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Kobra And The Lotus - Prevail II
Written by The Rock Man
Every now and then the sequel is equal to, or in some cases better than, the original.
And it goes without saying that this is always a matter of perspective. Two years ago Canadian heavy rockers Kobra And The Lotus embarked on an ambitious journey to create the band’s first double album set. The result was the release of Prevail I in May of 2017, with the second album to follow shortly thereafter. However, things didn’t pan out the way the band would’ve liked and a year later than expected the next installment Prevail II finally dropped; and it is pound for pound, every bit as impressive as its predecessor and without doubt worth the extended wait.
Upon its release last year Prevail I set a very high benchmark and I couldn’t help but wonder how frontwoman Kobra Paige and co were going to surpass the efforts of the previous venture; then once I heard Prevail II it suddenly fell into place for me. This would turn out to be a well-adjusted blend of metal mayhem coupled with suave melodic undertones.
Drawing from the same play book as last year, the band used various streaming services to showcase glimpses of what was on offer on the new album. The first of these was a lyric video for the opening cut Losing My Humanity; the track leaves the listener in no doubt were the band is going to take us on this disc with a burst of relentless melodic metal. Lyrically the track explores the inner struggles mankind faces to retain its humanity and as a result we end up becoming self-harming and destructive. In a surprising twist the band opted to make available for their second video a cover of the Fleetwood Mac song The Chain. This version gets the full Kobra And The Lotus treatment and it has to be said is beautifully brilliant in its simplicity.
A real strength of the album is several head splitting rockers that take no prisoners in the verses with a flurry of frenzied, unrestrained and unflinching guitars leading into beautifully arranged full bodied melodic chorus’. In this respect cuts like Human Empire, You’re Insane, My Immortal (and no, this isn’t an Evanescence cover) and Let Me Love You all serve as prime examples of keeping the foot to the flood, with lots of grit, raw power and catchy melodies.
To balance out the full steam ahead approach of the previously mentioned tracks, the band has included a number of songs which could also serve as potential promotional singles down the track. Heartache is the first of these radio friendly type tunes and features a nice guitar chugging vibe and toe tapping drum swagger. This is quickly followed by Velvet Roses which is a nice straight ahead heavy rocker, once again building to a nice melodic chorus. A real highlight of the album. And the third is Modern Day Hero which, again, continues on the theme of the previously mentioned tracks and this is a nice little section in the middle of the album before we hit the tail end and the brilliant White Water. This is basically the album’s only ballad and is dynamic and sophisticated. Kobra’s voice is simply outstanding on this cut and her full vocal range is on display.
While I thought the idea of a double album sounded good in essence when it was announced that the band was going to go down this route, I never believed both albums would be this spectacular. Few bands do double albums anymore, the risk is just too great it will fail; but bravo to Kobra And The Lotus for having the balls to have a go. In my opinion they have smashed both records out of the park and maybe more bands need to take note and lift their game.
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Dare – Out Of The Silence II (Anniversary Special Edition)
Written by Juliano Mallon
The late 1980s brought an avalanche of great AOR albums from the UK and Dare's spectacular “Out Of The Silence” is one of them. With engaging melodies and vocal highlights from Darren Wharton (Thin Lizzy) coupled with Mike Shipley's exuberant production, the album made its mark on the scene and catapulted the band into the AOR stratosphere.
Now, 30 years passed, Dare presents a retelling of their debut album with a different lineup, but one that still holds original members Wharton and talented guitarist Vinny Burns.
Overall, "Out Of The Silence II" may seem like a mere re-recording, but it's way more than that.
The songs gained a proper ending itself, unlike the fade out of the original version. This detail may seem small to some, but believe me, the additions made were of great value and conferred that "something else" to the tracklist.
Very cleverly, the melodies and arrangements remained untouched (as it should be), but the three decades that separate versions I and II present subtle differences, and despite not being a cause for worry, those don’t go unnoticed.
The biggest one is definitely, production.
Australian genius Mike Shipley (R.I.P.) introduced us to these Dare songs wrapped in that crystal-clear, pompous, engaging production, as he used to do in Def Leppard, City Boy, The Cars, Kim Carnes, Scorpions, Vixen, Ratt, Cheap Trick, Winger, Richard Marx and many others. It is worth remembering that Shipley was the most notorious apprentice of the legendary Robert John "Mutt" Lange, with whom he worked for decades.
From the very beginning, it’s noticeable that the drums and bass don’t have, respectively, the same punch nor the depth of the original version. Still, the vocals don’t sound like the grandiosity that Shipley has printed and this creates an aura of inconsistency, personally speaking.
But Wharton's production has given it a more organic sound, an aspect that’s much appreciated today. The guitars have gained more space in this new mix, and if on one hand bass and drums sound weaker compared to the original material, in this new version all elements integrate more fully and that should be reason enough for you to hear what Dare set out to do.
In short, "Out Of The Silence II" is an album as interesting as its original version. Not only has the re-recording brought new life to the songs, but interpretations also sound carefully different enough so they can be compared. And there's no getting around the fact that the Wharton / Burns duo is what unites the pieces of this re-recording. A risky maneuver, I think, but in this specific case, the band pulled it off graciously. An album recommended not only to Dare fans, but also to any AOR enthusiast.
“Out Of The Silence II” is out now, on Legend Records.
GEORGE LYNCH Says 'There Is Talk' Of Classic DOKKEN Lineup Playing 'At Least One Big Show Next Year'
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George Lynch has told SiriusXM DJ Eddie Trunk that he hopes the classic lineup of DOKKEN will regroup for more live shows following the band's successful 2016 tour of Japan. "I would like to revisit it, but I wouldn't bet on it happening, although there is talk of at least one big show next year," he said. "Just a one-off. I don't know if that's worth doing, but we'll see."
Lynch also said that he was hapy with how the new DOKKEN song "It's Just Another Day" turned out and that he wouldn't mind recording a new full-length album with the band. "I'd like to do more," he said. "If I'm going to do anything, I'd like to make it count. When we wrote '[It's] Another Day', the song that's on the current live record ['Return To The East'], I was like, 'Guys, obviously there's something here worth pursuing. Let's do a whole album. Why not?'"
The official video for "It's Just Another Day" — the first DOKKEN track featuring the group's classic lineup since 1997's "Shadowlife" — can be seen below. The clip was filmed in January with director Jamie Brown, who has previously worked with LYNCH MOB and KXM.
In October 2016, the classic lineup of DOKKEN — Lynch, Don Dokken (vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass) and Mick Brown (drums) — reunited to play the Loud Park festival in Japan. Fortunately for fans outside of Japan, cameras were there to capture the performance and Frontiers Music Srl issued "Return To The East Live 2016" on April 20. In addition to the Japanese performance, this set features footage from the classic lineup's only U.S. show in September 2016 at Badlands in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as well as newly recorded acoustic reworkings of "Heaven Sent" and "Will The Sun Rise".
Since completing the reunion dates, DOKKEN has continued to perform with the group's current lineup, save for a handful of shows in late 2017 that saw guitarist Ira Black (LIZZY BORDEN, VICIOUS RUMORS) fill in for Jon Levin. The group has scattered tour dates scheduled through the summer, including a performance at this year's Wacken Open Air festival.
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Ian Gillan said Deep Purple named their current tour “The Long Goodbye” because they wanted to give themselves the chance to put off the decision about whether to retire.
He said he now believes they’d “be going on” after some time off, with the possibility of new music to come. His comments came after guitarist Steve Morse said that "for me personally, it’s a farewell tour.”
In a new interview with KaaosTV, Gillan explained that "a couple of years ago, everyone in the band was unwell, we all had health problems, which have been well documented, and I think somebody – and I can't remember who said it; probably somebody from the office – said, ‘Do you guys wanna call it a day? Because you all have got health problems here.’ … Getting a decision from Deep Purple is always very tricky. So I guess there were a few nods and 'hmmmm,' 'well,' 'yeah,' 'maybe,' 'I don't know … ’ So we [said], 'Let's call it 'The Long Goodbye,'' and that way, we can make our decision later.”
You can watch the interview below:
“The fact is that everyone's feeling great now, and we've all got over those health problems and everyone's in good shape," he continued. "So I think we're gonna be looking at writing some more material next year and maybe even possibly another album; I don't know.”
Gillan described his upcoming touring schedule as “pretty intense,” because it involves both band and solo shows. “So I think we shall be going on, but we'll take a breather, I think, around March or April next year," he noted. "[I'll] go put my feet up somewhere for a couple of months.”
Morse had predicted his colleagues would keep making music, even if Deep Purple had finished. GIllan echoed those sentiments. “Do you stop breathing? Do you stop eating? Do you stop music? Is it something that there is suddenly no more of?" he asked. "It's not possible. We're musicians, we're writers, and everything we do. … And if you want to call yourself an artist, it's incumbent upon you to be expressive, and you can't just stop being expressive.”
Gillan also confirmed he had recorded an album with his first-ever band, the Javelins, and it was set to be released in August. Deep Purple tour North America with Judas Priest starting in August.
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While we patiently await final word on Alice in Chains' upcoming studio album, the band have just announced their third U.S. tour leg this year, with dates booked in October to promote the forthcoming disc.
The trek starts on Oct. 14 with the band's headlining set at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento and continues across the Southwest into the Southeastern U.S., eventually wrapping Oct. 28 in Hollywood, Fla. All the newly announced dates are listed below and tickets will go on sale this Friday (June 22) at 10 AM local time. Stay tuned to Alice in Chains' website for ticketing details.
Alice in Chains have already shared the first song from the upcoming disc. You can check out "The One You Know" right here. Their forthcoming disc will be the band's third with co-vocalist William DuVall in the fold.
Speaking recently with Eddie Trunk, co-vocalist Jerry Cantrell said that the band's original goal upon reuniting was to celebrate the music, but after that goal was achieved, it "felt right" to move on with DuVall in the band.
“William was willing to take on that challenge, and we never looked at it as a part of somebody is replaceable, because Layne Staley is not replaceable, Mike Starr is not replaceable," Cantrell stated. "Their period of time with us in the band, on those records is indelible and completely unique. When Mike [Inez] joined the band and when William joined the band, those were new eras and important additions, and equally as important."
Alice in Chains October 2018 U.S. Tour Dates:
Oct. 14 - Sacramento, Calif. @ Aftershock Festival
Oct. 16 - Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Depot
Oct. 18 - Colorado Springs, Colo. @ Pikes Peak Center
Oct. 20 - Newkirk, Okla. @ First Council Casino
Oct. 21 - Durant, Okla. @ Choctaw Grand Theater
Oct. 23 - New Orleans, La. @ Saenger Theatre
Oct. 24 - Birmingham, Ala. @ The BJCC
Oct. 26 - St. Augustine, Fla. @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Oct. 27 - Orlando, Fla. @ Hard Rock Live
Oct. 28 - Hollywood, Fla. @ Hard Rock Events Center
MOTORHEAD GUITARIST PHIL CAMPBELL ON FORTHCOMING AUTOBIOGRAPHY - "I'VE DECIDED TO PUT THE BOOK ON HOLD; I WANT TO DO MUSIC FIRST"
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Megadeth vocalist and guitarist Dave Mustaine says that it might be time to take a look at the possibility of a run of Big 10 shows.
He said earlier this year that he’d like to play one final Big Four show with Metallica, Anthrax and Slayer before Kerry King and co take their final bow.
But that possibility looks increasingly unlikely to happen, with Mustaine claiming last week that Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich was “afraid to play with Megadeth.”
Speaking exclusively with Metal Hammer, Mustaine says: “I would love to do more Big Four stuff, but it doesn’t look like it’s on the cards with Slayer hanging it up.
“Maybe time for us to create the new Big 10 or something and let a bunch of people who never got that heralded spot get up there.
“There were certainly a lot great bands from that time too, we just all had that little something extra. I don’t know how we got it, but we did. I don’t know why anybody liked it but they sure did.”
In January this year, Mustaine reported that if Metallica didn’t want to take part in further Big Four shows, then Exodus could take their place.
IRON MAIDEN Singer Teams Up With WORLD OF WARPLANES For Video Series About World War II Combat Aircraft
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Wargaming — the company behind free-to-play titles World Of Tanks (2010), World Of Warplanes (2013) and World Of Warships (2015) — has announced that IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson will host 10 online educational warplanes diaries. Launching today, this free-to-view series is set to be released weekly on the World Of Warplanes official portal and YouTube channel across June, July and August, alongside an exclusive World Of Warplanes video tribute to the classic IRON MAIDEN song "Aces High".
As an avid enthusiast of military aviation, pilot, and supporter of World Of Warplanes' dedication to historical accuracy, Bruce has recorded "The Bruce Dickinson Warplanes Diaries" about the classic WW2 fighter and bomber aircraft such as the Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane and Messerschmitt Bf 109. As an extra treat for MAIDEN and Warplanes fans, World Of Warplanes have created, with many of the graphics from their in-game engine and some classic archive footage, a tribute video clip to the epic "Aces High" music video. Featuring many of the Battle Of Britain planes that Bruce profiles in the series, viewers can see the machines really brought to life.
"We are all delighted that Bruce has brought his enthusiasm and expertise to World Of Warplanes with these informative videos which he has delivered in his own inimitable style," commented Wargaming's global marketing director, Al King. "As well as the diaries and the 'Aces High' tribute, we are also introducing a renovated hangar subtly branded with iconic IRON MAIDEN imagery. It's unlike anything the game’s ever had before and we hope MAIDEN fans will have fun spotting the various Easter eggs hidden throughout!"
Dickinson's first video sees him talking about the Hawker Hurricane, a classic aircraft that is often overshadowed by the Spitfire but was actually the main workhorse of the RAF during the Battle Of Britain.
Check out Bruce Dickinson Warplanes Diaries here:
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Metallica continue to give back, having recently taken their Polar Music Prize winnings and divvying them up amongst three charities that will benefit from their recent accolade.
Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo attended the ceremony last Thursday (June 14), where they were granted one million Swedish Kroner (just over $130,000) from King Carl XVI Gustav. The annual prize is awarded to artists who celebrate music in various forms and to break down boundaries by bringing people of different geographical and musical diversities together. Metallica's All Within My Hands charitable foundation has announced that 50 percent of the financial prize will go to the Stockholm City Mission, which supports the homeless, while 25 percent apiece will go to the World Childhood Foundation and the Afghanistan National Institute of Music.
The Afghanistan National Institute of Music was founded by Dr. Ahmad Sarmast and ANIM in 2010 in response to the country's civil war and destruction of their musical tradition. Sarmast was also a Polar Music Prize laureate this year, honored alongside Metallica.
"Many of the Polar Music Prize Laureates over the years have donated their prize money to charity,” Marie Ledin, managing director of the Prize, told Billboard. “It’s not something we ask of them, but we appreciate their generosity. I know my father, Stig Anderson, would be very happy and proud to know of our Laureates’ great charitable donations.”
In addition to the awarding of the honor, Metallica were treated to a musical tribute with Ghost's Cardinal Copia, members of Candlemass and Vargas and Lagosa performing "Enter Sandman." The musical portion also included Refused's Dennis Lyxzen and Scorpions drummer Mikkey Dee playing "Whiplash" as well as performances by Tuva Syvertsen, Moneybrother, Loreen and Lonely Dear.
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19 - Syracuse, NY - Lakeview Amphitheater
20 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
22 - Wantagh, NY - Northwell Health at Jones Beach
23 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion
26 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
27 - Burgettstown, PA - KeyBank Pavilion
29 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
30 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
3 - Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek Amphitheater
4 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion
6 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater
7 - Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Amphitheatre
8 - Simpsonville, SC - Heritage Park Amphitheatre
10 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
11 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
13 - Noblesville, IN - Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
15 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
17 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre
18 - St. Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
20 - The Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
21 - Irving, TX - The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
24 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
25 - West Valley City, UT - Usana Amphitheater
27 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre
28 - Ridgefield, WA - Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
31 - Chula Vista, CA - Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
1 - Irvine, CA - Five Point Amphitheater
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Guitarist George Lynch confirmed he’d been asked to join Ratt in place of Warren DeMartini, but that the parties couldn’t reach an agreement, so the idea was abandoned.
It’s the first concrete evidence that Ratt’s Stephen Pearcy and Juan Croucier have parted ways with DeMartini following weeks of speculation.
Earlier this month, the pair released a statement announcing “a new breed” of the band, without explaining DeMartini’s status. “We have not had an all-original-member lineup since 1991, and sadly with the passing of Robbin Crosby, that chapter is over," Croucier said. "However, if you still want to see the original band, there are many videos on YouTube and other places to enjoy. That was a fucking great band, but I guarantee that the new breed of Ratt that we put onstage every night will be in your face, energized and fully engaged. Simply put, the band our fans deserve."
In a recent radio interview with Eddie Trunk, Dokken and Lynch Mob veteran Lynch replied “Mmm-hmm” when asked if he’d been invited to join Ratt. “We just couldn’t come to an agreement on it," he explained. "They haven’t called me back. I’ve been staring at the phone – my wife’s like, ‘Honey, want to go to bed or eat something?’ I’m like, ‘I’m waiting for the Ratt phone to ring.” But, he said, “I’m good with it.”
You can listen to the interview below:
Hints that DeMartini was no longer in Ratt fist circulated in March. The band’s other guitarist, Carlos Cavazo, appeared to confirm that it was true and that he had also left. “As long as Warren is not there, I don’t see myself doing it," he said at the time. "I can’t picture anyone else being there other than Warren.”
Then In April, original drummer Bobby Blotzer said he still hoped for a reunion, despite a legal battle that apparently resulted in him losing the band’s naming rights to Pearcy’s version of Ratt. "Iif we were together and had our shit tight within the band, the sky's the limit, is the way I always saw it," Blotzer said.
Ratt recently announced their first tour dates of 2018, with the opening show set to take place on July 7.
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Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators have announced that their new album Living The Dream will be released on September 21 via Slash's own label Snakepit Records (in partnership with Roadrunner Records).
Living The Dream is Slash's fourth solo album, and the fourth to feature Myles Kennedy on vocals, alongside drummer Brent Fitz, bassist Todd Kerns, and guitarist Frank Sidoris.
The band have also announced a month-long tour of the United States, filling the gap between Guns N' Roses' European and southern hemisphere legs of their Not In This Lifetime tour.
Slash 2018 USA tour dates:
13 Sep: Los Angeles, CA, Whisky A Go Go
15 Sep: Phoenix, AZ, The Van Buren
16 Sep: Del Mar, CA, KAABOO Music Festival
18 Sep: Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot
19 Sep: Denver, CO, Fillmore Auditorium
21 Sep: Tulsa, OK, Paradise Cove Margaritaville
22 Sep: Thackerville, OK, WinStar World Casino
24 Sep: Austin, TX, Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
26 Sep: Houston, TX, House Of Blues
28 Sep: Louisville, KY, Louder Than Life Festival
29 Sep: New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino Resort
01 Oct: Montclair, NJ, Wellmont Theater
02 Oct: Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore Silver Spring
04 Oct: Rama, ON, Casino Rama
05 Oct: New York, NY, Pier 17 @ South Street Seaport
06 Oct: Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun - Wolf's Den
09 Oct: Huntington, NY, The Paramount
10 Oct: Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory
11 Oct: Boston, MA, House Of Blues
14 Oct: Sacramento, CA, Aftershock Festival
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POISON bassist Bobby Dall has told SiriusXM DJ Eddie Trunk that he can see the band doing more touring in the future after it completes its current "Nothin' But A Good Time 2018" run with CHEAP TRICK. "I try not to get too far ahead of myself, to be honest with you," he said. "But right now, business is very strong and our future looks very bright. So I'm hopeful that we'll be back out next year. But, having said that, until this tour is over and we get a little further down the road, I don't know yet. But I could see us working again next year, and if not next year, the following year. But I would like to see us go back out next year, and we are, actually, starting to have some conversations about it."
Asked if he is personally okay with POISON's current level of workload, Bobby said: "If it was up to me, we would work every year. But there are four people in this band, and that's one of the ways that we keep the band together — if any one person doesn't wanna go, then there isn't gonna be a tour. And you have to keep that in mind as well. And it isn't always just for [singer] Bret's [Michaels] reasons; I mean, there's always, obviously, other personal issues, too, that we have to deal with as we get older. So, if time permits and we can schedule something for next year, we'll definitely probably be out there, but… I mean, not definitely, but we hopefully will be out there. And if not, it would probably be the following year, I would imagine."
According to Dall, the fact that POISON is still together in its classic formation is "definitely one of the keys to our longevity and our success. And what do I attribute it to? I attribute it to the fact that we do love each other, and at the end of the day, we're brothers," he said. "When you're in a band, and you've been together as long as we have been, though it's hard sometimes and you do have your fights and your arguments, it's, like, I'm allowed to fight with Bret, but no one else is allowed to fight with him. I'll be the first one, if someone was to go after Bret, to take someone down. And it's like that with all of us — all four guys. So we have our moments, but at the same time, it's all about the band and the music and the fans. I don't really know what to give you as far as a soild answer as on how we have been able to stay together this long. But, I guess, at the end of the day, we talk through things and work things out, and just like a marriage, you work through things."
Bobby went on to say that he would "absolutely love to" work on some new music with POISON, whose last album of new material was 2002's "Hollyweird". Back in 2007, they released "Poison'd", an album of covers. "But it's hard to get the time set aside from everybody to get the commitment to go in and do it," he said "It hasn't happened up until this point since, like, 2007 when we recorded the live album; I believe it was 2007 when we recorded 'Live, Raw & Uncut'. But would I like to? Yes, I would. But that takes a time commitment of several months of time, and we'll see. Right now, at this moment in time, it isn't in the process, but you never know."
The "Nothin' But A Good Time 2018" tour kicked off on May 18 in Irvine, California and runs through June 24.
POISON's 2017 tour with DEF LEPPARD marked the Michaels-fronted outfit's first U.S. run of shows in more than four years.
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Friday night (June 15), at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine, Foreigner and Whitesnake began their "Juke Box Heroes" tour. You can check out the set lists from the concert below.
Foreigner came out blazing during their closing slot, opening with "Long, Long Way From Home." The rest of their set consisted of classics such as "Double Vision," "Waiting for a Girl Like You" and "Cold as Ice." The song that named the tour was naturally played, too, closing out the main set before an encore of "I Want to Know What Love Is" and "Hot Blooded."
As they will for the entire tour, Whitesnake were the second act on the bill. While their set consisted of big hits like "Is This Love," "Here I Go Again" and "Still of the Night," it also featured a guitar duel between Joel Hoekstra and Reb Beach and a drum solo by Tommy Aldridge during "Crying in the Rain."
Opening the night was Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening. Their 8-song set consisted of such classics made famous by his father John as "Immigrant Song" and "Whole Lotta Love," closing with "Stairway to Heaven."
Tonight, the three acts will play the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga, N.Y. They'll remain on the road, playing outdoor venues across the U.S., until Aug. 1, when they wrap it up at the Five Point Amphitheater in Irvine, Calif. Check out all the dates here:
Foreigner, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, June 15, 2018 Set List
1. "Long, Long Way From Home"
2. "Double Vision"
3. "Head Games"
4. "Cold as Ice"
5. "Waiting for a Girl Like You"
6. "Dirty White Boy"
7. "Feels Like the First Time"
10. "Juke Box Hero"
11. "I Want to Know What Love Is"
12. "Hot Blooded"
Whitesnake, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, June 15, 2018 Set List:
1. "Bad Boys"
2. "Give Me All Your Love"
3. "Love Ain't No Stranger"
4. "Slow an' Easy"
5. "Guitar Duel"
6. "Crying in the Rain"
7. "Is This Love"
8. "Slide It In"
9. "Here I Go Again"
10. "Still of the Night"
Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, June 15, 2018 Set List:
1. "Immigrant Song"
2. "Good Times Bad Times"
3. "The Ocean"
4. "Over the Hills and Far Away"
5. "Whole Lotta Love"
6. "No Quarter"
7. "Misty Mountain Hop"
8. "Stairway to Heaven"
HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES GET SERIOUS - "WE'RE DOING WHAT WE KEEP TELLING YOUNG BANDS TO DO: DON'T LOSE THE ANGER IN ROCK 'N' ROLL, DON'T LOSE THAT EDGE, DON'T MELLOW OUT!," SAYS ALICE COOPER
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Hollywood Vampires - featuring Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp - are currently packing out Europe’s arenas and working on a second album of entirely original material. The band's summer tour ends on July 8th in Rome, Italy, after which Cooper and Depp will continue working on their second album.
Time will tell as to whether their novelty value will survive, but both are adamant that they’re now taking what was once a bit of fun a lot more seriously.
“I think we really found our sound this time; I think we just had it by the tail on the first record,” Johnny Depp tells Dom Lawson for The Guardian.
Alice Cooper adds: “We’re doing what we keep telling young bands to do: don’t lose the anger in rock ’n’ roll, don’t lose that edge, don’t mellow out! All of the songs that have been written so far are really raucous rock ’n’ roll songs. It’s got a lot of attitude to it.”
Read more at The Guardian:
Alice Cooper and Joe Perry sat down in the Nights With Alice Cooper video studio to discuss how the Hollywood Vampires started and much more. Watch below:
Hollywood Vampires tour dates:
19 - Glasgow SEE Hydro - Glasgow, UK
20 - Wembley Arena - London, UK
22 - Hellfest - Clisson, France
24 - Graspop Festival - Dessel, Belgium
27 - Tollwood - Munich, Germany
29 - Jahrhunderthalle - Frankfurt, Germany
30 - Clam Castle - Klam, Austria
3 - Samsung Hall - Zurich, Switzerland
5 - Montreux Jazz Festival - Montreux, Switzerland
7 - Summer Festival - Lucca, Italy
8 - Cavea - Rome, Italy
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ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante recently appeared on the "Iron City Rocks" podcast. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On being a part of SLAYER's farewell tour:
Charlie: "Honestly, in the back of my mind, I know that for them the end is coming. I don't know when it's the end — I'm not sure if they know either. I don't know how long they plan on extending this for, but I think they'll stay within the realms of, 'Okay, this is it — we're going to do it for this amount of time, and then we're calling it a day.' I've seen them in dressing rooms here and there walking around. We don't talk about that stuff — we say, 'Hey, how's your back doing?' [Laughs]"
On his work ethic:
Charlie: "For me, I push it sometimes, but I only push it just to get motivated more. Then there's times where I just want to zone out, whether it's taking my daughter to a movie or taking her shopping and we're just driving in a car, and she's doing her thing and I'm doing my own thing, and then boom — something will just hit me, an idea or something. I'll grab my phone and I'll just him it into the phone, and I'll get home and play it back and transpose it from my wonderful humming style to guitar. A lot of times, I feel very blessed that I have something with me that I can capture it with, because back in the old days, you'd be driving with nothing. You would try to write something down, and by the time you'd get back and realize what it was, that rhythm is out of your memory. I do like to keep thinking of all different things. My brain usually goes toward the ANTHRAX zone, and then sometimes it goes to a more mellower side of things. I have 40-something years of other tunes that will never be ANTHRAX material, but I would like to put them out somewhere at some point."
On his writing process:
Charlie: "Every song is different, but the majority of the time, it starts from a guitar riff that triggers another guitar riff that triggers another guitar riff, and before you know it, I've played a four- or five-minute thing that consisted of seven different riffs. You can attach a caboose to each one of these riffs and make a tune out of it. Sometimes it starts with a drum beat, a drum groove, a drum fill. The song 'In The End' started with the melody of the song, and then a riff was built around that. I love when that happens, because it's very peculiar. Sometimes the melody does go along with the guitar riff, but sometimes it's the counter-melody that works better."
On the "dark" cover art of "Persistence Of Time":
Charlie: "With 'Persistence Of Time', I was way into my Salvatore Dali phase at that point. The record was very dark because [on] 'State Of Euphoria', the sun was shining and we were all happy. With the record after that, we went way darker because there was a bit of a backlash against us for being so happy and wearing shorts and this, that and the other thing. It was really strange to us why a year before this, these writers were praising us, and now they're trying to tear us down. I think it really did a number on our heads."
On when fans can expect to hear new ANTHRAX music:
Charlie: "I've already started some demos and stuff. I think once this whole touring cycle ends at end of the year, maybe we can... start thinking about creating a new album."
On pre-show fan meet-and-greets:
Charlie: "Usually on show days or days off, we would do signings at record stores. We don't do those anymore, but we do do these things which are called meet-and-greets. A lot of bands do them now because you don't sell records... it's also what I feel is something for the fans who want to come and be a part of it and meet you and have a couple minutes and get a picture. I kind of equate it to the whole record store [signing] thing, but it's definitely different now to the way it once was. I just see what certain bands charge for their little packages, and I think that it's a bit over what they really should charge. I think you shouldn't bleed these kids. I've seen what these prices are, and I'm just like, 'Dude, if you have ten people doing it at that price, why even play? Just go on tour and do meet-and-greets.'"
On the possibility of future "Big Four" shows before SLAYER wraps up their touring:
Charlie: "I don't know about that. I hear rumblings, but I couldn't say right now for sure, yes. But I hear things, so I guess I'm being optimistic."
ANTHRAX's upcoming disc will be the band's third full-length release since the return of vocalist Joey Belladonna, who came back into the fold for the "Big Four" shows, in the process helping inspire a new wave of creativity.
ANTHRAX is supporting SLAYER on the first two legs of the latter outfit's last-ever North American run of dates. Also appearing on the bill are LAMB OF GOD, TESTAMENT and BEHEMOTH (with NAPALM DEATH replacing BEHEMOTH for the second leg).
ANTHRAX's most recent release was the live-in-concert DVD "Kings Among Scotland", which came out on April 27 via Megaforce.
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Speculation that Black Sabbath could reunite to appear at the 2022 edition of the Commonwealth Games in their hometown of Birmingham, U.K., increased after two out of the three members of their farewell tour lineup expressed interest in the idea.
Last week frontman Ozzy Osbourne told ITV News: “That would be fantastic” after being asked if the band might be willing to reform to play at the opening ceremony. “I’d like to do that. We’re all Brummies, after all.”
Guitarist Tony Iommi was later asked the same question by the Birmingham Mail, and replied: “I think that it would be a great thing to do, to help represent Birmingham. I’m up for it. Let’s see what happens!” The cancer survivor, who must remain cautious over his health for the rest of his life, continued: “The reason we called the last Sabbath tour ‘The End’ is because we won’t go out on tour again. All the traveling was wearing me out.” He added: “I seem to be busier than ever, so I won’t call this retirement. I love playing live, and I will continue to do so."
That leaves Geezer Butler, who recently told Loudwire after being asked about a one-off reunion: “I don’t think there will be any chance of doing anything like that, which I am fine with and we went out on a high. It's best not to drag it out. However, before the band played their farewell shows in Birmingham last year, Butler admitted: “my life will be very empty without the band.”
A one-off show might also present the opportunity to perform with original drummer Bill Ward, whose objection to not being offered a “signable” contract contributed to his absence from the band’s final era. Ahead of their final appearance Butler suggested that Ward had been invited to take part, but declined – although he later corrected himself, confirming that Ward had never been asked.
Osbourne recently kicked off his farewell world tour, which is set to run for three years, meaning it would be over in good time for the band to gather for the Commonwealth Games. He also said he’d been happy to appear with his solo band if the reunion didn’t take place.
ROBERT TRUJILLO Says Other Metal Bands Have Followed METALLICA's Path By Seeking Therapeutic Intervention
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Robert Trujillo says that other bands have followed METALLICA's path by request therapeutic intervention when faced with personal turmoil.
The San Francisco heavy metal giants' 2004 documentary, "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 and the near-disintegration of the group while making their "St. Anger" album.
While initially helping METALLICA towards restoring band harmony, the film showed "performance coach" Phil Towle, who was brought into the picture in January 2001 to help frontman James Hetfield, guitarist Kirk Hammett and drummer Lars Ulrich repair their relationship with bassist Jason Newsted, attempting to increasingly insert himself into the band's creative process, submitting lyrics for the album and even attempting to join them on the road.
In a brand new interview with Sweden's SVT, Trujillo — who joined METALLICA in 2003 as Newsted's replacement — said that working with Towle helped keep the group from an eventual meltdown and provided the bandmembers with the necessary tools to be able to communicate with each other.
"When we have an issue or a problem, we get together, we talk about it," he said. "And as long as there's that communication, it gets resolved."
Although METALLICA isn't the first high-profile arena-rock band to seek out therapy — Towle (who is not a trained psychologist or psychiatrist) also worked with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE — "METALLICA might have been the first band in the metal universe to take that on and be open to it," Robert told SVT. "And I found that other bands have kind of followed the same path. A lot of my friends [have told me], 'Oh, we had a bit of a therapy session. We had some problems.'"
As is the case with guitarist Kirk Hammett, Trujillo says that his role in METALLICA is to serve as a real-life mediator between Hetfield and Ulrich, who have a solid friendship but sometimes butt heads.
"My position in every band that I've ever been with — working with Ozzy Osbourne at the height of his addictions; and working with Jerry Cantrell from ALICE IN CHAINS when he was battling his demons; SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and what was going on in that camp; and then, of course, joining METALLICA — [my approach has always been], 'Okay, 'I'm here. There's a storm around me. How do I navigate this?' And I think the balance of my role even has to do with when I was growing up around my father and some of those challenges there, and trying to be the glue and understand, 'We have a situation here. How can I help?' And that, to me, is, I guess, my role in this band."
METALLICA released a tenth-anniversary two-disc Blu-ray edition of "Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster" in November 2014.
According to Ulrich, METALLICA had no idea how fans would respond to seeing footage of the band's touchy-feeling therapy sessions that ultimately healed the group and kept METALLICA from splitting up.
"As much as you want to control how people react, there are always things that throw you for a loop," Ulrich explained. "The fact that the music world was a little bewildered by it and the fact that the movie world sort of embraced the film was not something we would've predicted."
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Zakk Wylde is one of metal's most iconic guitarists, but his fans know that he has a softer side: he's also a great piano player and balladeer. Sammy Hagar interviewed Wylde for his TV show Rock & Roll Road Trip, and noted, "You have this mellow side to you. You sit down at a piano and sing beautiful love songs. Do you prefer doing that?"
Wylde said, “The first musical moment I remember as a kid—like just getting chills and [feeling] the power of music—[was] seeing Elton John on The Sonny And Cher Show, doing ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,’” Wylde explains. “I was just completely floored by that.”
A few years later, he got into metal. Wylde recalls, “I think it was when I was like 11 or so… one of my buddies, Tommy, drew a skull… with a lightning bolt going through it, and it said ‘Black Sabbath 666’ or whatever. I was like, ‘What is that?’ and he just goes, ‘Oh, it’s a band my brother listens to.’ [I was] beyond terrified. But then I kept listening to it and listening to it, and then just loved it.”
Little did he know that he'd be playing Black Sabbath's songs a few years later with that band's singer, when he joined Ozzy Osbourne's band in 1987. He's played with the frontman on and off over the years, and he's back in the band now for Ozzy's farewell tour). In 2014, he formed his own Sabbath tribute band, Zakk Sabbath.
Catch the entire episode of Rock & Roll Road Trip Sunday night June 17 at 9 pm ET/ 6 pm PT on AXS TV.
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Check out live footage from the show below:
21 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
22 - Chicago, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
24 - Detroit, MI - Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
25 - Mt. Pleasant, MI - Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort
27 - Hamilton, ON - FirstOntario Centre
29 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
30 - Quebec City, QC - Centre Videotron
1 - Wantagh, NY - Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
2 - Bethel Woods, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
5 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Amphitheater
6 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
8 - Virginia Beach, VA - Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
9 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion
11 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion
12 - Jacksonville, FL - Daily's Place
14 - Atlanta, GA - Verizon Amphitheatre
16 - Biloxi, MS - Mississippi Coast Coliseum
18 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre
20 - Welch, MN - Treasure Island Casino
21 - Council Bluffs, IA - Harrah's Council Bluffs
23 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
26 - San Diego, CA - Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
27 - Irvine, CA - FivePoint Amphitheatre
29 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
30 - Wheatland, CA - Toyota Amphitheatre