|Posted on September 24, 2018 at 8:55 PM||comments (0)|
Metallica are taking their "WorldWired" tour well into 2019 as they've just announced a series of European stops for the summer with support coming from Ghost and Norway's Bokassa.
"We promised we would be back... it’s the return of the European summer vacation," exclaimed Metallica in an announcement on their website. "Following the attendance breaking indoor arena run that ended in May of this year, we are psyched to announce that we will be returning to Europe in May of next year to do an outdoor run of our own shows, primarily in stadiums, but also the occasional park and even a castle thrown in for good measure!"
Fan Club members will have access to a pre-sale which begins tomorrow (September 25) at 10AM CET for Legacy Members and 11:00AM CET for Fifth Members. Public ticket sales will start at 10AM local time on Friday (September 28).
Fans who attend any of the European shows will have the ability to obtain a free download of the concert by entering the ticket barcode at this location to receive an MP3 file:
"Each show is mixed and mastered by the team behind Hardwired...To Self-Destruct to bring you the best possible audio quality," says the band.
The next wave of North American "WorldWired" tour stops picks up in mid-October as the band performs scattered dates across the continent over the next handful of months, concluding the run on March 13. They'll have over a month off before they head to Europe and those newly announced dates can be seen below.
For further information on the European tour, check Metallica's website.
Metallica 2019 European Tour Dates:
May 01 - Lisbon, Portugal @ Estádio do Restelo
May 03 - Madrid, Spain @ Valdebebas
May 05 - Barcelona, Spain @ Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
May 08 - Milan, Italy @ SNAI San Siro Hippodrome
May 10 - Zürich, Switzerland @ Letzigrund
May 12 - Paris, France @ Stade de France
June 08 - Dublin, Ireland @ Slane Castle
June 11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Johan Cruijff Arena
June 13 - Köln, Germany @ RheinEnergieStadion
June 16 - Brussels, Belgium @ Koning Boudewijnstadion
June 18 - Manchester, England @ Etihad Stadium
June 20 - London, England @ Twickenham Stadium
July 06 - Berlin, Germany @ Olympiastadion
July 09 - Göteborg, Sweden @ Ullevi
July 11 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Telia Parken
July 13 - Trondheim, Norway @ Granåsen
July 16 - Hämeenlinna, Finland @ Kantolan Tapahtumapuisto
July 18 - Tartu, Estonia @ Raadi Airfield
July 21 - Moscow, Russia @ Luzhniki Stadium
Aug. 14 - Bucharest, Romania @ Arena Națională
Aug. 16 - Vienna, Austria @ Ernst-Happel-Stadion
Aug. 18 - Prague, Czech Republic @ Airport Letnany
Aug. 21 - Warsaw, Poland @ PGE Narodowy
Aug. 23 - Munich, Germany @ Olympiastadion
Aug. 25 - Mannheim, Germany @ Palastzelt Maimarktgelände
|Posted on September 24, 2018 at 8:55 PM||comments (0)|
Tim "Ripper" Owens has once again defended DIO DISCIPLES' decision to go on the road with a hologram of Ronnie James Dio, saying that and and his bandmates are only doing it to "make fans happy."
Dio died in 2010 at the age of 67 from stomach cancer. His hologram was created by a company called Eyeillusion and made its debut at the Wacken Open Air festival in August 2016 in front of more than 75,000 fans.
The "Dio Returns: The World Tour" production uses audio of Ronnie's live performances from throughout his career, with the DIO DISCIPLES band playing live, consisting of Craig Goldy on guitar, Simon Wright on drums and Scott Warren on keyboards, along with Bjorn Englen on bass. Also appearing with them are Owens and LYNCH MOB's Oni Logan.
Based on video footage of the first leg of last year's tour, Dio fans had mixed reactions to the apparition of their favorite singer, with some loving it and others thinking the performance didn't live up to the real thing or that it was just plain creepy.
Speaking to Greece's Rock Overdose about some fans' unwillingness to embrace the Dio hologram, the former JUDAS PRIEST singer said: "I don't understand why someone wouldn't like it. Myself, before I wouldn't like it, at least I would go and see it or give it a chance. We're doing it because we're friends and we're celebrating him. It's an amazing event, to be at it, to hear Ronnie's voice… It's a hologram… People have no problem going to movies or seeing movies about somebody and somebody acting and playing this person. I mean, this is just something we're trying to do to make fans happy.
"I would love to go see a hologram of Elvis [Presley] or David Bowie; I think it would be an amazing night to watch some kind of show," he continued. "I mean, it's a show — it's just a show. It's entertainment. It's a great idea. It cost [Ronnie's widow and manager] Wendy Dio a lot of money. She spent a lot of money trying to do a hologram to make fans happy. She's always trying to think of an idea to make fans happy, really — just like Ronnie. 'Cause that's what Ronnie was like — Ronnie always wanted to make fans happy."
After the tour's initial seven-date run was completed last December, Ronnie's hologram is undergoing "some changes" before the launch of the next leg of the "Dio Returns" world tour, scheduled for 2019.
Wendy Dio, who is a member of the Eyellusion team, said that the people that criticize the Ronnie James Dio hologram should at least see it in person before voicing their disapproval. "Don't criticize it if you haven't seen it," she told "Whiplash", the KLOS radio show hosted by Full Metal Jackie. "It's done with love. The band love doing it. And we just wanna keep Ronnie's memory and his music alive."
She added that a digital version of Dio makes perfect sense. "I think that Ronnie was an innovator of heavy metal music, so why not be an innovator of technology?" she said. "And I think technology is coming a long way with holograms — a lot of people are doing it now. And I think the reason is because we are losing all of our innovators; everybody is getting older. And we need to keep them alive and keep their memory and their music alive. I think it's a new way. It's like when people first came out with a CD or a cassette: 'Ooh, we don't want that.' But then it was the way of technology."
|Posted on September 24, 2018 at 8:50 PM||comments (0)|
The past and present members of KISS are masters in the art of promotion and creating unusual revenue streams. But if you thought that they've exhausted every possible way they could get your money, you'd be wrong. If you're getting married in Las Vegas the weekend of Oct. 26-28, you could have Ace Frehley serve as your best man.
The Kiss by Monster Mini Golf Las Vegas attraction is offering the "Ace Frehley Wedding Experience," which goes for $6,000. As part of the package, you can have the former KISS guitarist serve as your Best Man and/or give away the bride and walk her down the aisle. This would take place at the KISS "Love It Loud" wedding chapel, and it will be an option not only for weddings but also vow renewals or commitment ceremonies.
Other parts of the package include the use of a professional photographer with a complete photo session, a photo session with Ace's actual guitar, a Facebook Live video posting on Ace's Facebook page and the KISS Wedding Chapel so that your friends that aren't in Las Vegas can watch, an "I Got Married at the 'Love It Loud' Wedding Chapel" 45rpm with colored vinyl record and a special certificate with Ace as the witness and a Rockin' wedding cake.
There are also a wealth of "Love It Loud" wedding chapel tchotchkes, like lanyards, laminates, poker chips, shot glasses, temporary tattoos, and the wedding chapel certificate.
Those interested in the package should email KISS@MonsterMiniGolf.com for exact availabilities. To see more details, click here:
Frehley is also enjoying a major promotional week this week. The musician will sit in with the Jimmy Kimmel Live band tonight (Sept. 24) on ABC. Frehley will also participate in Loudwire and Ultimate Classic Rock's A Live Conversation With Ace Frehley at the Musician's Institute Concert Hall in Los Angeles tomorrow night (Sept. 25) with moderator Ryan J. Downey.
Ace's latest solo album, Spaceman, is due Oct. 19 and features the songs "Bronx Boy" and "Rockin' With the Boys."
|Posted on September 24, 2018 at 8:45 PM||comments (0)|
Former Journey drummer Deen Castronovo said Neal Schon was planning a “Journey Through Time” tour during 2019, while Journey are on a year-long hiatus.
Schon retweeted a video report about Castronovo's statement, seemingly confirming the news by commenting that fans would get "the whole catalog with many surprises." He also separately tweeted that "next years Journey will be #TheJourney - I'll be playing music from EVERY album and mixing it up constantly."
The drummer called the reunion experience “incredible” on the Blaring Out With Eric Blair Show. “When [Schon] called me to do it, I was like, ‘Of course I will,’" he explained. "Now we’re talking about going out on the road next year doing it. Journey’s taking a year off, so Neal’s like, ‘Let’s go on the road with this band.’ … We’re going to do the older stuff, like the first four [Journey] records, and the stuff that Gregg Rolie and Steve Perry used to do. I’ll play drums and sing the stuff.”
You can watch the interview below:
He admitted he still missed being a member of Journey. “I miss the music," he said. "I miss my brothers, of course. The touring was amazing. … I’m just grateful to be back playing. I never thought I’d play again, so being back and playing again and in the trenches is a great thing. But I miss playing those songs. I will always miss it. It was a big, big opportunity for me.”
Reflecting on his 17 years with Journey, Castronovo said, “I learned how to play for the song and to play as a team and remember that the song is the most important thing. I got to work with Jonathan [Cain] and Neal, and it was like going home – I’ve known those guys since Bad English, since I was 23. … I’d pinch myself. There’s be times I’d be walking with my drum tech in an arena and I’d just stop and go, ‘Dude, I play for Journey!’ It was a cool thing and I’m very, very grateful that they gave me that opportunity.”
Now a member of the Dead Daisies, Castronovo reported that he was three years sober, and cited his faith in God and the support of his wife Deidre as his support network.
“I don't have the greatest mouth in the world — I can be a potty mouth — but you walk with love and respect and treat everybody with love and kindness,” he said. “Being in this industry, and being around the drugs and the alcohol that are prevalent, you've got to have something to hold onto. For me, that's a huge thing. I need that. I'm in my prayer closet doing my prayers ... because if I don't, I'm going to fall again. I'll fall right on my butt."
|Posted on September 24, 2018 at 8:40 PM||comments (0)|
Legendary Grammy award winning guitarist and producer Bob Kulick will be making a guest appearance with the Graham Bonnet Band on October 4th at Vamp’d in Las Vegas. This will be the first time Graham, Jimmy Waldo and Bob Kulick have performed together since their band Blackthorne in the early 90’s.
Also as a special event , Graham and his band will be performing Alcatrazz's No Parole From Rock N Roll album in it’s entirety. Graham, his band and Bob will be signing for the fans after Las Vegas show. This is sure to be a special night full of surprises.
28 - Viper Room - West Hollywood, CA
29 - Malones - Santa Ana, CA
3 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
4 - Vamp’d - Las Vegas, NV
5 - Hilltop Tavern - Apple Valley, CA
6 - Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
11 - Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN
12 - Bigs Bar - Sioux Falls, SD
13 - Red Herring Lounge - Duluth, MN
14 - Red Carpet - St Cloud, MN
16 - Eddies - Granite City, IL
(Photo - Julie Bergonz)
|Posted on September 24, 2018 at 8:25 PM||comments (0)|
Judas Priest's Rob Halford was the latest guest on Full Metal Jackie's weekend radio program. He discussed the success of Priest's latest album, Firepower, his admiration for Glenn Tipton's strength as he battles Parkinson's Disease, Priest's role in metal history, their co-headlining tour with Deep Purple and looked to the future when mentioning that he indeed will write a book about his life. Check out the chat below.
Judas Priest is on the road with Deep Purple; the prominent heavy bands when you were starting were Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. What impact did that band have on a young Rob Halford?
We have played with all those bands. When I think about it off the top of my head — remember you and I talked about one special time with playing with Led Zeppelin at the Oakland Coliseum on our first ever American tour? So, there’s one check off the list. Obviously, you remember the tours we did with Black Sabbath.
Now at long, long last, we will get to play with Deep Purple. How cool is that? Priest and Purple get to play together for the first time but only in America and some shows in Canada but only this part of the world — what a great night.
Firepower is arguably one of the best Judas Priest albums but Glenn Tipton is unable to fully participate in bringing it to the stage. What positive lesson have you learned throughout the circumstances with making and touring the album?
You know when Glenn is able to come out and he walks out, it is one of the most incredible, powerful and emotional things you will ever witness about this band. Firstly, he's standing there with tremendous challenges in his life. He is living with it, so there he is and then you have this song wrapped around him called "No Surrender,” which is definitely at the heart of what Glenn Tipton represents but it is also the heart of what we represent together in heavy metal. We never want to give up, never give in —fight, fight, fight. There's all these great emotions wrapped around that song and wrapped around Glenn. So if he is not with us, he is there in spirits; he is up on the big screen.
Earlier this year Judas Priest were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Setting modesty aside, what do you think has been the band's most important contribution to music as an art form?
Wow. Let me think. I think off the top of my head we always start the show with, "The Priest is back. Are you ready for the Judas Priest style of heavy metal music?" We still feel that way collectively as a band and how we represented heavy metal music the way we make it. We are still very proud of that accomplishment and it is all over the sounds, songs and messages in Firepower. This is probably why the record is doing so well. It is about everything we love about Judas Priest.
So that's the pride in that and there is the pride of being a part of this great heavy metal community around the world - we have a big heavy metal family and we're united together in heavy metal.
You've been onstage most of your life. What's changed about what it feels like to be in front of an audience?
Well, it's still the same. When I stand on the stage - the big thrill is looking out at across all the different generations of metalheads. The big thrill for us, and I'm speaking for everybody in Priest, is when you see that new metalhead who's barely into their teens and they're coming to see Priest for the first time ever. Of all the bands they've got to look at and listen to, they choose Priest. In that particular show and in that particular moment, that's the biggest rush in the world. That's the thing that is the big change for us; to see how our music, see our metal is as strong and is thriving as it ever was, passing through different generations of metalheads around the world.
From your working-class upbringing to music, sexual orientation and sobriety - there’s been so many aspects of your life that could influence and inspire other people. What would convince you to write an autobiography?
[laughs] I was thinking about this last night. I am going to write a book, but I was thinking about things that have happened to me that people don't know about, and this is going to be silly - I was personally blessed by the Virgin Mary in a church in England. If that's not going to make you read my book, I don’t know what will. I'll leave it at that; I've had so many beautiful things happen to me over my life. I've led a very, very rich life and I'm still having it and I can't be more grateful than I am right now.
Just thinking about it, I think it has to be done because you've got these knockoffs and you've got people giving their impression and their interpretation, which is all good, but I think when it comes from the source, I think it's really important - some of the greatest books written like [The Dirt] by Motley Crue or Lemmy's book, all of these are books are come from the heart of the matter - the heart of the story. It'll happen one day, Jackie. I'll let you know as soon as it’s on the front burner.
You're revered throughout the metal community, even referred to as "the Metal God," but you're incredibly down to earth. What's the source of your humility and good nature?
Again, from people that have inspired me and have influenced me - I always think about my friend Ronnie. I loved to be with Ronnie. I learned a lot from Ronnie. I would always see him interacting with fans - that's so important. It's a privilege to do what we do, we shouldn't forget that. Everything that we have of substance is supported by the fans that come to our shows, buy our records, buy the t-shirt — whatever. These are the most important people in our lives. We can't do this without them.
It's one thing to be creative in the individual sense when I'm in a room with Glenn and Richie [Faulkner] writing songs, but that can only go so far you know. You’ve got to be able to be fully aware that you can't exist, you can't have a life, you can't strive and pursue the things that you love and do without the fans that look after you. That's just always in my heart and in everyone in Priest and in most bands. Most bands that have longevity understand what I'm talking about when I say these things.
|Posted on September 24, 2018 at 8:25 PM||comments (0)|
ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann has confirmed to The Foundry in a new interview that the band has commenced the songwriting process for the follow-up to 2017's "The Rise Of Chaos" album. "We started putting down some riffs here and there, but the majority of the stuff will happen after we stop touring, because it's really hard to do this on the road for me," he said (hear audio below). "I really need to lock the doors, throw away the keys and then really force myself into it and stay with it for weeks at a time. And that's the only way that I can actually get anything meaningful done. And that process hasn't started yet, because we've been so busy with what we've been doing. We're getting ready to release a live DVD in November from that show last year in Germany where we played with an orchestra. It's gonna be called 'Symphonic Terror', and it's gonna be a full two-hour DVD of that live show at the Wacken festival there in front of 80 thousand people with a 50-piece orchestra on stage. So that took quite a bit of time to get that mixed and mastered and all that. So that's gonna come out next. And after that, we're gonna go out on the road all over the world with more orchestra shows. So it seems like we've got so much going on. But before too long, we definitely have to start working on a new album, and we will."
"The Rise Of Chaos" was released in August 2017 via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork for the disc was created by the Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák.
The follow-up to 2014's "Blind Rage" ws the first ACCEPT album to feature the band's latest additions, guitarist Uwe Lulis (GRAVE DIGGER, REBELLION) and drummer Christopher Williams.
ACCEPT parted ways with guitarist Herman Frank and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann in December 2014.
"Symphonic Terror - Live At Wacken 2017" will be released on November 23 via Nuclear Blast.
Hoffmann told Finland's Kaaos TV that ACCEPT's goal is to continue writing music as if it sounded like it was created 30 years ago. "Absolutely, and if you want it to sound like it sounded back then, you've gotta use what you know worked back then," he said. "That's how we've been doing it back then, so we're doing it still the exact same way. I want it to sound somewhat old-school and '80s, only with a modern touch and modern sound, fresh ideas and all of that. But, really, the core of the music should be like back in the '80s."
Check out the interview below:
|Posted on September 24, 2018 at 8:20 PM||comments (0)|
Mötley Crüe have been in the studio working on four new songs for the biopic The Dirt, based on the Neil Strauss’ novel The Dirt: Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band.
In response to a question on how the new songs will fit in, since the film is based on the band's past, Nikki Sixx responds: "You can trust us these are ball busters. Everybody can relax. We're soon gonna smack you upside the head with some killer new tracks. Bob Rock is producing. Its our movie. We know what were doing."
|Posted on September 24, 2018 at 8:15 PM||comments (0)|
Tony Iommi responded to Ozzy Osbourne’s claim that he hadn’t enjoyed Black Sabbath’s final tour by saying that the singer’s comments didn’t match what happened on the road.
The band split after a hometown farewell concert last year, which followed The End world tour. Earlier this month, Osbourne said he “didn’t have a great time” over their final years together, adding that he “was getting bad vibes from them for being Ozzy.”
“I saw that but I don’t know what he meant,” Iommi told the List in a new interview. “I had a great time on the last tour playing with the guys, and Ozzy never mentioned anything to me. He seemed to enjoy it and we had a laugh, so I don’t know. … I think possibly that quote was taken out of context.”
The guitarist previously said that one of the main reasons for ending his touring career was the toll taken by travelling between shows. “It takes it out of your body,” he explained in the new interview. “Even though we traveled with our own plane, great hotels, you still get tired and get to bed at four or five in the morning, but I still love being on stage, I love playing and I love seeing the fans.”
He said that he's started work on remixing 1996 Sabbath album Forbidden, which features singer Tony Martin, drummer Cozy Powell and bassist Neil Murray, and is often regarded as the band’s worst LP. “That's an album I've never been satisfied with, so I'm about to start pulling that apart and remix it,” Iommi said.
Meanwhile, the lawsuit filed by Osbourne against concert promoters AEG was withdrawn after the company dropped the block-booking requirement that caused the dispute. Osbourne had challenged AEG’s right to force him to play the Staples Center in Los Angeles if he wanted to book the O2 Arena in London. The promoters had said the requirement was their response to a similar requirement made by competitors Live Nation, and that it was entirely legal.
On understanding that Live Nation no longer operated their requirement, AEG dropped its lawsuit too. Reporting that Osbourne was “pleased” with the outcome, his attorney Dan Wall told Billboard that “there is nothing left to litigate.”
|Posted on September 23, 2018 at 10:20 PM||comments (0)|
So it’s goodbye Kiss. The road that began in New York City back in hard rock’s Pleistocene Age is finally running out. A farewell tour is just around the corner, a chance to dust down the platform heels and flashbombs one last time. As Gene Simmons puts it: “There just aren’t any more mountains to climb. We want to go out in style with the people that put us here, the fans.” And there you have it. Over, done, would the last member of the Kiss Army still standing please turn out the lights.
Hang on, wait a minute. Gene said that in back in 2000? And Kiss didn’t go out in style, or in any other fashion? Well, sweet shit, who’da thunk it?
It’s not just that Kiss shouldn’t quit. It’s that they won’t quit. At least not in the sense that every other rock band quits. Because Kiss might be many things, the one thing they aren’t is every other rock band.
Eighteen years after that first fake ending, Kiss are hitting the trail one last time for the One Last Kiss End Of The Road tour, a title that would be definitive were it not for the fact that little 2000 jaunt was dubbed The Kiss Farewell Tour, which was really definitive. But this is definitely the end. That’s it. Kiss are retiring. So long, suckers. Until next time.
Let’s park the cynicism for a second and assume that Gene, Paul, Thingy and Shemp really are calling it a day. Just because Kiss are winding things up doesn’t mean Kiss are done. More than any other outfit in the history of modern music, endurance is hard-wired into their very being. Whether by design or accident, there are enough in-built protocols to ensure that Kiss lasts long after the men who conceived it have teetered off to the great firehouse in the sky.
It’s a heartless bastard who says that people are only interested in Kiss because of the costumes, the make-up, the pyros, the lights. Heartless but true. Sure, Kiss have written a bunch of tremendous songs (and Uh! All Night). But so has every other rock’n’roll band on the planet. It’s not the music that made Kiss. They could go onstage and spend 90 minutes scratching their balls in front of 10,000 tons of exploding fireworks and projectile blood-spitting and it would sell out every single night. Take away the pyros and the costumes and you’re left with a fair-to-middling rock’n’roll band that no one’s much interested in. Harsh? One word: Animalize.
There’s a precedent for this. In fact, there are hundreds of precedents. Beethoven died nearly 300 years ago and you can still hear his music being played by orchestras the world over. Same goes for every other classical composer, ever. Nobody cares who’s in the violin section or tooting the oboe. Gene Simmons isn’t a violin player, and he’s certainly not Beethoven. It’s the experience that counts. And if that experience comes dressed in Bacofoil shoulder pads and plastered with panstick, what’s the problem?
Let’s call it The Trigger’s Broom Theory Of Rock’N’Roll Immortality, after a character in the iconic British sitcom Only Fools And Horses. You have a broom made of a head and a handle. You replace the head, is it still the same broom? Yes, it is. A few years later you replace the handle. Is it still the same broom? Yup. Swap the head, then swap the handle again. Same broom. The parts might be different, but the broom – its essential broomishness - remains. Now put make-up on the head and the handle, and what have you got? Exactly.
Gene wears his avarice like a badge of honour, but money isn’t the motive here. Not the main one, anyway. What everyone overlooks about Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley is that they were born with a ‘Fuck you’ streak a mile wide. “Kiss are never gonna amount to a hill of beans.” Fuck you. “Kiss are the worst band in the world.” Fuck you. “Gene Simmons is a soulless, money-grubbing whore.” True, but fuck you anyway. Kiss’s ongoing success has been one long fuck you. Their continued success after its main participants have retired or died will be the biggest fuck you of all. (Of course, the money’s still a big factor. Just because they’re dead doesn’t mean they’re going to turn it down).
It’s all a moot point anyway. Gene mapped out Kiss’s future years ago, canny old dog that he is. He knows more than anyone that bands aren’t immortal, but brands can me. He’s talked about franchising out the Kiss IP: here’s the Japanese Kiss, here’s the Brazilian Kiss, here’s the holographic Kiss, here’s the robot Kiss. It sounds ridiculous, but so did the idea of four kids in high heels and spaceman make-up taking on the world back in 1973.
Kiss is Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley’s shot at immortality, and by god, they’re not going to let it get away from them When every other rock musician is dust in the wind and Gene and Paul are just brains in jars in some futuristic cryogenic chamber, this magnificent entity they’ve created will live on. So let’s keep an eye out for the 2047 Definitely, Honestly, Probably The Last Ever Farewell Kiss Tour Ever (Possibly). We’ll be there, even if Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley won’t.
|Posted on September 23, 2018 at 10:15 PM||comments (0)|
Max Volume of Reno's 105.7 KOZZ radio station recently conducted an interview with JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford. You can listen to the entire chat via the SoundCloud widget below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On the band's latest album, "Firepower":
Rob: "We're having the time of our lives right now with 'Firepower' as we come around the great United States of America. We couldn't be happier. It's just the best feeling in the world. We're on top of the game, so to speak, with our glorious heavy metal maniacs supporting us."
On PRIEST fans still buying physical product:
Rob: "The determination of our metalheads, to keep the side of what we do in the physical format is so strong. You can't beat holding the CD or vinyl. That's like holding a piece of the band in your hands. You add that to your collection and you look at your collection of PRIEST, heavy metal and it's all laid out and you look at a record and think of a song or a show you went to, you think of your buddies you went to where you had a bit of a beer party when you saw the band. It's all these things wrapped up when you have the physical CD in your possession."
On touring with DEEP PURPLE:
Rob: "'Machine Head' has always been one of my [favorite records]. Ian Gillan is just a phenomenal singer. He's also been a big inspiration to me as a singer when I started. I listened to a lot of other singers to get an understanding of what the voice was capable of doing and Ian was a tremendous inspiration for me."
On whether "Firepower" is the companion to the band's classic 1982 "Screaming For Vengeance":
Rob: "I think where we're at now is we're a band not too dissimilar to some of our friends who have re-assessed what they've achieved over the time that you've been making music together. You want to refocus and really look at what could be regarded as like the backbone and what represents you as a group. That's what we do when Glenn [Tipton, guitar], Richie [Faulkner, guitar] and myself did when we started writing the music for 'Firepower'. We talked about some of those albums, going right back to 'Sad Wings Of Destiny', the roaring of 'Victim Of Changes', 'Screaming For Vengeance', some 'Painkiller', definitely some 'British Steel'. We didn't actually listen to those albums, because I think it's a trap of being caught in repetition there, but we certainly thought about what was at the core of all those records, at the metal heart of PRIEST. That's what gave us the direction for 'Firepower'."
On the current status of Tipton, who had to retire from full-time touring activities due to being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease:
Rob: "He was just with us for a few shows, but it's really difficult for anybody to be on a long flight, particularly when you're battling Parkinson's, but he tries to come out and he was with us for a few shows and he went back to England to rest up and get some more treatment. He's doing incredibly well."
The JUDAS PRIEST and DEEP PURPLE co-headlining tour launched August 21 in Cincinnati and will conclude September 30 in Wheatland, California.
"Firepower" entered the Billboard 200 chart at position No. 5, making it PRIEST's highest-charting album ever.
Check out the interview below:
|Posted on September 23, 2018 at 10:10 PM||comments (0)|
As of 2012, the RIAA had certified Metallica's 1991 self-titled album, better known as "The Black Album," 16 times platinum. Naturally, this means the record, which broke down barriers for heavy metal's entrance into the mainstream and global consciousness, has spent a lot of time on the Billboard 200 charts. Last week, it hit No. 137, marking the 500th nonconsecutive week it has spent on the chart.
Only three other albums have achieved this milestone since the weekly chart publications began in 1956. Both Bob Marley and The Wailers' Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and The Wailers and Journey's Greatest Hits have spent 539 weeks apiece on the Billboard 200, but none of these albums are within reach of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, which has spent a total of 937 weeks on the chart, though it did have an 18-year jump start on Metallica's "Black Album."
Also of note is that only two studio albums are in this club of sorts, a testament to the legendary status of Dark Side of the Moon and Metallica.
Meanwhile, Metallica are still touring on the back of 2016's now-platinum album, Hardwired... To Self-Destruct and are in the midst of the second North American leg of the "WorldWired" tour. They've got dates booked through March of next year and you can see where they'll be playing below.
Metallica 2018 + 2019 North American Tour Dates:
Oct. 16 - Milwaukee, Wis. @ Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center
Oct. 18 - Pittsburgh, Penn. @ PPG Paints Arena
Oct. 20 - State College, Penn. @ Bryce Jordan Center
Oct. 22 - Charlotte, N.C. @ Spectrum Center
Oct. 27 - Buffalo, N.Y. @ KeyBank Center
Oct. 29 - Albany, N.Y. @ Times Union Center
Nov. 26 - Las Vegas, Nev. @ T-Mobile Arena
Nov. 28 - Boise, Idaho @ Taco Bell Arena
Nov. 30 - Salt Lake City, Utah @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
Dec. 02 - Spokane, Wash. @ Spokane Arena
Dec. 05 - Portland, Ore. @ Moda Center
Dec. 07 - Sacramento, Calif. @ Golden 1 Center
Dec. 09 - Fresno, Calif. @ Save Mart Center
Jan. 18 - Tulsa, Okla. @ BOK Center
Jan. 20 - Little Rock, Ark. @ Verizon Arena
Jan. 22 - Birmingham, Alab. @ Legacy Arena at The BJCC
Jan. 24 - Nashville, Tenn. @ Bridgestone Arena
Jan. 28 - Raleigh, N.C. @ PNC Arena
Jan. 30 - Cincinnati, Ohio @ U.S. Bank Arena
Feb. 01 - Cleveland, Ohio @ Quicken Loans Arena
Feb. 28 - El Paso, Texas @ Don Haskins Center
March 02 - Lubbock, Texas @ United Supermarkets Arena
March 04 - Wichita, Kan. @ Intrust Bank Arena
March 06 - Kansas City, Mo. @ Sprint Center
March 09 - Louisville, Ky. @ KFC Yum! Center
March 11 - Indianapolis, Ind. @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
March 13 - Grand Rapids, Mich. @ Van Andel Arena
|Posted on September 23, 2018 at 10:10 PM||comments (0)|
Ticketmaster responded to the claim that it was running its own scalping scheme, calling the suggestion “categorically untrue” and adding that an “internal review” of its “professional reseller accounts” system had already been underway.
An investigation by CBC News and the Toronto Star this week presented the allegation that Ticketmaster recruited resellers to a service called TradeDesk, which allowed it to get round buying limits and offer event tickets at inflated prices, with Ticketmaster receiving income from both the original and the secondary sale.
The report cited the example of a $209.50 ticket, resold via TradeDesk at $400, which, they said, netted Ticketmaster $25.25 from its first sale and a further $76 from the second.
“It is categorically untrue that Ticketmaster has any program in place to enable resellers to acquire large volumes of tickets at the expense of consumers,” the company said in a statement. “Ticketmaster’s Seller Code of Conduct specifically prohibits resellers from purchasing tickets that exceed the posted ticket limit for an event. In addition, our policy also prohibits the creation of fictitious user accounts for the purpose of circumventing ticket limit detection in order to amass tickets intended for resale.”
The statement described TradeDesk as “Ticketmaster’s professional reseller product that allows resellers to validate and distribute tickets to multiple marketplaces.” The company appeared to accept that “an employee” had “acknowledged being aware of some resellers having as many as 200 TradeDesk accounts” and added, “We do not condone the statements made by the employee as the conduct described clearly violates our terms of service.”
The statement noted that the company had already "begun an internal review of our professional reseller accounts and employee practices to ensure that our policies are being upheld by all stakeholders. Moving forward we will be putting additional measures in place to proactively monitor for this type of inappropriate activity.”
|Posted on September 23, 2018 at 10:05 PM||comments (0)|
On September 24th (Monday), original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will sit in with Cleto And The Cletones, the official house band for Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Check local listings for air times.
Frehley rejoined former bandmate Gene Simmons on stage on August 31st at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney, Australia. Video of their performance of the KISS classic "Deuce" can be seen below:
|Posted on September 23, 2018 at 10:00 PM||comments (0)|
Stefan from Australia's "The Moshpit Backstage" podcast recently conducted an interview with ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On doing spoken-word shows:
Scott: "I pretty much get to stand in a room and just relate my experiences over the last three or four decades, whatever it is. I've had a very privileged life in that I've gotten to be in a band for so long and traveled the planet and met all the people that I've met and done all the things I've done and seen the things I've seen and participated in a lot of insane things and witnessed a lot of insane things. Over the years, I've got a lot of stories. [Laughs] About five years ago, I got asked to do a show in London to get onstage and tell stories. Out of just curiosity, I did it just to see if I could because I just kinda took it as a challenge. Yeah, I just easily could have failed and hated the experience, but, I loved it. I really, really enjoyed it. I told my agent immediately 'We got to do more of these.' Over the last five years, whenever I can, if I can find a window, I go out. I've toured the U.K., I've toured Europe, I've toured the States. It's something I really enjoy doing. I think I could safely say the audiences enjoy it as well because I can judge it by the fact that everybody laughs in the right places. I kind of think people are getting it."
On whether ANTHRAX will be working on the follow-up to 2016's "For All Kings" in 2019:
Scott: "That's the plan, yeah, for sure. We finish [touring] with SLAYER this year in Europe before Christmas and then we'll take some time off and then probably not long after the new year, I think we'll get in a room and start arranging some new music."
On whether he'd be interested in taking part in more "Big Four" shows alongside METALLICA, SLAYER and MEGADETH:
Scott: "Of course. Yes. Everybody would. We're all hoping it happens again, but that's way above all our heads."
On the bands he thinks are worthy to step into the spot occupied by SLAYER and other big metal bands:
Scott: "I don't know. If you're asking me if anyone will be ever as big as METALLICA, I would say no. I would also have said in 1983, I wouldn't have thought METALLICA was going to be the biggest heavy metal band in the world, so who the hell knows? I don't know. I'm not the mayor of heavy metal. I don't have these responsibilities; I don't have to think about this stuff. It's hard to say. The world is such a different place than it was in the '80s and the breeding ground for bands and how bands become big and how bands, you know, bands used to sell records. Bands don't sell albums anymore. It's all touring. It's a different thing. It doesn't mean that bands can't be big. Sure, there are bands from the last ten years that have gotten big, but will they ever be like IRON MAIDEN or METALLICA? Because I feel so much of the success of the biggest metal bands, a lot of that success, I mean, I'll include my own band in it, the reason why we can still go out and tour whenever we want and do things the way we want to do them and call our own shots is because people have such a connection to the records we made. I think part of that is lost now. Even the people that stream music, however you get your music, it's great. Truthfully, I don't give a shit how people listen to music these days, as long as they listen. But I just don't feel like in the last ten years that people make the same connection with albums, even my albums, or IRON MAIDEN albums, or METALLICA albums, because it's been so diminished, the fact that basically people are listening for free. The whole experience of going to a record store and buying a record and saving your money for that and living with that, the experience meant a lot more. There's a bit of passion that has been lost because of the death of the record, so, I don't know. I don't know if anyone is going to ever get that big. Twenty years from now, maybe five bands will prove me wrong, but it's hard for me to imagine, let's put it that way."
On whether STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH, his crossover band with Billy Milano (M.O.D.), Danny Lilker (NUCLEAR ASSAULT, bass) and Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX, drums) will possibly reunite:
Scott: "Whatever it says on the Internet is true. I'm going to leave it at that."
Ian's "One Man Riot" spoken-word trek will kick off on September 24 and will include stops in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane.
"For All Kings" was released in February 2016. Its arrival followed a five-year period during which the band experienced a rebirth of sorts, beginning with ANTHRAX's inclusion on the 2010 "Big Four" tour with METALLICA, SLAYER and MEGADETH, and continuing with the 2011 release of comeback LP "Worship Music".
Check out the interview here:
|Posted on September 23, 2018 at 9:50 PM||comments (0)|
As Ozzy Osbourne launched his lengthy final world tour, dubbed No More Tours 2, he took a look back and revealed what he is most surprised about his legendary career.
He says that "The longevity" is the biggest surprise. He explained "I'm 70 this year (in December). I remember when I got my first Black Sabbath album. I was happy that I'd made an album. Then, the manager came in and said, 'Your album got to #17 on the charts,' and it stayed there for like two years. We were touring, we came to America, we experienced the world. From the word 'Go,' we were a big success.
"We may have gotten royally ripped off by managers, but our lives had been changed for the better forever. Doing that last run with Black Sabbath we ended the last show in Birmingham (2017). It was a great end to a great career. Sabbath was the catalyst to where I am right now. It was a wish that came true beyond our wildest dreams. When Paranoid went #1 in England, I thought, 'This will only go on for a few years.' And...we're here fifty years later."
SEBASTIAN BACH DEMOS TWO NEW SONGS WITH STEVE VAI DRUMMER JEREMY COLSON - "THESE TWO NEW TRACKS SMOKE"
|Posted on September 23, 2018 at 9:45 PM||comments (0)|
"Well, we tracked two more demos with Jeremy Colson on the drums, who we borrowed from the Steve Vai Band, and I gotta tell ya, these two new tracks smoke. Looking forward to laying down the vocals on these ASAP; we are on the way to making a badass new record! Check out Jeremy lay waste to my garage, this mothertrucker is out of control!"
|Posted on September 23, 2018 at 9:45 PM||comments (0)|
Slash discussed the state of rock music in a new interview, saying the genre had fallen out of the spotlight and he didn’t mind all that much.
“Rock isn’t mainstream anymore, and in some ways, I like that,” Slash told USA Today. “It harks back to when rock ’n’ roll was more of an underground concept, when people were speaking about things that they weren’t necessarily comfortable saying in the mainstream arena.”
Asked about his favorite bands, he name-checked the Foo Fighters. "My favorite band consistently has been Queens of the Stone Age because they always put out cool, interesting records," he said. "But I still listen to a lot of old stuff because the rock 'n' roll that turned me on as a kid, not too much of it exists.”
He also commented on the genre he felt had replaced rock, saying, “As far as hip-hop is concerned, it’s become so generic at this point. It’s definitely taken on a very Top 40 thing.”
Slash also admitted the Guns N’ Roses reunion might never have happened if it had been left to him. Relations thawed around 2015 after frontman Axl Rose took the initiative and placed a call to his former bandmate, leading, eventually, to their Not in This Lifetime world tour.
“I don't know if I would have had the wherewithal to call him, just because I'm introverted and it might have been hard for me,” Slash said. “Not during that initial phone call, but after that, it was really good to be able to get rid of some of the negative baggage that we'd been carrying around for a long time.”
He noted that it had been 20 years "of not talking and letting this bad blood continue to be perpetuated by the media. It turned into something way bigger than what was really going on, so it was good to get past that.”
Asked if he regretted the amount of time that had passed before reconnecting, he said, “Things happen as they happen. I make it a point of not having any regrets.”
|Posted on September 23, 2018 at 9:40 PM||comments (0)|
Fan-filmed video footage of Yngwie Malmsteen's September 21 performance at Escenario Santander in Santander, Spain can be seen below:
Yngwie will take part in the 2018 edition of the "Generation Axe" tour alongside Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi. Beginning on November 7 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California, the run will return to markets where the inaugural tour was celebrated and hit several new cities for the first time.
Yngwie's latest album, "World On Fire", came out in June 2016 via King Records. He told Seymour Duncan about the CD: "I spent two years [working] on it, touring, recording, touring, recording. And that's much, much better, actually, in a way. Back in the day I would write the songs then rehearse them with some musicians, then go and do a backing track and we'd record it, mix it, learn the songs to go play them on tour, then do it all again. That way isn't necessarily conducive to making the best music, y'know what I mean? So in a very, very backhanded way, this weird twist of fate in the music industry has actually made it a more inspiring environment, for me at least. I can write anytime and record anytime. My recording studio is always open, 24 hours. I can just record when I want and it's a beautiful thing."
Asked what his latest record sounds like, Malmsteen said: "It's a Malmsteen record. [Laughs] But I would say it's a little different. First of all, I do all the lead vocals on it. Any time I did lead vocals in the past, I was singing blues stuff. This time I decided to do lead vocals in my style of songwriting, so it's different in that way. It's a very hard-hitting album and some parts are very advanced, very complicated. But it's a broad record. It's definitely a must-listen-to!"
|Posted on September 23, 2018 at 9:35 PM||comments (0)|
Tremonti have announced a UK and European tour for later this year.
Guitarist Mark Tremonti and co have lined up a total of 24 shows in support of their latest studio album A Dying Machine, which arrived back in June via Napalm Records.
The performances will get under way in Lisbon on November 4 and wrap up with a set in Amsterdam on December 10, with The Raven Age and Disconnected joining them on the road.
A Dying Machine was the first concept album of Tremonti’s career, with the theme based around a story which takes place at the turn of the next century where humans and fabricated beings called ‘vessels’ are trying to co-exist.
Find a full list of dates below.
Tremonti 2018 UK and European tour dates:
Nov 04: Lisbon Ao Vivo, Portugal
Nov 05: Madrid Sala But, Spain
Nov 06: Barcelona Salamandra, Spain
Nov 08: Milan Maggazini Generali, Italy
Nov 10: Zurich Komplex, Switzerland
Nov 12: Munich Technikum, Germany
Nov 13: Vienna Simm City, Austria
Nov 14: Krakow Kwadrat, Poland
Nov 16: Brno Semilaso, Czech Republic
Nov 18: Copenhagen Vega, Denmark
Nov 19: Stockholm Fryshuset, Sweden
Nov 20: Osolo John Dee, Norway
Nov 22: Hamburg Gruenspan, Germany
Nov 24: Dresden Beatpol, Germany
Nov 26: Luxembourg Rockhal Club, Luxembourg
Nov 27: Hannover Capitol, Germany
Nov 29: Nottingham Rock City, UK
Dec 01: Manchester Ritz, UK
Dec 02: Bristol O2 Academy, UK
Dec 04: London Forum, UK
Dec 06: Edinburgh Liquid Room, UK
Dec 08: Cologne Kantine, Germany
Dec 09: Antwerp Trix Hall, Belgium
Dec 10: Amsterdam Melkweg, Netherlands