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    BLACK SABBATH will launch its world tour with a series of dates beginning next month in New Zealand, Australia and Japan. Later this summer, the band will kick
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 15, 2013
      BLACK SABBATH will launch its world tour with a series of dates beginning next month in New Zealand, Australia and Japan. Later this summer, the band will kick off its North American tour which will keep the band on the road from late July through September and includes one Canadian stop, on August 14 at Toronto's Air Canada Centre. Tickets for the Toronto concert go on sale on April 13.

      BLACK SABBATH has confirmed the title and release date of the first album by the band in 35 years to feature singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler recording together again. The disc is officially called "13" and will arrive on June 11. According to The Pulse Of Radio, several configurations of the album are available now for pre-order, including a standard CD, a deluxe double CD that includes a second disc of exclusive bonus audio material, a heavyweight vinyl album in a gatefold sleeve and a "Super Deluxe Box Set" containing the double CD, the vinyl album, an exclusive DVD documentary on the band's reunion, "13" photographic prints and handwritten lyrics.

      Anyone who pre-orders the album in any of these formats at the band's official web site will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of VIP tickets to an official "13" album launch event in London. The prize will include a meet-and-greet with the band, flights and accommodations.

      SABBATH has also released a new behind-the-scenes video in which producer Rick Rubin talks about working with the band. A tiny sample of new music can be heard in the three-minute clip.

      The three original members are joined on the album by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE drummer Brad Wilk, who may or may not tour with them as well. Founding drummer Bill Ward is sitting out the reunion over a contractual dispute.
      British heavy metal vocalist Paul Di'Anno has released the following statement regarding the passing of fellow former IRON MAIDEN member, drummer Clive Burr, who died Tuesday night in his sleep at his home at the age of 56 after suffering from multiple sclerosis for many years:

      "Sad to hear of your passing. You will always be in my heart, Clive. A truly unique talent that will never be forgotten."

      Di'Anno recorded two classic albums with IRON MAIDEN before being fired and replaced by Bruce Dickinson. He went on to front a number of other bands, including KILLERS and BATTLEZONE, and released several solo records.

      Clive joined MAIDEN in 1979 and performed on the first three albums — "Iron Maiden" (1980), "Killers" (1981) and "The Number Of The Beast" (1982). Prior to that, he was a member of SAMSON, the band Bruce Dickinson fronted before he, too, joined MAIDEN.
      Guitarist Dennis Stratton has released the following statement regarding the passing of fellow former IRON MAIDEN member, drummer Clive Burr, who died Tuesday night in his sleep at his home at the age of 56 after suffering from multiple sclerosis for many years:

      "I am so sad that I have lost an old mate. So glad I saw Clive and [his partner] Mimi last year. God bless, mate. Now you can jam wiv Mooney [Keith Moon], [John] Bonham and all the other drummers up there. Our song. The greatest luv of all."

      Clive joined MAIDEN in 1979 and performed on the first three albums — "Iron Maiden" (1980), "Killers" (1981) and "The Number Of The Beast" (1982). Prior to that, he was a member of SAMSON, the band Bruce Dickinson fronted before he, too, joined MAIDEN.

      Stratton participated in the recording and production of IRON MAIDEN's self-titled first album in December 1979. He also appeared in the home video recording "Live At The Ruskin" in early 1980 (released in 2004 as part of "The Early Days" DVD set), MAIDEN's first video "Women in Uniform", the "Women In Uniform" single, some subsequent single releases, as well as in the band's first appearance on British TV ("Running Free" performed live on "Top Of The Pops") and the "Live!! +One"
      Jimi Hendrix experts Eddie Kramer and John McDermott were the featured guests on this past Wednesday's (March 13) edition of the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" with host Bob Coburn. You can now listen to the program at RocklineRadio.com.
      "Nothin' To Lose: The Making Of Kiss (1972-1975)" will be released on September 10, 2013 via It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

      Written by Ken Sharp, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, "Nothin' To Lose: The Making Of KISS (1972-1975)" is a 544-page hardcover book that chronicles for the first time the crucial formative years of the legendary rock band KISS, culminating with the groundbreaking success of their classic 1975 album "Alive!" and the smash single "Rock And Roll All Nite", a song that nearly four decades later remains one of the band's most enduring anthems.

      Drawing on more than 200 interviews, the book offers a captivating and intimate fly-on-the-wall account of their launch, charting the struggles and ultimate victories that led them to the threshold of super-stardom. Constructed as an oral history, the book includes original interviews with Paul Stanley, Gene, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss, as well as producers, engineers, management, roadies, costume and stage designers, fans, and musical contemporaries from the time, including: original manager Bill Aucoin, Casablanca Records founder Neil Bogart, rock photographer Bob Gruen, promoter Ron Delsner, Ted Nugent, Dick Clark, Alice Cooper, Marshall Crenshaw, and Bob Seger, as well as members of AEROSMITH, BLACK SABBATH, RUSH, STYX, NAZARETH, SLADE, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, URIAH HEEP, MOTT THE HOOPLE, NEW YORK DOLLS, RAMONES, and THE QUATTROS, among others. The end result is an indelible and irresistible portrait of a band on the rise and the music scene they changed forever.

      The latest Jimi Hendrix vault release, "People, Hell And Angels", debuted this week at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 album chart. The material on the CD, which was recorded in 1968 and 1969, is yet another dip into the sessions for Hendrix's infamous unfinished fourth album, "First Rays Of The New Rising Sun". Hendrix would have turned 70 last November 27.

      The dozen previously unreleased Hendrix performances premiering on "People, Hell And Angels" include "Earth Blues", "Somewhere", "Hear My Train A Comin'", "Bleeding Heart", "Baby Let Me Move You", "Izabella", "Easy Blues", "Crash Landing", "Inside Out", "Hey Gypsy Boy", "Mojo Man" and "Villanova Junction Blues".

      Jimi Hendrix's producer Eddie Kramer, whose relationship with Hendrix began when he engineered 1967's "Are You Experienced?", says that Hendrix was far more than the flaky psychedelic-blues guitarist he's been portrayed as over the years. "Very sharp, very focused, very funny, very shy," he said. "Totally dedicated to his music and his art. I would call him a universal human being, who was interested in his fellow man. Didn't think of himself as black, white, green, purple — mind you, he did think in colors, but not those colors. He thought everything should be in colors. He was such a complete human being with, with such far-reaching intellect that I think is not really recognized as much today. The ultimate electronic space cowboy."
      Artisan News conducted an interview with the Todd La Torre-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE before the band's March 10 concert at The Emporium in Patchogue, New York. You can now watch the chat below.

      QUEENSRŸCHE has inked a deal with Century Media Records for the release of the band's new studio album. Due on June 11, the CD marks the debut release from the lineup comprised of La Torre (vocals; ex-CRIMSON GLORY), Michael Wilton (guitar), Parker Lundgren (guitar), Eddie Jackson (bass) and Scott Rockenfield (drums). The drums for the album were recorded at London Bridge Studios in Seattle, Washington with producer James "Jimbo" Barton — the man who engineered and mixed the band's classic 1988 LP, "Operation: Mindcrime", and its 1990 follow-up, "Empire", and co-produced 1994's "Promised Land". The rest of the music and vocals were laid down at several different facilities on the West Coast.

      "QUEENSRŸCHE is excited to begin writing this next chapter of our career with Century Media. Their passion and love for music has been apparent since early discussions and we are pleased to call them partners on this journey," stated Jackson. "We are also thankful for all of the fans who have supported us from day one and helped us get to where we are today. Todd, Scott, Parker, Michael and I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for each and every one of you."

      QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Scott Rockenfield told Billboard.com: "Century Media has been extremely enthusiastic ever since they came into the equation with us, and for what it's worth it's hard to find enthusiasm like that. After 35 years I guess I'm gracious and honored that we have people that are that enthusiastic about the band, so we're really happy about moving forward with them."

      In a recent interview with Metal Assault, Rockenfield stated about QUEENSRŸCHE's renewed collaboration with Barton: "It's a great thing — we're really excited about it, he's really excited about it. We've wanted to work with him for a while, but for whatever reason, we just hadn't gone there yet. This is a great time for us to do that, though. We all discussed who we wanted to do the record with, and he was one of the first names that came up. It was easy for us to pick up the phone and call him. It was like our relationship picked up right where it left off, so it's gonna be a lot of fun. He's a very creative guy that did some great records with us in the past. I think that's one of the most important things when it comes to why we want to work with him."

      Asked if fans will see a return to the progressive metal sound QUEENSRŸCHE had in the '80s, Scott said: "What we're trying to do, and what has been really interesting since Todd has jumped into the band, we're trying to revisit the old QUEENSRŸCHE catalog — stuff off of the EP and "The Warning". That's always been a part of what we are, so yeah, definitely! I think in my opinion, we're really revisiting that vibe of why that music was special back then for us. There will be a modern flair to it, though, just because we're in the modern age. The fun thing about Jimbo being a part of it is that he can help tie together the two sides. He does come from our past and some of the great records and some of the great sounds that we're known for, but he's also living in the modern age and doing some interesting things as well. I think it's going to be a really great QUEENSRŸCHE record. People are going to go, 'Wow, that's QUEENSRŸCHE! That sounds just like what we've known them to be, and what we would expect them to now be.' That's what I think peple will get out of it."
      On Record Store Day, April 20, reunited grunge legends SOUNDGARDEN will release a limited-edition vinyl of the "King Animal" demos worldwide. This is the first time these recordings have been available together. The songs will be pressed on 10-inch pink vinyl and the 6-song package will also include a free digital download card.

      The demos were recorded by Chris Cornell and SOUNDGARDEN at TNC Studios in Los Angeles, California and Deke River Studio in Seattle, Washington.

      Record Store Day celebrates the culture of independent record stores by playing host to in-store events/performances, signings and special product releases on a global scale.

      SOUNDGARDEN released the music video on January 29 for "By Crooked Steps", the second single from the quartet's new album, "King Animal". Singer Chris Cornell told The Pulse Of Radio a little about the tune: "It's one of the earlier songs that we started working on, but I also felt like it, to me, is like definitely sort of a new chapter for us. If you wanted to take one example of SOUNDGARDEN progressing, that's a good one for me."

      The "By Crooked Steps" clip was directed by FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl, who submitted a treatment for the video on his own initiative after hearing the song.

      "King Animal" came out last November and was SOUNDGARDEN's first set of all-new material in 16 years.
      Rocker-turned-filmmaker Rob Zombie spoke to Fuse at this year's South By Southwest Music Conference And Festival in Austin, Texas about his new movie, "The Lords Of Salem", his upcoming album, "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor", and a crazy night he spent with Ozzy Osbourne and Rick James. Check out the chat below.

      Zombie recently revealed the track list for the soundtrack of "The Lords Of Salem" and it contains classic songs from THE VELVET UNDERGROUND, MANFRED MANN, Rick James and RUSH in addition to an original score by Zombie's guitarist John 5. Zombie told The Pulse Of Radio how he approached compiling the soundtrack. "I mean, I always like to find songs that can represent the film, so there's at least one song in every movie that when you hear it, it brings back the imagery of the film," he said. "In this movie, it was a VELVET UNDERGROUND song. I always want to try to find that piece of music early on, even in the writing process. For 'Devil's Rejects', it was 'Freebird', strangely enough, and for the last movie it was 'Nights In White Satin'. Sometimes you just hear a song and you go, 'This song sounds like how I want the movie to feel.'"

      The soundtrack includes MANFRED MANN's version of "Blinded By The Light", Rick James' "Give It To Me Baby", RUSH's "The Spirit Of Radio" and THE VELVET UNDERGROUND's "Venus In Furs" and "All Tomorrow's Parties".

      "The Lords Of Salem" soundtrack arrives on April 16, a few days before the movie opens in limited release on April 19.

      Zombie's own new album, "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor", is due out on April 23 and contains songs such as first single "Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Super Town", "Lucifer Rising", "The Girl Who Loved The Monsters" and "Behold! The Pretty Filthy Creatures", along with a cover of the GRAND FUNK RAILROAD hit "We're An American Band".

      Zombie will also receive an honorary award at the upcoming Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which will take place in Los Angeles on May 2.

      “I really think this is probably one of the best albums I’ve ever been on… I went there OK? *laughs* It’s just the way we wrote the songs, the arrangements, Ricky’s phrasing, his lyrics, Damon’s playing some kick ass guitar in there, Jimmy DeGrasso is like a fresh face in there, the whole deal. Lighting a fire is kind of a mild way of putting it *laughs *”
      From press release: In October 2012 Thin Lizzy announced that they would not be recording new material under the Thin Lizzy moniker. The last incarnation of the band – Scott Gorham, Brian Downey, Darren Wharton, Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson and Marco Mendoza – would be looking to form a new project.
      Step forward Black Star Riders… 24th December 2012 saw the announcement of the new band formed by Thin Lizzy alumni Ricky Warwick (vocals), Scott Gorham (guitar), Damon Johnson (guitar), Marco Mendoza (bass) with new addition Jimmy DeGrasso on drums (Alice Cooper, Megadeth, David Lee Roth, Suicidal Tendencies). The change in personnel came about as Brian Downey didn’t want to commit to the touring cycle a new album would entail and Darren Wharton wanted to concentrate on Dare and other music and film projects.
      Black Star Riders is set to enter the studio in Los Angeles in January 2013 to start recording their debut album with the legendary Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Rush). The album will feature material the band wrote whilst touring as Thin Lizzy and the sound retains that classic feel but is very much its own as well. The Black Star Riders record is the next step in the evolution of the Thin Lizzy story.
      We had the honour of sitting down with both Scott Gorham and Ricky Warwick of Black Star Riders while in town playing one of their final shows under the name of Thin Lizzy. These were two separate chats, so was great to get both guys takes on some of the questions below, as well as a couple relating to their various other endeavours. The BSR album is out in May, so you can read all about that below as well as how somewhat hard and exciting the changeover has / will be… oh and an exclusive on the album title.
      Welcome back to Australia, for you the first time in a long, long time, do you have any memories of your last visit you can share with us?
      Scott: It’s been thirty years since we’ve been back, I think it was 1981 and we’d been coming to Australia I think for six years, every other year and we hit ’81 and its’ like we fell off the end of the Earth. You know, Phil died obviously in ’86 so that kinda put pay to anymore visits for a while at least *laughs*. I think the tour was the Sydney Opera House that we played at, and I’ve actually got a book out right now and that’s the front cover is us playing in front of there must have been 50,000 people there, it was massive and the back cover is the whole place just trashed, which is what a festival does to a ground like that and from what I understand we were the last band to actually do that because the city fathers actually saw what had happened to their iconic building and I don’t blame them… It’s like you look at the Sydney Opera House and it’s like you look at the Taj Mahal or the Eiffel Tower  and you know exactly in the world where that is, so you can see why the Sydney fathers went, we’re never going to do this again. I think they were expecting maybe two or three thousand people *laughs*. That’s for me a real iconic moment, to see that scene with the Opera House right in front of you, and the Iron Bridge, the helicopters, the estuary there, it’s pretty kick ass.
      Ricky, now when was the last time you were here with The Almighty?
      Ricky: 1992, we opened for The Screaming Jets, six weeks we spent here, it was brilliant, very good, I think their album was number one in Oz at the time and The Almighty were just coming up as well, we had a good time with those guys, got on really well and still remain friends to this day. I got to see a lot of Eastern Australia because we did it in a van and went to Broken Hill, Wagga Wagga and Wollongong and all those kind of places as well, but it was great, you want to see the Outback of Australia it was a good way to do that, so it’s good to be back.
      Now you’re here with Motley Crue and Kiss on this Monster tour, how have these shows been going so far?
      Ricky: They’ve been fantastic, we’ve only done three but the response has been great, we’ve been treated very well and looked after very well, it’s just a great bill to be a part of.
      Scott: They’re actually going pretty fabulous, I know every band probably says that, but I kept saying to everybody that I don’t know how we’re going to be received here because we haven’t been here in such a long time and really from the moment that we hit the stage in Perth it was nothing but good things. Especially the headlining show we did in Melbourne, it was kickin’, people were flying in from Dublin and The States and all that, we’ll I think they’re doing that because I think they know it’s going to be the last time they’re going to see Thin Lizzy for quite some time.
      So set wise, what can we expect to hear at these shows?
      Scott: Well we’re trying to do that in a forty five minute things, it’s easy for us to go deep in to the catalogue in England, Europe and Ireland and all that as the following is so huge over there, so right now we’re going to take little baby steps to see how far into the catalogue we can go before we start getting some blank faces *laughs* which hasn’t happened, yet…  It’ll be ‘Are You Ready?’, ‘Jailbreak’, ‘Cowboy Song’, ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’, we’re throwing in ‘Emerald’, we might do ‘Chinatown’ on one of the nights in Sydney, ‘Whiskey In The Jar’, so it’s quite extensive as the catalogue is so big that we can just go boom, boom, boom and get all the timings down.
      So, what was the decision behind changing the name of the band to Black Star Riders and how hard a decision was it for you to take that step forward? Was there any hesitation or worry in doing that?
      Ricky: The hesitation and worry was the other way round, it was more to do if we were going to put the record out under the Thin Lizzy moniker which was what we originally planned to do. It’s just such a unique situation, the whole thing with Lizzy is that Phil’s obviously been gone for 25 years, the gap between albums would be almost 30 years if it were to come out as Thin Lizzy, and that’s just so unique and it’s not as if Phil had passed away for a couple of years and we got a new singer and put an album out, but there’s such a big gap. Phil has become so revered and become such an iconic legend that we wrote the songs, we felt great about them but the more we got closer to the starting date, you’re obviously thinking about what the fans think, what friends and family think, what we thought maybe this is just a little bit of a step too far to record under the Thin Lizzy name as Phil is so loved and well respected, so last minute we just had a soul searching and we had a change of heart and decided that no, we wanted to make almost a fresh start with a new name. A lot of things, we sat down and the amount of promo and touring and press that comes with a new album, Brian Downey and Darren just didn’t want to do it anymore, they didn’t want to be away from home 200 days a year, I can completely respect that, whereas the rest of us did, we want to go for it, so taking that into consideration we changed the name to Black Star Riders and we’d go ahead and record the songs we’ve written, everyone knows it would’ve been the Thin Lizzy album, but it’s now Black Star Riders and to me that was a big sense of relief, because it appeased all the people were not really sure we should be doing this and there were people that were behind it, we’re still going to play the records, we’re still going to go out there and play Lizzy songs along with the Black Star Riders songs, so I think it’s a win, win you know?
      Scott: Well I’ll tell you what happened… it became kind of a journalistic band driven thing and we told everyone as the number one question over the past few years was ‘When are you going to write and record new material?’ I just waited for that one every time. I think everyone just assumed it was going to be the next record for Thin Lizzy, and to be quite honest we kinda did too as everybody expected it so much. Then I always felt uncomfortable about it, Brian Downey felt uncomfortable about it and when it got right down to the crunch it was really, do we want to do this as Thin Lizzy. Brian and I talked it out with the guys and we just figured that history is as history was and we’re just going to leave it, leave that alone. If Phil was still here it would be a whole other ball game obviously, but now we’ve got these seventeen songs that we’ve written and we think they’re kick ass songs so we’ve got to record these things. That’s why we said we’ll end Thin Lizzy for a while and we’ll start this new thing with a couple of new guys in the band.
      Is it fair to say that Black Star Riders is a continuation of Thin Lizzy musically but essentially a totally new and fresh variation of it?
      Scott: Well it kinda is, because at first in our minds it was going to be a Thin Lizzy album so it’s going to sound like a Thin Lizzy album by default just because I’m in there because of the way I write and play and all that. Then you’ve got Ricky Warwick and the lyrics on this are just unbelievably good, Damon and his take on things, but he’s a giant in this band and his writing leans towards the Lizzy side, so what you’re going to hear is, yeah, there will be shades of Thin Lizzy, absolutely, there’s a lot of harmony guitars and riffs and all that but it’s got its on sound all at the same time. It’s a different producer in Kevin Shirley and he’s got his take on it and I was constantly trying to drag everyone away from the Lizzy thing, just because I’m figuring if we’re going to do a new album new band, new sound, new everything, but you couldn’t help it. It’s kind of a mish-mash of Lizzy and brand new at the same time.
      So you could say that this has lit a fire under you guys where you can be your own band now?
      Scott: It absolutely has, especially after Kevin got done mixing it, we got mixes at home and Bob Ludwig actually mastered the thing and it just went ballistic, I really think this is probably one of the best albums I’ve ever been on… I went there OK? *laughs* It’s just the way we wrote the songs, the arrangements, Ricky’s phrasing, his lyrics, Damon’s playing some kick ass guitar in there, Jimmy DeGrasso is like a fresh face in there, the whole deal. Lighting a fire is kind of a mild way of putting it *laughs *
      For you personally, to now be able to be out the front of essentially a new band and not have to now fill Phil’s shoes must be a sense of relief?
      Ricky: Yeah, people always say those are big shoes to fill and you can’t fill them, all I can say is that you stand beside them and hope some of the man’s greatness rubs off on your performance, but I can get back to being me a little more with Black Star Riders, and I’m not stupid and I realise this myself as a Thin Lizzy fan, that when I play these songs people want them played the way and sung the way they know them and love them, they almost want to close their eyes and almost sound like its Phil doing them, that’s what I would want if I was a fan going to the show, so I try my best to do that, whereas with Black Star Riders I’m still very influenced now by Phil as I always have been as a songwriter and lyricist and the way he phrases stuff, so we want to retain what’s great about Thin Lizzy and move it over to Black Star Riders. I can be myself a little bit more now, which is nice, I’ve got nothing to really prove anymore because of Black Star Riders too, I can just go back to being Ricky Warwick instead of having to stand up and deliver the songs the way we all know and love them, which I’ll continue to do.
      What do you feel you may be able to do with Black Star Riders that you may not have been able to do as Thin Lizzy?
      Ricky: Yeah, well I think for number one, make a record *laughs* that was a big thing. In saying that, you’ve still got Scott Gorham and he’s got that guitar sound and got that style and he’s very much part of the Lizzy sound, Marco and Damon have been playing in the band for a couple of years and it does sound like Lizzy, it probably always will but I think we can push the boundaries a little more with Black Star Riders. Jimmy has slotted in seamlessly and it’s a great line up and I’m looking forward to it.
      Scott: Well, there’s always going to be a little bit of prejudice against us in the fan world, you know, no Phil, no Lizzy, we’ve always lived with that although those numbers have really shrunk quite drastically I think, but this I think people will be able to look at this and look at a whole new project from the ground up rather than something that was grown out of the history books I think that will free us up on that side.
      I think you may have copped more flack if you had released it as a Thin Lizzy album…
      Scott: You know, we just might have… I think the people that are still out there that are a little bit antsy would’ve really voiced their opinion in that way. You know, none of us are out to hurt anybody and we’re not out here to piss anybody off, when you get on stage it’s like party time and we’re there to have a great time, and that’s what it’s all about, so to in any way shape or form to endanger that it’s kind of not on the cards.
      How is the album going, can we have a little progress update?
      Ricky: It’s done, it’s finished, I can give you an exclusive reveal of what it’s going to be called, it’s called ‘All Hell Breaks Loose’ it’s finished, it’s mastered last week and we’re good to go, last week of May, pretty much simultaneous worldwide release everywhere. It’s out on Nuclear Blast too, one of the great indie success stories of the last thirty years, so they’ve been super supportive and very excited about it, very helpful in recording, giving us pretty much everything we wanted to do and making us work hard which is great.  We didn’t do it on tape but, it was mixed on the board, we did it with the faders and it was done twelve tracks in twelve days, as a band in a room playing and looking at each other, there was hardly any overdubs, it was a case of we’d run through a song half a dozen times and then it was not me going into the vocal booth and putting the vocal on, after the track was recorded it was done there and then, but it was very much instantaneous and it was capturing a vibe and I think we did. That’s how Kevin Shirley likes to work, he’s super-fast but you’ve got to know your shit, you’ve got to now the songs.
      Scott: It’d done. It was twelve songs in twelve days and none of us had ever done an album like that before, usually you do a basic track, tuck it away for a couple of days, think about it, move your amp into the control room, dial in your sounds and go over some overdubs for a while. Not with this. With this, you started with the count in and a lot of these vocals are Ricky singing at the moment, a lot of the guitar solos are the same way. A lot of the major overdubs are probably harmony guitars and maybe a little bit of percussion, more the fluff that got overdubbed, but basically what you’re going to hear is exactly what was in the studio and that’s kind of a fearsome kind of deal. You’re kind of studying everybody to make sure you’re not the guy that’s fuckin’ this up *laughs* you don’t want to be the guy ‘Oh shit let’s try this again’ *laughs* it was fun doing it that way.
      Now, Ricky did reveal the title to me, but can you tell us the meaning behind it?
      Scott: I have no idea *laughs* it’s just for me a really cool title, ‘All Hell Breaks Loose’ it brings up a tonne of different things.
      *Scott then asks one of his crew to remind him to ask Ricky about it and turns out the crew member knew the answer to the question*
      He was watching a documentary about World War 2 bombers and there was a B17 in the mix that had pinup art on the side that said ‘All Hell Breaks Loose’ and he thought what a great name for an album…
      Scott: So we kind of carried that on with the album cover too.
      In relation to the song writing, Ricky, did you have a major part in the songs?
      Ricky: Yes, I probably wrote about fifty percent of the record, I wrote all the lyrics, I wrote all the melodies and some of the music and the vast majority of the rest of it was me, Scott and Damon, so I think that’s what I do, these guys are amazing guitar players, I’m not that good but I think I’ve always wanted to be the songwriter and that’s my craft coming up now over the years with The Almighty and some solo stuff and lucky we’ve had some success with it and like I said it’s a natural thing for me to do. I like telling stories, I’m a storyteller in my own solo stuff so the way Phil is, and Phil was an influence on me and still is, so I think in that vein it was a nice way to be able to grab the reins for this and say I got this, don’t worry…
      As Black Star Riders moves forward, will Thin Lizzy tracks remain as part of the set or will these slowly phase out over time?
      Scott: We’re going to have to; we’re not going to have enough material. I think everybody’s always going to expect us to throw some Thin Lizzy songs in there and I’m good with that. I still love playing the Lizzy stuff, I still get a lot of emotion playing it, it’s still a hell of a lot of fun, these are guitar vehicles, that’s how we wrote them, this is a guitar band, to not play any Thin Lizzy songs in any BSR show people may feel a little ripped off. So yeah, there’ll probably always be elements of Thin Lizzy no matter what format we’re going to put it in to.
      Yes it’s exciting to have Back Star Riders as a new project, but are you sad in a way to put an end to Thin Lizzy?
      Scott: You know, that’s a really great question, and I was in the beginning, I thought Holy Shit, after forty years of doing this I’m never going to see this again, but I figured we will see it again, so and once I realised that, I dove headlong into BSR, knowing that somewhere in the future we will get back together as Thin Lizzy with Brian Downey and Darren and go out and do these, I don’t know if they’re going to be short runs, or long runs, so it’s not like an actual ‘see ya this is never going to happen again’ kind of thing.
      So when do you essentially farewell the Thin Lizzy name and welcome Black Star Riders?
      Ricky: Pretty much the last show we play in OZ, that’ll pretty much be the last time Thin Lizzy play for quite some time. We haven’t closed the lid on it completely, certainly there’s a couple of offers for a few shows we may go back out as Thin Lizzy with Brian and Darren, but again Black Star Riders will dictate when and if we can do that. We’re certainly very focussed on that, the four of us focussed on making the album a success and building up the name of the band and getting it out there. I guess Mackay will be the last Lizzy show for the foreseeable future. Mad place to end, right? *laughs*
      Scott, I have to ask about 21 Guns, with some killer work in the 90’s, is this a project that could maybe see the light of day again one day?
      Scott: Oh man, I like you *laughs* thank you.  Well, we are talking about it, we’ve got songs written, we’ve got probably an album worth of material written, we’ve got a couple of record companies that want to further this thing. The problem being the whole Thin Lizzy and BSR thing takes up everybody’s time, to find a window now to go out and do the third album is hard, but I love that stuff, it’s way different from the Lizzy or BSR stuff, it’s a little more melodic kind of deal. I was really kind of sad when the first album ‘Salute’ kinda got skipped over and I was sad about that as there were some really good things on there that nobody really got to hear. Well grunge had just hit and it kind of totally wiped us out, because whatever record company that you’re with or that you were working on at the time they wanted a grunge band to fill that hole and it was a ‘nice knowing you, we’ll talk to you later about your thing…’ Thanks for asking about that.
      Just back on The Almighty, Ricky, I heard you’re doing some new stuff, is that right?
      Ricky: Yes, we are looking at doing four or five new tracks for some re-issues that are coming out this year which will be exciting, if I can find the time *laughs*
      The other thing I love that you did over the last couple of years, Ricky was a track with Trucker Diablo on their debut album…
      Ricky: They’re a great band aren’t they? Big things are starting to happen for that band and they really deserve it, because they’re a really great bunch of guys, hardworking, fantastic musicians and players and I’m a big, big fan of theirs.
      Lastly, what does the remainder of 2013 have in store for you?
      Ricky: As Black Star Riders, the record comes out at the end of May, we start on the European festival circuit on June 1st and then pretty much go right through. There’s talk of us going to Japan and then we’ve got a UK tour towards the end of the year, some States shows as well, would love to get back down here as well.  So just get the record out and tour the hell out of it you know?  It’s old school, we recorded it old school, we may as well tour it old school.
      Scott: We start in June, we’ve got Sweden Rock festival, there’s a tonne of festivals in Europe we’re going to be doing, which once again is kind of a nervous thing as for the first time you’re going to be walking out in front of a shitload of people playing these songs for the first time and you keep thinking how much have you heard of this material and how much are you really going to know? But it’s going to be fun, it’s going to be a situation now where everybody backstage is going to have that thing in their stomach, there will be nerves but I think it’s going to be a good kind of nerves as we’ll be well rehearsed and all that. The Lizzy thing everybody’s real comfortable with that, especially with this crew we’ve been doing it for over two years, but you’re more comfortable with it which means everything flows real easily with the Lizzy thing, but the BSR thing, it’s exciting and I think it’s going to take a little while to get as comfortable as it is now with Thin Lizzy, but it’ll happen.
      Plus with Ricky out the front you’ll be fine…
      Scott: He’s got balls from hell man, I love that guy. To me, he’s my new Phil… I can sit on his shoulders all day long and he won’t get tired, he’ll grab the audience by the throat and shake them and get them going and I know he’s going to do that every night. No matter how he feels I know he’s going to do that, so I can walk out with total confidence, same with the other guys in the band, I know these guys are that good that none of this is going to be a problem, so that’s a great sheet of armour to have on when you walk out every night.

      Essential Information

      From: Los Angeles CA, USA
      Band members:  Ricky Warwick – vocals, Scott Gorham – guitar, Damon Johnson – guitar, Marco Mendoza – bass, Jimmy DeGrasso – drums
      Forthcoming release: All Hell Breaks Loose – May 2013 (Nuclear Blast)
      Reunited British rockers THE DARKNESS have canceled their previously tour of Australia with JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS.

      THE DARKNESS drummer Ed Graham, who has had a history with hip problems, is having hip troubles again, thus forcing the band to pull out of the trek, which was set to kick off on April 2.

      Commented THE DARKNESS: "It is with great regret that we are having to cancel THE DARKNESS' planned April dates in Australia/New Zealand.

      "As some of you maybe aware, Ed has had some prior history with hip problems, which resulted in extensive surgery a few years ago, and caused him to miss some U.S. dates in 2012.

      "Unfortunately, over the course of the past few weeks' touring, Ed has been feeling that all is not right in that department, and has been advised to undergo some rest and tests before potentially taking a backwards step and making matters worse. He will continue with the last few European shows and will then be forced to take some time out immediately to ensure him back to 100% fitness. This very sadly results in the immediate cancellation of the Antipodean tour.

      "We will, of course, look to reschedule dates into our scheduling and itinerary as soon as possible, but have nothing solid to be able to make work currently, hence this being a cancelation rather than a postponement. All ticket holders can get refunds from the point of purchase.

      "THE DARKNESS also feel that to visit countries which do not get enough shows by them as it is, and not have the full, proper and original band lineup, is simply not the right thing to do. To that end, there won't be any possibility for stand-ins or alternative Eds for these shows and we won't be touring with any ersatz model! We hope to have details of re-scheduled shows very soon. THE DARKNESS sends its most heartfelt apologies to everyone involved and look forward to seeing you all as soon as possible."

      Affected shows:

      April 02 - Adelaide - Entertainment Centre Theatre
      April 04 - Brisbane - The Riverstage
      April 05 - Sydney - Hordern Pavilion
      April 06 - Melbourne - Hisense Arena

      THE DARKNESS is planning to enter the studio in early 2014 to begin recording a new album for release later that year.
      Legendary rocker Ted Nugent tells Classic Rock Revisited in a new interview that he is prearing to enter the studio to begin recording his long-awaited new album — his first since 2007's "Love Grenade".

      "God knows we are eating our hearts out and busting our ass to get back into the studio to capture the new songs I am creating these days," Nugent says. "I am confident there will be a new killer record [as soon as possible]."

      Nugent's upcoming CD will feature contributions from vocalist/guitarist Derek St. Holmes, who rejoined the Nugent band in 2011 after fifteen years apart.

      "Derek and the boys and I are humping madly to jam up a storm, working on my new tunes," Nugent says. "I am certain real hard rock soul music lovers will love them."

      In 1975, at only 22 years of age, St. Holmes found himself traveling the world and playing to sold-out audiences in U.S. and European cities. He remained in Nugent's band until 1978 and can be heard on such Nugent classics as 1975's "Ted Nugent", 1976's "Free-For-All", 1977's "Cat Scratch Fever" and the classic 1978 album "Double Live Gonzo!"

      After leaving the the Ted Nugent band in 1978, St. Holmes returned for a brief period in 1982 and 1987. In 1995, he helped co-write the critically acclaimed Ted Nugent CD "Spirit Of The Wild", but left again after touring to support the release.
      In the 1980s, guitarist Craig Goldy was already enjoying a fine career playing with bands like Rough Cutt and Giuffria and compiling an impressive resume. But in 1987, when Goldy filled the coveted guitar spot in Dio, he reached a new level in the hard rock and heavy metal universe.
      Goldy became Ronnie James Dio’s right-hand man and went on to co-write such Dio classics as “Dream Evil," “One More For the Road," “As Long As It’s Not About Love” and many others.
      I recently chatted with Goldy before a Dio’s Disciples show in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Dio’s Disciples feature Goldy on guitar, Tim Ripper Owens and Oni Logan on vocals, Bjorn Englen on bass, Simon Wright on drums and Scott Warren on keyboards.
      In this interview, Goldy revisits his past and discusses his time with arguably the greatest rock singer of all time.
      GUITAR WORLD: How were you first considered for the guitar position with Dio?
      Ronnie was a friend initially and was there at my audition for Rough Cutt. I had sent a demo up to a friend of mine who was in Los Angeles. He and I were working on a band together and he felt bad for leaving me behind, so he said, “If you can give me some demos, I’ll pass them around.” Then my friend’s band became friends with Rough Cutt, and I still hate saying this, but when Randy Rhoads passed away, Jake E. Lee from Rough Cutt took his place. So there was a place open in Rough Cutt.
      So they found me, and Ronnie and Wendy [Dio] rented some gear for me, because all I had was a guitar. When Ronnie heard my demo tape prior to that, he wanted to meet me. He was there at the audition, and we had a chance to talk. I told him how much his music meant to me, and he got inspired and sat in on the audition. Then we started working together in the studio.
      We became friends and learned that we worked really well together. One day he looked at me and said, “If it ever doesn’t work out with Vivian Campbell, you'll be my first choice." So that's how that whole thing happened. I knew he was a man of his word, but I didn't sit around with voodoo dolls of Vivian or anything [laughs]. I was in Giuffria, and that went really well. Then I was in a band with Rudy Sarzo and Tommy Aldrich after they had just left Ozzy in 1986. That's when I got the phone call to do Dio. It was a surprise, but at the same time, he said what he said, and he meant it.
      How has the Dio's Disciples tour been going?
      The tour has been really good. A lot of the places have been packed while some, not so much. Wendy authorized us to use the Dio logo as part of the Dio's Disciples name, and a lot of the promoters tend to think the tour is going to sell itself, and then they don't do anything. But that's maybe only about 2 percent of the clubs. The other 98 percent of the dates have been great, and even those 2 percent of the shows have been great. The crowds are awesome. The Anaheim House of Blues was probably a favorite of mine, and then my hometown of San Diego was really cool.
      What has the reaction from the audiences been like?
      There's something really special that happens when people gather together in the same room, with the same heart, mind, spirit and soul. I never know when, but it always happens. There are these special moments when the audience and the band connect as one. You can see the fans singing to the sky with tears dripping down their face. They’re filled with love for Ronnie and miss him so bad.
      How did the idea for the Dio's Disciples come about?
      Ronnie was family to us, and he was family to me. When a main family member passes away, the family members left behind often a couple of times throughout the year, try to keep the loved one's memory alive. Ronnie was family to the whole world, so there was a long mourning and grieving process. During that time, there were a lot of tributes to Ronnie, with a lot of bands coming out, doing stuff. Some of them had good hearts and good intentions. Others had no business to do it and were just taking advantage of it. At one point, we were talking about it, saying, “You know, we really should do something.” So Wendy, Simon Wright and I sat down and talked and said, “OK, it's time." We wanted to make sure it was done in the most respectful way; that's how it all started.
      What do you think when people are not happy about these type of tributes?
      I understand it, because Ronnie was so revered that there are going to be people who are apprehensive of what we’re doing. It's really not a for-profit thing. If people think it's a for-profit thing, I have no problem with them checking my bank account balance [laughs]. I mean, we're barely squeaking by over our expenses. It’s very expensive to do this kind of thing. There is money involved, but money is not the priority. The priority is to make sure Ronnie's memory is kept alive.
      Even if we did nothing, he was so loved around the world that there are people who will always remember him, but if we just left alone and did nothing, these special moments with the band and the crowd would not have happened. So many people have come backstage to us and said, “That was the greatest experience ever,” and that's what we say about this. It’s not really a concert, it's an experience. Ronnie and his music were so loved that it became such a huge part of people's lives. The songs we’re playing have been a huge part of people's lives for decades. It really means something to them.
      How does it feel to have written songs with Ronnie like “All The Fools Sailed Away" that are as iconic as ”Heaven and Hell" and “Gates of Babylon”?
      First of all, thank you for that. It's a dream come true. When I was growing up, Ronnie was and still is my favorite singer. I had a pretty rough childhood and was in and out of hospitals from beatings and stuff like that and left home and lived in a car out on the streets. Then the next thing I know, I'm headlining Madison Square Garden with my favorite singer, doing music we wrote together.
      I was a fan first and foremost, so just being in his band was a big deal. There were times when we’d be writing songs in his house and he would sing something that would remind me of Rainbow or Sabbath, and I was like, “Wow” [laughs]. After 20 years, I would still be sitting there thinking, “Man, I'm writing with Ronnie James Dio” [laughs].
      What's the most important you learned from Ronnie?
      There are so many, but a lot of it is first the music has to feel good. The groove has to be great because a lot of guitar players write for the riff first. The way he wrote songs was special too, because he really toiled. The law of hit songwriting is melody first, lyrics second. A lot of people don't do that, a lot of singers sit around with their notebooks filled with lyrics and they try to cram their lyrics into a song. So the two have already been sitting around collecting dust and they try to call it an original song. That's not the way you do it. You’ve got to start from scratch.
      He would really toil because it's hard to tell a story and hit people in the heart with the limited amount of syllables you have in a song. It’s not an easy task, but I watched him do that and I learned from him. There is going to be some original material coming out, and I have a song about Ronnie's passing and how the band feels and how the fans might feel, and it's coming out really good. When Wendy heard it, she said, “Ronnie would be really proud of you."
      When you guys were on tour back in the Dream Evil days, did Ronnie talk a lot about Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Elf?
      He had a lot of interesting stories, and he had such a great sense of humor. It was interesting because when we became friends, I’d go over to his house and it would just be me and him sitting around watching old Rainbow videos, talking, hanging out all night. It was great.
      Ronnie’s Elf records and his doo-wop music from the '50s are criminally underrated. What do you think of that music? Was he proud of that stuff or had he moved on mentally?
      I totally agree that stuff is great. He was definitely very proud of it all. I don't think a lot of people know this, but the first Rainbow record was Elf minus the guitar player. Elf was opening up for Deep Purple at the time, and Roger Glover was the one who heard them and produced one of the records that got them a record deal and got them on the Deep Purple tour. Then when Ritchie was being disenchanted with Purple, he kept hearing Ronnie's voice night after night. I can't blame him. He was probably saying, “I’m stealing this guy … and his band." He had good taste getting them.
      Have you ever met Ritchie Blackmore?
      I met him a couple of times when Giuffria toured with Deep Purple. On the very last night, I ended up in his private dressing room and we talked quite a bit. He was a really nice guy. I think a lot of it was that he knew the only reason I played guitar was because of him. I told him what a huge fan I was and meant every word of it. I think he's used to people using him and say, “Oh, I'm a big fan," but I meant it. I think he understood that and that meant something to him I think. He was really cool.
      Dave Reffett is a Berklee College of Music graduate and has worked with some of the best players in rock and metal. He is an instructor at (and the head of) the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal department at The Real School of Music in the metro Boston area. He also is a master clinician and a highly-in-demand private guitar teacher. He teaches lessons in person and worldwide via Skype. As an artist and performer, he is working on some soon-to-be revealed high-profile projects with A-list players in rock and metal. In 2009, he formed the musical project Shredding The Envelope and released the critically acclaimed album The Call Of The Flames. Dave also is an official artist endorsee for companies like Seymour Duncan, Gibson, Eminence and Esoterik Guitars, which in 2011 released a Dave Reffett signature model guitar, the DR-1. Dave has worked in the past at Sanctuary Records and Virgin Records, where he promoting acts like The Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson, Korn and Meat Loaf.
      Legendary bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH) will perform three special solo shows along the East Coast of Australia in late April. During his trip Down Under, Glenn will drop by Readings Books (Carlton) on Tuesday, April 23 at 5 p.m. to sign copies of his book, "The Autobiography" (now available in paperback edition via Jawbone).

      Note: It's a strictly limited event and bookings must be made to attend this event. Get in by calling: +613 9347 6633.

      According to a press release, Glenn will be hot on the heels of his one-off performance at the Stone Music Festival as part of super group KINGS OF CHAOS (also featuring present and former members of GUNS N' ROSES, DEF LEPPARD and SKID ROW). This whirlwind solo tour will see Glenn stopping off in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, and audiences can expect a real treat as Glenn performs a spectacular two-set career-spanning show.

      Glenn will play a dual set, kicking off with an intimate acoustic solo set that will allows fans to get up close and personal with the man himself before ripping into a full electric show. You can expect to see and hear some highlights from his time with DEEP PURPLE, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION and songs from other solo projects. Support for all three show will be Melbourne rockers MASSIVE.

      The dates are as follows:

      April 22 - The Corner Hotel - Melbourne, Australia
      April 24 - The Tempo Hotel - Brisbane, Australia
      April 25 - The Basement - Sydney, Australia
      On Sunday, March 17 at 23.05 CET, Swedish radio station Sveriges Radio P4 will air the EUROPE documentary "Svenska Albumklassiker: The Final Countdown". The show is described by the Swedish group as "one hour of EUROPE nostalgia with the story behind the making of the album featuring all members of the band and producer Kevin Elson."

      The program will be available for streaming online for 30 days after the broadcast at 

      Fans should note that the show is in Swedish.

      In 2013, Swedish hard rockers EUROPE are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of their first album and they have confirmed a special show at Sweden Rock Festival. This will be their only Swedish performance of the anniversary year and it will be a grandiose event indeed, promises singer Joey Tempest. The stage show will be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, of the band's entire career (certain very special guest stars will also appear). The setlist will be specially composed from EUROPE's entire nine-album discography, including their cult debut "Europe" (1983), multi-million-seller "The Final Countdown" (1986) and their most recent outing, "Bag Of Bones" (2012), which has now reached gold status in Sweden. The performance will also be filmed for a DVD release, so make sure you'll be present when a piece of Swedish rock history will be both created and preserved for posterity.

      For the record: today's version of EUROPE is identical to the classic "The Final Countdown" lineup: Joey Tempest (vocals), John Norum (guitar), John Levén (bass), Mic Michaeli (keyboards) and Ian Haugland (drums).

      "Bag Of Bones" was released in Europe on April 27, 2012 via earMusic/Edel. The CD, which features a guest appearance by blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa (BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION), was produced by Kevin Shirley, who has previously worked with IRON MAIDEN, JOE BONAMASSA, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, BLACK STONE CHERRY and JOURNEY, among others.
      Vocalist Joey Tempest (pictured below) of Swedish hard rockers EUROPE has issued the following update:

      "Thought I'd write you a little note about whats going on in the EUROPE camp at the moment.

      "We are having little break after the amazing 'Bag Of Bones' adventures last year. We are, however, working on ideas and new items to celebrate our 30th anniversary, together with you guys. So please keep visiting this site. All shall be revealed soon.

      "I'm currently spending some time in London with my family and at the same time upgrading my studio. I've got some ideas I'm dying to try out for our next album. The rest of the guys are in Stockholm. [John] Norum [guitar] is preparing for his tour with his little sister Tone. I think it's a great idea! As long as I have known them both, they have been so involved and passionate about music. I don't believe they have ever performed together like this, so it's really exclusive! Meeting them both when I was around 14 years old, I immediately wanted to start a band with John.

      "I know [John] Levén [bass] has got some great new song ideas lined up. Mic [Michaeli, keyboards] always writes and I hope he's got something as cool as the riff for 'Firebox' for me to sink my teeth into. He is such a musical guy! And will this be the album when Mr. Haugland [drummer Ian Haugland] contributes even more as a writer? That would be so cool! Always when we're in pre-production or in the studio he's got the greatest ideas for arrangements and so forth. The guy is like dynamite!

      "We're all looking forward to getting back on the road in May, when we also will be rehearsing for the mega Sweden Rock Festival! Two-and-a-half-hour-long show with exclusive guests! Songs from all of our albums, with a few we haven't played in ages! This will truly be a special night! On the road this year we'll also be teaming up with our friends in WHITESNAKE, DEF LEPPARD, JOURNEY and many others. We're also interested in checking out BLACK STAR RIDERS this summer; they will be on the same bill as us on a couple of festivals.

      "Download and Hellfest this year! How cool is that?! Mind you, we'd better be 'camping' a few days before the g

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