|Posted on April 17, 2019 at 10:05 PM||comments (0)|
World Guitar Day will return later this year for a 24-hour celebration of all things electric and acoustic.
On Saturday, September 21, the global guitar playing community will come together for a day packed with guitar-related activities – so mark it in your diary now to avoid disappointment.
Guitarists of all ages and abilities will have access to exclusive interviews, live Q&A sessions, blogs featuring a raft of celebrities and free guitar lessons. More established guitarists will also have the opportunity to improve their techniques and songwriting through expert tips and tutorials.
The Guitarist Of The Year competition will also get under way on the day – a contest searching for the best bassists, guitarists – both electric and acoustic – and young players.
Finalists will shred it out live on stage at the UK Guitar Show in London. Full details, including how to enter, plus announcements of star judges, prizes and sponsors will be revealed in the near future.
You'll also be able to get involved by using the hashtag #WorldGuitarDay across social media to show off your favourite instruments, tell us how you got into guitar and what inspires you to play.
World Guitar Day will be hosted by Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog, MusicRadar, Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar Techniques, Bass Magazine, Bass Player, Guitar Player and Guitar World.
ACCEPT TO RELEASE "LIFE'S A BITCH" 7" SINGLE THIS FRIDAY; BENGALI PRINCESS TO JOIN BAND ON VIOLIN FOR SYMPHONIC TERROR TOUR
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Accept have announced the addition of Martin Motnik on bass and Rebekah Rahman on violin as the band prepares to launch the Symhonic Terror Tour on April 20 in Wuppertal, Germany.
Born in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Motnik has been playing music since he was seven years old and has been a member of several bands both in Germany and the United States. He was asked by Uli Jon Roth to join him for his 2008 US tour and again in 2009 and 2012. in addition to his musical talent, Motnik also has a Master's Degree in Business from the University of Mannheim.
"We are overwhelmed and honored by the musicians who auditioned for the open position. The level of talent we saw was unprecedented, and we believe Martin Motnik is a perfect fit as he'll be joining us for the Symphonic Terror Tour and upcoming Accept shows", said Wolf Hoffmann, founding member of the band.
Also joining the Symphonic Terror Tour is Ava-Rebekah Rahman, a descendant of Bengali Royalty and highly esteemed violinist. Born and raised in England, Rahman is a renowned solo violinist, poet and music educator. She made her solo concert debut at the age of ten at the National Orchestra and has had an ilustrious career ever since, having played internationally with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic and many more.
"For the orchestra shows, we decided to pair an electric guitar with a violin, making for an interesting duet, and Ava-Rebekah Rahman takes it to a whole other level. The show is still very metal, but with a classical touch," comments Hoffmann.
Catch the band live on the following dates:
20 - Wuppertal, Germany - Stadthalle Wuppertal
21 - Leipzig, Germany - Haus Auensee
22 - Hamburg, Germany - Mehr! Theater am Grobmarkt
23 - Furth, Germany - Stadthalle
25 - Kiev, Ukraine - National Palace of Arts
27 - St. Petersburg, Russia - DK Lensoveta
28 - Moscow, Russia - Crocus City Hall
15 - Prague, Czech Republic - Kongresové Centrum
18 - Plovdiv, Bulgaria - Ancient Theatre
19 - Plovdiv, Bulgaria - Ancient Theatre
25 - Saarbrucken, Germany - Congresshalle
27 - Munich, Germany - Circus Krone
26 - Oslo, Norway - Kork at the Opera House
To celebrate, the band will release a special 7" vinyl single, featuring a brand new studio track titled "Life's A Bitch", as well as "Restless And Wild" (Live at Wacken 2017) on the B-side, on Friday, April 19. Pre-order here:
Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann comments, "We love the title of the single…WHO does not agree to THAT: 'LIFE’S A BITCH'? It is universal, even if the stories are different. EVERYBODY KNOWS WHAT THAT MEANS!"
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On May 17, Music Theories will issue "Behold Electric Guitar", Paul Gilbert's newest album with 12 new original songs, all with Paul's most expressive, and inspired guitar playing to date. Ahead of the release of the album, Paul has unveiled the official music video for another new track, "Things Can Walk To You". You can check itout here:
He states about the song: "'Things Can Walk to You' is the closing track on my new album, 'Behold Electric Guitar', and although it is performed as an instrumental, the melody is based on my most recent cantankerous lyrics.
"Let me tell you the story. One of my goals in moving to Portland was to live in a neighborhood where I could 'walk to things.' I looked forward to getting daily exercise by walking to local restaurants and shops, and getting some fresh outdoor air. I found a website called 'Walk Score,' which rated the walkability of any address, and the area where I moved was rated high, and seemed perfect. It turns out that walkability not only attracts exercising musicians, but also attracts homeless people with their shopping carts, brimming with garbage, and leaving a trail of hypodermic needles.
"Yes, yes. I know that it's callous to call anyone a 'thing.' (Even when they when steal your license plates, and smash your car window to steal your son's backpack.) I'm sure everyone has a story. And not everyone has the good fortune to be able to turn their story into a song.
"I certainly appreciate my station in life. So I used the power of music to transform a callous rant into a soulful slide guitar melody, and guitar solo that builds and builds until it earns its place as the closing musical statement on my album. Some of my other cantankerous songs offer not only a problem, but also a solution. Problem: People don't use their turn signals. Solution: Everybody use your goddamn turn signal. Problem: Auto-Tuned music is annoying to me. Solution: Terraform the moon, so I can move there, and get away from Auto-Tuned music.
"'Things Can Walk to You' offers no solution, because I don't have one. For those who are struggling, I wish I had the answer. If I could help homeless people by showing them how to play patterns with the major and minor blues scales, then I think I could do some good. But I suspect they need help in other areas. So in the meantime, I guess we'll all keep walking, and breathing the fresh air. And if it's blues scales you need. I'm here."
After his recent move to Portland, Oregon, Paul set out to connect with the best and grooviest musicians in the area, and record an album in his brand new hometown. Brian Foxworth (drums) and Asher Fulero (keyboards) were both obvious choices to play Paul's mix of rock, blues, jazz, and pop flavors. When Paul's regular Portland bassist Kelly Lemieux was unavailable (due to his touring with BUCKCHERRY), Paul reached out to New Orleans bass legend Roland Guerin. Roland came to Portland weeks before the recording dates for intense rehearsing and arranging sessions.
With the band complete, Paul enlisted legendary producer and engineer John Cuniberti. John is well known for his work with Joe Satriani, but Paul was primarily interested in John's expertise with "one mic" recording. Paul explained: "It's so easy to make albums with overdubbing and editing these days, but I really prefer playing live and just getting the music to sound right because the musicians, the songs, and the performances are good." After hearing Paul's band, John recommended a few more mics, but still agreed that the music worked best as live performances with no overdubs. "There is not one overdub on the record," he said. "Everything you hear is four guys jamming, listening to each other, and making room for each other. The music almost mixes itself that way! And it's just a great mindset to have. When you know that you won't be fixing or adding parts later... It keeps your mind very active to get things right!"
"Behold Electric Guitar" track listing:
01. Havin' It
02. I Own A Building
03. Everywhere That Mary Went
04. Love Is The Saddest Thing
05. Sir, You Need To Calm Down
06. Let That Battery Die
07. Blues For Rabbit
08. Every Snare Drum
09. A Snake Just Bit My Toe
10. I Love My Lawnmower
11. A Herd Of Turtles
12. Things Can Walk To You
The official music video for the first single, "Havin' It", can be seen below:
Paul will be touring with his band this year to support "Behold Electric Guitar".
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Def Leppard and Stevie Nicks are among the acts featured in a video trailer previewing HBO's broadcast of the 2019 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction later this month.
Set to premiere on April 27 at 8pm ET, the special will present the highlights of a March 29 ceremony at the Barclays Center in New York that also honored fellow inductees Janet Jackson, The Cure, Radiohead, Roxy Music and The Zombies.
The event saw appearances by a number of guest presenters, including Harry Styles, Janelle Monae, Don Henley, David Byrne, Simon Le Bon & John Taylor of Duran Duran, Trent Reznor, Stevie Van Zandt, Ian Hunter, and Susanna Hoffs.
Inducted by Queen guitarist and longtime friend Brian May, Def Leppard followed their acceptance speech with a four-song performance that featured the title track to "Hysteria", "Rock Of Ages" and "Photograph" from "Pyromania", and their 1987 smash "Pour Some Sugar On Me."
The UK rockers closed out the evening with a performance of the Mott The Hoople classic "All The Young Dudes" - written by David Bowie - during an all-star jam that included May, Hunter, Hoffs, Van Zandt, and Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent of The Zombies.
Watch the trailer here:
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360-degree video footage of Sebastian Bach performing the song "Dance On Your Grave" at the 80s In The Sand music festival, which was held last November in the island paradise of Punta Canta, Dominican Republic, can be seen below. The clip was filmed for of AXS TV's all-new series "80s In The Sand", which premiered this past Sunday (April 14).
Bach is about to sign a new record deal for his upcoming solo album. The disc, which is not expected to arrive before late 2019 at the earliest, will feature contributions from several well-known guitarists, including John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE, MARILYN MANSON), Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL) and Orianthi (ALICE COOPER).
Last year, Bach told Meltdown of Detroit's WRIF 101.1 FM radio station that he would ink a deal with a U.S.-based heavy metal record label that would help him make a "career-defining" new solo album.
Bach hasn't released a full-length disc since "Give 'Em Hell", which came out in 2014. Like its predecessor, 2011's "Kicking & Screaming", the disc was released through Frontiers Music Srl, the Italian label which specializes in what's commonly called AOR, a term that once signified a popular radio format ("album-oriented rock") but nowadays applies to acts whose airplay is marginal.
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Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy, The Almighty) has signed a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast for his solo album releases. Further, he also announced that he has begun recording his latest solo offering, When Life Was Fast And Hard. Playing on the album are Ricky Warwick (vocals, guitars), Robert Crane (bass), Keith Nelson (buitars) and Xavier Muriel (drums), as well as several special guests.
Ricky Warwick commented "I am happiest when I am writing songs. My solo albums are a pure expression of what I want to end up on the song."
Monte Conner, Nuclear Blast A&R, added, "It has been great getting to know Ricky Warwick since meeting him for the first time as a member of Black Star Riders. He has an incredible knack and talent for storytelling, an amazing work ethic and lives music 24-7. Ricky is a true artist and the kind of guy you want to be in the trenches with."
Warwick tapped producer Keith Nelson (Buckcherry, Blackberry Smoke, Alice Cooper, The Dose) for production. Keith comments, “Ricky is a true rock-n-roll soul... he’s got incredible stories to tell and a unique way of telling them. It’s been an honor to be asked to partner and contribute to this record.”
Ricky added, “Keith Nelson is a fantastic, musician, producer, writer and good mate, so it was a no brainier to work with him. Black Star Riders is my absolute priority. But when time allows, it’s great to be able to indulge in my solo material. I write constantly so it’s good to be able to go in and finally record the follow up to When Patsy Cline Was Crazy (And Guy Mitchell Sang The Blues). This is a full band record with a big sound.”
More info on the release date and subsequent touring will be announced at a later date.
(Photo - Robert John)
|Posted on April 17, 2019 at 9:30 PM||comments (0)|
London-based designers Rock Roll have unveiled a range of rock-themed wallpaper which is the perfect way to show off your love of music.
The company have created wallpapers based on Black Sabbath, Queen, Guns N’ Roses, Bring Me The Horizon, Rolling Stones, Sex Pistols, My Chemical Romance and The Who.
Rock Roll was created in 2016 by Ian and Sarah Hopkins, who have come up with the designs in collaboration with the artists.
The designs are printed to order using high-grade, vegetable-based, non-toxic ink – and have been approved by the Woodland Trust.
A statement reads: “Working closely with band management, record labels and the artists personally, Rock Roll has obtained the official rights to reproduce cover art on high quality, digitally printed bespoke wallpaper and murals.
“A passionate group of music enthusiasts, Rock Roll has worked with artists and record labels for years. For that reason, it does things properly – every design is officially licensed and fully approved by the artists and their management.”
The wallpapers are available in either a mural or pattern and can be purchased from Rock Roll’s website.
|Posted on April 17, 2019 at 9:25 PM||comments (0)|
Scott Ian won't be the only member of Anthrax to release a memoir for much longer. Bassist Frank Bello has just revealed that he's just started work on a book detailing his life's story.
"We started and we're going to get back to it because we have busy schedules," Bello told RockSverige in a recent interview. The bassist went on to say that he'll be collaborating with author Joel McIver, who worked with his Altitudes & Attitude bandmate, Megadeth's David Ellefson, on the My Life With Deth memoir.
He's done great stuff and he knows my history probably better than me," he said, praising the author. "He's great at what he does, so we'll probably work that out. He goes deep and he does it right. That's what I like about Joel. He has a lot of history that I probably have forgotten."
For nearly his entire career, Bello has remained focused on Anthrax and Anthrax only. Prior to forming the rock group Altitudes & Attitude with Ellefson, the only other group he played with was Helmet, which he joined for one year after quitting Anthrax in 2004. He returned not long after.
Altitudes and Attitude released their second album, Get It Out, earlier this year. They just completed a European tour, playing a couple KISS covers onstage. Watch Bello do a spot-on Paul Stanley take for their cover of "Detroit Rock City" in the video below.
RATT To Add Rarely Performed Songs To 2019 Setlist: 'We're Gonna Shake It Up A Bit,' Says STEPHEN PEARCY
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Stephen Pearcy says that RATT fans can expect to see some fresh additions to the group's concert setlist when he and his bandmates return to the road next month.
"We have so many cool songs that we wanna put in the set this year, so we're gonna change it up a bit and put in some of these other songs," the singer said during an appearance on the April 17 episode of KCAA's "Controlled Chaos". "'I Want A Woman', 'Sweet Cheater' — everything from '83 to the full catalog. We're gonna shake it up a bit. That's the hardest thing to do. I put a little thing out there [on social media]: 'What do you wanna hear?' You'd be surprised how many people wanna hear a song like 'Givin' Yourself Away' or something else."
According to Pearcy, RATT fans shouldn't be surprised to hear slightly different versions of the band's classic songs when they come to one of the group's concerts.
"I'm from old school, like [Robert] Plant or [Rob] Halford," he said. "I don't myself up against any of these gentlemen, but I like to change it up a bit. So if I don't sing the exact words, people, don't get uptight. It's me just having a good time. Because, as a singer, I try to hit different notes and different things. We wanna change it up."
This past January, Pearcy underwent knee surgery. The operation came three months after two disastrous RATT shows that saw the 62-year-old singer incapacitated to the point where he had trouble remembering the words to some of the band's biggest hits.
Pearcy later apologized to the RATT fans, saying in a statement that he was "dealing with a pain-management issue due to a bad knee." He added that he "made the critical error of adding alcohol to my pain meds while on stage" at the September concert in Huntington, New York "and it destroyed my performance."
RATT's current lineup also includes original bassist Juan Croucier along with drummer Pete Holmes (BLACK 'N BLUE) and guitarists Jordan Ziff (RAZER) and Chris Sanders (BRITNY FOX, KNIGHT FURY).
RATT's next live appearance is scheduled for May 4 at the Domination festival in Mexico.
|Posted on April 17, 2019 at 9:15 PM||comments (0)|
Hollywood Vampires -- the supergroup featuring Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp -- have unveiled their new single, "Who's Laughing Now". The song’s premiere comes as the band prepares for a series of May performance dates throughout the western United States.
"Who's Laughing Now" is powered by a heavy, driving bass line, as Cooper growls lyrics that criticize "the East elite" and "clergy sleaze" (among others). It's the first taste from the group's forthcoming album, Rise, due out June 21. Unlike their 2015 debut album, which was made up almost entirely of cover songs, Hollywood Vampires' new release will reportedly feature predominantly more original material.
During an exclusive conversation with UCR, Cooper explained his role on the new album. "The funny thing is, I’m not doing any writing on it," the Hall of Fame rocker admitted. "Johnny Depp, Joe Perry [and] Tommy Henriksen have written almost 90 percent of it. I come in and do a little surgery on the lyrics. But it’s interesting for me to be singing about Johnny’s angst."
When asked to describe Depp’s songwriting, Cooper claimed there was “a lot of venom in his lyrics.” "Almost everything I read about Johnny Depp was absolutely untrue,” the singer professed, alluding to rumors about the actor’s financial and physical health. “Just the opposite of what you’re reading is what was going on. But on this album, he wrote a lot of the lyrics – and I got to sing them – so I’m the one delivering the venom."
You can check out the track below:
|Posted on April 17, 2019 at 9:10 PM||comments (0)|
Since joining Deep Purple in 1973, David Coverdale has enjoyed a hugely successful career. Having been plucked from semi-professional obscurity by Deep Purple, within months he was cavorting around the globe with one of the biggest rock bands in the world and fronting Purple on its 1974 US tour which included performing in front of one of the biggest audiences ever for a one day concert at the California Jam in front of hundreds of thousands.
After three albums the band finally succumbed to the internal frictions and called it a day in 1976. After initially launching himself with two solo albums, Coverdale set about rebuilding his career with his own band Whitesnake.
By the early eighties sell out UK tours and hit singles proved that Coverdale was capable of achieving success with his own band and later that decade Whitesnake hit the heights in America, that he had experienced with Deep Purple, with its multi-million selling, eponymous 1987 album.
By the early nineties Coverdale put the band on hold whilst enjoying a brief dalliance with Jimmy Page, as well as later finding time for further albums under his own name, but Whitesnake has continued to be at the forefront of Coverdale’s career from the mid nineties and onwards and remain relevant in the new millennium. May 2019 seeing the release of the band’s first new album in four years and at the age of 67 Coverdale shows no signs of slowing down as Whitesnake embarks on a World Tour throughout 2019.
This new publication is a coffee table style book that celebrates his life in music. Beautifully designed and packaged, A Life In Vision documents key moments of David Coverdale’s long and illustrious career as one of rock’s finest singers with photos from Deep Purple through to the present day Whitesnake along with stories that chart his career.
Housed in a bespoke, custom-made, block foil, buckram presentation box it also includes a set of prints, ideal for framing and is strictly limited to 500 worldwide.
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Bryan Adams announced a string of additional fall dates in the U.S. to his 'Shine A Light' world tour which will follow the previously announced dates for the trek this spring.
Adams will be kicking off the first run of U.S. dates in support of his new album "Shine A Light" on May 4th in Charlotte, NC at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre.
The newly announced dates will begin on August 2nd in Bangor, ME at the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion and will run until September 21st where he will wrap things up in Mountain View, CA at the Shoreline Amphitheatre.
See all of the date below:
Bryan Adams U.S. Shine A Light World Tour Dates:
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - Charlotte, NC - Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
Monday, May 6, 2019 - Jacksonville, FL - Daily's Place
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - St. Petersburgh, FL - Al Lang Live
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - New Orleans, LA - Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
Friday, May 10, 2019 - Orange Beach, AL - The Wharf Amphitheater
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - Alpharetta, GA - Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphitheater
Friday, August 02, 2019 - Bangor, ME - Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
Sunday, September 15, 2019 - Wheatland, CA - Toyota Amphitheatre
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - Boise, ID - Ford Idaho Center Arena
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - Seattle, WA - WAMU Theater
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - Portland, OR - Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center
Friday, September 20, 2019 - Eugene, OR - Matthew Knight Arena
Saturday, September 21, 2019 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
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A graphic novel based on how Rush created A Farewell To Kings is to be released later this year.
The publication is officially licensed and will launch on September 10 via Fantoons and is available to pre-order via the band’s website – including a version that comes with a reproduction of the 1978 tourbook.
The Making Of A Farewell To Kings: The Graphic Novel is spread across 144 pages and will be presented in hardback format and measures 12 x 12 inches.
A statement on the book reads: “This epic, fully authorised graphic novel chronicles the birth of Rush’s classic album A Farewell To Kings.
“Relive the trials and triumphs alongside Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and Neil Peart as they create the masterpiece of progressive rock that gave birth to Closer To The Heart and the majestic Xanadu.
“The book features artwork and storytelling from Fantoons, with new input from Alex Lifeson and producer Terry Brown.
Check out some of the pages from the graphic novel below.
A reissue of A Farewell To Kings was released back in 2017 to mark its 40th anniversary.
Meanwhile, a book charting the history of Rush’s live history titled Wandering The Face Of The Earth will be published on October 15, while Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland will be released on vinyl for the first time on June 7.
|Posted on April 16, 2019 at 10:10 PM||comments (0)|
Speaking with Belfast Live, Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash commented once again on the possibility of the band heading to the studio to record new material.
Slash: “To have the opportunity to go back with Guns and that being such an amazing experience and such a positive experience, at this point in time, right now, to be in these two bands is probably one of the best professional periods I’ve ever been in. I’m really looking forward to working on a new Guns record and all that.
We’re focused on working towards this new record that everybody’s been asking about. So start focusing on that in earnest. And that’s it. I’m not thinking about anything else while that is going on. That’s really the main focus. By the time the Conspirators tour is done I will have written enough material for the next Conspirators record that whenever that break comes up with Guns N’ Roses we can go on to do that. We’ll just juggle all this stuff, schedules permitting.”
Read the complete interview here:
|Posted on April 16, 2019 at 10:00 PM||comments (0)|
The arrival of alternative rock into the mainstream in the early '90s caused many an established rocker to worry about their future on the charts. But Sammy Hagar took a unique approach. In a new interview, he revealed that his fear caused him to court the new guard's fans by having Alice in Chains open for Van Halen.
As he told Jenny McCarthy (embedded below), it was in 1991, when Van Halen went out on the road to promote For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge and Alice in Chains had released their debut, Facelift, the year before and the single "Man in the Box" was gaining traction on the radio.
"When grunge came along," he said, "that was freaky, man! Because I'm looking at these guys, and we were sort of the glam rock, we're all dressed up and dressing like girls and stuff. ... They were like down and dirty and funky, they made me nervous. I thought, 'These guys are gonna disrespect us.' You know they're gonna look at us like, 'Your shit's done, buddy.'"
"That's how insecure I was," he continued. "I said, 'Let's get 'em on the damn show, that way their fans will know that we're cool!' ... It came out of fear a little bit. Not bad fear, but nervousness."
Hagar added that the tour went well, and that he's been good friends with Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell ever since, noting that he regularly attends Hagar's annual birthday party in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
On May 10, Hagar will release a new album, Space Between, with his band the Circle. Last week, he unveiled the second single, "Can't Hang," which was inspired by John Bonham's drumming on Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks."
Check out the interview below:
|Posted on April 16, 2019 at 9:55 PM||comments (0)|
If Zakk Wylde stories were currency, guitar tech Freddy Kowalo would be one of the world's richest men. He was a recent guest on the Eric McKenna Project podcast, telling tales of teching for Black Label Society, Megadeth, Alice in Chains, Shinedown and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, including one about Wylde getting kicked off a church baseball field while trying to relax on the road on Ozzfest.
Prompting Kowalo for a story he heard about Wylde and the Black Label Society crew playing baseball with a group of kids, McKenna got the actual version of the events. "I got it on video and the video I entitled 'At Play in the Field of the Lord,'" the guitar tech began.
"Wherever we went, we took this [aforementioned] baseball bat — it's the [Mike] Piazza bat — Zakk went off and bought a whole shitload of softballs. If we wanted to play baseball, we played baseball and that meant if we went to a mall parking lot and hit home run derby against the walls of the mall that's what we did," said Kowalo. "If we wanted to stop and play baseball, we played baseball and we found a field in Montana on our way to The Gorge [Amphitheatre] in Washington. We pull up and we play — the field was empty when we pulled up and the idea was we're playing baseball and shit like that and it's great," he added.
This is where the story takes its dramatic turn.
"And this church van pulls up and people get out and we're out there," the guitar tech went on, describing the scene the church group was looking at. "Now you've got to picture — we're on Ozzfest in our leather vests, in our boots and we played like that and it's 98 degrees in Montana. I have this on video and it's one of the funniest things ever."
The story continues, "This church group comes up — we're playing on a church field in Montana and they come up and they go, 'Hey, what are you guys doing?' And Zakk's like, 'Ah, dude we're fucking sitting here fucking out on tour with the fucking Ozzfest and we're fucking busting off some steam fucking smacking some fucking balls around dude, playing some fucking home run derby. You got the fucking guys out there...'"
Confused, the church group asked for clarification. "And this lady goes, 'Excuse me, what are you doing?' And [Wylde] goes, 'Dude we're out here fucking busting our fucking balls on this fucking baseball fucking field fucking out here. We're out there on the fucking Ozzfest fucking touring and shit. I'm out here fucking busting my balls doing double duty with like Black Label and fucking Ozzy Osbourne and so we're out here trying to relax,'" Kowalo recalled.
This still didn't clear up the picture for the group. "She goes, 'What do you do?' He goes, 'Oh, I play fucking guitar for Ozzy Osbourne.' And they look and they go 'Get off our field. Right now,'" said the tech. "And he goes, 'Ah dude it's all cool we're just out here trying to —' 'Get off our field right now.'"
This all culminates in the highlight of the story.
"They go, 'Jesus would not want you to play baseball on our field.' [Wylde] goes, 'What the fuck? Motherfucking Jesus invented fucking baseball. Dude, don't tell me I'm not down with J.C. I've got a six foot fucking crucifix of Jesus fucking Christ fucking hanging above my fucking — don't tell me I'm not down with J.C.,'" revealed Kowalo. The church group re-upped on their promise and replied, "We're calling the cops."
Listen to Part 1 of the podcast below:
Catch Black Label Society on tour from late April through May as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album, Sonic Brew. An updated version of the album, dubbed Sonic Brew - 20th Anniversary Blend 5.99 - 5.19, will be out on May 27 through eOne.
TRACII GUNS RECALLS HEARING LED ZEPPELIN'S "WHOLE LOTTA LOVE" FOR THE FIRST TIME - "IT WAS OVERWHELMING AUDIO FEAR"; VIDEO
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In an exclusive interview with Rock Scene, Tracii Guns looks back on his early experiences with music. He remembers being a young boy and sitting in the back of his mother’s boyfriend’s car in 1971 and hearing Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” for the first time. “It was overwhelming audio fear,” he recalls. “I remember thinking, I have to recreate that noise right now!”
On the way to the airport, they stopped by a newsstand. Tracii saw Jimmy Page, decked out in his dragon suit, on the cover of Creem magazine. His mom told him, “That’s the guy making that noise on the record.” "I saw that picture, and I’d never seen anything like it in my life,” Tracii says. “The imagery, the sound, it completely captivated me when I was five-and-a-half years old. From that point on it was all about, ‘Mom, play me something like that!’ Led Zeppelin II was all I ever listened to until I was seven years old. The theremin coming in on the ‘Whole Lotta Love’ solo, that riff, the way Jimmy used reverb…everything had plate reverb on it. Everything sounded scary and dark and damp. I kinda pictured these dark figures in a really cloudy overcast environment being very moist and depressing. And I was so drawn to that.” Shortly after, Tracii heard a Black Sabbath greatest hits album. “The imagery on the cover was just, like, all these skeletons in a community, and the first song was ‘Iron Man.’ I was like, ‘Oh! There’s more of this.’ It was like a horror movie for your ears.”
Read more at Rock Scene, and watch the video below:
JAKE E. LEE Disputes OZZY OSBOURNE Ant-Snorting Story From MOTLEY CRUE's 'The Dirt': 'There Was No Ants'
|Posted on April 16, 2019 at 9:40 PM||comments (0)|
Jake E. Lee has disputed a story in the MÖTLEY CRÜE biopic "The Dirt" about Ozzy Osbourne allegedly snorting a line of ants.
In "The Dirt", which premiered last month on Netflix, a young Ozzy Osbourne (played by Tony Cavalero) holds an impromptu gross-out contest of sorts with Sixx at a Lakeland, Florida hotel swimming pool in 1984 during the two acts' joint U.S. tour. After exposing himself to some hotel guests, Ozzy asks CRÜE for cocaine. Sixx (played by Douglas Booth) hands over a straw, and Ozzy kneels on the ground and snorts a crawling line of ants. Then he urinates on the ground and licks it up, challenging Sixx to do the same. Pressured, Sixx urinates on the ground as well — but before he can get to it, Osbourne kneels down and laps it up first.
Lee, who played guitar for Osbourne on the 1984 tour, spoke about the incident during a recent interview with Tone-Talk.
"I was there, and I never saw ants," Jake said (see video below). "I was right there. He snorted a little spider. There was a not a trail of fucking ants there. Tommy [Lee, CRÜE drummer] says it, Nikki says it, Ozzy says it — they were fucked up. I was not. I was just trying to get a fucking sun tan. That's all I was doing. They were getting fucked up. Ozzy snorted a little tiny stupid spider that was crawling across. There was no ants — there was no fucking ants. I don't care what the other guys say — there was no ants."
As for the "urine" portion of the story, Jake said: "Oh, that was true. It started with a contest. It was Nikki and it was Ozzy. I think it started in the pool. They were in the swimming pool, and they kind of raced, and, of course, Ozzy lost. And [they had] a push-up contest, and, of course, Ozzy lost. Ozzy was getting tired of losing, and he stepped it up. I do remember at one point, Ozzy was sitting there. He got this weird look on his face. He was sitting on the concrete, and piss started flowing out underneath him. And he was obviously doing a lot of vitamins, 'cause [the urine] was, like, lime green. So Nikk Sixx, I remember, pissed on the girl he was with. She was lounging. She was not happy about it. Ozzy pissed on the ground. [Nikki] saw that and he went over and pissed on the girl that he was with in the lounge chair. And that's when Ozzy bent over and started licking his own green piss up. That's where I said, 'Okay, I'm outta here.' Not only is that happening, there's families on the other side of the pool — children and mothers and fathers looking horrified, like, 'What the fuck is going on over there?'"
Jake added: "That is my recollection. And Ozzy snorted this little spider that was crawling across. There was no ants. It's a minor detail."
In MÖTLEY CRÜE's 2001 autobiography, "The Dirt: Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band", Sixx recounted the episode in detail, writing: "I handed [Ozzy] the straw, and he walked over to a crack in the sidewalk and bent over it. I saw a long column of ants, marching to a little dugout built where the pavement met the dirt. And as I thought, 'No, he wouldn't,' he did. He put the straw to his nose and, with his bare white ass peeking out from under the dress like a sliced honeydew, sent the entire line of ants tickling up his nose with a single, monstrous snort.
"He stood up, reared back his head, and concluded with a powerful rightnostriled sniff that probably sent a stray ant or two dripping down his throat. Then he hiked up the sundress, grabbed his dick, and pissed on the pavement. Without even looking at his growing audience — everyone on the tour was watching him while the old women and families on the pool deck were pretending not to — he knelt down and, getting the dress soggy in the puddle, lapped it up. He didn't just flick it with his tongue, he took a half-dozen long, lingering, and thorough strokes, like a cat. Then he stood up and, eyes blazing and mouth wet with urine, looked straight at me. 'Do that, Sixx!'"
In old interviews, Osbourne has claimed he doesn't remember this particular incident. "I have got absolutely no recollection of doing that," he once said.
When asked recently by Page Six if the story was true, Sixx reconfirmed it. "Of course," he said. "We were a wild young band and he kind of took us under his wing. We thought we could compete with that, but you can't with Ozzy. He won."
|Posted on April 16, 2019 at 9:35 PM||comments (0)|
Montreal has been officially tagged a “heavy metal city.”
It comes after city councillor Craig Sauvé successfully pushed through a bill to recognise the Canadian city’s contribution to metal thanks to it’s vibrant music scene and events such as Heavy Montreal.
Global News report that Sauvé brought CDs by the bands Cryptopsy, Necrotic Mutation and Despised Icon to a council meeting in the city yesterday to plead his case.
And even local opposition parties backed the declaration, with Benoit Langevin telling the news network: “There’s no fight to have about the fact that heavy metal is part of us.”
Sauvé responded: “That’s the magic of metal.”
Montreal’s Jimmy Kaye, who hosts The Metal Voice adds: “Everybody knows that Montreal is an international music city, but by declaring it we are getting national and international press.”
And Megadeth’s David Ellefson, speaking with Kaye, is a fan of the move, saying: “I think it’s awesome and there’s no city more deserving.”
Metal Hammer editor Merlin Alderslade says he completely understands why Montreal has been recognised.
"I've been lucky enough to spend time in Montreal on a number of occasions and I can confirm that not only is it a wonderful city, but it is indeed metal as fuck," he says.
"From amazing events like Heavy Montreal to the many great metal bars dotted across town – shout-out Foufs, it's a city where metal culture thrives, and I'm delighted to see that now officially recognised. Montreal is metal!"
However, one person who isn’t a fan is Sauvé’s mother. “She never understood my love for extreme loud music,” he says. “My mom is not a fan.”
|Posted on April 16, 2019 at 9:15 PM||comments (0)|
After Bruce Dickinson announced his intent to leave Iron Maiden in 1993, the band was tasked with replacing one of heavy metal's greatest frontmen during an already tumultuous period in their career amid the changing rock and metal landscape. Ultimately, they chose Wolfsbane's Blaze Bayley, who discussed his audition as one of 12 finalists after the band sifted through well over 1,000 demo submissions.
Bayley, who sang on Maiden's The X Factor and Virtual XI albums, recalled thinking, "I'll have a go for it," upon learning that the metal legends were holding auditions for Dickinson's replacement. Talking about the experience with Rockfiend Publications Scotland, the singer went on, "I think they had 1,500 demos that they had listened to, and then there were, like, the 12 disciples that were chosen for the audition. And I was lucky I was one of those 12."
There's not much known about the behind-the-scenes details of these auditions and fans have long speculated as to which other singers were seriously considered for the role, making the note of a dozen potentials a bit of a revelation.
Further detailing the process, Bayley continued, "You went to the studio to sing live. There was 10 songs that were in the set at the time — 10 of the classics that you had to learn — and I went and I'd done my best." He mentioned being "very, very surprised" that he was chosen, especially because his voice is "so different to Bruce."
"We did look a little bit alike, but our voices were radically different," said Bayley, who explained, "But I think what it was they wanted a change, and the albums that I did, The X Factor and Virtual XI, that was the real start of the progressive era of Iron Maiden and I learned so much about songwriting and about my voice. And it was an incredible, incredible experience. The music that we came up with was just fantastic, I think."
Maiden had no pre-written material before Bayley was instated. "So you get to rehearsals and talk about your idea. 'Well, maybe that's not so good.' 'Oh, yeah, that's really good.' And if it was good, it went on the album, and it didn't matter," he said of the songwriting process. Proud to have contributed, the singer beamed, "So I had a few songs on the album. 'Man on the Edge' was something that I co-wrote with Janick Gers, and that went Top 10 around the world in the rock charts. It was a fantastic — absolutely fantastic — thing, with a big video and everything. It was unbelievable."
Since splitting with Maiden after Dickinson's return, Bayley set out on a solo career. Between 1999 and 2007, the project was simply dubbed Blaze, switching to the Blaze Bayley moniker in 2007. The singer has released six albums under this name, the most recent being 2018's The Redemption of William Black (Infinite Entanglement Part III).
Meanwhile, Iron Maiden will embark on the North American leg of the "Legacy of the Beast" tour. See those dates here.
Iron Maiden Tour Dates:
July 18 - Sunrise, Fla. @ BB&T Center
July 20 - Atlanta, Ga. @ Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
July 22 - Charlotte, N.C. @ PNC Music Pavilion
July 24 - Washington D.C. @ Jiffy Lube Live
July 26 - Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Barclays Center
July 27 - Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Barclays Center
July 30 - Philadelphia, Pa. @ Wells Fargo Center
Aug. 01 - Boston, Mass. @ Xfinity Center
Aug. 03 - Hartford, Ct. @ Xfinity Theatre
Aug. 05 - Montreal, Quebec @ Bell Centre
Aug. 07 - Quebec, Quebec @ Videotron Centre
Aug. 09 - Toronto, Ontario @ Budweiser Stage
Aug. 10 - Toronto, Ontario @ Budweiser Stage
Aug. 13 - Buffalo, N.Y. @ KeyBank Center
Aug. 15 - Cincinnati, Ohio @ Riverbend Music Center
Aug. 17 - Pittsburgh, Pa. @ PPG Paints Arena
Aug. 19 - Nashville, Tenn. @ Bridgestone Arena
Aug. 22 - Chicago, Ill. @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug. 24 - Indianapolis, Ind. @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Aug. 26 - St Paul, Minn. @ Xcel Energy Center
Aug. 28 - Winnipeg, Manitoba @ Bell MTS Place
Aug. 30 - Edmonton, Alberta @ Rogers Place
Aug. 31 - Calgary, Alberta @ Scotiabank Saddledome
Sept. 03 - Vancouver, British Columbia @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Sept. 05 - Tacoma, Wash. @ Tacoma Dome
Sept. 06 - Portland, Ore. @- Moda Center
Sept. 09 - Sacramento, Calif. @ Golden 1 Center
Sept. 10 - Oakland, Calif. @ Oracle Arena
Sept. 13 - Las Vegas, Nev. @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
Sept. 14 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ Bank of California Stadium
Sept. 17 - Phoenix, Ariz. @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
Sept. 19 - Albuquerque, N.M. @ Isleta Amphitheater
Sept. 21 - Dallas, Texas @ Dos Equis Pavilion
Sept. 22 - Houston, Texas @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sept. 25 - San Antonio, Texas @ AT&T Center
Sept. 27 - Mexico City, Mexico @ Sports Palace
Sept. 29 - Mexico City, Mexico @ Sports Palace
Sept. 30 - Mexico City, Mexico @ Sports Palace
Oct. 04 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ Rock In Rio
Oct. 12 - Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Velez Sarsfield Stadium
Oct. 15 - Santiago, Chile @ Estadio Nacional
You can check out the interview below: