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Dio: The Studio Album Collection set for 2020 release

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Newly remastered deluxe editions of a selection of Dio’s studio albums will be released in 2020.


The Studio Collection: 1996-2004 brings together 1996’s Angry Machines, 2000’s Magica, 2002’s Killing The Dragon and 2004’s Master Of The Moon, with all four featuring previously unreleased material.


Longtime Dio collaborator Wyn Davis has remastered all four releases, with each featuring updated artwork by designer Marc Sasso. All will launch on February 21 through BMG.


To mark the announcement, four Dio tracks have been released on streaming platforms: Man On The Silver Mountain which was recorded on the Angry Machines tour, Lord Of The Last Day which was captured on the road as Dio toured in support of Magica, Holy Diver from the Killing The Dragon tour, and Heaven And Hell which was recorded live on the Master Of The Moon tour.


Ronnie James Dio’s widow Wendy says: “I am very excited to be working with BMG, a label that still has a passion for rock music. They will be making the complete Dio catalogue available again with some interesting surprises.”

Dio: Angry Machines (Pre-order from Amazon)


Disc 1

1. Institutional Man

2. Don’t Tell The Kids

3. Black

4. Hunter Of The Heart

5. Stay Out Of My Mind

6. Big Sister

7. Double Monday

8. Golden Rules

9. Dying In America

10. This Is Your Life


Disc 2: Bonus/Live on Angry Machines Tour 1997

1. Jesus Mary and The Holy Ghost – Straight Through The Heart

2. Don’t Talk To Strangers

3. Double Monday

4. Hunter Of The Heart

5. Holy Diver

6. Heaven and Hell

7. Long Live Rock and Roll

8. Man On The Silver Mountain

9. Rainbow In The Dark

10. The Last In Line

11. The Mob Rules

12. We Rock


Dio: Magica (Pre-order from Amazon)


Disc 1

1. Discovery

2. Magica Theme

3. Lord Of The Last Day

4. Fever Dreams

5. Turn To Stone

6. Feed My Head

7. Eriel

8. Chalis

9. As Long As It’s Not About Love

10. Losing My Insanity

11. Otherworld

12. Magica (Reprise)

13. Lord Of the Last Day (Reprise)


Disc 2: Bonus / Live on Magica Tour 2001

1. Discovery

2. Magica

3. Lord Of The Last Day

4. Fever Dreams

5. Eriel

6. Chalis

7. Losing My Insanity

8. Otherworld

9. Electra – Studio Track

10. Magica Story – Studio/Spoken Word


Dio: Killing The Dragon (Pre-order from Amazon)


Disc 1

1. Killing The Dragon

2. Along Comes A Spider

3. Scream

4. Better In The Dark

5. Rock and Roll

6. Push

7. Guilty

8. Throw Away Children

9. Before The Fall

10. Cold Feet


Disc 2: Bonus/Live on Killing The Dragon Tour 2002/2003

1. Holy Diver

2. Heaven and Hell

3. Rock and Roll

4. I Speed At Night

5. Killing The Dragon

6. Stand Up And Shout


Dio: Master Of The Moon (Pre-order from Amazon)


Disc 1

1. One More For The Road

2. Master Of The Moon

3. The End Of The World

4. Shivers

5. The Man Who Would Be King

6. The Eyes

7. Living The Lie

8. I Am

9. Death By Love

10. In Dreams


Disc 2: Bonus / Live on Master Of The Moon Tour 2004/2005

1. Heaven and Hell

2. Rainbow In The Dark

3. Rock and Roll Children

4. The Eyes

5. Prisoner Of Paradise – Studio Track

From: https://www.loudersound.com/news/dio-the-studio-album-collection-set-for-2020-release

Roger Taylor Talked Taylor Hawkins Out of Joining Guns N' Roses

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Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins recalled how he asked Queen counterpart Roger Taylor for advice when he got a call from Guns N’ Roses.


The moment took place while the Dave Grohl’s band were touring in support of their 1999 album There Is Nothing Left to Lose. Hawkins’ mom called to tell him that a member of Axl Rose’s management team had made contact.


“Axl was trying to get together a new version of Guns N’ Roses, and I think he was checking around for people,” Hawkins told Classic Rock in a new interview. “They wanted to know if I would come in and try out or whatever. It was kind of otherworldly.”

He decided to call Taylor for advice, who recounted his own similar experience from the early ‘70s. When former Mott the Hoople members Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson were forming their own band, they asked Taylor to join them; but he chose to remain with Queen even though they hadn’t broken through yet. “He couldn’t imagine being onstage and looking up and not seeing Freddie Mercury or Brian May in front of him,” Classic Rock reported.


Hawkins continued: “[H]e said, ‘I see you and Dave onstage and there’s something you can’t buy there. There’s something between you guys that might not be there with Axl Rose.’ And he was right.”


Speaking of Grohl, he noted: “For all our trials and tribulations, Dave is like a brother. When we walk out onstage… we nod and look at each other and go, ‘Alright, here we go.’ We’re getting in the ring together.”


Hawkins recently released a new solo album, Get the Money, and confirmed that work was underway on a new Foo Fighters LP. “It’s still a fetus at this point,” he said. “But things can move quickly with Dave Grohl.”


From: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/taylor-hawkins-guns-n-roses/

Richie Kotzen Plots 50-Song 2020 50th Birthday Release

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The 5th Annual Bowl for Ronnie event brought out a number of musicians to roll for a good cause, but it also gave them a chance to chat up their currently projects as well. We spoke with Richie Kotzen who gave us the scoop on his latest solo efforts, with a special album coming next year to mark a landmark year in his life.


"I just finished my next solo record and the record is going to be released on my 50th birthday which is Feb. 3, 2020. The record is called 50 for 50 because it's 50 songs I wrote that no one's heard before. These are not b-sides or re-releases. It's 50 songs, a three-disc set and I just finished it. The albums are being shipped as we speak, so I'm very excited about that."


Kotzen elaborated, "I had about 14 songs that were finished and ready for an album and while I was on the road, I was going through the archives of incomplete songs and there were way more than 50 and I thought, 'I wonder how many of these I can finish.' I came home, started working one at a time, and when I got to 50, I was like, 'Alright you did it.' I could make the b-sides maybe come out in the summer and give another 25."


Speaking about one of his favorite tracks, Kotzen shared the story of one of his "fun" songs, a cut called "Nickel Hustler." "It came out of my wife wanting to call someone a gold digger, and she didn't know the terminology because English is her second language," laughed Kotzen. "Instead of saying, 'This gold digging bitch,' she said, 'This nickel hustler,' and I said, 'Did you just say Nickel Hustler?' We were at a Chinese restaurant, and she said, 'Yeah, and where's my lucky cracker?' She wanted to say, 'Where's my fortune cookie?' So I thought, 'Oh my god, there's a song in here, so I've got a song called 'Nickel Hustler' inspired by my wife's misuse of the English language."


Keep an eye out for Kotzen's 50 for 50 album coming Feb. 3.


From: https://loudwire.com/richie-kotzen-50-for-50-birthday-release/

BILLY SHEEHAN On MR. BIG's Future: 'We Haven't Made Any Decisions Yet On Anything'

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MR. BIG bassist Billy Sheehan says that no decisions have yet been made regarding the band's future following last year's passing of Pat Torpey. The drummer died in February 2018 at the age of 64 from complications of Parkinson's disease.


Speaking to Brazil's Lokaos Rock Show, Sheehan stated about the possibility of more MR. BIG live shows and studio recordings: "Well, we haven't made any decisions yet. But myself, Eric [Martin, vocals] and Paul [Gilbert, guitar], we're very good friends, and we really wanted to take a while to stop MR. BIG because Pat was such an important part of the band. We did some shows with another drummer — Matt Starr; he's a great drummer and sang really good. So we'll wait a little while and then maybe make some decisions later. But we haven't made any decisions yet on anything."


Asked if he is still grieving the loss of his bandmate, Sheehan said: "Well, not so much grieving, but we just wanna let life settle out a little bit. Pat was my best friend in music, and we were the closest in MR. BIG — me and Pat were. We were very, very close. So it was a big loss for me and a big loss for the band and a big loss for the fans, and, of course, his family as well. But we wanna honor his legacy. If we do anything, we wanna do something great. We don't know yet what that would be, but we wanna make sure we honor his legacy with going out there. If we do something, it will have to be fabulous."


Last fall, Martin told the "Friday NI Rocks" show that the band was planning to make a new studio record in 2019. But he added that once MR. BIG was done with its touring commitments, it would time for the group to call it quits. "Yeah, that's the last hurrah — that's it," he said. "It feels a little uncomfortable to keep going without Pat Torpey."


MR. BIG's latest album, "Defying Gravity", was released in July 2017 via Frontiers Music Srl.


After announcing his Parkinson's diagnosis in 2014, Torpey continued to write, record and perform with MR. BIG, who also recruited Starr to share drum duties.


MR. BIG, formed in 1988, produced numerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array of rock genres — be it ballads, heavy metal, or blues rock. Their hits include "Alive And Kicking", "Just Take My Heart" and the chart-topping ballad "To Be With You".

You can watch the interview here:


From: https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/billy-sheehan-on-mr-bigs-future-we-havent-made-any-decisions-yet-on-anything/

Van Halen Was A Culture Shock For Sammy

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Sammy Hagar suffered a bit of a culture shock the first time he teamed up with Van Halen, seeing the members of the group truly embrace the rock and roll lifestyle.


The former frontman was asked about what the first day with the band back in 1985 was like during a recent interview with Classic Rock. He responded, "Oh, I can tell you exactly what it was like. At that stage I had a good career going, I was wealthy, I was eating in the finest restaurants and wearing the finest f***ing clothes, I was driving Ferraris. I was becoming a little too sophisticated - it was killing my music. Whereas those guys were living a completely different lifestyle.


"Long story short, I walked in that room and these guys had cigarette butts and empty beer cans and whiskey bottles everywhere, multi-thousand-dollar guitars lying upside-down on the ground. And it stunk like sh*t because of the smoke.


"Eddie comes walking out with a pair of sunglasses, jeans with holes in them, just outta bed, cracking a beer and smoking a cigarette. Alex was still drunk. Mike hadn't even been home.


"They'd been up all night waiting for me. I'm looking at these guys, then I'm looking at myself in a suit, and I go: 'I look like a f***ing idiot. This is a real rock'n'roll band.'"


From: https://www.antimusic.com/news/19/November/10Van_Halen_Was_A_Culture_Shock_For_Sammy.shtml

Bob Kulick Accuses Brother Bruce Kulick of 'Back Stabbing'

Posted on November 10, 2019 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Kiss collaborator Bob Kulick has accused his brother Bruce Kulick of “back stabbing” in a dispute over merchandise.


Bob claims that Bruce, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and band manager Doc McGhee behaved in a “dishonorable and dishonest” manner over Kulick Brothers items they’d put on sale. He further claimed that Bruce has taken out a restraining order against him.


Bruce Kulick is unable to respond publicly, because of the protective order.


“The photos below are merchandise items currently being sold by Kiss Army Merchandise with permission from my brother Bruce Kulick only,” Bob wrote in an Instagram post. “I have not given my permission for this and have not been accounted to or paid for merchandise sole bearing my name, and photos with my likeness.


“This is called copyright infringement and an indication to all of you as to where my back stabbing brother Bruce is in all this! Disgraceful, uncalled for and a situation that will be answered in time!”

You can check out his original post here:




Saying he’d taken the issue public with a “heavy heart,” he went on to describe Bruce, Stanley, Simmons and McGhee as the “culprits” and stated that Bruce “now has a restraining order against me.” He continued: “Please be advised that these ‘people’ are dishonorable and dishonest. … Shame on all of you! … These people are so pathetic that I had to give them $750 to start the merchandise operation and now they refuse to pay or acknowledge me.”

Bob Kulick played guitar and / or co-wrote songs on several Kiss albums, including the studio side of 1977's Alive II, 1980's Unmasked, and 1982's Killers. His younger brother Bruce joined the band full-time in 1984, serving as the lead guitar player on every studio album between 1985's Asylum and 1997's Carnival of Souls.


From: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/bob-kulick-bruce-kulick-back-stabbing/

38 Years Ago: Motley Crue Self-Release Their Debut Album 'Too Fast For Love'

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Motley Crue made themselves known with their debut record, Too Fast for Love, less than one year after the band's conception. With 900 copies pressed, the self-produced album was released on Nov. 10, 1981, via the band's own Leathur Records and proudly boasted 10 tracks of raw aggression, attitude and sleaze, which matched the hype of the band's already growing reputation.


As a must-see act in clubs, Motley Crue carried over their badass demeanor seen onstage to after-parties at the band's house, which was hardly furnished and saw the group living under harsh conditions. While they may have not had much money for food or anything else, booze and drugs were never in short supply. Already living and loving the rock star life, Crue set themselves up for one of the most legendary careers with Too Fast For Love.

The album had mostly been written before the band even fully came to fruition. Nikki Sixx was previously in a group called London (where seemingly every member went on to find success after leaving) and he was writing music on his own, but felt it wasn't right for his current group. He kept the songs in his back pocket and had them ready to go after forming his new band.


Rounding out the Motley Crue lineup was drummer Tommy Lee, guitarist Mick Mars and singer Vince Neil. However, Neil almost missed his chance. The band originally planned to try him for the vacant spot, but the singer had missed the audition, forcing the Crue to opt for a frontman named O'Dean. When it didn't pan out, Neil was given a call back and made sure he showed up this time. Nikki Sixx spoke about Neil's audition in 1982 on a local radio program, saying, "It was just magic, his voice fit perfect with our sound and it just came together."


Hitting the studio, Neil had only been in the band for a couple days and had to read off of a lyric sheet while laying down his tracks on the band's Leathur demo. With the urging of band manager Alan Coffman, the quartet decided to release their first album entirely on their own since label interest had not yet mounted, partially because of the band's image, which can be seen on the album's cover, an homage to the Rolling Stones artwork for their album Sticky Fingers.


Coffman helped finance the record in addition to finding equipment and gear for the guys to use. (He later ran off with the advance for the band's second album, inspiring the song "Bastard.") The result was 38 minutes and and 49 seconds of pure energy by a band with no stylistic limitations or pressures from a label. The unadulterated process spawned seminal cuts like "Live Wire," "Take Me to the Top" and the title track, along with the moody "Merry-Go-Round."


When asked about the subject matter of "Merry-Go-Round," Sixx revealed the inspiration behind the song, saying, “When I was living in Seattle where I was raised there was a guy who was about 22-23 years old and had about four kids and had all these pressures — it was too much on his mind." Explaining more, he added, "There was an actual merry-go-round by right where the houses and little apartment buildings were. And one day he just wound up sitting out there and he had lost his mind and they took him away in a straightjacket. He regressed to being a little kid; he was out there playing on the merry-go-round and he just lost it — too many pressures.”


Producer Michael Wagener mixed the record in four days, having previously worked with Mick Mars. After the band signed with Elektra in 1982, the album saw a worldwide release with a remixed version and different tracklisting that struck "Stick to Your Guns" and the original opening of "Too Fast For Love." The only Elektra pressing with the original Leathur Records mix were the first copies in Canada, which did not have any omissions like the later releases, since the band was readying a tour of the country and the label wanted copies of the album available in stores to coincide with the trek.


Prior to label support, the band had been booking their own shows and doing all of their own promotion, renting out 350-600 capacity venues and packing places from Northern California to Nevada. The spandex, leather and makeup had been getting the group a lot of attention in addition to the music. When asked if she felt the band was tapping into something special, then consultant manager Vicky Hamilton reflected, "Oh totally. When Motley busted out it was all punk rock and European new wave stuff like Duran Duran or Psychedelic Furs. So they just stood out with their duct tape, spandex and hair. Nikki lit himself on fire and just everything about them was like “What is THIS???!!"


This statement echoed the thoughts of Sixx at the time when he talked about Motley Crue's image with local radio and foreshadowed what would become hair metal. The bassist said, “A lot of people in L.A. — it’s picking up like in England when the punk bands started, the Sex Pistols and stuff, everyone went to that extreme. I’m wondering what’s going to happen in the future with us because it’s starting to happen just in L.A.; what’s gonna happen when the album gets distributed internationally if it’ll pick up to that extreme?”


Nikki Sixx got his answer in the coming years. Too Fast for Love was certified platinum by the RIAA in 1986, one of five of the band's albums to eclipse that mark. The glam metal image that Motley Crue adopted so early went on to see global dominance in the mid to late '80s and helped bring fame to countless other bands who would lean heavily on Crue's style.


From: https://loudwire.com/motley-crue-too-fast-for-love-anniversary/


Posted on November 10, 2019 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Sebastian Bach is front and center in a new Forbes.com feature, where he discusses his recently wrapped North American tour - which celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the self-titled Skid Row debut - and his longevity as an artist and performer. Following is an excerpt from the interview.


Q: Is there one song in particular that you've had the most fun digging up for this tour?


Sebastian: "Yes. That would be the song 'Forever', which is a bonus track on Skid Row’s greatest hits record. But that was the song that we opened up all of our shows with before we had a record deal, which was only like a month. … It brings back a lot of great feelings of when we were great friends, which, despite what those guys say, we were great friends, despite the bullsh**t that I read. And the lyrics go, 'Remember when we were young? Just two kids on the run with a fistful of dreams. Drinking wine—which I love—playing cool, stay out late, cutting school, smoke cigarettes like James Dean.' To me, those are great lyrics, right? I don't see how that's bad. I think that paints an incredible picture of being a teenager, cutting loose, having fun, exploring your dreams."


Q: There’s definitely been a renewed interest in heavier music lately, especially artists from the ‘80s and ‘90s. Do you find this is a better atmosphere to release new solo music?


Sebastian: "The first thing I would tell you is, I lived in Studio City (in Los Angeles) for two years recently. And I've moved since then, but my next-door neighbor was Adam Jones from Tool. And we became super f***ing close friends, nothing to do with music. His kids come over to my house to play. He comes to our birthday parties. He came to my 50th birthday party, brought Danny from Tool, and I'm really good friends with Adam. We bond over comic books. And believe it or not, I just recently had to turn down the opening slot for Tool. Adam wanted Sebastian Bach to open two weeks of shows in arenas. But I was already booked! So that's mind-blowing to me. … I think the success of bands like Tool is just undeniable that people want to hear heavy f***ing rock, and how can you deny that? It's right in your face.


You also can't deny that what I do for a living is a completely dying art. There's not kids coming up, locking themselves in their room, doing vocal histrionics. I don't even know if that's a word. But the way I learned how to sing, I don't think kids even could ever—I don't know, maybe I'm wrong, maybe kids on American Idol or something. But it just seems like so much of the vocal sound that I hear today is so over-processed and fake. That's why somebody like Adele comes out and people are like, 'Oh my God.' And it's like, she's just singing with her voice (laughs). Nobody else is. That's why she's so good."


Read the complete interview here:


From: http://bravewords.com/news/sebastian-bach-what-i-do-for-a-living-is-a-completely-dying-art

Five Finger Death Punch's Ivan Moody: "This album has not been f****** easy to make"

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Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody has been speaking exclusively with Metal Hammer magazine about the band’s upcoming studio album.


He and his bandmates Zoltan Bathory, Jason Hook, Chris Kael and Charlie Engen are the cover stars of the new issue of Metal Hammer magazine, with the Las Vegas outfit giving us a look at the creation of the as-yet-untitled record, which will be the follow-up to 2018’s And Justice For None.


Moody says: “This album has not been fucking easy to make. There was always somebody fucking quitting. Somebody wants to fire another guy, somebody’s unhappy with someone’s lifestyle. These things happen on a daily basis."


He adds: “If there weren’t bumps in the road, it would have been a shit record because that’s complacency and that’s settling.”


Back in September, Five Finger Death Punch teased their new single Inside Out, with Moody also telling Metal Hammer that the track “pretty much encompasses everything” since his much-publicised addiction struggles.


He adds: “This is the first piece of music I’ve written since all this happened. So all these emotions, I finally get to put them out in a therapeutic way. It’s about alcoholism. It’s about my family leaving. It’s about my bandmates. It’s about looking at myself in the fucking face and saying, ‘Dude, you’re going to have to do this because nobody else is coming.’”

Five Finger Death Punch, Megadeth & Bad Wolves 2020 tour:

Jan 14: Kiev Palace Of Sports, Ukraine **

Jan 16: Moscow Adrenaline Stadium, Russia **

Jan 18: St. Petersburg A2, Russia **

Jan 20: Helsinki Hartwell Arena, Finland

Jan 22: Stockholm Hovet, Sweden

Jan 23: Oslo Spektrum, Norway

Jan 24: Copenhagen Royal Arena, Denmark

Jan 26: Amsterdam AFAS Live, Netherlands

Jan 28: Paris Zenith, France

Jan 30: Cardiff Arena, UK

Jan 31: London Wembley Arena, UK

Feb 03: Berlin Max-Schmeling Halle, Germany

Feb 04: Hamburg Sporthalle, Germany

Feb 06: Frankfurt Festhalle, Germany

Feb 08: Oberhausen Koenig-Pilsener Arena, Germany

Feb 09: Stuttgart Schleyerhalle, Germany

Feb 10: Munich Olympiahalle, Germany

Feb 12: Warsaw Torwar, Poland

Feb 14: Prague Tipsport Arena, Czech Republic

Feb 16: Milan Alcatrazz, Italy

Feb 17: Zurich Hallenstadion, Switzerland

Feb 19: Vienna Stadthalle, Austria

Feb 20: Budapest Sportarena, Hungary


** 5FDP headline show without Megadeth and Bad Wolves

From: https://www.loudersound.com/news/five-finger-death-punchs-ivan-moody-this-album-has-not-been-f-easy-to-make

DREAM THEATER's JAMES LABRIE Says Success Of 'Pull Me Under' Was 'Pretty Surreal'

Posted on November 10, 2019 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

DREAM THEATER vocalist James LaBrie recently spoke with Two Doods Reviews. The full conversation can be streamed below:



A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).


On whether he plays any instruments:


James: "I grabbed a guitar two years ago, so I'm slowly learning the dexterity that's involved in guitar playing, and I've gotta tell you, that's intimidating. Drums, I played from the age of 5 until I was 17. I thank God that I did that, because the rhythmic sensibility and especially being able to infuse myself in a band like DREAM THEATER naturally, it came from that fundamental background. I always thank my lucky stars that I did that. It just seems all natural. I'm not one of these guys — I don't want to count out all the crazy time signatures when I'm singing in between. It needs to feel natural — it needs to feel real."


On auditioning for DREAM THEATER:


James: "I saw myself as a frontman when I was 12. I always knew that the drums was secondary, because I started singing around the same age. The first couple bands that I formed, I was the lead vocalist and drummer. I was doing the whole Don Henley, Phil Collins thing. When I went down to do the audition, I was completely oblivious to any of the other singers that they had had [try out], which was probably a good thing. I know they told me — they go, 'We've been auditioning singers for the last two and a half years. We've worked with some for six months, eight months. [We've] recorded a ton of demos.' My [WINTER ROSE] CD happened to cross their laps, and they listened to it in [drummer] Mike Portnoy's van one night... When they brought me down, we basically went to the rehearsal hall. We jammed for about an hour or so, and we went through a lot of the songs from the first album and jammed on 'Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'' by JOURNEY. They just kind of looked at me at the end. I didn't know their lingo, and at the time, [guitarist] John Petrucci looks over at me and goes, 'Dude, you're sick!' I said, 'Actually, you know what? I feel great.' He goes, 'No, no, no. I mean that in a great way.' The very next way, we went to [bassist] John Myung's condo and recorded three or four songs in his bedroom on an 8-track recorder. I was there for, like, five days doing stuff, and then I flew back home. They asked me before I left — they said, 'Dude, you've got to be in the band. Are you into it?' I said, 'Absolutely, but I'm going to tell you one thing — I'm staying in Canada. I don't want to move down here. I love it down here, but [it's not happening].' I'm in Toronto, so back in the day, that was, like, a 50-minute flight. It was no big deal."


On what he can do on his solo albums that he can't do in DREAM THEATER:


James: "I guess [on] the peripheral edge, there are progressive moments throughout some of the solo material, but for the most part, Matt Guillory and I, we've been a team — we've been doing this since 1998. Matt is a phenomenally talented piano player [and] writer. When we've been putting the songs together, our focus is really first and foremost on the songs having a bit more of a hard rock, very palatable... it's something that you can sink your teeth into as far as hooks. A lot of the hooks are coming from the guitar and especially the melody... Matt and I split the lyrics. He does half; I do half. We just want to create our own sound by incorporating some very heavy and aggressive moments, and there's even minimal — we use it sparingly, but I think it still has a purpose — grunt vocals. Peter Wildoer, the drummer, does that. He does a phenomenal job, but it's used more as a tool, and it's not necessarily, 'Oh, listen to this voice.' That's what I think maintains that equilibrium throughout. By doing these things, it kind of creates that separation between DREAM THEATER, because it wouldn't make any sense for me to do it [otherwise]... We just want to be more straightforward, but put some interesting moments into it that are a little more in the musicianship realm, so to speak."


On the success of "Pull Me Under":


James: "It was pretty surreal, especially at that point. We came out with an album that was so left [of center] — it's like, 'Wait a minute, what are the guys doing? They're releasing a progressive heavy metal album?' Everyone was, like, 'What are you going to do with this? What's going to happen?' Fortunately for us, and I have to be honest, if 'Pull Me Under' hadn't exploded like it did and made the album extremely successful, I don't know if you and I would be talking today. The reality is, before 'Pull Me Under' hit, I think they released 10,000 albums for the States, and then trickles in Canada and the international [market]. What do you do with that? If there was nothing to really grasp on to, where do you go with that? Fortunately for us, 'Pull Me Under' became something that was not only North America, where it was kicking, but all of a sudden, it made its way internationally. Europe was on it immediately, and then all of Asia, and then it just mushroomed from there. It allowed us to be able to go in with the follow-up and feel confident."


On the fact that the band doesn't always perform the track live despite it being their best-known song:


James: "We just kept thinking, 'Are we going to keep incorporating this into every leg, every tour? I think even the fans would appreciate it if we didn't play it.' I would say that that's definitely the one that we know we're kind of committed to because it was our big hit, and I can only imagine what some of these bands like THE EAGLES, AEROSMITH, Billy Joel [feel about having to play their hits]."


On current DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Mangini:


James: "He is, first of all, an incredible drummer. That goes without saying. I think over the years, he's at a point — especially with 'Distance Over Time' — he was fully integrated [and] fully involved with everything; the whole process, the writing. He's an incredibly talented musician. He's played stuff for us that he's written and wants to eventually release, and it's great stuff — it's really cool stuff. His whole dynamic with the band, I would have to say, it's probably been in the last few years that we have seen the full Mangini on board. I think everything up to that point was him gracefully coming into the fold — still playing phenomenal each and every night and on the albums, but I think it's been since maybe the self-titled or 'The Astonishing' that you kind of felt that whole click. Definitely, I think he shined like a diamond on the last album, and I think that's because he was fully involved. He's a great guy — he's crazy, like most drummers. He's a really funny guy [with] a crazy sense of humor. But that's good — we need the balance."


On the overall state of DREAM THEATER:


James: "I think we're extremely fortunate. We never take any of this for granted... Where we are at this point, we're in a really healthy place, and we're really taking it for all its worth."


DREAM THEATER continues to tour in support of its latest album, "Distance Over Time", which was released on February 22 via InsideOut. The record was produced by Petrucci, mixed by Ben Grosse and mastered by Tom Baker.


During the tour, the group is celebrating the 20th anniversary of "Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory" by performing the landmark concept album in its entirety for the first time since 2000.


From: https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/dream-theaters-james-labrie-says-success-of-pull-me-under-was-pretty-surreal/

Iron Maiden Confirms A Return To Australia On Their Spectacular Legacy Of The Beast Tour

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IRON MAIDEN will return to Australia in May 2020 to perform 5 massive arena shows on their Legacy of the Beast World Tour with special guests Killswitch Engage.

Tickets go on-sale on Thursday 14 November at 12noon from www.ticketek.com.au


As always there will be an exclusive pre-sale for IRON MAIDEN FAN CLUB members, go to www.ironmaiden.com for all ticketing details.


Telstra Plus member presale starts Monday 11 November at 1pm and is open until 1pm on Wednesday 13 November. Go to Telstra.com/music for further details.


The Iron Maiden Legacy of the Beast tour dates are:


Friday 1st May – Perth – RAC Arena

Sunday 3rd May – Adelaide – Entertainment Centre

Tuesday 5th May – Brisbane – Entertainment Centre

Thursday 7th May – Sydney – Qudos Bank Arena

Monday 11th May – Melbourne – Rod Laver Arena


The Legacy Of The Beast Tour is being hailed by fans and media as the most extravagant and visually spectacular live show of the band’s touring to date. The decades-spanning set-list of fan favourites and hits has garnered career best reviews around the world. The legacy of Iron Maiden continues to grow with some of their fastest ever selling tour tickets and sell out headline stadium, arena and festival shows across Europe and North, South and Central America. The band has visited 39 countries around the globe since the tour opened last year, playing to close to two million fans, including headlining a capacity crowd of 100,000 at the legendary Rock in Rio festival in Brazil.

President and CEO of TEG DAINTY Paul Dainty said “We can’t wait to bring Maiden back to Australia for this tour, the reviews from overseas are absolutely phenomenal. This band is hotter than ever and this pinnacle of new production is next level spectacular!”


Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson comments, “It’ll be four years since we were last in Australia, so we’re delighted to be making a return visit to present the Legacy Of The Beast Tour to all our fans there! We’re immensely proud of this show and we’ve had great reactions from the many fans who came to see us in Europe, North America, Mexico and South America. The production for Australia is exactly the same as the other shows on this tour so far and is based on our mobile game THE LEGACY OF THE BEAST which basically takes various incarnations of Eddie into many different Maiden Worlds. This inspired us to put together a stage show to take our fans through different Worlds and experiences set to appropriate songs. It is not that easy designing different Worlds on stage and we put a huge amount of work into this to make it work and the end result we feel is our most spectacular and certainly the most complex show to date. We’ve got all kinds of crazy things going on, including a replica Spitfire plane dominating the stage during ‘Aces High,’ tons of pyro, a giant Icarus, muskets, claymores and some truly marvellous flame-throwers which I have a hell of a lot of fun with, as you will see! And of course, we have Eddie, as you’ve never seen him before, and absolutely loads of other surprises. I’ve had the time of my life playing with all these magnificent props on stage, it’s been fantastic, we can’t wait to bring this show to you!”


Steve Harris, bassist and founder member adds, “We gave a lot of thought to the set list for this Tour as the songs needed to follow the narrative of the changing worlds of the stage show. We feel we ended up with a very strong and well balanced set mixing songs we haven’t played in many years like ‘Flight Of Icarus,’ ‘Sign Of The Cross’ and ‘The Clansman’ with songs we know the fans want to hear like ‘The Trooper,’ ‘2 Minutes To Midnight,’ ‘The Number Of The Beast,’ ‘Fear Of The Dark,’ ‘Run To The Hills,’ ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ and others, reflecting the journey through the different themes of the show. We’re excited to be bringing this tour to Australia as much of the set list comprises songs which our fans will know well but which haven’t been performed live there for over ten years, some of them even longer than that. The whole band is really enjoying this tour and we are really looking forward to seeing everybody again!”


The Legacy Of The Beast Tour production and set list is inspired by Maiden’s free to play mobile game of the same name which is available on iOS and Android platforms at www.ironmaiden.com/play .


Maiden’s last album The Book Of Souls reached Number 1 in an astonishing 43 countries. Iron Maiden are one of the most influential and revered rock bands of all time, and The Legacy Of The Beast Tour is their most spectacular and biggest production to date.


Joining the Legacy Of The Beast Tour is the multiple GRAMMY® Award nominated Killswitch Engage who first shook the structure of heavy music upon climbing out of snowy industrialized Western Massachusetts in 2000. A musical outlier, the band pioneered a union of thrashed-out European guitar pyrotechnics, East Coast hardcore spirit, on-stage hijinks, and enlightened lyricism that set the pace for what the turn-of-the-century deemed heavy. The group has garnered three consecutive Top 10 debuts on the Billboard Top 200, and their total streams have exceeded half-a-billion to date.


Fans in Australia will be able to purchase a special Trooper VIP package which allows them access to the exclusive pre-show function to meet with other fans, a pile of TROOPER goodies, TROOPER beers, complimentary food and the opportunity to win some great prizes.


Australia get ready, the best metal tour of 2020 is coming your way, the Legacy Of The Beast Tour lands in Perth on May 1 before traveling around Australia for 5 massive arena shows. Don’t miss it!


Check www.ironmaiden.com and www.tegdainty.com for more tour information.


From: http://maytherockbewithyou.com/mtrbwy/2019/11/iron-maiden-confirms-a-return-to-australia-on-their-spectacular-legacy-of-the-beast-tour/


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KISS recently announced that their End Of The Road tour will conclude on July 17, 2021 in New York City. The band will soon add 90 additional dates to their tour schedule.


In the video below from Rock And Roll Experience With Mike Brunn, shot on the recent KISS Kruise, the band's manager Doc McGhee reveals that original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, as well as Vinnie Vincent and anyone else who has played with KISS, are welcome to take part.


Says McGhee: "We want to include everybody that played with KISS and celebrate the 45 years of KISS. And everybody, from Vinnie Vincent to everybody else that they've performed with, and that have passed away and have played with, is part of this whole celebration of 45 years. So, we're still looking at what we're gonna do on the final show of KISS."


Hear more from Doc McGhee below:


From: http://bravewords.com/news/ace-frehley-and-peter-criss-have-both-been-talked-to-about-participating-in-the-end-of-the-road-tour-finale-they-re-very-much-a-part-of-the-heritage-of-kiss-says-manager-doc-mcghee

Robert Plant Not Sure About Led Zeppelin's Stairway To Heaven

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Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant says in a new radio interview that he no longer relates to lyrics of the band's classic hit "Stairway To Heaven".


Plant was asked about the song during an interview with radio legend Joe Benson for the Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show and Robert responded, "Of course, it was a good song.


"The construction of the song, the actual musical construction is very, very good. It's one of those moments that really can stand without a vocal, and, in fact, it will stand again without a vocal, I'm sure, because it's a fine, fine piece of music."


But Plant had this to say about the words to the song, "lyrically, now, I can't relate to it, because it was so long ago. ... I would have no intention ever to write along those abstract lines anymore.


"I look at it and I tip my hat to it, and I think there are parts of it that are incredible. The way that Jimmy [Page] took the music through, and the way that the drums reached almost climaxed and then continued. ...


"It's a very beautiful piece. But lyrically, now, and even vocally, I go, 'I'm not sure about that.'"

W.A.S.P. To Celebrate First Four Albums On '1984 To Headless' World Tour In 2020

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W.A.S.P. will embark on the "1984 To Headless" world tour in 2020. The trek will be a celebration of hits from the band's first four albums.


W.A.S.P. said in a statement: "The first self-titled album, that in some countries was called 'Winged Assassins', featuring songs from that now classic record, 'I Wanna Be Somebody' and 'L.O.V.E. Machine', to the second album, 'The Last Command', along with 'Inside The Electric Circus', to the iconic masterpiece 'The Headless Children'. These hits from the first four albums have never been performed together, 'Live', as they will be in this most special show, and will NEVER BE REPEATED EVER AGAIN!! So join us, as we take you back… to where it all started."


The fall 2020 European leg of the "1984 To Headless" tour will kick off on September 4, 2020 in Malmö, Sweden and conclude on November 4, 2020 in Pratteln, Switzerland.


For exact cities and dates, visit W.A.S.P.'s official web site.


Two years ago, W.A.S.P. leader Blackie Lawless dismissed persistent calls from fans for a reunion with classic-era guitarist Chris Holmes, saying in a press conference: "People get divorced for certain reasons, and there's times when the kids want the parents to get back together, but sometimes it never happens. And this is one of those [times]. Sorry."


Holmes joined W.A.S.P. in 1982 and remained with the group until 1990. In 1996, the guitarist rejoined W.A.S.P. and stayed with the band until 2001. Chris has not played with W.A.S.P. since.


In a 2015 interview with The Metal Voice, Holmes accused Lawless of not wanting to work with other people. "Blackie had his means of controlling everything… It's all about him, him, him," Chris said.


According to Holmes, he added his unique style of playing to the W.A.S.P. sound. "The way that I grew up playing guitar is the way I play," he said. "And you can hear on the latest W.A.S.P. albums, it's not there. I don't know what it is; it's just the way you hit the strings. Everybody's different. [Tony] Iommi, Michael Scheknker, Peter Townshend… Everybody that plays is just different, the way they hit the guitar. And I hit a certain way. And Blackie always… I never heard one note in my life in W.A.S.P. 'Hey, Chris, you did a good job.' I never heard that once. I always heard how terrible I played and this and that.' I was always put down all the time. And Blackie says, 'The manager wants to use my image to sell the band.' Well, the band was a band in the first place; it was a whole unit. But he always wanted to be the main guy."


In February 2018, Napalm Records released "ReIdolized (The Soundtrack To 'The Crimson Idol')", the 25th-anniversary version of W.A.S.P.'s iconic hit album.


Posted on November 6, 2019 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Ratt singer/songwriter, Stephen Pearcy, talked about new music from the band, and the musical direction, in a new interview with Canada's The Metal Voice. You can check out the interview here:



"I always release solo records pretty much every year just because I like to write and try different things," says Pearcy. "With Ratt, we're going to probably release a couple singles first and see what happens, if it fires up we'll go into a record, that's the easy part. It's been quite a while since the last album was released 2010-11. Of course the musical style is going be in the Ratt norm. When we get into the Ratt music writing mode we know what is Ratt's music and what isn't. I would like to get a little more melodically aggressive on the next album, say something like in between the EP, Out Of The Cellar and Invasion Of Your Privacy. We are shooting for some more harder Ratt 'n Roll. Also I have been mentioning to Juan Croucier we should do a similar vocal trade off part like we did on 'Lack Of Communication' off of Out Of The Cellar on a new song."

Stephen Pearcy will be inducted into the 2020 Metal Hall Fame, at its annual non-profit charity gala, The Hall Of Heavy Metal History. The gala will take place on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at the Marriott Delta Garden Grove in Anaheim, CA.


Stephen Pearcy will join 2020 gala Inductees Don Dokken, Joe Satriani, and Geoff Tate, amongst other iconic hard rock and heavy metal artist-inductees who will soon be announced. Pearcy is best known as the original vocalist and founding member of the iconic rock band Ratt, which has sold millions of gold and platinum albums. He has recorded five solo records, and is also a producer, composer, and television program creator.


The 2020 gala will be hosted by iconic television and radio personality Eddie Trunk, and will feature additional Inductions and performances by numerous hard rock and heavy metal legends of all time, an All-Star Jam, and other surprises.


Proceeds from the event go to bring free music programs and therapy services to disabled children in various hospitals and community centers throughout the United States.


Tickets for the 2020 Annual Hall Of Heavy Metal History Gala are $35.00 ($45.00 day of gala). Order here:



Pat Gesualdo, Metal Hall of Fame Founder/CEO, says, “The 2020 Hall Of Heavy Metal History Gala is going to be amazing! Our entire Board of Directors want to thank metal fans all over the world who vote for our inductees, and attend our events. With their support, they are helping us keep hard rock and heavy metal alive for generations to come. At the same time, the gala helps our non profit organization D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities), to provide free therapy services for disabled children and their families, in hospitals and community centers throughout the United States."


For more information, please visit thehallofheavymetalhistory.org, or call 973-725-5150.

From: http://bravewords.com/news/stephen-pearcy-would-like-to-get-a-little-more-melodically-aggressive-on-new-ratt-music-of-course-the-musical-style-is-going-to-be-the-norm-video

20 Years Ago: Gary Cherone Leaves Van Halen

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The writing was on the wall. After experiencing the thrill of fronting Van Halen, a band he'd idolized, Gary Cherone knew the ride was coming to an end. Across from him sat Alex Van Halen, the group’s drummer, who began the conversation by saying, “We sense that you’re unhappy and a little bit frustrated ... ”

Three years earlier, everything had started in a strangely surreal fashion. Cherone had found success as the frontmanof Extreme, the glam-metal outfit whose acoustic ballad “More Than Words” became an international hit. When Extreme went on hiatus in 1996, the singer found himself looking for a new musical project. “That summer, my manager Ray Danniels – who also managed Van Halen at the time – calls me up,” Cherone recalled in a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone. “He goes, ‘What do you think about auditioning for Van Halen?’”

By this point, Van Halen had already endured the highs and lows of two previous singers. Original frontman David Lee Roth delivered his distinctive brand of showmanship, earning a reputation as one of the rock's greatest singers, while helping Van Halen become one of the biggest bands on the planet. Following his departure, Sammy Hagar led the group for a successful tenure from 1986-96 that saw Van Halen continue their chart-topping dominance. Now the role was once again vacant, and Cherone’s manager saw his client as the next in line.


“I said, ‘Yeah, sure. I’ll go out for the weekend, sing ‘Jump,’ come back and have a good story to tell,’” Cherone explained of his expectations. “And that was truly, truly how much I thought about it.”


Soon afterward, he was on a flight to Los Angeles. As reality started settling in, Cherone began to feel nervous. “I got off the plane in the afternoon and I remember Mike Anthony came out," he recalled. "I’d met him over the years at some Extreme shows. I said, ‘Mike, hey, man, you’re my only ally here.’” Despite initial concerns that he'd be viewed as an outsider, Cherone was welcomed by the band. “Alex and Eddie came out and shook my hand. I’m holding my suitcase, my overnight bag – and Ed goes, ‘You ready to sing?’ I go, ‘Yeah. Can I go to the bathroom first?’ Then we literally went into ‘5150,’ three other songs from the Hagar catalog and ‘Jump’ and ‘Panama’ from the Dave era.”


The chemistry in that first session was obvious, as Cherone quickly found a comfort level with the rest of Van Halen. The group quickly began working on new material. “Right from the get-go we were writing songs,” Cherone noted, adding that he did his best to quell his own excitement. “Even though Eddie was real enthusiastic and he embraced me and the band embraced me, I was skeptical. I was thinking, ‘I’ll take it day to day, week to week, let’s write another song, let’s write another song.’ I remember calling back home and everyone saying, ‘Are you in the band? You’re in the band, right?’ And I would go, ‘Yeah, I guess.’"


The new songs would make up Van Halen III, the group’s 11th album. The band launched a worldwide tour to coincide with its release. Despite excitement for the new material, fans and industry types seemed skeptical of the new singer.


"We’d go into a town and the radio station, there would be some mocking, you know, 'Gary Cherone, the ["More Than Words"] ballad guy, what’s he doing in Van Halen?'” the singer noted during a 2014 interview with UCR. “But those same radio people saw the show and then after that, we’d see them and they were apologizing. Maybe those guys didn’t know who Extreme was.”


Van Halen III was met with a collective yawn. It peaked at No. 4, with sales significantly lower than the group's previous albums (the most recent four had all reached No. 1). "Without You" was the LP's only significant radio hit. Billboard called the album “lackluster,” while Entertainment Weekly said the lyrics fell “somewhere between less than profound and not quite abysmal.”


The ensuing tour, while promising, was also met with lukewarm ticket sales despite the fact that the band delved deep into its catalog of songs. "It’s funny, it was kinda pre-YouTube, but there were rumors going around, 'Oh, they’re playing ‘Mean Street’ for the first time in 20 years,' so that worked in my favor," Cherone recalled.


As for the stress that came with fronting one of the biggest bands on Earth, the singer took it in stride. “I remember being stressed out, but I felt comfortable," Cherone admitted. "For me, all during the making of the record I couldn’t wait to go on tour because that was my comfort zone. I was dying to get out there and play some new songs, play some old songs. Of course you’re going to get the die-hard fans who are never going to like you no matter what you do. But most of the time, 90 percent of the audience was thrilled that I was singing the old shit. Two-thirds of the set, if not more, were songs Van Halen fans hadn’t heard in a very long time.”


The tour cycle came to a close at the end of 1998. Even with lower-than-expected profits, the band seemed energized by the trek. “I think, maybe, me having some young legs – I was a little younger than those guys. I’m not saying I pushed them, but I think they embraced it,” Cherone opined. “Because it’s my nature to run around and have fun like a carnival monkey, so Eddie was running around [during performances]. Everybody seemed to be happy.”


At the start of 1999, the members of Van Halen assembled to work on new music. Even as they penned new tunes and recorded demos, Cherone sensed the band had “started to get a little dysfunctional.” “I think Eddie started drinking a bit. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t going in the right direction," the singer confessed. "Also, I wasn’t in a great place mentally. I had some things going on in my personal life that affected me.”


And so Cherone found himself having a heart-to-heart with Alex, the drummer acting as the band’s figurehead, tasked with excusing the singer from his duties. “I knew the end was near,” he admitted, adding that he only wished they could have completed that second album together.


Unlike the drama-laced departures of Roth and Hagar, Cherone left amicably. He’d later describe the parting as “mutual,” and maintains a friendship with bassist Anthony to this day.


Extreme reformed in 2004, touring and occasionally releasing new material over the next decade-plus. Meanwhile, Van Halen would take a break for several years before reuniting with both Roth and Hagar at various points.


For his part, Cherone reflected happily on his tenure with the rock giants, even if it was short-lived. “At the end of the day, I’m gonna say, ‘Hey, I was one of the three singers in the mighty Van Halen,’" he said. "You can’t take that away from me.”


From: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/gary-cherone-leaves-van-halen/

Spinal Tap Resolve Dispute Over Soundtrack Recordings With UMG

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Nobody's spontaneously combusting, but there is a certain amount of exuberance for the members of Spinal Tap after resolving a lengthy dispute with Universal Music Group over the their soundtrack recordings.


According to Billboard, Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner -- the creators behind the groundbreaking '80s mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap -- have settled their legal issues over the 1984 film and the recordings from the movie will continue to be distributed through UMG. Under the new agreement, the rights will eventually be given to the creators and "the parties look forward to making these beloved recordings available to existing and new Spinal Tap fans for years to come."


Shearer stated, "I must admit, from the moment we first began mediation with them to now, I've been impressed by UMG's respect for creatives and their distinctive desire to seek a prompt and equitable solution to the issues."


Guest added, "It was refreshing to be treated so constructively and with such courtesy by UMG and I'm pleased we have been able to resolve this."


The trio of Shearer, Guest and McKean starred in the movie as Derek Smalls, Nigel Tufnel and David St. Hubbins respectively, with their story being told by documentarian Marty Di Bergi, who was played by Reiner. In the years since the film, the three actors have resumed their Spinal Tap personas on multiple occasions, recording 1992's Break Like the Wind and 2009's Back From the Dead. Shearer, as Derek Smalls, also released a solo album titled Smalls Change: Meditations Upon Ageing in 2018.


From: https://loudwire.com/spinal-tap-resolve-dispute-soundtrack-recordings-umg/

Ozzy Osbourne: If it wasn't for Sharon I wouldn't be alive

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Ozzy Osbourne says he wouldn’t be alive now if it wasn’t for his wife and manager Sharon.


Ozzy was speaking to in a new Q&A provided by his US PR about his upcoming solo box set See You On The Other Side when he was asked if he ever thought he would be where he is today when first starting out in the music business.


Ozzy replies: “Absolutely! I knew, I thought, 'Oh, this will do!' When the first Black Sabbath album got in the charts, it was the first time I ever got success.


“I figured it would end, but we were picked up by various magazines and I thought, 'This will be good for a few years. Partying every night, women, and wine and rock'n'roll.'


“Here we are, 50 years up the road. I know that without a shadow of a doubt though, if it wasn't for my wife Sharon, I wouldn't be here now. I wouldn't be alive.


“She pushed me when I needed it. She yelled at me when I needed it. At the time I didn't think I wanted to be yelled at, but in the long run, you got to get off your butt and you got to get to what you're here to do. And I believe that's what I'm here to do!”


Reflecting on his early days with Sharon, Ozzy adds: “When we started off, I can remember, we were both broke, no credit cards, nothing. We'd have all the cash from the gig in a briefcase and we'd have to stay in these really cheap hotels."

Ozzy adds: “The briefcase with cash in it was handcuffed to my wrist because if we got ripped off, we were done. But it was fun because we had nothing to lose, and everything to gain! We'd beg, borrow, and steal.”

From: https://www.loudersound.com/news/ozzy-osbourne-if-it-wasnt-for-sharon-i-wouldnt-be-alive

Metallica Give Big To Wildfire Relief

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Metallica have announced that their All Within My Hands Foundation has donated $100,000 towards wildfire relief efforts in California. Last fall, Metallica also donated $100,000 to assist wildfire relief efforts in their home state.


"Sadly, for the third year in a row, communities we have called home throughout the state of California are again experiencing the tragedy left in the wake of wildfires," says the band. "All Within My Hands would like to lend support to those affected in both Northern and Southern California by donating $100,000 to assist in relief, $50,000 to the Sonoma County Resilience Fund - created by the Community Foundation Sonoma County - and $50,000 to the Wildfire Relief Fund - created by the California Community Foundation.


"Both organizations are dedicated to long-term recovery efforts, helping residents resume normal lives as they get back on their feet after the devastation of these firestorms. "


"We would also like to encourage you to join us in supporting those in need as well as the first responders who have been working tirelessly to keep Californians safe," Metallica adds. "Whether you are able to contribute money, non-perishable food, clothing and other supplies, or your time by volunteering or providing temporary housing, every bit helps." 

From: https://www.antimusic.com/news/19/November/06Metallica_Give_Big_To_Wildfire_Relief.shtml

LITA FORD's Long-Awaited New Album Is 'Almost Done'

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Lita Ford has confirmed to Rockin' Metal Revival in a new interview that she is putting the finishing touches on her long-awaited new solo album. "Well, I don't even wanna talk about it yet," she said (hear audio below). "Because it's almost done, it's almost ready to find a home — we need to find a home for it. But I really just wanna wait, because I want the record company to do a video and I wanna make a big announcement on it, because it's just so cool. And I'm so excited about it. But I don't wanna give it away yet."


Earlier this year, Lita told The Metal Voice that the follow-up to 2012's "Living Like A Runaway" album was once again being helmed by guitarist/producer Gary Hoey, who contributes some guitar playing to the disc, alongside the rest of Ford's backing band, which continues to consist of guitarist Patrick Kennison, drummer Bobby Rock and bassist Marty O'Brien.


"It's a concept album," Lita said. "We have to keep the songs consistent so they all work together."


Although Ford declined to reveal the specifics of the concept, she confirmed that the LP will include a song called "Monsters", which was inspired by infamous cult leaders like Charles Manson and David Koresh. "It's just really dark and nasty stuff — brainwashing people and all the stuff [Koresh] did, and got all those people to drink Kool-Aid," she said. "But then again, it could be someone like your attorney, or it could be someone like your mom who is the monster in your life. It could be your manager. You never know who the monster in your life is gonna turn out to be."


Last year, Ford told KBACK Radio that she "was going through a real hard time in my life" during the making of "Living Like A Runaway", "and music was my outlet. I dumped everything into my music, because I didn't wanna start drinking or doing drugs or hurting myself in any other way, so I just rocked out — I put everything into my music, and it really shows in the songs and the lyrics of that album," she said. "They are true — it's a true story, that entire album. But the next album that we're doing is something that I've had in the can for quite a while and it's resurfaced in my life and I'm carrying on with it and I'm making it come to life, and it's really awesome. I don't wanna give it away yet, but I think people are going to be happy with it. It's very riffy, very memorable choruses — stuff that sticks in your head with the riffs and the choruses, the melodies. A real cocky attitude. I love it. I'm very happy with it."


Ford's last release was 2016's "Time Capsule", a collection of songs that were recorded by Lita in the past, but never before made available.


Three years ago, Lita released an autobiography, "Living Like A Runaway: A Memoir", via Dey Street Books (formerly It Books), an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.


You can listen to the interview here:


From: https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/lita-fords-long-awaited-new-album-is-almost-done/