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  • METALLICA's ROBERT TRUJILLO Had To 'Revamp And Retool' His Technique After Joining Band

    During a recent appearance on "Talk Is Jericho", the podcast of Chris Jericho, the world champion pro wrestler, actor, New York Times best-selling author and lead vocalist of the metal band FOZZY, Robert Trujillo spoke about his 2003 audition to replace METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted, as captured in the 2004 band documentary "Some Kind Of Monster". "I knew some of the METALLICA songs just from… Every bass player in heavy metal music knows some METALLICA, and ['Battery'] was a song I knew fairly well," Trujillo said. "But once you get there, they want you to play… 'Hey, play 'Sad But True'.' Or 'Play this' or 'that,' and you start kind of improvising through some of that. But I think what was important for them was the feel and also the person. You know what I mean?! So the feel, they were impressed with the feel. [My playing with] fingers [was], I guess, more important to James [Hetfield, METALLICA frontman]." He continued: "Fingers, there's a certain attack and a feel and a dynamic to the sound and the flow of a finger player. But then I play with a pick, too, sometimes. I don't play METALLICA with a pick… I'm not a good pick player, you know what I mean!? But the good thing is, it's sort of trial by error. When I first joined the band, there was so much galloping — like 'Battery''s got a lot of galloping — so right away I had to sort of revamp and retool my technique. So immediately I had a lot of adjustments that I needed to make, which is good, because I always like a challenge." Asked about the differences in the way he had to approach the material originally recorded by Newsted compared to the songs that were laid down by METALLICA's late bassist Cliff Burton, Trujillo said: "A lot of the stuff that Bob Rock produced was a bit more… Obviously, groove is very, very important on those songs, like 'Black Album' songs. But then just really keeping it fairly simple in that style. With Cliff, we're talking about a little bit more aggro, but tight. So they are different styles. I still play with my fingers, even on the 'Black Album' material. But the great thing about… What I can say I'm pretty proud of being in METALLICA these years is being able to play, like, the 'Black Album' in its entirety — songs that were never played live: 'The Struggle Within'. There was about three songs on that album [that had never been played live]. And even 'Orion'… We play 'Orion' a lot now; it's kind of an active song in the set. And that was a song that hadn't really been played years before. And 'Dyers Eve', off the '…And Justice For All' album, that was a song that had never been played live as well. So the fact that, here we were, age 50, and we're attacking songs that hadn't been attacked… And in a lot of ways, I feel that that challenges us, and it actually makes this unit a better band." METALLICA released a 10th anniversary two-disc Blu-ray edition of t"Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster" on November 24, 2014. The new edition of the film was made available digitally and via VOD for the first time. It also contains a new bonus feature, "Metallica: This Monster Lives", a 25-minute follow-up segment filmed at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival during the premiere of the band's second film, "Metallica Through The Never". The segment features interview footage with the band and "Some Kind Of Monster" co-directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky in which they all look back at the decade since the release of the film. Originally released on July 9, 2004, "Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster" followed the band through the three most turbulent years of their long career, during which they battled through addiction, lineup changes, fan backlash, personal turmoil and the near-disintegration of the group during the making of their "St. Anger" album.

  • MORGOTH: 'Ungod' Album Artwork Unveiled

    German death metal veterans MORGOTH will release their new studio album, "Ungod", on March 30 in Europe and April 7 in North America via Century Media. The CD will contain 11 tracks of dark and dismal death metal, combining the untamed ferocity of MORGOTH’s infamous EPs with the atmospheric density of the band’s two legendary full-length efforts, "Cursed" and "Odium". The atmosphere of "Ungod" was perfectly captured by Greek cover designer Seth Siro Anton (PARADISE LOST, SOILWORK, MOONSPELL), who transformed it into an eerie piece of delusion and despair. Comments MORGOTH on the collaboration: "We are very happy to have worked with Seth for the cover artwork of the album. "We knew it wouldn't be very easy to put the title 'Ungod' into a design that is vivid, brutal and aesthetic at the same time. "We had received a couple of good different suggestions for the artwork, but Seth's simply was the one who pictured exactly what was already in our minds. It can roughly be described as God drowning in the void, killing its own creation and becoming the 'Ungod' — the dawn of the Antichrist." A new track titled "Black Enemy" can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below. Comments MORGOTH: "After 18 years, we can finally present a first glimpse at our new full-length album, 'Ungod'! "We started with the songwriting in January 2013 and finished the recording process by the end of December 2014. "It was an awesome experience to go through the sometimes very complex and challenging process of writing and recording an album again. "Our goal was to present some real MORGOTH-style death metal, which closes the gap between 'Cursed' and 'Odium'. We hope that we have achieved this goal and our supporters and friends will like the final outcome. "The idea behind the song 'Black Enemy' is that this evil force rests within all of us and all we can do is trying to keep that beast under control. The 'Black Enemy' represents the dark and destroying part inside of us and the lyrics deal with someone who is not able to control it anymore, committing a murder in the end." "Ungod" was recorded, mixed and mastered in November and December 2014 by Jörn Michutta and Matthias Klinkmann at Sound Division Tonstudio in the band’s initial home area of Sauerland, Germany, after having already successfully tested the studio for the "God Is Evil" EP. MORGOTH recently recruited singer Karsten "Jagger" Jäger (DISBELIEF) to replace the band's longtime vocalist Marc Grewe. MORGOTH released its first-ever live album and DVD, "Cursed To Live", on June 25, 2012 via Century Media Records. The audio tracks were mixed at Unisound Studio in Sweden with Dan Swanö (OPETH, KATATONIA, DISSECTION). "Cursed To Live" was a documentation of MORGOTH's 20th-anniversary celebration of the band's all-time classic album "Cursed" (released by Century Media Records in 1991). It was released on CD, a limited DVD+2CD as well as a limited deluxe 2LP. The live show featured on the album was recorded at the band's triumphant show headlining Way Of Darkness festival 2011, at which MORGOTH performed an extensive set of 15 songs, with the main focus on the songs off "Cursed". The cover artwork — with an intentional nod to the original "Cursed" art — was designed by the renowned artist Dirk Rudolph (RAMMSTEIN, IN EXTREMO, APOCALYPTICA), who had also created the original artwork for "Cursed". morgothungodcdcover

  • STEVEN ADLER Celebrates One Year Of Sobriety, Completes Work On New ADLER Song

    Diamond Dave Castagno conducted an interview with ADLER's Jacob Bunton and Johnny Martin at this year's NAMM show, which was held January 22-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about ADLER's extended break following the cancelation of the band's summer 2013 tour, Bunton said: "ADLER took a little hiatus. The band never broke up. We were all really close friends. We all are very close friends." He continued: "[Original GUNS N' ROSES and current ADLER drummer] Steven [Adler], as everybody knows, we had a tour booked, and he had to cancel it to go deal with his health, because that's the most important thing — him being healthy. But we're happy to say, as of, I think, two weeks ago, he's one year sober. So we all took some time off." Bunton also confirmed that ADLER recently returned to the studio with producer Jeff Pilson (FOREIGNER, DOKKEN) to record one new track, for which a release date has not yet been announced. He said: "We went back in the studio and did one song. [We're] just kind of taking baby steps right now. The song is finished, but it's gotta get mixed and mastered. But I don't know if we're planning on doing just that song, or doing an EP, or doing a record, or doing whatever. We are gonna do some shows — not a big tour and stuff like that, because, you know, we're just gonna see how it goes." ADLER's debut album, "Back From The Dead", came out in November 2012 via New Ocean Media. Adler appeared on season two of on the "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew" show and the first season of the spin-off program "Sober House" back in late 2008 and early 2009. Adler then went on to stints in real rehab centers after being ordered to by a judge as part of a DUI bust. He subsequently returned for Season 5 of "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew" alongside Michael Lohan, Dwight Gooden and Bai Ling, among others. "Celebrity Rehab Presents Sober House" included footage of Adler being arrested on July 18, 2008 after he showed up at a sober-living home high and in possession of heroin. Steven Adler was the drummer for GUNS N' ROSES from 1985 to 1990. He was eventually fired from the band due to his drug addiction, which caused him to spiral down into depression and more drug use. Steven Adler's autobiography, "My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, and Drugs, and Guns N' Roses", came out in July 2010. In the book, Adler told all, fearlessly addressing his struggles with heroin and crack addiction; his financial ruin after being kicked out of GN'R; his shattered marriage; and the severe health problems that nearly claimed his life on several occasions. ADLER is comprised of Adler, frontman Jacob Bunton (LYNAM, MARS ELECTRIC), guitarist Lonny Paul (ADLER'S APPETITE), and bassist Johnny Martin (CHELSEA SMILES). GUNS N' ROSES was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2012. Adler, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan attended the ceremony, while singer Axl Rose and founding guitarist Izzy Stradlin stayed home.

  • APOCALYPTICA's EICCA TOPPINEN Says 'Shadowmaker' Album Is 'Full Of Attitude'

    Eicca Toppinen of Finnish cello rockers APOCALYPTICA recently spoke to Australia's The Rockpit about the band's forthcoming labum, "Shadowmaker". "It's always hard to talk about albums without being a nerdy musician," he said. "I think it's a totally new kind of record for APOCALYPTICA, especially because we have one singer on the whole album, and I think it's making the whole album more solid. It's more of a band record compared to the album that we have had guest vocalists, so I think it's more solid. "We had a break when we stopped touring for '7th Symphony', we had one year off, we didn't write a single song for a record, nothing except for 'Wagner Reloaded', but for the regular stuff, nothing. And after the break, we came together and if we wanted to do something, we have to do exactly what we want to do and this record is the result of that, that journey. "We wanted to challenge ourselves even more and we wanted to be tight as a band before the pre-production and the thing that Franky [Perez, vocalist] was part of the pre-production, we spent weeks with him in the rehearsal room arranging the songs and getting things more defined before we went into the studio. "I think this album is full of attitude, it's a real attitude record." Asked how APOCALYPTICA ended up hiring Franky Perez to handle the vocals on the entire "Shadowmaker" record, Eicca said: "It was actually the beginning of June last year when we made the decision to, 'Okay, there's no more guest vocalists on this record. We need to find a guy who makes the record and will tour with us for the record. It's like a puzzle where all the pieces of the puzzle are spread all over, they are not connected, and we need to get those pieces connected. And ways to have one singer to make the whole thing more understandable for people, to make the working circumstances more comfortable for us where things are not so dependant on people outside of the band — the guests, the managers and the label — so it's all about us." He continued: "Our manager put a quiet request in the business, like, 'Okay, APOCALYPTICA searching for a singer for the record. Do we have any suggestions or any people who are great singers who do not have the right band yet?' And we got about 20-25 suggestions. We went through them, and asked five of them to make a recording and from those we picked out three and asked them to sing a little piece of 'Hole In My Soul' from the new album, and Franky was the obvious choice. So he came through the record company search. Somebody said at the American label that he's the guy, 'I've used him many times on session [recordings]. He's great. And he didn't have anything active going except his solo record, but nothing band-wise." Eicca added: "I love Franky's voice. He's not just a regular singer. He has a very soulful sound and he's able to sing different styles, which is perfect for APOCALYPTICA, because our songs are not only heavy metal, it's a variety of different colors and different dynamics, and the singer needs to match that, and I think Franky is a perfect match." Asked if APOCALYPTICA would consider keeping Perez permanently as a bandmember, Eicca said: "It's too early to think about it, but nothing is decided. Now we got the record done, and then we will have touring more or less for two years, and at the end of that time, or sometime during those two years, we will know. But it wouldn't be an impossible option to have Franky in the band, but it's too early to think about it. We have been through several concepts, and we still want the option to change the concept to do something different." The official video for the "Shadowmaker" title track can be seen below. The CD will be released in April via Eleven Seven Music Group in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and South East Asia. APOCALYPTICA's new album was helmed Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, DEFTONES, MASTODON).

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  • KISS's TOMMY THAYER Says Technology Enables Musicians To Make 'Perfect'-Sounding Records With No 'Soul'

    Music Junkie Press conducted an interview with KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer at the Hughes & Kettner booth at this year's NAMM show, which was held January 22-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about how modern technology has affected the way musicians create music, Thayer said: "All the technology and even the social networking and everything that goes on, it gets a little overwhelming, and I think we sometimes do lose touch with getting back to the roots of music and the creative aspect of everything. I think we never wanna lose track of that or lose that connection, because with all the technology, even recording with Auto-Tune and all this stuff, you can make something sound perfect, but you lose the real personality and the soul of something when you do that too much. So it's something… You have to not lose track of that. Music is feel, it's soul… it's the heart." Thayer joined KISS in February 2003, stepping into the boots Frehley had been occupying for the KISS reunion that lasted from 1996 to 2002. Speaking about the first time he performed with KISS in full makeup, Thayer told Guitar World magazine in a 2013 interview: "The first time was at a private corporate concert in Jamaica in early 2002. It was exhilarating and over the top, but also very comfortable. It didn't seem that out of the ordinary. I had been around the band a long time, so I wasn't new to the family. I'd also played in a KISS tribute band in the early Nineties and we'd wear KISS makeup. Actually, I even used to put on KISS makeup as a kid. So it was more of a familiar feeling than not. It all came very naturally. But of course, you're filling big shoes because there's such a big legacy with KISS. There's high expectations and pressure to step up and do a great job." He continued: "And yeah, some people say, 'Why didn't you come in and introduce a new character?' It's an interesting question, but when I got in the band I was just honored to be there. I also respected where they came from and what they're all about. So who am I to ever suggest I need a new personality or a new character, or the band needs a new guitar sound or style? That's ridiculous. Sometimes it just takes people a long time to understand that."

  • AT THE GATES Featured In 'Ghosts Of The Road' Day-In-The-Life-Of Portrait Series

    FreqsTV has launched "Ghosts Of The Road", an intimate day-in-the-life-of portrait series, featuring some of today's top rock and metal acts as they navigate a rigorous life on the road. Filmed entirely on one day during a band's tour, these episodes capture the everyday goings-on of a modern rock tour from arrival until the band hits the stage. This fly-on-the-wall perspective aims to offer more to the fans than the traditional mic-in-the-face interview. "Ghosts Of The Road" presents a personal portrait of today's top acts as they work hard to bring the rock to the masses. New episodes are being released every Thursday and include such acts as PROTEST THE HERO, GOTTHARD, AMORPHIS, THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT and more. The series is presented by Germany's Guitar magazine. The fourth "Ghosts Of The Road" episode featuring Swedish extreme metallers AT THE GATES can be seen below. FreqsTV is an all-music documentary channel on YouTube consisting of original programming focused on the rock and metal genres. Series will include tour documentaries, artist portraits, spotlights-on-scenes, features on independent labels and pioneers of DIY music technology. AT THE GATES's new album, "At War With Reality", was released on October 28, 2014 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media. The CD, which sold 7,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 53 on The Billboard 200 chart, was recorded at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg and was mixed at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren (OPETH, KATATONIA, SOILWORK, PARADISE LOST, KREATOR).

  • TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS, UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER, BLAZE BAYLEY, MICHAEL VESCERA Join Forces For 'Metal Singers' Tour (Video)

    Acclaimed heavy metal vocalists Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Michael Vescera (LOUDNESS, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, OBSESSION), Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O., ACCEPT) and Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) just completed an eight-show South American tour under the "Metal Singers" banner, during which they performed material from their respective catalogs. Regarding how the tour came together, Blaze said: "The idea came from [a promoter in Russia]. We've all got very different schedules. Basically, the important thing was to get together and have fun and do something special in Brazil and South America. So that's the main thing. It's for the music. We all love to sing, and we're doing it for the music. So if it becomes really popular and people want us to return, perhaps we'll think about it. But, really, we're doing it because we love it. And it's an excuse for the four of us to get out, sing songs we love, and be in front of some of the greatest fans in the world." On the topic of the "Metal Singers" setlist, Bayley said: "We tried to put a setlist together of classic, famous songs, but also something that's a lot of fun that I think the passion of the Brazilian fans will… they will understand what we're trying to do." Fan-filmed video footage of some of the "Metal Singers" performances can be seen below.

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  • Video: ULI JON ROTH Performs JIMI HENDRIX's 'Little Wing' In Seattle

    "Iron" Mike Savoia of Savoia Photography Live has uploaded video footage of legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth (SCORPIONS) performing the Jimi Hendrix classic "Little Wing" on January 27 at Studio Seven in Seattle, Washington. Check it out below. UDR will release Uli Jon Roth's brand new double album of 19 re-invented SCORPIONS tracks, titled "Scorpions Revisited", on March 10. Pre-orders are available now via iTunes. When you pre-order, you get the song "Catch Your Train" as an instant grat track. For over four decades, Uli Jon Roth has forged new frontiers in the world of guitar, both in terms of approach and style. He even managed to invent the "sky guitar," a six-octave lead instrument that remains unparalleled. But before he started to explore the creative worlds of music, philosophy and art, Uli Jon Roth was a member of German rock giants SCORPIONS, a band with which he helped create a new path in hard rock music. In 2013, venerated for his originality and dynamism at the time, Roth found himself intrigued by the memory of those early days which began 40 years ago, and specifically by the music he helped write, perform and occasionally sing on the albums "Fly To The Rainbow", "In Trance", "Virgin Killer" and "Taken By Force". It led to Roth deciding to spend a year re-visiting, exploring, performing and re-recording his favorite SCORPIONS songs. The first results of this magical, mystical journey into his own past can be heard on "Scorpions Revisited", a double-disc CD recorded in Hanover, Germany which sees the maestro re-harness all the collective power and poise of those original SCORPIONS classics, and re-imagine them as he feels today. No one in their right mind would dare call these mere re-recordings, as it's clear that Uli Jon Roth reinvents these songs from the soul up. "The material for this double CD was recorded last year in the same hall in Hanover that we used for the SCORPIONS rehearsals 1973-1978," explains Roth. "Together with an amazing bunch of very talented young musicians, I revisited my personal favourites from the early SCORPIONS period, some of which were written in that same hall. It was an emotional few days and I am very pleased with the results in more ways than one. The idea was to stay truthful to the original spirit of the music, while also putting a new slant on it whenever it felt like the right thing to do. I feel we really succeeded in this and I'm very excited about this project. It was a intense journey into the past and I think we really managed to bring the songs back to life with a vengeance." The band which performed with Roth for these historic shows was Nathan James (vocals), Jamie Little (drums), Ule W. Ritgen (bass), Niklas Turmann (guitar, vocals), Corvin Bahn (keyboards, vocals) and David Klosinski (guitar). "Scorpions Revisited" track listing: CD1: 01. The Sails Of Charon 02. Longing For Fire 03. Crying Days 04. Virgin Killer 05. In Trance 06. Sun In My Hand 07. Yellow Raven 08. Polar Nights 09. Dark Lady CD2: 01. Catch Your Train 02. Evening Wind 03. All Night Long 04. We'll Burn In The Sky 05. Pictured Life 06. Hell Cat 07. Life's Like A River 08. Drifting Sun 09. Rainbow Dream Prelude 10. Fly To The Rainbow

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  • RICHIE KOTZEN Hopes To Begin Recording Second THE WINERY DOGS Album In May

    MusicStoreLive.com conducted an interview with Richie Kotzen (THE WINERY DOGS) at this year's NAMM show, which was held January 22-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below. Asked about the status of THE WINERY DOGS, Kotzen responded: "We are working on new songs. I just released a solo record, two weeks ago, called 'Cannibals', so that's out now. And then, I would think that, in a perfect world, we will start recording the next WINERY DOGS record in May, and hopefully have that out by the end of summer and get back out on the road. That's the goal." Kotzen also spoke about the upcoming second installment of THE WINERY DOGS' "Dog Camp", an immersive program for aspiring musicians of all ages and levels, which is set for this coming July at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York. "Yeah, we have this thing we did last year called 'Dog Camp', which people can sign up and hang out with us up in the woods of New York, so it's pretty fun," he said. "And we're doing it again this summer, so I'm looking forward to that as well." Kotzen was asked by GetYourRockOut last year whether he felt any pressure trying to follow up the success of THE WINERY DOGS' self-titled debut album as the group prepared to begin work on its sophomore CD. "Personally, no," Richie said. "With music, I'm one of those people that, like… I don't think about anything other that doing what feels right to me. I mean, I probably could have put myself in situations where a lot more people would know about me, but I don't, because I don't wanna play music that I don't wanna play. I learned that in the past. And so either, personally, I'll play music that I wanna play, that I believe in, or I won't play music at all. And I've done that; that's me. And I think the other guys [in THE WINERY DOGS], I won't speak for them, but making a record with them, and knowing them as well as I do now, I don't think THE WINERY DOGS would make a record that the three of us would put out that we all didn't love." He continued: "Once you start looking at music like a math equation and you start making choices that are outside the realm of creativity, you put yourself in a situation for a lot of emotional failure. And when you are there, then the music is meaningless and everything suffers and then things fall apart. So, I think, whatever we do, we'll do what feels natural and what the three of us can get behind. Even in the decision-making process, if I make a suggestion and one of the other guys loves it, but the other guy doesn't, we don't do it. We don't move unless all three of us agree to move. And then that way, once you're in a position, at least you know all three of us decided to go here; it's not like we were drug here by… you know what I'm trying to say?! By someone that didn't wanna go there." Asked if THE WINERY DOGS will make a conscious effort to create a second album that will be stylistically similar to the debut, Richie said: "I don't think in those terms. We're gonna write what we we're gonna write. We're gonna get in a room and we're gonna do what we did last time. Mike's gonna play a drum beat, I'm gonna sing a chorus idea and Billy's gonna play a bass thing, and we're gonna jam on it and manipulate it and write to it. And it's gonna be what it's gonna be, because, like I said, music isn't math to me; music is something that you feel, that comes from creativity."

  • STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET Says SEBASTIAN BACH Fans 'Want To Hear The Hits', Not Listen To Modern Rock

    STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet says that he was approached to produce a solo album from Sebastian Bach, claiming that the plan was to write music that was reminiscent of "those powerful songs from [Bach's SKID ROW] past." During Sweet's appearance on the January 19 edition of Eddie Trunk's SiriusXM satellite radio show, "Eddie Trunk Live", Trunk brought up the issue of Bach wondering in a recent interview why so few of his 800,000 Facebook followers purchased the former SKID ROW singer's latest solo album, "Give 'Em Hell", when it was first released. Sweet told Trunk: "This isn't a bash against Sebastian at all; it's just my opinion. I think people wanna hear Sebastian of old. They wanna hear the SKID ROW Sebastian. They wanna hear the hits. And he's giving them modern rock. It's ['Give 'Em Hell'] a good album, it's a good-sounding album, but it's not the glory days. And I think that's the one thing STRYPER at least tried to do, and I saw the numbers to prove it." He continued: "Our album 'Reborn', which is a little more modern... 'Murder By Pride' was in between modern and old... they sold less than 5,000 the first week out. We come out with 'No More Hell To Pay', which is going right back to our roots, giving the fans what they want and wanted, and we did almost 10,000 units first week out." Asked if there was any truth to reports that he was supposed to be collaborating with Bach on some new music, Michael said: "I don't wanna throw him under the bus or make him feel awkward or weird. I was approached to do a Sebastian album… to produce it and to co-write with him and basically try to kind of go back to those powerful songs from the past. Not make a dated record, but just that style, the anthemy SKID ROW stuff that everybody loves. And that was the plan." He continued: "Management got involved, and Sebastian and I e-mailed each other back and forth. It was going down the track a little ways and all of a sudden it came to a screeching halt. He decided he wanted to do an acoustic album, or wanted to do this, or wanted to do that. And I was just, like, 'Guys, let me know what's going on, if it's going on.' And I never really heard any more about it, so I guess it's not happening. But it would have been cool." Sweet added: "I'll tell you right now, I think I could have helped Sebastian make a killer album. But hey… We'll never know." After Sweet's comments were first published online, Bach reportedly wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted: "Dear @michaelhsweet : shut your mouth. Before I shut it for you."

  • BLACK SABBATH's GEEZER BUTLER Arrested For California Bar Fight

    According to TMZ.com, BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler was arrested last night (January 27) following an altercation at the Corkscrew Saloon on the Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley, California. The 65-year-old musician was booked at the Inyo County Jail under this full name of Terence Michael Butler. He was charged with misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism and has since been released "after detox and citation," the Inyo County Sheriff's Department said in a press release. The full press release reads as follows: "Shortly after midnight on January 27th, Sheriff's Dispatch received a call regarding a verbal and physical altercation that took place at the Corkscrew Saloon located at the Furnace Creek Ranch property in Death Valley National Park. "After the Inyo County Sheriff's Deputy arrived on scene and interviewed witnesses, it was determined that there had been an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation — resulting in an individual being struck, and a broken window. Terence Michael Butler, a 65-year old man from Beverly Hills, California, was arrested for misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism. "Butler was booked into the Inyo County Jail and released after detox and citation." Geezer's mug shot can be seen above. A founding member of BLACK SABBATH, Butler is also the lyricist of such SABBATH classics as "War Pigs", "Iron Man", "Paranoid" and others. Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne and guitarist Tony Iommi reunited in late 2011 and released a comeback album, "13", in June 2013. SABBATH will issue one final studio CD and tour behind it in 2015, with Ozzy telling Esquire, "The record company wants us to do one more record, and we've decided to do one more tour, and at the end of the tour we just disband and I go back to doing my solo stuff." geezerbutlerarreststatement

  • MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON: 'STEVE HARRIS Really Opened My Eyes To What A Bass Player Could Do'

    In a brand new interview with TheMusicBiz.org, MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson was asked how he managed to develop a distinctive bass style at a time when no one quite knew how to be a metal bass player, especially in terms of thrash. "Well, y'know, for me, I grew up on a farm in a very rural part of the United States, in Minnesota," he responded. "The music bug came on me; it lit me up. I felt alive and like I had a purpose, so I looked for every opportunity and every person I could play with. I would play with the church acoustic guitar player, I'd play with the third-grade band teacher. I was 12 and getting asked to join bands with guys who were 16 years old and knew every LYNYRD SKYNYRD song. I would play with anybody and everybody. Then there came a time when I was in my mid-teen years where I was playing in a jazz band in high school and listening to Jaco Pastorius, WEATHER REPORT, Spyro Gyra, Al DiMeola. Anything I could get my hands on to play. Largely, I went well out of the school of rock and roll to develop my skills. And so by the time I was 18 and I graduated high school and moved to California and met Dave [Mustaine, MEGADETH mainman], certainly by this time IRON MAIDEN had come out, and Steve Harris had really opened my eyes to what a bass player could do." He continued: "I knew of bass players who were singers and songwriters, like Geddy Lee [RUSH] and Gene Simmons [KISS], but for Steve to be the bass player and a songwriter but not a singer was very intriguing to me. And I liked it because I was never a good lead singer. I sang backups in a few bands. I sang lead a little as a kid, but I never had a good lead vocal voice. But I'm the Michael Anthony [VAN HALEN], a good back-up singer guy, y'know? Like the harmony in 'Peace Sells', that was me going for that. I jumped on what I call the Michael Anthony harmony. The high third and fifth. And that's just where I go when I'm singing harmonies usually." Ellefson added: "So when I met Dave Mustaine, it's funny because the METALLICA stuff he was playing was always pretty complex but it was simpler, and MEGADETH, especially that first year in '83, we lived in Hollywood right by the Musicians Institute. And we were very influenced by this school and the students that were there. There was one guy we'd jam with, this guy Ed who would come over every day after school, and he was really big into Uli [Jon Roth of SCORPIONS], and me and Dave loved the early SCORPIONS stuff, and Dave was a big fan of Uli's guitar playing and Michael Schenker, and it really developed how progressive MEGADETH's early music was. And we took it to a whole other level of complexity. So all those years of growing up playing all these different types of music, playing in the jazz band and stuff, all those experiences were able to be brought together and harnessed basically to a blank canvas called MEGADETH where we created this sound and style. And certainly with Chris Poland and Gar Samuelson in the band, they were hardcore jazz fusion guys so that escalated my playing to another level. "When people ask me what they should do as a musician is they should play with as many musicians as they can." Ellefson is heading to Australia in March for a spoken-word tour. "An Evening With David Ellefson" will feature stories from life on the road and about life as a founding member of one of the biggest metal acts in the world, documenting all the trials and tribulations. The night will also feature a bass demonstration and audience question-and-answer session which will allow fans to delve deeper into all things MEGADETH and David's autobiography, "My Life With Deth", a story about the complex history of the band. From MEGADETH's inception in 1983 until the band's temporary split in 2002, Ellefson was the only constant member other than bandleader Dave Mustaine. David was a pivotal part in MEGADETH's progression from a ferocious jazz infused thrash group to a state-of-the-art speed metal band and into a multiplatinum, chart-topping, global juggernaut. After MEGADETH disbanded in 2002, Ellefson pursued a variety of projects, including playing with SOULFLY and forming the band F5, amongst other endeavours. In 2010 David rejoined MEGADETH for the 20th-anniversary tour of the band’s seminal, genre-defining classic "Rust In Peace". Since then, he has reclaimed his rightful place within one of heavy metal's most revered bands. Through highs and lows, Ellefson has experienced the gamut of rock star fame, fortune and excess and lived to tell the tale. This is your only chance to get a personal insight into the history and behind the scenes of one of metal's most iconic bands, MEGADETH. For more information, visit MetropolisTouring.com.

  • JUDAS PRIEST, GUNS N' ROSES, RUSH, DEF LEPPARD Members To Be Profiled In 'Rock Icons' Documentary Series

    Banger Films and VH1 Classic present "Rock Icons", an original documentary series profiling the most legendary artists in the history of rock music, premiering Saturday, February 21 on VH1 Classic. "Rock Icons" is 10 groundbreaking 30-minute episodes that go past the veil of mystery and beyond the velvet ropes with in-depth, intimate portraits revealing who these rock stars really are, and the road that lead them to their iconic status today. Each episode is jam-packed with exclusive interviews, never-before-seen footage with featured artists and key people who helped shape their exemplary careers. Over the past year, Banger Films' Sam Dunn has been traveling to meet with some of the biggest names in rock and metal music. Some of them will be very familiar, like the metal heroes he’s had the privilege to interview before, people like Rob Halford of JUDAS PRIEST, Joe Elliott of DEF LEPPARD, Geddy Lee of RUSH, and Slash of GUNS N' ROSES and VELVET REVOLVER. He also had the chance to sit down for the first time with such iconic artists as Ann Wilson of HEART and Daryl Hall. He traveled to MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine's winery, MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx's radio studio, SMASHING PUMPKINS leader Billy Corgan's home and even got invited back to the Texas sanctum of Ted Nugent. Bringing together elements of celebrated shows such as Classic Albums, Biography, Iconoclasts, and Banger's own hit show "Metal Evolution", "Rock Icons" is a landmark series celebrating the innovative artists who defined the history of rock music. The first episode features the remarkable Geddy Lee of RUSH. Future episodes will include: * Rob Halford (JUDAS PRIEST) * Ted Nugent * Ann Wilson (HEART) * Dave Mustaine (MEGADETH) * Nikki Sixx (MÖTLEY CRÜE) * Slash (GUNS N' ROSES) * Daryl Hall (HALL & OATES) * Joe Elliott (DEF LEPPARD) * Billy Corgan (SMASHING PUMPKINS) Watch a teaser video below. Pictured below: Sam Dunn with Dave Mustaine

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  • BEHEMOTH To Release Official Biography Via METAL BLADE

    "Behemoth: Devil's Conquistadors" by Lukasz Dunaj serves as the definitive BEHEMOTH biography. The book, officially blessed, or rather damned, by BEHEMOTH, is an in-depth look at the history of the events that materially influenced the band. As Dunaj points out in the intro, this isn't "Poland's response to MOTLEY CRÜE's biography 'The Dirt'." Simply put, "Behemoth: Devil's Conquistadors" is the story of BEHEMOTH, their music, their ultimate rise to the upper echelon of metal and becoming a household name in their native homeland, Poland. A 490-page, hardcover tome that is being released by Metal Blade in February, "Behemoth: Devil's Conquistadors" includes quotes and anecdotes from current and former members that provide context and details in addition to the author's narrative, plus interviews with Tomas Krajewski, Rob Darken, Graal, Havok, and more. The artistically presented pages are splattered with old photos of the band, flyers, lyric sheets, etc. Pre-orders are available now at metalblade.com/behemoth, and include a bundle with an exclusive shirt available ONLY with this pre-order. The passages below serve as previews of the book. From the foreword by Krzysztof Azarewicz: "If, as a cultural anthropologist, I were to point to a single cosmic force which BEHEMOTH's music expresses, I would name it not Satan but Dionysus. A deity that represents not only the intoxicating influence of cosmic energies and earthly benefits, but also their benevolent healing properties. A deity of strength and pride. A deity of creative might." BEHEMOTH frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski discusses the acquisition of his first electric guitar: "The first communion was a very important moment for me. I know this sounds ridiculous, but it's true. Of course, not as a religion experience — I didn't understand anything and couldn't care less. Same as all the other kids. We all stood there with our votive candles and waited for one thing. Cash. The first communion must be one moment when you get the most money you're ever going to get as a child. And for this money, I bought myself my first electric guitar. Not a bike, no Legos — a guitar." In related news, BEHEMOTH is currently leveling stages throughout North America on a mammoth co-headlining tour with legendary death metal practitioners/labelmates CANNIBAL CORPSE. The month-long winter live takeover kicks off today in New Orleans, Louisiana and will wind its way through nearly three-dozen cities, coming to a close on March 7 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Support comes from two of Sweden's finest metal exports: AEON and TRIBULATION. behemothofficialbio_638

  • SLIPKNOT's CHRIS FEHN: 'People Don't Really Care Anymore About Sound Quality'

    SLIPKNOT percussionist Chris Fehn says that "it's incredibly difficult" for newer bands to get a good record deal nowadays, explaining that "record labels are struggling" because "people don't really care anymore about sound quality." During a brand new interview with Rock Sins, Fehn was asked how he thinks SLIPKNOT would fare as a new band today compared to how it was when the group released its debut album more than 15 years ago. "I think it's incredibly difficult, because of the way that record sales and everything have dropped off, to get a good contract; being a new band, [it] is nearly impossible. "The way that the new deals are structured, you know, [the record companies] own everything. So it's like…" He continued: "It's really sad that record labels are struggling, because they can't… they're just… It's all the Internet. People don't really care anymore about sound quality. It's just eaten up so fast and it's so easy. You know, I'm guilty of it too. I'll buy records off iTunes just because I'm in my car and I want it right now and I do it. I do also have a huge CD collection. I still do buy CDs, but I think…" Fehn added: "Man, that's a good question. I think that we would still be different than what's out today, and we would still make an impact. So, yeah, I don't know… I think if it started today as versus '99, we would still wanna be seen, I guess." Asked if he personally gets influenced by newer bands that are out there, Fehn said: "I don't, personally. There's not too many things out that are new that I like. I'm still an old metalhead, I guess. So I continue to listen to that stuff. Once in a while, I'll hear something new that catches my eye, but it's usually something obscure. But other than that, everything's just kind of stale." He continued: "I appreciate any band that puts out a record and goes on tour and does what we do for a living. It's amazingly hard, you know, and it's difficult to continue to have passion for it on a night-to-night basis, depending on what's going on in your personal life and within the band, within everything. But as far as being a music fan, there hasn't been that next PANTERA to me, there hasn't been that type of band… there hasn't been another KORN. There hasn't been another SLIPKNOT to where I was like, 'Wow, man. I'm totally into it. I would go see the show.' It just hasn't affected me yet like that…. I don't look too hard though either, I really don't. I'm pretty into what I'm in to and it's probably my loss… I'm probably missing out on some things but… it's just I got a lot of other things to do, too." SLIPKNOT's first major headlining tour in support of its new album, ".5: The Gray Chapter", dubbed "Prepare For Hell", also featured KORN and KING 810. The trek kicked off on October 29, 2014 in El Paso, Texas and wrapped up on December 7, 2014 in Boston. ".5: The Gray Chapter" sold around 132,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on October 21, 2014 via Roadrunner.

  • Video: BRET MICHAELS Performs At NBA Halftime Show During Detroit Pistons Vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Game

    On Tuesday January 27, POISON singer Bret Michaels returned to Detroit, Michigan to perform at a sold-out NBA halftime concert during the Detroit Pistons vs. Cleveland Cavaliers game at the Palace Of Auburn Hills. Video footage of his appearance can be seen below. "The Pistons Concert Series halftime performances are another opportunity to thrill our fans and add value to the overall game night experience," said Harlan Hendrickson, Vice President of Marketing for Palace Sports & Entertainment and the Pistons. A sports fanatic since birth, Michaels was honored to bring his rock and roll party to the NBA, this pair of storied basketball franchises and their fans. "Around the NBA, both Pistons and Cavs teams in particular have an amazing amount of talent with a passionate, sports-minded fan base," Michaels said prior to the game. "The showdown between Pistons star Brandon Jennings vs Cavs star and MVP LeBron James is one for the ages and we are bringing the right mixture of rock and roll to help set the vibe." Michaels released a new solo single, "A Beautiful Soul", in April 2014. He also performed the track on "Oprah's Lifeclass". His last CD, "Bret Michaels: Jammin With Friends", was released in June 2013 and featured a myriad of legendary guests, including Joe Perry (AEROSMITH), Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Buffett, Ace Frehley (KISS), Michael Anthony (VAN HALEN) and members of LYNYRD SKYNYRD.

  • Video: SLASH Honored With Les Paul Award At 30th Annual NAMM TEC Awards

    Iconic guitarist Slash received the prestigious Les Paul Award during the 30th annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards on Saturday, January 24 in Anaheim, California. Comedian Sinbad provided the laughs as the evening's host. The NAMM TEC Awards honors individuals and companies across 30 categories, for outstanding achievement in professional audio technology and production. The Les Paul Award named for the revolutionary inventor and esteemed musician, honors individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology. Instituted in 1991, the honor has been granted to luminaries, including Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Todd Rundgren and Peter Gabriel. Video footage of Slash's acceptance speech and performance at the NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards can be seen below. As a critically acclaimed British-American musician and songwriter, Slash has amassed album sales topping 100 million copies, garnered a Grammy Award, seven nominations and was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Time magazine named Slash second, behind only Jimi Hendrix, on its "Ten Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time" list. His famous guitar solos in songs, including "November Rain" and "Sweet Child O' Mine" are adored by rock fans worldwide. In 2003 he helped form the rock Grammy-winning supergroup VELVET REVOLVER, releasing two successful imprints with Scott Weiland and former GUNS N' ROSES bandmates. Slash now enjoys a thriving solo career with his new band SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS. On September 16, 2014 the band unleashed their top ten new album, "World On Fire", to worldwide acclaim. The CD marks Slash's third straight album to debut in the Top Ten. The title track, "World On Fire", ascended to No. 1 at U.S. rock radio. "World On Fire" features Slash with Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass). The album was released on Slash's label Dik Hayd International, which is distributed through Caroline. SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS are on a world tour. Slash supports efforts to revitalize music education programs in public schools, as an honorary board member of Little Kids Rock.

  • SLAYER/EXODUS's GARY HOLT Unveils New Signature Guitars At NAMM (Video)

    Gary Holt, the respected guitar player who started with EXODUS in 1981 and joined SLAYER in 2011, is now part of ESP Guitars' acclaimed artist endorsement roster. During an appearance at this past weekend's NAMM show in Anaheim, California, Holt unveiled his new signature model based on the ESP Eclipse. The Gary Holt signature models come in a high-end ESP version (ESP Gary Holt) and two LTD versions, the GH-600 and GH-200. All come with Floyd Rose tremolo system and dual humbucker pickups. "We have three price-point models," Gary told "In The Vault With Shanda Golden" (web site) about his new signature guitars (see video below). "In the center, you have the top-of-the-line, most badass guitar I've ever seen and ever been associated with. And then you have, over there, you have the black-and-red one, which I think is as stunning as anything. It's affordable and it plays amazing — an incredible guitar. And here you have your starter guitar, which is still better than anything I started out with as a kid. It's, like, awesome." METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett, an early bandmate and decades-long friend of Holt, commented, "Gary has influenced a whole generation of metal guitarists with his wicked riffs and leads in EXODUS. I'm happy that he's jumped on for the ESP ride!" In a June 2012 interview with Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show, SLAYER's Kerry King stated about Holt: "I always regard Gary as the Glenn Tipton of our era — really good, really polished and nobody talks about him. To this day, nobody really references [JUDAS] PRIEST and Tipton that much as guitar players and I feel the same way about Gary. EXODUS have a huge following but a little more overlooked than METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER, ANTHRAX — the 'Big Four,' so to speak, so [it is great] to be able to bring him to the forefront and shove him down people's throats and say, 'Hey, this motherfucker kicks ass. Pay attention.'" Holt joined EXODUS in 1981 shortly after their formation, and has been the band's main songwriter ever since. Holt has performed on every EXODUS album, and is considered highly influential in the world of thrash metal. In 2011, he began filling in for SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman at live shows, and became the band's full-time co-guitarist as of 2013, while remaining a member of EXODUS. In October, EXODUS released its tenth studio album, "Blood In Blood Out", on the Nuclear Blast label.

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  • PAPA ROACH Performs Acoustic Set For Fans In New York (Video)

    Californian rockers PAPA ROACH recently stopped by YouTube Space in New York to put on an acoustic performance of a few songs, including tracks from their eighth full-length album, "F.E.A.R.", which was released on January 27 via Eleven Seven Music. They also took some time to answer questions from their fans. Check out video footage of the event below. "F.E.A.R." was recorded in Las Vegas, taking the band out of their Sacramento, California home base for the first time since 2006. PAPA ROACH worked with the father-and-son producing team of Kevin and Kane Churko on the new CD. Frontman Jacoby Shaddix told The Pulse Of Radio that he wasn't very happy at first about going to Sin City to record. "I ended up in this city where I've had some of my greatest failures and worst decision making, and some of my biggest debacles of my life happened in Vegas, you know," he said. "And I believe I was sent back to that city to go do right this time, and we went there and I just faced that fear of living in this city that I felt was gonna eat me alive. But really and truly I just gave myself to this music 100 percent, and that's what pulled me through." Shaddix admitted that the band went into the studio this time with almost no new material prepared, explaining, "Usually when we begin working, we'll have a bunch of demos, and I'll have a bag of lyrics ready to go. We didn't have those things this time." Guitarist Jerry Horton added, "We walked into the studio with nothing. It was frightening since it was so different, but it was also liberating. Once the ball started rolling, it was a snowball effect." PAPA ROACH and SEETHER teamed up for a co-headlining North American tour that kicked off on January 9 in Orlando, Florida and winds down on February 7 in Las Vegas.

  • Video Premiere: HALESTORM's 'Apocalyptic'

    HALESTORM has just released the official video for its new single, "Apocalyptic", and singer Lzzy Hale told The Pulse Of Radio that the song strikes a middle ground between the band's older material and the new directions it's exploring on its next record. "I didn't want to scare you guys too much with the first single [laughs], so we decided to go with this one. But there's a lot on this record that… I don't know, you just kind of throw caution to the wind, and there's a certain freedom that comes with that. But then there's also this kind of, there's a nervousness. But, you know, bottom line is that we came out with a record that we're really proud of." "Apocalyptic" is taken from HALESTORM's third studio album, "Into The Wild Life", which will be released in Europe on April 3 and North America on April 7. "Into The Wild Life" follows up HALESTORM's Grammy-winning 2012 sophomore effort, "The Strange Case Of…" The new disc was recorded last year in Nashville and features 13 new songs. HALESTORM is currently touring with Eric Church and has announced a series of live dates with THE PRETTY RECKLESS that will begin in late April. Hale told The Pulse Of Radio that "I've been wanting to tour with [Taylor] for a long time. I don't know what it is about her, but she's a freakin' rock star, and I really enjoy listening and seeing the way that she carries herself. She's carrying that rock 'n' roll torch. We're gonna have a blast and it's gonna be awesome." Hale said she was asked the same questions about rivalry when HALESTORM toured with EVANESCENCE, explaining, "Amy Lee is one of the coolest chicks I've met in this world. Everybody said the same thing to me beforehand: 'I don't know, man.' I'm like, 'Don't knock it until you try it, baby!' And we had so much fun." Hale was asked in the same interview if she finds it difficult to maintain a relationship while on the road. Hale replied, "In a relationship, you have to literally have everything out there to this other person, and they have to do the same thing with you, or it's not gonna work. I've never been a jealous person either, and as of right now, I'm dating someone who is the same way. So we have a very amazing trust thing going on." She added, "I think you have to work hard, no matter what, at a relationship, but, really, the first couple of steps — laying everything out there — has been total saving graces for me and my relationship." Hale has been rumored as recently as 2013 to have dated HALESTORM guitarist Joe Hottinger, but the singer has not revealed who she is in a relationship with now.

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