ROB HALFORD LOOKS BACK ON FIREPOWER ALBUM - "THE ONLY THING WE REALLY WANTED TO DO WAS RE-INVENT SOME OF THE CLASSIC MOMENTS OF JUDAS PRIEST"
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The Firepower album reaffirmed Judas Priest's position atop the metal tree, with Halford admitting the band made a conscious effort to recreate periods from their glory days of music on the album.
Halford: "The only thing that I can recall thinking is when Glenn (Tipton), Richie (Faulkner) and myself sat down and said with all of these great albums and all of these great songs later the only thing that we really wanted to do was re-invent some of the classic moments of Priest, which we could trace to the length and breadth of our roots if you think about it with albums like Sad Wings of Destiny, Screaming For Vengeance, Painkiller, British Steel, Sin After Sin, Killing Machine... it just goes on and on (laughs), but internally we knew what that meant so that was the focus".
JAMES LABRIE Says DREAM THEATER Wanted To Get Back To Writing A 'Classic' And 'Heavy' Album With 'Distance Over Time'
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James LaBrie says DREAM THEATER wanted to "get back to writing a classic heavy album" with its upcoming 14th full-length effort, "Distance Over Time". The move was apparently influenced by the 25th-anniversary tour in support of the band's seminal "Images And Words" LP and the lukewarm reaction to its light and ponderous 2016 double-disc concept release, "The Astonishing".
In June of 2018, the five members of DREAM THEATER secluded themselves in a private location in upstate New York to write and record "Distance Over Time". The communal and free-flowing atmosphere paid off, according to the singer.
"I think coming off the two-year [tour] and most of it for 'The Astonishing', it was quite evidently clear to us — we have been talking about it for a while that we wanted to get back to writing a classic, heavy album, a classic DREAM THEATER heavy album, but still maintaining the progressive side to us, but making it a little bit more concise, making it where the songs didn't necessarily have to be epic in length and their showings and arrangements," LaBrie told Australia's Heavy (hear audio below). "Something that was very defined, something that was undeniable in its statement with each song. We kind of also knew that we wanted to write an album that would be under an hour. So it was just a very conscious effort to go in, write a very — a classic, heavy album in DREAM THEATER terms."
He continued: "We lived together, so it made the fact that we were around one another and we closed the rest of the world off so that we could just be very focused on what we were doing, it made for a very somewhat prolific experience, I would say, because things were happening quickly and I'd say that it was a spirited effort and very cohesive from the very beginning. Things just seemed to be jelling. Ideas were numerous, plentiful and so it was just something that I think we were feeding off one another's energy, one another's commitment and it was just a great time. Not to mention, you got to remember, when we weren't in that room, in that studio writing, we'd be outside cooking together or just constantly talking about the music, which really lent itself to why I think it came out and it ended up being what it is. So all these things, I think really kind of helped to shape how this album turned out, the songs themselves and the sound of it and the vibe throughout."
Asked what made the writing sessions so "prolific" considering that DREAM THEATER gave themselves only a handful of weeks to assemble the entire album, LaBrie said: "The writing of the album was about 17, 19 days, about that, that we wrote the album. If you look in the past and even though we might be at whatever album in DREAM THEATER's discography, is that's kind of been, to a certain degree, that's kind of been the timeline for the actual days that you're putting the material together. It's been about three, four, maybe five weeks where everything just seems to come together. I think it was why I wanted to state it was prolific because the fact we were around one another, we were living together and like I said, it's a hundred meters from the house we were living in to the studio. You're constantly in that environment, so it was easy to be discussing at all times, the music, if you wanted to. To get on to another idea or someone say, 'Oh, you know what? I was thinking this last night. You don't even have to do that.' You're sitting in the living room with one another: 'Hey, you remember when we were working on 'Paralyzed'. Why don't we do this when we get to the chorus?' There was a lot of that going on where the conversations also enabled us to find ourselves in a quick pace: 'Oh, man! Awesome!' Things were coming together and sounding terrific. I think overall, DREAM THEATER, we've always worked very fast, even though we've had many different ways that we approach or how we might want to record or where we want to record, depending on what we feel is necessary for that particular album that we're writing."
"Distance Over Time" will be released on February 22. The disc, which marks the first for the band's new label InsideOut Music, was produced by guitarist John Petrucci, mixed by Ben Grosse and mastered by Tom Baker.
Check out the interview below:
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With five nominations including Best Picture and Best Actor, this Sunday's (Feb. 24) Academy Awards could be a big night for Queen. In addition to being on hand to collect any trophies it may win for Bohemian Rhapsody, the band, with Adam Lambert, will perform during the telecast.
"We will rock the Oscars," Lambert tweeted, including an emoji and the date and time (8PM Eastern) of the broadcast.
Sunday's show concludes an awards season that has been very good to Bohemian Rhapsody and its star, Rami Malek, who portrayed Freddie Mercury. After receiving near-universal praise for his performance, he's picked up a Golden Globe (with the film also winning for Best Motion Picture) a Screen Actors Guild Award and, most recently, a BAFTA, which is Britain's equivalent of the Oscars.
"Thank you very much to Queen," Malek said in his acceptance speech. "To Brian May. To Roger Taylor. To the entire Queen family. I wouldn't be here without you. And to the greatest outside of them all for being so unwavering and unflinching and uncompromising in every which way. Thank you, Freddie Mercury."
Malek is one of the favorites to take home the Best Actor Oscar, although the film is a long shot for Best Picture. It has also been nominated in the categories for sound editing, sound mixing and film editing.
If the Oscars performance leaves you hungry for more of Queen + Adam Lambert, they are embarking on a six-week tour of North America beginning in July. You can see all the dates here.
Queen + Adam Lambert 2019 North American Tour Dates:
7/10 -- Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
7/12 -- Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
7/14 -- San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
7/16 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
7/19 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
7/23 -- Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
7/24 -- Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
7/27 -- Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
7/28 -- Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
7/30 -- Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
7/31 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
8/3 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
8/4 -- Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
8/6 -- New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
8/9 -- Chicago, IL @ United Center
8/10 -- St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
8/13 -- Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
8/15 -- Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
8/17 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
8/18 -- Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
8/20 -- New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
8/22 -- Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
8/23 -- Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
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Karina Greenin, the daughter of Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton, has revealed that she’ll run next month’s Barcelona marathon to raise money for her father’s charity.
Tipton’s battle with Parkinson's disease became public early last year, with his Priest bandmates announcing the creation of the Glenn Tipton Parkinson’s Foundation last summer.
Greenin says in a statement: “As many of you know, my dad has Parkinson's. It affects so many aspects of his life, and sadly has recently forced him to retire from full-time touring – the tremors causing problems with coordination that impair the speed and accuracy of guitar playing.
“My dad is ever the fighter and has an amazing positive attitude trying to battle this cruel disease.
"Judas Priest have set up The Glenn Tipton Parkinson's Foundation in his honour – all proceeds raised from the foundation will go directly to a ‘pioneering new treatment called MR guided focused ultrasound thalamotomy which although in its early stages has already had great success with a Parkinson's related condition called essential tremor.’
“Dad is keen to make a difference to help other people fighting the disease, and I'd love to support him. I'm participating in the Barcelona marathon to try and raise some funds. Any donations are hugely appreciated!”
The marathon will take place in the city on March 10. To make a donation, visit Karina’s Go Fund Me page:
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Funko has revealed that they are releasing Pop! Rocks: Kiss soon. A press release reads: “If you wanna rock and roll all night and party every day, these KISS Pop!s will make the perfect companions. Bring home Pop! The Starchild, The Demon, The Spaceman, and The Catman!”
Previous artists who have appeared as Pop! Rocks include Metallica, Queen, AC/DC, and Rush.
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The Scorpions have hit a new milestone after their classic hit song "No One Like You" hit 7 Million all-time streams on the Apple Music service, the iconic band revealed on social media.
The song was originally released in March of 1982 from the band's eight studio album "Blackout". The track topped Billboard's Rock Track chart at the end of May of that year with the video of the clip enjoying a healthy amount of play on MTV at the time.
This news comes as the band is reportedly planning to record their next studio album with a "famous" producer. Guitarist Rudolf Schenker revealed the plans to Headbangers Lifestyle in an interview late last year.
He said, "We will meet again in the New Year and everybody will come and bring in ideas in the studio. We already found a producer to record with. A famous and well-known personality... No, I'm not gonna say who he is... really not! But we are all very excited to produce a new, historic rock 'n' roll album."
Rudolf also revealed that the band was inspired to make a new album by the addition of former Motorhead drummer Mikky Dee to their lineup. He said, "Why we have this idea of recording a new album is because Mikkey became, let's say, a great force for Scorpions.
"When we were fighting for a change and [trying to] get us back on track with the band, and it didn't work, we found Mikkey. Mikkey just fits perfectly into the chemistry of Scorpions. Plus, he is a very creative person. That means we have now the chance to make an album that is special and fresh."
The band has yet to officially confirm the new album plans but they have announced a string of live dates across Europe this summer and an appearance at Rock In Rio in October.
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TESLA guitarist Frank Hannon recently appeared on the Detroit radio station 101 WRIF's "Talkin' Rock With Meltdown" podcast. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On the band's decision to hire DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen to produce its new album, "Shock":
Frank: "We've known Phil for a long time. I actually wanted him to produce our album when we first got back together in 2000, because I had done some shows with him in the '90s. He's such a great friend and got positive energy. We learned a lot — a lot of different ways of approaching things. For example, we didn't think we could ever record an album on the road, [and] 90 percent of this album was done in hotel rooms and dressing rooms and stuff like that. We recorded it with a portable laptop. The attention to detail that Phil really puts into it is what he learned from Mutt Lange. We used to just kind of go in and just throw it down live, and Phil took the approach of what he learned from Mutt Lange. It's definitely a different album for us; there's no doubt about that."
On why the band wanted to use an outside producer in the first place:
Frank: "People don't realize how hard it is to make an album when you've got five guys in a band. I mean, why do you think THE BEATLES broke up? They had four guys and they were only together for five or six years. It's very difficult. For a band like us that's been together for 35 years, you need an outside coach to come in and really help you direct it. He did a great job of it. Each one of us has very strong opinions, and when you get five strong opinions trying to work on a song, it can be very difficult. A band has to have that. THE BEATLES, they had George Martin. You've got to have an outside... I like to use the word coach. Maybe 'mediator' would be a better word, [or] 'counselor.' It's a funny process when you get five hard-headed people together... We definitely gave him the keys to the car and said, 'You drive us to where we're going.'"
On his past comments that he recorded his "From One Place To Another" solo albums to push himself to improve as a vocalist:
Frank: "That's what I love about music — it's a nonstop well of learning. You can continue to improve your style, your sound, your different things. You can learn by going back and learning what some of the old-school people did. I was just watching this movie on Netflix about Jimi Hendrix, and some of the things that he was doing, I want to try with my guitar. You can never stop learning. That album, I took it on as a labor of love to really develop my lead singing voice. Lead singing is different than singing backup. It's a whole different art to tell a story. Music is a lot of fun for that reason. You can never stop learning."
On whether he feels his vocals have indeed gotten better:
Frank: "I have definitely noticed an improvement in our live show. On this tour, I am doing a lot of singing with Jeff [Keith, TESLA vocalist]. Jeff and I got together before we left on this tour for about a month. We started right around Christmas-time. He came over to my house and we practiced harmonies and we practiced digging up some old songs that we haven't done in a long time. I'm singing a lot of parts with him, and I feel like my vocals have come a long way since I did 'From One Place To Another'... I learned a ton of different stuff, and it helped strengthen that vocal cord muscle up a little bit, I think."
On the band's place in rock music:
Frank: "We're just making our own way. We have to forge our own path. TESLA came out in the late '80s. The last half of the decade when the glam scene was happening, we were doing our own thing. Then in the '90s, when grunge happened, we were kind of doing our own thing too, so we kind of didn't really fall into any of those categories. We've had to just make our own way, which is a great thing, actually. It's just a lot more work [laughs]... The record companies were definitely trying to make us into MÖTLEY CRÜE at the very beginning. MÖTLEY CRÜE was wearing all the crazy clothes and all that shit, but we just did our own thing. That's kind of what LYNYRD SKYNYRD and THE ALLMAN BROTHERS [BAND] and those bands did — they just did what they loved to do, and just did it naturally."
"Shock", TESLA's ninth full-length album, will be released on March 8.
TESLA's current lineup includes four of the band's five original members: Hannon, Keith, Brian Wheat (bass) and Troy Luccketta (drums). Guitarist Dave Rude joined in 2006 as the replacement for Tommy Skeoch.
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Kiss bassist Gene Simmons has offered a brief response to former guitarist Ace Frehley’s recent “gloves are off” statement.
Last month Frehley branded his ex-colleague an “asshole and a sex addict” in an outburst that followed Simmons’ comments about why an original lineup reunion would not be a major part, if any, of the band’s current farewell tour. Frehley also claimed Simmons had tried to hit on his wife last year, and that “slanderous” references to the guitarist’s substance abuse issues had cost him “millions of dollars.”
In a new interview Simmons told the L.A. Times: “I'm not gonna say anything in print other than I love Ace and Peter [Criss] and I thank them forever — they're every bit as important as Paul [Stanley] and myself for launching the band. I’m not going to make any guesses of why the emotions are so volatile, but it's happened before.”
Frontman Stanley previously told Billboard he was refusing to be “sidetracked by anything” including Frehley’s statements, adding: “I have no comment about that.”
In the new interview Stanley also reflected on the changes in the band’s touring practices over thee decades. “About 25 years ago when we first were approached with the idea of having a plane, we were totally against it because we thought that it was excessive and symptomatic of everything we didn't want to do or be. But it allows you to do more shows; you actually work harder, but the grind is easier.”
WHITESNAKE's DAVID COVERDALE Has No Plans To Retire: 'I'm Very Reinvigorated, Energized And Very Inspired'
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David Coverdale has once again said that he is not planning to retire anytime soon, despite his previous comments.
Back in 2016, the WHITESNAKE leader announced that he was looking to pull the plug on his career after touring in support of "The Purple Album", the 2015 tribute record to Coverdale's time as the lead singer for DEEP PURPLE.
But now Coverdale, who will release a new album with WHITESNAKE this spring, says that he has no intention of discontinuing his touring activities.
"Well, I wanna keep going," he told SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation". "It's the passion. I really felt that we owed the WHITESNAKE fans a new original record. That was very primary on my thought process of doing this. But, yeah, obviously, I'm 67 years old now. But I had a blast out there.
"The guys were telling me — and they certainly don't have to — [they] were very complimentary about my performances through last summer. It's really up to me to stay as healthy and as in shape as I can. It was hard to get into shape for me regarding what I've been through and my body had been through at my age in 2017, but I so love performing. You're gonna have to get me off with one of those shepherd's crooks — pull me off to the side. But, yeah, I'm very reinvigorated, energized and very inspired to give it everything I have. For how long, I don't know."
Coverdale also talked about his heavy touring schedule for 2019, including a U.S. trek that is scheduled to launch in early April.
"I had both knee replacements after suffering years of debilitating arthritis," he said. "And I only went out for two months last year — with my friends FOREIGNER and Jason Bonham — to see how they worked. I didn't dare commit to a world tour that particular time. And, thankfully, they worked perfectly. And blessings on my doctor, Brad Penenberg. I just spoke to [ex-WHITESNAKE bassist] Marco Mendoza this morning. He's gonna be doing something soon. [I was] giving him a good talking up, that Brad Penenberg is the absolute best. Steven Tyler sent me to him. We're all getting those issues. But I'm really excited to be going out and doing full shows. It's gonna be a ridiculously busy year for us. We've got that month-long U.S. tour, which was a total surprise to me, 'cause we toured so recently. But promoters were very, very high on the idea of it. And then we're over to Europe."
In April 2016, Coverdale said that he was "looking at retiring" the following year, on the 30th anniversary of the band's self-titled 1987 album. But he later admitted that "it was kind of a foolish thing for me to say." He also credited the the tour in support of "The Purple Album" with "re-energizing" him. "I was totally honest. I thought, 'This is probably it,'" he said. "But I had an incredibly good time on tour with my musicians. It just makes it more inspiring to look at the future with these guys. I have no desire to hang up my rock 'n' roll sneakers just yet."
WHITESNAKE's new studio album, "Flesh & Blood", will be released on May 10 via Frontiers Music Srl. Joining the singer on the disc are Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra on guitar, Michael Devin on bass, Tommy Aldridge on drums, and Michele Luppi on keyboards.
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Last week (Feb. 6), Guns N' Roses guitarist Richard Fortus revealed that the band would record more material after Slash finishes touring. He had mentioned the likelihood of a new album before and now Slash has also confirmed that a new record is in the works.
"Axl [Rose], Duff [McKagan], myself and Richard [Fortus] have all talked about… there's material and stuff going on already for a new record," said Slash in an interview TVK's "Rock City" (video below):
He also explained there's no master plan, going on, "It's just, with Guns N' Roses, you don't go, 'Oh, there is a plan, and it's gonna be like this,' because that's not how it works. So, basically, the only real answer to give is we're hoping to put a new record out, and we'll just see what happens when it happens."
Both in December and last week, Fortus had claimed that a new album would be coming "soon" and that there was material being recorded. He was reluctant to divulge any further information, however.
Speaking about the Guns N' Roses reunion shows at Coachella, which were the first to be booked before the "Not in This Lifetime" tour would criss-cross the globe for two-and-a-half years, Slash noted the band's chemistry. "For the guys in the band — for myself to be on stage with Duff and Axl and just have that chemistry was so powerful," he began, adding, "You forget, because it had been a lot of years since I jammed with both those guys, and it was really powerful. And one thing led to another, and we just ended up having this amazing tour that you couldn't possibly dream of. It was a really great tour. And it lasted a really long time. I think it was the longest tour we ever did. It was about two and a half years."
If this album does come to fruition, it will be the first Guns N' Roses record to feature Slash, McKagan and Axl Rose together since the covers set, The Spaghetti Incident?, which was released in 1993.
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Journey have announced that they’ll document their landmark 2017 performance at Tokyo’s Budokan with a new live release.
The band played material from their 1981 album Escape and 1983's Frontiers on the night – and the package titled Live In Japan 2017: Escape + Frontiers will launch on DVD, Blu-ray, DVD/2CD and Blu-ray/2CD on March 29 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.
A statement on the release reads: “These albums, which produced eight top 40 singles combined, have sold nearly 20 million copies worldwide, and cemented the San Francisco band's music in the cultural zeitgeist.
“Kicking off the two-hour set with Don't Stop Believin’, Journey kicks into high gear, presenting a set not just of their hits, but deep album cuts like Escape's Lay It Down and Frontiers’ Back Talk, which haven't been played live since the albums' original touring cycles.
To mark the announcement, Journey have released a trailer which can be watched below:
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Journey guitarist Neal Schon had to undergo emergency gallbladder surgery.
He’ll return to the stage on his Journey Through Time shows on February 22 and said: “I should be good to go, but if I have to sit I will.”
Live In Japan 2017: Escape + Frontiers:
1. Don't Stop Believin' Intro
2. Don't Stop Believin'
3. Stone In Love
4. Who's Crying Now
5. Keep On Runnin'
6. Still They Ride
8. Lay It Down
9. Dead Or Alive
10. Neal Schon Guitar Solo
11. Mother, Father
12. Jonathan Cain Piano Solo
13. Open Arms
14. Separate Ways Intro
15. Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
16. Send Her My Love
17. Chain Reaction
18. After The Fall
20. Edge Of The Blade
21. Steve Smith Drum Solo
22. Back Talk
25. La Raza del Sol
26. Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'
|Posted on February 17, 2019 at 6:25 PM||comments (0)|
According to Fox 13, Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler has canceled his upcoming show at the Florida Strawberry Festival, organizers announced yesterday.
The festival's Facebook page made the announcement, saying Steven Tyler and the Loving Mary Band will no longer perform on March 3.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances, Steven Tyler and the Loving Mary Band will no longer be able to perform at the upcoming Strawberry Festival," a band representative said in a statement.
The Florida Strawberry Festival is an 11-day community event celebrating the strawberry harvest of Eastern Hillsborough County. Each year, over 500,000 visitors enjoy the festival’s headline entertainment, youth livestock shows, rides, exhibits of commerce and, of course, its strawberry shortcake.
|Posted on February 17, 2019 at 6:20 PM||comments (0)|
JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford has commented on Ozzy Osbourne's latest hospitalization.
The legendary British heavy metal band was scheduled to tour Europe with the BLACK SABBATH frontman before Ozzy canceled the trek when he was admitted to the hospital due to complications from the flu.
Asked by Australia's Heavy if Ozzy's latest health scare makes him question his own mortality, the 67-year-old Halford said: "We love Ozzy to death. Oh my God! When you say 'Ozzy,' your head is full of this remarkable man's career and all the wonderful things he's done for rock and roll, for metal. He's touched so many millions of people's lives, and we're really, really happy that he's recovering.
"It's gonna be fantastic — isn't it? — when we're all together again," Rob continued.
"Life is life. And you do what you can to deal with the adversity that puts itself in your path. We're going through that with Glenn [Tipton, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist]. Let me just rephrase that — Glenn's going through that himself with his great battle against Parkinson's [disease] that he's dealing with. And he's a wonderful example — a really, really strong, powerful example — of somebody that's fighting back and pushing back and still living an active life with this challenge.
"Glenn comes out and joins us when he can. He's still an active, full member of JUDAS PRIEST. If he's not able to make [the upcoming] Download [festival appearances in Australia], he's with us in spirit, in the songs that he's written, and he's up on the big screen.
"So, yeah, it is what it is. We're all getting on. But we're absolutely determined to keep going and live our lives in metal and share it with our fans."
Ozzy's wife Sharon first broke the news of his hospitalization on February 6. Since then, she and son Jack Osbourne have kept a close eye on the singer, with his condition improving with every passing day.
Tipton, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease five years ago — after being stricken by the condition at least half a decade earlier — announced in early 2018 that he was going to sit out touring activities in support of PRIEST's latest album, "Firepower". The guitarist, who is now 71 and has performed on every PRIEST record since the band's 1974 debut set, "Rocka Rolla", is not quitting the band, but simply cannot handle the rigorous challenges of performing live. He is being replaced on tour by "Firepower" album producer Andy Sneap, also known for his work as the guitar player in NWOBHM revivalists HELL and cult thrash outfit SABBAT.
PRIEST will return to the United States in May for a run with fellow classic heavy rockers URIAH HEEP.
|Posted on February 17, 2019 at 6:15 PM||comments (0)|
It's hard to imagine now, but there was a time when Metallica wasn't the biggest band in heavy music. In fact, their success wasn't guaranteed, and in a new interview Dee Snider reveals he had his doubts on if the band ever would succeed.
Speaking with Detroit's WRIF Meltdown show, Snider recalls touring with the band while in Twisted Sister and shared his honest opinion of their future prospects. "This is a true story. We're on tour with Metallica, and we're in Holland, and I'm standing on the side of the stage and I'm watching them doing their set. And I turn to my bass player and I go, 'These guys have got a lot of heart, but they're never gonna go anywhere,'" recalls Snider. "Like I said, I'm brutally honest. I said that out fucking loud. What an asshole! I didn't wanna be against them. I just said, 'They're so heavy.' But they made people just accept how heavy they were, and that's the great thing about Metallica."
He added, "Those motherfuckers earned every fucking dollar they made. They didn't give an inch — until they [made] an 'Alternica' record. Which I thought was a great record, but they gave an inch. But up to that point, they just fought hard."
Snider went on to discuss Metallica's battle with Napster among other topics. You can hear Snider's full chat on Meltdown below:
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It's been nearly a quarter century since Bad Company's last studio project. Now, singer Paul Rodgers is hinting that the wait might finally be over.
"I'd like to create some new music. That's my focus right now," Rodgers tells Rock Band Reviews. "We're in the studio, just kicking things around and seeing what we've got."
Rodgers hasn't appeared on a Bad Company studio effort since 1982’s Rough Diamonds. He was initially replaced by Brian Howe; Robert Hart sang on their most recent LP, 1996's Stories Told & Untold. Rodgers rejoined Bad Company two years later, and the group became a consistent touring presence. Three new concert recordings have followed, capped by 2011's Live at Wembley.
Up next for Bad Company are shows with ZZ Top and Cheap Trick in May; they'll perform alongside Lynyrd Skynyrd later in the summer. "This year, we have selected to play just 20 dates, and that's all," Rodgers added. "We're going to pull back a little bit so that we can spend more time in the studio, doing a little recording."
They're moving forward, unfortunately, without fellow co-founder Mick Ralphs, after the guitarist suffered a stroke in 2016. "He's now hospitalized," Rodgers confirmed. "We're trying to take care of him from a distance. It's a lot. His family are involved a lot in taking care of him. He's doing as well as can be expected."
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Iron Maiden have announced the second round of releases in their The Studio Collection Remastered digipack series.
The latest batch will be unleashed on March 22, and will comprise Powerslave, Somewhere In Time, Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son and No Prayer For The Dying.
The collection follows on from the band’s 2014-2017 vinyl releases, and are from the same remasters as the 2015 hi-res digital albums.
The first four albums to emerge in the series were Iron Maiden, Killers, The Number Of The Beast and Piece Of Mind, which came out in November.
Somewhere In Time will also be optionally available in a specially designed box which will include a 1:24 scale figure of Maiden mascot Eddie and a patch.
Maiden bassist Steve Harris says: "We’ve wanted to revisit these for a long time and I was delighted with the remastering we did in 2015.
“I thought it was the best that our albums have ever sounded and it was only right that we made them available on CD now too.”
The collection is now available for pre-order from Amazon - find a full list of releases below.
Iron Maiden: The Studio Collection Remastered CD Series:
1st batch: November 16th 2018
Iron Maiden / Killers / The Number Of The Beast (option of standard or collectors boxset edition including The Number Of The Beast Eddie figurine and patch / Piece Of Mind
2nd batch: March 22
Powerslave / Somewhere In Time (standard/collectors) / Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son / No Prayer For The Dying
3rd batch April 2019 date TBC
Fear Of The Dark (standard/collectors) / The X Factor / Virtual XI / Brave New World
4th batch June 2019 date TBC
Dance Of Death / A Matter Of Life And Death (standard/collectors) / The Final Frontier / The Book Of Souls
|Posted on February 16, 2019 at 11:10 PM||comments (0)|
Nickelback – Feed The Machine Tour – Rod Lava Arena, Melbourne, 16 February 2019.
Written by The Rock Man
Australia has been a happy hunting ground for Canadian rockers Nickelback. Over the past two decades Aussie audiences have by and large been among the band’s biggest supporters, embracing their growing catalogue of albums, chart topping singles and countless sell-out stadium tours.
So it is little wonder the boys from Hanna, Alberta continue to show their gratitude by visiting our shores as often as they do. Their current album Feed The Machine hit record store shelves back in 2017, so it’s been a while waiting for the band to reach our neck of the woods as part of the supporting tour for the album. But finally the long wait is over, as the band wrapped up yet another successful tour of “Down Under” in Melbourne on Saturday night.
A capacity crowd of 15,000 filed into Rod Laver Arena and were entertained by support act Bad Wolves. The American metallers did a solid job of warming up the crowd who seemed to appreciate their efforts, and by the time Nickelback hit the stage everyone was in good spirits. The show exploded in a sea of coloured lights and raucous heavy rock sounds as the opening number Feed The Machine erupted throughout the arena.
This was quickly followed up by Woke Up This Morning, the first of several tracks from their multi-platinum selling Silver Side Up record. It didn’t take long for the band to launch into the hits with Photograph a popular choice, and by this stage the good times were flowing. Speaking of good times, only three songs into the set and vocalist/guitarist Chad Kroeger decided it was time for a Jaeger shot. Lead guitarist Ryan Peake, at first thought it might be better to get a few more songs into the set, but Kroeger convinced his right hand man that alcohol was in order. Throughout the night at regular intervals the pair were served drinks from their roadie turned bartender as Kroeger stated “The better the buzz I have the longer I want to stay out here and play”. This sentiment seemed to go down well with the crowd.
After crushing the first ballad of the evening Far Away, the band revisited Silver Side Up and pulled out Hangnail, a deep cut which the band hasn’t performed in 17 years. At this point of the show the audience is bombarded with a quick fire string of Nickelback rockers: Something In Your Mouth, Figured You Out, Someday, When We Stand Together, Gotta Be Somebody and the Chad Kroeger solo track Hero. And of course, more Jaeger shots.
As I left Rod Laver Arena and headed home I did so with a sense of complete appreciation; something which I hadn’t done at some recent shows I have seen. This spectacle had proven to be a 100% value for money show, the sound and performances were of the highest quality, the lighting show was spectacular and there was a deluge of hits. It’s fair to say this has been another fruitful Australian tour for Nickelback and their recognition for their fan base was crystal clear, guaranteeing further tours in this region for the future.
|Posted on February 13, 2019 at 7:55 PM||comments (0)|
The world's most merchandisable rock band has joined forces with the globally recognized emoji brand to develop and launch a one-of-a-kind collaboration, KISS x emoji. The announcement was made today by Epic Rights, the global licensing agent for KISS, and the emoji company.
For 45 years, the hottest band in the world, KISS, has been beloved around the globe. The emoji brand, one of the most influential lifestyle brands in the world, is loved by all ages. The two brands are coming together to bring a fun, playful and expressive global licensing program to life.
Cleverly combining their strengths, the power of music and the magic of icons, the KISS x emoji brand collaboration has a dedicated brand guide including hundreds of unique icons available for licensing across categories such as apparel, accessories, footwear, electronics, figures and collectibles, drinkware, fan merch, home goods, stationery, and more. The mix of co-branded products will appeal to fans of all ages.
Epic Rights and the emoji company have appointed the following licensing agents around the world to represent the unique KISS x emoji program.
* Celebrities Entertainment – Germany, Austria, Switzerland
* CPLG - France
* Exim – Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay
* JM Brands – Benelux
* Lotus Global Market – Brazil
* Merchantwise – Australia, New Zealand
* Retail Monster – United States
* Segal - Canada
* Tycoon - Mexico
Lisa Streff, EVP of Epic Rights, stated: "More than 6 billion digital icons are used on a daily basis. There is simply no better way to express emotions or to convey a message than by saying it with icons. We are thrilled now to offer KISS x emoji to the millions of KISS fans around the world."
Marco Huesges, CEO of the emoji company, added: "The emoji brand truly is one of the most powerful and communicative global lifestyle brands, moving and influencing people all of the world, in the same way that KISS has for 45 years. This partnership is the perfect symbiosis of two global power brands."
KISS's farewell tour, "End Of The Road", commenced January 31 and is expected to run through 2020.
ALICE COOPER BAND'S 2015 REUNION THE FOCUS OF 'LIVE FROM THE ASTROTURF' DOCUMENTARY; MOVIE TO PREMIER AT PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL; VIDEO TRAILER
|Posted on February 13, 2019 at 7:50 PM||comments (0)|
A new documentary film, Alice Cooper: Live From The Astroturf, is set to premier at the Phoenix Film Festival in April. A video trailer can be found below:
According to Rolling Stone a Dallas record store’s efforts to reunite the original Alice Cooper Band after 40 years is the focus of the upcoming documentary/concert film.
Cooper superfan and Good Records owner Chris Penn lobbied for Cooper and his former bandmates - Michael Bruce, Glen Buxton, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith - to stage a (non-Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction) concert together for the first time since 1974, with the surprise reunion gig taking place in October 2015 at the Dallas record shop.
While a recording of the show was initially released as a Record Store Day exclusive in 2018, Penn and director Steven Gaddis realized they had enough footage from the performance to construct a full film from the event, which a record store full of lucky Cooper fans witnessed.
In addition to the in-store performance captured by eight cameras and mixed by Bob Ezrin, the documentary also features interviews with the members of the Alice Cooper Band and those who made the show possible.
A message at the official film website states: "To unleash the movie of the historic event, we’re going back to where it all started. Phoenix, Arizona, birthplace of the original Alice Cooper group, will be the first city you’ll be able to witness this concert film/documentary. There will be multiple screenings during the Phoenix Film Festival, which takes place from April 4th through the 14th at the Harkins Theatres Scottsdale 101. Special guests will be in attendance."
|Posted on February 13, 2019 at 7:45 PM||comments (0)|
Francis Malofiy, the Pennsylvania attorney who's still trying to prove that Led Zeppelin stole "Stairway to Heaven," isn't above using a little black magic in the retrial.
Led Zeppelin initially won in court over a longstanding charge that their signature song features a lifted portion from Spirit's "Taurus," which was written by Randy "California" Wolfe. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal ruled last September, however, that the judge abused his discretion by refusing to allow Malofiy to play a studio recording of "Taurus" for the original jury. (Malofiy presented an acoustic rendition, based on the sheet music.)
The flamboyant lawyer now plans to bring a secret weapon when they return to court for a do-over that's expected to begin some time in the next year: a lemon which he claims once belonged to Robert Plant. Malofiy also had it in his briefcase when he gave oral arguments during the successful 2016 appeal of the "Stairway to Heaven" verdict, according to Philadelphia Magazine.
Malofiy says he's had this sour little keepsake on ice ever since. "That's the lemon Robert Plant squeezed into his tea when we deposed him in London back in 2016," he says.
Plant and Jimmy Page are again expected to take the stand in the retrial. In the meantime, Malofiy's reputation as a giant-killer – he's reportedly won a $44 million judgment against R&B star Usher, $100,000 against the Hertz car rental company and an undisclosed settlement with Volvo – has garnered interest from others who hope to take on famous musicians.
Three British songwriters apparently want to take the Weeknd to court over similar copyright allegations involving "A Lonely Night," from his 2016 multi-platinum Starboy album. Other potential cases are more intriguing: A Brooklyn puppet maker reportedly plans to file suit against Fall Out Boy over the misuse of a pair of llamas.
No word on which talismans Malofiy may have hidden away in advance of those potential legal actions. In the meantime, he's ready with a slice of fruit that connects back with delicious irony to one of the best-known moments from 1969's Led Zeppelin II.
"Robert Plant is always going on about his lemon, and at the deposition he made a big deal out of slicing it up and squeezing it into his tea and then sucking on the rind," Malofiy tells Philadelphia Magazine. "Jimmy Page famously dabbled in black magic and was always going on about Aleister Crowley, and I said to myself, 'If they are going to use black magic to try to beat me on technicalities — well, two can play at that game.'"