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The "March of the Peaceful Army Tour" will keep going through the fall as Greta Van Fleet have just announced a three-week U.S. run later this year.
The 11-date tour starts Sept. 21 in Missouri and and will mostly hit the Midwest and West Coast before finishing up in Pennsylvania on Oct. 15. Greta Van Fleet have personally selected Shannon and The Clams as the lone supporting act.
Peace Army Fan Club members will get the first shot at tickets with an exclusive pre-sale that starts Wednesday (May 15) at 10 a.m. local time. The general on-sale will follow on Friday (May 17) at 10 a.m. local time.
Head here for tickets and more info:
There's a chance we may get a new Greta Van Fleet album before the year is over. In January, bassist Sam Kiszka said of the follow-up to last year's Anthem of the Peaceful Army debut full length, "We were talking, and I think we all decided earlier this month that we need to do a record as soon as possible. So the one thing I can say right now is that you can definitely expect album [two] in 2019...We're gonna make the music that we want to hear, and we're going to grow musically."
Greta Van Fleet Fall 2019 U.S. Tour Dates:
Sept. 21 — Kansas City, Mo. @ The Starlight Theatre
Sept. 23 — Morrison, Colo. @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sept. 27 — Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nev. @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel
Sept. 29 — San Diego, Calif. @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Sept. 30 — Irvine, Calif. @ FivePoint Amphitheatre
Oct. 02 — San Francisco, Calif. @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Oct. 05 — Los Angeles, Calif. @ Hollywood Palladium
Oct. 09 — Sugar Land, Texas @ Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
Oct. 11 — New Orleans, La. @ UNO Lakefront Arena
Oct. 13 — Nashville, Tenn. @ Nashville Municipal Auditorium
Oct. 15 — Philadelphia, Penn. @ The Met Philadelphia
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Kansas have announced a special show at the Beacon Theatre in New York on Dec. 14 that will find the group, for the first time, performing its classic albums Leftoverture and Point of Know Return back to back for one night only.
“The Beacon, as I think any of my peers will tell you, that’s a very special show,” drummer Phil Ehart, a founding member of the group, tells UCR. “We’ve all played there, but we’ve played there at different times or with other bands. Going in with Kansas by ourselves and doing Leftoverture and Point of Know Return in their entirety back to back is kind of throwing the dice. It really is. Nothing’s ever guaranteed. But we knew when the offer came to do the show that we had to make it special.”
After opening with an acoustic set of fan favorites from other albums in the Kansas catalog, the group will launch into performing the two classic '70s albums. “It’s going to run a couple of hours,” Ehart says. "So it’s going to be a lengthy show.” Tickets for the concert go on sale Friday. You can find ticket information and VIP packages at the band’s website.
Kansas first began playing the Leftoverture album in its entirety in the fall of 2016, not long after they released The Prelude Implicit, their first studio album in more than 15 years. At the time, what was planned to be about a dozen shows in selected markets quickly swelled to more than 80 dates. They followed those shows with a lengthy trek celebrating the 40th anniversary of Point of Know Return, playing that album in full.
Ehart says that performing both albums over the past few years added some new perspective. “I guess one thing that we had forgotten about, and our fans reminded us, is how big those albums were and how popular those albums were,” he says. “We never take ‘em for granted, but when you just kind of pick three or four songs off of each album and play those over and over and over again, over the years, you kind of forget about the rest of the songs that were on there and really, how much impact both of those albums had on the band, as well as our fans at that particular time. Those two albums really shot us into a headlining situation we hadn’t experienced before.”
More than 40 years on, band members, both past and present, have demonstrated an uncanny ability to navigate the complexities of the music on Leftoverture and Point of Know Return. Ehart admits the material presents challenges.
“There were a lot of songs that were chores, believe me. That was the kind of band that we were,” Ehart laughs. “We had some long songs and some shorter songs and some songs in between. The songs on Point of Know Return, they’re daunting at times. But to work them up was even more daunting, because it was just kind of, Okay, how is this going to go together and how are we going to do this?”
A track like “The Spider,” from Point, was an “oddity,” he says now. “Because it’s just so upside down time signature-wise and drum beats and everything," he explains. "But once it all worked itself out, it makes sense and it makes sense now. All of the songs were all kinds of head-scratchers, trying to figure out what they meant and what the lyrics were about and who it was about and what this meant or what this meant and why are we dust in the wind?”
The two albums delivered a huge dosage of much-needed success at a time when label head Don Kirshner had been warning the band that if things didn’t change, it would be dropped. Monster hits like “Carry on Wayward Son,” a late entry during the Leftoverture songwriting process, and "Dust in the Wind,” alongside future fan favorites like “Point of Know Return,” “Portrait (He Knew),” “The Wall,” “Magnum Opus” and others, helped to secure the band’s future. Both albums have sold a combined total of more than 12 million copies.
The group will be on tour this summer with a steady schedule of shows. But first they’ll enter the studio next month to start recording the follow-up to The Prelude Implicit.
“The material is fantastic and we’re very excited about it -- we’re much more of a band this time,” Ehart says. The group’s lineup now includes singer and keyboardist Ronnie Platt, who joined in 2014, and guitarist Zak Rizvi. Both made their recorded debut with Kansas on The Prelude Implicit. Also on board are original founding guitarist Richard Williams, bassist and singer Billy Greer, violinist and guitarist David Ragsdale and keyboardist Tom Brislin, who joined in 2018.
“Before, we were just kind of getting together and [asking], 'Can we even sound like Kansas'?" Ehart recalls. "'What is it going to sound like?' We were very happy with the last album and we think that this one will even be better.”
Ehart says he'll oversee the sessions, sharing the production duties with Williams and Rizvi, who's been writing the majority of the material, along with contributions from the rest of the band. “We’ve got at least a couple of epic tracks, and in a way, they’re all pretty epic, listening to what has been written so far,” he says. “So, not letting the cat out of the bag, there’s definitely some longer, more epic tracks coming.”
He says after some dates in July, the band will head back into the studio in August to complete work on the LP. "It won’t come out for another year, once it’s done," he notes. "Because we still have to mix it and everything. We’ll probably be done near the end of this year and then it will come out in 2020, probably in the summertime of 2020."
All this activity may open the door to Kansas performing other albums in full in the future. "We don’t know what yet, but it seems to be a good idea," Ehart explains.
"It needs to make sense. You don’t want the albums to be too obscure, Because after the next couple of albums, it gets a little obscure as to sales and people being aware of which album is which. These two albums were both our biggest albums ever, other than our best-of album. Our best-of album has sold just as much as these albums have. So maybe that’s a possibility: The Best of Kansas in its entirety. I don’t know. We’ll see. That’s been knocked around. As I've said before, it’s a good problem to have.”
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Sammy Hagar has announced plans for his second annual High Tide Beach Party & Car Show. Set for September 28 and 29 on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Huntington Beach, CA, the two-day event will see performances by Sammy Hagar & The Circle with special guest Richie Sambora, The Beach Boys, Vince Neil, Night Ranger, Blue Oyster Cult, Extreme, Steel Panther, Tony Lewis from The Outfield, Patty Smyth and Scandal, and more.
The Car Show will feature a collection of luxury, exotic, European, custom, classic, movie and hyper cars; among the vehicles on display will be Hagar's personal Ferrari BB512i from his "I Can't Drive 55" music video, Viciousstang - the twin-charged "Million Dollar Mustang," as well as one of the legendary "General Lee" 1969 Dodge Chargers used in the original filming of "The Dukes Of Hazzard" TV series.
The event will also present speccially curated food and drink offerings including a beachside outpost of Sammy's legendary Cabo Wabo Cantina: the Cabo Wabo grill will serve authentic handmade tacos, and bars will be located throughout the party.
Among the beach activities offered will be games, specialty photo ops, as well Polynesian, Tahitian and line dancing instruction at the Red Rocker Party Bar.
The weekend will begin with High Tide Beach Party Kick-off Party Sunset Cruise on Friday, September 27 hosted by Eddie Trunk onboard the Endless Dreams yacht for 200 guests, while a High Tide Hangover Brunch Cruise will be available on both event days.
"We knew we were on to something special when we started planning the High Tide Beach Party with Sammy Hagar last year," says event producer John Oakes of Freeze Management. "But we were blown away when it sold out in advance the first year. We learned a lot and this year we're coming back to make the party bigger and better, aimed at enhancing the attendees' experience."
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James Kottak says that fans will have to wait at least another year for new music from KINGDOM COME.
Singer Lenny Wolf is not involved with KINGDOM COME's current reunion tour, which is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of the band's self-titled debut album.
The trek, which kicked off last September, features Kottak alongside guitarists Danny Stag and Rick Steier, bassist Johnny B. Frank and vocalist Keith St. John (formerly of MONTROSE and LYNCH MOB).
During an interview with "Talking Metal" at this month's M3 Rock Festival, the drummer was asked about KINGDOM COME's future plans as it relates to touring and recording. He responded (see video below): "2020 is shaping up to be a really busy year for us. We're gonna play, basically, every weekend. And of course, we wanna do new music. Contractually, we have to wait two years. And it's the nature of the beast and the way it is. But, again, we respect Lenny and what he's decided to do.
"Rick has enough music — I'm not kidding — riffs and stuff for, like, 10 albums; he's a songwriting machine," he continued. "And we're gonna see what happens. We're just taking it month to month, day by day — one day at a time."
During the same chat, Steier talked about KINGDOM COME's decision to play without Lenny, saying: "Lenny retired. It's something that he wanted to do. He wasn't into going and performing anymore. So God bless him, and we wish him all the best. But we still have some rocking blood in us. So we wanna get out there.
"We did a couple of months run [last fall], and then [now] we're doing weekend warrior stuff, getting the name back out, making sure people remember us playing and showing people we still can play," he said. "'Cause a lot of bands get worse as they get older."
Last fall, Kottak admitted that he and his bandmates were initially concerned about whether people would accept KINGDOM COME without Wolf.
"When we first put the word out to promoters and buyers, at first they were going, 'Oh yeah! KINGDOM COME!'" the drummer recalled to Eonmusic. "Then we had to go back a few weeks later and say, 'Sorry. Unfortunately, there will be no Lenny Wolf.' So, out of the 20 or so offers we had from different buyers, only three actually pulled out. I was surprised; I thought we'd get a little more backlash. But so many bands, especially bands with longevity, they change members; look at THIN LIZZY, how they changed, or name any band that's been around for 25, 30years, and there's very few that have all the original members."
After its early run of success in the '80s, KINGDOM COME released several albums, with Wolf remaining the only constant member of the band. The group's most recent effort was 2013's "Outlier".
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When Roger Daltrey sang "Hey you smoking mother nature / This is a bust" in "We're Not Gonna Take It," he wasn't kidding around. For the second time in recent memory, he chastised fans who were smoking marijuana near the stage during a Who concert.
The incident took place at New York's Madison Square Garden. As you can see in the video below, Daltrey said, “All the ones smoking grass down in the front there, I’m totally allergic to it,” Daltrey addresses the crowd in a fan-shot video. “I’m not kidding, whoever it is down there, you fucked my night and you made me really…I’m allergic to that shit and my voice just goes [makes noise] It sucks up. So fuck you!”
Check out the video here:
Four years ago (almost to the day and also in the New York area), Daltrey took issue with a fan who had sparked up and threatened to walk offstage if it continued. The local newspaper report's review of the show noted that "the smoke’s impact was almost immediate on his voice, which went from crystal clear and potent for the opening ‘I Can’t Explain’ to something rougher and more limited during ‘I Can See for Miles.'” Although, they said, as soon as it stopped, Daltrey's voice was back to normal.
The Who's Moving On! Tour began last week in Grand Rapids. For the first time in their career, they've brought an orchestra out on the road with them, and their set has borrowed heavily from Tommy and Quadrophenia. The first leg will run through June 1, and they'll do another set of dates in North America between Sept. 6 and Oct. 23.
You can check out all the dates here.
The Who 'Moving On!' 2019 North American Tour:
May 16 -- Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
May 18 -- Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
May 21 -- Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre @ Chicago, IL
May 23 -- Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre St. Louis
May 25 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park
May 28 -- Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
May 30 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
June 1 -- Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
Sept. 6 -- St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Sept. 8 -- Alpine Valley, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Sept. 10 --Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
Sept. 13 -- Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
Sept. 15 -- Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Sept. 18 -- Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
Sept. 20 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
Sept. 22 -- Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
Sept. 25 -- Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Sept. 27 -- Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Sept. 29 -- Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Oct. 11 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
Oct. 13 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
Oct. 16 -- San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University
Oct. 19 -- Seattle, WA @ T-Mobile Park / Home of the Seattle Mariners
Oct. 21 -- Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Oct. 23 -- Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
BAD COMPANY - 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM CELEBRATED ON INTHESTUDIO; AUDIO INTERVIEW
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Says host Redbeard: "To this day I clearly remember the anticipation leading up to the day that the British band Bad Company released that much-touted debut in May 1974, precisely because of the pedigrees of the young but, by then, veteran rockers Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke ex- of Free, Mick Ralphs from Mott The Hoople, and Boz Burrell from a stint with King Crimson. Eventually Bad Company would occupy the #1 sales slot in the US, making Bad Company one of the most successful debuts in rock history because of “Can’t Get Enough”, ”Rock Steady”, ”Movin’ On”, ”Ready for Love”, “Seagull”, and the title song. Here is the real story from Rodgers, Kirke, and Ralphs. But what’s the story on Bad Company’s twenty year ban from the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame???"
Tune in here:
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Ahead of the summer release of More Life With Deth — Megadeth bassist David Ellefson's upcoming sequel autobiography — and its accompanying album of music from throughout the musician's career, Sleeping Giants, Ellefson has announced a run of tour dates and book signings billed as "Basstory – More Life With Deth."
The scheduled shows will feature a Q&A session with Ellefson and co-author Thom Hazaert about the bassist's new memoir, and limited VIP dinner experiences are available for each stop of the tour. A book signing in North Branford, Connecticut, is set for Monday, July 8. (Ellefson's previous tome, 2013's My Life With Deth, was written with Joel McIver and contained a foreword from fellow rocker Alice Cooper.)
"The first book was life from birth until 2011 or 2012, this one really picks up, obviously, from there until current day," previously stated Ellefson, who added that the book was helped along by his friend in Korn, Brian "Head" Welch.
"Brian's got like three books," he said. "I've got to get on my game here. This guy's got books left and right. Honestly, Brian inspired me. There's so much stuff in life to write about. … Keep putting the pen down to paper."
Sleeping Giants — essentially Ellefson's first solo album — features several new tracks from the bassist and Hazaert plus unreleased material from Ellefson's other projects, such as F5, Blabbermouth reported. Featured guests include Alter Bridge's Mark Tremonti and Sacred Reich's Dave McClain, among many more.
More Life With Deth is out July 16 via Jawbone Press. The collection Sleeping Giants is due July 5 from Combat, the early label home of Megadeth that's now run by Ellefson. See the musician's upcoming solo dates below.
"Basstory – More Life With Deth" 2019 U.S. Tour Dates:
July 6 - Providence, R.I. @ Fete Music Hall
July 7 - Long Branch, N.J. @ Brighton Bar
July 8 - N. Branford, Ct. @ Strangeland (book signing)
July 10 - New Bedford, Mass. @ Vault Music Hall at Greasy Luck
July 11 - Waterbury, Ct. @ Shamrock Pub and Grill
July 14 - Long Island, N.Y. @ Revolution
July 18 - Pekin, Ill. @ Twisted Spoke Saloon
July 19 - Lombard, Ill @ Brauerhouse
July 22 - Rockford, Ill. @ Whiskey's Roadhouse
Sept. 7 - Phoenix, Ariz. @ Joe's Grotto
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The next Evanescence album could be out in 2020, according to vocalist Amy Lee.
She describes this year as a “creation year” with the band formulating ideas, with an eye to return to the studio in time for a release next year.
Speaking with SiriusXM, Lee says: “This is a creation year for us. We’re playing a few festivals and headlining shows and, in the time between, getting together and starting the writing process for a new album.”
Asked if she could put a timeframe on when the new material could be released, Lee responds: “Hopefully next year. We’re just going to get together and see what happens this month and start doing that more regularly until we feel like we’re ready to do it.”
You can check out the interview below:
Evanescence are currently on the road across North America on a ‘return to rock’ tour after their Synthesis Live concerts.
The band will return to Europe and Russia for further shows later this year.
Find a full list of dates below.
Evanescence 2019 tour dates:
May 14: Bethlehem Sands Bethlehem Event Center, PA
May 15: Washington The Anthem, DC
May 18: Camden MMRBQ Festival, NJ
May 19: Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena, CT
Jul 18: Cadott Rock Fest, WI
Jul 27: Montreal Heavy Montreal, QC
Jul 28: Bangor Impact Music Festival, ME
Sep 01: Aarburg Riverside Open Air, Switzerland
Sep 02: Verona Arena, Italy
Sep 04: Plzen Depo2015, Czech Republic
Sep 05: Brno Mestka Hala Vodova, Czech Republic
Sep 07: Trnava Stadion Antona Malatinskeho, Slovakia
Sep 08: Budapest Arena, Hungary
Sep 11: Sofia Arena, Bulgaria
Sep 13: Sariyer Volkswagen Arena, Turkey
Sep 15: Bucharest Arenele Romane, Romania
Sep 18: Minsk Sport Palace, Belarus
Sep 20: Kiev Stero Plaza, Ukraine
Sep 22: Voronez Grad, Russia
Sep 24: Krasnogorsk Crocus City Hall, Russia
Sep 26: Cno Yubileynyy, Russia
ZAKK WYLDE: I'll Put OZZY's Vocal Performance On First BLACK SABBATH Album Up Against Any Of His Peers
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Zakk Wylde says that he would put Ozzy Osbourne's vocal performance on BLACK SABBATH's 1970 self-titled debut up against any other singers within the rock genre. While not considered the most technically proficient of vocalists, Osbourne's distinctive wail and phrasing helped define early heavy metal, subsequently blazing a trail for similar singer — especially within doom metal — to follow.
In a recent interview with television and radio personality Jenny McCarthy (video below), Wylde — Ozzy's on-and-off guitarist since 1987 — was asked whether the 70-year-old Osbourne is capable of remembering the numerous albums he's recorded. "Actually, he does," he said. "You know what? Whenever he talks about all the albums he's done, he always says, whether what album had more success than the other one, he goes, 'I always remember each album whether I had a good time making that record or I was miserable.' I'll say 'Oz, I thought this record was really great.' He goes 'Yeah, I couldn't stand that record just because I was miserable when we were making that record.' Or with the first two [Ozzy solo albums] or SABBATH records, he was, like, 'Dude, that album was so much fun when we made that one. This was going on and that.' Between the drugs, the booze… Oz, when he made the BLACK SABBATH [self-titled debut], his vocal performance on that record, I'll put it up against any of his peers or anybody for that matter, in the rock genre. I said, 'Oz, were you, like, taking vocal lessons with Pavarotti and eating your Wheaties every day?' He goes, 'No. Just lots of drugs, Zakk. Lots of drugs.' I go, 'Let's not forget the booze.' He goes 'Oh, never. Never forget that.'"
Wylde is currently promoting the "reimagined" version of "Sonic Brew", the 1999 debut from his band BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. In conjunction with the new release, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY is headlining the "20 Years Of Sonic Brewtality Tour". The group is playing two shows in each market — the first night features "Sonic Brew" played in its entirety, while the second night sees the Zakk and his bandmates playing a set of greatest hits.
In early April, Ozzy postponed all his 2019 tour dates, both in North America and Europe, as he recovered from an injury sustained while dealing with his recent bout of pneumonia. The singer fell at his Los Angeles home, aggravating years-old injuries from his 2003 ATV accident that required new surgery.
Check out the interview here:
PAUL STANLEY LOOKS BACK ON THE EARLY DAYS OF KISS - "THE CONFIDENCE I WAS PORTRAYING GOT REPLACED WITH COMFORT WITH WHO I AM"
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KISS frontman Paul Stanley spoke with New Hampshire Pulic Radio host David Greene about the beginnings of the band and their current End Of The Road farewell tour. Following is an excerpt from the interview.
Greene: How did you guys come up with the makeup and the characters?
Stanley: "Well, as a rock fan, I had gone to see bands who, oftentimes, made you think they were doing you a favor by showing up when I just paid them. I think there was a lot of apathy on stage and a sense of complacency."
Greene: Do you mean, like, you wanted to show your audiences that you were making this tremendous effort to perform for them?
Stanley: "We wanted to create iconic images. We wanted to be larger than life. The boots certainly helped make us larger than life."
Greene: You've talked about that in the early days, you really became someone different and would leave the stage or be off of tour and be very alone, like, it sounded like back to that little boy. And then over the years, that seemed to change. And you - I mean, that confidence like stayed with you, even when you were off the stage.
Stanley: "I don't think the confidence stayed with me. The false confidence or the confidence I was portraying got replaced with comfort with who I am. And I think that when you can let down all those defenses and accept yourself and realize that you're not that different than other people, that's where you build a total person."
Read the complete transcript here:
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Despite its title track, which remains a fan favorite, Iron Maiden’s Fear of the Dark, which was released on May 11, 1992, showcased a band in serious need of a creative boost. The second album since the departure of co-founding guitarist Adrian Smith (who returned in 1999), Fear of the Dark lacked the artistic spark Smith and Dave Murray created as twin guitar heroes.
Smith's replacement, Janick Gers — who remained in the band even after Smith’s return — was flashy on his own, but didn’t gel as well with Murray and primary songwriter Steve Harris wasn’t at the top of his game. Fear of the Dark clocks in at almost an hour and features a variety of songwriting, but the diversity doesn’t make for as coherent or enjoyable a listening experience as anything before it despite solid songs like “The Fugitive” and “Chains of Misery.”
Of course, to say that a Maiden album doesn’t live up to past Maiden records is holding it to extremely high standards. Just about everything Maiden recorded up until Fear of the Dark was top-notch, although 1990's No Prayer for the Dying was released to mixed reviews. It was only after Dickinson left following Fear of the Dark that the band created a couple of badly produced, cringe-inducing efforts with short-lived singer Blaze Bailey.
But back to Fear of the Dark. After opening with the firefight-on-horseback volleys of “Be Quick or Be Dead,” the band launches into the slower, bluesy “From Here to Eternity,” which is (hopefully) the closest they’ll ever get to sounding like AC/DC. Then, there’s the brooding epic “Afraid to Shoot Strangers,” which starts with an elegiac arpeggio and abruptly shifts into a blend of orchestral arrangements and complex guitar licks, and the cinematic “Childhood’s End.” Maiden even present their first lighter-raising ballad on “Wasting Love,” but it lacks the emotional poignancy to be touching and it’s missing the force to be kinetic. It just kind of sits there.
Once again, Martin Birch marched in to produce the album, which was tracked at bassist Steve Harris home in Essex, England. Only this time, instead of renting the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, as Maiden had for No Prayer for the Dying, the band built a studio right on Harris’ property. They recorded there until hooking up with Kevin Shirley in Paris for their excellent 2000 reunion album Brave New World.
While Dickinson has denied that he was feeling wanderlust while working on Fear of the Dark, he left the band right after touring for the album to focus on his solo career (only to return in 1999). Fear of the Dark entered the UK chart at No. 1 and hit No. 12 in the U.S., but it didn’t stand the test of time. Aside from the title track, “Afraid to Shoot Strangers” was the only song Iron Maiden played live after 1993.
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Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 shared a short sample of music from an unreleased studio album that he recorded with Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth.
The guitarist was recruited by Roth in 1998 and performed on the frontman's solo album "DLR Band" that same year. In 2014 he discussed an unreleased an album that he had recorded with Roth during an interview with One On One With Mitch Lafon and last week Masters of Shred published an interview with John 5 where he shared a 40-second clip from the album.
During the Lafon chat he said that the unreleased album featured "11 of the greatest songs you'll ever hear, and it's just me and Dave, and we had Gregg Bissonette play drums on it. And it's unbelievable," he said. "There's a song called 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bar & Grill'. And you know, just great, great songs." Now fans can hear a small taste of that effort here (towards the final minutes of the interview).
JUDAS PRIEST'S IAN HILL TALKS CURRENT LEG OF FIREPOWER TOUR, STATUS OF GLENN TIPTON - "HE IS A STREET FIGHTER AND IF ANYBODY CAN GET OVER THIS DISEASE, IT WILL BE HIM"
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Earlier this month metal gods Judas Priest kicked off another leg of their Firepower tour which will run through June 29 in Las Vegas. BraveWords caught up with original bassist Ian Hill for a lengthy chat about the current tour, the status of Glenn Tipton and departed guitarist K.K. Downing and breathing new life into a treasured set-list celebrating nearly 50 years of British steel! Here is an excerpt from "Metal" Tim Henderson's interview which will run next week:
BraveWords: You’ve done a bit of tweaking to the set list including some rarely heard classics like “Steeler”, “All Guns Blazing” and "(Take These) Chains”. How do those conversations go when you're building something fresh for the audience?
Hill: “It's funny cause people suggest songs all the time. It’s our third time round in the States and Canada, so we've got to shake the set up. We don't want anything getting stale. There was about 11 of them that we hadn’t done in ages. Before we hit the stage, we see which ones fit and get a good flow. It's exciting times.”
BraveWords: Most bands have a problem putting together a setlist because they don't have the material. You guys have the opposite problem. As well, you are supporting a fantastic new album.
Hill: “Especially when you have a new record out, then you have to drop somebody’s favourite. We'd love to go out and play the whole of Firepower, but obviously you can't do that without dropping some of the fan favorites.”
BraveWords: Was Glenn Tipton in rehearsals with you?
Hill: “It's sort of day to day basis really. Whether he'll get out more on this leg, I'm not sure. That’s the nature of Parkinson's disease, you can't really plan anything because you never know if you're going to have a good day or bad day. But if he's feeling well enough, he’ll definitely come out. I don't want anybody going out and buying a ticket on the strength of that. I need to stress that because I can't guarantee it. But if he can manage it, he'll do it. Glenn is a street fighter and if anybody can can get over this disease, it will be him. At the moment he’s struggling a little bit.”
BraveWords: Well that's sad to hear. The entire metal world has him in their hearts. Please pass our regards to him.
Hill: “I will do that. He would appreciate that.”
BraveWords: I recently finished reading K.K. Downing's biography. Curious if you have read it?
Hill: “No, I haven’t read, no. I was there at the time so I really don't need to read it (laughs)!”
BraveWords: Do you think the door's still open to have him come back for one final good-bye?
Hill: “We’ll see. It’s something for the future, but right now we’ve got a lot on our hands. But you know, you never say never. You never know.”
Judas Priest's current tour itinerary with special guests Uriah Heep opening can be seen below.
9 - Kent, OH - Kent Stage *
10 - Kent, OH - Kent Stage *
11 - Kent, OH - Kent Stage *
12 - Washington, DC - Anthem
14 - Huntington, NY - Paramount Theater
15 - Huntington, NY - Paramount Theater
16 - Uncastville, CT - Mohegan Sun
18 - Albany, NY - The Palace
19 - Albany, NY - The Palace
20 - Sellersville, PA - ST94 *
22 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
23 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
25 - Chicago, IL - Rosemount
28 - Austin, TX - Moody Theater
29 - Austin, TX - Moody Theater
31 - Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory
1 - Little Rock, AR - Riverfest Ampitheatre
3 - St. Louis, MO - Stifel Theatre
4 - Kansas City, MO - Knuckleheads *
5 - Colorado Springs, CO - Broadmoor World Arena
8 - Saskatoon, SK - Sasktel Centre
10 - Lethbridge, AB - Enmax Centre
11 - Edmonton, AB - Rogers Place
13 - Dawson Creek, BC - Encana Events Centre
14 - Prince George, BC - CN Centre
16 - Kelowna, BC - Propera Place
17 - Abbotsford, BC - Abbotsford Centre
19 - Spokane, WA - Northern Quest Casino
21 - Seattle, WA - Showare Center
22 - Portland, OR - Moda Center
24 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield
25 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield
27 - Los Angeles, CA - Microsoft Theater
28 - Ontario, CA - Citizens Business Bank Arena
29 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint
* Uriah Heep only
|Posted on May 12, 2019 at 9:30 PM||comments (0)|
Former Dio and AC/DC drummer Simon Wright discussed the downside of taking part in the Dio Returns hologram concerts ahead of the show’s first run of U.S. dates.
First presented in 2016, the projection of late icon Ronnie James Dio, created by Eyellusion, has undergone redevelopment – known as Dio 3.0 – before the month-long road trip commences on May 31. Each performance includes the hologram performing alongside a live band including Wright, while Tim “Ripper” Owens and Oni Logan take turns on lead vocals.
Recalling the first performance, Wright told Billboard it had been “pretty nerve-racking,” continuing: “It was a little strange at first to see it, but you got used to it. When we play live, I’m off to one side, so I can’t really see it, which is probably a good thing. I’m playing to a click [for the numbers with Dio], so I’ve got to really concentrate on what I’m doing.”
Although he’s played to a click track during studio work, he’d never previously done so live. “I’ve gotten used to the click,” he said. “[I]t’s just a whole different thing live because you’re sweating a lot more and you’re putting your all into it. The headphones start filling up with sweat. You go through a few sets of headphones.”
He suggested that fans who feel uncomfortable with the hologram consider that it wasn’t an attempt to “resurrect the dead,” adding: “It’s just basically a screen with an image on it. It’s not voodoo… There’s a lot of work gone into this, and it’s done with respect and love and care. A lot of people never got the chance to meet Ronnie or see him play live, and this is a good way to see him. It’s not him live obviously, but it’s a good show, and it’s all about Ronnie.”
Chad Finnerty, Eyellusion’s director of creative development, said it could take up to a month to prepare each single-song hologram performance. “We use computer software to digitally sculpt the likeness, and once we get approval on likeness, then we move into all the other phases of the animation,” he said. “I’ve got a team of animators to do one song’s animation start to finish using motion capture and facial capture.”
For now, the performances are rendered in advance; but Finnerty looked forward to the time when the images can be operated live. “The computing power isn’t quite there, or if it is, it’s super, super expensive to do it all in real timeæ One day, it will all be photo-real, and that’ll be pretty amazing. We’ll be able to light it all interactively at the same time as the band is getting lit.”
|Posted on May 12, 2019 at 9:25 PM||comments (0)|
STRYPER vocalist Michael Sweet recently spoke with MA Entertainment Global. The full conversation can be streamed below:
A few excerpts below (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On the band's current "2019 History Tour - Greatest Hits & Covers" tour:
Michael: "We're doing a little different set. We threw in some more covers. We wanted to show people a little bit more of where we come from and remind them of some of those great songs [that] changed our lives and helped shape our history. We've probably got about nine covers in the set, and then we've got, like, 11 or 12 STRYPER songs. It's a really good, lengthy, meat-and-potatoes set that's going to rock people. We're going to go out and have a blast."
On enjoying playing lengthy headline sets:
Michael: "We don't want to bore people, but we definitely want to give them their money's worth. If we could, we'd play for three or four hours. The only reason why we don't or we can't is a lot of times, it's such a tight schedule — there's two or three opening bands; there's a curfew; and it's next to impossible to do that. But if we had the choice, we would."
On selecting which covers to play:
Michael: "Some of them are songs that we put out on an album called 'The Covering'. Some of them are songs that we haven't played live before. We're also doing a FIREHOUSE song, which is a given because we've got the [former] bass player from FIREHOUSE, Perry Richardson. It's going to be a really fun set. It's all about going out there and having a good time, and hopefully people will feel that and have a good time in return."
On his new solo album, which will be released in September:
Michael: "We finished mixing not long ago, and it just got finished being mastered, and it got turned in to the label. It's really a great album. I'm excited about it. It's called 'Ten', and it just so happens to be my tenth solo album. There's a title track called 'Ten' that's based on the Ten Commandments. That's the song that has Rich Ward from FOZZY playing the solo on [it]. I've got a lot of different guests — I've got a different player on every song, guys like Jeff Loomis and Andy James and Gus G. and Joel Hoekstra... I wanted to really make it different and bring in some different elements and have some different flavors, and having these different guests really did that and helped accomplish that."
On the next STRYPER album:
Michael: "I'm going to start writing for a new STRYPER album in October and into November. Then I'm going to take the holidays off, and in January, the guys are going to come out to my house at the studio, and we're going to rehearse and do pre-production. We start recording late January/early February."
On his source of motivation:
Michael: "My motto in life is, 'Do it while you can.' That day is going to come when I can't do it for whatever reason, whether it's a health reason or a financial reason or some other unknown reason, and I don't want to be one of those people that looks back on my life and thinks, 'Gosh, I should have done it while I could have.' I want to do as much as I can while I can, and because of that mentality, I kind of drive everybody crazy, because I'm the Energizer bunny. I don't stop going. It's just a constant, 'Boom — let's do it.'"
Formed 36 years ago, STRYPER is the first overtly Christian metal band to go mainstream. The group's name comes from Isaiah 53:5, which states: "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."
STRYPER's albums include "To Hell With The Devil", "Second Coming", "No More Hell To Pay", "Fallen" and the band's latest effort, "God Damn Evil".
The follow-up to 2015's "Fallen", "God Damn Evil" marked STRYPER's first effort since the addition of Richardson. Perry joined the band as the replacement for STRYPER's longtime bassist Tim Gaines, who was fired from the group in 2017.
|Posted on May 12, 2019 at 9:20 PM||comments (0)|
Guns N’ Roses have filed a lawsuit against a company who are selling a beer titled Guns ‘N’ Rosé, according to The Blast.
It’s reported the band are suing the Canarchy Craft Brewery Collective’s Oskar Blues Brewery because of the name of the brew – which has been used without the band's permission – with GNR also claiming that the company have been selling merchandise associated with the beer, including t-shirts and bandanas.
It's claimed the brewery previously tried to trademark the Guns ‘N’ Rosé name but scrapped those plans as soon as Axl, Slash, Duff and co. objected.
They apparently agreed to stop selling the beer, but not until March next year. As a result, GNR have taken action to stop the brewery with immediate effect.
Papers filed in California argue that the brewery “should not be entitled to continue to sell infringing products and intentionally trade on GNR’s goodwill, prestige, and fame without GNR’s approval, license, or consent.”
Guns N’ Roses are suing for trademark infringement and are seeking unspecified damages.
|Posted on May 12, 2019 at 9:15 PM||comments (0)|
Metal Express Radio recently caught up with bassist Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, ex-Dokken) to discuss his new project, The End Machine, featuring former Dokken bandmates George Lynch (guitars) and Mick Brown (drums), and Warrant vocalist Robert Mason. An excerpt is available below.
Q: Did having Robert in the band and the fact that it wasn`t a Dokken record allow you to go into musical areas that you couldn`t go as Dokken?
Pilson: "Perhaps yes. I don`t think it was just because of Robert being there. Robert certainly gives you a wide-open palette but George and I were thinking that we wanted to do something a little deeper. We didn`t want to piss off our fans but we had to be honest with ourselves and do what`s from the heart. As we got deeper into the music and things started developing, we didn`t stop ourselves. We thought it felt real and inspired. We wanted to be musically adventurous because that`s how it felt. It was the goal to keep it varied and you`re taking a bit of a chance doing something like that but it`s so good to hear that people have responded so positively to what we had intended to create."
Q: With you, George and Mick working together did you ask Don to be part of it?
Pilson: "We did call Don to see if he`d be interested in doing it. He thought it`d just be like a Dokken reunion and that`d be a whole different can of worms. So, we did understand why he didn`t want to do it but we did offer it to him as the other three of us were doing it."
Q: You all last performed together in Dokken along with Don in 2016 for some shows and wrote "It`s Just Another Day" on the Return To The East live album. Was this just a one off or are there plans to work together as a unit sometime?
Pilson: "Again, that`s all down to the scheduling. We`re all friendly now and there`s communication between us so it`s not impossible but it`d have to be the right situation and as far as recording, I`d love to do one last, great Dokken record. I wish records were a more important part of the equation these days but money and time are hard and because of that it`d be really difficult to do another Dokken record but I really hope that we do some day. The song that we did for the live album was really natural and was one of the most painless Dokken recordings that we`ve done. It was pretty cool. I hope there`s another one. As far as shows, who knows? Let`s hope so."
Read the complete interview here:
|Posted on May 12, 2019 at 9:10 PM||comments (0)|
Megadeth have been in writing mode for their 16th full length album for a while now and while it had been suggested the band was targeting a 2019 release, David Ellefson recently said that probably won't happen. There's good news though as the thrash legends have officially begun pre-production for their new album.
"It begins," wrote Megadeth in a post on Twitter where they shared four photos from the wood-paneled room in a Tennessee home. The album will be the band's first since 2016's Dystopia, which picked up a 2017 Grammy award for Best Metal Performance for the title track. It was Megadeth's first and long-awaited victory at the prestigious awards show.
Ellefson also shared moments from the studio, posting a celebratory shot on Instagram alongside a clip of him and drummer Dirk Verbeuren cooking a vegan meal while listening to some death metal. The bassist posted an update on Megadeth's Facebook page as well, explaining the pre-production phase and that more updates will be coming as they progress.
See the video clip below:
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN On Former Bandmates: 'They Like To Say Bad Things About Me,' But 'I Wish Them All The Best'
|Posted on May 12, 2019 at 9:05 PM||comments (0)|
VikingDave recently conducted an interview with legendary Swedish guitar virtuoso Yngwie J. Malmsteen. You can listen to the chat in two parts below.
A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On the inspiration behind his new blues album, "Blue Lightning":
Yngwie: "It's interesting because for the last, I don't know, 30 years, people always say to me at soundcheck when I start playing the blues, 'You should do a blues album.' People only know me for the neo-classical thing. Blues has always been something I did. I never did it, then about a year ago, I got asked by Mascot Records, 'We want you to do a blues album.' I said, 'Maybe not a blues album, but something bluesy.' Then they said they wanted me to do classic songs. I like to point out one thing, I don't do covers. I don't do covers. It's very important to remember this. I call them 'variations' because the title of the songs are the same, it's not like that — I cannot change everything around, but I mean, you have to hear it. It's better than me describing it. That's what happened. I was on tour with my album, 'World On Fire', I thought I could come home for a couple of days, lay down some tracks, then go back on the road. The whole album was done like that. It wasn't one go in the studio. I play everything, I sing everything. I play all the instruments. It's an interesting record — it's just me on it."
On taking part in HEAR 'N AID, the 1985 charity project organized by Ronnie James Dio:
Yngwie: "It was great. The thing is, I was actually on the road in Europe and I flew in from Europe to do the session. I came from the airport; I was kind of jetlagged. I was sitting around and waiting with I don't know, ten guitar players who were on there, I was going, 'Whoa, what's going on?' I think it was George Lynch [DOKKEN] or Brad Gillis [NIGHT RANGER] and all those guys were in there for three hours or four hours. I said, 'Oh, whatever. Take their time.' I knew the chord progression; I knew what I was supposed to do. From the time I walked in to the time I walked out, it was 15 minutes. They asked me, 'Do you want the Marshall stack or the Mesa Boogie stack? I said, 'Duh. What do you think?' I said 'Give me the Marshall stack and I'll give you a solo,' and I said, 'Thank you.' That's how I roll. I don't like to do things more than once. As much as I can on recordings and of course, live, I try to do one take because it's going to be the take that's the most honest. If you keep doing it over and over, it doesn't necessarily get better. It could get lame. It could be a lot of things. That's the memory that comes to me. Of course, there were a lot of cool guys who were there. I can't even mention all of the people who were doing it. Plus, the guys from SPINAL TAP were there, which was really funny. That was a blast."
On whether he would ever reunite with any of the singers or bands he's previously played with:
Yngwie: "I have no desire to do that. There's a simple reason for that. I really like everything that has been done. I look back at it and I look back at it for what it is and I think it's the best thing that I could have [done at the time]. So that's how I look at it. The next thing I do is not gonna be something that goes back… Just to give you my point of view, basically, I've been on a solo trip since '84 — I've been a solo artist since '84. So, the [other] guys have been hired, basically. I like to wish all the best of luck, [even though] they like to say bad things about me. And I wish them all the best. And I'm gonna keep on doing what I'm doing, and I hope they do what they do. And that's basically what it is. I don't understand. There's a lot of bickering going back and forth about this stuff, which I don't get it."
"Blue Lightning" was released on March 29 via Mascot Label Group. On the disc, Yngwie pays homage to those from the blues world who have fueled his artistic spirit for so long. "Blue Lightning" also includes four original tunes that bring to the fore Malmsteen's love for the blues.
Among the songs Malmsteen tackles on "Blue Lightning" are classics by THE BEATLES ("While My Guitar Gently Weeps"), Jimi Hendrix ("Foxey Lady", "Purple Haze"), THE ROLLING STONES ("Paint It Black"), ZZ TOP ("Blue Jean Blues"), DEEP PURPLE ("Demon's Eye", "Smoke On The Water") and Eric Clapton ("Forever Man").
|Posted on May 12, 2019 at 9:00 PM||comments (0)|
Queen guitarist Brian May rhas ejected media speculation over the amount of money the band made from Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, saying they hadn’t yet “earned a penny.”
The quadruple-Oscar winning movie is said to have taken over $900 million worldwide at the box office, with the U.K.’s annual Sunday Times Rich List reporting that May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon all increased their personal fortunes by over £20 million as a result.
However, in a new interview with the BBC, May said: “It was a long labor of love — about 12 years in development, I guess. We thought it would do well in the end and we felt good about it, but we didn't realize it would do that well. It's incredible around the world – it's like a billion-dollar movie.”
He continued: “I had to laugh the other day, because there's a thing in the paper saying that we were getting rich off this movie. If they only knew. We had an accountant in the other day, and we still haven't earned a penny from it. How successful does a movie have to be before you make money? There's so many people that people don't realize will take pieces off the top.”
Despite that, he said it was a “great” feeling to have Bohemian Rhapsody “out there.” “I think Freddie comes out it with his dignity, but without having been whitewashed in any way,” he added. “It's very real... I think people are astounded how close to Freddie Rami [Malek] got. It's phenomenal the way he got inside Freddie's body somehow – inside his skin.”