The Rolling Stones have delayed their 50th anniversary tour until 2013, according to reports.
The legendary rock'n'roll band played their first ever gig in London on July 12, 1962, and had been
expected to celebrate the half-century landmark by embarking on a world tour
later this year.
Last month guitarist Ronnie Wood had said that he and his bandmates owed it to
their fans to hit the road and play shows together and suggested that the group were on the verge
of touring, but according to Rolling Stone, the proposed jaunt has been put back until
Keith Richards revealed:
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- Basically, we're just not ready. I have a feeling that's  more realistic.
It is also reported that health concerns regarding Richards are the reason for the delay, as there are doubts that he would be able to commit to a full world tour, but the guitarist insisted that playing in 2013 would be a more fitting half-centenary anniversary. "The Stones always considered '63 to be 50 years, because Charlie [Watts, drummer] didn't actually join until January," he said. "We look upon 2012 as sort of the year of conception, but the birth is next year."
Richards also confirmed that the band were about to enter the studio together and refused to rule out the possibility of former bassist Bill Wyman for the tour, claiming that he was "up for it" and they had discussed him teaming up again with his former bandmates.
The Rolling Stones will release a new photo album to mark 50 years since their first ever gig this year. The tome – which is titled The Rolling Stones: 50 – will feature 700 shots and words from the band on their history, and will hit UK bookshelves on July 12.Salman Rushdie called the backstage scene "the best photograph I've ever been in," and Elvis Costello still couldn't quite believe it. At the end, it was Costello with Keith Richards clanging guitars together on stage at the John F. Kennedy Library, playing a suitably sloppy and euphoric version of Chuck Berry's "Promised Land" as a shit-ton of famous talent -- almost as much in the audience as made it onstage -- gathered to see Berry and Leonard Cohen receive the first annual PEN New England Awards for Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence. The award may have been long in coming, but nobody was about to miss what might be Berry's final appearance in Boston. Unexpectedly, Chuck -- wearing his trademark sailor's cap -- leaped out of his seat and went for Elvis Costello's guitar, belting out a couple of verses of "Johnny B. Good." That wasn't on the program -- and neither was the Elvis/Keef encore.Earlier, Rushdie introduced Cohen by quoting the lyrics to "Bird on a Wire" and opining, "If I could write like that, I would"; he also thought Auden would have liked "Hallelujah." And after Shawn Colvin nervously strummed a sweet version of his "Come Healing," Cohen -- who was not confirmed to appear at the event until this morning -- spent most of his time on-stage praising Berry.The jury that chose the recipients, Cohen pointed out, was comprised of people who could easily have been given the award: Bono, Costello, Smokey Robinson, Rushdie, and Roseanne Cash among them. "But I understand, now, the criteria they based it on," he said. "They chose it on the basis of seniority."With that he turned to Berry, sitting in the front row, and said, "If Beethoven hadn't rolled over, there wouldn't have been room for any of us. All of us are footnotes to the work of Chuck Berry."Among the well-wishers in the crowd were Peter Wolf, Asa Brebner, and the (former Boston Phoenix and Real Paper) critic Peter Guralnick. (Mercifully, Buckcherry stayed home.) Bono was stuck in South America, reportedly writing songs ("and probably curing a few lepers," joked award chairman Bill Flanagan). Roseanne Cash was celebrating what would have been her father's 80th birthday, but sent a letter saying that if Cohen had only written the one line -- "There's a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in" -- he'd have been worthy of the honor. And Bob Dylan sent a letter with warm regards for both honorees. "To Chuck, the Shakespeare of rock and roll, congratulations on your award, that's what too much monkey business will get ya . . . and give my regards to Leonard Cohen, the Kafka of the blues, and Lord Byron Keith if he shows up."Paul Simon, introducing Berry, broke out in a belly laugh after Berry sidled up to him at the podium. "He just told me he's got a bad ear and he can't hear a word I'm saying," Simon told the audience. "That's probably for the best." After Simon recited some of his favorite Berry lines, Costello strapped on a guitar and said what everyone was thinking: "One of the more intimidating things you'll ever do is play a Chuck Berry song in front of Chuck Berry . . . without a band." He introduced his version of "No Particular Place To Go" by remembering that he'd first heard it as a 10-year-old and that he "didn't know what a safety belt was at the time time. But I suspected it was something . . . rude."The event was way sold out, and was live-streamed by the JFK Library.A new Rolling Stones book titled "50" will be released all over the world on July 12. It is compiling rare pictures from the UK newspaper Daily Mirror archives. The book project is overseen by Charlie Watts, with each band member writing content to tell the band's story. To support publication, the Mirror will run daily stories on the Stones over the week beginning July 8.AEROSMITH is currently mixing a reworked version of its 1991 outtake "Legendary Child" (originally written during the "Get A Grip" sessions) for inclusion in the upcoming summer film "GI Joe: Retaliation" (which arrives in theaters around the U.S. on June 29). The song is also expected to appear on AEROSMITH's long-awaited new studio album, which is tentatively due later this year.
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".
AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry recently revealed via Twitter that the band will embark on a U.S. tour in June. Exact cities and dates will be announced during the coming weeks.
In an 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."A photo of the double vinyl picture disc version of "En Vivo!", the new concert Blu-Ray, two-DVD set and double soundtrack album from legendary British metallers IRON MAIDEN, can be seen below.
Due on March 26 via EMI, "En Vivo!" was filmed on April 10, 2011 in front of over 50,000 ecstatic fans at the Estadio Nacional, Santiago during the "Round The World In 66 Days" leg of "The Final Frontier World Tour", and captures a magnificent performance by the band, ardently embraced by the legendary Latino passion and energy of their Chilean fans. With spectacular stage backdrops, dynamic musicianship and a literally jaw-dropping appearance by Eddie, this live show encapsulates to perfection the heart and soul of IRON MAIDEN 2011.
IRON MAIDEN bass player and founder member Steve Harris comments: "For 'The Final Frontier Tour' it was really important to me that we filmed in South America as we're always so overwhelmed by the fans' reaction when we go to that part of the world and I wanted to reflect that in the filming. After much consideration, we chose the Santiago show as we felt it was one of our best performances of the entire tour and to play at the prestigious Estadio Nacional was a landmark moment for us. For reasons known to our fans, it took a long time before we got to play our first show in Chile, and once we did get to play a show, the response was so phenomenal we just had to keep coming back and it's got better and better each time! This show also features the gigantic new Eddie. He wasn't due to make his appearance until our European leg of the tour later in 2011, but we managed to transport him across the sea in a special huge container just in time for the latter end of the South American dates so it was great we were able to immortalize him for the DVD as he really has to be seen to be believed!"
The concert was filmed digitally using 22 HD cameras and an octocam (a flying camera which captures aerial crowd scenes), recorded in both stereo and 5.1 audio and mixed by MAIDEN's longstanding producer Kevin "Caveman" Shirley, all of which serves to accentuate the incredible atmosphere of this compelling performance. Extensive use is made of split screens so fans can follow the individual members closer and the set list moves seamlessly between songs from MAIDEN's most recent studio album, 2010's "The Final Frontier", through to classic fan favourites via the band's vast and varied catalogue (full set listing below).
DVD Disc Two is a bonus disc containing an 88-minute documentary, "Behind The Beast". This is also an entirely in-house production by MAIDEN's own Krew, led by Andy Matthews, and is intended as an interesting and revealing high-quality "home movie" for their fans of how to put on an IRON MAIDEN tour and what goes on behind the scenes at a show. It describes the extraordinary story of one of the most acclaimed and ambitious touring shows in the world. It illustrates the day-to-day life and complex tasks of the MAIDEN Killer Krew and the other characters behind the scenes. The expertise and experience, the problem-solving and successes, the sheer scale and immense difficulties of the undertaking comes to life through the day-to-day coverage of the tour and the background work of the crews in sound, lighting, carpentry, production and set design. As well as interviews with the IRON MAIDEN crew, it interweaves anecdotes from the band and their fans, and includes footage of the live show in this comprehensive guide to the intricacies of staging massive, live stadium shows around the world out of the belly of a Boeing 757. The bonus disc also contains an extended version of the promo video "Satellite 15…The Final Frontier", a video about the making of "Satellite 15…The Final Frontier" plus the opening video sequence to "The Final Frontier World Tour".
In addition to the Blu-Ray, the two-DVD will initially be available as a limited-edition double DVD in collectors' steel book case and double vinyl picture disc. As well as a traditional two-CD soundtrack album, "En Vivo!" will be available as a digital download CD soundtrack album and digital download video.
MAIDEN's "Final Frontier World Tour 2010-11" saw the band circumnavigating the planet for the third time in their customized Boeing 757, Ed Force One, piloted by lead singer Bruce Dickinson, and playing 98 shows in 36 countries to over 2 million fans.
DVD Disc One - "Live At Estadio Nacional, Santiago" (approximate running time: 120 minutes)
01. Satellite 15
02. The Final Frontier
03. El Dorado
04. 2 Minutes To Midnight
05. The Talisman
06. Coming Home
07. Dance Of Death
08. The Trooper
09. The Wicker Man
10. Blood Brothers
11. When The Wild Wind Blows
12. The Evil That Men Do
13. Fear Of The Dark
14. Iron Maiden
15. The Number Of The Beast
16. Hallowed Be Thy Name
17. Running Free
Bonus Disc - DVD Disc Two "Behind The Beast" (approximate running time: 102 minutes)
01. "Behind The Beast" documentary
02. "Satellite 15…The Final Frontier" promo video (director's cut)
03. "The Making of Satellite 15…The Final Frontier" promo
04. "The Final Frontier World Tour" Show Introhttp://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/soulflypremiere/ironmaidenvivovinyl.jpgBritish heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" with host Bob Coburn on Monday, June 11 at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with MAIDEN by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625).
For more information, visit RocklineRadio.com.
Following the massively successful "Final Frontier World Tour 2010-11", IRON MAIDEN are back on the road this summer with a series of arena, amphitheatre and festival shows in the USA and Canada, opening in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 21 and finishing in Houston, Texas on August 18 (dates listed below), to be followed by further dates around the world in 2013. The "Maiden England World Tour" will closely mirror, in terms of production and content, the original 1988 concert video of the same name, shot on the "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Tour". This opening section of the world tour is the band's most extensive visit to North America for many years and includes a number of cities the band have not played in a very long time, such as Charlotte, Atlanta, Buffalo, Indianapolis and Salt Lake City.
A 30-second TV commercial for the tour can be seen below.
"Maiden England" marks the third chapter in the history of IRON MAIDEN, a journey which began in 2004 with "The Early Days" DVD and subsequent 2005 "Early Days Tour". Part two followed in 2008 with the "Live After Death" DVD — the seminal 1984 concert recorded at Long Beach Arena in California during the "World Slavery Tour" — and the band embarking on their groundbreaking "Somewhere Back In Time World Tour 2008/9", which saw them play to over two million fans in almost 40 countries.
Comments vocalist Bruce Dickinson: "We have great fun playing the history of MAIDEN tours because it gives us an opportunity between new albums to go out and play songs from our earlier catalogue. It's always fantastic seeing the crowd reaction from a new generation of fans who have never experienced some of these tracks performed live before, and of course we know our longstanding fans will enjoy seeing the original 'Seventh Son Tour' revisited — with many other surprises! Our intention is to play about two thirds of the original track list of 'Maiden England', including some songs we have not played live in a very,very long time, plus other favourites we just know the fans are going to want to hear! We always try to give our fans a great show musically, but we have always tried to make it as entertaining and memorable an experience as we can visually. And we all feel this show is going to do that splendidly! We can't wait to get started in Charlotte."
"Maiden England" 1988 longform video VHS track listing:
* The Evil That Men Do
* The Prisoner
* Still Life
* Die With Your Boots On
* Infinite Dreams
* Can I Play With Madness
* Heaven Can Wait
* Wasted Years
* The Clairvoyant
* Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
* The Number Of The Beast
* Hallowed Be Thy Name
* Iron Maiden
For a complete list of "Maiden England" 2012 tour dates, visit IronMaiden.com.METALLICA will return to Mexico one month after the Orion Music + More weekend and will unveil a mind-blowing new stage that needs to be seen to be believed. This 140x50-foot stage will feature colossal components and striking visual elements spanning METALLICA's entire 30-year career.
METALLICA's relationship with Mexico goes above and beyond. The exuberance and passion of the METALLICA fans and the warm welcome they've received has made Mexico one of their favorite international destinations. In 1993, towards the end of the "Black" album touring cycle, METALLICA played an unprecedented, five sold-out nights at Sports Palace in Mexico City, Mexico. Then in 2009 while touring in support of the Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum "Death Magnetic", METALLICA played three consecutive sold out nights to over 150,000 fans at Foro Sol Stadium which was immortalized in the "Mexico City Live" CD/DVD. This summer, METALLICA promises to deliver some of the fans' favorite moments and create some that have yet to be seen.
"Given our history with our rabid Mexican fans over the past decades, I couldn't think of a more appropriate place to unveil our new, sick as fuck, over the top, out of control stage that will be the cornerstone of our touring escapades for the next years to come," said METALLICA's Lars Ulrich. "Don't be scared boys and girls, this is going next level."
METALLICA Met Club fan club member pre-sale tickets for these shows will go on sale on Tuesday, March 20 at 11 a.m. CST and run through Wednesday, March 21 at 8 p.m. CST. There will also be a Banamex pre-sale starting Thursday, March 22 at 11 a.m. and ending Friday, March 23 at 8 p.m. The public on-sale for these shows will begin Saturday, March 24 at 11 a.m.
The dates are:
August 01 - Mexico City, Mexico - Sports Palace
August 02 - Mexico City, Mexico - Sports PalaceFormer GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash spoke to the Associated Press about the band's upcoming induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. You can check out a short video report below.
The 27th annual ceremony will be held on April 14, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio, home to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum. Also scheduled to be inducted are RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, BEASTIE BOYS, THE SMALL FACES/FACES, Donovan and Laura Nyro. Freddie King well enter the Hall Of Fame as an Early Influence, while the late producer and TV host Don Kirshner will receive the Ahmet Ertegun (nonperformer) Award and producers Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd and Glyn Johns will receive the Award For Musical Excellence.
The ceremony will be taped for broadcast by HBO, which plans to air it in early May.
When asked if fans can expect to see a performance by the reunited classic lineup of GUNS N' ROSES at the induction ceremony, Slash said, "It's definitely an honor and I have no idea what's going to happen on that day. It's hard for me to even… I'm not really necessarily anticipating anything in particular. It's on the 14th and I'll go down there and see what happens. With all this, sort of, lack of unity on the subject, it's hard to really look forward to it, 'cause I don't know what to anticipate. So it's more like going into it with blinders on and just see what happens."
The 46-year-old guitarist also spoke about his favorite memories as a member of GUNS N' ROSES — recording the band's debut album, "Appetite For Destruction", and touring behind it.
"The first tour, all that stuff, was really a great experience," he said. "I was in my early twenties and it was just a great adventure. [Laughs] So that was all a lot of fun, and then it got crazy in the '90s and obviously when I left the band or parted ways with the whole thing." He added, "[It's been] 25 years since the album came out — [it] doesn't seem like a long time ago, but at the same time ... so much has happened in that time."
Ex-GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan told RollingStone.com that there has been "no communication" about the original members of the band performing together when the group is inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Asked if he knew what was going to happen at the ceremony, McKagan answered, "I don't. I know I'm going to go. I can't, at all, speak for anybody else. And won't. I'll be there with bells on." But he added, "There's been no communication about anyone playing. There was probably a day in the mid-1990s where I would have tried to gather the troops, but I'm just not that guy anymore. It's too frustrating to change anyone else . . . I'm not even sure I'd want to change how anyone else sees a situation."
On whether he hoped that the original lineup would perform together at the event, McKagan said, "I think it would be killer. Do I hope to? That's a tricky question. It would be awesome. You have those day dreams like, 'We'll go up and play 'Nightrain' and 'Brownstone' and throw down the microphone and drop off! That'll be killer!' But I doubt that'll happen."
McKagan, singer Axl Rose, guitarists Slash and Izzy Stradlin, and drummer Steven Adler will all be inducted into the Hall, along with later members, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and drummer Matt Sorum.
The biggest question concerning a reunion revolves around whether Rose would be willing to perform alongside Slash. The two have not spoken in years and Rose continues to hold a hostile stance toward his former bandmate.Steven Rosen of Ultimate-Guitar.com recently conducted an interview with MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Ultimate-Guitar.com: What originally attracted you to a band like MOTÖRHEAD?
Phil: Well, for a fact, I could give up my day job, and I'm being completely honest here. I did like the "Ace of Spades" and "Bomber" and things like that and it was cool music I thought. My wife convinced me to send the demo in and stuff like that. I thought, "Oh, well, what's the point? They're not gonna call me back." And one day I came home from work and she said, "Oh, the MOTÖRHEAD people have phoned up." This was like on a Tuesday and she said, "You need to learn 18 songs by Friday." I didn't own any MOTÖRHEAD albums at the time I remember so I borrowed "No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith" off of one of PERSIAN RISK's roadies. We had a couple of local guys roadying for us for free so I borrowed that and I'm forever indebted to Jonah; his name was Jonah.
Ultimate-Guitar.com: What did you think when Lemmy also auditioned Wurzel, the second guitarist?
Phil: I think out of about 200 tapes, they got it down and auditioned about half-a-dozen actually but not on my day. I went up for one but I don't think Wurzel, God rest his soul [was there]. You know, Wurzel passed away last year.
Ultimate-Guitar.com: I did know about that. It was terrible.
Phil: Yeah. I think Wurzel was a different day who had to travel up from London. And ol' Lem said, "Can you stay overnight?" I stayed on his houseboat; he had a houseboat on the Thames at the time. I think either Lemmy was goin' for me, he wanted me, or Lemmy wanted Wurzel or Phil Taylor wanted me. So between Lemmy and Phil Taylor, they each favored [one of us]. I think the second night and I don't think we played but Lemmy took me and Wurzel out to a club, to a bar, and he left us alone, which was just an excuse really for him to play the pinball machine. But umm, so me and Wurz got it on like and he was listening, actually, and we were saying, "Oh, if he had us both you could do this part and I could play that over that."
Ultimate-Guitar.com: Before your father passed away, he was able to experience a lot of your success.
Phil: Yeah, and when my mum was alive they used to come up to London and Hammersmith and everything, yeah, and stay in nice hotels and stuff. I think my mum was still alive and she saw me win a Grammy [winning the "Best Metal Performance" in 2005 with their cover of METALLICA's "Whiplash".] Shit, I can't remember, but my dad was there when I won the Grammy. He wasn't with me at the awards and everything, like, but yeah, they saw the success and they were really proud.
Ultimate-Guitar.com: That's so cool.
Phil: They were great parents, yeah. They bought me my first Marshall stacks. My father did OK in his later years with his businesses but like early on there wasn't a lot of money about. But they never made me feel as if we didn't have any money like they put themselves out.
Ultimate-Guitar.com: Has there been any change in MOTÖRHEAD's style from more recent albums like "Inferno", "Kiss Of Death" and "Motörizer" to older records like "Hammered" and "Snake Bite Love"?
Phil: We just take every song as it comes. We don't try to say, like, this album is gonna be, like, really heavy or we're gonna try something different. Songs evolve as they do. They take their natural time and their natural course and that. We're not afraid to try new things and everything but sometimes you can feel if you've got a basic riff and it sounds amazin' just have it out basic. There's no point in trying to fill it up or anything. Sometimes we've done it and it hasn't worked out. I think that all of the albums that we've made, every single one has got a lot of merit to it. It may not be the favorite album of the year or whatever. But it's good stuff when you consider a lot of bands' albums you could buy in the past you may get three or four really good songs, really good 'uns, which sell the album and the rest are not so good. But with us we try to make as many good songs as we can to put on the album — no fillers and no filler tracks.You can now purchase your very own SLAYER woven tapestry throw blanket for $89.99 from the band's official webstore. It measures a huge 52" x 60" and is made of 100% cotton. Woven and made in the U.S.A.
Other SLAYER-branded items in the webstore include:
* Black Socks
* 1GB USB Dog Tag
* Employee Sticker
* Full Face Street Motorcycle Helmet
* Magnet Set
* Iron Cross Tankard
* Custom Condoms
* Porcelain Travel Mug
* Black Etched Shot Glass
* Etched Pint Glass
* Band Poster
* Oval Belt Buckle
* Small Eagle Belt Buckle
* Eagle Flask
* Rolling Papers
* Iron Cross Shot Glass
* Sterling Silver Pendant
* Eagle Trailer Hitch Cover
* "Dripping Blood" Reversable Bag
* "Flaming Skull" Messenger Bag
* Stone Eagle Messenger Bag
* Stars Beanie
* Messenger Bag & Key Chain Bundle
* Limited-Edition 'Fillmore Style' Posters
* Dunlop Guitar Pick Set
* Playing Cards
* Coin Necklace
* Coin Pin Badgehttp://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/soulflypremiere/slayerblanket.jpgQUEENSRŸCHE lead singer Geoff Tate has scheduled the following solo dates:
Apr. 29 - Denver, CO - Bluebird
May 01 - Lincoln, NE - Knickerbockers
May 02 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
May 03 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
May 04 - Lincolnshire, IL - Viper Alley
May 05 - Chicago, IL - Mayne Stage
May 06 - Grand Rapids, MI - Intersection
May 07 - Akron, OH - Ripper Owens Tap House
May 09 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
According to Interbridge.com's "The Late Night TV Page", Geoff Tate will be the musical guest on "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" this coming Monday night/Tuesday morning (March 19/20) at 12:35 a.m. EST on CBS-TV. More information is available at this location.
Tate entered the studio on February 29 to begin recording his second solo album. He wrote on Facebook, "I'm very excited about this record and I'll be sharing a lot more info about it in the weeks to come."
Tate released his first solo album in 2002 on Sanctuary Records. Self-titled, the LP was a huge departure from the work he had previously done with QUEENSRŸCHE.
Geoff played a handful of acoustic solo dates, billed as GEOFF TATE AND FRIENDS, beginning on January 26 at Anthology in San Diego, California. According to Tate, he performed "acoustic renditions of songs from my solo album as well as some of my favorite QUEENSRŸCHE songs."
Professionally filmed, multi-camera video footage of the San Diego concert can be seen below.
In a recent interview with AnthologySD.com, Tate was asked if he is looking into any future solo projects. "I am!" he replied. "I'm actually working on one right now that I hope to have wrapped up pretty soon. This show that I'm doing [on the solo tour] is an acoustic show with some friends of mine who are fantastic acoustic players. We're doing kind of a blend of my last solo album, some QUEENSRŸCHE songs, and we'll toss in some new ones that haven't been released yet. It'll just be a really fun night. Very homey, intimate, we'll probably take requests, things like that."
He added, "For the last couple of years, I've been doing more stuff outside of QUEENSRŸCHE in order to just stretch out. But I'll tell you, even though I've sang shows in front of hundreds of thousands of people and also intimate shows of a few hundred, but whenever I go out to an event or something and someone asks me to sing a song with them, I'm petrified! (Laughs) I don't know much material outside of my own material that I've written, and so if someone asks me to sing 'Danny Boy', I couldn't sing it! Not even if someone offered me a million dollars could I sing that song. So I'm trying to be a bit more versatile and learn more stuff."TESLA guitarist Frank Hannon is collaborating with OF THE EARTH (O.T.E.) members Mike Araiza (guitar) and Jeff Sandoval (vocals) on a new full-length CD which they plan to release during the summer. Hannon states, "Mike, Jeff and I have been collaborating writing songs and we plan to make this a seriously rockin' guitar album!!"
For more information on OF THE EARTH, go to this location.
Hannon in 2010 released a solo album, "Gypsy Highway", which he described as "an acoustic collection of songs that are very close to my heart… sort of like autobiographical stories that I wrote and sang completely on my own with acoustic guitar. . . On [the CD], I wrote, sang and played all the instruments and it is definitely an 'acoustic'-type album that shares a lot of my roots and life experiences from the heart."
TESLA received the key to the city from Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson on December 7, 2011 at the Sacramento Rock And Radio Museum.
Known as the originators of the "unplugged" craze of the '90s, TESLA launched the 20th-anniversary tour last fall of their legendary "Five Man Acoustical Jam" in full acoustic fashion in support of their latest album, "Twisted Wires And The Acoustic Sessions".Ex-KYUSS members John Garcia (vocals) and Brant Bjork (drums) have issued a statement in response to the lawsuit filed by their former KYUSS bandmates Josh Homme and Scott Reeder over the use of the KYUSS name.
Garcia, Bjork and ex-KYUSS bassist Nick Oliveri reunited for shows last year under the KYUSS LIVES! banner, in which they were joined by guitarist Bruno Fevery. The band has since toured on both sides of the Atlantic and is said to be currently working on a live album for a late 2012 release. There are also tentative plans for the group to record a brand new studio CD.
Homme and Reeder released a statement on March 10 via public relations firm Nasty Little Man in which they claimed that they "made every attempt to help [Garcia, Bjork and Oliveri] continue KYUSS LIVES! respectfully. Only to discover while they looked us in the eye, KYUSS LIVES! management and band had filed federal documents in 2011 in an attempt to steal the name KYUSS. This is desperately what we were trying to avoid."
In a statement released earlier today, Garcia and Bjork said, "We are both shocked and saddened that our friend and onetime bandmate has chosen to file a lawsuit against us, especially after having positive discussions since our reformation. We look forward to resolving this private matter behind closed doors and moving forward with work on our new album and connecting with our amazing, loyal fans."
Writing on his Facebook page on March 11, Reeder stated about the reaction to the news that he and Homme filed lawsuit against their former bandmates, "Maaaaaaan, I've been called every foul name in the book [on Saturday], and all I did was make a choice to stand up to defend and retain small rights that I should be able to keep sacred and unhindered for the rest of my life and beyond. I didn't have much of a choice: lose all of the rights in two weeks, or keep them forever. I didn't choose to be in this situation at all — I was forced to react very quickly with a looming deadline, and it's been rough. I saw people bitterly divided [yesterday] over this stupid stuff… crazy. But the overwhelming support from friends and family was very much appreciated and needed. Thank you."
Reeder played a handful of European live dates with KYUSS LIVES! last year as a fill-in for Oliveri. He was also a "special guest" at KYUSS LIVES!'s homecoming show on November 18, 2011 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.
Reeder played bass on KYUSS' classic LPs "Welcome to Sky Valley" and "...And the Circus Leaves Town" and was also a member of doom legends THE OBSESSED.
Regarding why Homme is not involved in the KYUSS reunion, Garcia previously told Rock Sound magazine, "I have nothing bad to say about Josh — he's extremely intelligent, very smart, a great guitar player, great songwriter, a great vocalist — he is a bad-ass, there is no question, and I love him dearly but he is busy with his own thing. He has THEM CROOKED VULTURES, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, he's a father, a businessman and even if we asked him to do it, I don't think he'd say yes, so I don't want to set myself up for a big fat no which is 99.9 percent what he would say."
In a 2010 interview, Homme explained his hesitation to participate in a KYUSS reformation.
"The offers come in all the time," he said. "They're getting more and more expensive, and more and more elaborate. The money is crazy, but I've never been tempted — I don't really care about the money, I never have. That's not what KYUSS was about, so to punctuate the end of our sentence with that would be blasphemy… KYUSS has such a great history that it would be a total error. I like that nobody saw KYUSS, and that it was largely misunderstood. That sounds like a legend forming to me. I'm too proud of it to rub my dick on it."Legendary guitarist Slash has revealed via Twitter that he will reunite with his onetime GUNS N' ROSES bandmate Steven Adler to "lay down some guitars" for a song on the drummer's new album. The session is scheduled to take place tonight (Thursday, March 15) at a studio in Los Angeles.
In 2010, Adler collaborated with Slash on the latter's self-titled debut solo album, which scored the highest new entry on The Billboard 200 chart, with first-week U.S. sales of around 60,000 copies. He appeared on the track "Baby Can't Drive", along with RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS bassist Flea, Alice Cooper and Nicole Scherzinger. The song was featured on an expanded edition of the album released by Classic Rock magazine.
Slash, Adler, bassist Duff McKagan, singer Axl Rose and guitarist Izzy Stradlin will all be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame next month in Cleveland, along with later GUNS N' ROSES members, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and drummer Matt Sorum.
Adler revealed last year that he was working on "an original band" with ADLER'S APPETITE guitarist Michael Thomas and Lonnie Johnson. He added, "Our first single has one of the hottest new singers in the game right now on vocals. Hint: his band's initials are just like mine — AA." [Presumably referring to ASKING ALEXANDRIA. — Ed.]
Adler's new band entered NRG Recording in North Hollywood, California in September to begin recording its first material.Former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di'Anno has announced the "first set of provisional dates" for his upcoming North American tour. They are as follows (venue details to be confirmed):
Jul. 25 - Baltimore, MD
Jul. 26 - New York, NY
Jul. 27 - Foxboro, MA
Jul. 29 - Albany, NY
Aug. 01 - Ottawa, ON
Aug. 02 - Toronto, ON
Aug. 03 - Detroit, MI
Aug. 04 - Chicago, IL
Aug. 09 - Vancouver, BC
Aug. 10 - Seattle, WA
Aug. 15 - Santa Ana, CA
Aug. 24 - Austin, TX
Aug. 28 - Tampa, FL
Aug. 29 - Orlando, FL
Aug. 31 - Raleigh, NC
Sep. 01 - Pittsburgh, PN
Sep. 02 - Akron, OHCanadian metal innovators VOIVOD have been confirmed for the Suoni Per Il Popolo, set to take place June 6-23 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The self-proclaimed festival of "liberation music" is celebrating its 12th year in 2012. For those unfamiliar with the event, it covers a variety of experimental and avant-garde genres, including "free jazz, noise, electronica, turntable art, soundscapes, experimental rock and pop, musique actuelle, and spoken word," according to a press release.
VOIVOD entered Pierre Rémillard's (OBLIVEON, CRYPTOPSY, KRISIUN, MISERY INDEX) Wild Studio last month in a small town called St-Zénon in Quebec, Canada to begin recording their new album for a tentative summer release. The follow-up to 2009's "Infini" will contain the band's first music to be written with new guitarist Daniel "Chewy" Mongrain (MARTYR) following the passing of original axeman Denis "Piggy" D'Amour in 2005.U.S. progressive metal icons FATES WARNING are working on material for their next album, which they hope to release before the end of 2012.
In a brand new interview with Bulgaria's Tangra Mega Rock, FATES WARNING singer Ray Alder stated about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the new CD, "We're trying as hard as we can. We have these shows [in Europe] and then we go to Brazil in April. And in the meantime we are working as hard as we can to finish the album. Hopefully we'll have it out by the end of this year, If not, the beginning of next year. We're trying our best."
He added, "We need to finish writing right now. We finished the first song. The demo version is already done. We'll continue writing as we have a lot of ideas that we need to put together. But the first song is done and I can tell you it's seven minutes long. The recording process itself usually takes about two months and then after that it's another three more months before the album is released. So, we are talking five months out there after the album has been written."FATES WARNING has tapped Mike Portnoy (ADRENALINE MOB, TRANSATLANTIC, DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD) to play drums for the band for their first-ever visit to South America as special guests for QUEENSRŸCHE in São Paulo, Brazil on April 14.
Commented FATES WARNING: "We're pleased and excited to announce that Mike Portnoy will be our special guest drummer for our April 14th show in São Paulo, Brazil. We had a great time playing with Mike back in 2005 at the Headway festival in Holland and we're happy that he's able to help us out again. We'd also like to make it clear that Bobby Jarzombek is still the drummer for FATES and will be with us for our European shows in March as well as on the new record we're currently working on. Unfortunately, Bobby committed to another gig on the same day (ironically, in the same city) before this show was planned."
The "Parallels" lineup of FATES WARNING played a number of shows in 2010 in support of the released special edition of the album, which was made available through Metal Blade Records. In addition to remastered audio, there is a second audio disc of live and demo material. The package also includes a DVD with nearly three hours of material, including a complete live show from the 1992 "Parallels" tour and a documentary on the making of "Parallels" which includes live, studio, and current day interview footage with all the band members, Terry Brown (producer) and Brian Slagel (CEO of Metal Blade Records).
InsideOut Music in 2005 released a FATES WARNING DVD entitled "Live In Athens". The DVD shot was on February 20, 2005 at Gagarin in Athens, Greece and was mixed by Bill Metoyer (SLAYER, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM).
FATES WARNING's latest CD, "X", was released in 2004 on Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2000's "Disconnected" was recorded at Carriage House studios in Stamford, Connecticut and features cover artwork by renowned record-cover artist Ioannis (DREAM THEATER, SEPULTURA, DEEP PURPLE, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, KING CRIMSON, BIOHAZARD, VOIVOD, UFO, OVERKILL).Western Australia's masters of progressive metal experimentation VOYAGER will be main support for Italian symphonic power metallers RHAPSODY OF FIRE on their North American tour in May/June.
Commented VOYAGER: "Fresh on the heels of releasing their latest opus and critically acclaimed masterpiece 'The Meaning of I' and after winning over U.S. crowds at the prestigious ProgPower USA Festival 2011, the band are pumped to hit U.S. shores once more to spread the 'V' message far and wide! Guys, we are stoked about this! USA, we're coming back, baby!"
The dates are as follows:
May 25 - The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
May 26 - Soundstage - Baltimore, MD
May 27 - The Palladium – Worcester, MA
May 29 - Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
May 30 - Club Soda – Montreal, QC
May 31 - Imperial de Quebec - Quebec City, QC
Jun. 01 - Mod Club – Toronto, CA
Jun. 03 - Peabody`s – Cleveland, OH
Jun. 04 - Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
Jun. 05 – Mojoes – Joliet, IL
Jun. 06 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
Jun. 08 - Gothic Theater – Englewood, NJ
Jun. 10 - El Corazon – Seattle, WA
Jun. 11 - Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Jun. 12 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA
Jun. 14 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
Jun. 15 - The Grove – Anaheim, CA
VOYAGER's fourth full-length album, "The Meaning Of I", came out last October via Sensory Records.
Conceived in 1999 by German-born musician Danny Estrin, VOYAGER is certainly well known throughout the prog metal circuit worldwide, having carved an incredible, diehard cult fan base since inception. The unit's previous three albums display their unique and even strange integration of symphonic, electronic and progressive elements crafted into a seamless, incredibly executed, multi-genre style all their own, bridging gaps between metal subgenres and even verging on '80s pop.
With an impressive history of Australian music awards, as well as many titles of "album of the month" in Romanian, Finnish, Italian, German and Belgian music press, VOYAGER's notoriety for their energetic live performances has captured audiences worldwide. The band have battled geographical isolation to tour Europe twice, perform at ProgPower Europe 2006 and share stages with diverse acts like NIGHTWISH, STEVE VAI, SOILWORK and ALESTORM.
For more information, visit www.voyager-australia.com.SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser has penned the foreword to "Brazilian Metal - Brazilian Rhythm Applied To Metal Guitar: New Ways For Riffs Of Guitar", the new book from CLAUSTROFOBIA and QUARTETO DE GUITARRAS KROMA guitar player Alexandre de Orio.
According to a press release, the first volume of the book, which comes with a free CD, focuses on the connection between the metal and the samba with different rhythmic patterns, musical phrases from percussion instruments and drum beats. Most of the content within this book is applied towards metal guitar. The goal is to improve the technical development in this musical style and create new riffs on the guitar. The mixture of these two genres results in a unique 'accent.' Some examples of this Brazilian swing played along with metal will be seen in some guitar riffs created and executed in recording with the drum beats of samba also being played along with the drum beats of rock."
This book is intended for guitar players and possibly for drum players as well.
There are no other study materials in the market about the mix of Brazilian rhythms with metal.
For more information, visit www.metalbrasileiro.com.Peter Hodgson of the I Heart Guitar Blog recently conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, ex-SEPULTURA). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
I Heart Guitar Blog: How would you describe "Enslaved" compared to the last [SOULFLY album], "Omen"?
Max: It's more extreme. We have an extreme metal drummer who joined the band called David Kinkade, who comes a school of death metal playing. He comes from a band called BORKNAGAR and they're a death metal band from Norway. He plays with double bass and blast beats. A very extreme way of playing. We actually built those songs around him. I was very influenced by that, so some of the stuff even sounds like old MORBID ANGEL and old DEATH and SUFFOCATION. So it's really going to surprise a lot of people. It's a very extreme SOULFLY record, the most extreme SOULFLY record of all of them. The most extreme record we've done for all the times.
I Heart Guitar Blog: Dez Fafara from DEVILDRIVER and COAL CHAMBER is on the new album.
Max: Yeah! We wanted to have two different people so we ended up going with Dez from DEVILDRIVER, who is a friend of mine. He's in a great band. I love DEVILDRIVER and I love his voice. It was time to work together. We were on the same label and it was the perfect time to do something together. And we also did a song called "World Scum", which was done with Travis from CATTLE DECAPITATION, which is one of my favorite new bands, a new school of death metal coming out of America. They're from San Diego and they're super-heavy. Travis put down some really amazing vocals on that song. He's great, y'know? Two killer guests to have on the album. They're going to make the record even more interesting for the people that are going to hear it. On the last record I had Greg from DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and Tommy from PRONG, which was also killer. And on CAVALERA we had Roger from AGNOSTIC FRONT. So we just keep trying get together different guests and keep the tradition alive of having guests on the record. It's cool, it's fun. It's something that I do with SOULFLY and CAVALERA and it's a big part of my career, working with different musicians. I love working with different people. They're all my friends, and I'm a fan of their music and I get to work with them in the studio. It's been a dream for me working with everyone I've worked with. Tom Araya, Sean Lennon, Corey Taylor, Chino from DEFTONES… everybody I work with has been amazing and I really look forward to working with more people.
I Heart Guitar Blog: One thing that's really cool about the CONSPIRACY and modern-day SOULFLY is that you bring back the thrashy, intricate kind of guitar playing that was so cool in SEPULTURA.
Max: That's why we have Marc Rizzo on guitar. He's very talented. He can really do different stuff. He's an amazing guitarist in SOULFLY and he does really cool stuff with CAVALERA. The first CAVALERA album was full of his leads, and on the second album I wanted him shredding but I also wanted him to come up with some sounds, different noise effects, and not just shredding, because people get tired of that. So he did some of that, and I think the combination of that with the thrash songs and the fact that the album is shorter — it's only half an hour long, you can hear the whole record at one time without getting tired of the record, and I think it goes back to albums like [SEPULTURA's] "Arise" or [SLAYER's] "Reign In Blood" that are only about half an hour long. More simplicity, more brutality, trim all the fat, take the extra stuff out, keep it brutal and in your face. And that's the style of the CAVALERA. I think I like that about it. Something about playing pure thrash without restrictions, without rules, that is really cool. It's very liberating for me. And when I play with Igor, I just want to play fast, which is that vibe me and Igor have. It grooves. We go heavy on the grooves, and when it's fast and thrashy we're gonna go all the way. But CAVALERA is really a combination of my sound and Igor's sound clashing together, which is the sound we formed in SEPULTURA.Metal Mark of SkullsNBones.com recently conducted an interview with vocalist Tony Foresta of the Richmond, Virginia crossover act MUNICIPAL WASTE. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
SkullsNBones.com: With every new album, most bands will say that it's their best record or the "heaviest" record yet, but with "The Fatal Feast", I truly believe it's the best record from MUNICIPAL WASTE. Without sounding too cliche, what are your thoughts on that opinion?
Tony: Yeah, I think it's definitely one of the better albums we've written as a band. I hate being the guy to say, "Oh, it's the heaviest record ever," or "This album will melt your face off," but I really feel that way about this record. I feel it's really strong from start to finish and it's good because we worked our asses off writing it. (laughs) It's always great when you're completely happy with the finished result. I think it's awesome.
SkullsNBones.com: Speaking of the word awesome, you guys had the legendary John Connelly from NUCLEAR ASSAULT do guest vocals on the title track. How was that experience for you guys, because I know you are huge fans of the band?
Tony: That was just awesome, man! He is such a cool, nice guy, too. All of us in the band, like you said, are huge NUCLEAR ASSAULT fans. I mean that's one of the reasons I wanted to be in band ya know, because of their music. For us to have John on the record is just such a huge honor. I was so nervous when I called him and asked him! It was funny because we've played shows with NUCLEAR ASSAULT before and he knows our material, but I was still nervous as hell. (laughs) But yeah, it's definitely an honor to have him on the record and it'll be one of my favorite tracks we've ever written just because John is on there.
SkullsNBones.com: A lot of bands don't feel that videos are important anymore and then there are bands like you guys and BEHEMOTH who continually put out impressive and entertaining videos. Why do you feel videos are still important?
Tony: Videos are fun, man! We love them! You're right, though, the BEHEMOTH videos are fucking insane. I like that shit a lot. Personally, I think videos are just as important as the album cover ya know. It's another way for your band to express yourself and I truly think people still enjoy seeing a good video nowadays. I've always been a huge advocate for making videos with this band. Right after we finish recording an album, I'm ready to shoot a new video. It's a really big deal to me.Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's A LIFE ONCE LOST will enter Planet Red studios in Richmond, Virginia on April 10 with producer Andreas Magnusson (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, IMPENDING DOOM) to record the long-awaited follow-up to the band's 2007 album "Iron Gag".
A LIFE ONCE LOST has been experimenting with new sounds and styles while staying true to their groove-tinged roots, promising to appeal to old and new fans alike.
"I have a lot of new material to work with here so it will be a breeze for us to make a super epic record," states Magnusson.
"We are excited to be working with an old friend on this upcoming record," adds frontman Bob Meadows. "Andreas has worked on some cool stuff and the chemistry between him and the band works out great. Stay tuned for some video clips of our time in the studio and random news blurbs on our Facebook and Twitter pages."
A LIFE ONCE LOST's as-yet-untitled new album will be released later this year via Season of Mist. The CD's cover art will be created by the Baltimore, Maryland-based artist Brian Baker.End Of The Light Records has set an April 10 North American release date for "Träume Einer Nacht", the new album from the German band SCHWARZER ENGEL (distributed by DisManic via eOne Distribution). This will be the group's second release on End Of The Light, following "Apokalypse", which came out in January.
A combination of black metal, dark, gothic and industrial music mixed with German-spoken lyrics, SCHWARZER ENGEL ("black angel" in English) "pursues completely new paths, consisting of catchy, aggressive melodies, emotive full stereo-spectrum sounds, driving rhythms, and varied arrangements enriched by intelligent German lyrics." The CD was recorded at Dreamscape Studios (VISIONS OF ATLANTIS, SERENITY, EMERGENCY GATE) in Munich, Germany.
"Träume Einer Nacht" track listing:
01. In Tiefster Nacht (01:20)
02. Geister Und Dämonen (03:29)
03. Fieber Im Blut (04:00)
04. Halb Gott (04:17)
05. In Zwei Geteilt (03:32)
06. Sonnenanbeterin (04:01)
07. Lebendig Begraben (04:00)
08. Königin Der Nacht (03:49)
09. Tanzende Schatten (04:01)
10. Finsternis Über Dem Land (01:47)
11. Traum Einer Nacht (04:34)
12. Vom Galgen Tönt Die Brähe (04:55)
13. Wiegenlied (Totgeboren) (04:53)Grande Rock recently conducted an interview with former OPETH and current SOEN drummer Martin Lopez. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Grande Rock: Why did you name the band Soen? What does it represent for you… and whose idea was it?
Martin: SOEN is a name that doesn't have any other significance than our music in a word. I came up with the four letters, but it was a group decision not to have a name that would bring any pictures to the listeners mind besides our music.
Grande Rock: Did you have any musical orientations beforehand, or it started taking shape when the four of you got together?
Martin: Well, the orientation is unavoidable when you have been a musician for so long. You know what you like and what you don't and what you like to play and what you don't 'cause those are two very different things sometimes. SOEN really does it for me... I'm very comfortable composing and performing our music and that is truly rewarding.
Grande Rock: What did you have in mind when you started writing and recording material for the debut album? Is the final result close to what you had in mind in the first place?
Martin: I don't think we had a plan of what to sound like; everything fell into place while doing it. The goal was set on making as good music as we possibly could without letting anything from the outside alter our perception of how good music should sound.
Grande Rock: There's been much talk on the web about SOEN… and some fans are arguing that you are heavily influenced by TOOL.
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