Friday, November 30, 2012

METALLICA Takes Ownership Of Its Masters, Launches New Record Label



METALLICA announced today that they have taken ownership of all their master recordings including all music and long-form videos, a move almost unprecedented for musicians signed to recording contracts. Under provision of their renegotiated joint venture agreement with the Warner Music Group in 1994, all masters revert back to the band as of today, November 30, 2012.

"We would like to thank everyone at the Warner Music Group for 28 years of a fantastic relationship, particularly since 1994 where we truly felt we had partners in every aspect of our business in North America," said the band's James Hetfield.

METALLICA also announced the launch of their new record label, Blackened Recordings. Blackened Recordings was created by the band as a home for all of their recordings, both audio and visual, and anything else that suits them. Blackened Recordings will handle all marketing and promotion duties and will enter into a deal with Rhino Entertainment, who will manufacture and distribute its releases in North America. Blackened Recordings will license their releases to the Universal Music Group internationally.

"It's always been about control for us as a band," said METALLICA's Lars Ulrich. "Forming Blackened Recordings is the ultimate in independence, giving us 100% control and putting us in the driver's seat of our own creative destiny."

The first release from Blackened will be "Quebec Magnetic" on Monday, December 10, 2012. "Quebec Magnetic" is a live DVD capturing the two World Magnetic live shows from Quebec City in the fall of 2009. The setlist for the DVD was voted on by over 35,000 fans at Metallica.com this past September. Fans can order it from the band's web site, www.metallica.com.

A message from METALLICA to the band's fans: "We like to make it a point here not to bore you with the not-so-exciting business aspects of making and sharing music, but we're so psyched about our new adventure that we just had to tell you about it as we officially launch our very own record label, Blackened Recordings.

"Some of you, who have followed along throughout the years, are aware that in 1994 we renegotiated our contract with the Warner Music Group, which resulted in a joint venture with our record company for releasing all of our recordings including longform videos. Per that agreement, as of today we have taken ownership of all of our master recordings and Blackened Recordings will be the home of all of our current albums and videos along with all future releases including the December 10 release of the 'Quebec Magnetic' DVD and Blu-ray.

"You may have heard us say it once or twice or a thousand times before, but it's always been about us taking control of all things 'TALLICA to give you 110% on every single level every single time. Forming Blackened Recordings is the ultimate in independence, putting us in the driver's seat of our own creative destiny. We're looking forward to making more music and getting it all out to you in our own unique way.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

THIN LIZZY: Aalborg Concert Footage Available


Fan-filmed video footage of THIN LIZZY's November 25 performance at Skråen in Aalborg, Denmark can be seen below.

After a very successful two-year run with the current lineup, THIN LIZZY recently made a decision to not release a new album under the THIN LIZZY name.

Commented guitarist Scott Gorham: "Out of respect to [late THIN LIZZY frontman] Phil Lynott and the legacy he created, we have decided that we should not release a new album under the THIN LIZZY name. It was a very difficult decision as we put a lot of time and effort into rebuilding the THIN LIZZY brand over recent years. Releasing a new album was the only way to continue this success.

"We all know how much Phil meant to this band and the fans.

"We have written 20 songs that we all feel very strongly do the band and THIN LIZZY name credit. We believe Phil would have been proud of them.

"We always knew a new record was a touchy subject with some people and as such really want the quality of these songs to be heard by everyone without any judgment or prejudice. To that end, we have decided not to release these songs under the name THIN LIZZY.

"We want to thank everyone for their support and encouragement over the years and to all our fans. We will release this material soon and you will be hearing some great new music with the classic THIN LIZZY sound intact. We will announce future plans early in the New Year."

Added frontman Ricky Warwick: "Our plan always was to put out new music to keep the name THIN LIZZY alive and fresh with all the band's fans — old and new.

"Nobody respects Phil as much as I do and singing his songs for the past two years has been an incredible honor and something I will never forget.

"Our plan was to always keep the band on top of their game, with great shows and great production to honor all that was Phil Lynott and his iconic body of work.

"Without a new album to gain new press and keep the momentum we have built up over the past two years, we are worried the THIN LIZZY brand and all it stands for will diminish to a point we would never want to see. Therefore, our regular touring as THIN LIZZY will cease at the end of this year after our European tour. I do want to stress that this does not necessarily mean we will never play together again as THIN LIZZY. If there are options for other parts of the world, in territories that this line up has never visited then, we may still play odd shows in 2013 and beyond if people want to see us."

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Bullet For My Valentine - Confirmed For Download 2013


Welsh metallers Bullet For My Valentine are a surprise confirmation for Download 2013. The announcement was made after Bullet For My Valentine mistakenly posted Download Festival dates on the tour page of their official website. Download Festival booker Andy Copping has later confirmed via Twitter that Bullet For My Valentine have indeed been added to the 2013 line-up.

They join headliners Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein, as well as Queens Of The Stone Age, Motörhead, Alice In Chains, HIM, Volbeat and more.

Bullet For My Valentine will also hit the following UK venues next year:

March 12th - O2 Academy, Birmingham
March 13th - O2 Academy, Glasgow
March 15th - O2 Apollo, Manchester
March 17th - Roundhouse, London

The band recently released a new video for their new single "Temper Temper", which is available below. Download 2013 organizers might have also had a bit of a temper after that full disclosure.



SEBASTIAN BACH: 'I Will Always Be The Singer Of SKID ROW, No Matter What'


Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach was interviewed on this past Friday's (Novermber 23) edition of Eddie Trunk's "Friday Night Rocks" radio show on New York's Q104.3 FM. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On his claim in a Twitter posting that he was in the studio recording with a "top-secret project that will revolutionize popular music as we know it":

Bach: "You know what's so hilarious? We've entered this new form of media where web sites make articles about tweets. I tweet all day and I mess with people. I sit there like this bored. I'm like this. [Makes snoring sound]

"I'm working on something. 'Cause I am working on two projects that I'm not allowed to tell you what they are yet, which really stinks. We have to wait until this week; they're gonna announce 'em … They're both my things… adding to my catalog. But one thing is a totally new thing. I can't tell you [what it is]; it sucks [that I am not allowed to talk about it]. I asked my manager, 'Can I announce this?' And they're, like, 'No.' They've very big, big, big, big projects. But I'm in the recording studio.

"And I'm just sitting there bored [and tweeting], 'I'm working on a project that will change the course of music history.' And, to me, every time I sing, that's changing the course of history. And then it's like, every web site [picks up the story]… 'Sebastian Bach…' And then I read in the comments, 'Oh, he's recording with Steven Spielberg on the new 'Star Wars' project.' [laughs] And I'll get in a spat with my girl, Minnie [Bach's model girlfriend Minnie Gupta], who I love with all my heart. And I'll say, 'We broke up,' and then every web site [will post an article], 'They broke up,' and then the next day we're back together. [And then they'll write] 'Oh, they're back together.' It's like, you can't make news articles out of every single tweet. I'm just tweeting."

On what he is working on now:

Bach: "This week I am announcing two gigantic projects. And I have a record deal on the table from Frontiers. [They just told me], 'Just turn it in whenever you’ve got 13 songs that you love.' But for me, I'm super-critical of what I put my name on, and it all has to sound really amazing to me."

"My next record will definitely be another solo record.

"[Bach's last solo album] 'Kicking & Screaming' did really good; everybody loved it. The video for the title track's got a million plays on YouTube. I mean, a million plays is a million plays."

On sobriety:

Bach: "[I've been sober] 17 [days] in a row. I had one slip-up, and before that slip-up, I was 10 days. So it's like [I've been sober] 27 days with one slip-up.

"I've been partying my whole life, and a couple of things happened that shocked me. Two things, specifically. My drummer of my solo band, Mark 'Bam Bam' McConnell, died at the age of… He wasn't [even] 50. He was my best drinking buddy in my life.

"I joined the band MADAM X when I was 17, and he was five years older than me.

"When I was in MADAM X, I came from a band in Toronto called KID WIKKID. I was a beer-drinker then. I'd drink beers after… just like normal. Then I joined MADAM X, and hanging out with Mark, it was just our routine after every single rehearsal, or after every single show, or at the end of every day, we would drink a ton of beer. And it was fun. And everybody was doing it. We're talking about 1985, '86. And that was just the scene; that's what we did. And I was very young. And I kind of never knew any other way; I didn't know wnay other way to live. We'd do a show, get hammered, drive to the next town, wake up, and just do that for years. And, of course, SKID ROW, we toured with PANTERA — we were out with them on their first tour — and GUNS N' ROSES we toured with, and MÖTLEY CRÜE and AEROSMITH and BON JOVI, and all of those bands know how to party.

"I played with Mark for years and I had to not play with him, because he was taking things too far.

"I've never done a show drunk; I've never had a sip of alcohol before I go on stage. I'm always straight as an arrow because it means everything to me and I wanna be the best I can be. But afterwards, I'll make up for it.

"So he was always sad that we stopped playing together. He was on my Facebook page, saying, 'Hey, Baz, I heard you were trying to quit drinking. I know it's tough. But hang in there. You can do it.' And then I get a call that he's in the hospital out of nowhere. So I go, 'He's sick in the hospital? What?' And he went to the hospital and the doctor said, 'You've only got a couple of days to live. Your organs are failing,' and all this stuff. And then two days later, he's dead.

"[Rock and roll] supposed to be fun. And there are so many [artists] that have died — like Shannon Hoon, Amy Winehouse, Jani Lane… just from drinking. And I just wanna live and be happy and rock.

"Even more heavy to me than other musicians and stuff, I've got this girl that I'm so into… I'm six-foot-four — I'm a big dude — and she's like, 'Sebastian, you can't drink anymore.' I'm like, 'Why?' She goes, ''Cause you're so big, you're scary. You're in my face, spitting in my face, and your arms are all over the place and you're loud and I think you're gonna get in a fight or get hurt or get in a car crash or go to jail.' And she's like, 'You can either keep doing that, or you can be with me and not do that.' And I totally chose the latter."

On why a reunion of SKID ROW's classic lineup hasn't happened yet:

Bach: "There's one dude out of five that doesn't wanna do it; it's so simple. That's what's happening.

"I will always be the singer of SKID ROW, no matter what. There's no other guy. It's like… John Corabi [who was briefly in MÖTLEY CRÜE as Vince Neil's replacement in the mid-1990s], I love ya — it's great — but where's Vince? I mean, that's the way it is. Walk down the street with me and count how many times [people scream out], 'Youth Gone Wild! SKID ROW!' It's like people shout out of the cars.

"Dude, if a promoter comes to me with a legitimate business offer, it's very easy for me to walk on the stage and stand behind a mic and sing my own songs that I've been doing for 25 years.

"If one dude wants to make all the fans that put us where we are happy… I mean, we all talk about KISS all the time. KISS makes the fans the boss. I mean, I think it's kind of crazy. It's like you take your football and you go home and the game is over, 'cause it's your football. It's like, 'Can I borrow your football? 'Cause we've got a game going here.'"
(from blabbermouth.net)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

MACHINE HEAD Forced To Miss Tonight's Portland Concert


San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD have released the following statement:

"MACHINE HEAD are currently stuck on the side of the road a few hours outside of Portland after their bus broke down earlier this afternoon, and unfortunately must announce that they will miss tonight's show [with DETHKLOK and ALL THAT REMAINS]. Pouring rain and heinous traffic mean that even if they could get the bus running, they'd never make it in time, frustrating all involved to no end.

"Sincerest apologies from the band to all of the fans expecting to see MACHINE HEAD play tonight. Trust that they're as disappointed as you are by these maddening circumstances.

"VIPs note: You will be contacted directly with info regarding obtaining a refund."

MACHINE HEAD was forced to miss the last several shows on the DETHKLOK tour after MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn underwent successful surgery on November 14 at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minnesota to repair his double inguinal hernia. He spent the past several days home in California recovering and preparing for what was supposed to be the band's first show back on the tour tonight in Portland.

"Machine Fucking Head Live", the new live album from MACHINE HEAD, sold 3,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. It's the band's second live effort; "Hellalive" came out in 2003.

"Machine Fucking Head Live" was recorded at various tour stops across the globe last year. It features songs from throughout the band's expansive catalog, including crowd favorites like "Imperium", "Aesthetics of Hate", "Locust", "Ten Ton Hammer", "This is the End" and "Halo".

Sunday, November 18, 2012

SABATON: Gothenburg Concert Filmed For Upcoming DVD; Video Available


A series of clips from last night's (Friday, November 16) SABATON concert at Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden can be seen below. The entire show was professionally filmed and recorded for the band's upcoming DVD and Blu-ray, tentatively due in 2013. The band states, "A huge thanks to the fantastic crowd! This was an amazing night that we never will forget!"

SABATON has just finished headlining the "Swedish Empire Tour" with support from ELUVEITIE and WISDOM.

SABATON's new album, "Carolus Rex", was certified gold in the group's home country for sales in excess of 20,000 copies. (Note: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry [IFPI] in Sweden has revised the sales requirements for albums to reach gold status in the country twice in the last seven years — from the pre-2002 level of 40,000 to the current 20,000.)

"Carolus Rex" was released on May 22 via Nuclear Blast Records. The lyrics for the CD, which was made available in both English and Swedish, deal with the Swedish Empire (referring to the Kingdom of Sweden between 1561 and 1721).

SABATON earlier in the year parted ways with guitarists Oskar Montelius and Rikard Sundén, drummer Daniel Mulback and keyboardist Daniel Mÿhr. The band's new touring lineup is as follows:

Joakim Brodén - Vocals
Pär Sundström - Bass
Chris Rörland (NOCTURNAL RITES) - Guitar
Thobbe Englund (WINTERLONG, RAUBTIER) - Guitar
Robban Bäck (BALTIMOORE, PREY) - Drums

Friday, November 16, 2012

ROYAL HUNT: '20th Anniversary - Special Edition' Promotional Video


Frontiers Records will release ROYAL HUNT's new box set, "20th Anniversary - Special Edition", on November 23 in Europe and January 21, 2013 in North America.

After the highly successful 20th-aniversary tour in support of ROYAL HUNT's latest album, "Show Me How To Live", ROYAL HUNT decided to celebrate the occasion with this very special "best-of" package containing three CDs and one DVD. The release will include the best ROYAL HUNT songs from all 11 albums, a brand new song plus three newly recorded acoustic versions of three additional tracks and a DVD featuring all the promotional video clips shot by the band during their long ride.

Disc 1:

01. Flight
02. Kingdom Dark
03. Stranded
04. Clown In The Mirror
05. Wasted Time
06. Epilogue
07. Time
08. Far Away
09. 1348
10. River Of Pain
11. Tearing Down The World
12. Message To God

Disc 2:

01. Cold City Lights
02. Follow Me
03. Surrender
04. The Mission
05. Can't Let Go
06. Paper Blood
07. Season's Change
08. The First Of Rock
09. Tears Of The Sun
10. The Well
11. Shadowman
12. Hard Rain Is Coming
13. Half Past Loneliness

Disc 3:

01. Save Me (new song)
02. One By One (new recording, unplugged version)
03. Bodyguard (new recording, unplugged version)
04. Restless (new recording, unplugged version)
05. Bad Luck
06. Double Conversion
07. U-Turn
08. Sixth Sense
09. Day Is Dawning

Disc 4 DVD:

Videos:

01. Land Of Broken Hearts
02. Day In Day Out
03. Clown In The Mirror
04. Far Away
05. Last Goodbye
06. Stay Down
07. River Of Pain
08. Tearing Down The World
09. Martial Arts
10. Third Stage
11. Wasted Time
12. Interview
13. Message To God

A promotional video for "20th Anniversary – Special Edition" can be seen below.

ROYAL HUNT mastermind, writer and keyboard player Andre Andersen says: “To our fans, this will be a great journey through memory lane and for the new fans, a chance to poses a sample of the BEST there is to offer from the Royalty itself! Enjoy!"

ROYAL HUNT is:

Andre Andersen - Keyboards
DC Cooper - Vocals
Allan Sorensen - Drums
Andreas Passmark - Bass
Jonas Larsen - Guitar

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

NIGHTWISH Mainman Says No Decision Regarding New Singer Will Be Made Before 2014


Finnish television channel Nelonen's news program "Nelosen Uutiset" last week conducted a short interview with Tuomas Holopainen, keyboardist and main songwriter of the Finnish symphonic metal band NIGHTWISH. You can watch the segment below. An English-language translation follows.

Q: So, you have a temporary singer in the band now [Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen of REVAMP and AFTER FOREVER]. When are you going to reveal who is the permanent new singer of NIGHTWISH and how are you going to pick her?

Tuomas: "If only I knew. We have agreed with Floor that we'll perform the concerts that have been already scheduled through the end of next summer and we'll enjoy ourselves. The feeling in the band is amazing at the moment. But what happens after that and whether Floor will continue, we don't even want to think about yet. Anything is possible, but nothing will be decided before 2014."

Q: What kind of differences of opinion were there between the band and the former singer, Anette Olzon?

Tuomas: "Now we are touching on a subject that we don't want to discuss anymore. Everything we wanted to say was in the statement we gave month ago. So let's just leave it at that."

Jansen made her live debut as the frontwoman of NIGHTWISH on October 1 at Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington.

Floor handled lead-vocal duties on NIGHTWISH's recent North American and U.K. tours after the group parted ways with Olzon at the end of September.

In a blog post on her official web site at FloorJansen.com, Floor said, "It is now 10 years ago I joined NIGHTWISH on tour with AFTER FOREVER as their support act. We stayed in touch ever since and that made the whole situation so much easier and smooth."

Olzon joined NIGHTWISH in 2007 as the replacement for Tarja Turunen after the latter was fired in 2005.

NIGHTWISH stated about the sudden singer switch, "In recent times it has become increasingly obvious that the direction and the needs of the band were in conflict, and this has led to a division from which we cannot recover."

They added, "We are all strongly committed to this journey, this vehicle of spirit, and we are sure that this will lead to a brighter future for everyone.

"We forever remain excited about the adventures to come, and we are extremely proud of the two beautiful albums and the wonderful shows we shared together."


Monday, November 12, 2012

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE: 'Temper Temper' Video Released


"Temper Temper", the new video from Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, can be seen below. The track is the title cut of the band's fourth album, which will be released on February 11, 2013 in the U.K. via Sony Music. The song will be released on November 25 across all digital providers.

"Temper Temper" was once again produced by Don Gilmore (LINKIN PARK, GOOD CHARLOTTE), who worked on the group's last LP, 2010's "Fever", and was mixed by noted engineer Chris Lord-Alge (DEFTONES, NICKELBACK, AVENGED SEVENFOLD).

In a recent interview with South Africa's Voice Of Rock Radio, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE frontman Matt Tuck stated about the band's upcoming album, "For me, it's a huge compliment that [Gilmore] really didn't have much input [this time around], 'cause on the last record he did, and it kind of opened my eyes to write differently and to think about, not slowing things down, but kind of… there's no restraint on screaming and restraint on a million miles an hour. It's not necessary, really. We've kind of done that [already]. So on this record, [he kind of] sat back and let me do it without having much input, which to me, knowing Don, is a huge compliment, 'cause it means I've kind of done it right by my own. So, yeah, we've definitely fucking nailed it on this record. I know it's a long way before coming out and anyone's gonna hear anything, but I've lived with [it] and I know what it is, and trust me, it's good."

As previously reported, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE will embark on a U.K. tour in March. Support on all dates will come from HALESTORM.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS: Quality Antwerp Fan-Filmed Video Footage


Quality fan-filmed video footage of KOBRA AND THE LOTUS' November 2 performance at Trix in Antwerp, Belgium as the support act for STEEL PANTHER can be seen below.

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS recently released a video for the song "50 Shades Of Evil", the second single from the Calgary, Alberta, Canada-based female-fronted metal band's current self-titled album, released in August via Spinefarm Records.

Directed by Lisa Mann, whose previous credits include videos for APOCALYPTICA, THE USED and CASCADA, "50 Shades Of Evil" sees KOBRA AND THE LOTUS frontwoman Brittany Paige surviving a full-tilt attack on the senses, while her bandmembers run through the song like men (literally) possessed!

"50 Shades Of Evil" was released as a digital single on November 5. The bonus track is an acoustic cover of the DIO classic "Rainbow In The Dark" performed by KOBRA AND THE LOTUS during their acoustic session at the Bloodstock Open Air festival back in August.

In a recent interview with May The Rock Be With You, Brittany Paige stated about the band's sound, "KOBRA AND THE LOTUS is a traditional, straight-up heavy metal band. It's not a niche, it's just driving riffs, duelling guitars, there's a melodicness to the music and there is a classic metal vocal. We are all about traditional heavy metal, but bringing in the flavors of our generation for a slight twist."

She added, "Our music will always stay as heavy metal, even though it will evolve in some shape or form. But we all listen to such different things, which is a really great thing. There's certainly death metal and black metal influences, we've got experimental and folk metal, there's so many different things that come into play, and if you listen to the music, you can hear some of those coming through, but which you wouldn't really pick up on unless you knew someone in the band was into Gary Moore, or the blues, for example, then it makes sense."

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS is:

Brittany Paige - Vocals
Jasio Kulakowski - Guitar
Griffin Kissack - Drums
Peter Dimov - Bass
Charlie Parra Del Riego - Guitar

Thursday, November 8, 2012

ALL THAT REMAINS: 'A War You Cannot Win' Projected To Sell 20K-25K First Week


"A War You Cannot Win", the new album from Massachusetts metallers ALL THAT REMAINS, is likely to sell between 20,000 and 25,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on November 6 via Razor & Tie/Prosthetic.

ALL THAT REMAINS' previous album, "For We Are Many", opened with 29,000 units to land at position No. 10 on The Billboard 200 chart.

"Overcome", the 2008 CD from ALL THAT REMAINS, registered a first-week tally of 29,000 copies to enter the chart at No. 16.

"A War You Cannot Win" sees ALL THAT REMAINS reunited with longtime producer Adam Dutkiewicz (THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, AS I LAY DYING, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE). The record is the culmination of an intense writing period for the group that began shortly after their 18-month tour in support of "For We Are Many".

The "A War You Cannot Win" cover artwork was created by Paul R. Brown (STONE SOUR, SLIPKNOT, MÖTLEY CRÜE, KORN, GODSMACK, AVENGED SEVENFOLD) and can be seen below.

ALL THAT REMAINS has created an exclusive new "A War You Cannot Win"-inspired super-limited-edition skate deck, which is available for purchase here.

A War You Cannot Win" track listing:

01. Down Through The Ages
02. You Can't Fill My Shadow
03. Stand Up
04. A Call To All Non-Believers
05. Asking Too Much
06. Intro
07. Just Moments In Time
08. What If I Was Nothing
09. Sing For Liberty
10. Not Fading
11. Calculating Loneliness
12. A War You Cannot Win

ALL THAT REMAINS has just hit the road with DETHKLOK, MACHINE HEAD and THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER. ALL THAT REMAINS is serving as direct support to DETHKLOK (alternating with MACHINE HEAD). The trek will make more than 30 stops throughout the United States and Canada before coming to an end in New York City.



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

JON LORD: Promo Video For Documentary From 'Concerto For Group And Orchestra' DVD


A promotional video for the expanded edition of late DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Jon Lord's Concerto For Group And Orchestra — which includes a CD, documentary DVD, and 80-page book — can be seen below. The set will be released on December 7.

The book contains Marco de Goeij's essay on how he struggled with his recreation of the Concerto and his initial meeting with Jon while he was on tour with DEEP PURPLE. Marco de Goeij caught him outside his hotel in Rotterdam and remembers the crucial moment, when Jon first heard about the reconstructed score: "Jon decided to have a look at my work right away. For the next two hours we sat in the lobby of the hotel discussing the score. With every turn of a page new thoughts and memories surfaced and at some points Jon could see his own handwriting coming through the printed score, remembering what the manuscript had looked like when he wrote it, complete with the stains caused by erasing mistakes. As he studied the work, it slowly dawned on him that it would now be possible to play the piece again. He grabbed my arm, asking, 'Are you real? Am I dreaming?'"

The DVD contains "The Making Of Concerto for Group and Orchestra", complete with unseen footage from the recording sessions in Liverpool and at Abbey Road Studios, along with filmed interviews with Paul Mann and Marco de Goeij.

Lord assembled guest musicians such as IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson, Joe Bonamassa (BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION) and DEEP PURPLE guitarist Steve Morse at the Abbey Road Studios to work with his trusted partner, director Paul Mann, on the 2012 version of the legendary concert.

"Over these last years since leaving DEEP PURPLE, I've played it over 30 times with different orchestras and conductors all over the world, and, of course, in 2000 I did it well over 30 times with PURPLE on the Concerto tour, so I've been honing the piece live on stage and I've had the opportunity to change things in the score that weren't sounding quite right," Lord said in a May 2011 interview. "It is therefore a marvelous and exciting prospect to have the definitive recording of the definitive version of the score."

He added, "I'm thrilled to have the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic on board. I have immensely enjoyed working with them on several occasions since recording Durham Concerto with them in 2007. They are a wonderful group of players, and with Paul Mann conducting — a dear friend and a man who knows the score inside out — there couldn't be a better conductor and orchestra for this studio recording of the Concerto."

On July 16, Lord passed away in London at the age of 71. This album is a joyful testament of a great musician and fantastic man.

"His dignity and graciousness touched us all," the surviving members of DEEP PURPLE said in a statement following Lord's passing. "His music was an inspiration and took us to places beyond our imagination… A truly great man. We humbly express our eternal love and great respect."

Jon Lord's Concerto For Group And Orchestra was released on September 25 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.

The track listing is as follows:

01. Movement One
02. Movement Two
03. Movement Three

Monday, November 5, 2012

ANTHRAX Singer Talks RONNIE JAMES DIO In New Video Interview


Eric Blair of "The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show" conducted an interview with ANTHRAX singer Joey Belladonna at the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund's second awards gala, which was held on October 31 at the Avalon nightclub in Hollywood, California. You can watch the chat below.

ANTHRAX recently spent time in the studio recording several cover versions of some of their favorite rock classics, to be included with the upcoming re-release of the band's latest album, "Worship Music".

In addition to RUSH ("Anthem") and BOSTON ("Smokin'") covers, ANTHRAX is also recording its versions of AC/DC's "T.N.T.", JOURNEY's "Keep On Runnin'" and BLACK SABBATH's "Neon Knights". The latter song is expected to appear on the upcoming Ronnie James Dio tribute album which is being assembled by the singer's widow and longtime manager Wendy Dio.

"Worship Music" has sold more than 100,000 copies in the U.S. since its September 2011 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Mitch Lucker Dead: Suicide Silence Frontman Killed In Motorcycle Crash


Suicide Silence frontman Mitch Lucker died Thursday morning after succumbing to injuries from a motorcycle collision on Halloween night.

The 28-year-old musician lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a light pole in Huntington Beach at around 8:55 p.m., said police to Newport Beach Patch. The collision threw him from the bike, and the motorcycle kept sliding down the street until it struck a pickup truck. Lucker was taken to UCI Medical Center, where he died the next morning at 6:17 a.m.

No one else was injured, and police are investigating to see if alcohol played a role in the crash, reports the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

Members of the band announced Lucker's death on Facebook and invited fans and supporters to a candlelit vigil in memory of Lucker at 8 p.m. on Huntington Beach Thursday. From the band's Facebook page:

There's no easy way to say this. Mitch passed away earlier this morning from injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident. This is completely devastating to all of us and we offer our deepest condolences to his family. He will be forever in our hearts.
R.I.P. Mitchell Adam Lucker - We Love You Brother


Suicide Silence is a heavy metal band that has been around for ten years. The group toured on the Mayhem Festival in 2008 and 2011, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise, and was slated to perform at the California Metalfest VI in San Bernardino on Nov. 24.

Lucker leaves behind wife Jolie Lucker and a 5-year-old daughter named Kenadee. She is pictured in the slideshow below, in the arms of her father while on stage.

UPDATE Nov. 2: More context about Suicide Silence, via the Associated Press.

Suicide Silence members include guitarists Chris Garza and Mark Heylmun, bass player Dan Kenny and drummer Alex Lopez.
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Suicide Silence has released three Century Media albums: "The Cleansing," "No Time to Bleed" and "The Black Crown."

Century Media's website describes Suicide Silence as the "modern death metal band for a new generation."

Lucker said on the record company website that the band is carving out an abrasive niche of its own.

"No imitators, no second guessing. I want it to be known," Lucker said. "It's the same thing as when you pop in a Korn, Deftones, or Slipknot CD: you know that stamp is there."



MIKE PORTNOY, BILLY SHEEHAN, TONY MACALPINE, DEREK SHERINIAN: Moscow Concert Footage


Fan-filmed video footage of the new supergroup featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD), bassist Billy Sheehan (STEVE VAI, DAVID LEE ROTH), guitarist Tony MacAlpine (neo classical-metal style, STEVE VAI) and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, PLANET X, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION) performing on October 27 at Milk in Moscow, Russia during the band's European tour can be seen below.

Portnoy, Sheehan, MacAlpine and Sherinian are playing an all-instrumental set consisting of material from each of their solo records and their previous collaborations as well as classic instrumental covers and extended solo spots.

Immediately following the European/Asian trek, the group will play a one-off U.S. show on November 18 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City

In a recent interview with Prog Sphere, Portnoy stated about the new band, "It's a blast. I love Derek; he's a fun guy. I still stand by the fact that I'm not sure if he was ever right for DREAM THEATER. But, that doesn't mean I don't love the guy as a player and person. I really do — I love being with him and I love playing with him and I'm glad to be able to work with him again. And, you know, it's a cool project because obviously it's very much… I think of everything I'm doing it's the most like DREAM THEATER or it's more even like LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT, probably. But you know, it's just me being able to play that kind of music with some amazing musicians. Not only Derek, but, obviously, Billy Sheehan's a dear friend and I've got two different things going with Billy at the moment, and I love working with him; he's one of my favorite bass players of all time. And Tony MacAlpine is an amazing guitar player, so I'm honored to be playing with him as well. It's a great, great lineup and we have a DVD that's gonna come out soon from when we played together back in January and then we have this run of shows coming up in the fall.

Asked if he is going to create some original music with that band, Portnoy replied, "There's no plans for it, but obviously, we are gonna spend months together playing every day, so I'm sure it will inevitably be discussed, and who knows?! I think it could be very, very cool. So, you know, we'll see. I'm sure we'll talk about it."

Portnoy formed the lineup to perfom at two drum events at the NAMM show last January (footage below). Due to overwhelming response, that band has decided to take their show on the road.

"I knew when assembling this lineup that it would be a magical musical experience that would be a blast for us as well as the fans! I can't wait to play again with these tremendous musicians and share the experience with you all at these special shows!" said Portnoy.

TRIVIUM Frontman Plays Acoustic Show At IN FLAMES' Restaurant; Video Available


Guitarist/vocalist Matt Heafy of Florida metallers TRIVIUM performed a short solo acoustic set this past Thursday, November 1 at the 2112 restaurant — which is co-owned by two members of the Swedish metal band IN FLAMES, Peter Iwers (bass) and Björn Gelotte (guitar) — in Gothenburg, Sweden. Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below.

TRIVIUM is currently touring Europe with AS I LAY DYING, CALIBAN and UPON A BURNING BODY.

TRIVIUM's latest album, "In Waves", sold 22,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 13 on The Billboard 200 chart — the highest U.S. chart entry of the band's career. The group's previous CD, "Shogun", opened with just under 24,000 units back in October 2008 to debut at No. 23. The effort followed up "The Crusade", which registered a first-week tally of 31,000 copies in October 2006 to enter the chart at No. 25.

"In Waves" was recorded primarily at Paint It Black Studios in Orlando, Florida (with only the drums having been tracked at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida) with the production/mixing team of Colin Richardson (MACHINE HEAD, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, SLIPKNOT, FEAR FACTORY) and Martin "Ginge" Ford, along with engineer Carl Bown.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

KIRK HAMMETT Performs METALLICA's 'Trapped Under Ice' With DEATH ANGEL; Video Available


METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett joined DEATH ANGEL on stage last night (Thursday, November 1) at Public Works in San Francisco, California during a launch party for Kirk's book, "Too Much Horror Business - The Kirk Hammett Collection". You can now watch video footage of his performance below. The event also featured "zombies, burlesque dancers, horror face painting, special guests Judgement Day" and DJ sets by Motion Potion and guest MC Nikki Blakk.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Hammett, who has been collecting items and watching horror movies since he was a child, told Loudwire why he thinks the genre is so popular. He explained, "They're just fun. They're a fun experience. It's not unlike a roller coaster ride, you know? A good horror movie should have peaks and valleys, a good horror movie should move you emotionally, a good horror movie should be exciting to watch and energizing in a weird kind of way . . . horror movies deliver that."

Hammett added, "I've always been attracted to the darker things in life. I was never one to go for light, airy stuff, even as a child. My whole aesthetic has always been one of the darker side. That rings true also in my tastes in music."

Asked to name his favorite horror films, Hammett mentioned movies like 1932's "The Mummy" and a '70s low-budget cheesefest called "Dracula Vs. Frankenstein" before saying, "To me, it's just endless. I think about certain movies and I think, 'Oh, that's my favorite.' Then I think about others and I say, 'No, that's my favorite.' It's so difficult for me."

The book's title is taken from a song by punk legends the MISFITS and Hammett was asked if he spoke with any members of the band about using it. He replied, "I told Glenn [Danzig, singer] that I was making this book when I saw him last December. He seemed all right with it. I think by now if he wasn't all right with it I would've heard something."






GUNS N' ROSES: More Video Footage Of Las Vegas Residency Kick-Off Concert


GUNS N' ROSES launched its first-ever residency in Las Vegas this past Wednesday night (October 31) at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Each night, the band is performing an electrifying show featuring a setlist created exclusively for The Joint. Appetite For Democracy spans the band's biggest hits from their debut album "Appetite For Destruction" (1987) through their platinum-selling record "Chinese Democracy" (2008).

The setlist for Wednesday night's concert was as follows:

01. Chinese Democracy
02. Welcome To The Jungle
03. It's So Easy
04. Mr. Brownstone
05. Estranged
06. Better
07. New Richard Fortus Solo
08. Live And Let Die
09. This I Love
10. Rocket Queen
11. Motivation
12. Dizzy Reed Solo
13. Street of Dreams
14. You Could Be Mine
15. Ballad of Death (DJ Ashba solo)
16. Sweet Child O' Mine
17. Another Brick In The Wall (Jam)
18. November Rain
19. Glad To Be Here (Bumblefoot Solo)
20. Don't Cry
21. Don't Let It Bring You Down (NEIL YOUNG cover)
22. Civil War
23. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
24. Jam/Nightrain

Encore:

25. Jam/Madagascar
26. Patience
27. Paradise City

More fan-filmed video footage can be seen below.

GUNS N' ROSES singer Axl Rose told USA Today in a new interview that the band's 2008 album "Chinese Democracy" took so long to complete — 13 years, to be exact — because he was being mentally abused by former members Slash and Duff McKagan during the initial songwriting stage.

Rose explained, "[Slash and McKagan] did more damage to my ability as a writer . . . It beat me down so much. At the time of the ['Use Your Illusion'] tours, Slash and Duff said, 'You're an idiot, you're a loser.' I didn't write for years. I felt I was hindered for a very long time. I was also trying to figure out what I wanted to say, when it's right to be venting and when you're digging a bigger hole. Lyrics on 'Chinese' took a long time."

Rose said that the success of the band's classic 1987 debut, "Appetite For Destruction", was what began to tear the group apart. He explained, "I thought the success of that record would bring everyone together more. It did the exact opposite. They got success and wanted to run in their own directions."

Slash had his own take on what happened in the band, as he told The Pulse Of Radio a while back. "Something with Axl was very insecure and it just kept the band from sort of functioning properly," he said. "Although he was wanting to do things, I never to this day really understand exactly what he was getting at, and because it took so long to ever get anything done, I always attribute it to some sort of fear factor."

On the inevitable question of whether he could ever make peace with his former bandmates, Rose said, "I feel that ball's not in my court. I'm surviving this war, not the one who created this war."


Rose said that the current edition of GUNS, in which he is the sole original member, is writing music for a follow-up to "Chinese Democracy", hinting, "[The next album] will come out sooner."






Friday, November 2, 2012

BONAMASSA Says BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION Bandmate HUGHES 'Needs To Have A Little Reality Check

BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION released its third album, "Afterglow", on Tuesday (October 30) amid a public feud between singer Glenn Hughes and guitarist Joe Bonamassa. In a new interview with ultimate classic rock, the axeman commented on Hughes' recent statement that this could be the group's final album, telling the site, "Never say never."

The war of words goes back to early September, when Hughes began telling journalists that Bonamassa's solo touring schedule was preventing BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION from touring and fulfilling its potential. He stated that if the situation didn't change, "Afterglow" could be the group's last recording project.

Asked if there is going to be more touring for BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, Bonamassa states flatly, "Probably not. At least, not with me. You know, the deal was, three years ago when this thing started, everybody had day jobs. Everybody has a good day job. I tour the spring and the fall, religiously. And I'm not gonna be bullied into doing something. Whether Glenn wants to do more touring or not, that's for him to decide. But it's not for him to decide for me." The guitarist adds that he's not opposed to future recording work with the group, saying he's proud of the new album despite all the drama surrounding it. "I think it's a good record that's unfortunately been tainted by all this amateur-hour type of interview skills," he says. "I think Glenn will come to . . . he needs to have a little reality check, and that's fine. We all love him, and we'll forgive him. And it doesn't diminish the fact that he's a world-class singer, a world-class writer and a world-class bass player."

MÖTLEY CRÜE Bassist Reveals Grandfather's Cancer Battle


MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx has posted the following message on his Facebook page:

"I've been sharing my insides with you for so long, I guess there is no reason to stop now. On some level, this is how I connect and hopefully relate some event, place or time to each other's lives. I agree it's odd to do it on Facebook or Twitter (or any other social media portal), but I guess, like you, I am trying to work out the wrinkles, iron out the kinks and maybe feel some relief from the pain that comes with life sometimes.

"It's been really hard holding it together the last few months with my grandfather Tom being so sick. Watching him change daily breaks my heart as he is slowly breaking down. The doctors gave him 3 to 6 months to live 4 months ago. This prostate cancer is a ticking time bomb and our hearts are breaking in slow motion. The reality of it all is kicking in for my whole family.

"Why do I tell you this? 'Cause maybe I am not the only one in pain. We all deal with it in different ways. I can't run to a bottle or a bindle of powder, so I talk about it and as it happens, usually write music about it.

"This man was there for me like a father. He never let me down. He was a role model and my biggest fan. The water runs deep between us so the blade of the knife also hits the bone.

"Love is a two-edged swords... So we learn with death at our footsteps...

"Thank you for listening... I actually would love to hear your story too..."

Thursday, November 1, 2012

BLACK SABBATH, SLIPKNOT Confirmed For Japan's OZZFEST


BLACK SABBATH and SLIPKNOT have been confirme for the Japanese installment of Ozzy Osbourne's travelling festival, Ozzfest, set to take place May 11-12, 2013 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba City (outside Tokyo). 

"Ozzy and I want to tell you that May 2013 we will bringing Ozzfest to Japan for the first time ever," Osbourne's wife/manager Sharon said in a video announcement (see below). "We are so excited. Please be there because we love you Japan."

Ozzfest, which began in 1996, has not been a traveling festival since 2007's "free" edition. The show morphed into a one-off event in Dallas in 2008, also featuring METALLICA, before taking 2009 off.

The 2010 U.S. Ozzfest played in just six cities, with OZZY OSBOURNE co-headlining with MÖTLEY CRÜE and the rest of the main stage filled out by HALFORD, the solo band of JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford, along with DEVILDRIVER and NONPOINT. 

The aging festival faced increased competition in recent years from the annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem tour, as well as the Uproar festival.