QMI Agency, Perry stated about AEROSMITH's new material, "It definitely has a feel like some of the early stuff. We've tried to bring that back. People are always asking for something that sounds like the old stuff, but you can't rewrite 'Mama Kin' or 'Same Old Song And Dance'. All you can do is go in and start from the same place you started when you made those records. So we just went in with (producer) Jack Douglas and we all worked on the record. There's a song or two that the band helped write, and Tom (Hamilton, bass) wrote and Brad (Whitford, guitar) has a track on there. So from that point of view, it's a lot more like an early AEROSMITH record. We were all in the room when we were pulling these songs together and recording them. Every way that we used to make our records, that's what we did to get this to where it is. Right down to what we're doing now, which is going over the tracks and bringing them up to speed. Steven [Tyler] is finishing up the lyrics and we're just going to put the finishing touches on it."

      Tyler said at a recent press conference that sales of AEROSMITH's back catalog were up 260 percent since he began appearing on "Idol".

      The 11th season of the series began with its two-night premiere on January 18.
      WHITESNAKE will be on hiatus from touring throughout 2012 after completing its successful "Forevermore World Tour". The band plans to spend 2012 in the studio, mixing live recordings made during the 2011 tour. There are also plans to edit and mix a live in-concert DVD from the tour. Other 'SNAKE-related projects are also in the works, including new material, though there are no definite plans to record a full studio album at this time. Some of the band members will be keeping busy with other musical projects throughout 2012 and WHITESNAKE's official web site, Whitesnake.com, will try to provide information related to their activities, as well as the individual members' web sites.

      WHITESNAKE's new album, "Forevermore", sold around 12,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 49 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was recorded, produced and mixed by Los Bros Brutalos (Coverdale, guitarist Doug Aldrich and Michael McIntyre).

      WHITESNAKE's "Live At Donington 1990" DVD/live double CD set was made available on June 3 in Europe and June 7 in North America via Frontiers Records. This incredible, never-before-seen, visual footage captures one of the most musically intense WHITESNAKE lineups performing in front of more than 70,000 fans. Mixed in glorious 5.1 and living, breathing stereo, it's the next best thing to actually being there! WHITESNAKE 1990 featured guitar greats Steve Vai and Adrian Vandenberg, bassist Rudy Sarzo, drummer Tommy Aldridge and, of course, incomparable frontman David Coverdale. The "Live At Donington" 1990 DVD also includes a substantial gallery of never before seen stills of the band on the "Liquor & Poker World Tour 1990", plus an intimate behind-the-scenes documentary of the making-of the "Slip Of The Tongue" album.

      The "Live At Donington 1990" is available in 2CD set, DVD coverpack, combo 2CD + DVD in digipak and digital edition.
      If you are a METALLICA fan, you can now own a bracelet made out of Kirk Hammett's guitar strings, with all proceeds going to charity. Use the coupon code KH1234 to get 10% off. Each guitar string bracelet is handcrafted from recycled fine silver and guitar strings used and donated by the artist you select. The bracelets must slip over your hand unless a custom clasp is added; please size accordingly. Bracelets are packaged in recycled DVD cases with certificates of authenticity. Profits are donated to charities selected by the artists. Each bracelet is custom made upon order and production time can take up to three weeks before item ships.
       
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      Iconic, Grammy-winning rock guitarist and songwriter Slash will release his second solo album, "Apocalyptic Love", on May 22 via Slash's own label Dik Hayd International distributed through EMI. To reflect singer Myles Kennedy's (ALTER BRIDGE) increased contributions to the new CD, "Apocalyptic Love" is being made available under the name "Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the CONSPIRATORS." The disc will follow Slash's 2010 debut album, "Slash", and his November 2011 first-ever live solo album, the two-CD/DVD set "Made In Stoke 24/7/11". Notably, the "Slash" album debuted on The Billboard 200 chart at #3 (#1 on the Rock chart, #1 on the Independent chart, and #1 on the Hard Music chart). Digitally, the album also became the #1 overall digital album and hit #1 on iTunes in 13 countries. Internationally, the disc achieved Top 5 chart positions in over a dozen major territories, hitting #1 in both Japan and New Zealand.

      In the U.K., "Apocalyptic Love" will be released on May 21 in exclusive Classic Rock Fan Pack form — providing a unique collectable package containing the studio album with bonus tracks alongside a specially created magazine with unseen behind-the-scenes content put together by Classic Rock. The Fan Pack format will also come with free gifts, including a pin badge and artwork poster and will be available to buy via more than 2000 retail outlets on newsstands nationally as well as the traditional high street and online music retailers. Roadrunner Records will simultaneously release the record digitally. The standard physical release of the Slash album will follow through Roadrunner Records on June 18.

      For the new album, Slash — along with and his bandmates Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass) — teamed with producer Eric Valentine, who also produced the "Slash" disc. All the songs were written together by Slash and Kennedy, and cameras have been rolling throughout the entire making of the album.

      Commented Kerns on his official blog: "A few weeks back we finished recording the new Slash album that has since been titled 'Apocalyptic Love' after the lead-off track, which is earth-shattering!

      "We finished up recording at Barefoot Recording with [producer] Eric Valentine and the very next day we were shooting an in the studio performance for Mativision. We performed all 13 songs from 'Apocalyptic Love' for the Mativision cameras. The cool thing is that while watching it on your computer, you'll be able to select what you wanna look at and switch around 360 degrees all over the place. It is totally mind-blowing. Crazy. I have no idea what format that's coming out in, but it is to be part of some fancy release of the album.

      "In the CONSPIRATORS, we have a new face in the fold. Our brother in arms of the past couple of years, Bobby Schneck [guitar], has moved on and I wish him all the best in the world. Bobby is an amazing guy, a great talent and a great friend.

      "The newest Conspirator is none other than Frankie Sidoris. Look out! We got some young blood in the band. Gonna have to step up my game now! Frankie comes from Las Vegas' own THE CAB. Fitz and I jammed with a lot of people to find this kid and he's gonna be a monster. In the future when you're all clamouring about how wonderful Frankie is, remember it was us who found him!"
       
      Rob Zombie and his bandmates — John 5 (guitar), Piggy D (bass) and Ginger Fish (drums) — will enter the studio in June to begin work on an as-yet-untitled new album for a late 2012 release.

      Commented Zombie: "As production on [Zombie's upcoming film] 'The Lords Of Salem' ends, it is time for music. We will be packing up the band and moving to remote location to record. No distractions, just music."

      In a May 2011 interview with ARTISTdirect, Zombie stated about his plans for the band's next album, "We're very excited to get back to it. I feel like it's been a journey back. It's like the long way around. 'Educated Horses' was sort of this weird reformation of the band. 'Hellbilly Deluxe 2' was edging back to the old days. Now, with the new band, we really want to take it back to the beginning in a weird way — just a dark, crazy Zombie record. It's almost exactly like what I think people would want us to do."

      ROB ZOMBIE and MEGADETH will embark on a co-headlining tour this spring. The trek, which marks the first time the two bands have toured together, kicks off Friday, May 11 in Holmdel, New Jersey and encompasses high-profile appearances at several rock festivals, including M3 Rock Festival, Rock On The Range and wraps Saturday, May 26 at Rocklahoma. ROB ZOMBIE will headline Rocklahoma, co-headline Rock On The Range (with INCUBUS), and will close all shows on the MEGADETH dates.

      This will be ROB ZOMBIE's first concert tour since last summer's "Hell On Earth" co-headline trek with SLAYER. Zombie spent last fall and winter shooting his sixth feature film, "The Lords of Salem" which he wrote and directed and is making with the producers of the "Paranormal Activity" franchise. With principal photography completed, the film is currently in post-production.

      Never one to play it safe, Zombie — with guitarist John 5, bassist Piggy D and Ginger Fish on drums — will bring his legendary stage show out in full force on these dates. Audiences will get what they expect from a ROB ZOMBIE show — an amped-up, non-stop barrage of sin, sex and Satan guaranteed to rip your face off, a true rock and roll spectacle at its finest.

      Rob Zombie's fourth solo album, "Hellbilly Deluxe 2", debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard album chart on February 10, 2010, selling 49,000 copies in its first week of release. That total was less than 50 percent of the number of copies that his previous effort, "Educated Horses", sold in its first week back in April 2006, when it moved 107,000 copies to land at No. 5 on the chart.

      Zombie was originally supposed to issue the album in November 2009 through his longtime label, Geffen Records, but delayed its arrival to February 2, 2010 after abruptly leaving to sign with the Roadrunner label. He admitted to The Pulse of Radio that he was a little unsure at first whether that was the right thing to do. "Well, I mean, it was weird because at first you think like, well, you know, you're on Geffen, do you want to make the switch, should you just change next time on the next record, you know, just ride out what you started," he said. "I struggled with it but I thought, you know, my gut is telling me this is the thing to do because I have a feeling if I put it out in November, the label's not gonna support it, and by December the record will be dead. And I just said, you know, screw it. Whatever the repercussions, let's just do it."

      The CD/DVD edition of "Hellbilly Deluxe 2" arrived in stores on September 28, 2010 via Roadrunner Records. The expanded version of the album features three brand new tracks recorded with the band's current touring lineup, including SLIPKNOT drummer/MURDERDOLLS guitarist Joey Jordison, along with a reworked version of the song "The Man Who Laughs". A bonus DVD featuring live footage and a 30-minute touring documentary, dubbed "Transylvanian Transmissions", is also included.
       
      Marilyn Manson spoke to Revolver magazine about his recently completed eighth studio album "Born Villain", which is due out this spring through Cooking Vinyl Records. The first single from the follow-up to 2009's "The High End Of Low", a song called "No Reflection", will be released in May.

      "It doesn't really sound like any of my old records," Manson said about his new CD. "In fact it sort of sounds like what I listened to before I made records — KILLING JOKE, JOY DIVISION, REVOLTING COCKS, BAUHAUS, BIRTHDAY PARTY … It's very rhythm-driven. It's actually very bluesy. It's the first record where I repeat verses. I just sign the words in a different key, the next time. I've never done that before, because I've always felt like I needed to write a lot of words in the past … I think this will probably be the grandest concept record of all."

      Manson, whose macabre lyrics and outrageous stage behavior have been controversial, also spoke about how he defines "shock rock." "People expect me to me a 'shock rocker,' but there's nothing you can do anymore to be shocking," he told Revolver. "All you can do is be confusing. Don't ever empty the bucket of mystery. Never let people define what you do. It's not about zigging when you should zag. It's not about doing something unprecedented and unpredictable. It's just about never being a word, or something that is not in the process of transformation."

      Manson's U.S. theater tour is scheduled to kick off April 27.

      The singer last September unveiled a new music video for the song "Born Villain" directed by actor Shia LaBeouf.

      Drummer Ginger Fish (real name: Kenneth Robert Wilson) quit MARILYN MANSON in February 2011 and has since joined ROB ZOMBIE. He has been replaced by the Los Angeles-based drummer Jason Sutter.

      MARILYN MANSON in 2009 parted ways with longtime record label Interscope following the disappointing sales performance of "The High End Of Low".

      "The High End Of Low" was Manson's first album with longtime bassist Twiggy Ramirez since 2000's "Holy Wood".
       
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      Darryl Smyers of the Dallas Observer recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson.

      Dallas Observer: Both you and [MEGADETH mainman] Dave Mustaine are Christians. One wouldn't think too many of your fans are living a Christian lifestyle.

      Ellefson: They are probably a lot like me. I grew up a confirmed Lutheran, but when I didn't have to go to church anymore, I didn't go. I was into playing rock and roll, but I had a good upbringing that steered me in the right direction at the times when I needed to be redirected. Rock and roll is about rocking out against the system and rocking out against the things that have authority over you. And years ago, the church had a very authoritative position over me. It's not so much like that anymore. A lot of corrupt people in the church got called out on it. It's a different time now. Those same rules don't apply today.

      Dallas Observer: There are people, both back then and today, who don't think the words Christian and metal can go together.

      Ellefson: There are a lot of artists who are very open about their faith. This has happened over the last 10 years. Nearly everyone comes from some sort of faith background, even if you don't have any faith at all. If someone wants to ask me about my personal life, I don't mind talking to them, but I am there to play a MEGADETH show. I am not out on a crusade.

      Dallas Observer: Dave Mustaine has said there are certain songs that, as a Christian, he no longer feels are appropriate to play. Do you feel the same way?

      Ellefson: Well, those are songs he wrote. Those lyrics were close to him and he decided he didn't want to play those for those reasons. I definitely stand by him.
       
      Steve Patrick of Hardrock Haven recently conducted an interview with drummer Andy Parker of British rock legends UFO. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

      Hardrock Haven: How did the band want to follow-up 2009's "The Visitor"?

      Andy: That's kind of a tough one. It's pretty much as always, you know. We weren't absolutely sure we'd get another album because SPV had gone through some changes, but once they decided they were going to keep going and that they wanted us to do another album. Then it's just basically pitching the ideas and getting on with it.

      Hardrock Haven: Can you describe how the UFO of today typically writes a new album?

      Andy: Well, normally it would be Vinnie Moore [guitar] and myself…and Pete [Way, bass] when he was in the band. Obviously, we don't have a full-time bass player right now, so the writing process is pretty much left down to the rest of us. This time around I didn't really do much. I had kind of a busy year. My kid was getting married and stuff, so… yeah, we were on the road a lot, so it was kind of just when it came time to do the album the guys pitched in their ideas. Traditionally, what happens is we pitch in the ideas and Phil [Mogg, vocals] listens to them, decides which ones he can kind of feed off of, and we come down to a short list. Then we go into the studio and record those as backing tracks and he works on his vocals from there. I mean, quite often he'll give us kind of a lyric idea or a hookline or a melody… some kind of phrasing ideas, but we don't normally hear the finished product until it is actually finished. I did the drums… the drums and bass were done in Germany at Area 51 with Tommy Newton [producer]. Phil worked there, too… Phil did his vocals. He tends to work out of his home studio in Delaware. He feels more comfortable there… he's got all his stuff there. Paul [Raymond, keyboards/guitar] kind of worked between London at a studio he likes in London and Area 51. It's not that far for him…from London to Hanover so it's a pretty close commute. I think the only reason he doesn't do everything in Hanover is he likes to use a grand piano and a B3, so Tommy doesn't have those there…so Paul found a studio in London that did.

      Hardrock Haven: Who performed the bass parts on "Seven Deadly"?

      Andy: By this time, if you remember last time around it was a German bass player, Peter Pichl, that we used. This time around, it's another German bass player named Lars Lehmann and he was a buddy of Vinnie's. Vinnie had used him in some solo stuff and suggested that he was a great bass player, which he is…and a great guy. He was available and he was in Hanover, so that made things easier because at least he was around when I put the drum tracks down, which was nice. We got to do the bass and drums together.

      Hardrock Haven: That kind of leads into the next question: how is Pete doing?

      Andy: Eh, well I mean I haven't seen him probably in little over a year. Last time I saw him he was pretty much the same, as usual. That's a tough one. I mean, you know, the story with Pete is he's basically on hiatus from the band because of his lifestyle choices. It was really starting to affect his performance and the band in general, although it really fell on Phil's shoulders to make the decision… that he kinda needed to sit out and pull himself together. Poor old Pete. He started off with a good attitude, but he kind of fell by the wayside, so I don't see him returning anytime soon. I mean, obviously we're all hoping that he will be back and that he will sort himself out, but the last time I saw him he was still pretty much in the state that he had been for a while. Now, funny enough, he's actually been doing some stuff with Michael [Schenker], which I can understand, from a fan's point of view, is pretty confusing, you know? Why is he out there with Michael and not with us? It's just a matter of degrees with Pete. I think the deal was with Michael is that Michael had him along, but he also had another bass player along to cover the playing duties… which works fine for Michael, but we won't do that. If he's going to be in the band then he has to step and play, too, so… like I said, we love him to death.
      Vocalist Ville Valo of Finnish "love" metallers HIM recently spoke to U.K.'s Kerrang! magazine about what he and his bandmates have been up to in the two years since the release of their seventh and most recent album, "Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice".

      After it was revealed in March of last year that HIM had parted ways with Sire/Warner Music following a six-year partnership that produced three albums, the band closed down its official web site, with the rest of 2011 seeing virtually no activity from HIM at all.

      "I know that things have been really quiet of late," Ville told Kerrang! "But our drummer [Gas Lipstick] has suffered a music-related injury — at least that's what he says it is. He has nerve damage and it's been a problem for about a year now; obviously it's been terrible for him, but it's also been stressful for the rest of the group. You can't make rock music without a drummer."

      On the split with Warner Music, Valo said, "The thing with Warner is really a kind of a familiar story. When we signed with [the label], there were lots of people there who really loved the band, loved what we were doing; people who worked hard for us and who really had our best interests at heart. And now, of course, all of those people have left the company. So instead we had a bunch of people that we didn't know, who didn't know us, and who we felt didn't really understand what we are about and how to best represent us. All of a sudden, it felt like we didn't have a home anymore. It was time for use to move on."

      When asked about whether he is worried about HIM's standing and profile in the rock music world after spending most of the last year away from the spotlight, Ville said, "I don't know, you tell me — should I be worried? This break we've had has had its benefits, in that it's made me think about where we were going as a band. That's why I shut down [the official HIM web site], because it was becoming too commercial, it was becoming just about selling t-shirts.

      "There seems to be very little mystique in music at the moment," he continued. "And I really miss that. I want to recapture some sense of mystique, if I can. I want to make music that goes back to when we were directly influenced by BLACK SABBATH, which I can imagine would have been very confusing to the people who work at Warner Brothers and who would be complaining that they couldn't get this played on the radio. Who cares? I don't. I'd like the album to be released on Rise Above [the cult, underground doom metal label owned by CATHEDRAL singer Lee Dorrian]. I think that would be great. We could get it back to being just about the music, about the mystique; we'll get back into people's faces in the best possible way and remind them exactly what we're capable of."

      HIM's discography on Sire includes the 2005 album "Dark Light", which was certified gold in the U.S. for sales in excess of 500,000 copies. Follow-up releases "Venus Doom" (2007) and "Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice" charted both in the U.S. and Europe.

      "Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice" sold 26,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 25 on The Billboard 200 chart. Recorded at The Lair in Los Angeles, the CD was produced by Matt Squire (TAKING BACK SUNDAY, THE USED, SAOSIN) and mixed by Neal Avron (LINKIN PARK, WEEZER, FALL OUT BOY).
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      A 13-minute collection of outtakes from "Drumertá", the forthcoming DVD from drummer Mike Portnoy (ADRENALINE MOB, DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD) featuring drum-cam footage from the recording sessions for ADRENALINE MOB's debut album, "Omertá", can be seen below. The DVD will be made available later this month exclusively from www.mikeportnoy.com.

      ADRENALINE MOB is the band featuring Portnoy, SYMPHONY X frontman Russell Allen and guitar virtuoso Mike Orlando (SONIC STOMP).

      "Omertá" will be released in the U.S. on March 13 through the newly formed Elm City Music in conjunction with EMI Label Services and in Europe on March 19 in Europe via Century Media Records. The 11-song effort — which was produced by ADRENALINE MOB and mixed by Jay Ruston, who has previously worked on ANTHRAX's "Worship Music" and STEEL PANTHER's "Balls Out" — includes a blistering reinterpretation of DURAN DURAN's classic "Come Undone" featuring guest vocals by Lzzy Hale of HALESTORM.

      "Omertá" track listing:

      01. Undaunted
      02. Psychosane
      03. Indifferent
      04. All On The Line
      05. Hit The Wall
      06. Feelin' Me
      07. Come Undone (feat. Lzzy Hale)
      08. Believe Me
      09. Down To The Floor
      10. Angel Sky
      11. Freight Train

      ADRENALINE MOB last month announced the addition of DISTURBED bassist John Moyer to the group's ranks.

      Moyer will make his live debut with ADRENALINE MOB on March 12 at Hiro Ballroom in New York City.

      Said Moyer in a statement: "Mike Portnoy called me about auditioning for his new band ADRENALINE MOB. He had heard through the grapevine that I was looking to stay busy while DISTURBED is on hiatus. After jamming with Russ, Mike Orlando, and Portnoy, the chemistry as musicians was undeniable. I am super stoked about joining 'The Family' and I can't wait to hit the road with these guys and see what kind of musical mayhem we can create!"

      ADRENALINE MOB will perform at several European festivals this summer, including Graspop Metal Meeting (June 22-24 in Dessel, Belgium), Gods Of Metal (June 21-24 in Milan, Italy) and Sweden Rock (June 6-9 in Sölvesborg, Sweden).

      ADRENALINE MOB's first-ever headline tour made stops in various markets, including Chicago, Denver and San Francisco. ADRENALINE MOB also opened for GODSMACK on select dates of the Massachusetts act's headlining tour.

      ADRENALINE MOB formed in early 2011 when Orlando approached Allen with some material the guitarist had written. Allen and Orlando refined those ideas, at which time Allen reached out to longtime friend Portnoy to see if he had any interest in playing with them. Portnoy jumped on board and soon thereafter DiLeo and Ward were recruited to join the family. From the very first note, the chemistry was apparent and the beast that is known as ADRENALINE MOB was born.

      Guitarist Rich Ward (STUCK MOJO, FOZZY) and bassist Paul DiLeo (FOZZY) announced their departures from ADRENALINE MOB in January due to scheduling conflicts with their other projects.
       
      British "glam punk rock" band SPIT LIKE THIS has inked a deal with Dark Lord Records, a brand new label set up by Grammy-nominated producer Chris Tsangarides (JUDAS PRIEST, OZZY OSBOURNE, ANVIL, SPIT LIKE THIS) and legendary STRAWBS founder Dave Cousins. The group's second album, "Normalityville Horror", will be released on May 7.

      Commented SPIT LIKE THIS vocalist Lord Zion: "We have been sitting on this album for a while, waiting for the formation of Chris Tsangarides' label. When we recorded 'Normalityville Horror' with him, we enjoyed the whole experience so, when he mentioned his label and that he would like us on it, we jumped at the chance!

      "'Normalityville Horror' is a real leap forward for us, musically and thematically, and I cannot wait for our fans, old and new, to hear it at long last."

      Tsangarides added: "I can't wait for the release and on to the next great project with SPIT LIKE THIS."

      SPIT LIKE THIS is:

      Lord Zion - Vocals
      Vikki Spit - Bass
      Vile Gilez - Drums
      Rob Riot – Guitars

      For more information, visit www.spitlikethis.com.
       
      The first single and video from "Dee Does Broadway", the new solo album from TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider, will be made available in early April. The full-length CD will follow a month later.

      "Dee Does Broadway" will include guest appearances by Biff Byford (SAXON) and Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW), among others.

      In a 2011 interview with Goldmine, Snider stated about "Dee Does Broadway", "I'll preface this by saying, no, it's not metal. I'm taking Broadway show tunes and I'm making them rock. It's sort of a 'Twisted Christmas' taken to Broadway. But there are some pretty metallic moments there, I'll tell you. 'Sweeney Todd' translates into a metal song amazingly — bass, drums, guitar — so some of the songs are really metallic, but it's a rock record. I'm doing it as a solo artist."

      Snider joined the cast of the Tony-nominated musical "Rock Of Ages" in October 2010 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

      The singer, who was seen in the A&E reality show "Growing Up Twisted", played nightclub owner Dennis for an 11-week engagement beginning October 11, 2010 and continuing through December 24, 2010. He also hosted "Rock Senate Hearings," a weekly Tuesday-night talkback series.

      During an interview with MTV News, Snider talked about the difference between performing in arenas and on Broadway. "The biggest difference between a concert situation and a theater situation is that you can't curse out the audience. I'm used to addressing situations. If something is going on in the house that I don't like at a concert, or if the audience is not energized or enthusiastic ... or if they're particularly energized and enthusiastic ... I will stop a song just to comment on what's going on. I quickly realized that was unacceptable on Broadway. I just have to stay in character and stay in the show."

      Dee previously said that it was his personal hope for "to bridge the gap between Broadway and rock 'n' roll and introduce the hard rock audience to the amazing music of the Great White Way!"
       
      ROB ZOMBIE/ex-MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5 will release his new full-length solo CD/DVD, "God Told Me To", on May 8 via Rocket Science Ventures.

      "God Told Me To" was recorded and produced by John 5, Chris Baseford (ROB ZOMBIE, TOMMY LEE) and Bob Marlette (SEBASTIAN BACH, BLACK SABBATH) in 2011. The cover art for the album is illustrated by none other than Rob Zombie, who is also tapping John 5 to score the entirety of his upcoming film, "The Lords Of Salem".

      The CD portion of "God Told Me To" features ten painstakingly handcrafted pieces transcending multiple styles — an equal combination of acoustic and electronically influenced tracks — each designed to gradually reveal John 5's innovative interpretation of his instrument. The orchestration of "God Told Me To" showcases John 5's ability to master the subtlety of dynamics, thus emphasizing the overall production value of this body of work.

      The DVD portion of "God Told Me To" is hosted by retro-style horror-host Mike Odd and takes a look inside the world of John 5 during his terrifying trip into the realm of "God Told Me To". The DVD features footage of John 5 in the studio while working on the new album, exclusive videos taken on tour, a peek inside the photo shoot for his 2011 remix album "Remixploitation", and more.

      In an interview with AOL's Noisecreep, John 5 stated about his new album title, "The title means more than what it sounds like. I wanted to do this so badly, to be a successful musician. Not even like a rock star. My dreams didn't go into that area. I want to make money playing guitar. I like prayed inside of my head as a little kid. I didn't grow up in a religious home, but we went to Midnight Mass. That was the only time I'd go to church, but when I did, I prayed that I wanted to be a successful musician. I got my wish. . . [The title is] a lot of things. Many serial killers will say 'God told me to.' It's a spin on it."

      Regarding the "God Told Me To" album art, John 5 said, "It's funny. [Rob Zombie, I and the rest of the band] were on tour and I said, 'I need a great cover.' He is such a great artist. You know, he is so busy. Live shows, writing movies, but I said, 'Hey man, you want to do the album art?' He was like 'Sure.' He did it, and it's so incredible. It amazing what this guy can do. He nailed it."

      On the topic of some of the songs that can be found on "God Told Me To", John 5 said, "'Beat It' is Michael Jackson's and it's instrumental and a tribute. And I tip my hat to Edward Van Halen. I wanted to say thank you to him, since he put an amazing solo in the original, and he was such an influence and epiphany. Also, 'Noche Acasador' means 'Night Stalker,' and it's about Richard Ramirez, and it is a Spanish style flamenco guitar piece. People will be surprised to hear it. Another one that I love is 'Welcome To Violence'. It starts the record with total brutality."

      As well as the stunning cover art by Rob Zombie, art from the solo singles will also feature within the album. The single covers were created by ROB ZOMBIE bassist Matt Montgomery's (a.k.a. Piggy D.) and Emma (John 5's web manager) from Nineteen76-Designs.
       
      Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with vocalist Jay Gordon of the reactivated ORGY, the "death pop" band from Bakersfield, California, to discuss the group's reformation, the status of new music and their current tour. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

      Icon Vs. Icon: ORGY has been off the scene for a little while. What the catalyst for rebooting and moving forward with the project?

      Jay: Ya know, it had just been too long. I was really interested in getting back out on the road. That was the first thing I wanted to do. It had been so long, I just wanted to get out there, brush the rust off and roll with it to see what happens. To do that you have to have a band and start playing gigs right away and that is exactly what I did.

      Icon Vs. Icon: Did you have any reservations about making that move?

      Jay: Sure, there were a few here and there at first. You are never truly sure about anything you do in this business. I was worried about how the fans would respond and if they would or wouldn't like it. I had my reservations but I just went ahead with it and it has worked out really well.

      Icon Vs. Icon: I know there was a little controversy on the part of the other original members about you reviving the band with a new lineup. Were you surprised at their reactions?

      Jay: Honestly, yeah, I was surprised. I think a lot of people are, because it is not like they are totally busy doing their JULIEN-K thing, so I don't really know what to say about that. I was surprised because I had been talking to those guys off and on about getting together to do shows and they were open to the idea, I believe. It just seemed to be taking so long. It seemed like it was never going to happen. I felt like I was getting blown off and nothing was getting done, so I decided to move on.

      Icon Vs. Icon: How did you go about assembling this new lineup and what do they bring to the table?

      Jay: The new lineup is amazing! I don't plan on looking back, let's put it that way, they are that good. They are all amazing artists. Both guitar players, Carlton Bost and Ashburn Miller, came from DEADSY. The bass player, Nic Speck came from RUN RUN RUN. The drummer, Jamie Miller, is from SNOT and THE START. He is an amazing drummer! All of the guys are truly amazing performers and we get along great.

      Icon Vs. Icon: Where are you in regard to new music for ORGY?

      Jay: We are doing really well. We are actually going to start with a couple of live mash-ups. We will be doing the Kill The Noise one in the next couple of days and then the Skrillex one after that. Then we will start adding new songs as the tour goes. We have already been writing a little bit for the EP but that probably won't be put out until after I get back home.

      Icon Vs. Icon: Can we expect a full album of new music at some point?

      Jay: I don't know that it doesn't make more sense just to keep putting out more EPs because they are faster and as you get a few songs done, you can put something out. I think it is a good model to use because you can gauge what you should be doing or what you shouldn't be doing. That isn't to say that there couldn't be a full-length album; there certainly could be.
       
      MusikUniverse.net conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho of Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM when the band played at Metropolis in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on February 27 as part of a North American tour with ELUVEITIE, REVOCATION and THREAT SIGNAL. You can now watch the chat below.

      CHILDREN OF BODOM is scheduled to commence the songwriting sessions for its next album this fall for a 2013 release. "I have ideas, but I haven't done anything about it," Alexi said. "'Cause the thing is, I can't write when I'm touring; it's not the right kind of environment for me. I know a lot of people do it, but I just can't. And it's OK, 'cause I build a lot of ideas in my head, and my memory sucks, but one thing that I never forget is the riffs; they're always in my head somehow. So it's really not a problem."

      CHILDREN OF BODOM's last album, "Relentless Reckless Forever", sold nearly 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 42 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, 2008's "Blooddrunk", opened with 19,000 units to land at No. 22. This number was roughly four times the opening tally of "Blooddrunk"'s predecessor, "Are You Dead Yet?", which premiered with 5,000 units back in October 2005 to enter the chart at No. 195.

      "Relentless Reckless Forever" was certified gold in the band's home country for first-day sales of over 10,000 copies. The CD was recorded in Finland's Petrax Studios with famed rock producer Matt Hyde (SLAYER, MONSTER MAGNET).
       
      Mutant overlords GWAR have issued the following update:

      "Like any band worth its salt, GWAR is constantly working on new songs. What's different now is that the band has its own in-house recording studio/jam space, so everything they do is tracked. There is no release date, no gory details but rest assured of one thing... GWAR is working on a new album, and it will be a tribute to their lost Scumdog brother, Flattus Maximus!"

      GWAR will return to the road this spring on the second leg of their "Return Of The World Maggot Tour". The trek kicks off with a special tribute show for fallen bandmate and friend Cory Smoot, a.k.a. Flattus Maximus, in Richmond, Virginia, at The National Theater on Friday, March 16. All proceeds from the Richmond show will benefit the Smoot Family Fund which has been established to help support Cory's widow and their unborn child. Support on this run will come from fellow Richmond metallers MUNICIPAL WASTE, and California's GHOUL. LEGACY OF DISORDER will join the tour on March 20 in Boston and the tour will run through April 11 in Fort Collins, Colorado.

      Smoot was found dead as GWAR was about to enter Canada on November 3, 2011. He was 34 years old.

      GWAR's latest album, "Bloody Pit Of Horror", sold around 2,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The band's previous CD, "Lust In Space", opened with 5,000 units to debut at position No. 96 on The Billboard 200 chart.
       
      EDEN'S CURSE has announced the addition of Italian vocalist Marco Sandron to the group's ranks. The band's new single and promotional video, "Time To Breathe", has been made available as a free download.

      Hailing from Portgruaro, 50 miles from Venice, in the northeast of Italy, Marco previously sang for Italian progressive metal act PATHOSRAY, who released their self-titled debut on Sensory Records in 2007 and their sophomore CD, "Sunless Skies", on Frontiers Records in 2009. That same year he also contributed lead vocals to French symphonic metal outfit FAIRYLAND's "Score To A New Beginning" album, which was released on Napalm Records.

      "We had discussions with many amazing vocalists over the last four months, but this was about more than just picking a singer — that was the easy part!" explains bassist Paul Logue. "We had a stringent set of criteria that the successful applicant would need to meet, and they absolutely had to be fully exclusive to the band, in order for us to retain a sound that is instantly recognisable as EDEN'S CURSE. That is why the search took several months to complete, in order to ensure that we made the right choice and I firmly believe we have the right man."

      So how did Marco come to the band's attention?

      Logue: "In true EDEN'S CURSE fashion, we stumbled across him on the Internet. I was browsing through various videos on YouTube, related to some of my favorite singers, and I found a cover version he had recorded of a SYMPHONY X song. I'm of the opinion that Russell Allen is the greatest metal singer around right now, so I was more than curious to hear what Marco could do and simply I was blown away! I just had to find out more about him. I then discovered he sang with PATHOSRAY and managed to track down their albums and I found his vocal performances on those records simply staggering. Surprisingly, Alessandro did not know of Marco, so I managed to track him down on Facebook and made contact. I was delighted to receive an instant reply stating that he was very interested in talking to us and that he loved what he heard of our music. So we began a slow and painful (especially for poor Marco) audition process, which included him going into a studio to record a 'CURSE classic' and a brand new song. Eventually I flew out to Italy at the beginning of January to meet and record Marco at Alessandro's studio and we concluded the deal."

      As a trained vocal coach, what did Alessandro make of Marco and how did he feel about having another Italian in the band?

      "My initial thought was to have another international singer and I really didn't think about a singer from my homeland," stated Del Vecchio. "One day Paul sent me a link of a song of Marco's and I totally fell in love with his voice. His mix of clean, aggressive and high-pitched tones instantly turned me into a fan of his vocal abilities. Another Italian in the band? Hum ... OK, let's try it! It ended up being a joy to have him on board and he has an outstanding talent in his craft. As a vocal teacher, I'm really picky, so I was thrilled that in the studio we were able to experiment and play around with the songs and have them really turned upside down by the singer. His technique is brilliant and he has the pipes to sing whatever he wants and whatever we ask him. I'm totally satisfied with our choice. Marco really deserves to have his voice heard and I believe EDEN'S CURSE is the band with which to make this happen."

      Written by Paul Logue and Pete Newdeck, "Time To Breathe"'s lyrics are very topical, as Newdeck explains. "The lyrics stem from the current financial crisis grippling society today and the ignorance people have to what we are doing to ourselves and this awesome world we live in," he says. "We need to buy ourselves time or it will be too late to put it all right."

      And what does the Englishman think of the new boy Sandron?

      "A real air of positivity has come over this band," Newdeck says. "For me personally, I have a broad vision of how far this band can go. I am sure people will agree with me that having Marc onboard is a major plus and we are all excited to see what the future holds."

      Accompanying the single release is a brand new promotional video, which was filmed at Sky Park in Glasgow, Scotland at the end of January with Simon Jake Gillespie of Music Video Scotland in the director's chair. "It was imperative to us that not only did the fan base get to hear what Marco sounded like, but also what he looked like fronting EDEN'S CURSE," explains Logue.

      Director Simon Jake Gillespie of Music Video Scotland explains the concept behind the video: "As well as capturing the band performance, we wanted to portray the lyrical concept in a visual manner by showing four different people from four different walks of life uniting together to help each other escape from a situation. This symbolizes what we perceive needs to happen in society today to work our way out of the mess we have found ourselves in globally."

      The band is also thrilled to announce not one, but two festival appearances this year, when they play PPM Fest in Belgium on Saturday, April 7 alongside ACCEPT, SONATA ARTICA and EVERGREY and then Dokk'em Open Air festival in Holland on Saturday, June 30 alongside ARCH ENEMY, JON OLIVA'S PAIN and DOMINICI.

      Guitarist Thorsten Koehne spoke of his excitement of being just weeks away from hitting the stage together for the first time with the new-look EDEN'S CURSE lineup. "I can't wait to play live with Marco!" he says. "He's such an exceptional singer and performer and the new line up feels very strong!"

      The band is also making great progress with the writing process for album number four. "We have several songs in the can already, which is where the single came from," says Logue. "We are progressing well, and we hope to be in the studio by summer, for a release early 2013."

      The last word, deservedly, goes to the new boy, Marco, who cannot hide his delight at fronting EDEN'S CURSE. "I'm very proud to be the new singer of EDEN'S CURSE!" he says. "This band is great. The guys are simply awesome and very talented musicians, there are no egos, just respect and true collaboration and we are working together simply to reach our one true aim — creating great music! I simply cannot wait to rock some stages and meet the wonderful CURSE fan base that the guys tell me so much about, as well as completing songs for our new album. Yes, I'm very excited because the new songs we are producing are so powerful, melodic as hell and typically EDEN'S CURSE."
       
      Frontiers Records has announced the signing of the Swedish melodic rock newcomers DIAMOND DAWN. Due later this year, the band's debut album will be mixed by Tobias Lindell, who has previously worked with such artists as EUROPE, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, MUSTASCH and H.E.A.T.

      DIAMOND DAWN was formed in early 2011 in Gothenburg and digitally released the song "Standing As One", which caused a great buzz in the underground scene. The group's sound represents the best from the musical era of the '80s with a modern approach to melodic hard rock.

      Commented the band: "We are incredibly proud to announce that we have signed a worldwide record deal with Frontiers Records. This is an important milestone in our career and we are thrilled about this cooperation, which we believe will take the band to a whole new level. Working with Frontiers Records is truly a dream come true for us since they are working with many of our musical heroes."
       
      Former KREATOR/SODOM guitarist Frank "Blackfire" Gosdzik will lay down the guitar tracks on the debut CD, "Proliferation Day", from BROOKLYN MILITIA, the new "aggressive thrash metal/punk/hardcore" band featuring Joe Cangelosi (WHIPLASH, KREATOR, MASSACRE) and Glenn Hansen (WHIPLASH).

      BROOKLYN MILITIA has been in the studio this month recording 12 brand new tracks and Blackfire will take over the guitar duties. The group states, "We are excited to have Frank aboard and we know this stuff is going to be explosive."

      Hansen previously stated about his involvement with BROOKLYN MILITIA, "I guess it all comes down to honesty. When you take this band, you're taking guys that have been in bands together since we were kids. We are like brothers. When we play, the songs just flow naturally. It's just brutal musical honesty."

      BROOKLYN MILITIA is:

      * Rich Day (PRIMAL SCREAM, WHIPLASH, DEATHCORPS, BURN VICTIMS) - Bass
      * Joe Cangelosi (WHIPLASH, KREATOR, MASSACRE) - Drums
      * Glenn Hansen (WHIPLASH, MOONDOG) – Vocals
       
      Kamelot Norway recently conducted an interview with KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood and keyboardist Oliver Palotai. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

      Kamelot Norway: KAMELOT has been growing on an enormous scale ever since the release of "The Black Halo". Are you satisfied about where band stands today if you look back on the days when the band was still fresh in the music industry?

      Youngblood: Absolutely. The band is still growing, too, both in terms of fanbase as well as record sales. Our live shows have been a big factor as well since we invest in bringing the fans something unique every time we visit.

      Kamelot Norway: Finding a new vocalist seems to be a very tough decision. What would you say are some of the biggest attributes the future vocalist of KAMELOT should have?

      Youngblood: Great voice, great stage presence, ability to travel and also getting along with the other members. There are a lot of great singers out there; I've heard so many. But when you dig deeper into their personal situations, it becomes a bit more complex to see them in a professional working band like KAMELOT. Some have a nagging wife, some may be addicted to something, some may not like flying in an airplane. If you want to be in a band, then you cannot have those hang-ups.

      Palotai: [It] would be great if he could pass by the keyboards on stage without throwing them off the stand, haha! [I have] had some problems with that in the past. Besides that, I find it important that they are teamworkers. No ego crap. Musicians are always strong individuals, but you have to put some of that aside to be successful.

      Kamelot Norway: You have been teasing us all an awful lot about the new singer, and you'll be recording the new album soon. How is the process going?

      Youngblood: New songs are going great!! I am in Florida at the moment with Oliver and we are really happy with the results. We will be in Germany soon to start recording the new album. Vocals will be the last thing we do, which is always the case.

      Palotai: It will be a real KAMELOT record, that is for sure. Of course, there will be again new things to discover, but I know our fan base would be disappointed if it would be any different. So far I can say there is a killer record coming up! It is only the early production I am listening to right now, but that alone makes us working even harder to deliver it to our fans as soon as possible. I am just looking forward to the feedback from the people who love our music.

      Kamelot Norway: The old-school KAMELOT is recognized by the medieval myths and themes. Will these aspects remain in the past of KAMELOT, or do you think that there is still room for these themes in the future?

      Youngblood: Those themes came and went with the release of "The Fourth Legacy". From the next album onward, we have kept our ideas and topics varied and modern. At the time, it was fun but we will not return to swords and dragons, that's for sure. I see the next album a mix of "The Black Halo" with new and dark elements and ideas.

      Kamelot Norway: It seems that you're a very busy man as you work on several projects outside KAMELOT; do you ever feel that you're running dry on ideas?

      Palotai: No. I am a pretty conservative worker regarding that. I get up early, and compose and produce all day until late. I feel more related to the composers of the Baroque era and before, when musicians were considered being more craftsmen or working in the same area like mathematicians or physicians. That whole image of the musical genius is actually a construction of later eras. Which doesn't mean there's no magic in music, though. I am still surprised that of the little steps I do every day there's a finished song or album at the end. Many processes run on a subconscious level; I guess that is what is called musical talent, which is just hard to define.

      Kamelot Norway: There have been some changes to the overall sound of KAMELOT these past seven years; how do you keep fresh and adapt your signature style into these changes?

      Palotai: Luckily I can do whatever I want — in the end it mostly has that specific personal sound, which is just part of my playing or composing. For me it is just fantastic being in a band like KAMELOT which is reinventing itself again and again, instead of playing it safe. Actually once I quit a band after years because it basically played the same old stuff for years and years. KAMELOT is always keeping its character, but never standing still either.
       
      Pennsylvania's WAR OF AGES will release its fifth album, "Return To Life", on April 24 via Facedown Records. The CD was recorded with producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris at Planet Z Studios (SHADOWS FALL, CHIMAIRA, HATEBREED) and it features some of the band's "most personal material," according to a press release.

      WAR OF AGES has toured with AS I LAY DYING, DEMON HUNTER, SOILWORK, NORMA JEAN, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, and more, and will be headlining this year's Facedown Fest on April 7 in Pomona, California.

      Commented the band: "We are extremely excited about our 'Return To Life' release in every way. Musically, we stuck to our roots, brought back the heavy rhythmic style and mixed it with the maturity of having four previous albums under our belts. We also joined forces with producer Zeuss, who boasts a catalog with names like TERROR, EMMURE, HATEBREED, etc... Not only is this album instrumentally rhythmic, it is also vocally rhythmic. Leroy [Hamp, vocals] stepped out of his comfort zone and ventured into the realms of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, COMEBACK KID, and DARKEST HOUR, and mixed each with his own style. We plan to continue in this direction lyrically, vocally, and musically for our future albums.

      "Return To Life" will be released on CD, LP and digital formats.
       
      Guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (HALFORD, SEBASTIAN BACH, TESTAMENT, PAINMUSEUM) has penned a new installment of his monthly "Metal For Life" column for the April issue of Guitar World magazine. In the April issue (on newsstands now; Eddie Van Halen cover), you can find Mike's new column — "Twisted Metal". In "Twisted Metal", Mike dissects the challenge of constructing a rhythmically and harmonically challenging, heavy single-note riff. You can check out a preview video below.

      In related news, Mike has joined GuitarWorld.com with his new blog "10 Tips To Boost Your Practice Session." "10 Tips" dispels the myths behind real world techniques that work when trying to achieve a productive and positive result with your practice sessions. You can check out the entry right here.

      "Metal" Mike Chlasciak has revealed the songtitles that will appear on his upcoming solo album, "The Metalworker", due later in the year. The CD features several instrumental tracks along with Mike's collaboration with vocal siren Carlos Zema, known for his previous work with Texas underground heroes OUTWORLD. Also making appearances on the CD are Kevin Talley (DAATH, CHIMAIRA, HATE ETERNAL) on drums and Mike LePond (SYMPHONY X) on bass.

      "The Metalworker" was produced by C

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