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STYX's LAWRENCE GOWAN Explains Decision To Bring Back 'Mr. Roboto'

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STYX vocalist/keyboardist Lawrence Gowan has commented on the band's decision to perform the song "Mr. Roboto" live in its entirety for the first time in 35 years.


"Mr. Roboto" — which originally appeared on STYX's 1983 concept album "Kilroy Was Here" — was written by former STYX vocalist Dennis DeYoung, who left the group in 1999. The song reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the charts in Canada, but guitarist Tommy Shaw's reported dislike of the song and direction of the group's concert performances — which, in keeping with the album's concept, featured bandmembers acting out certain roles — led him to leave the band at the completion of the "Kilroy" tour. He eventually returned in 1996.


Speaking to I'm Music Magazine, Gowan explained why STYX brought "Mr. Roboto" back into its live set. He said: "Believe it or not, that conversation started about five years ago on our bus. Tommy said, 'You know, I'd really like to play 'Mr. Roboto', but there's just so much baggage that we had to go through when we made that record. It ultimately led to the band breaking up, but I actually like that song. I just didn't like the experience of making that album. I'd like to play it, but people will be upset if we play it because it's so on record that we didn't enjoy the experience.' Really, it's the convoluted interpretation of that statement that really has stuck with the band. For example, 'The Mission' is a concept record and some critics said, 'I thought you guys hated concept records?' No, that's not the case at all. You could argue that 'Grand Illusion' is a concept record and so is 'Pieces Of Eight'."


He continued: "It was the experience around that concept record ['Kilroy Was Here'] that left the band at odds with each other, but that's not disparaging of the song. That's the part that you have to separate from it. I was all for it, because for a song like that to last as long as it has with numerous cultural references to it, it's part of the history of the band. Flash forward to this year when we decided to actually do it, it was pointed out that when they did the song on that tour that Dennis DeYoung sang it to the track as part of the theatrical production; the song preceded the other guys coming on stage. This came to light because Tommy would look at JY [guitarist James Young] and say, 'I forget what I played on this.' JY responded, 'I don't remember playing on this at all. Did I play keys?' Our drummer Todd told us that he was at the show in Chicago when he was 13 years old and neither of them were on stage for that song. That was kind of a great moment because it kind of opened it to, in that case, let's make it a little heavier and add some guitars to it. I intend to sing it with a bit more anger; I love the built-in drama of the lyrics. Someone who is forced to hide their identity; I think it's a great concept. The robots are here to stay and we're living with them and with a little bit of fear of just how high they will rise, whether we like it or not. On top of everything else, the song is fun, so why shouldn't we play it?"


Earlier in the month, DeYoung took to his Facebook page to address "Mr. Roboto"'s re-emergence, writing in part: "I imagine it will become obvious to them when they perform it… what they have been missing. It's something I have known for 18 years. And that is… people will go bananas when it's played, 'cause they like it, it's fun. It's that simple, and a whole bunch of STYX fans became so after hearing this song. They then went back and bought the catalogue. I know this because I have read it and heard it from fans countless times. Also, the song was placed in the most prestigious spot in their show, the encore, a spot reserved for the big ones. Wow, that's a reversal of fortune from derision and ignominy to the encore."


Check out the performance here:


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Classic 80’s rock veterans Vixen will release Live Fire via Rat Pak Records on July 6th. Mixed by Michael Wagener, Live Fire features 12 live tracks and was recorded at Chicago's legendary Arcada Theater during the group’s successful 2017 tour.


In addition to the classic Vixen songs, the effort also includes a newly recorded studio version of “You Ought To Know By Now”, and all new studio acoustic version of their hit song “Edge Of A Broken Heart” and a live version of a previously unreleased track called “Big Brother”. Listen to “Edge Of A Broken Heart” below:



Regarding the track “You Ought to Know By Now”, vocalist Janet Gardner says, “It gives you a taste of the classic Vixen days with a revitalized energy and passion!”...and bassist Share Ross adds, “This song is the ultimate connection between our history with Jan and our future!”


Speaking of the live material drummer Roxy Petrucci comments, “It’s really cool to see so many old and new fans enjoying these classic songs as we perform them live, so it only made sense to release this live album!” Guitarist Britt Lightning adds, “This album really captures all the spontaneity and energy of the band’s live performance.”


Vixen first burst onto the scene in the 80’s and achieved large scale commercial success with songs like “Edge Of A Broken Heart”, “Cryin” and “Love Made Me”. The band has sold over a million albums, had six #1 videos on MTV, four songs on Billboard’s Top 100 and is the only platinum selling all female 80’s act. The band continues to write new music and tour with their eyes set firmly on the future.

Live Fire is available in various formats and bundle configurations including a ltd white vinyl pressing with an alternate track sequence and also an Ultimate Fan Bundle that includes a personal “Thank-you” phone call from Janet Gardner, exclusively available at here:



"Rev It Up" (Live)

"How Much Love" (Live)

"One Night Alone" (Live)

"Cryin’" (Live)

"Meet The Band" (Live)

"Rock Me" (Live)

"Streets In Paradise" (Live)

"I Don’t Need No Doctor" (Live)

"Love Is A Killer" (Live)

"Love Made Me" (Live)

"Big Brother" (Live) * previously unreleased

"Edge of A Broken Heart" (Live)


Bonus tracks:


"You Ought To Know By Now" (New Studio Version)

"Edge Of A Broken Heart" (New Studio Acoustic Version)


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The Foo Fighters brought out Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagen for a monumental performance during their recent set in Florence, Italy. The musicians performed Guns N’ Roses’ “It’s So Easy” to an incredibly energetic crowd. As you can see in the fan-filmed video below, those in attendance erupted in screams as soon as the GNR members took the stage. The surprise makes sense schedule-wise due to both bands being in Italy for this week’s Firenze Rocks music festival. Check out the clips below and be sure to leave us a comment with your thoughts.



“It’s So Easy” is taken from Guns N’ Roses’ debut album, Appetite for Destruction, which came out in 1987. The band recently released a music video for the track featuring footage from a 1989 at the Cathouse in Hollywood. They also covered Velvet Revolver’s “Slither” for the first time during a recent live performance. Their highly anticipated re-issuing of Appetite for Destruction is set to arrive June 29. The band have a boxset for sale, which costs $999 and features 49 previously unreleased tracks, a 96-page book and much more. Pre-orders for the re-release are on sale now, with fans being able to choose from a variety of different options.


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Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo were on hand at the Konserthuset in Stockholm earlier this evening (June 14) as Metallica were awarded the Polar Music Prize, Sweden's highest honor for musicians. During the ceremony, several Swedish musicians, including Ghost, covered their songs.


They were introduced by Roger Glover and Ian Paice of Deep Purple. In his speech, Glover recalled the first time he heard the band.


"In the early '80s, we were kind of riding high, doing a big festival in England," he said. "I heard this band backstage — well, they were on stage; I was backstage — and I thought, 'Umm, who's this?' Metallica. I'd heard the name, didn't know anything about them. I went on the side of the stage to have a look and I thought, 'Yeah, there's something happening here.' I'll tell you why: because the audience were singing every word they sang. And that's what impressed me. When you touch that many people with your music, there's something special going on."


Then Paice read the official citation, which equated the band with a pair of classical composers. "Not since Wagner's emotional turmoil and Tchaikovsky's cannons -- which I loved -- has anyone created music that was so physical and furious, and yet so accessible. Through virtuoso ensemble playing and its use of extremely accelerated tempos, Metallica has taken rock music to places it had never been before. In Metallica's world, both a teenage bedroom and a concert hall can be transformed into a veritable Valhalla. The strength of the band's uncompromising albums has helped millions of listeners to transform their sense of alienation into a superpower. Good on ya'."


With that introduction, Ulrich and Trujillo walked onstage and were given the award by King Carl XVI Gustaf. After stating that it was an honor to share the award with Dr. Ahmad Sarmast, the founder of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, Ulrich added, "Who would have thought, when Metallica started this musical journey 37 years ago, that one day we would be standing in front of both musical royalty and actual royalty, accepting one of the most prestigious prizes that can be bestowed upon musicians."


From there, the audience, and those watching on television, were treated to interpretations of Metallica's songs, with performances by Ghost, Candlemass and Vargas & Lagola ("Enter Sandman"); Dennis Lyxzen and Mikkey Dee ("Whiplash"); Moneybrother and Seek & Destroy ("Master of Puppets"); and Tuva Syvertsen, who radical reimagined "One" with strings and a beat-boxed bass.


Metallica will donate the prize money, approximately $125,000, to their All Within My Hands Foundation.


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It's more Concrete and Gold for North America later this year as the Foo Fighters have booked the next leg of their tour in support of the 2017 effort. Three separate jaunts spanning from July through October will take the band across arenas and baseball stadiums with varying support acts from stop to stop.


The Struts, The Beaches, The Monsieurs, Dinosaur Jr., Speedy Ortiz, Melkbelly, Touched by Gohul, The Joy Formidable and Gang of Youths will all share the distinction of opening for the Foo Fighters on this upcoming run, though no more than two will be featured on the same night.


See the full list of stops below and check the tour poster to see which acts will be opening select shows throughout the run.


There's been a lot of good times on the road recently as the Foos welcomed fans to the stage to jam a bit, producing memorable characters in "KISS Guy" and "Little Fonzie." Returning to the venue where he broke his leg onstage three years ago, Dave Grohl pranked his fans in Sweden, sending out a stunt-double who proceeded to fall off the stage's catwalk in dramatic fashion. We'll see what comes next.


Foo Fighters 2018 North American Tour Dates:


July 05-15 – Ottawa, Ontario @ RBC Bluesfest

July 06 – Columbia, Md. @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

July 07 – Philadelphia, Penn. @ BB&T Pavilion

July 09 – Quebec, Quebec @ Festival de Quebec

July 12 – Toronto, Ontario @ Rogers Centre

July 14 – Wantagh, N.Y. @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

July 16 – New York, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden

July 17 – New York, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden

July 19 – Pittsburgh, Penn. @ PPG Paints Arena

July 21 — Boston, Mass. @ Fenway Park

July 22 — Boston, Mass. @ Fenway Park

July 25 – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio @ Blossom Music Center

July 26 – Noblesville, Ind. @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

July 29 — Chicago, Ill. @ Wrigley Field

July 30 — Chicago, Ill. @ Wrigley Field

Sept. 01 – Seattle, Wash. @ Safeco Field

Sept. 04 – Edmonton, Alberta @ Rogers Place

Sept. 06 – Calgary, Alberta @ Scotiabank Saddledome

Sept. 08 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

Sept. 10 – Portland, Ore. @ Moda Center

Sept. 12 – San Jose, Calif. @ SAP Center

Sept. 14-16 – San Diego, Calif. @ KABOO de mar

Oct. 05-6 – San Bernadino, Calif. @ Glen Helen Regional Park — CalJam18 (with Iggy Pop/Post Pop Depression, Tenacious D, Garbage, Greta Van Fleet, Silversun Pickups, and more; Friday Night Party with Billy Idol, Bridget Everett, Mexrrissey, others)

Oct. 08 — Phoenix, Ariz. @ Talking Stick Resort Arena

Oct. 10 — Denver, Colo. @ Pepsi Center

Oct. 12 — Kansas City, Mo. @ Sprint Center

Oct. 13 — St. Louis, Mo. @ Scottrade Center

Oct. 15 —Detroit, Mich. @ Little Caesars Arena

Oct. 17 — Milwaukee, Wis. @ Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center

Oct. 18 — St. Paul, Minn. @ Xcel Energy Center

GENE SIMMONS: How DONALD TRUMP Will Get Re-Elected In 2020

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Gene Simmons has laid out a scenario in which President Donald Trump will almost certainly get re-elected in 2020.


The KISS bassist/vocalist — who is a former contestant on Trump's "The Celebrity Apprentice" series — made his comments while discussing his new business venture as Chief Evangelist Officer for Invictus MD, a publicly traded cannabis startup, with TheStreet's executive editor Brian Sozzi.


Simmons, who predicted in the months following the last U.S. presidential election that the Dow Jones Industrial Average would plow past 23,000 (it currently stands at over 25,000) as optimism over corporate earnings turbocharged, remains extremely bullish about the outlook for the U.S. economy. He told TheStreet (see video below): "We will see the day shortly — [within] two years, it's gonna break 30,000. Let me give you the scenario. Ready? Saudi, Israel and Egypt form a public alliance of cooperation. Flights from Israel are gonna fly into Saudi Arabia; it's gonna be a different world. One. Two: North and South Korea do actually come together. Don't worry about the diatribes and all that — that's not 'diet' and 'tribes'; it's a diatribe. They are gonna come together; Kim Jong-un has already started to dismantle [North Korea's nuclear weapons program]. President Trump, who I know and understand, is part of vitriol and getting up there and… He has no… It's kind of Tourette's kind of stuff. But that doesn't matter.


"I don't care what anybody says. Do it! Make it happen!" he continued. "So there have been other presidents who have been better with media, from [Ronald] Reagan on up. But at the end of the day, people in America are concerned about two things. They don't know about TheStreet or the Dow. Is my family safe? Is my country safe? That's foreign policy. Can I feed my family? That's commerce. Those are the only things they care about. The rest is for the academics in New York and L.A. to argue about. In the middle America, [all they care about is] 'Can I feed my family?' and 'Am I safe?'"


Simmons went on to say: "I don't know about you, but this president is gonna get re-elected, whether you like it or not, if there is peace and confluence, congruence between North and South Korea and the Dow is about the break 30,000 before the end of his presidency. I'm calling it. If that happens, he's our next president."


Asked if he was surprised by how markets have reacted to the Trump presidency, Simmons said: "Well, as you know by the numbers, as he was coming in, there was a dip and it was at 17,000. Buy low, sell high. Isn't that what you learned with grandma? Right? Mr. [Warren] Buffett understands this and all that. When the Dow goes down, believe in America. The president was going to… He started to announce it: 'I'm gonna lower [the corporate tax] to 15 or 20…', whatever it is. The Wall Street just kind of [went], 'That our kind of guy: pro business.' You get a stack of papers like this to start a new company. What are you trying to do? Drive every company overseas except to France where you can't fire anybody. Yay, socialism! And so what he did was make it business friendly, and so, all of a sudden, the Dow is exploding. 'Oh, the Dow is at 24,764, now 24,765. We're down 50 points.' Are you kidding me?"


Last September, Simmons told "The Strombo Show" that it was "too early" to judge Trump's presidency. "Do I think he said a lot of stupid things? Oh, yeah," Simmons said. "He says stupid things, and so do you, and so [do] I. I'm not validating it, but… There's not a human being that walks on the face of the planet that privately hasn't made racist or anti-Semitic or anti-women jokes, or anti-Irish jokes. Privately, everybody does it. He is a Tourette's president who will say whatever he wants, and he doesn't give a fuck if you approve of him, and he's doing the job for one dollar. I like that."


Gene also defended Trump's occasional off-color remarks and frequently outrageous statements, saying: "I don't know anybody here who hasn't said stupid things publicly or privately, and if they get outed, if you get caught on tape, from Mel Gibson to everyone… I know Mel very well, and I'm Jewish myself, and he said some stupid things, racist things, anti-Semitic things when he was, you know, high or drunk or whatever. But I know the guy, I know that he gave a twenty-million dollar check to start mending kids privately and never talked about it, I know the guy that goes out of his way to help refugees and stuff like that and doesn't advertise it. It's your deeds, not what you say. You've said potty words and so have I. So I'm gonna give the guy who was duly elected a chance to show us what he can do, and then I'll judge his legacy."


Simmons previously confirmed that KISS was inivited to perform at Trump's inauguration but turned it down because it was "not a good idea."


Simmons said that he "didn't necessarily vote for President Trump or candidate Clinton" in the 2016 presidential election, adding that "it's really nobody's damn business" whom he voted for. "I think you'd be surprised by my choice — but he's President Trump, because even if you don't like the man, you must respect the office of the presidency and the will of the Electoral College," he said.


Check out the interview below:


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Q103 recently had the chance to speak to drummer Jason Bonham about touring, Led Zeppelin's legacy, his late father John Bonham and more.


"Check out the video below for our full interview with Jason Bonham. The Jukebox Heroes Tour 2018 featuring Foreigner, Whitesnake and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening will play SPAC, Saratoga Springs NY this Saturday June 16th. Jason Bonham played with Led Zeppelin on a couple of occasions after his father’s death in 1980, including the London show at the O2 Arena in 2007. He had his own hard rock band Bonham which saw some success in the 80’s. These days, he performs Led Zeppelin music with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening (a show that pays tribute to his legendary father). In 2014, Jason Bonham joined Sammy Hagar’s supergroup The Circle which performs Led Zeppelin songs along with material from Sammy Hagar’s career including Montrose, Van Halen, and Chickenfoot."


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Former Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider said he felt “abandoned” by the rock world after his 1985 appearance before the U.S. Senate to argue against the introduction of the PMRC’s “Parental Advisory” sticker program.


He was one of several musicians, including Frank Zappa and John Denver, who testified in a successful bid to prevent a larger-scale ratings system being created.


“That was a frustration,” Snider told Loudwire in a new interview. “Here I thought I was gonna lead the rock 'n' roll army into battle, and I was abandoned. I was abandoned by my peers who decided to lay low. Some of them actually went after me. I remember Ronnie Dio going after me and saying, ‘Who decided you were gonna speak for us?’”


Snider said he reminded Dio that he had opened his statement to the Senate at the time by saying, “I can’t speak for my peers. I can only speak for myself.” “Ronnie later apologized for that," Snider recalled. "And then the fans, they were apathetic. They didn’t realize that this was censorship, and it was significant and the importance of it.”


He added that it's an "urban legend" that sales of stickered albums increased. “Me and Frank arrived to testify, and we found out that the RIAA, the Recording Institute, had already agreed to the more general sticker, a ‘voluntary’ sticker, which became mandatory," Snider said. "My concern was that it would be used to segregate albums and keep albums from the public.” As a result, “Certain stores wouldn’t rack stickered albums, and other stores wouldn’t even carry some of those albums.


“It went one step further when Walmart and Best Buy started demanding record companies make edited versions of their records for chains, again, unbeknownst to the buying public. I would be cool with going, ‘Hey, they have a Tenacious D record without "Fuck Her Gently." Awesome, I’ll get that for my daughter.’ But it wasn’t promoted that way. You went to buy Kid Rock’s record, and you thought you were getting his actual album. You were getting their edited version, censored version.”

Snider accepted that there were situations in which parents wouldn’t want their kids hearing certain songs, but countered. “If you’re this worried, police your own children," he argued. "When Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP came out, the one with ‘Stan’ on it, that was huge in my house. And with that record, I used it as an opportunity to talk to my young kids, who were 12, 13 years old, about some of the subjects on the album. It was great way to talk about it.”


He also pointed out that he had bought the Tenacious D album for his seven-year-old daughter, but gave her a copy he had edited himself instead. “She wasn’t ready for ‘Fuck Her Gently,'" he said. "That’s my job, not the government’s.”

Ozzy Osbourne: "I phoned Lemmy on the day he died"

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Ozzy Osbourne has paid tribute to late Motörhead frontman Lemmy at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods.


Speaking exclusively to Hammer at the ceremony, Ozzy revealed how he tried to see the singer at his apartment on the day he died in December 2015.


"I miss having him around, he was a good guy, Lemmy Kilmister,” said Ozzy. “I phoned him on the day he died. I knew he was dying. He didn't even know it was me. I had to say to him: ‘It's Ozzy, Lem.’ He just gurgled down the phone to me. I said ‘Lemmy, for fuck sake, stay there, I'm coming.'


“I said to Sharon: ‘Fuck it, get in the car, we're going around to his apartment.' And just as we were leaving she came up to me and said: ‘Don't worry, he's gone.’ And I went 'Oh god…’ I just sunk. It hit me really hard, I'm not going to pretend it didn't.”


Ozzy also recalled Lemmy’s memorial services, held on January 9 at Los Angeles' Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery and attended by Lars Ulrich, Dave Grohl, Slash and more.


“His memorial was something else as well,” said Ozzy. “I thought to myself, ‘Jesus, if he was looking down at this shower!’ There was a tray of drinks as you went into the church. I thought 'This is Lemmy alright!'


“All of the original members of that band are gone now, Eddie went earlier in the year and Phil went a few years back as well.


“They opened for me on my first American tour, that's a memory I'll take to my grave you know. Good times, they were all good guys, I miss them all to be honest.“


“You have to look at it and wonder how you've managed to stay here this long. We've lost some good ones, you know."

Ozzy, who is currently on his farewell tour, admitted he found it difficult to sing some of his classic songs.


“I’ve got to the point where I struggle to hit the notes on that, ‘The line in the window is a crack in the sky' line in No More Tears. My vocal coach told me, ‘Let the mic do the work.’ I don't wanna blow my voice out. I'm not a singer like Lemmy. Lemmy was a hell of a singer man, he was something else.”


Watch JUDAS PRIEST's Entire Copenhagen Concert, Including Three Songs With GLENN TIPTON

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Fan-filmed video footage of JUDAS PRIEST's entire June 10 show at Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark can be seen below:





Joining the band on stage to perform the concert's three-song encore — "Metal Gods", "Breaking The Law" and "Living After Midnight" — was guitarist Glenn Tipton.


The full setlist for the Copenhagen show was as follows:


01. Firepower

02. Grinder

03. Sinner

04. The Ripper

05. Lightning Strike

06. Bloodstone

07. Saints In Hell

08. Turbo Lover

09. Tyrant

10. Night Comes Down

11. Freewheel Burning

12. You've Got Another Thing Comin'

13. Hell Bent For Leather

14. Painkiller



15. Rising From Ruins

16. Metal Gods (with Glenn Tipton)

17. Breaking The Law (with Glenn Tipton)

18. Living After Midnight (with Glenn Tipton)


Tipton — who revealed in February that he has Parkinson's disease — previously played the same three songs with JUDAS PRIEST at several stops on the band's recent U.S. tour, including in Newark, New Jersey; Uncasville, Connecticut; Worcester, Massachusetts; Kent, Washington; Portland, Oregon; San Francisco, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Los Angeles, California. It marked his first public performances since announcing his retirement from touring. He told BUILD Series about the experience of once again sharing the stage with his bandmates: "It's just amazing to get, first of all, support from the band. The texts and e-mails from all over world, and to hear the audience was very emotional. You don't like to see a grown man cry, but we did."


Asked if he is planning on making more live appearances with the group, Glenn told 105.7 WAPL: "I think so, yeah. As long as I'm capable of going on stage and doing my parts and doing it well. I love it — I love to be on stage with PRIEST, and I'll do it for as long as I can."


Tipton found out he had Parkinson's four years ago — after being stricken by the degenerative condition at least half a decade earlier — but only recently announced he was going to sit out touring activities in support of PRIEST's latest album, "Firepower". The guitarist, who is now 70 and has performed on every PRIEST LP since the band's 1974 debut set, "Rocka Rolla", is not quitting the band, but simply cannot handle the rigorous challenges of performing live. He is being replaced on tour by "Firepower" album producer Andy Sneap, also known for his work as the guitar player in NWOBHM revivalists HELL and cult thrash outfit SABBAT.


JUDAS PRIEST kicked off the "Firepower" world tour on March 13 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.


"Firepower" was released on March 9 via Epic.


The North American leg of the "Firepower" tour wrapped on May 1 in San Antonio, Texas.


From: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/watch-judas-priests-entire-copenhagen-concert-including-three-songs-with-glenn-tipton/


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Finesse, poise and experience are hallmarks of great drummers and none of those traits are typically embodied by 10-year-old boys. Johannes Rørvik Grov of Norway, however, does, as exhibited in his 12-minute video where he works his way through segments of every Metallica song from behind his kit.


The young headbanger confidently smashes his way through each Metallica album, track-by-track, not content just to take the most relaxed portions of the material. Grov demonstrates he is capable of executing rapid double kicks as well as the nuances of the complex songs on ...And Justice for All.


While the drummer doesn't perform this feat in a single take, it doesn't slight how impressive this is. The video's description states that this clip was recorded in two one hour sessions.

Check out the video below:



Metallica recently wrapped up a European leg of their "WorldWired" tour, which included a performance in Grov's home country where the band paid tribute to Norway's A-ha with a brief cover of "Take on Me." The thrash legends will return to North America in September with a scattered list of dates spilling into March of 2019.


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Former QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate was interviewed on the latest episode of the "Shockwaves/HardRadio" podcast, hosted by Bob Nalbandian. You can now listen to the entire chat at this location:



A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).


On the decline of the music industry as consumers value access over ownership and experiences over assets:


Geoff: "If the situation that happens to the record industry happens to the auto industry, the scenario would be that the government would step in and subsidize the industry until it got itself on its feet. But that didn't happen with the record-company situation.


"When people in the '90s started downloading music for free and filesharing, it took the money and the economy out of the record industry. And instead of fighting back, the record industry just shrugged their shoulders and said, 'Sorry. Nothing we can do. Well, maybe somebody will come up with a good idea.' And so we all sat around and waited for somebody with an idea that would save our income. But, honestly, as artists, we lost 85 percent of our income — 85 percent! That's pretty tragic. Now, of course, you have the imbeciles on the one side of the argument who say, 'Oh, well, those spoiled rock stars, they make too much money anyway.' And well, that's true — people that are successful make money. It's the American way. Let's not forget why we're here — it's capitalism at play. People have the right to make money, and you shouldn't persecute them or crucify them because they're successful; that's just asinine. But the whole thing just unraveled, and now it's a laugh.


"The record industry is a real joke, because they can't do anything — they really cannot do anything, 'cause they don't have any money. They don't make any money, so they can't spend any money. We used to be signed to EMI Records, one of the biggest record companies in the world. They had thousands and thousands of employees making money, having pension plans, providing food for their families, and it's all gone — all gone! That part of the industry — gone! And it's like that everywhere. So… c'est la vie! Those were good old days. [Laughs]"


On the importance of branding for artists:


"Well, that's a really interesting subject. It's really interesting for me, because it's definitely something that I had never thought about before — until the situation with QUEENSRŸCHE came about, when we were trying to establish who was QUEENSRŸCHE or what the name was worth and all that kind of thing. And it was evident to all of us that the name was everything — the name was the only value that we had.


"I remember when I was trying to go out and do what I do live [as a solo artist], the promoters, who I had worked with for years, were saying, 'I'm having a really hard time selling you, letting people know that you're out playing, because nobody knows your name. They just know QUEENSRŸCHE; they don't know your name, Geoff Tate.' So it was really strange to think about that.


"Like I said earlier, I had spent 30 years signing everything I did 'QUEENSRŸCHE'; I didn't sign it 'Geoff Tate'; I didn't make my name known — even though I did so much of the interview kind of things and I guess I was sort of the face of the band for a long period of time. But people really recognize the name [of the band] rather than [individual] artists [within the group] — unless you're a solo artist and you've always done that. So I'm kind of, in a sense, having to reinvent myself, at my age now, letting people know that I'm me [laughs], and I'm gonna be playing at a theater near you. And it's funny, when I say, 'Okay, I'm gonna be on tour.' And they go, 'Oh, really? Well, what music are you gonna play?' [I go], 'I'm gonna play my music.' 'You're gonna play QUEENSRŸCHE music?' I go, 'Well… yeah!' It's strange. I can't understand how they even see it any different, but they do.


"You're talking about branding and things like that being so important nowadays… We've seen the rise of the tribute band right now, and it's staggering to me that these tribute bands go out and they tour around the country — around the world in some cases — and they're doing multiple nights at venues, and they're doing great, while the original band doesn't. [Laughs] And that just seems bizarre to me — that a tribute band can have more success than the original band. And I was thinking to myself, well, now that Scott Rockenfield isn't playing in QUEENSRŸCHE and I'm not in QUEENSRŸCHE and Chris DeGarmo is not in QUEENSRŸCHE anymore, that just leaves two original players [in the current band]. So I thought, hey, why don't we all get together as a tribute to QUEENSRŸCHE? [Laughs] And maybe we'd sell more tickets. [Laughs]"


In April 2014, Tate and QUEENSRŸCHE announced that a settlement had been reached after a nearly two-year legal battle where the singer sued over the rights to the QUEENSRŸCHE name after being fired in 2012. Original QUEENSRŸCHE members Michael Wilton (guitar), Scott Rockenfield (drums) and Eddie Jackson (bass) responded with a countersuit. The settlement included an agreement that Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson would continue as QUEENSRŸCHE, while Tate would have the sole right to perform the albums "Operation: Mindcrime" and "Operation: Mindcrime II" in their entirety live.


Tate has since been replaced in QUEENSRŸCHE by former CRIMSON GLORY singer Todd La Torre.


Rockenfield hasn't performed with QUEENSRŸCHE for more than a year but has not officially left the band.


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Guns N’ Roses is sharing a behind-the-scenes look at the European run of their Not In This Lifetime Tour. The video shows at breakneck speed how Axl, Slash, Duff, and the rest of the crew prepare before hitting the stage at performances including Download Festival in the UK.



The band is currently on the road playing 27 dates through the end of the year, and will close 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa on November 29th. To view the band's complete tour schedule, click here:



From: http://bravewords.com/news/guns-n-roses-share-behind-the-scenes-video-from-european-tour


Posted on June 13, 2018 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

It's hard to believe that Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards would have trouble offloading a home, but that's exactly what's been happening.


For two years, Richards and his wife, Patti Hansen, couldn't get no satisfaction, as they attempted to part with the New York City home they purchased in 2014 for $10.5 million. But it looks like the Greenwich Village coop is about to go for $9.9 million, following a makeover and a couple of price cuts.


In 2016, the musician and his model wife first offered up the three-bedroom Fifth Avenue penthouse for $12.2 million. With no takers, the property was yanked from the market before reappearing in October 2017 with a makeover by celebrity stager Cheryl Eisen for an even $12 million. The following month, the list price was reduced again to $11 million, and is now finally in contract after another $1.1 million reduction.


The building was erected in 1929 as a luxury hotel before eventually being converted into a coop. The duplex penthouse is situated at Washington Square Park and has three terraces to help owners enjoy the location.


The main level features an expansive and open 47-foot living, dining and entertainment space. A kitchen and dining area with a breakfast counter and walk-in pantry sits at one end of this level, while a flexible room with an ensuite bath can be used as a fourth bedroom at the other end.


It's hard to say whether it was Richards' idea, or Eisen's, but the room currently features twin beds, above which stenciled lettering reads "You're never too young to rock and roll." An open staircase with bronze, leather-wrapped railing leads to the second level, where the bedrooms are situated on either side of another entertaining area. The master bedroom is completed with two walk-in closets and a spa-like bath.


Richards recently promised that the Rolling Stones will deliver another new album in due time, but until then they're offering up The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016. The box set will be available Friday.


Also out Friday is Buddy Guy's new record, The Blues Is Alive and Well, on which Richards, along with Jeff Beck and Richards' musical partner Mick Jagger, contributed.

MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE: 'I Never Release Records To Take Advantage Of The Fans'

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MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine says that he never releases records to take advantage of the band's fans.


Mustaine made his comments while promoting the 2018 deluxe reissue of MEGADETH's classic debut album, "Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!"


Released on June 8 via Century Media and Legacy Recordings, "Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good - The Final Kill" features the original album remixed by veteran metal mixer Mark Lewis (WHITECHAPEL) and remastered by Ted Jensen.


In addition to the full album, the new package includes seven live audio tracks from VHS tapes found in Mustaine's own attic, as well as MEGADETH's 1984 three-track demo and the once-removed cover of Lee Hazlewood's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" that has been added back to the record with recut vocals intended to maintain the integrity of both the original song and MEGADETH's own rendition. The package is further enhanced by a new album cover featuring a fully executed sculpture of the iconic skull that has been lost over the many years since the album's initial release. The packaging also includes classic flyers and band photos pulled from their archive of metal moments from MEGADETH's 35-year history.


When Sakis Fragos, publisher/chief editor of Greece's Rock Hard magazine, suggested during a recent interview that reissuing "Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!" four times is "kind of unfair" for the MEGADETH fans who bought the previous versions of the album, Mustaine said: "I wasn't the one who decided [to re-release it once again]. These are things that come from the record company, and when a record company wants to do a release, there are a lot of things involved with it that the public doesn't know. Sometimes in order to enter into a new record deal with a new record company, they'll say, 'We wanna sign a record deal with you. We'll take your new music and we wanna put this one out; we wanna re-release it. That ain't up to me. And you know what? I've gotta tell you — I'm offended that you said that you think it's unfair that we did that. I never release records to take advantage of the fans. If you know me, you know I don't do that."


Mustaine went on to say that part of the reason he wanted to see "Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!" re-released is to bring the album's production up to date.


"When I was in the studio [making the original album], two guys walked in that were responsible for burning up half of our recording budget," he explained. "And David Ellefson [MEGADETH bassist] and I were left looking at each other, like, 'Can you believe that this just happened?' So for us to get an opportunity to go back in today and to do the record again with the technology today, for new fans that listen to bands like SLIPKNOT and FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH — that's what they believe thrash and speed metal and hardcore and all that stuff kind of sounds like; not the songs, but the tone of it. So for us to get a chance to go back in and make this record sound good, who wouldn't wanna do that?"


Mustaine added that he understands why some people would think it was "unfair" of MEGADETH to re-release an album that has already been made available three other times in different versions. "You saw the way I reacted [to you saying that] — I was hurt, 'cause I don't want anybody to think that," Mustane told Fragos. "And that's exactly what happens when record companies do that. So that's why we put so many extra songs on there, so that the fans wouldn't think what you said. So we put numerous live versions on there, from one lineup and from another lineup and from another lineup — just versions and versions and versions — so that people wont' go, 'Fuck! I bought three of these, and now I have to buy four.'


"If it was my way, I think that the record companies have gone through so many different changes, they've made the fans so angry with changing formats, going from vinyl to cassette to DAT to CD," he continued. "And now I hear that the CD is gonna be going away. What about the guy that can't afford a fucking stereo and just buys a CD player and then we find out that CDs are gonna be gone? Great. So I have my own problems with putting out records and stuff. I joined The Recording Academy for the Grammys out here in Nashville, so that I can join… 'Cause I don't like the fact that they only have one category for heavy metal. And one of the things that we're doing is a group of us went up to Capitol Hill to fight so that musicians will get paid right. Because all the streaming stuff, the artists aren't getting paid right. So that's kind of where my head's at. It certainly isn't to take advantage of you, brother — I promise you that."


"Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good - The Final Kill" track listing:


01. Last Rites / Loved To Deth (Remastered)

02. Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! (Remastered)

03. The Skull Beneath The Skin (Remastered)

04. Rattlehead (Remastered)

05. Chosen Ones (Remastered)

06. Looking Down The Cross (Remastered)

07. Mechanix (Remastered)

08. These Boots (Remastered)

09. Last Rites / Loved To Deth (live) (1987 London, UK)

10. Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! (live) (1986 Denver, CO)

11. The Skull Beneath The Skin (live) (1990 London, UK)

12. Rattlehead (live) (1987 Bochum, Germany)

13. Chosen Ones (live) (1986 Denver, CO)

14. Looking Down The Cross (live) (1986 Denver, CO)

15. Mechanix (live) (1986 Denver, CO)

16. Last Rites / Loved To Deth (demo) (Remastered)

17. The Skull Beneath The Skin (demo) (Remastered)

18. Mechanix (demo) (Remastered)


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On June 14th, Metallica will be presented with the prestigious Polar Music Prize at Konserthuset in Stockholm, Sweden. The band has checked in with the following update on the event:


"How to watch: if you live in Sweden, you can tune in to TV4 or stream the ceremony on TV4 Play beginning at 18.00 CEST. If you live or are stationed in Afghanistan, you can catch the ceremony broadcast on TOLOnews.


For fans outside of the Polar Music Prize broadcast regions, follow along with us throughout the week on Metallica’s socials as we explore Stockholm on Tuesday, Lars participates in the Meet the Laureates Polar Talk on Wednesday, and for the ceremony itself on Thursday!


We are truly humbled and inspired to be recognized in this manner and hope you will follow along with us throughout the whole experience! For more information about the Polar Music Prize visit polarmusicprize.org."


The prize, created in 1989 by ABBA manager and co-writer Stig Anderson will be presented to Metallica's drummer and bassist, Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo, by the king of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf, reports Tim Peacock of udiscovermusic.com.


“Receiving the Polar Music Prize is an incredible thing,” Ulrich said in February when the award was announced. “It puts us in very distinguished company (including: Elton John, Sting, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, and Bruce Springsteen to name a few). It’s a great validation of everything that Metallica has done over the last 35 years. At the same time, we feel like we’re in our prime with a lot of good years ahead of us.”


Members of Ghost and Candlemass will perform a Metallica song at the ceremony. Ian Paice and Roger Glover of Deep Purple will read the citation, while former Motörhead and current Scorpions drummer Mikkey Dee will perform a piece written for the occasion along with Refused frontman Dennis Lyxzen. Metallica will donate the $125,000 cash element of the prize to their All Within My Hands foundation.


Learn more at PolarMusicPrize.org.


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Yoyoka Soma is 8 years old, and she is an absolute monster on drums. A video of her covering Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times, Bad Times” for the drum competition "Hit Like A Girl" has surfaced online and has garnered over 363,000 views in just two months.


In its description, Soma cites her favorite drummers as John Bonham, Chris Coleman and Benny Greb. “As a drummer, I enjoy being groove, tones and try to support vocalists carefully. My dream is to be the best drummer in the world.”


She explains that her first experiences with drums took place when she was only 2 years old, and by age 4 she started “started performing at concerts.” Soma also plays keyboards and is able to perform as a vocalist a well.


"Hit Like A Girl" is an annual global drumming contest for female percussionists. “Its purpose is to spotlight female drummers/percussionists and encourage drumming and lifelong musicianship for girls and women, regardless of age or playing level.” Participants are evaluated on performance (60 percent), presentation, (30 percent) and story (10 percent). We certainly think Soma checks all of those boxes!

Check out the footage below:

DAUGHTRY To Release 'Cage To Rattle' Album In July

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Grammy-nominated band DAUGHTRY has released a new single, "Deep End". The anthemic track will be featured on the band's forthcoming fifth studio album, "Cage To Rattle", which is set for release on July 27 via 19 Recordings/RCA Records and is available for pre-order now. Fans who pre-order the album will receive "Deep End" as well as "Backbone" as an instant download.


"Deep End" was produced by Jacquire King (Niall Horan, KINGS OF LEON, James Bay) and co-written by Chris Daughtry.


"'Cage To Rattle' has been the most fun yet most challenging album we've ever made," says Chris. "It's a musical stew we've been cooking up for more than two years and we can't wait to satisfy the appetites of our amazing fans who've been patiently waiting for this record!"


Jaquire King states: "The thought of working with Chris really intrigued me. Undoubtedly, he's truly a great singer and we took the opportunity to go on a creative journey with his band to find something new for them. The outcome will showcase new dimension and inspiration that hopefully shows new and old fans the evolution of an artist."


DAUGHTRY has released four studio albums, scored four No. 1 hits and garnered four Grammy nominations. Additionally, the band has sold over eight million albums and 16 million singles, as well as selling out concerts around the globe. At radio, the band has also earned four No. 1 singles, including the multi-format hit No. 1 song "It's Not Over". DAUGHTRY's self-titled album was the fastest-selling rock debut in SoundScan history, and its follow up, "Leave This Town", marked the quintet's second consecutive No. 1 album. The band's third album, "Break The Spell", was certified gold within four weeks of its release, and the group's last studio effort, "Baptized", produced a gold-certified single, "Waiting For Superman".

Check out the audio for "Deep End" below:


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In this new episode of the Digital Tour Bus series First Concert Ever, Phil Collen (Def Leppard, Delta Deep) chats about the first concert he ever went to. Watch below:

Def Leppard and Journey have teamed up for a massive co-headlining North American tour. The trek is composed of both stadium and arena concerts, with half of the shows being closed by Journey and half by Def Leppard. The tour features complete sets and all-new production from both bands.


Def Leppard / Journey dates:



13 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden

15 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center

16 - Baltimore, MD - Royal Farms Arena



1 - Atlanta, GA - SunTrust Park

3 - Noblesville, IN - Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

4 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest

6 - Memphis, TN - FedExForum

7 - North Little Rock, AR - Verizon Arena

9 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center

11 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center

13 - Detroit, MI - Comerica Park

14 - Chicago, IL - Wrigley Field

16 - Wichita, KS - INTRUST Bank Arena

18 - Sioux Falls, SD - Denny Sanford PREMIER Center

19 - Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena

21 - Denver, CO - Coors Field

23 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena

25 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center

27 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Field

28 - Fargo, ND - Fargodome



11 - Boston, MA - Fenway Park

13 - Virginia Beach, VA - Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater

15 - Columbia, SC - Colonial Life Arena

17 - Ft Lauderdale, FL - BB&T Center

18 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena

20 - Birmingham, AL - Legacy Arena @ The BJCC

22 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center

24 - St. Louis, MO - Busch Stadium

25 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena

27 - New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center

29 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center

31 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center



1 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center

5 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater

7 - Phoenix, AZ - Talking Stick Resort Arena

8 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena

21 - San Francisco, CA - AT&T Park

23 - San Diego, CA - Petco Park

25 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vivint Smart Home Arena

26 - Nampa, ID - Ford Idaho Center Arena

28 - Portland, OR - Moda Center

29 - Seattle, WA - Gorge Amphitheatre



1 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena

4 - Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center

6 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum


From: http://bravewords.com/news/def-leppard-guitarist-phil-collen-discusses-his-first-concert-experience-deep-purple-it-blew-my-mind-video