• POISON's RIKKI ROCKETT: 'Nobody's Given Me Any Indication That There's A Tour' In The Works

    POISON drummer Rikki Rockett says that he "hasn't heard anything" about a pending tour for the veteran hard rockers, despite singer Bret Michaels' suggestion to the contrary. Speaking to the the Cleveland Scene last week, Michaels revealed that POISON was in talks to hit the road in 2015. "It looks like it will happen," he said. "It's been a few years. We just want to put together the right package and show to celebrate with everyone." According to Rockett, however, if there are any plans for POISON to tour next year, he has yet to get the memo about it. "Well, I don't really know what the reality of that is, quite honestly," Rikki said during an interview with 14-year-old radio host Miles "The Shoe" Schuman (hear audio below). "Bret says a lot of things." He added: "I'm not gonna say if it will happen or won't happen, because I really don't know. Nobody's given me any indication that there's a tour at all. "I don't know why [Bret] said what he said. Nobody's sat down with me and said, 'There's a pending tour here. What do you think about that?' I haven't heard anything about that. So the reality is, at this point in time, right now, as I sit here talking to you, there is not a POISON tour. That doesn't mean there couldn't be one. But I'm just saying that I haven't had a contract come across my table. I didn't get the text. I didn't get the memo on that one. [Laughs].' Asked if he is normally kept "in the loop" about POISON's touring plans as they are being mapped out or if he is only told about them once they have been finalized, Rockett said: "I mean, I can say no to it, of course. There's quite a bit of planning involved in something like that; there's a ridiculous amount of planning, actually. So, I just really don't know what to say about it. Bret said this in the media, but it's not like he called me and said it to me, you know what I mean?! So I don't know that there's any reality to it at this point in time." Rockett recently told the "Iron City Rocks" podcast that POISON has been doing "corporate gigs for different companies, which are fun, and they pay very well. It gives us a chance to all get together and play. And, in fact, we have one in October and we have one in January [2015]. But they are the only shows that POISON is doing this year; we are not doing a tour this year. There is a few things that are being thrown around right now by our management for next spring, and we'll just have to see." Rockett took to Twitter in February 2014 to complain that POISON couldn't hit the road this summer because a certain member of the glam-metal act was "making it a problem." POISON last toured the U.S. in 2012 as part of the "Rock Of Ages" package with DEF LEPPARD and LITA FORD. The last POISON album was 2007's covers set "Poison'd!", while the band's last collection of new, original music was 2002's "Hollyweird". To celebrate POISON's 25th anniversary, 35 of the multi-platinum band's top hits and fan favorites were gathered for "Double Dose Of Poison: Ultimate Hits", a career-spanning 2CD and digital collection which was released in May 2011 by Capitol/EMI.

  • VINNIE PAUL Has 'Found Peace' 10 Years After Witnessing Brother DIMEBAG's Murder

    Former PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott says that he has "found peace" 10 years after witnessing the murder of his brother while they were both playing at a club in Ohio. Dimebag was shot dead on December 8, 2004 while performing with his band DAMAGEPLAN at Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. The shooting that night claimed three other lives and seven more were injured as the mad gunman opened fire on the crowd at the small club north of downtown Columbus. One of heavy metal's most influential and beloved figures, Dimebag was a larger-than-life guitarist and a genuine, amusing human being who was rarely spotted without his favorite drink, the "black tooth grin" — a splash of Coca-Cola and two shots of whisky. During a recent chat with WWE wrestling superstar and FOZZY singer Chris Jericho for the "Talk Is Jericho" podcast, Vinnie spoke about how he feels that Dimebag's spirit and energy is always with him and inspires him to be the best that he can be. "The funniest thing that's ever happened to me… I turned 50 this year, and it was the best birthday party I ever had in my entire life. It was absolutely incredible," Vinnie said. "I still feel like a 19-year-old kid, man. Everything I do, I approach the same way. I'm not married. I don't have any kids. I've been married to music my entire life. I've been dedicated to it. I know what it takes to do it. And ever since my brother has been taken from me, I feel like I have to live for both of us. And I bring it everywhere I go, everything I do, and I think he's here with us, watching us and enjoying everything that's going on, man." Vinnie also talked about how his brother cherished being a rock star, was always "on," and lived to have a raucous good time. And he always made sure everyone around him was as pumped up, comfortable and/or inebriated as he was. "The thing that turned him on the most in this world was putting a smile on other people's faces," Vinnie said. "It didn't matter where it was, when it was, how it was, whether it was playing his guitar, whether it was shaking a hand, signing an autograph, giving him a pick, just saying hi. That was the most important thing in his life — making other people smile." He continued: "I remember the last show we ever played together with DAMAGEPLAN, we played in Buffalo, New York, and I wanted to… Actually, we wanted to go to the casino in Niagara Falls and he was really smoked. We had two more shows left. We were gonna do Mancow's show in Chicago the next day. And I said, 'Dime, man, let's go to the casino, man.' And he was, like, 'Man, Vinnie, I'm really, really tired. I wanna kill these last two shows. I'm gonna go home and make the next DAMAGEPLAN record. I wanna kill this.' He goes, 'You go have a good time, man. I'll see you in a little bit.' So me and Mayhem, our security guy that got killed that night [in Columbus], went with me, and we went to the casino and we had a great time. And the bus pulled up about 3 o'clock in the morning to get us, and I came on the bus, and there was a full party going on in the front lounge. And I'm, like, 'What is going on in here?' It was Dime and there was, like, 12 people I'd never seen in my life. And I said, 'Dime, I thought you were [tired].' And he goes, 'Dude, I couldn't let these people down, man. They wanted to party tonight, man.' And that's how my brother was. He just would not let people down." Asked if he always shared his brother's fun-loving approach to life, Vinnie replied: "I always had that attitude, he always had that attitude. That American Express commercial, 'You can't take it with you,' was always special, but it never was real until that happened." He continued; "Me and [Dimebag] used to joke with each other all the time. We'd be on a plane and [we'd say], 'Hey, man, if we're going down, we're going down in a plane crash together.' It was always, 'We're gonna do this together.' 'Cause we did everything together. And we didn't get to do that together [that night in Columbus]. And… when I say 'we didn't get to,' I don't mean to say that. "It was a really hardcore, tragic event, and the guy [Nathan Gale] wanted to kill me too. And somehow or another, I was lucky enough to escape that, and I'm still here, and I will do everything and anything I can to carry on the legacy and the tradition that my brother always had." Even though it's been a decade since his brother's murder, Vinnie still gets flashbacks of the day's events "every night." He says: "I don't wanna remember it, I don't wanna think about it, I don't want anybody saying, 'Hey, man…' You know… "It's hard. It's hard. But I've found peace. "I'm really happy with what I do with [my current band HELLYEAH], and I'm glad that we're moving forward and things are really good, man. Really good."

  • FOZZY's CHRIS JERICHO: Being On 'Dancing With The Stars' Was 'A Real Great Experience And Exposure For Me'

    On September 19, Jay Nanda of the San Antonio Metal Music Examiner conducted an interview with FOZZY singer and WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho. You can now watch the chat below. Asked about how he transitioned from the wrestling ring to the dance floor on season 12 of "Dancing With The Stars" in 2011, Jericho said: "As far as being in front of people, fine, but what I was doing in front of people I'd never done before in my life; I'd never danced before. And they had asked me on two other occasions to do it, and I said no. It wasn't until [former 'Dancing With The Stars' contestant] Stacy Keibler called me and and said, 'You've gotta do this.' Stacy and I were pretty close for awhile. She was, like, 'I keep telling ya, telling ya, telling ya.' And so I said, 'If I don't do it now, they'll never ask me again. I'll trust her judgment, so I'll give it a try.'" He added: "Dancing is… You've gotta be light on your feet, you've gotta remember choreography, as well as wrestling. You've gotta understand a beat; syncopation and rhythm, that's all singing. So it was a combination of what I've been doing the last 20 years, 30 years. And I ended up doing okay at it. And [as far as the] fan base [is concerned], if five million people watch you a week on 'Raw', for example, twenty-five million people watch 'Dancing With The Stars'. And Hollywood doesn't really care about wrestling, for whatever reason. You do 'Dancing With The Stars' for a couple of weeks, and you're on 'The Tonight Show', you're on 'Ellen', you're on 'Entertainment Tonight', all those things. So it was a real great experience and exposure for me. It increased the fan base. And also just learning a whole new art form, which was really, really hard, but well worth it." FOZZY's new album, "Do You Wanna Start A War", sold around 5,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 54 on the Billboard 200 chart. The CD, which was produced by FOZZY guitarist Rich Ward, was released on July 22 via Century Media.

  • THE PRETTY RECKLESS Acoustic Album In The Works

    THE PRETTY RECKLESS singer Taylor Momsen has confirmed that the band is working on an acoustic album, to be released in the coming months. "We just recorded an acoustic version of a medley," Momsen told LA Rock of the Jacksonville, North Carolina radio station Rock 105.5 on September 17 (see video below). "It's how we originally wrote the songs, so it's kind of an inside take, or look, into how [the sophomore THE PRETTY RECKLESS album] 'Going To Hell' actually started. 'Cause everything started acoustically." She added: "If you can't play it all the way through, front to back, on an acoustic guitar, then it's not a good enough song to bring in the band." Momsen was also asked if the rumors are true that she is writing a book. "I'm always writing," she replied. "I'm writing a book, I'm writing a screenplay, I'm writing… I've already written half the next record. Writing inspires writing, art inspires art, so it's kind of a never-ending process, and you're just kind of trying to always be in the creative mindset." THE PRETTY RECKLESS released their debut album, "Light Me Up", in 2010 and followed it up this year with "Going To Hell", which came out last March. The new disc has yielded two No. 1 rock radio hits with "Heaven Knows" and current single "Messed Up World", making THE PRETTY RECKLESS the first female-fronted act to have its first two singles both hit the top spot. THE PRETTY RECKLESS kicked a lengthy North American headlining trek on September 5 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

  • ILL NIÑO's CRISTIAN MACHADO Speaks To HORNS UP ROCKS! (Video)

    Jo Schüftan of Horns Up Rocks! conducted an interview with ILL NIÑO vocalist Cristian Machado at the July 27 stop of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in in Hartford, Connecticut. You can now watch the chat below. ILL NIÑO's new album, "Till Death, La Familia", was released on July 22 via Victory Records. Machado, told Arena.com that "Till Death, La Familia" "will absolutely surprise a lot of people." He continued: "I don't think we're the kind of band that releases the same album over and over. We always attempt to challenge ourselves musically in order to grow as artists and friends. "The new album will have its surprises and all I will say is that it is very catchy and very groove-oriented. The lyrics, I feel, are by far the best lyrics I've ever written, and I really do give the guys in the band so much credit for writing such amazing songs for this new album." Speaking to 100% Rock Magazine, ILL NIÑO bassist Lazaro Pina stated about "Till Death, La Familia": "We try to do something different every record. I can tell you for sure that this one is going to demonstrate a whole new ILL NIÑO style. At first, it took a lot of courage, but I'm feeling so much better about it now that the vocal tracks are beginning to come in. It's turning out to be everything I think most of us envisioned it and kind of wanted in a new record. We're definitely taking ILL NIÑO to a new… an additional style. We're definitely bringing it up to 2014 and kind of creating our own thing. Hearing Cristian singing like he's never sung before and even innovating a new heavy style of singing and a new melodic style of singing. It's going to be interesting. I think that the fans'll appreciate it and hopefully some new ones will come on board and say, 'Hey. I really dig this band; I like what they've been doing throughout the years.' It is… I think it's a courageous record. It definitely does not sound like any other previous record. It's definitely ILL NIÑO demonstrating an additional style." He continued: "You've got to keep innovating yourself, and if you don't innovate yourself, you're playing the same thing. We've been doing this for a long time, we're entitled to get a little crazy and experiment with different ideas."

  • STAIND's AARON LEWIS Safe After Plane Scare

    STAIND frontman Aaron Lewis was forced to cancel his appearance Saturday night (September 20) at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma after a private charter jet he was a passenger on veered off the taxiway and got stuck in mud. Lewis had been filming a segment for his TV show "On The Road" for the Sportsman Channel in Texas and was on his way to Tulsa when the incident occurred. "Aaron was set to depart from Warton, Texas Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m." stated a BOK Center press release. "Aaron and the television crew were tracking teal duck for his reality hunting show. After the shoot, the flight was to depart for Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Lewis was scheduled to appear [Saturday night] at the BOK Center after Brian Davis and Chase Bryant as direct support to Brantley Gilbert on the 'Let It Ride' tour." Said Lewis in a statement: "I'm so glad that we are safe. However, I am really sorry that the fans in Tulsa were disappointed and let down with me not making [Saturday night's] show. I promise I'll be back in Tulsa soon." Lewis' first full-length country album, "The Road", came out in November 2012 via Blaster Records through Warner Music Nashville. STAIND played just a handful of shows this year, with Lewis devoting much of 2014 to solo shows. The last STAIND album, a self-titled effort, came out in 2011. The band does not yet have plans to enter the studio. Guitarist Mike Mushok told the Midland Daily News back in May about the band's future, "It's got to be something that Aaron wants to do. I always enjoy writing with [Aaron] and I look forward to it. We complement each other. He makes what I do better." aaronlewisplanerunway

  • KORN To Perform Entire Debut Album To Celebrate 20th Anniversary

    Sara of Philadelphia's 93.3 WMMR radio station recently conducted an interview with KORN frontman Jonathan Davis. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On KORN's upcoming "Prepare For Hell Tour" with SLIPKNOT and KING 810: Davis: "I think we're gonna probably do a little bit heavier setlist and just prepare fans for a big ol' party. It's gonna be the exact opposite of what SLIPKNOT brings, which is just really heavy, heavy, heavy, fast metal. We do more of a party-type vibe. I think it's gonna be a good show, 'cause nobody wants to see that twice, you know what I mean? It'll be something for everyone. Something different." On the musical direction of KORN's next album: Davis: "We never can tell until we get in a room together. It goes all over the place. When the band gets together and writes… 'Cause we write together as a band, and I write on my own, Head [guitarist Brian Welch] writes stuff on his own. So it just depends. Once we get into a room and go through all that stuff, that's when we know what direction we're gonna go… I'm always [writing and recording music]. [Laughs] I've got a music problem; I'm addicted to music, so I've got a ton of stuff. But we've gotta get all the guys together, 'cause we all live in different places, so when everybody gets in one spot, we start writing actually as a band. We record where we grew up, in Bakersfield. We've got Buck Owens' old studio, which a lot of huge records were recorded out of there, so we really like it there. It's a got a good vibe there." On how KORN plans to celebrate — both personally and as a band — the 20th anniversary of the release of its debut album: Davis: "Personally, I don't know how I'm gonna celebate. But as a release, I know we're gonna start doing, on festivals, we're gonna play the first album in its entirety. We're gonna start doing that. We're even gonna play [the song] 'Daddy' [which Jonathan wrote about his painful experience of being molested as a child and not being believed]. And I said I would never do it, but I'm gonna do it anyway. So we're gonna do the complete album in its entirety and then tag on some songs at the end of the show. So it should be pretty cool. But it's gonna be very stripped down. I think we will recapture what we were doing at that time, when we were coming up. It was our first album, we didn't have any production, it was just one backdrop. So I think it'll be kind of like that down-and-dirty, cool, old-school vibe, and we'll do the first record… [We'll start doing that later] this year. Once the 20th anniversary hits [on October 11], we'll start doing it." On whether he still rejects the "nu metal" label in reference to KORN, which is widely credited for pioneering the genre (encompassing metal bands that came out in the '90s that incorporated different styles into their music, mostly funk and hip-hop): Davis: "I've always rejected the fact that us getting pigeonholed into some kind of genre that we helped create, they said. It seems like when a band comes out and we do something new and something different, that's all great. When a whole bunch of bands jump on the bandwagon and start copying what that one band did, then it gets called something. And those bands are cheap knockoffs of what the original thing was. So, to me, that's why I never liked the 'nu metal' term. You don't call the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS a funk band. You don't call METALLICA just a thrash band. These are bands that have been around over 20 years that have paid their dues and have made amazing music that lots of people have ripped off and they get pigeonholed into these little genres [people] make up. But, to me, that's why I've always… I never liked it. But that's my personal opinion, I mean, if people want to call us that, go ahead — I don't care. That's just for me, that's just the way I look at it. So take my opinion with a grain of salt, I guess." Interview (audio):

  • CHAD SMITH And WILL FERRELL Perform THE ROLLING STONES Classic With DUFF MCKAGAN, MIKE MCCREADY

    PEARL JAM's Mike McCready, former GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS/CHICKENFOOT drummer Chad Smith performed a cover version of THE ROLLING STONES classic "Honky Tonk Women" as part of a makeshift all-star band that was dubbed I PISSED MY PANTS last night (Friday, September 19) at the Cancer For College charity event in Seattle, Washington. Hosting the event was Chad's lookalike, actor Will Ferrell, who joined in on the performance on cowbell. Handling the lead vocals was Brandi Carlile. Chad and Will staged a drum battle back in May, showing up on "The Tonight Show" in matching black leather jackets, KISS T-shirts, sneakers and blue baseball caps worn backwards. They sat down with host Jimmy Fallon to discuss the history of their "feud" — with each speaking as the other person. The pair then launched a "traditional drum-off," with the intensity and complexity of the solos increasing with each successive round. Ferrell was assisted by Fallon's band leader and "ghost drummer" Questlove of THE ROOTS. Smith has claimed that he's been mistaken for Ferrell for years, with Ferrell acknowledging the resemblance in a recent Reddit AMA session. The two escalated their "feud" into the drum-off challenge.

  • ACCEPT's MARK TORNILLO: 'I'm The Luckiest Guy On The Planet'

    Vocalist Mark Tornillo of German / American heavy metal legends ACCEPT was interviewed on the latest episode of the "Focus On Metal" podcast (web site). You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. Asked how ACCEPT manages to keep its songwriting fresh so far into the band's career, Tornillo said: "I'm the luckiest guy on the planet to have the writers that I'm writing with now. Wolf [Hoffmann, guitar] and Peter [Baltes, bass], I mean, they've been banging this stuff out for years and years and years, and it's really just the two of them that just keep coming up with these riffs and these ideas. And they'll put songs together, and a lot of times it'll be their hook ideas as well, and I'll just write the lyrics. But it's kind of hard to say, man. I mean, there's still a lot of juice left in the old bin, I think. We're just fired up about playing and we're fired up about writing. I think the creative part is the best of the whole thing — for real. That, and playing live." Tornillo also spoke about how he has managed to fit in so well with his ACCEPT bandmates despite the fact that he spent much of his early career playing East Coast bars with TT QUICK while the other guys were raised in Germany and schooled on European metal. "It is kind of bizarre, isn't it? [Laughs] It really is," Tornillo said of the chemistry between him and the other members of ACCEPT. "But, I mean, at the end of the day, it's like the old saying, we went to different schools together. What they were doing in Germany, we were doing here… we were trying to, at any rate. It's all rock and roll at the end of the day. But we all had the same love for the music and not a lot of nonsense to go along with it. That's really the key to ACCEPT — I think it probably always was — that there's not a whole lot of B.S. going on behind the scenes and people doing stupid stuff that's gonna show up in the tabloids and whatever else. It's about the music." ACCEPT's new album, "Blind Rage", sold around 6,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The band's previous CD, 2012's "Stalingrad", opened with around 5,400 units to debut at position No. 81 on The Billboard 200 chart. The group's 2010 album, "Blood Of The Nations", registered a first-week tally of 2,900 copies to land at No. 187. "Blind Rage" was released on August 15 via Nuclear Blast. Like its two predecessors, 2010's "Blood Of The Nations" and 2012's "Stalingrad", the new effort was helmed by British producer Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ARCH ENEMY and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. The cover artwork was created by Daniel Goldsworthy. The "Stampede" video was filmed on location in the high desert of California at the Devil's Punchbowl (a rock formation that looks like it's from another world) with director Greg Aronowitz ("Batman & Robin", "A.I. Artificial Intelligence", "The Lost World: Jurassic Park"). Interview (audio):

  • CROWBAR: Fan-Filmed Footage Of Montreal Concert

    Fan-filmed video footage of CROWBAR's September 17 performance at Les Foufounes Électriques in Montreal, Quebec, Canada can be seen below. CROWBAR's new album, "Symmetry In Black", sold around 3,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 68 on The Billboard 200 chart. CROWBAR's previous CD, 2011's "Sever The Wicked Hand", opened with around 3,500 units to land at position No. 4 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. "Symmetry In Black" came out in North America on May 27 via Entertainment One Music. The CD, which was made available in Europe on May 26 through Century Media Records, was produced by CROWBAR guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein and Duane Simoneaux and was mixed by Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA). The "Walk With Knowledge Wisely" video was directed by Mike Holderbeast (DOWN, EYEHATEGOD) and is the first of two clips fans can expect to see from "Symmetry In Black". Windstein exited DOWN in September 2013 in order to focus "100%" on CROWBAR. He was replaced in DOWN by the band's longtime stage manager and HONKY founding guitarist Bobby Landgraf. CROWBAR last year announced the addition of bassist Jeff Golden to the group's ranks. Jeff is from Bolton, Connecticut, but currently resides in Estero, Florida. CROWBAR is: Kirk Windstein (Guitar, Vocals) Matt Brunson (Guitar) Tommy Buckley (Drums) Jeff Golden (Bass)

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  • DAVE LOMBARDO Says SLAYER's Next Album Will Offer 'Nothing New'

    Metal Wani editor in chief Owais "Vitek" Nabi recently conducted an interview with former SLAYER and current PHILM drummer Dave Lombardo. You can now listen to the chat below. Asked how he feels about the material that SLAYER is recording right now and whether he agrees with the statement that it is the band's "best ever" — a comment which Nabi attributes to SLAYER guitarist Kerry King, but offers no source for — Lombardo said: "Do I feel the same about the material? It's the best ever? That's pretty much a very self-absorbed comment to say about your music." He continued: "I, quite honestly, don't have an opinion about the music. What I do know is that we've been working on those same songs that they're recording right now, I've worked on those songs since 2011, with Kerry. So those songs are not new. And all they're doing is replacing my drums; that's all they're doing. They're replacing my drums with the other drummer [Paul Bostaph], his playing. "I mean, I have all the tracks, I have all the songs. It's typical SLAYER. If you wanna listen to this album, you might as well just pick up the last album. It's nothing new." Lombardo also spoke about the "business side of metal" and how important it is for people to learn the ins and outs of the industry before attempting to pursue a career in music. He said: "I think, like in any business that you become a part of, you need to always educate yourself in the business. Artists, musicians sometimes turn their backs in trying to understand the business side of the music industry, but I think it's very important that musicians, drummers, anybody involved in this industry, they need to educate themselves. And it's just a very important part that you need as a career." Lombardo recently told the "Let There Be Talk" podcast about SLAYER's tendency to write riffs that sound alike:"When you get to a point, like I get on stage with my former band [SLAYER], where the riffs start sounding similar to other riffs. So I'm playing 'Chemical Warfare', and I think I'm in another fucking song, and I'm, like, 'Oh, fuck. I thought I was in…' That really fucks with me. And then I'm trying to see what the guys are playing on the frets to distinguish what song… Oh, man. That's happened to me a couple of times, and that's a little frustrating. That's when you know, for sure, that your music is starting to sound the same." Lombardo was effectively fired from SLAYER after sitting out the band's Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Filling in for him was Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX). In an interview with Brazil's Portal 7, Lombardo was asked if he has any plans to ever get back together with the members of SLAYER. He replied: "I have no plans. I mean, they can knock on my door, but I don't know if I'll answer. [Laughs]" Lombardo continued: "I don't know. Right now I'm focused on my new band, I'm focusing on my drum clinics, writing music, on staying creative. And I just stay focused and don't let what happened in the past bother me or in any way inhibit my progress with the future." PHILM released its sophomore album, "Fire From The Evening Sun", on September 16 (one day earlier internationally) via UDR. The band's lineup is completed by guitarist/vocalist Gerry Paul Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE), and bassist Francisco "Pancho" Eduardo Tomaselli (WAR).

  • ROB ZOMBIE Laments State Of Rock Radio In U.S.

    Earlier this week, Troy Hayden at KSAZ-TV, channel 10, the Fox-owned and -operated television station located in Phoenix, Arizona, conducted an interview with rocker-turned-director Rob Zombie. You can now watch the chat below. Asked for his thoughts on long-running Phoenix commercial radio station KDKB-FM (93.3) changing formats, going from rock to alternative and adopting the handle "Alt AZ 93.3, Arizona's Alternative" as of noon, Wednesday, September 17, Rob said: "That is really a bummer, because being on tour, you can really sense it, because certain markets will be really great markets, and then they won't be. And it always relates back to the radio station. If there's a great station, it's a great market, and you'll have huge crowds. And when the rock station dies, over the years, the crowds die and dwindle off, and what would be a killer market is not a great market. And then just out of a business point of view, you tend to avoid that market, because it's a dying market. And it's really a drag. We used to go places and there'd be… The radio stations would literally be fighting over each other to sponsor the show, there'd be so many stations. Now it's, like… You can't even find one. It's really crazy." Rob Zombie recently told England's TeamRock Radio that the American rock scene never recovered from the the '90s grunge explosion. Zombie explained, "When the grunge rock thing hit, with NIRVANA and all that, everybody thought it was cool to be anti-rock star. But in a way they sort of anti-rock starred themselves right out the door, because the rap guys came in and they said, 'Fuck it. We'll be the rock stars then, if you guys are going to wear flannel shirts and stare at your feet.' And in the U.S., truthfully, rock music has never recovered from that." Zombie added, "A whole generation of kids thought, 'Fuck this! Rock music is boring. Let's go listen to rap music.' And it's never recovered."

  • MASTERPLAN: Fan-Filmed Footage Of ProgPower USA XV Performance

    Fan-filmed video footage of MASTERPLAN's September 13 performance at the ProgPower USA XV festival in Atlanta, Georgia can be seen below. MASTERPLAN's new album, "Novum Initium", was released in June 2013 via AFM Records. Joining guitarist Roland Grapow (ex-HELLOWEEN) in MASTERPLAN's current lineup are drummer Martin "Marthus" Skaroupka (CRADLE OF FILTH), vocalist Rick Altzi (AT VANCE, SANDALINAS, THUNDERSTONE), who replaces Jorn Lande, and bassist Jari Kainulainen (STRATOVARIUS, SYMFONIA, DEVIL'S TRAIN). In an interview with Uber Rock, Altzi stated about the band's new CD: "We decided to start afresh, not changing the whole MASTERPLAN trademark too much, but also not trying to think so much about the past. It was really more looking forward into the future. I think it was a very important decision not trying to copy the old style, but look forward and make something really good." Speaking to Myglobalmind, Grapow said about MASTERPLAN's numerous personnel shuffles: "I think that it's basically hard to explain why we always had singer changes. When we started MASTERPLAN with Jorn [Lande], a lot of people had warned me to be careful saying that he was very difficult. That he was never happy or satisfied with things. I think that the only thing that he really was concentrated on was trading on a solo career called JORN. Everything else for him was just a side project; he never saw MASTERPLAN as his main band. It was especially bad for me as I had put so much love, work and so much feeling for this band. I had given everything to make the band big. Jorn never did anything for us for this band. He never even said anything great about MASTERPLAN. That is not nice; you need a really good team behind you which loves this work. It's the same as a company — if someone is not dedicated totally 100%, it doesn't matter what a great voice he has. You stay on the same level, but now with a totally different lineup, we have a really big chance of getting further now. We can play live again. That just wasn't happening for about six years, which was quite terrible, to be honest." MASTERPLAN's current lineup: Rick Altzi - vocals Roland Grapow - guitars Axel Mackenrott - keyboards Jari Kainulainen - bass Martin "Marthus" Skaroupka - drums

  • RAMMSTEIN Guitarist: There Are No Plans To Tour Or Make A New Album At The Moment

    Guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe of German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN spoke to Jo Schüftan of Horns Up Rocks! about the band's current status, five years after the release of RAMMSTEIN's latest studio album, "Liebe Ist Für Alle Da". Asked if there are plans for RAMMSTEIN to do anything in the near future, Kruspe said: "Not at the moment, actually. We're meeting every year. We come together for a week. We do a lot of eating. Our singer's a hunter, so he hunts a lot of animals, and we eat a lot of animals during the week and talk a lot about things. And this year we met, and we decided to meet another year and see how we feel then. So there's no plans of touring at the moment and no plans of [making a new] record. But that can change every minute. [Laughs]" Kruspe also spoke about the importance of putting on a great live show in this day and age, especially in light of the fact that RAMSTEIN's pyro-heavy metal-industrial concerts are considered to be among the best in the world. "It's very, very, very hard," Richard said. "It's hard for those young guys, those young bands. Because with RAMMSTEIN, it happened really naturally, because nobody really played us on radio — we never had radio power — so what we did, while living in the late '90s and beginning of 2000s, we still were selling records and we took the money of selling records and put it in our live show. So we constantly were aware that the only chance we had was actually putting out a good show. These days, everything becomes a promotional tool — the music becomes a promotional tool, the videos, or scores in movies, or whatever you do, it's promotion. Then those kids should save money and put it in their live show. I mean, it ain't gonna happen. It's very, very difficult." Kruspe recently told UK's Metal Hammer magazine about RAMMSTEIN's future plans: "We have a live DVD coming out, we have another live DVD coming out, we have another live DVD… We have so many live DVDs right now that we have to work that through. So, I think, at the moment, everyone does his own thing. I think it's important, because, again, RAMMSTEIN was always a band that took their time, that listened to themselves, listened to what they need, how much time they need between [albums]." He added: "One good thing about that the music industry changed is that you don't have to do a record every year — it's not necessary — and I think a lot of people that did this put [out] records that weren't that great. So I like that idea, actually, to take breaks. Again, I think we will come back together. I love touring with RAMMSTEIN, and if somebody has a vision for a record, we'll do another record." RAMMSTEIN's long-awaited retrospective release, "Made In Germany 1995 - 2011", was made available in December 2011 through Universal Germany's marketing and distribution deal in the U.S. with Vagrant Records. "Liebe Ist Für Alle Da", sold 22,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 13 on The Billboard 200 chart. Previously, the group's best rank came with its 1998 chart debut, "Sehnsucht", which peaked at No. 45 off the strength of its only U.S. radio chart hit, "Du Hast". "Liebe Ist Für Alle Da" was produced by Jacob Hellner and RAMMSTEIN, with recording done at Northern California's Sonoma Mountain Studio. The first single from the 11-track release was "Pussy", which was released as a digital single on September 22, 2009 and accompanied by one of the year's most viral videos. Kruspe's EMIGRATE project will release its sophomore album, "Silent So Long", on November 4 via Spinefarm. The CD, which was produced by the EMIGRATE bandmembers themselves and mixed in February/March by Ben Grosse (MARILYN MANSON, DISTURBED), features guest appearances by Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD), Jonathan Davis (KORN), Marilyn Manson, Canadian born Berlin-dweller Peaches, and Frank Dellé from chart-topping German collective SEEED.

  • MOTÖRHEAD's LEMMY On His Health: 'I'm Getting Back There'

    In a brand new interview with VH1.com, MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister spoke about his health more than a year after he suffered a haematoma (where blood collects outside of a blood vessel), causing the cancelation of a number of the band's European festival shows. Lemmy was also reporetedly fitted with a defibrillator because of heart problems. "I'm getting back there," Lemmy told VH1.com. "We've just done two tours. It doesn't really matter what you do, it's how you do it and how you feel. I gave up smoking more or less. I have one now and again but that's about it. And I more or less gave up drinking or I switched to vodka instead of Jack Daniels, which is better for you apparently. If you're going to drink, that's the least harmful." Asked what the worst injury was that he ever suffered on tour, Lemmy said: "Well, let's see. I once fell through a hole in the stage. I used to wear a bullet belt, right? It was chrome, you know, and I crushed two of the fucking bullets flat with my hip bone. That was an interesting half hour. Once we got on stage, by, like, the third song, I couldn't move at all from the waist down. But, you know, you have to go on 'cause there's three to four thousand people who have paid good money. You can't leave them just lying there, if you can help it. Any time we've ever canceled anything, it was because we couldn't actually physically do it." Lemmy, who turned 68 years old in December, told Classic Rock he didn't expect to still be here at 30, "I don't do regrets," he said. "Regrets are pointless. It's too late for regrets. You've already done it, haven't you? You've lived your life. No point wishing you could change it. "There are a couple of things I might have done differently, but nothing major; nothing that would have made that much of a difference. "I'm pretty happy with the way things have turned out. I like to think I've brought a lot of joy to a lot of people all over the world. I'm true to myself and I'm straight with people." Asked if his illness last year has made him more aware of his own mortality, Lemmy said: "Death is an inevitability, isn't it? You become more aware of that when you get to my age. I don't worry about it. I'm ready for it. When I go, I want to go doing what I do best. If I died tomorrow, I couldn't complain. It's been good."

  • GUS G. Talks To MUSICIAN'S FRIEND (Video)

    In August 2014, Musician's Friend conducted an interview with Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND. You can now watch the chat in three parts below. Gus' debut solo album, "I Am The Fire", entered the official chart in Greece at position No. 27. The CD sold around 700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. Gus and LYNAM will team up for a string of West Coast dates in October. The shows kick off October 15 in Los Angeles at the world-famous Whisky a Go Go and mark Gus' first solo appearances in North America. Says Gus: "I'm very excited to play my first solo shows in North America! Expect a killer setlist with songs from my debut solo album, 'I Am The Fire', as well as material from FIREWIND, Ozzy and some surprises!" Gus G. and LYNAM tour dates: Oct. 15 - The Whisky a Go Go - Los Angeles, CA Oct. 17 - Count's Vamped - Las Vegas, NV Oct. 18 - Ramona Mainstage - Ramona, CA Oct. 19 - Club Red - Tempe, AZ Gus handles all guitar, bass and keyboards on "I Am The Fire", and is joined by a roster of friends and guests that help bring his vision to fruition: drummers Jeff Friedl (A PERFECT CIRCLE, PUSCIFER, DEVO) and Daniel Erlandsson (ARCH ENEMY), bassists David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH) and Marty O'Brien (TOMMY LEE, WE ARE THE FALLEN, LITA FORD), and vocalists Mats Levén (CANDLEMASS, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THERION), Blake Allison (DEVOUR THE DAY), Michael Starr (STEEL PANTHER), Alexia Rodriguez (EYES SET TO KILL), Tom S. Englund (EVERGREY), Jacob Bunton (ADLER) and Jeff Scott Soto (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, TALISMAN, ex-JOURNEY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN). "I Am The Fire" was mixed by Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, STONE SOUR, STEEL PANTHER) and was recorded between Los Angeles and Gus' home country of Greece through the latter half of 2013. A few of the album's tracks include "Eyes Wide Open", "Redemption", "End Of The Line" and "Blame It On Me". The album showcases a well-balanced mix of active rock, classic hard rock, traditional metal and guitar-driven instrumentals, taking listeners on a diverse journey and opening doors to Gus G.'s soulful playing.

  • EMMURE's FRANK PALMERI Speaks To CALIBER TV At AFTERSHOCK Festival (Video)

    Caliber TV conducted an interview with vocalist Frank Palmeri of the Queens, New York-based deathcore act EMMURE at the Aftershock festival, which was held on September 13-14 in Sacramento, California. You can now watch the chat below. EMMURE's seventh full-length album, "Eternal Enemies", was released on April 15 via Victory Records. According to a press release, the CD "is without a doubt the most aggressive, brutal and devastating of [album of the band's] career." The "Enemy Lines" DVD features over 30 minutes of behind-the-scenes and in-studio footage of the band making "Eternal Enemies" along with EMMURE's entire music video catalog featuring eight official music videos from previous releases, one lyric video, and two brand new music videos for "Like LaMotta" and "Nemesis". In a recent interview with KillYourStereo.com, EMMURE rhythm guitarist Jesse Ketive stated about "Eternal Enemies": "Every record is a different piece of artwork, and, you know, we'll try to write an album one way, or another way to try and make things happen. But I do think that this one came together the best. Everyone really got more inputs, and everyone's ideas were really put out more on here. I think this one is the best, as far as the quality of writing goes and how we feel about it." Regarding EMMURE's decision to rename the opening song to the album, "Bring A Gun To School", Ketive said: "It's being released as 'Untitled'. Long story short, some people would perceive it as a bad thing, or as if we're trying to knock on school shootings, which is how it started out when we released it, or maybe that stores won't put our CD in there store, or that certain sponsorships might not want to deal with that, so we just changed up. And this just drives us more when people talk about us, even when it's bad talking." He continued: "At first I did take [the title] as offensive, because I didn't understand, and then I read the explanation and see what it is and where it's coming from and how it's pretty much just testament to how people get sore to anything you do or say. He [EMMURE singer Frankie Palmeri] decided, Well, I'm just gonna say this,' as it was more personal, about getting bullied, and not about knocking on school shootings, which is what most people would think at first."

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  • SLASH Comments On GENE SIMMONS' 'Rock Is Dead' Remark

    Slash has responded to KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' recent comment that "rock is dead." Simmons told Esquire magazine earlier in the month — in an interview conducted by his son Nick — that "rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed and now it won't because it's that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it." Simmons went on to elaborate that as a result of file-sharing and other issues, record label support for rock music was not available like it was when KISS was coming up, concluding, "It's finally dead. Rock is finally dead." Asked to weigh in on Gene's comments, Slash told Ultimate Classic Rock (see video below): "I think probably where Gene's coming from is that the music business itself is not catering to rock and roll at all. And if you're aspiring to be a guitarist or a drummer or a singer in a rock band and, sort of, make your way up the ladder, the obstacles are much bigger than they were when I first started. There's a lot less opportunities in the record business, to get a record deal and get your record out there. There's not a lot of radio play for it. But, that said, the rock and roll audience is rabid. [It's] huge and just as alive and kicking as it ever was. So, I get what [Simmons is] saying, but I also think that it's really great to, kind of, just sort of, separate the men from the boys, where if you're really passionate about the kind of music that you wanna do and you're not looking at it from a dollars-and-cents point of view, but you just wanna create new music and somehow go out there and play live and get it out there, that passion for it has to be honed in and it has to be real. It can't be about buying cars and getting laid and all the other perks that go along with making a lot of money. It's gotta be about the music, and I think that's pretty healthy." "World On Fire", the third album to be made available under the Slash solo banner, is likely to sell between 25,000 and 28,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on September 16 via Slash's own label Dik Hayd International distributed through Roadrunner Records (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America).. The chart will be unveiled on Wednesday, September 24.

  • GWAR To Introduce Two New Members On 'Gwar Eternal Tour' This Fall

    GWAR, the most brutal band in existence, has bolstered its ranks leading up to the "GWAR Eternal Tour". The Berserker Blóthar and Vulvatron are the latest intergalactic warriors to be banished to the pathetic mudball known as Planet Earth. Blóthar; a fat, filthy, frozen space viking, will take over as GWAR's lead vocalist. The role of the red-hot cybernetic spitfire known as Vulvatron is more mysterious... Both will feature prominently in the anticipated "GWAR Eternal Tour" — which promises to be the most shocking and entertaining rock show of the year! Get to know your new masters before they grind you to a bloody pulp! Blóthar Size:XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXL Origin: The Berserker Blóthar is an ancient shape-shifting holy warrior from the planet Scumdoggia. Blóthar is known to associate with intergalactic outlaw biker gangs Position: Doggy Style baby! A true Renaissance man; Blóthar sings, he dances, he kills things... Features: Blóthar wears a ceremonial headdress fashioned from the gigantic antlers and pelt of a Spectral Moon Moose he killed eons ago. He carries a mighty battle axe, an impenetrable shield, and for some reason has grown a set of hideous space udders Hobbies: Ice fishing and ritual murder Quote: "I went into a trance of blinding rage. I must have killed a million space apes. I was sleeping it off, and I woke up with a piss boner. I figure, why waste it, you know? So I'm rubbing one out, and the next thing I know, I'm on stage with GWAR in front of thousands of hideous, acne-ridden teenaged humanoids. I was promised there would be wifi, but it's hit or miss...." Vulvatron Size: Genetically engineered to the optimum proportions for a female of her species Origin: Vulvatron has returned from the year 69000, where she was a high-ranking Scumdog assassin in the battle against futuro-fascist forces. Her primary functions include mastery of the arts of war, quantum mechanics, and intergalactic musicology Position: Head Bitch In Charge Features: Shock-white dreadlocks, high-tech armor, cybernetic implants, boob spew, prominent posterior Hobbies: Adapting her superior technology and sexual prowess to the present day, perfecting the chemical formula for Vulvoline — her line of signature drag-racing motor oils, hot yoga Quote: "I have summoned Planck quantities of energy to navigate the fabric of space-time back to this primitive era on Earth. I believe our wormhole might have slightly malfunctioned upon my arrival, also ushering in a primeval creature from a far earlier era, vaguely resembling a Moon Moose. I shall have to report this anomaly to maintenance. My mission is to alter the current path of GWAR so that they might prevent the darkest period in the history of the Universe! I have calculated an optimum plan of action to achieve...Hey! Quit staring at my tits!" See the Berserker Blóthar, Vulvatron and the rest of GWAR as they embark upon the "GWAR Eternal Tour" and search for Oderus Urungus! gwarternaltour2014poster

  • FREDDIE MERCURY's Duet With MICHAEL JACKSON Featured On 'Queen Forever' Album

    Three previously unreleased QUEEN songs featuring late singer Freddie Mercury spearhead an exciting new QUEEN album, "Queen Forever", due November 10 on the Virgin Records label. The tracks include a long-anticipated track from QUEEN and Michael Jackson, "There Must Be More to Life Than This", a previously unfinished Mercury-QUEEN track, "Let Me In Your Heart Again", originating from the band's "The Works" album recording sessions, and a scorching new stripped-down ballad version of Mercury's first solo hit, his Giorgio Moroder collaboration, "Love Kills". The rest of the package brings together QUEEN hits, classic tracks, and new takes on well-known songs, matched with band recordings Brian May describes as "things that we have collected together that are representative of our growth rather than the big hits" in a collection immaculately assembled by May and Roger Taylor themselves. The tracks are all linked to represent a definitive collection of QUEEN's timeless love songs. "Queen Forever" is available as a 20-track single CD and as an extended 36-track, two-CD set, and celebrates the extraordinary musical path of one of the world's greatest rock bands. Anticipation for these new Mercury tracks has been high since May and Taylor first hinted earlier this year that new tracks featuring Mercury were being explored. Speaking at the press conference to launch their North American concert tour with singer Adam Lambert earlier in the year, May said: "There was a little bit more in the can that we had overlooked for a long time, so we have a few songs which we're working on right now. Freddie sounds as fresh as yesterday." On the subject, Taylor said: "We've got some great new tracks that haven't been heard and there's an interesting selection of older stuff." The QUEEN and Michael Jackson duet, "There Must Be More to Life Than This", began as a song written by Mercury during sessions for QUEEN's 1981 album, "Hot Space". The band recorded a backing track, but the song was never completed. Mercury visited Michael Jackson at his home studio in Los Angeles where he recorded Jackson singing the song for an unfinished version. QUEEN revived the track during sessions for 1984's "The Works", but again it was not finished. A year later, Freddie's own version of the song surfaced on his debut solo album, 1985's "Mr. Bad Guy". This new production of the powerful ballad fuses QUEEN's original backing track and Mercury and Jackson's distinctive vocals, and has been produced and remixed by celebrated Madonna/Robbie Williams producer William Orbit. Talking of his involvement, Orbit said: "I had known Roger for many years. Now he was on the phone asking if I would get involved in this musical adventure. "When I first played it in my studio, I opened a trove of delights provided by the greatest of musicians. Hearing Michael Jackson's vocals was stirring. So vivid, so cool, and poignant, it was like he was in the studio singing live. With Freddie's vocal solo on the mixing desk, my appreciation for his gift was taken to an even higher level. "The musicianship of all four members of QUEEN is phenomenal. Roger, an extraordinarily multi talented man I've always admired. John Deacon's original bass part with its lyrical fluidity that made it easy for me to know where to put the odd reinforcement. Freddie's original piano carried most of the song's musical DNA. Brian, one take for the solo, a blur of fingers, and the spirits of MJ and FM fully present, in the moment, sending shivers down the spine." Perhaps the biggest revelation on "Queen Forever" is Brian May's composition, "Let Me In Your Heart Again". The song was first recorded by "Queen For The Works" album, but not completed at the time and has remained overlooked since then. An authentic, live-in-the-studio track from the same golden age as "Radio Ga Ga" and "I Want To Break Free", this never-before-heard QUEEN track shows off Freddie's timeless vocals and features newly recorded guitar parts and new backing vocals from Brian and Roger. This thrilling track finally reaches us nearly 30 years after Freddie first laid down his original vocal. The third new track, "Love Kills", was composed by Freddie Mercury and famed German producer/songwriter Giorgio Moroder for the soundtrack to Moroder's newly restored and tinted version of Fritz Lang's 1927 classic silent movie "Metropolis" in 1984 to which he added a pop soundtrack featuring various music artists. Mercury recorded a high-energy dance version of the song that became his debut solo hit in 1985. However, it is less well known that all four members of QUEEN played on the original track. Prior to QUEEN embarking on their recent tour with lead singer Adam Lambert, Brian May proposed performing an acoustic ballad version of "Love Kills", which became one of the most memorable moments of the current QUEEN & Adam Lambert shows. This new QUEEN-Freddie studio version is shaped in the same ballad style and revives the QUEEN original with some newly recorded guitars and drums by May and Taylor, becoming a glorious showcase for one of Freddie's most adrenaline-charged vocal performances. Alongside this new material, both the one and two-CD versions of "Queen Forever" feature songs that spotlight the band's songwriting prowess, studio experimentation and remarkable development. It's a timely reminder that, almost uniquely in the world of rock and pop, all four members of QUEEN were accomplished songwriters and superlatively gifted musicians. "Queen Forever" reaches back as far as 1974 with fan favorite "Nevermore", a Freddie Mercury song originally included on "Queen II", the album that first saw QUEEN use the recording studio as an instrument in its own right. From the same year comes the dramatic power ballad "In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited", once the grand finale of any QUEEN show, and since revived by QUEEN and lead singer Adam Lambert on their 2014 tour. Meanwhile, the upbeat single "You're My Best Friend", written by bass guitarist John Deacon, showcased QUEEN's poppier side and was released as the follow-up to 1975's "Bohemian Rhapsody", becoming a Top 10 UK and Top 20 US hit in the same year and gave John Deacon his first QUEEN hit single. Elsewhere, 1977's "Long Away" remains the only QUEEN single to feature Brian May on lead vocals; and the same year's B-side Drowse" includes a rare QUEEN performance from Roger Taylor on guitar. QUEEN saw out the decade with a run of hits that included the gospel-flavored "Somebody To Love", memorably performed by QUEEN and George Michael at the Freddie Mercury tribute concert in 1992, and finished on a high with '79's U.S. No. 1 hit, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", an exuberant rockabilly pop song composed by Freddie Mercury in the bath in Munich. By touching on prog rock, gospel, acoustic balladry, Elvis-style rock'n'roll and more, these songs alone encapsulate QUEEN's diversity in the 1970s. However, the band threw out the rulebook completely in the decades that followed, embracing funk, hard rock, soul and pure pop, but always sounding unmistakably QUEEN. The band used synthesizers for the first time on 1980's "Play The Game" single; Freddie sang some of his vocals in Spanish on the 1982 hit "Las Palabras De Amor", and 1986's "One Year Of Love" featuring unusually a saxophone. The album is completed by latter-day QUEEN hits, including '91's No. 1 "These Are The Days Of Our Lives" and '95's "Too Much Love Will Kill You", together with the poignant "A Winter's Tale", recorded during Freddie Mercury's final QUEEN recording sessions in Montreux in 1991. "Queen Forever" is both a showcase for these exclusive new recordings, but also an enduring tribute to the extraordinary musical achievements of John Deacon, Brian May, Roger Taylor and the late, great Freddie Mercury whose singular talent we can again get to marvel at with the arrival of these previously unheard tracks. "Queen Forever". Forever? Who can tell? But for now we can be certain that this highly rewarding collection of QUEEN new, rare, and at their most accomplished, more than serves to uphold the band's indisputable place in music history and is certain to earn a prized place in music collections for a long time to come. QUEEN certainly rates in the top among Britain's favourite bands. The UK's Official Charts Company earlier this year confirmed QUEEN's 1981 "Greatest Hits" album as Britain's best-selling album of all time all after surpassing the 6 million sales milestone. A staggering one in three British households now own a copy of the iconic act's original best-of collection. And if 6 million sales isn't enough for the band, QUEEN's follow-up, "Greatest Hits II", which was released in October 1991 also rides high at No. 10 in the all-time Official Albums Chart, having notched up a further 3.9 million UK sales to date. "Queen Forever" track listings Single CD: 01. Let Me In Your Heart Again 02. Love Kills – The Ballad 03. There Must Be More To Life Than This (William Orbit Mix) 04. It's A Hard Life 05. You're My Best Friend 06. Love Of My Life 07. Drowse 08. Long Away 09. Lily Of The Valley 10. Don't Try So Hard 11. Bijou 12. These Are The Days Of Our Lives 13. Las Palabras De Amor 14. Who Wants To Live Forever 15. A Winter's Tale 16. Play The Game 17. Save Me 18. Somebody To Love 19. Too Much Love Will Kill You 20. Crazy Little Thing Called Love 2-CD Set CD1 01. Let Me In Your Heart Again 02. Love Kills – The Ballad 03. There Must Be More To Life Than This (William Orbit Mix) 04. Play The Game 05. Dear Friends 06. You're My Best Friend 07. Love Of My Life 08. Drowse 09. You Take My Breath Away 10. Spread Your Wings 11. Long Away 12. Lily Of The Valley 13. Don't Try So Hard 14. Bijou 15. These Are The Days Of Our Lives 16. Nevermore 17. Las Palabras De Amor 18. Who Wants To Live Forever CD2 01. I Was Born To Love You 02. Somebody To Love 03. Crazy Little Thing Called Love 04. Friends Will Be Friends 05. Jealousy 06. One Year of Love 07. A Winters Tale 08. '39 09. Mother Love 10. It's A Hard Life 11. Save Me 12. Made in Heaven 13. Too Much Love Will Kill You 14. Sail Away Sweet Sister 15. The Miracle 16. Is This The World We Created 17. In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited 18. Forever queenforevercd

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