LARS ULRICH On METALLICA's Post-'Hardwired' Plans: 'We Just Wanna Get Back To Making Records And Continuing'
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During a career-spanning interview on November 5 at 92Y in New York City, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich was asked where he sees the band five years from now. He responded: "We're on a roll. We're having the time of our lives. [METALLICA's latest album] 'Hardwired[… To Self-Destruct]' came out a year ago. Touring's great. The model that we've sort of set up for ourselves is a model that makes what we do work for us. And when I try to explain it to other people and other bands and so on, they often look at me like… We do everything very sporadically. We finished [the most recent European leg of our tour] in Belgium two days ago; we were out for two and a half weeks in the trenches, hitting hard, and now we have a couple of months to sort of recharge our batteries.
"We're gonna keep playing the same amount of gigs on this tour that we have on previous tours, but we just do it over a longer period of time," he continued. "So five years from now, I would say that… We've got hopefully a couple of years left of touring on this record. And then we just wanna get back to making records and continuing.
"There's absolutely no reason for any of this to slow down other than physical ailments," he said. "Shoulders, necks, knees, throats — all that stuff — if all that stuff stays healthy, up here [points to head] we're fine, as mental as ever. But if we can stay physically healthy, we should hopefully be able to do this for another 20 years. So hopefully five years from now, we'll be deep into making the next record."
Ulrich told the WJRR radio station earlier in the year that producer Greg Fidelman was at least part of the reason for the overwhelmingly positive response to "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct". "Greg, who engineered this record, who co-produced it with James [Hetfield, guitar/vocals] and I, who was responsible for all the sonics and the mixing and all that, he's been with METALLICA now for over ten years. He knows us, and he knows how to make us sound the way we should sound and maximize kind of our thing. And I think that he's a significant reason for all the goodwill that's coming back our way in the last  months since this record came out."
In a separate interview with HardDrive Radio, Lars said that "you can never discount the energies of the universe and how things are aligning and the right record [being released] at the right time" when it comes to the response to an album. "If this record came out two or three years ago, maybe it wouldn't have been received [as well]. Do you know what I mean? There's something about the musical landscape — what everybody else is doing, how your record correlates to what everybody else is doing and so on. So it's a lot of those factors."
The European leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" tour kicked off in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 2 and ran through November 3. After a break, the trek will pick up again on February 1, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, and continue through May, finishing up in Helsinki, Finland.
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New Stone Temple Pilots frontman Jeff Gutt says he’s “blessed” to be the band’s new vocalist.
Gutt was unveiled earlier this week at a private show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, with the band launching their new track Meadow to mark the announcement.
And Gutt, who has previously been a member of bands including Dry Cell, Acrylic, Punch and Band With No Name and enjoyed a stint on X Factor in the US, can’t wait to get started.
Gutt tells The Daily Tribune: “I’ve had some time to get used to the idea. I was just sitting on the sidelines watching it all unfurl and knowing what was going to happen before anyone else did. I knew I had a secret I was about to reveal, which was cool.
“It’s a very strange feeling, but at the same time I’m blessed and very honoured. It’s like joining the Led Zeppelin of my generation. I feel like I’m living in a movie.”
Gutt says he doesn’t feel any pressure about being compared to original Stone Temple Pilots’ vocalist Scott Weiland, who died in 2015.
He continues: “I was studying Scott when I was coming into singing myself, and I learned so much from listening to him. It was fun to incorporate all those things in my own way and still sing true to Scott’s stuff and really keep that as true as I could.”
Gutt, along with Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz, are planning to release an album in spring 2018 which will coincide with a North American tour. And Gutt says he’s ready for the challenge ahead.
“I’ve studied my craft for a long time,” he says. “If anyone’s going to be ready to do it and if anyone’s been trained for this throughout their life, it’s me.
“I’ve had a lot of failures, but it’s OK because it’s all working out now.”
The band’s LA concert will be broadcast this Friday (November 17) at 5pm ET exclusively on SiriusXM and can be heard on Howard Stern’s Howard 101 channel, as well as Lithium.
Stone Temple Pilots also been confirmed for Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville, which will take place between April 27-29 at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, Florida.
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After months of speculation, multi-platinum rock band Stryper has announced the addition of iconic bass player Perry Richardson to the band lineup. Richardson joins original members Michael Sweet (vocals and guitar), Robert Sweet (drums) and Oz Fox (guitar), all of whom are currently in pre-production on their upcoming album due in 2018.
Following is an excerpt from an interview with Richardson conducted by Stryper.com.
Stryper.com: So on October 30th, a press release comes out saying that Perry Richardson is the new bass player for Stryper. How did that come about?
Richardson: "It was fate or the hand of God, man. This old friend of mine ending up talking with Dave Rose (Stryper’s co-manager), and Dave said that they were looking for a bass player. My friend Marty said that he knew just the guy! And Dave was familiar with me because he used to play in a band that opened for my old band Maxx Warrior! So I meet with Dave and then after that Michael Sweet called me. Last time I saw Mike was about 5 years ago in Nashville, but we met in person maybe 3 times total. But he remembered who I was and invited me to fly over to jam and see how it felt. I had about a month to learn 5 songs. We all flew in and setup in a little room in his house. We played the songs, and it felt good. Then we sang some together, and the vocals sounded good. So they said that they would call me and let me know. A few days later I was about to start a game of golf when I got the call that I was in the band. I was so excited I couldn’t even play the game. It was the worst game of golf I've played in years! (laughs) But that’s how it happened. When I met the band, I just felt so at home with them. I couldn’t be more happy."
Stryper.com: What songs did you learn for your first Stryper jam?
Richardson: "'The Way', 'Soldiers Under Command', 'Rock That Makes Me Roll', 'Calling On You', and 'No More Hell To Pay'."
Stryper.com: I can't wait to hear your vocal harmonies in Stryper. Oz and Mike both have very distinct vocals that I think will blend nicely with yours.
Richardson: "Well, thanks. I'm so looking forward to it, I can't wait to get going. I am so honored and overjoyed. I can't believe this is happening. They were one of my favorite bands. When I was in Maxx Warrior with CJ (Snare) we opened for Stryper in Charlotte in 1985. That was one of the highlights of my life! And to now be playing with them is a dream come true for me. And everybody working with them, like you, has been so nice and so organized. They've really taken me in, it's such a great feeling. And their new music… I tell you what, Fallen is my favorite Stryper album yet."
Stryper.com: Do you have a favorite Stryper song?
Richardson: "Right now it’s 'Heaven' off of Fallen."
Read the complete interview here.
GUNS N' ROSES' NOT IN THIS LIFETIME TOUR WINS TOP TOUR / TOP DRAW CATEGORY AT BILLBOARD TOURING AWARDS
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Guns N' Roses were among the winners at this year's Billboard Touring Awards, which were presented on Wednesday night (November 15th) in Beverly Hills, California.
Guns N' Roses' Not In This Lifetime Tour was the winner in the Top Tour/Top Draw category, besting U2 and Coldplay. The band were runners-up in the Top Boxscore category, losing to U2.
For a full list of categories and winners, head to Billboard.com.
The resurgent Guns N’ Roses and their massively successful Not In This Lifetime Tour continue to show no signs of slowing down as the band storms into 2018 with 13 stadium shows lined up across Europe, as well as festival headline slots at Download Festival UK, Paris and Madrid, Italy’s Firenze Rocks and Belgium’s Graspop Metal Meeting.
Starting on June 3rd at Berlin’s Olympiastadion, the Live Nation produced tour will steamroll across Europe including shows scheduled in Denmark, UK, France, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Holland, Poland, Norway, Sweden as well as multiple shows in Germany. For the first time in the group’s history the international rock icons will perform in Estonia, at the renowned Tallinn Song Festival Grounds. Tickets go on sale Thursday, November 16th.
3 - Berlin, Germany - Olympiastadion
6 - Odense, Denmark - Dyreskuepladsen
9 - Donnington, UK - Download
12 - Gelsenkirchen, Germany - Veltins Arena
15 - Firenze, Italy - Firenze Rocks
18 - Paris, France - Download
21 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting
24 - Mannheim, Germany - Maimarktgelände
26 - Bordeaux, France - Matmut Stadium
29 - Madrid, Spain - Download
1 - Barcelona, Spain - Estadio Olympico
4 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Goffertpark
7 - Leipzig, Germany - Festwiese
9 - Chorzow, Poland - Stadion Slaski
13 - Moscow, Russia - Otkritie Arena
16 - Tallinn, Estonia - Tallinn Song Festival Ground
19 - Oslo, Norway - Valle Hovin
21 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Ullevi Stadium
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Black Sabbath have released live footage of their classic 1970’s track War Pigs, recorded during their final show at Birmingham’s Genting Arena in February this year.
It’s taken form the band’s upcoming DVD and Blu-ray concert film The End, which will launch tomorrow (November 17) via Eagle Rock.
It follows videos for Paranoid and N.I.B. Watch the performance here:
Sabbath said: “To bring it all back home after all these years was pretty special. It was so hard to say goodbye to the fans who have been incredibly loyal to us through the years.
“We never dreamed in the early days that we’d be here 49 years later, doing our last show on our home turf.”
Along with the full set from their final performance, The End also features backstage footage and studio performances of tracks Sabbath didn’t play on the night.
The End is now available for pre-order. Find the tracklist below.
Earlier this month, Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne announced the first leg of his farewell tour and was confirmed as one of next year’s headliners at the UK’s Download festival.
Black Sabbath The End DVD/Blu-ray contents:
Fairies Wear Boots
Under The Sun / Every Day Comes And Goes
Into The Void
Behind The Wall Of Sleep
Bassically / N.I.B.
Hand Of Doom
Supernaut / Sabbath Bloody Sabbath / Megalomania
Rat Salad / Drum Solo
Children Of The Grave
Extras: The Angelic Sessions:
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Last week, Jeff Scott Soto released a new solo album called Retribution. We have the exclusive premiere of the video for the title track, which you can view below.
Soto made Retribution in recognition of the 15 years that have passed since his first release on Frontiers Music. He co-wrote nine of the 11 songs on the record with longtime collaborator Howie Simon, who also served as the album's producer, in addition to playing guitar and bass on most tracks. Soto co-wrote "Reign Away" with August Zadra and Steve Sturm and "Song for Joey" with Paulo Mendonca.
Soto first rose to prominence as a teenager in 1984 while singing with Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force. In addition to his solo career, he provided vocals for the fictional band Steel Dragon in the movie Rock Star and has been a part of numerous all-star groups.
From 2006-7, he fronted Journey. He also sings in the West Coast version of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Soto plans to spent much of 2018 with Sons of Apollo, his group with bassist Billy Sheehan, drummer Mike Portnoy guitarist, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and keyboardist Derek Sherinian. Their debut, Psychotic Symphony, was released last month.
"I was beyond excited and ready to make [Retribution] upon reviewing some of the songs Howie had in mind for it,” Soto said. “I knew it would be a great follow up to the killer albums I’ve made thus far with Frontiers.”
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Legendary progressive rock band URIAH HEEP is set to commence the recording of its brand new studio album (the 25th in the group's storied career), which will be titled, appropriately enough, "Living The Dream".
"We have been together for 47 years and we have seen many bands come and go, so in effect we are 'Still Living The Dream,' so it was the perfect title for the new album," says URIAH HEEP guitarist and founding member Mick Box.
Jay Ruston has been called in to produce the album. Mick says: "We chose Jay because we admire his work with THE WINERY DOGS, STONE SOUR, BLACK STAR RIDERS, Paul Gilbert and EUROPE. Jay has either produced, mixed or both for these bands, and he will bring a fresh approach to HEEP, which we are very much looking forward to."
The plan is release the album through Frontiers in fall 2018 (release window subject to change). The band is beyond excited with the material written for the new album, which will include some epic additions to the band's huge catalog of rock staples and looks forward to sharing it with their fans around the world.
In the meantime, the band has announced four Canadian tour dates, with more shows in the works.
"The mighty HEEP are proudly able to tour in over 61 countries and we look forward to a packed touring schedule in 2018. Touring is in our blood and what we have a passion to do, and so 2018 is no exception," concludes Box.
A full tour in support of the new release will be announced in the coming months.
Asked in a recent interview with Gulf News how URIAH HEEP has been able to weather the lineup changes and handle the different personalities of the members over the decades, Box said: "I guess when anyone joins HEEP, there is already a firm template musically in place, so they just respect that and take that on board and fit in. Personality is very important and we all need to get on as we tour in over 60 countries, so we see a lot of each other. Right now we have a great blend of personalities and a very strong creative force, so we are all happy."
Mick also looked back on URIAH HEEP's five-decade career, saying: "It has been an amazing journey and there is no sign of it letting up. I have been blessed to be still doing what I love and the other boys all agree. We have fans all over the world who have been extremely loyal, and as each decade passes, we gain more and more young fans, which is wonderful. When a young fan shouts out please play 'Gypsy' and the song is older than him or her, then you know you have done something right. There is no better place than to be on that stage."
URIAH HEEP is:
Mick Box: Guitars, Vocals
Phil Lanzon: Keyboards, Vocals
Bernie Shaw: Lead Vocals
Russell Gilbrook: Drums, Vocals
Dave Rimmer: Bass, Vocals
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Kiss co-founder Gene Simmons left the stage to silence a heckler during a solo performance in Providence, R.I., recently. You can watch the entire exchange below.
Simmons, who was in town to attend the Rhode Island Comic Con, was set to receive a key to the city during an intermission at his show at Veterans Memorial Auditorium on Nov. 12. But an audience member -- identified as Josh Martin by Vanyaland -- relentlessly interrupted the presentation from East Providence city councilman Brian Faria.
"Is this a f***ing joke?" Martin can be heard yelling in the above video. Later, he said "Shut up and play your guitar," "I didn't pay to see a politician" and – in reference to Kiss' former original guitarist – "Ace [Frehley] is better than this!"
Finally, Simmons seemed to have had enough. He interrupted Faria to ask for help in identifying the heckler. "Put the lights on," Simmons said. "I wanna see where this jackass is." He then handed his bass guitar to the city councilman, and began roaming the crowd.
Security proceeded to eject Martin, who reportedly played guitar with the Boston-based noise metal band Anal C*** from 1996 through 2011, when their frontman died. Simmons disappeared into the lobby area, where he apparently spoke with Martin. (No word on whether he said, "I gather darkness to please thee – and I command you to kneel," but that certainly would have been cool.)
Simmons then returned to the stage, where he took up his bass to continue the show, presumably undisturbed.
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He’s the British-based singer from Sweden who wrote his band Europe’s signature song that topped the chart in 25 countries in the mid-80s. The man born Rolf Larsson gives us his take on life
Joey Tempest was still in his teens when he came up with the riff that powered the song that a few years later gave his band Europe a massive worldwide hit, and for which they and he will be best remembered.
After the band went on hiatus in 1992, he enjoyed a solo career, releasing three albums before Europe reconvened in 2003. During this second spell they have released six studio albums, including the brand new Walk The Earth. “Everything is running smoothly for Europe right now,” says the singer, “and the end [for Europe] is nowhere in sight.”
Don’t call me Rolf!
My given name is Rolf Magnus Joakim Larsson, and my old schoolmates would call me Jocke. To some of my family members I’m Joakim, but to everybody else I’ve been Joey Tempest since 1983. I changed it when we started working on our first album, but even in school I would scribble it because I loved the way David Bowie, Elton John and Bob Dylan created a stage persona. I’d met John Norum [Europe guitarist] and we were sitting at the back of the class dreaming about all that stuff.
I feel quite British
I’ve lived abroad for about twenty-five or thirty years. I’m married to an English woman and have been settled in London since 2001, so I feel less and less Swedish. It took a long time for me to stop waking up in the middle of the night with bouts of homesickness. The UK is my home now. I don’t have a British passport but I’m thinking of getting one. I love the English sense of humour, and it’s wonderful to live in the cradle of rock – The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles… just about all of the real greats.
My private life is staying private
I’m not comfortable sharing details of my family life, so I don’t have a personal Facebook page. However, I’ve always been very interested in social media and I’m extremely involved with Europe’s Facebook presence. I regularly check in to read what the fans are saying. It’s an amazing change from the eighties and nineties when we would be told: “Come into the office, there are thousands of letters for you to reply to.” Now it’s so instant and much more personal.
Hobbies are a waste of time
I tried the whole golf thing but would always be thinking about being in the studio. Running Europe is pretty time-consuming. Everyone in the band helps out but a lot of [the responsibility] ends up on my plate. To relax, I’ve started collecting vinyl again. I’ve also collected wine, but it’s much more fun to drink than collect.
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Just last month, Monowise Limited Corporation, the company behind Ozzfest, filed suit against the organizers of the OZY Fest, claiming that the moniker and even the logo for the New York-based music event is way to similar to the long-running Ozzy Osbourne-led festival. Now, Ozzy's wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne, has also weighed in on the suit, speaking her mind during an episode of CBS' The Talk.
As seen in the clip above, Osbourne is spurred on a bit by her co-hosts and the crowd before declaring, "Off with their heads, off to prison, that's it." But on a more serious tone, Osbourne stated, ""It's ridiculous when somebody's worked so long to make themselves accomplished, to work on their career, and then somebody comes in. And to use word 'Fest' as well as 'OZY,' it's, like ... You know, you could call it 'festival' or something."
When asked by Julie Chen if it was a compliment that someone would go to those lengths, Sharon hesitated before stating, "No, I just think it's, like, where do people come up with the nerve?" You can watch the full discussion in the video below.
The Ozy Fest took place in New York this past summer, providing a mix of music, celebrity speakers and food booths. While this year's event did take place, Ozzfest organizers have sued to keep the name from being used again in the future. Monowise sent a cease-and-desist letter in October, claiming that Ozy Fest's name and imagery "are nearly identical in sight, sound, connotation and commercial impression."
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The 30th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition of Whitesnake’s 1987 album is available now. In the new video below, singer David Coverdale discusses the song, "Don't Turn Away", and also hints at a new Whitesnake album:
The 30th anniversary edition of the 8x Platinum 1987 album includes unreleased studio, live and video material.
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Paul Stanley says that he is unsure about making a new KISS studio album, explaining that the band's next record "would have to be something different."
KISS hasn't released a full-length disc of new music since 2012's "Monster", which sold 56,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The band's previous LP, "Sonic Boom", opened with 108,000 units back in October 2009 to enter the chart at No. 2. This marked the KISS's highest-charting LP ever.
During a question-and-answer session on this month's "The Kiss Kruise VII", Stanley was asked for his thoughts on the prospect of recording a new KISS CD. He said (see video below): "I don't know. If we did another album, it woudn't be like… It would have to be something different. The idea of doing the same thing again, I think we've done it enough times."
Stanley had expressed uncertainty about the idea of making another KISS album in a number of other interviews, telling the "Loudwire Podcast": "If we're going to do an album, it would be because we want to do an album, not because of sales. I think we're living in a time, obviously, now where albums don't sell what they once did, so you either do it because it's a creative outlet and because it satisfies something in you, or not. If you're doing it purely for sales, then you're probably doing it for the wrong reason. So if we do an album, it's only gonna be because it feels right to do it. And as time has passed, I find it becoming more and more enticing, the idea of doing another album. For me, the only thing we have to make sure is that we don't do 'Son Of Monster' or 'Son Of Sonic Boom'. Unless we are in a different direction — not to go to the route of 'The Elder' [KISS's much-maligned 1981 concept album] — but, again, if we're doing it for ourselves, then if people like it, that's great. But the only way to do an album, for me at this point, is to do something that I find intriguing. So I'm kind of more into it than I was before, only because once you set the parameters and your expectations… So, for me, it really just comes down to: is it gonna be exciting creatively?"
Paul's bandmate Gene Simmons recently confirmed that "some writing" has been going on for a possible new KISS studio album but once again said that he was "not incentivized" to release another KISS disc unless there are some major changes in the way music is consumed. He said: "Not too long ago I wrote a song called 'Your Wish Is My Command'. It sounds anthemic, like something that might have come off 'Love Gun', maybe. But I'm not incentivized. The idea that you work your ass off and then someone with freckles on their face decides they want to download your music and file share — that's not what I work for. How'd you like to be a plumber, come over somebody's house and work all day to fix their plumbing and then when it's time to get paid, they say, 'No, I just wanted to say thank you.' No."
Check out the Q&A session here:
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Black Country Communion the Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, released their fourth album, BCCIV, via Mascot Records back in September. A new music video for the album track “Over My Head” can be found below:
Just like its three predecessors, BCCIV was overseen by Kevin Shirley, whose catalogue of hit records for Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Journey, The Black Crowes, has made him the hottest producer that rock music has to offer. Shirley, who originally had the idea of putting Hughes and Bonamassa in a band after seeing them jamming together onstage in Los Angeles back in November 2009 – is the group’s unofficial ‘fifth member’.
All songs on the new album were co-written by Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa. Glenn wrote all the lyrics on the album except for the song “The Last Song For My Resting Place”, which was written by Joe.
“Over My Head”
“The Last Song For My Resting Place”
“When The Morning Comes”
“With You I Go” (Vinyl edition bonus track)
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If you're a celebrity stepping off a plane in Los Angeles, you can pretty much guarantee that one of TMZ's camera crews will be nearby waiting for some face time — although as Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler was recently reminded, you never know what they're going to ask you about.
Inspired by one of the tabloid network's recent reports, which quoted wrestling star Ric Flair as saying he'd had sex with something like 10,000 women in his life, a TMZ crew approached Tyler to ask for his thoughts regarding that lengthy alleged list of conquests. And although the singer didn't exactly look thrilled to see cameras waiting in the clip of the conversation that was subsequently posted, he was willing to play along — for a while, anyway.
"Oh, I got him so beat," quipped Tyler between signing autographs. Pointing out that rock stars have an easier time of it when it comes to securing companionship, he backed off when pressed to offer a specific lifetime number, saying he was "too busy getting high" during Aerosmith's wildest years.
Still looking for quotes, the crew asked Tyler what he thought about Flair's additional claim that he'd taken sexual matters into his own hands at least a couple of times a day while maintaining his rigorous schedule — a claim that Tyler said "sounds like Gene Simmons."
The clip ends with the crew following Tyler out to his car while noting that Flair nicknamed his penis "Space Mountain," at which point, he's finally had enough of the conversation. "You know what?" shrugged Tyler. "The guy's full of s---."
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After revealing their initial 40th anniversary plans earlier this year, Toto have announced details regarding their new compilation, 40 Trips Around the Sun, which will be released on Feb. 9.
The album features a mix of the band’s most popular hits and deeper tracks from its catalog, all newly remastered, plus three new tracks, including the song, “Alone,” which you can listen to below:
“It just went so fast,” guitarist and singer Steve Lukather tells Ultimate Classic Rock. “I’ve been doing this for 40 years. I mean, understand that my first record came out on f---ing 8-track, and here I am going into 2018. I never thought in a million years that I’d be doing this 40 years in. We thought if we got 10, that would be amazing.”
Fans who pre-order the new album will receive “Alone” as an instant download. The song was written by the four core band members -- Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro and Joseph Williams -- with no outside collaborators. “It’s got a hook for f---in’ days,” Lukather says. “I think it’s classic Toto.”
Thanks to the discovery of some unfinished tracks, the band was also able to revisit previously unreleased material featuring late Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro, who died in 1992, and his brother, bassist Mike Porcaro, who died in 2015 after battling ALS. “We were able to take things with Jeff and Mike that were recorded during the 1981 to 1984 era, and Sony found a whole vault full of s--- that we forgot about,” Lukather says. “Just basic tracks that we didn’t use, because 'Oh, that chorus sucks.' So we were able to go in and go, 'Well, the chorus sucks, but the f---ing track was killer. Can we fix this? Let’s rewrite it and insert it.' We were able to do that now.”
The group used that process on “Spanish Sea,” which grew out of a musical idea from the period when it was working on the 1984 album Isolation. “As David says, it’s an heir apparent to an ‘Africa’ kind of a groove," Lukather notes. "It’s got massive Brian Wilson-like vocals on it. We really went for it. We said, ‘Well, if we’re going to be over-produced and everybody hates that s--- about us anyway, our fans love it, so let’s give them what they want.’ So we kitchensinked this bad boy!”
Completing the songs was an emotional experience for Lukather and his bandmates. “We’d sit in the studio and laugh and cry and do all of the s--- that you do that brings back a lifetime of memories,” he says. “And we missed our brothers who aren’t here anymore, and that part was the hardest part of all. To hear Jeff count off the song, it sounds like he’s still alive, right here, right now.
"On one hand, it was magical, because it’s real. It’s those guys. The way Mike and Jeff played together, it was one brain, four arms. You could hear the personality and you could hear them talking before the takes and stuff like that. That didn’t make the record, but it was wild. It was a roller coaster ride emotionally. But at the same time, it was really cool, and I’m really glad that people are going to get to hear something.”
Toto will spend the next two years celebrating their 40th anniversary with a world tour and an extensive slate of releases, including additional new material and a complete overhaul of their Sony catalog, which has been freshly remastered by Elliot Scheiner, Gavin Lurssen and his team, with the full participation of the band.
Lukather says that the first three albums in particular, are a “revelation.” “It’s like somebody took a blanket off of the speakers! The one rule was, no compression and let’s be really careful,” he explains. “We’re not in the volume war. You want it louder? Turn it the f--- up! Because you’re going to get the dynamic range. Otherwise, it’s just going to be like what everybody else does, add high end, more compression and make it loud. That’s not remastered. They have technology now where you can specifically find frequencies and actually remix the song, kind of, with EQ. We started with the first album, the first track, and we went in chronological order of all of our music. We had never done that in 40 years. I heard things that I haven’t heard since we cut them.”
The albums will be presented initially as a box set, which will be available in a variety of configurations, including a high end vinyl option. The 40 Trips Around The Sun world tour will begin on Feb. 11, two days after the new compilation hits the shelves. Three dozen shows have been announced for Europe so far; a U.S. tour is in the planning stages for later in 2018.
You can pre-order 40 Trips Around the Sun now, and check out the complete track listing below.
Toto, '40 Trips Around the Sun' Track Listing:
‘Alone’ (new song)
‘Spanish Sea’ (new song)
‘I'll Supply The Love’
‘I'll Be Over You’
‘Stranger In Town’
‘Struck By Lightning’ (new song)
‘Afraid Of Love’
‘I Won't Hold You Back’
‘Jake To The Bone’
‘Stop Loving You’
‘Hold The Line’
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KISS have once again partnered up with the industry leaders in music festivals at sea, Sixthman to announce the upcoming voyage of The KISS Kruise VIII. The cruise is set to sail on Halloween, October 31st, 2018 on Norwegian Jade leaving out of Miami, FL. For more information and to register for the pre-sale visit TheKissKruise.com.
The announcement comes on the heels of the recent return of the sold-out KISS Kruise VII. The KISS Kruise VII left from New Orleans, LA on Norwegian Pearl visiting Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico. Along the way, the KISS Navy was treated to a first-ever KISS storytellers sail away set as well as two full-scale KISS masked concerts in the ship’s indoor Stardust Theater. Joining the musical legends on board were Bruce and Bob Kulick, Extreme, Steel Panther, Derek St. Homes, Big Rock Show, Biters, Led Zepagain, Hard Day’s Night, Sophie Simmons, The Dives, Jake J and the Killjoys, and Ki.
Beyond the music, 2,300 KISS fans were treated to a wide array of activities led by the band, including: Kruise Kitchen with Paul Stanley, Are You Smarter Than A Rock God with Gene Simmons, Name That Solo with Tommy Thayer and Drum Off with Eric Singer. KISS Kruisers were also able to get one to one with rock-n-roll history in the exclusive KISSWorld Konfidential panel that featured Bruce Kulick, Bob Kulick, Big John Harte, Michael James Jackson and Lydia Criss. Throughout the sailing, the ship fully embodied KISSWorld with historical costume displays, face painting, a full service tattoo parlor, photo opportunities with KISS memorabilia, once-in-a-lifetime chances to mingle with their favorite artists, culminating with each guest receiving a signed commemorative poster and photo with KISS.
A destination of her own, Norwegian Jade offers guests Norwegian Cruise Line’s signature freedom and flexibility to enjoy 11 onboard bars and lounges, 15 dining experiences, one outdoor pool, hot tubs, and a full menu of spa treatments. Enjoy duty-free shopping and awe-inspiring architecture in beautiful Nassau. Explore your adventurous side diving into the crystal blue water with dolphins and colorful fish, or try your luck in a casino.
To learn more about The KISS Kruise VIII, visit TheKissKruise.com.
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Warner Music will release IRON MAIDEN's "The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter" on November 17 worldwide (through BMG in the USA). This live recording comprises fifteen songs captured during "The Book Of Souls World Tour", which covered thirty-nine countries across six continents during 2016 and 2017, and was seen by over two million fans. "The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter" will be released physically in CD, deluxe CD and vinyl audio formats, with the concert film available to stream free online or as a digital download.
You can now watch "The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter" using the YouTube playlist below:
Produced by Tony Newton and IRON MAIDEN founder member and bass player Steve Harris, the album is based on this year's setlist and is a faithful record of the epic show, including six songs from "The Book Of Souls", the band's most recent studio album, along with many other classics and fan favorites.
Steve comments: "We spent a huge amount of time working on this as I wanted to get it as close to the MAIDEN live experience as I possibly could and to represent our fans from different parts of the world. This meant listening to literally hours upon hours of tapes from every show, to select material and construct a sound that would run consistently across the whole album and capture the excitement of a new country like El Salvador alongside such regular favourites as Donington or Wacken."
MAIDEN manager Rod Smallwood adds: "'The Book Of Souls' world tour was a huge undertaking, not least for Bruce [Dickinson, vocals] who started the tour singing in public for the very first time since recovering from throat cancer. He also piloted Ed Force One, upgraded last year from a Boeing 757 to a 747 so we could go further and faster to visit some fantastic cities and fans all round the world. This year continued that excitement bringing us our most successful North American and U.K. tours ever. It was a very special tour in a great many ways so we felt we wanted to document it for both ourselves and for our fans. Steve has done an incredible job putting together this set from cities around the world and we've made sure the deluxe CD will be available in a matching book format to 'The Book of Souls' release."
The full track listing and the cities they were recorded in is as follows:
01. If Eternity Should Fail - Sydney, Australia
02. Speed Of Light - Cape Town, South Africa
03. Wrathchild - Dublin, Ireland
04. Children Of The Damned - Montreal, Canada
05. Death Or Glory - Wroclaw, Poland
06. The Red And The Black - Tokyo, Japan
07. The Trooper - San Salvador, El Salvador
08. Powerslave - Trieste, Italy
09. The Great Unknown - Newcastle, UK
10. The Book Of Souls - Donington, UK
11. Fear Of The Dark - Fortaleza, Brazil
12. Iron Maiden - Buenos Aires, Argentina
13. Number Of The Beast - Wacken, Germany
14. Blood Brothers - Donington, UK
15. Wasted Years - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The album will replicate "The Book Of Souls" original formats and be issued as a limited edition deluxe 2CD hardcase Book, a regular 2CD album, a triple black vinyl LP, and digital download in high resolution audio (48khz/24 bit) including Mastered for iTunes (MFiT) version. A digital download of the concert film will also be available to purchase following its free online premiere.
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Black Sabbath’s final show wasn’t as bad as bassist Geezer Butler believed it was going to be, he said in a new interview. The band performed the last concert of its The End world tour in its hometown of Birmingham, U.K, in February. Since then, Butler has had time to reflect on the conflict of emotions he felt on the night.
“I felt relief that it was all over, that it was done with, that we’d done a good show, and quite sad in a way to think that we’d never do it again,” he told Billboard. “It really wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be, actually. It just felt right. We’ve been around for 49 years now, and it’s time to call it a day.”
He admitted to applying a business-as-usual attitude as a defense mechanism. “If you think about it too much, then it might be a bit too emotional," he noted. "The whole thing felt like a special tour. It felt like each night had to be our best show ever, because it would be the last time anyone would ever see us. So I think we put in, psychologically, extra effort every night. I think Ozzy [Osbourne] was the best that he’s been in a long time, and I think the band was probably the best that it was in a long time.”
Butler confirmed that guitarist Tony Iommi’s cancer issues had been a significant factor in the decision to bring things to an end. “If it was up to me, I would have toured for the next five years, because I love touring and travelling," he said. "But because of Tony’s illness, he just couldn’t travel much more. It wasn’t the gigs; it was the traveling that really got to him, and the different hotels every night and the stuff like that. He just couldn’t cope after being treated for his cancer, and we all sympathize with him and were just grateful that we could have done the last tour together.”
Since Black Sabbath wound down, Osbourne has announced his own farewell tour, while Iommi has previously said there are a number of musical projects he’d like to pursue.
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Live music's premier hologram production company Eyellusion has announced new and updated dates for "Dio Returns: The World Tour". Originally scheduled to kick off in Helsinki, Finland, the tour featuring Ronnie James Dio reuniting via hologram with his DIO bandmates will now begin in Bochum, Germany on December 6. The tour will make stops in Poland, Spain, Romania, United Kingdom, Netherlands and Belgium before the end of 2017.
Dec. 06 - Matrix Bochum - Bochum, Germany
Dec. 07 - Die Kantine - Cologne, Germany
Dec. 09 - Progresja - Warsaw, Poland
Dec. 13 - Bikini Barcelona - Barcelona, Spain
Dec. 14 - Teatro de las Esquinas - Zaragoza, Spain
Dec. 15 - Escenario Santander - Santander, Spain
Dec. 17 - Arenele Romane - Bucharest, Romania
Dec. 19 - O2 Academy Islington - London, United Kingdom
Dec. 20 - Poppodium 013 - Tilburg, Netherlands
Dec. 21 - Trix - Antwerp, Belgium
Dates initially announced for Finland, Sweden and Norway are being rescheduled for a larger run through Scandinavia in 2018. The "Dio Returns" tour will also make stops throughout Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, United States, Venezuela and other countries, with more dates to be announced.
The Ronnie James Dio hologram will perform throughout the show, treating fans to an alternating setlist that will feature songs such as "Rainbow In The Dark", "We Rock", "Neon Nights", "King Of Rock And Roll", "Man On The Silver Mountain", "Heaven And Hell", "Holy Diver" and more.
The "Dio Returns" tour will feature Ronnie's actual live vocals, with the DIO band playing live, featuring Craig Goldy on guitar, Simon Wright on drums and Scott Warren on keyboards, along with Bjorn Englen on bass. Veteran metal vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST) will also perform, with singer Oni Logan (LYNCH MOB) also joining on select dates.
A new promotional video for "Dio Returns" can be seen below:
The hologram of Ronnie James Dio made its debut at last year's Wacken Open Air festival in Germany. The surprise appearance of the heavy metal icon during DIO DISCIPLES' set closed out the massive metal event which was attended by more than seventy-five thousand fans.
Englen told "The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show" last month that "Dio Returns" will see him and his bandmates perform "quite a few songs with the hologram — probably, I would say, about half or maybe more than half. And then the rest of them are gonna be without the hologram, with 'Ripper' Owens and Oni Logan singing," he said. "So it's gonna be the DIO DISCIPLES. And the hologram is gonna be in the middle of the stage, but I don't wanna reveal too much. It's quite a large… it needs quite a bit of space onstage, so hopefully most of the venues are gonna be able to accommodate that, as far as the places that haven't been booked yet. But we're excited about it. It's gonna be great."
According to Englen, the tour will consist of shows "at theaters and large clubs. And as long as the stage is big, we can do it. It has to have a certain width," he explained.
Regarding what is involved in planning a tour like this, Englen said: "We have to do some choreography, as far as where to be and what song and all that stuff. All the music is live, and we obviously have to play to a click track — or Simon does — so that we're synced with Ronnie's vocals. Other than that, we play the songs like we normally play them. We've just gotta make sure the arrangements are the same, and they usually are — we haven't done many changes to the songs since the DIO days. So they're the same anyway."
Asked if he finds it "haunting" to perform with a Dio hologram, the bassist said: "You know, we're not really looking at it while we're playing. Looking at it after, I think it's just a nice thing. Some people wonder, 'Is it creepy?' or that kind of a thing. We're excited. We feel good about it. It's done really well, and it's with live vocals — you know, you get that live feel and everything — and they've done a really nice job as far as the content and the photography and all that stuff. I think a lot of people are gonna be — even the people that have been negative about it, or pessimistic — are gonna be positively surprised."
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Rock fans in Tulsa, Okla. received an incredible surprise last night (Nov. 14) during Guns N’ Roses’ arena gig at the BOK Center. During the band’s final song of the night, “Paradise City,” Dave Grohl came onstage with his guitar to jam with GN’R.
Guns N’ Roses actually broadcasted Grohl’s special appearance live on Facebook, but fans were quick to post even better quality video onto YouTube. As the crowd roared for Dave, the Foo Fighters frontman hugged Duff McKagan and Slash, soaking in the admiration from fans as GN’R kicked off their farewell song for the night.
The iconic band had a mic ready for Dave so the multi-instrumentalist could sing the chorus to “Paradise City” with everyone else, bringing the show to a close with style. Grohl ran across the arena stage in excitement as confetti burst into the air and pyro went off in the background, eventually getting face-to-face with Duff McKagan while Slash ripped a solo with his guitar up behind his head.
Axl Rose finally got his hug from Grohl once “Paradise City” ended, so check out the full jam in the fan-shot footage below. The phenomenon known as Guns N’ Roses’ touring machine will continue into 2018, so click here for the band’s upcoming European dates.
Check out the live footage here: