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Posted on December 18, 2018 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

On January 25th, UMe releases KISSWorld - The Best Of KISS on CD and digitally, with the standard black vinyl and limited edition color vinyl being released on March 29th. Pre-order here: 

KISS, America’s #1 Gold Record Award winning group of all time in every category, has a stunning catalog of rock ‘n’ roll classics. The release of KISSWorld - The Best Of KISS comes in time to mark the anniversary of the band’s first show ever performing on January 30th, 1973 to no more than 10 people in attendance at Popcorns, a small club in New York, as well as celebrating the global superstar band as they launch their 2019 End Of The Road final tour at an eighteen-thousand seat major arena on January 31st in Vancouver.


KISSWorld brings together 20 of their best-loved tracks together on one album. Iconic fan favorites such as “I Was Made For Lovin’ You”, “Rock And Roll All Nite” and “God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You II” alongside top 10 US chart hits “Beth” and “Detroit Rock City” on one huge collection.


KISS is one of the most iconic and influential rock acts of all time. The band have released 44 albums and sold over 100 million records worldwide. Consummate live performers, the band’s illustrious career is marked by record breaking global tours.


Now, after an epic and storied 45-year career that launched an era of rock ‘n’ roll legends, KISS announced that they will embark on their final tour ever in 2019, appropriately named End Of The Road. Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer announced their plans on NBC’s America’s Got Talent which sent the internet into overdrive with fans hoping their city would get one final KISS show. Ticket information, here.



"Crazy Crazy Nights"

"Rock And Roll All Nite"

"I Was Made For Lovin’ You"

"God Gave Rock N’ Roll To You II"

"Detroit Rock City"


"Lick It Up"

"Heaven’s On Fire"

"Tears Are Falling"


"Hard Luck Woman"

"Psycho Circus"

"Shout It Out Loud"

"Calling Dr. Love"

"Christine Sixteen"

"Love Gun"


"I’m A Legend Tonight"

"Modern Day Delilah"

"Hell Or Hallelujah"

Def Leppard celebrate Christmas with fans in new festive video

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Def Leppard have released a video for their festive single We All Need Christmas.


The track first came to light back in October, with Joe Elliott, Rick Allen, Rick Savage, Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell asking fans last month to submit videos of themselves singing along to the song for inclusion in the video.


Check out the results below: 



Last week it was announced that Def Leppard would be inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2019 along with The Cure, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music, The Zombies and Janet Jackson.


Reacting to the news, frontman Elliott said: “A massive thanks to all our fans and past inductees who voted for us. Congratulations to all our fellow inductees. We stand alongside some amazing artists, past and present. What an absolute honour.”


Bassist Rick Savage adde: “Being inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame puts Def Leppard in a class of peers that we’ve always appreciated and admired. We’re looking forward to the ceremony.”


The ceremony itself will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on March 29. The current lineup will be inducted, along with late guitarist Steve Clark and the band’s original guitarist Pete Willis.

MEGADETH's 'The World Needs A Hero' And 'The System Has Failed' Albums To Be Reissued In February

Posted on December 18, 2018 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

On February 15, 2019, MEGADETH will reissue two of its iconic records, 2001's "The World Needs A Hero" and 2004's "The System Has Failed", through BMG.


MEGADETH's ninth studio album, "The World Needs A Hero" was originally released in May 2001 and was critically acclaimed as a return to a heavier musical direction for the band. It charted at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 and received positive reviews across the music press.


Track listing


01. Disconnect

02. The World Needs A Hero

03. Moto Psycho

04. 1000 Times Goodbye

05. Burning Bridges

06. Promises

07. Recipe For Hate…Warhorse

08. Losing My Senses

09. Dread And The Fugitive Mind

10. Silent Scorn

11. Return to Hangar

12. When

13. Coming Home (CD Bonus Track)


* The full album has been newly remastered by Ted Jensen (GUNS N' ROSES, MASTODON, MACHINE HEAD, TRIVIUM).

* Includes rare live bonus track "Coming Home" on the CD and digital versions.

* First time ever on vinyl in North America.

* CD has been out of print for five years.


MEGADETH's tenth studio album, "The System Has Failed" was originally released in September 2004. Following the direction set by its predecessor, "The World Needs A Hero", it headed further into the bands thrashier past and was a hit amongst fans and critics alike. Debuting at No. 18 on the Billboard chart, the album received positive reviews across the board stating it as vital and solid.


Track listing


01. Blackmail The Universe

02. Die Dead Enough

03. Kick The Choir

04. The Scorpion

05. Tears In A Vial

06. I Know Jack

07. Back In The Day

08. Something That I'm Not

09. Truth Be Told

10. Of Mice And Men

11. Shadow Of Deth

12. My Kingdom

13. Time / Use The Man (Live) (CD Bonus Track)

14. Conjuring (Live) (CD Bonus Track)


* The full album has been newly remastered by Ted Jensen (GUNS N' ROSES, MASTODON, MACHINE HEAD, TRIVIUM).

* Includes rare live bonus tracks "Time/Use The Man" and "Conjuring" on the CD and digital versions.

* First time ever on vinyl in North America.

* CD has been out of print for five years.


Posted on December 18, 2018 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Soto, the modern heavy metal / hard rock group featuring vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, Talisman, Journey, Sons Of Apollo, TSO, etc.), announce the signing of a new worldwide deal with InsideOutMusic.


Jeff Scott Soto checked in with the following comment about the signing: “I am proud to have Soto working with the great InsideOutMusic and their partners at Century Media Records and Sony Music. Having seen what we did together with Sons Of Apollo, I am thrilled to see what we’ll do to further my own vanity band Soto into the future. It‘s a very exciting time in our lives and career!”


Soto started in 2015 derived from the ideal of Jeff Scott Soto wanting to return to his heavier roots. So far they released two albums, Inside The Vertigo (2015) and DIVAK (2016), taking a short break while Jeff embarked on the supergroup Sons Of Apollo, alongside Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian, Billy Sheehan and Bumblefoot.


Now Soto are returning under the same umbrella as Sons Of Apollo, signing with InsideOutMusic. A new album is currently being worked on and its material will continue to expand and move the band towards new heights whilst following up with their brand of power rock.


Soto also recently announced the newest member of the band, bassist Tony Dickinson, who coincidentally replaced the late David Z in the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Jeff explains, “It was the one, and only natural choice for us after losing our brother David in a horrific accident in 2017. Tony wrote, and played on two Singles for the first two Soto albums, The Fall and FreakShow. He is phenomenally talented, and a great friend. He’ll fit right in with us and I cannot wait to showcase more of his contributions as we move the band forward!”


Soto, which includes other members Jorge Salan (guitar), Edu Cominato (drums) and BJ (keys/guitar), will be touring throughout 2019 following the release of the still untitled new album as well as its corresponding singles and video clips.

Live dates:



17 - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Handlebar

21 - Tampa, FL - The Orpheum

24-28 - Monsters Of Rock Cruise




Jeff Scott Soto - Vocals

Jorge Salan - Guitar

Tony Dickinson - Bass

BJ - Keys/Guitar

Edu Cominato - Drums


From: http://bravewords.com/news/soto-sign-worldwide-deal-with-insideoutmusic-working-on-new-album

Megadeth and Anthrax Supergroup Stream New Song

Posted on December 18, 2018 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Supergroup project Altitudes & Attitude, featuring Megadeth's David Ellefson and Anthrax's Frank Bello, have released their single "Out Here."


The song comes from their forthcoming debut album "Get It Out," which is set to hit stores on January 18th.

Check out the lyric video for the lead track here: 


Bello had this to say, "I've learned that writing songs is very cathartic. A lot of these lyrics are about the inner struggles of my life, and about the rage that has built up from my life experiences - my brother's murder, my father abandoning my family when we were young, leaving us with no funds to pay the bills and the ups and downs of life in general. I've always had an anger inside that music really helps me deal with."


Ellefson added, "The album has the perfect title. This is music that has been living inside of us for so long. There's a big musical part of each of us that doesn't get heard anywhere else."

HAMMERFALL To Release 'Dominion' Album In August

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Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL will enter the studio on January 7, 2019 to begin recording their new album. Titled "Dominion", the disc will be released on August 16, 2019 via Napalm Records.


HAMMERFALL's last album, "Built To Last", was released in November 2016 via Napalm Records.


Last year, drummer David Wallin returned to HAMMERFALL — nine months after he left the group in order to focus on his family life.


HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak told Music Life Magazine about Wallin's decision to come back to the band: "[David] had some problems with being away from his kids and stuff, just different things at home that made him not being able to be on the road for as much as we wanted him to be. So he had to step down. We got Johan [Koleberg, formerly of THERION and LION'S SHARE], but we felt kind of like we missed David, because he was such a great fit, and he brought so much life into the band when he came into to replace Anders [Johansson] that we kind of asked him, 'Would you like to come back? Or is there any way [we can make it work]?' And I think he kind of missed it too, because he realized that this is an opportunity for him, of course. Plus we do a lot of tours, a lot of big things that he would like to be a part of. Of course, we pay him well. So, you know, he's just getting taken care of. But for me, more than anything else, it was the connection of five people getting together because HAMMERFALL has never sounded anything as good as we do right now."


HAMMERFALL released the 20th-anniversary edition of its second album, "Legacy Of Kings", as a 2-CD/DVD box set on December 7 via Nuclear Blast.


Posted on December 18, 2018 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

BBC Radio 2 Rock Show has aired the new special, A Celebration Of 50 Years Of Led Zeppelin.


A description: Led Zeppelin is 50 years old this year! So what better way to celebrate than a special show, featuring some of the biggest names in rock paying homage to Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and the late great John Bonham.


Hear Brian May, Roger Daltrey, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons all chat about their own appreciation of rock's ultimate four-piece. Plus, singer Ann Wilson from Heart explains how her band has its origins in Led Zep's back catalogue and how she managed to sing Led Zeppelin's most famous song for the band themselves.


In autumn 1968, Led Zeppelin signed to Atlantic Records. Fifty years later, US rockers Rival Sons just signed to the same label. We hear from them to see what Zeppelin mean to the new generation. Plus, author Dave Lewis recounts his first Led Zeppelin experience and explains why he's followed the band around the world for over forty years.


You can listen to the special here: 



From: http://bravewords.com/news/led-zeppelin-bbc-radio-2-s-50th-anniversary-special-now-streaming-includes-members-of-queen-the-who-def-leppard-zz-top-heart

Rami Malek on performing with Freddie Mercury's "pretty difficult" teeth

Posted on December 18, 2018 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Rami Malek has spoken about some of the challenges he faced while playing Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.


The actor was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for his celebrated performance – but in a new interview with The Wrap, Malek says it wasn’t an easy part to play, especially when it came to accurately portraying the iconic frontman.


Malek began getting into character by practicing with a set of fake teeth long before the cameras started to roll and and he says: “They started out being pretty difficult to deal with.


“We tried out all different sizes and when they first went in I felt very insecure, but immediately I compensated.


“Physically, I started to sit with more posture and elegance and I thought, ‘Oh, he is so elegant!’ You see him covering up his lips and his teeth all the time, and I could never quite get the hang of it. But as soon as those teeth went in, it was done. It was little things like that that were very informative for me.”


Malek also admits that there was much about Queen he didn’t know prior to accepting the role and had to catch up quickly.


He says: “I knew the songs, I knew what Freddie Mercury looked like, I knew he was a gay icon and is an icon to all of us, but I had no idea of the glam-rock period.


“I had no idea of his look pre-mustache. I didn’t know what his real name was. I didn’t know what his ethnicity was. I didn’t know that he had a love named Mary Austin whom he was with for six years and who he proposed to.”


Malek adds: “I tried to pick everybody’s brain. I was basically going through the rock star phone book and seeing if anyone would pick up my call.”


Along with his Golden Globe nomination in the Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture - Drama, the film itself has also been shortlisted in the Best Motion Picture - Drama category.


The winners will be announced at the 76th Golden Globe Awards, which will take place at the Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, on January 6.


Posted on December 18, 2018 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Steve Perry released a cover of the seasonal song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” to mark the end of the year in which he finally returned to music.


“This has been a big year of firsts for me,” the former Journey singer said in a message to fans. “In keeping with that spirit, I thought I'd record a little Christmas card song and send it out to you to thank you for all of your kindness in welcoming me back. Have yourself a merry little Christmas. I hope you enjoy it."

You can listen to his cover below: 

Perry released the comeback album Traces in October, after nearly 25 years out of the spotlight. The record's arrival inevitably raised questions of a reunion with Journey, which he repeatedly shot down by arguing that the parties had differing interests.


“I don't think that's where I'm at right now,” he said in September. “It took forever for me to find the passion for music again because I felt it was kind of damaged. I thought I would never feel that love again for music, so I had to walk. Now that I've found that again, I have so many other songs ready to be recorded.”


At that point, he noted that the idea of touring was under discussion but no decision had been made. “If I do go on tour, I will certainly play a nice amount of songs from the album Traces, most certainly," he later speculated. "It’s gonna be torture for me to not play the whole thing. But also, if I go on tour, you bet your ass I’ll be playing the Journey songs, because it’s a part of my life, a part of my history. I think everything will be a challenge as to what doesn’t get played.”


Posted on December 18, 2018 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

According to Daily Mail, Lita Ford says fans will not be seeing a long-awaited reunion of The Runaways for the band's 40th anniversary farewell next month, thanks to frontwoman Joan Jett.


Ford, 60, pulled no punches when speaking about her former bandmate at the Las Vegas F.A.M.E Awards last month, and blamed Jett for ruining any chance of the group getting back together.


Speaking to DailyMailTV from the red carpet, she said: "Joan Jett is very much in Joan Jett Land I guess you could say. Will she ever come out of Joan Jett Land? I don't think so. I think her manager controls that and it's really up to him and her."


Read more at Daily Mail, and watch the video below:

The annual Hall of Heavy Metal History's Metal Hall of Fame Gala will take place on Wednesday, January 23rd at the Marriott Delta Garden Grove in Anaheim, California.


The event will be hosted by television, radio personality and heavy metal champion Eddie Trunk, and will feature appearances by heavy metal greats of today and years past. The Metal Hall of Fame Gala is quickly solidifying itself as the most important night in rock and metal.


Doors open at 6 PM, and a red carpet will take place from 6 -7 PM. The induction ceremony will begin at 8 PM with a performance by Los Angeles heavy rock / metal group Budderside.


Admission is open to the public - tickets are available for just $30 at this location: 



2019 Hall of Heavy Metal History Inductees include:


- Jon and Marsha Zazula (Founders, Megaforce Records)

- Lita Ford (with 2018 inductee Doro Pesch presenting)

- Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs)

- David Ellefson (Megadeth)

- Special Blizzard of Ozz (Ozzy Osbourne) band induction: Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake (accepting via video, John Sykes accepting on their behalf in person)

- Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Sons Of Apollo)

- KLOS FM - 50th Anniversary

- Saxon (with Nigel Glockler accepting)

Drummer Jeremy Spencer quits Five Finger Death Punch

Posted on December 18, 2018 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Jeremy Spencer has announced his departure from Five Finger Death Punch. The drummer, who didn't appear with the band at recent shows as he was recuperating from a back injury, broke the news after undergoing a second bout of surgery.


"This decision has been weighing on me for months, and now the time has finally come," Spencer told Pulse Of Radio. "I started to play when I was six years old, and I feel fortunate that my body has provided me with several decades of doing what I love most: drumming.


"However, the rigorous physical wear and tear has got me to the point where I feel I can no longer deliver a performance that brings me satisfaction and joy. I feel the band deserves to get someone with the fire and energy, capable of delivering the performance that the fans deserve.


"Like you, I will be cheering them on to continue making great music as they tour the world and bring exciting shows to all our cherished fans."


For the band's recent co-headline shows with Breaking Benjamin, Scale The Summit drummer Charlie Engen filled in for Spencer. As yet, there is no news of a permanent replacement.

Overkill Streaming New Song 'Last Man Standing'

Posted on December 18, 2018 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Overkill have released their brand new single "Last Man Standing." The song comes from the veteran metal band's forthcoming album "The Wings Of War".


The new record is scheduled to hit stores on February 22nd and the lyric video for the single can be seen here.



Frontman Bobby 'Blitz' Ellsworth had this to say, "The time has come for a first taste: Last Man Standing.


"This cut got the unanimous nod to open The Wings Of War, all they way back to the first demos in March, so much so, it was mock titled 'Opener' up until the recording. Sometimes everyone is on the same page. So dig into some old school thrash, with a side order of Jersey-made head-banging."



1. Last Man Standing

2. Believe In The Fight

3. Head Of A Pin

4. Bat Sh*t Crazy

5. Distortion

6. A Mother's Prayer

7. Welcome To The Garden State

8. Where Few Dare To Walk

9. Out On The Road-Kill

10. Hole In My Soul

From: https://www.antimusic.com/news/18/December/17Overkill_Streaming_New_Song_Last_Man_Standing.shtml


Posted on December 18, 2018 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Ace Frehley doesn't like publicly discussing politics. That said, he thinks patriotic Americans should support President Donald Trump, regardless of party.


"I hate politics," he said on the Juliet: Unexpected podcast (embedded below). "I don't like talking politics, and I don't think politics and music mix. I really frown on musicians who get up on a platform and start talking about the president or complain about – I just don't think it belongs. I'm an entertainer. There's no reason to bring up politics. Let me play my guitar and write songs and entertain people. That's my job.”



Still, when pressed, Frehley offers some specific ideas about who we should approach such discourse.


“Let me say this about Trump," he said. "Whether you love him or hate him, if you're an American and you're a patriot, you should get behind your president. He was elected. We live under the Constitution of the United States, and you're supposed to support your president. Love him or hate him, you're supposed to support him, or go move to another country. ... Being American, we have the right to free speech, and I'm all for everybody putting their two cents in on everything, but when musicians or actors get really verbal and jump on a bandwagon against our government, I don't agree with that."


Two months ago, Frehley put out a new album called Spaceman, which features his former Kiss bandmate Gene Simmons playing bass on two cuts. He's planning to promote it in 2019 with a tour where he'll open for Alice Cooper. Details have yet to be announced, but Frehley said it's likely to be held over five weeks in July and August.

From: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/ace-frehley-donald-trump/

GEDDY LEE: NEIL PEART 'Hasn't Just Retired From RUSH; He's Retired From Drumming'

Posted on December 18, 2018 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

RUSH bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee has once again confirmed that the band is unlikely to play any more shows or make new music.


"[RUSH drummer] Neil [Peart] is retired," Geddy said during an appearance earlier today (Tuesday, December 18) on SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation". He hasn't just retired from RUSH; he's retired from drumming. He's not drumming anymore, and he's living his life. Which is fine — Alex [Lifeson, RUSH guitarist] and I are cool with it. We're all still total pals. In fact, Alex and I were there just a few weeks ago visiting him, and we stay in touch. And, of course, Alex lives very near to me, so we're constantly going out to dinner, 'cause he loves to drink everything in my wine cellar. We're still pals, and we all talk, but that period of our life is done."


Lee — who recently released a book called "Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book Of Bass" — didn't rule out future collaborations with at least one of his bandmates.

"Is there more music to come from myself and from Alex?" he asked rhetorically. "I don't know when and what shape that will take. I don't know if Alex and I will do something together.


"People keep me asking me and they want me to be definitive, and I can't be, because I really haven't thought that far," Geddy added.


"I've been working on this book for just over two years now, and it's been great fun — it's been passion project for me. And it's been very good for my head. And, in a way, it was really a good break from everything that was going down with RUSH and from the end of that [last] tour, and it threw me into another obsession, which was educational, in terms of learning about my instrument, but also in terms of learning about making a book and what's involved. So I enjoyed that. Now I will start thinking about what I'm gonna do next and I'll start playing all those beauties" — referring to his bass guitars — "that are staring at me when I go into my studio."


RUSH has been completely inactive since completing its "R40 Live" tour three years ago. Peart says that playing concerts at his age causes too much painful wear and tear on his body and he'd rather call it quits before the performances start declining in quality.


Asked by "Trunk Nation" if he is happy with the way RUSH's final tour came to an end, Geddy said: "Oh, yeah. That last gig was a difficult night. But what you're talking about is really what was going through Neil's mind. He was struggling throughout that tour to play at his peak, because of physical ailments and other things that were going on with him. And he is a perfectionist, and he did not want to go out and do anything less than what people expected of him. That's what drove him his whole career, and that's the way he wanted to go out, and I totally respect that. And for Alex and I, of course, we're not drummers, so we don't take the same physical abuse, although Alex does suffer from arthritis and he was having a very difficult time on that tour playing a three-hour show. So it was clear that whatever happened in the future, it was not gonna be like that. And I spent a lot of time designing that tour with all our great creative people and trying to make sure that it told that story in reverse, and it was great fun to do. And I think my sadness was just the fact that I was so happy we pulled it off with the whole reverse chronological thing that I would like to have had the rest of the world, that couldn't come to those cities, experience that. And that's really the only regret I have — that we couldn't do more shows. But in hindsight now, and with the benefit of time, I'm very happy with the way it went down. It just didn't sit right for me to do a farewell tour and try to capitalize on that word. It just didn't work for me… It wasn't the easiest thing to pull off, but I feel good about our body of work, and I feel good about the way it ended. And, you know, onward and upward."


Lifeson and Lee have repeatedly said that RUSH will never do a show unless all three musicians agree to take part. They haven't performed as RUSH without Peart since he joined the band in 1974.


For first six years of RUSH's existence, John Rutsey was behind the kit and he played on the band's self-titled debut LP.

Def Leppard: It's an "absolute honour" to be inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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Def Leppard say they’re honoured to have been named as one of the artists who will enter The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame next year.


The Sheffield heroes will be officially inducted at the ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on March 29 along with The Cure, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music, The Zombies and Janet Jackson.


Frontman Joe Elliott says: “First of all, a massive thanks to all our fans and past inductees who voted for us. Congratulations to all our fellow inductees. We stand alongside some amazing artists, past and present. What an absolute honour.”


Guitarist Phil Collen repots: “We started 2018 off at the Royal Albert Hall and to now cap it all off with a nod into The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame is brilliant.”


Bassist Rick Savage adds: “Being inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame puts Def Leppard in a class of peers that we’ve always appreciated and admired. We’re looking forward to the ceremony.”


Guitarist Vivian Campbell says that upon joining the band 26 years ago, it was apparent that “Leppard had ambition far beyond most” others.

He adds: “As a fan from the early years, I'd heard that ambition in the music, blending genres to craft the unique Leppard sound. After 26 years as the new guy, I can assure you that the work ethic and the collective focus of this band is just as strong to this day."


Drummer Rick Allen adds: “What an honour for Def Leppard to be included in this year’s induction with so many other talented and deserving artists.”


The current lineup will be inducted in 2019, along with late guitarist Steve Clark and the band’s original guitarist Pete Willis.


Posted on December 16, 2018 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

KISS have announced their final tour ever, set for 2019, appropriately named End Of The Road. Guitarist Tommy Thayer recently spoke with HysteriaMag.com about the tour and living the rock star dream. Following is an excerpt from the story:


Thayer has the unique experience of covering all bases with the band–being a fan from the beginning, working for the band, then being in the band–he has a unique perspective that nobody else has. From having the best of both worlds, Thayer has become part of the shape of music that is not only universal, but spans generations–another mind-boggling reality for him.


“I have to pinch myself sometimes, it’s like, too good. That’s not to say I haven’t worked hard in my life–having diligence and perseverance is important– it’s worked for me. It has happened. It has to do with staying in the game. I never looked at it like 'I’m gonna be a big rock star, I’m gonna be in KISS.' I’ve heard some people tell their stories like that but I looked at it like, maybe I can have a garage band with my friends. I always focused on the things you might be able to receive in a few months. I never looked too far ahead.”


The passing of time and the accruement of success over said time is what baffles Thayer. Time is the ultimate constant, though. KISS march around those stages with heavy costumes, armour even, they command the stages, and if they were wearing jeans and t-shirts they might be able to reach their 90s doing this–but they don’t, so one would hope KISS have some failsafe against the ravages of age considering the tremendous amount of work over they’ll undertake in the next three years.


“That’s the thing, though,” begins Thayer, “None of us is going to be around forever – a band like KISS is different to the Rolling Stones or Paul McCartney, even – KISS is a whole different animal. There’s physicality to it that has to be there and honestly, where Gene and Paul are at, they want to do this tour now while they still can do it in top form even though they’re not getting any younger either, but we can still go out and kick some ass, though! Who knows what could happen in a few years–the wheels could fall off. But in rock music all these bands we all love and grew up with, everybody’s getting old, so bands have to decide what they want to do.


KISS is timeless, the logo, the brand, the whole look, the imagery. That’ll always sustain itself. The thing that’s ending now for this band is being a touring band. I don’t think there’s any definitive plan."


Read the complete story here: 



Tour dates:



31 - Vancouver, BC, Canada - Rogers Arena



1 - Portland, OR - Rose Garden Moda Center

2 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome

4 - Spokane, WA - Spokane Arena

7 - San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena

8 - Fresno, CA - Save Mart Center

9 - Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center

12 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center

13 - Glendale, AZ - Gila River Arena

15 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena

16 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum

19 - Corpus Christi, TX - American Bank Center

20 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center

22 - New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center

23 - Memphis, TN - FedEx Forum

26 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake

27 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center



1 - Milwaukee, WI - Fiserv Forum

2 - Chicago, IL - United Center

4 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center

6 - Sioux Falls, SD - Denny Sanford Premier Center

7 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Center

9 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena

10 - Moline, IL - Mark of the Quad Cities

12 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center

13 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena

16 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena

17 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena

19 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre

20 - Toronto, ON - Scotiabank Arena

22 - Uniondale, NY - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

23 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena

26 - Boston, MA - TD Garden

27 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden

29 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center

30 - Pittsburgh, PA - PPG Paints Arena



2 - Quebec City, QC - Videotron Centre

3 - Ottawa, ON - Canadian Tire Centre

6 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena

7 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena

9 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena

11 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena

12 - Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

13 - Birmingham, AL - BJCC



6 - Sunrise, FL - BB&T Center

8 - Charleston, NC - North Charleston Coliseum

10 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion

11 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live

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

14 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center

16 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre

17 - Toronto, ON - Scotiabank Arena

20 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center

21 - Hershey, PA - HersheyPark Stadium

23 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Amphitheater

24 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center

27 - Syracuse, NY - St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview

29 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center

31 - Indianapolis, IN - Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center



1 - St. Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

3 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena

5 - Little Rock, AR - Verizon Arena

7 - Bossier City, LA - CenturyLink Center

8 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center

9 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center

11 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater

12 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center

14 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre

16 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena

From :http://bravewords.com/news/guitarist-tommy-thayer-talks-end-of-the-road-tour-being-a-member-of-kiss-i-never-looked-too-far-ahead

Metallica's Master Of Puppets voted best album of the 80s

Posted on December 16, 2018 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Louder readers have voted Metallica's 1986 album Master Of Puppets the best album of the 1980s.


With roughly 35,000 votes being cast in an online poll, Master Of Puppets topped the list, followed by Guns N' Roses' 1987 classic Appetite For Destruction coming second, and AC/DC's Back In Black third.


"In the 80s, a lot of mainstream metal sounded lame," says Louder's Content Director Scott Rowley. "It was the era of Reagan and Thatcher, AIDs and apartheid, and they were all singing about girls and worrying about their hair.


"Metallica's first three albums sounded livid in comparison – frustrated, angry and defiant – the perfect soundtrack for the times.


"Master Of Puppets started like the score for a spaghetti western and by the time it finished eight tracks later, the world had changed just a little."


Metallica recently announced the third leg of the WorldWired tour, which will take place in 2019.


They’ve lined up a total of 25 stadium shows which will get under way in Lisbon, Portugal, on May 1, and conclude with a performance in Mannheim, Germany, on August 25. Ghost and Bokassa will have been named as special guests. You can see full dates below.

Metallica WorldWired UK and European stadium tour:


May 01: Lisbon Estádio do Restelo, Portugal

May 03: Madrid Valdebebas, Spain

May 05: Barcelona Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Spain

May 08: Milan San Siro Hippodrome, Italy

May 10: Zürich Letzigrund, Switzerland

May 12: Paris Stade De France, France

Jun 08: Dublin Slane Castle, Ireland

Jun 11: Amsterdam Johan Cruijff Arena, Netherlands

Jun 13: Cologne RheinEnergieStadion, Germany

Jun 16: Brussels Koning Boudewijnstadion, Belgium

Jun 18: Manchester Etihad Stadium, UK

Jun 20: London Twickenham Stadium, UK

Jul 06: Berlin Olympiastadion, Germany

Jul 09: Gothenburg Ullevi, Sweden

Jul 11: Copenhagen Telia Parken, Denmark

Jul 13: Trondheim Granåsen, Norway

Jul 16: Hameenlinna Kantolan Tapahtumapuisto, Finland

Jul 18: Tartu, Raadi Airport, Estonia

Jul 21: Moscow Luzhniki Stadium, Russia

Aug 14: Bucharestv Arena Națională, Romania

Aug 16: Vienna Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Austria

Aug 18: Prague Airport Letnany, Czech Republic

Aug 21: Warsaw PGE Narodowy, Poland

Aug 23: Munich Olympiastadion, Germany

Aug 25: Mannheim Maimarktgelande, Germany

From: https://www.loudersound.com/news/metallicas-master-of-puppets-voted-best-album-of-the-80s


Posted on December 16, 2018 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Five Finger Death Punch are known for their elaborate and creative music videos, including the colorful clip for “Sham Pain” and the gut-wrenching, emotional cover of The Offspring’s “Gone Away.” The Las Vegas rockers have unleashed a video for “Blue on Black,” a blues song original performed by Kenny Wayne Shepherd.


The treatment for the Western-themed video for “Blue on Black” was written by guitarist Zoltan Bathory and directed by Dale “Rage” Restighini, who previously helmed multiple videos for Trivium, Hatebreed, as well as clips for Anthrax, The Dillinger Escape Plan and others.

The video features FFDP frontman Ivan Moody pulling up to a bar in a desert ghost town. He walks into the bar named "Carnival of Souls" to see a packed bar full of people that have been seemingly lost in time, with sailors, cowboys and costumed patrons all settling in for a performance. Initially met with quizzical looks, Moody soon learns why as he takes a seat at the bar and turns to see himself fronting Five Finger Death Punch performing the song on acoustic instruments.

Watch the clip in the player below: 

“Blue on Black” was originally featured on Kenny Wayne Shepherd's 1997 album Trouble is…. The song is one of Shepherd’s most popular tracks and is his most-listened to song on Spotify with over 13 million streams.

Earlier this year, Bathory told us he wasn't initially sold on the cover, but was pleasantly surprised by how it turned out and fit with the rest of the band's album. "'Blue on Black,' it’s a different song. Kenny Wayne Shepherd, I’d never seen his band. It’s not my vibe," said the guitarist. "But when we did that song, once it was done I was surprised. It fits in the record and I don’t see it sticking out too far. It still sounds like Five Finger Death Punch, but it is something different. At the end, I was like, “Wow, I didn’t expect this to work but it did.”


Five Finger Death Punch’s version of the bluesy rocker is featured on the band’s seventh album And Justice For None, which was released back in May.

BRUCE DICKINSON: 'Joining IRON MAIDEN Was The World's Biggest Roller Coaster'

Posted on December 16, 2018 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson was recently interviewed by the Belgian media outlet RTBF.

You can now watch the chat at this location: 



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


On joining IRON MAIDEN after playing with SAMSON:


Bruce: "Well, let me see… If you can imagine, I was playing for… playing striker for a third-division Walloon local football team, and the next minute, they say, 'You're playing for Barcelona and your partner's gonna be Lionel Messi.' 'Oh…' [Laughs] 'I guess I'd better practice then."

On how he managed to keep his feet on the ground after first joining IRON MAIDEN and playing his show with the band:


Bruce: "Never mind my feet on the ground, I couldn't even open my eyes for the first five songs, I was so terrified to look at the audience. I was just, like, 'I know they're out there somewhere.' But I was the singer, and therefore you're gonna take it on; that's it. That's your job. And, obviously, I was working with some old material at first, but we pretty quickly were working with new material for 'The Number Of The Beast' album, and it was obviously… My voice enabled the band to write a completely different dimension of material. And that's what made things an awful lot easier. 'Cause I didn't have to reinterpret old stuff. I had new material to work with. And then we did some preliminary shows, just to go somewhere where people wouldn't really see too much of us. We went down to Italy for five shows, and it was the first time I'd ever done a concert outside of the United Kingdom — ever. So I had no experience of that at all. So that was really interesting. You have a very steep learning curve. But I was lucky I learned pretty quickly, and then rapidly made a nuisance of myself. I did warn my manager when I joined the band — he's still the manager of IRON MAIDEN, Rod Smallwood — I did warn him; I said, 'I am gonna be a pain in the ass. You know that, don't you?' And he said, 'Yeah, it's kind of why we want you. Because we want somebody who's gonna contribute with ideas.' And, of course, by the time we got to the next album, 'Piece Of Mind', we already had a Number One album. 'Piece Of Mind', I did a lot of writing, and 'Powerslave'. Joining IRON MAIDEN was the world's biggest roller coaster. Except that most roller coasters, you go down, then you go up, then you go down. This one just went down for five years. I mean, non-stop, one big adrenaline rush for five years. [It was] quite something."


On whether it was difficult for him to integrate into IRON MAIDEN:


Bruce: "No, to be honest with you, it wasn't, because… When I joined, I remember going the first day to rehearse… The first day when I went to do the tryout, for auditioning for them, it was in a rehearsal place. The old singer was still with them; they still had two more shows to do with him. So I thought, 'Well, the atmosphere's gonna be a little bit strange.' 'Cause, obviously, he didn't know, but everybody else did know that he was gonna be fired. I wasn't terribly comfortable with it. My 'singers union card'… [Laughs] I was, like, 'Ahhh…' But I turned up. And Steve [Harris], the bass player, he didn't turn up till later. But I turned up, and I knew Clive [Burr], the drummer, and Dave [Murray, guitar] I knew, and Adrian [Smith, guitar] I knew. And so we just started playing old DEEP PURPLE songs, which we all knew. And then we played a bunch of other songs that we all knew. And suddenly we discovered that we all liked the same music, we all knew the same music, we all loved the same music… The atmosphere was fantastic. And then Steve turned up. And we went, 'Hey, we've been buzzing away. What should we do?' And they'd asked me to learn four songs. Well, they only had two albums. I learned all the songs. So, I said, 'Well, what songs do you wanna do?' And we basically almost played both albums back to back. And Steve was, like, 'Wow! When do we start?' So there was no problem at all."


Dickinson joined IRON MAIDEN in 1981, replacing Paul Di'Anno, and made his recording debut with the band on the 1982 album "The Number Of The Beast". He quit the band in 1993, pursuing several solo projects, and rejoined in 1999.


Dickinson, who turned 60 in August, has several other interests beyond music. He is a licensed commercial pilot and owns an aviation company. He has also done some acting and brewed beer.

Velvet Revolver Turned Down By Slash Singer

Posted on December 16, 2018 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Alter Bridge and Slash solo band frontman Myles Kennedy recently spoke to a New Jersey radio station about turning down Guns N' Roses supergroup offshoot Velvet Revolver.

The singer told WMSC FM, "They'd reached out and asked if I'd be interested in auditioning. I respectfully declined, but I was beyond honored that they thought of me.


"For whatever reason, it didn't feel like it would work at that point. That was the right move, 'cause I think when Scott Weiland got in the mix, I was like, 'Oh yeah. That's the guy.' I really love that band."


He went on to expand on the story and also revealed that he was approached another time by Velvet Revolver, "The first time Slash reached out. He doesn't even remember this, but in 2002... before Weiland was even in the mix, I remember my manager had called me at the time and he said, 'You might be getting a call from somebody in this camp, because they're looking for singer.'


"But I was blown away when I picked up the phone and Slash was on the other end of the line." He then revealed, "About seven years later, after they had parted ways with Scott and Alter Bridge were on hiatus, they reached out... it was just something that had been talked about and never came to fruition."

Check out the full interview here: