|Posted on September 22, 2019 at 9:40 PM||comments (0)|
QUIET RIOT played its first show with returning vocalist Jizzy Pearl on Saturday, September 21 at the Grand Rocktember Music Festival at the Grand Casino Amphitheater in Hinckley, Minnesota. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below (courtesy of Tyson P Leslie).
As has been the case with several shows this year, QUIET RIOT played the Hinckley gig without drummer Frankie Banali, meaning that the band performed without any of the members from its classic lineup: Banali, singer Kevin DuBrow, guitarist Carlos Cavazo and bassist Rudy Sarzo.
Earlier in the month, QUIET RIOT parted ways with singer James Durbin and replaced him with Pearl. Pearl previously fronted QUIET RIOT from 2013 until October 2016, when he was briefly replaced by Seann Nichols, who played only five shows with the group before the March 2017 arrival of "American Idol" finalist Durbin.
Durbin reportedly left QUIET RIOT "to concentrate his time and efforts on his solo career."
He recorded two studio albums with QUIET RIOT — 2017's "Road Rage" and the upcoming "Hollywood Cowboys" — during his three-year stint with the group.
Banali resurrected QUIET RIOT in 2010, three years after the death of founding member and singer Kevin DuBrow.
QUIET RIOT initially featured the late guitar legend Randy Rhoads and went through some early lineup shifts before securing the musicians that recorded the band's multi-platinum-selling 1983 album "Metal Health".
Bassist Chuck Wright has been a part of QUIET RIOT, on and off, since 1982, having initially been involved in the "Metal Health" recordings (he played bass on the tracks "Metal Health" and "Don't Wanna Let You Go"). Guitarist Alex Grossi was in the last version of the band, from 2004 through 2007, before Kevin passed away, and was asked by Banali to return in 2010.
QUIET RIOT went through two vocalists — Mark Huff and Scott Vokoun — before Pearl's first three-year run with the band.
"Hollywood Cowboys" will be released on November 8 via Frontiers Music Srl.
|Posted on September 22, 2019 at 9:35 PM||comments (0)|
David Lee Roth says that fans should not expect him to sound like Van Halen at his upcoming Las Vegas residency shows, that his new band will be different.
Roth plans to perform songs from the legendary band at the shows but he said in a recent interview that he plans for something that fans have not heard from Van Halen live.
He said, "We do not sound like Van Halen live. You have not heard this. Van Halen live is lead guitar, bass, drums, sing. Here, we bring it the way a record brings it.
"To do that requires two or three guitars. We have five people hollerin'. It's big rock sound. It's not 'Just A Gigolo'. It's not brass band. That was a quickie vacation. This is not a tribute band.
"I wrote these songs. I structured these songs. We bring the respect and dignity to what we are doing the same way that the Lincoln Center brings to the Beethoven Festival with the latest Philharmonic. It's a new orchestra, and a whole new sound."
Roth will be launching his residency at the House Of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on January 8th of next year.
|Posted on September 22, 2019 at 9:25 PM||comments (0)|
Kiss will head to Australia in November for a run of shows on their End Of The Road world tour.
And to mark the seven dates, the band have announced a collaboration with Penrite Racing – a partnership that will see the supercars of David Reynolds and Anton De Pasquale branded with Kiss liveries at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 and Newcastle 500 races later this year.
Kiss say in a statement: “We’re thrilled to have joined with the good folk at Penrite Racing to unleash not one, but two Kiss supercars. We know how fantastic supercar racing is in Australia so we’re honoured to be amongst it.”
Bassist and vocalist Gene Simmons adds: “We can’t wait for everyone to see the first ever Kiss supercars. Kiss fans, get to the track early to cheer them on – but keep your engines running because after the race Kiss is going to rock the Newcastle 500. Hope you love it loud!”
Reynolds says: “Kiss is one of the biggest bands in the history of music and I am absolutely stoked to get the chance to race in the famous band colours, it’s a huge honour.
“The band has millions of fans around the world and the famous Kiss Army, so this is a real privilege. We will be rocking the colours with pride on the cars and in all of our theming.
“We will also be pumping some of their biggest hits through the radio to fire us up. Fingers crossed we can give Kiss fans a double reason to celebrate.”
Kiss will play at the Newcastle 500 on November 23, with the race itself being the season finale of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
MICHAEL SWEET TALKS NEW STRYPER ALBUM SLATED FOR 2020 RELEASE - "WE'RE GONNA SURPRISE AND SHOCK PEOPLE IN A REALLY GOOD WAY"
|Posted on September 22, 2019 at 9:10 PM||comments (0)|
Jimmy Kay and Alan Dixon from Canada's The Metal Voice spoke to singer / guitarist Michael Sweet of Stryper, who will be releasing his upcoming solo album, Ten, on October 11th via Rat Pak Records in North America and Frontiers Music Srl in Europe.
Watch the interview below:
Sweet spoke in depth about his new upcoming solo album, his duet with Todd La Torre, gave hints towards the musical direction for the next Stryper album, and gave a quick health statement on Stryper guitarist Oz Fox, who is currently fighting brain tumors.
On sharing lead vocals with Queensryche singer Todd La Torre (a proclaimed Atheist) on "Son Of Man":
"I'll tell you the story behind that collaboration and I don't think Todd would mind at all. He and I are really good friends. Todd is a proclaimed atheist but when I look at Todd, I think he's more Christian than most Christians. The reason why I say that is because he's a nice person, he's just a good guy. There are proclaimed Christians that go on rants and do all kinds of B.S. that completely destroys the Christianity side of things, that maybe that doesn't represent Christ. But you know, Todd La Torre is a great representation of God's love because he's just a great, loving guy. Now, when I asked him to sing the song and I sent the lyrics to him, he was totally cool with it, and the reason why he said he was cool with it is because he respects everybody and he knows that I respect everybody. I'm not here to judge anybody and he's not here to judge anybody, so that's why he was able to sing those lyrics with the smile and with conviction; because he gets it."
On plans and musical direction for a new Stryper album:
"Next year Stryper is going to make a new album. We go into the studio in January / February 2020 and the album will come out mid-next year. I've got a few riffs I'm gonna really dive into over the next three to four weeks, getting a bunch of guitar riffs on my phone, and once I have nine, 10, 11, 12, guitar riffs in November / December I will lock myself away in a room and I'll just start going through songs. On the upcoming Stryper album we're gonna do some things where people are gonna hear it and say, 'You've gotta be kidding me.' Were going to surprise and shock people in a really good way. It's gonna be a metal album, it's not gonna be a pop album or pop rock or glam metal. We're gonna really pull some things out of the hat, man, try to blow people's minds."
On Stryper guitarist Oz Fox's health:
"Oz just went to South America with us (Stryper) to play. We're hoping and praying for the best and that things turn around that he continues to get healthier and and stronger. Most important he can live a long healthy life, that's the priority. It's a balance between keeping people informed and retaining some sort of privacy for Oz and his family."
|Posted on September 22, 2019 at 9:10 PM||comments (0)|
Original Motorhead guitarist Larry Wallis died at the age of 70 this past Thursday, September 19th, according to Glass Onyon. They sent over the following:
Wallis was not only a member of the hugely influential psychedelic underground troupe The Pink Fairies but also was selected by Lemmy Kilmister himself to be the original guitarist for the mighty Motorhead. He also had an underground hit single in the UK with his solo track "Police Car."
Wallis's playing was as electrifying and thrilling as it was unorthodox and groundbreaking, which earned him accolades from everyone from Thin Lizzy to The Damned to The MC5. He had his first taste of the rock n' roll big leagues in 1972 when he joined UFO for a brief stint. Later that year he replaced Mick Wayne in The Pink Fairies.
In 1975, Wallis joined Motorhead where he recorded alongside Kilmister on the infamous 1976 On Parole album that was set to be the band's debut until shelved by the band's then label United Artists for its supposed lack of commercial appeal. The album was later released in 1979 but by that time Wallis had traded a spot on the stage for a seat behind the board, becoming a highly sought after producer particularly for bands from the Stiff Records label including The Adverts, Mick Farren and the debut single from The Members. In the decades that followed, Wallis would go on to sporadically release more of his own music and reunite with The Pink Fairies in 1987.
In 2017, Wallis teamed up with L.A.-based indie label Cleopatra Records to re-issue his 2001 solo album Death In The Guitarfternoon as well as a rarities collection called The Sound Of Speed. He will also be included in the next album from Alan Davey's Hawkwind-inspired supergroup, Hawkestrel in 2020.
The Cleopatra Records family would like to extend its deepest condolences to Wallis's wife, Janet, and their extended family.
|Posted on September 22, 2019 at 8:55 PM||comments (0)|
Metallica are one of the biggest bands in the world, and in recent years that status has benefitted many around the world as they've raised their charitable efforts. Having already enjoyed the hugely successful inaugural All Within My Hands Foundation Helping Hands Concert, the band is set to do it all again next year.
The group has locked in Saturday, March 28 for the show, which will return to the intimate Masonic Center in San Francisco.
"Mark your calendars to join us and see what we’ve been up to since the Foundation formed in 2017, learn about the charities we’ve supported and the work we’re doing in local communities, and we’ll close out the night by hitting the stage for a live performance," state the band. "We hope you’ll join us again next year and keep watching here for more details coming by the end of 2019.
Last year's event raised over $1.3 million for the group's charitable branch, with those funds being given to Feeding America and the American Association of Community Colleges. Specific details on which charities will receive funds this time have yet to be announced. In addition, the band issued a vinyl release of the 2018 concert which added to the charitable tally.
Meanwhile, Metallica continue to tour. Head here for ticketing info:
|Posted on September 22, 2019 at 8:55 PM||comments (0)|
Primal Fear guitarist Alexander Beyrodt (second from left) has checked in with the following update:
"Working on new Voodoo Circle songs. I am so busy these days I hardly find time to write new music, but today I woke up and had this feeling, this urge, I needed to write. And so far... very pleased with the result. For the next album I have a special vision and I need to dig deep inside my soul to find those feelings and put them into a song, a riff, a sound. I don’t want to write without passion, to deliver songs with no soul, no feel, no love for details. So please bear with me and allow me more time so I can say after the release : I did my very best!"
|Posted on September 22, 2019 at 8:45 PM||comments (0)|
Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band, has revealed to Heavy1 TV that she has already begun working on the follow-up to her first solo album, "Controlled Chaos", which came out last year.
"I wrote the majority of 'Controlled Chaos' while I was on the previous Alice Cooper tour, so I'm falling right back into the pattern of writing my album on days off," she said (see video below). "I've got my Pro Tools rig out here, so I'm just writing and recording. And we'll do some more clinics, do some more solo touring, do some more touring with Alice, and then I'm hopeful for a second album release in late 2020."
Asked if she will do any singing on her upcoming LP, Nita said: "No. I want people to enjoy it. So I'm not gonna sing."
Earlier this year, Nita told the Long Island, New York radio station 94.3 The Shark that she didn't have any reservations about putting out an album of instrumentals with "Controlled Chaos".
"Everyone said that I had to put out some tracks with vocals — that was the vast consensus among the people in the industry," she recalled. "And I have to say I'm really glad that Josh [Villalta, Nita's longtime boyfriend and manager] and I stuck to our guns and I put out the album I wanted to make. Maybe I could have made more money if I would have made it more marketable, maybe I could have had more success and [gotten airplay] on bigger radio stations and what have you, but it wouldn't have been the album I wanted to make."
The 11-track "Controlled Chaos" was a challenge to Strauss and an opportunity for her to reconnect with what inspired her to start playing guitar when she was just 13 years old.
"I started playing guitar because of instrumental guitar music," she said. "All my real heroes made instrumental albums. All my own career has been spent playing in bands, but I never forgot that dream of what inspired me to pick up the guitar in the first place."
"Controlled Chaos" reached No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart and No. 6 on the Hard Rock Albums chart.
Nita's live show is mostly instrumental in nature, combining originals with covers.
Strauss has been playing with Alice Cooper since 2014 when she replaced Australian musician and former Michael Jackson player Orianthi. She joined Alice in time for a mammoth MÖTLEY CRÜE tour. She was recommended to Cooper by the legendary rocker's former bass player and WINGER frontman Kip Winger.
|Posted on September 22, 2019 at 8:40 PM||comments (0)|
From his earliest days in the spotlight, Eddie Money struggled with addiction issues. But he remained determined to deliver the best live performances he could, as he told UCR in a previously unpublished interview from 2014.
“I wasn’t the kind of artist that was like a Jim Morrison or Janis Joplin or Jimi Hendrix,” Money, who passed away on Sept. 13 at the age of 70, said. “I had a drinking problem, because alcoholism is hereditary and I’m an Irishman, so I was always knocking down a lot of vodka. And of course they said cocaine wasn’t addicting back in the ‘80s, which was a bunch of bullshit. So I had my problems with substance abuse and stuff like that.”
He continued: “But I always did my best to do my shows kind of straight. You know, I’ve seen some tapes of Jim Morrison and people doing bad shows and you feel like filling in the hole for them, you know?”
When it came to studio work, Money credited his producers with helping him keep focused, name-checking Tom Dowd, who helmed 1982's No Control and its follow-up Where's the Party?, as one who’d helped him evolve as an artist. “Tom Dowd, who worked on the atom bomb, for Christ’s sake, in World War II!” The singer said. “He was a genius of a man. He produced Rod Stewart and that was really me coming right after my drug overdose. I killed the sciatic nerve in my left leg and I couldn’t even walk for eight or nine months. Tom Dowd was a great producer.”
He reflected: “Richie Zito did a great job. I also worked with Keith Olsen. Bruce Botnick was a wonderful man and he did my first two records. [W]hen I look at all of these producers, I really feel like I had an awful lot to do with producing these albums myself, but of course you gotta [take] your hats off to these guys that knew how [to deal] with all of that other bullshit.” He added: “But you know, now you’ve got kids making records at home, for Christ’s sake!”
In a 2017 interview with Philly Voice, Money revealed that he stopped drinking in 2009, although he still occasionally felt the temptation. He reiterated that his problems were the result of his family's history, but also downplayed it as part of the trappings of fame while being grateful that it didn't lead to the hardest drugs.
“I wasn’t the only rock star that drank too much vodka,” he said. “I mean, I never stuck a needle in my arm in my life and I never freebased cocaine or did heroin or nothin’ like that."
|Posted on September 22, 2019 at 8:40 PM||comments (0)|
Sammy Hagar's High Tide Beach Party & Car Show, which was set to take place later this month in Huntington Beach, Ca, has been canceled after a state agency denied the event a permit.
The official website for the festival shared, "The event's website shared the following statement, "Due to being denied the necessry [sic] permit submitted on 12-16-18 from California State Parks the High Tide Party & Car Show scheduled for September 28 & 29, has been canceled.
"Unfortunately, there is no possibility to relocate the events. All ticket holders will automatically receive a refund through official ticketing outlets, Front Gate Tickets and GroupOn."
According to a local, the state agency claimed that they had not received all of the necessary fees, including ones for law enforcement, medical and fire, and a week out from the event, they felt they had no choice but to not approve the permit.
Hagar said via his publicist, "I was surprised and very disappointed to learn of the cancellation. More than anything I'm just sorry to inconvenience the fans."
|Posted on September 22, 2019 at 8:35 PM||comments (0)|
Saxon frontman Biff Byford has been diagnosed with a heart condition and is to undergo “immediate surgery.”
As a result, all of the band’s remaining dates on their 40th anniversary Castles & Eagles tour have had to be rescheduled until 2020.
Biff says: “As everyone knows now we are going to have to reschedule some of the shows because I need an operation on my heart which should be happening next week.
“There is nothing more I can say really, I am just sorry for causing all the disappointment to people’s plans for coming to see us.
“I know people are flying from all over the world to see the shows but there is nothing I can do, so please wish me luck and send me some good vibes.
“We have to look positive on this and I will coming back as strong as before hopefully.”
The London Eventim Apollo show has been rescheduled for March 28, 2020, and the Manchester O2 Apollo show will now take place March 29, 2020.
Glasgow Braehead Arena and Dusseldorf Mitsubishi Electric Halle shows will be rescheduled with the new dates announced as soon as possible.
All existing tickets will remain valid for new dates.
Find a list of the affected shows below.
Postponed Saxon 2019 shows:
Sep 26: Stockholm Grona Lund, Sweden
Oct 05: Eindhoven Oktober Metal Fest, Netherlands
Oct 08: Glasgow Braehead Arena, UK
Oct 19: London Eventim Apollo, UK
Oct 20: Manchester O2 Apollo, UK
Oct 26: Dusseldorf Mitsubishi Electric Halle, Germany
Dec 01: Mexico City Forcefest, Mexico
Dec 06: Bogota Colombia Knofest, Colombia
|Posted on September 18, 2019 at 9:00 PM||comments (0)|
Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan recently recalled meeting his bandmates Slash and Axl Rose for the first time and shared how Axl's performance scared him a little.
Duff was interviewed by Black Flag icon Henry Rollins and reflected on when he first met Axl and Slash. He said, "I met Slash the first week or two I was [in Los Angeles] through an ad. His name was Slash. His influences were Fear and Alice Cooper. I'm like, 'He's got to be a punk rock guy around my age.'
"I met Slash, and he wasn't a punk rock guy, but he was around my age. He had seen The Germs, he took me to [a] show, and it was Axl and L.A. Guns. While I don't remember the music too much, I remember him coming out [as] this force, like that Henry Rollins guy I'd seen in 1981.
"I could tell he prepared for the show. I backed up when he came out on stage. There was this anger, and it wasn't false. I knew how to recognize what real was, and that was real. I love to back away from any stage to this day. I love a band that scares me a little bit." Watch the full interview below:
|Posted on September 18, 2019 at 8:55 PM||comments (0)|
VAN HALEN vocalist David Lee Roth recently discussed his upcoming Las Vegas residency with John and Lern of the St. Louis radio station KSHE 95. The full conversation can be streamed below:
A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On what to expect from the residency:
David: "VAN HALEN is a billion-dollar franchise just in terms of making the music, and it comes from my point of view. I'm the son of a doctor — I'm not about me, me, me... I've been in three car accidents, and my first reaction was, 'How are you?' That's what we always brought to the show. In terms of the music, I start where the record starts. We do not sound like VAN HALEN live. You have not heard this. VAN HALEN live is lead [guitar], bass, drums, sing. Here, we start with three, four guitars, and we bring it with an unforgiving attitude. We're not up here strumming with the devil. This is not some tribute band... When we go to shows, the fellas and I, when I go myself, I'm a crybaby, whiny-ass, unflinching, unforgiving little, wavy... I want it exactly like that record, and I want it packed with way more emotional content. I want the sound perfect and I want the lights booming. I can tell the difference... I got these guys in their mid-'20s. They love it. We named the band — it's a private name, and we named it after the sound. Think of VAN HALEN music. The name of my band is HORSES OF GOD. That is the way it sounds — the way it sounds in your pickup truck to work. That's the way it sounded when you celebrated your first kid being born and listened to this music. That's the way it sounded when you graduated law school or cop school. That's the way it sounded when you joined the Marines."
On whether he sought permission from the Van Halen brothers before pursuing the residency:
David: "No. I wrote the songs. I wrote every word you heard, every syllable, every melody. I structured out even the guitar solos on that first album. Why do you think the solos [later] changed so radically? I sang the solos for 'Jamie's Cryin'' and 'Runnin' With The Devil'... I structured those songs. I designed the backgrounds on the stage. I came up with the album covers. I thought of the stripes on the guitar. I'm the one who said, 'Call it VAN HALEN.'"
On being David Lee Roth:
David: "A lot of characters in my job description will create a whole lot of diversified hobbies [and] avocations designed simply like merit badges to attract attention. I've kind of been a bit of a wanderer. I never really was a one-job-for-my-whole-life kind of fellow, perhaps kind of in the spirit of Mark Twain. Any of the things that I pursued required a lot, a lot of time to train and work with, and in fact, it is cross-training for what we do as artists. How many times as an artist have I wandered by a building, a shop, a store, a theater, a hospital and wondered, 'What goes on in there? I wonder who that person is? What did he or she eat for breakfast? What does that person have for a pet? What would that pet's name be?' And it's very different when you're Upper East Side than when you're in the 47th precinct... In terms of being a poet and wanting to take a look and see what's really going on, people like me usually get wrapped up in Elvis-like tin foil [and] you never see real life again. I got a chance to sort of revisit things. Once you sell a million records in the United States, you'll never have a normal conversation with anybody again, ever."
On the current state of rock music:
David: "VAN HALEN took five years – five 45-minute sets a night – before we made our first record. We did our 10,000 hours before we even sang our first note to you, and that kind of a balance, that's why we're on the same station as QUEEN, THE WHO, [LED] ZEPPELIN, [THE ROLLING] STONES... Classic rock came out of clubs and music halls where you had to work thousands and thousands of hours playing chart tunes or pop tunes, Top 40. When you wrote your songs, whether you were Jim Croce or LED ZEPPELIN, the material became timeless... Today, you don't have those clubs and bars and experiences where the musicians are putting in their hours and then bringing those tools to writing. They're listening to music at home and assimilating it. It's sort of like learning Japanese at home from some really good videos and tutorials on the Internet versus, 'Go live in Japan for two years.' See the difference?"
On his future plans:
David: "Once we get this up and rolling, then, of course, we're going to start to take this out on the road. I think I'm the face of VAN HALEN from this point on, and we take it as seriously as all you listening to it. Yeah, there's a lot of smile and style to it, but there's a lot of, 'We really, really have to mean it in the notes and what we do in the subtext of the lyrics.' It's the sound of several generations on one big prison break... We're up there on stage to work it."
Roth's residency at the House Of Blues at Las Vegas's Mandalay Bay kicks off on January 8.
|Posted on September 18, 2019 at 8:45 PM||comments (0)|
Canada's Kobra And The Lotus return with their new studio album, Evolution, out this Friday, September 20, via Napalm Records. Pre-order the album here:
Check out a lyric video for the song "Thundersmith" below:
Frontwoman Kobra Paige comments on "Thundersmith": “We've laid the sauce on HARD!!! The guitar licks are groovy as ever and the beat is anthemic. I wrote my vocals about my journey in the music industry as one woman singlehandedly pushing a band. This is my way of saying I haven't given up yet. I am what I am. I keep getting up and trying no matter what happens. I'm proud of who I am, I'm going to keep being who I am, and we all should be. If you feel me, hop on my train. Like Chris Cornell said, 'To be yourself is all that you can do'. Let's live empowered, be fucking brilliant, like we we're supposed to so we can be/do better for ourselves and everyone around us.”
The upcoming LP sees the band imbued with a new fire that comes through by way of undeniable hooks, soaring guitar riffs, marching drum beats, and the soulful, bombastic vocal delivery of lead singer Kobra Paige. No longer bound by old formulas and expectations from the past, Evolution comes through with a sound that is expansive and, at times, borders on outright swagger. Each song feels like an Active Rock hit in the making, while still having the grit and feverish intensity that longtime fans have come to admire from Kobra And The Lotus.
Limited edition autographed copies of Evolution are now available via Newbury Comincs at here:
Evolution boasts the band's most cohesive and confident material to date. For the new record, Kobra And The Lotus enlisted the services of producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette (Alter Bridge, Linkin Park, Slash, Sevendust).
"The new body of work sets the tone for the music going forward. Sonically, it’s still heavy. It highlights the showmanship and maintains the edge. At the same time, it’s approachable. It pays tribute to our influences, but it takes the next step. So, it’s a reintroduction to us and a rebirth. A firm goal was to build a strong identity and update everything. We just want to be Kobra And The Lotus; that’s what we’re doing."
"We Come Undone"
"Get The F*ck Out Of Here"
"In The End"
"Tokyo" (Japan Version Only)
|Posted on September 18, 2019 at 8:35 PM||comments (0)|
When fans and critics look back at the early career of Black Sabbath they recognize that the band released six groundbreaking albums in a row before being consumed by their appetites for drugs and alcohol. But what they often fail to absorb is that all six albums were released within a five year timeframe. Yes, vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward were reinventing the mythology of rock 'n' roll as they stormed from one town to another, but they had their act together enough to write some legendary music. Take, their second album, Paranoid, which was released on September 18, 1970.
The landmark release, which includes the metal staples “Paranoid,” “War Pigs” and “Iron Man,” was recorded live in the studio with producer Rodger Bain. And they tracked the entire album at Regent Sound Studios and Island Studios in London between June 16 and 21. It took just six days because, well, that’s all they were given.
“We finished the first album, toured Europe for six weeks and then went right back in the studio,” bassist and lyricist Geezer Butler told me in 2010. “It felt like the four of us against the world. We still hadn’t realized we had made it, you see?”
Sabbath started working on Paranoid so soon after returning from the road, all they had seen was negative reviews of their first album from the world’s rock press. They didn’t realize a loyal fan base was building in the U.S. and they’re main goal was to prove to their families that they weren’t wasting their time making music.”
“Our families had no nope in us whatsoever of ever making anything of ourselves,” Butler said. "They thought we were bums. And our friends used to laugh at the idea that we’d ever be successful at what we were doing. That brought us closer together and made us more determined to be successful. We didn’t feel like rock stars or anything. It was quite the opposite.”
Compared to the single day Black Sabbath had to record their first album, six days seemed like a luxury. Fortunately, they had played some of the songs on the road, so when the stepped into the studio they acted on instinct. “We literally went in and played as if it was a live gig,” Butler said. “We didn’t know anything about studios or production or engineering. We just went in, set up and played live in the studio and they recorded us. It sounds easy, but it’s actually a really hard thing to do -- to record a band live in the studio and get the whole feeling across. A lot of producers tried that, but dismally failed. But Rodger had the for it. He came up with a few suggestions here and there and we’d do it.”
One of the biggest suggestions was to write another song for the album that would serve as a single. So after tracking the other seven songs, Black Sabbath wrote the title track on the spot.
“I sat there during the lunch break and came up with the main riff for ‘Paranoid,’ Iommi said. “And then when the other guys came back I played it to them and they thought it was good, so we recorded that just as a filler.”
“We didn’t think anything of it because we thought it was just another song,” Butler said. “And then later the record company said, ‘Hey guys, this is the best song on the album. Let’s call the record Paranoid.’”
It was a strange suggestion since Black Sabbath and Warner Bros. Records had agreed to call the album War Pigs and were already working on the cover art. Even that was a compromise. The band’s originally wanted to use the title Walpurgis, for the record, which Butler said is “kind of like Christmas for Satanists.” The label refused and a compromise was reached – or so everyone thought.
“The record cover is really horrible to begin with, but it was based on this idea of ‘War Pigs,’” Butler said. “The cover was bad enough when the album was going to be ‘War Pigs,’ but when it was ‘Paranoid’ it didn’t even make sense.”
“There’s a guy standing there with a shield and a sword, with the album title called Paranoid,” added Iommi. “Imagine the questions we got asked after that? “What’s the have to do with Paranoid?” Well, nothing, really. But that’s how it was.
Contrary from being the Satanic album it was portrayed as, Paranoid is filled with relevant social and political commentary. For example, “War Pigs,” with the famous line, “Satan laughing spreads his wings” isn’t about the Devil at all. “To me, war was the big Satan,” Butler said. “It wasn’t about politics or government or anything. It was evil. So I was saying ‘Generals gathered in the masses / Just like witches at black masses’ to make an analogy. But then everybody turned it all upside-down and accused of being Satanists. And in a way, I suppose we bought into that, but of course we never were.”
Another song, “Fairies Wear Boots,” which was based on an incident in which the band members were harassed and threatened by a gang of skinheads wearing Dr. Martens boots. “I wrote about whatever I saw going on around me,” Butler said. “I wrote about the Cold War in “Electric Funeral.’ It was always touch and go whether Russia would drop the atomic bomb on us or we would drop the atomic bomb on them. So atomic war was always imminent, we thought.”
Much of the energy of Sabbath, especially on their first two albums, stemmed from their disgust with the rest of ‘60s youth culture. Having grown up in war-torn Birmingham, ‘flower power’ was an entirely foreign concept. They were surrounded by bombed out parks and when they looked around they saw unhappy people with dead-end jobs.
“We were four working class people in the most industrial part of England and all we had to look forward to was a job working in a factory,” Butler said. “We felt hopeless and constantly frustrated and we thought at any second we’d be called up to drop in to the Vietnam war because it looked like Britain was going to get involved in it as well. So there wasn’t much future in anything for us.”
As legendary as it became, Paranoid was a slow grower. The album reached No. 23 on the U.S. charts and No. 8 in Britain. The album went Gold in the States on May 7, 1971, almost eight months after it was released. And it took another 15 years to go platinum. In 1995, the album was certified quadruple platinum.
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Nikki Sixx said the experience of making the Motley Crue biopic The Dirt saved the band members’ friendships and took them back to the “old days” after they started feeling disconnected during their 2015 farewell tour.
The movie, which was released in March, is based on the band's 2001 memoir of the same name and illustrates as many downsides as upsides of its career. They recorded four new songs for the soundtrack, and Sixx suggested there was at least the possibility of more music to come.
“I didn’t have any physical challenges,” Sixx told Billboard about the band's farewell tour. “I think I was just detached in a lot of ways. I wasn’t detached onstage, but it just didn’t feel like a camaraderie backstage. We would do our meet-and-greets and we all would be cordial, but it just didn’t feel the same. Since the movie, it has felt like it used to in the old days.”
He noted that when his daughter Ruby was born in July, "the first presents – crazy, amazing presents – were from the members of Motley Crue. They were the first things that showed up. We were a little bit late, and Mick was texting me like, ‘When’s that girl coming?’ This is from guys who didn’t talk to each other.”
Drummer Tommy Lee and guitarist Mick Mars said "it’s possible” and “I’m unsure at this point,” respectively, when asked about new music. For his part, Sixx reflected that he doesn't "know what the future holds musically, but it’s the best feeling to at least know that we’re brothers and friends through all this. Rock ’n’ roll tears your fucking heart out sometimes. It’s hard.”
Sixx also recalled the making of Crue's groundbreaking 1989 album Dr. Feelgood, which also rekindled relationship as the band fought off addiction issues to concentrate on studio work.
“It was a collaborative, collective, constant sober gang mentality,” he said. “It almost realigned us back to the way we were when we were a club band fighting for a little bit of notoriety on the Sunset Strip. We were a gang again -- we weren’t just a rock band. We talked on the phone every day or we were in rehearsals. I have really fond memories.”
In a separate Billboard article, longtime band manager Allen Kovac praised the members for working so well together. “A board of directors meeting with all your representatives in one room limits the gossip and chaos,” he said. “The challenge comes when in a business of gossip, which I think is poison, there are no real facts. And facts are whoever talks to someone last. When everyone's in a room, there's really nothing much you can do other than look at reality. Smart artists know that to have positive outcome they need to have a focus view of what they're doing. Those are the artists I gravitate towards.”
He also said The Dirt had changed the band’s fan demographic: 64 percent were in the 45 to 59 age group before the movie’s release, while 62 percent were in 18 to 45 group afterward.
“We didn’t want to mask the era,” Kovak said. “We wanted people to learn what you would do to yourself, your family and friends if you were dealing with excess. That was important. Whether it was violence or drunk driving or opiate abuse, this band had the courage to put it up there. Courage is very important to satisfying an audience. When they see you have the courage for truth, they know the difference.”
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In a brand new interview with Australia's "Everblack" podcast, HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale was asked if there are any plans for the band to begin work on a new studio album as well as the follow-up to HALESTORM's third covers EP, "ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP", which came out in January 2017. "Oh, absolutely," she responded (hear audio below). "We're kind of planning on all of those things. We're gonna take some time and we're gonna do an EP, and a couple of surprises that I'm not actually allowed to talk about right now, but they're in the works as well.
"We're touring through the end of the year, but think we're gonna stop in the spring and try to do another record," she continued. "So I'm excited about that. I have a lot of new songs.
"At this point in time in my life, my passion has also become my affliction. The writing of a song and writing something every single day has become absolutely the biggest part of my life. If I don't try to finish something every day, I don't feel like the day is complete. So, yeah, I have a lot of new material that I'm excited about developing. In fact, I got together with the guys a couple of days ago and was showing them some demos and they were excited about some of 'em: 'Oh, that one was my favorite, 'That one's in my head.' So I'm getting excited to create again. I love touring — don't get me wrong; I really do — but that's a whole other animal. So I'll be happy to get back in the creative process now."
Hale recently told New Jersey radio station WDHA that HALESTORM was about to record a "secret project" in the studio before hitting the road with GODSMACK later this month.
HALESTORM has been on the road since July 2018 in support of its latest album, "Vicious".
The band's month-long U.S. tour with GODSMACK will kick off on September 20 in Green Bay, Wisconsin and end on October 19 in Independence, Missouri.
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Iron Maiden have been blazing a trail across North America since July on their Legacy Of The Beast tour.
But on their day off before their performance in Phoenix on Tuesday, the band paid a visit to the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, for a guided tour around the facility.
Iron Maiden said: “Day off and the kind folks at SpaceX invited us for a tour – hugely impressive!
“Lots of Maiden fans there who never need to say, ‘I’m not a rocket scientist but…’ They even named a key work area after us!
“Big thanks to everyone there who made us so welcome. You guys do a very special job and we were honoured to visit.”
SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corp.) was founded in 2002 by CEO Elon Musk and they are currently in the process of constructing a new starship prototype, which could take flight in October.
Visit our friends at Space.com for further information.
Iron Maiden Legacy of the Beast Tour 2019:
Sep 19: Albuquerque Isleta Amphitheater, NM
Sep 21: Dallas Dos Equis Pavilion, TX
Sep 22: Houston The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, TX
Sep 25: San Antonio AT&T Center, TX
Sep 29: Mexico City Sports Palace, Mexico
Oct 04: Rio de Janeiro Rock In Rio, Brazil
Oct 12: Buenos Aires Velez Sarsfield Stadium, Argentina
Oct 14: Santiago Movistar Arena, Chile
Oct 15: Santiago Estadio Nacional, Chile
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Former TNT vocalist Tony Mills, who replaced original singer Tony Harnell and was with the band from 2006–2013, has passed away at 57 following a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
Tony's wife, Linda, shared the sad news of his passing with the following:
"It is with a shattered heart that I announce the passing of my loving husband and best friend Tony Mills. He was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in April of this year and lived his life to the fullest until he exhaled for the last time in my arms. He wanted to live, but wasn't afraid of death.
"Most will know him through his incredible contribution to the music world as a singer in bands like Shy and TNT as well as a solo artist and session vocalist. He leaves behind him a legacy that will live on for many lifetimes.
"Those people closest to him will also know him as a gentle and kind soul, a dedicated husband with a love for the quiet life, his animals and his motorbikes. His sense of humour was always on point. His last summer was the happiest in his life, at the end of each day he exclaimed, 'It's been another fantastic day!' He spent a lot of time in his workshop fixing up his dirt bike so he could ride it later this autumn. The evening before he passed, he managed to whisper: 'I've had a good life. I've had a GOOD life. I'm just a bit pissed about the bike'." - Linda Mills
Everyone at BraveWords offer our condolences to Linda, as well as Tony's friends and family.
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The Rolling Stones have set a new standard for concert tours by becoming the first act to gross more than $400 million on two separate treks.
According to Billboard, the band's recently-completed three-year, 45-show No Filter tour saw the legendary band earn $415.6 million after selling 2,290,871 tickets to the series.
The opening leg of the No Filter run across Europe in the fall of 2017 grossed $120 million, while a spring 2018 schedule grossed $117.8 million - including a new record of $20.5 million for a two-night stand at London Stadium that remains the highest-grossing show in the venue's history - and the group's 2019 North American trek took in $177.8 million.
The 2019 series was partially rescheduled from spring to summer after Mick Jagger underwent heart valve replacement surgery in April. "A huge thank you to each and every one of you who have joined us on this tour, we had the best time!," shared the band on social media following closing night in Miami, FL on August 30. "Till the next time we say goodbye...."
No Filter joins the Stones' 2005-07 A Bigger Bang Tour - which grossed $558 million - as the only two concert tours from the same artist to top the $400 million mark.
Watch the official video package from 2019 opening night in Chicago here: