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KISS Drummer ERIC SINGER: I've Never Once Been Told To Sing, Play And Act Like PETER CRISS

6 hours 38 min ago
In a brand new interview with, KISS drummer Eric Singer spoke about what it was like coming back to the band as the replacement for Peter Criss during the "farewell tour." He said: "At that point, I was still playing with Alice Cooper. When they did the reunion tour, I didn't have much contact with anyone in the band for a while. It was hugely successful, and I was back playing with Alice Cooper. Then Paul [Stanley, KISS guitarist/vocalist] called me up and told me that they wanted me to come tour with them in Australia and Japan. He told me they were making a change because things weren't working out with Peter. I was actually out of the country when I got the call. My lawyer contacted me, saying KISS reached out to him and that they wanted me in the band. I didn't know what was going on at the time regarding the makeup. My lawyer said, 'They're going to have you wear makeup, but they're not sure what they're going to do yet.' By the time I got back, they decided they wanted me to wear the Catman makeup." He continued: "I was back in the band for a little over a year, and then Ace [Frehley, original KISS guitarist] decided he didn't want to be in the band. He was becoming less and less reliable. Every time we tried to do something, it would become difficult because we wouldn't know if he'd make it or not. One minute he'd say, 'Yes.' Then the next minute he'd say, 'No.' "I remember that summer, the summer of 2001, when I first came back, our manager booked a European tour three times and had to cancel it each time. The reason why is because Ace would commit to it and then change his mind." Singer added: "Just so I'm clear, the band did everything in their power to keep Ace in KISS. But he's the one that made it more and more difficult. And eventually, we did a show, a private party, and Ace didn't want to show up in L.A. to do rehearsals. We had already committed to doing the show, so we had Tommy Thayer step in and do the show. And that was it. From that point on, Tommy was the guitar player." Eric also talked about the fact that some KISS fans still can't accept him and Tommy Thayer as members of the band because they are wearing the classic makeup that Ace and Peter used to wear. "If a band can't continue on because somebody quits, can't play anymore, whatever the reason is, that shouldn't prevent the remaining members from continuing on if that's what they want to do," Eric said. "STYX is a good example. I'm really good friends with Ricky Phillips, their bass player. I saw STYX in their heyday back in the '70s, but I think they're every bit as good now, if not better. The same thing applies to FOREIGNER. They're another great band that no longer features all of the classic or original members, but they sound fantastic. To me, that's what it's all about. As long as the members of the band are doing the music justice and paying respect to its origins, then I'm fine with it. That's what it's all about. If a band gets new members and they aren't very good, then you have the right to complain." He continued: "The way people look at the makeup situation is interesting to me. I don't play any different in makeup than I do out of makeup, yet people perceive that there is a difference. I do have a more toned-down approach than I did when I first joined the band, but that's because I believe that's what the music dictates and needs." Eric went on to say: "I've heard people say that I was told to sing, play and act like Peter Criss. That's completely ridiculous. I've never once been told to do that. Never. So, when people say that, it's totally ridiculous. Look at any of the shows I've done since being in the band after Peter. I don't play anything like Peter Criss." Read the entire interview at

METALLICA: Official Video Footage Of Gothenburg Concert

7 hours 9 min ago
METALLICA played the biggest-ever hard rock concert in Sweden on August 22 in front of over 63,000 screaming fans at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg. Official fly-on-the-wall footage of the show can be seen below. The 13-minute clip, which was shot by a MetOnTour reporter, includes drummer Lars Ulrich in the meet-and-greet, pre-show tuning-room footage, and "Battery" from the show. The band's setlist was as follows: 01. Fuel 02. For Whom The Bell Tolls 03. Battery 04. King Nothing 05. Disposable Heroes 06. The Day That Never Comes 07. The Memory Remains 08. The Unforgiven 09. Sad But True 10. Turn The Page 11. The Frayed Ends of Sanity 12. One 13. Master Of Puppets 14. Fade To Black 15. Seek And Destroy Encore: 16. Whiskey In The Jar 17. Nothing Else Matters 18. Enter Sandman METALLICA currently has seven dates on its calendar between now and mid-September, including two shows in Quebec City, Canada and an appearance at the Rock In Rio festival. The band has reportedly been working on its tenth studio album, which will follow up 2008's "Death Magnetic". METALLICA has made available for purchase a limited-edition box set containing 50 CDs that chronicle the band's tours of Australia and New Zealand in 2010 and 2013. The set features recordings of 62 different METALLICA originals and covers from 25 different shows, each on two discs, and retails for a hefty $395. Despite insisting that work has been proceeding on a new CD, METALLICA has spent a lot of time outside the studio in the last year, with activities that included a string of European all-request shows last summer, a week-long residency on "The Late Show With Craig Ferguson", and a Rock In Rio USA stint. METALLICA has not revealed when it plans to begin recording or tentatively release the new album.

Former MEGADETH Drummer SHAWN DROVER: 'LARS ULRICH Was 100 Percent Right'

7 hours 26 min ago
Former MEGADETH and current ACT OF DEFIANCE drummer Shawn Drover was recently interviewed for the "Metal Brainiac" podcast. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the current landscape for metal bands: Drover: "From an artistic perspective, it's probably the best it's been since the '80s. The festivals in Europe are thriving. For metal fans, it's unbelievable. It's not just Europe anymore. It's probably bigger in South America, I would almost say, than pretty much anywhere in the world, if you wanna have a contest about it. But, you know, the point being, there's so many places… Dubai, India… It just goes on… Australia… It goes on and on and on. There's a lot of fans who love metal — certainly a whole new generation since I was younger back in the '80s and stuff. But it's a different time. The flipside to this conversation, which we can talk about this forever, is that, unlike the '80s when MTV came out and everybody supported the music by buying the product — 'cause it was the only way you could do it; you had to physically buy the product — now everybody can steal it. So although there's, I would say, as many fans for metal as there was back in the '80s, maybe even more, the fact that you can get something for free is killing the industry, because now the record companies don't have tour support for young bands, so you can't put anything into your stage production. Record companies won't sign you. They'll drop you in a heartbeat if you don't sell… your first record doesn't do well. All those things… There's no taking time and building the artist over three or four records, like there was back in the '70s, with RUSH and VAN HALEN and all those bands. If one record didn't do well, well, they would try again. That was certainly the case with RUSH. So when people don't buy music, they can bitch about it all they want, saying that everybody's trying to be a rock star. Horseshit! It's like me going into your house and stealing your TV. It's theft, and it's killing the industry." On what's going to happen to younger bands that can't afford to tour to the level that more established acts can: Drover: "That's ultimately the question, isn't it? Ultimately, what can be done to get people to buy and support the bands again? That's the $64,000 question. And the answer is, at this point, no one has the answer. Do you come up with a new format to put out music, where you can't put it in your computer and ultimately burn it? That enabled someone to figure out how to get that onto your computer to where you can start doing filesharing. Which, that whole Napster horseshit happened in the late '90s that Lars [Ulrich, METALLICA drummer] got crucified for by certain people, because they thought he was being pretentious and all that stuff, when he was absolutely right — he was a hundred percent right — and no one can argue that. But at the end of the day, the proof is in the decline of sales. Look at it every year. Look at it from 1995 to now. Look from 1985 to now." On whether the decline in sales of CDs can be attributed to the fact that the currrent generation of Internet users is accustomed to obtaining free music: Drover: "You could take the viewpoint of the kid, saying, 'We were always able to get this for free. Why should I pay for it?' And I get it. Some of them do it without really thinking about what it's really doing; others do it in a malicious way where they're, like, 'Fuck those guys! I'm gonna steal it 'cause I think it's funny,' or just being a douche. But you can find someone who would go steal your CD in a music store too, so there'll always be that kind of people… The only thing that people can't steal anymore is going to a concert and being at the concert and having that experience. Of course, everybody films that and puts in on YouTube, but it's obviously not the same. Watching old VAN HALEN videos from 1981, it's cool to watch on YouTube, but unless you were there, like I was, it's a completely different experience, man. You just have no clue." ACT OF DEFIANCE, which also includes former MEGADETH guitarist Chris Broderick, ex-SCAR THE MARTYR singer Henry Derek Bonner and SHADOWS FALL's Matt Bachand (bass), released its debut album, "Birth And The Burial", on August 21 via Metal Blade Records.

GEORGE LYNCH's 'Shadow Nation' Documentary To Receive World Premiere At JEROME INDIE FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL

9 hours 8 min ago
According to Verde Independent, legendary guitarist George Lynch's (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB) "Shadow Nation: Under A Crooked Sky" movie, a thought-provoking documentary that explores the trials and tribulations that face Native American Indians in our world today, will receive its world premiere at 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 5 at the King George Mine site of the third annual Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival in Jerome, Arizona. Speaking about how the "Shadow Nation: Under A Crooked Sky" movie came about, Lynch told HNGN: "Vinnie Nicastro and myself — he's a drummer and an environmental and social and economic justice activist and has been for most of his life — we became friends and started working on something. We weren't sure what it was, but it started with music and ideas. We'd talk into the night and come up with all these grandiose plans to save the world and change the world [laughs] with the power of our music somehow, but it led to sort of just a little handheld camera documenting what we were doing, going around to reservations in California and doing these impromptu jams. So that was fun but it was all kind of a mess and we had to bring a generator and amps and a little camcorder from Best Buy. It went from that to we got Gabe Rosales in the band, who was with the 'Smoke This' version era of LYNCH MOB in 2000, a fantastic bass player and also a heavy-duty activist and sort of evolved into that in recent years... Lastly, we pulled in Gregg Analla, a singer from New Mexico, who understood the ideology behind the music and an unbelievable singer. We started this musical thing at first and then we started documenting what we were doing thematically, and then we thought let's put this whole concept into play and we believed this could be a documentary. We didn't have a clear idea of what it was about... What it is really is an explanation of human nature through the lens of the Native Americans. It really could be any indigenous group. So we spent a lot of time traveling to reservations and playing music and discussing issues and talking with talking heads, everyone from American Indian leader John Trudell to Noam Chomsky to going down to Texas to talk to Ted Nugent — not that he shares our ideology, but he had some affinity for Native Americans and primal things and things like that." Regarding his future plans for "Shadow Nation: Under A Crooked Sky", Lynch told "We've got a lot of business to deal with to get the film out to the larger population. Not that anyone's trying to make a lot of money on it or anything; there's not a lot of money to make. It didn't take a lot of money, compared to what you traditionally spend on films. In five years, I think we spent $150,000, which is nothing for a film. But that's not why we made it. We made it to pique people's interest, and bring up things that need to be brought up, people's opinions. And hopefully energy will go into changing policy towards Native Americans, and the greater population. The same thing that applies to anybody applies to all of us: truth and justice is truth and justice across the board." Songs from "Shadow Nation: Under A Crooked Sky" are featured in a newly released 18-track two CD set titled "Shadow Train". The music features guitarist George Lynch, vocalist Gregg Analla, bassist Gabe Rosales, keyboardist Donnie Dickman and drummer Jimmy D'Anda.

BLAZE BAYLEY: 'I Found My True Voice And My Identity When I Was Working In IRON MAIDEN'

9 hours 41 min ago
British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) was interviewed at this year's edition of the Blues Sotto Le Stelle festival on August 5 in L'Aquila, Italy. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about his time with IRON MAIDEN, Blaze said: "They were great years for me. I loved being a part of IRON MAIDEN, and I had a lot of support and encouragement from the fans as the new man in IRON MAIDEN; I had a lot of support. So I say a huge thank you to all the fans for making me feel so welcome when I was in IRON MAIDEN." He continued: "They were great days for me, and, really, I found my true voice and my identity when I was working in IRON MAIDEN with Steve Harris and the other musicians. And then after IRON MAIDEN, my solo work, it really reflects the lessons that I learned when I was in IRON MAIDEN. So they were great days for me, and I look back very fondly, and I'm very, very proud of the work that we did together and the songs that we did." As previously reported, Bayley has started to create his eighth, and he hopes, his greatest ever studio album. For the first time he wants to offer his fans an insight into the creative part of this process. Writing this project started in March 2015. It is an album based on a science fiction story that Blaze is writing. He is still in the early stages of putting together the huge concept for this studio effort, so he felt it would be a right time to give his fans the opportunity to get involved. When pre-orders start on September 1, fans will have the opportunity to opt in on an exclusive membership. As members, they will receive exclusive items and monthly e-mail updates on the new album. These monthly updates will contain information on the development of the artwork, the album and songtitles, videos of writing and recording sessions and rehearsals, and interviews with the musicians involved. When the album is released in March 2016, the members will also receive a printed magazine and a "making-of" DVD. These items will be created by Blaze for the exclusive members to celebrate the journey he has taken with them. Blaze will also give those fans a chance to talk with him during this process. For a few hours each month, he will be available for personal calls with the members to discuss the progress of the album and any other questions those fans may have. Some lucky fans will even have their voices on the album! Fans that are ultimate members will be able to take part in an exclusive competition. The winners' voices will be a part of the dream song on the album. More details on the pre-order packages can be found on the web site and. The pre-orders for the new album start on September 1 at 8 p.m. U.K. time. The 52-year-old Bayley, who was born in Birmingham, was the original frontman in WOLFSBANE, but left in 1994 to join MAIDEN, with whom he recorded two studio albums — 1995's "The X Factor" 1998's and "Virtual XI" — before Bruce Dickinson returned to the group. Bayley released a career-spanning double-disc collection, "Soundtracks Of My Life", on October 31, 2013. The singer's latest studio album, "The King Of Metal", was released in March 2012.

GHOST: 'The Whole Concept Of Happiness Is F**king Skewed'

10 hours 5 min ago
One of the nameless ghouls from the occult rock band GHOST spoke to U.K.'s Kerrang! magazine about the lyrical themes covered on the group's third album, "Meliora", which was released on August 21 via Loma Vista Recordings. "This record is more about the modern man and woman in their pursuit of purpose in life," he said. "It's hard to live in a society if you're not willing to buy that you are in a collective, yet usually in the Western world, there is a big disregard for individual responsibility. W think, 'Maybe you should take out your garbage,' 'Maybe you shouldn't drive, you should take the bus.' And people say, 'I'm in a hurry. I can't.' And, well, everyone else can do that — but I'm in a rock band and I don't want to do that! I include myself in that. Everyone is so busy doing their own thing. "Most people you meet in life are most content when they have a purpose," he continued. "But most people think their purpose is to be a millionaire; most people think they cannot be content until they're their own boss at the top of the Trump building. Twenty-five years ago, people were content being a carpenter. But after the Internet, people can now create an app in five minutes and sell it for $5 million. That's the career choices now. Either that or you can play poker — that'll make you rich. Or you can photograph your tits and that'll make you extremely rich. The whole concept of happiness is fucking skewed..." The nameless ghoul added: "In a way, we're returning to one of [the things we discussed earlier], which is that GHOST want to reflect issues that are relevant. We'll always piss around. We'll always have fun. But it's like that [Ernest Hemngway] quote at the end of the movie 'Se7en' — 'The world's a fine place and it's worth fighting for.' And [like Morgan Freeman] I agree with the last part. The world is a shitty place, but we have to live in it, and it's definitely worth fighting for." The follow-up to 2013's "Infestissumam", "Meliora" was helmed by Klas Åhlund, a prolific songwriter, producer and guitarist who is also a member of the Swedish rock band TEDDYBEARS, and was mixed by Andy Wallace (SLAYER, NIRVANA, SEPULTURA, LINKIN PARK, GUNS N' ROSES). GHOST will embark on the "Black To The Future" North American headlining tour in the fall. The procession will begin at The Fillmore in Washington, D.C. on September 22.

Video: JOE LYNN TURNER Performs Acoustic Version Of VAN MORRISON's 'Moondance'

15 hours 30 min ago
Video footage of legendary hard rock singer Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) performing an acoustic cover version of the VAN MORRISON classic "Moondance" on July 23 at Berkeley 2 Studios in Glasgow, Scotland can be seen below. The clip, which was filmed and edited by James MacKenzie of Soundshape Studios, features the following musicians: Joe Lynn Turner - Lead Vocals Ross McEwen - Guitar Stuart McArthur - Bass James Bird - Guitar Ryan McEwen - Percussion Joe was the singer of RAINBOW between 1980 and 1984 and he sang on the album "Difficult To Cure", which featured the band's most successful U.K. single, "I Surrender". During Turner's time with RAINBOW, the band had its first USA chart success and recorded songs that helped define the melodic rock genre. 1990 saw reunited Turner with RAINBOW leader Ritchie Blackmore in a reformed DEEP PURPLE for the "Slaves And Masters" album.

Lullaby Versions Of SCORPIONS Classics Out Now; Audio Samples Available

15 hours 51 min ago
Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star, the company which creates "beautiful lullaby versions of your favorite artists," has just released "Lullaby Versions Of Scorpions" via Roma Music Group. "Lullaby Versions Of Scorpions" track listing: 01. Send Me An Angel 02. Wind Of Change 03. Still Loving You 04. Rhythm Of Love 05. No One Like You 06. The Zoo 07. Rock You Like A Hurricane The song "Wind Of Change" can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. Check out audio samples at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star was born for the parent that wants to pass along their biggest passion to their child, music. Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star transforms popular music into instrumental lullabies perfect for babies, yoga or just relaxation. Now, parents can enjoy the music from LADY GAGA to METALLICA in soothing lullaby style. With over 135 titles to choose from, Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star is the largest line of pop, rock, metal and jamband music lullabies in the world. These aren't novelty recordings. They are cute, they are soft but these are serious recordings. Roma Music Group, which releases Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star, is run by two music industry veterans who put the fidelity of these recording at the top of the priority list. Let's face it, much like the brand name clothes you buy for your infant, this music is really for you. Whether you are raising a metal baby, rocker or hippie baby, Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star has your music transformed from arena anthems into nursery classics.

Video: TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS Performs JUDAS PRIEST, DIO Classics With METALLICA Tribute Band

16 hours 39 min ago
Former JUDAS PRIEST and ICED EARTH singer Tim "Ripper" Owens joined the METALLICA tribute band THE FOUR HORSEMEN on stage at the Furraitti Brothers Festival in Doylestown, Ohio earlier in the month to perform a couple of JUDAS PRIEST and DIO classics. Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below. Owens recorded two studio albums with JUDAS PRIEST — 1997's "Jugulator" and 2001's "Demolition" — before the band reunited with Rob Halford. In an interview with, Tim was asked if he thinks metal fans who didn't accept him fronting JUDAS PRIEST are able to view that period more fondly now that time has passed. "I think some," he responded. "Some will never give it a shot. The funny thing about me is I'm a JUDAS PRIEST fan from the old school. If I had listened to 'Jugulator' or 'Demolition' and saw it live, I'd have said, 'This is pretty good.' Some fans look at those records and go, 'I'll never accept it.' And that's cool. I understand it 100 percent. When you think of JUDAS PRIEST, you think of Rob [Halford], Glenn [Tipton], K.K. [Downing] and Ian [Hill]."

CHILDREN OF BODOM's ALEXI LAIHO On Split With ROOPE LATVALA: It Just Wasn't Working Out With Him

21 hours 44 min ago
Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM in May announced the departure of the band's guitarist of the past decade, Roope Latvala. He has since been replaced on the road by Antti Wirman, the younger brother of the group's keyboardist, Janne Wirman. Speaking about Roope's exit from CHILDREN OF BODOM, frontman Alexi Laiho told Artisan News: "Well, without going into too many details, you know, I think that… Well, basically, what it was… was that, you know, we had… We were at a phase where we wanted to, sort of, have a new beginning and reinvent ourselves, on a certain level. And everybody — all four of us — were pushing it harder and putting more effort on the band and just working extra, extra hard. And he wasn't quite there with us, you know, as far as the level of work ethics and, you know, stuff like that. So we felt like everyone's better off if we part ways at this point, and that's what happened. And, yeah, it [happened] three days before we hit the studio [to record the new CHILDREN OF BODOM album, 'I Worship Chaos'], but it was not… I mean, it was something that everybody was sort of anticipating already. And I had… To be honest, I had decided, a month or so before that, that I was gonna do all the guitars on the album. Because, like I said, it wasn't just working out with him." He continued: "I don't wanna talk shit or anything; it's just that that happens. It's life. And you can't dwell on it. It sucks. It really does, man. He was around for twelve years, and, for us, the band, it really is a family, and losing a member, it's a big deal for us. 'Cause we're not the type of band [where] we change members every other week. But, you know, you've gotta move on. And that's that, really." You can watch the clip on the Artisan News YouTube channel. Antti, who has been a member of Janne's band WARMEN since 2001, made his live debut with CHILDREN OF BODOM on May 30 when the group played a surprise six-song set at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland. "We wanted to go with someone close to the band we can count on and who can nail these songs. Antti was the obvious choice," said Janne. Antti will play with CHILDREN OF BODOM through the end of the year. The group will then decide what to do about the second-guitarist position on a more permanent basis. CHILDREN OF BODOM's first official concert with Antti took place on June 4 at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden. "I Worship Chaos" will be released on October 2 via Nuclear Blast. The artwork for the CD was created by Finnish artist Tuomas Korpi. "I Worship Chaos" was once again recorded at Helsinki, Finland's Danger Johnny Studios and was produced by CHILDREN OF BODOM and Mikko Karmila, who worked with the band on their earlier albums "Halo Of Blood", "Hatebreeder", "Follow The Reaper" and "Hate Crew Deathroll". The CD was mixed and mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland. "I Worship Chaos" will be available in following formats: * CD + DVD digibook (incl. bonus DVD and three bonustracks!) * CD * 2LP (black, clear, silver, yellow, picture) * digibook + canvas (Nuclear Blast mailorder edition) The album can be pre-ordered at this location.

DANZIG To Release 'Devil's Angels' Single Next Week

August 29, 2015 - 22:30
Glenn Danzig's long-awaited covers record, "Skeletons", will be released in Europe this fall via Evilive Music/AFM Records. The CD, which was recorded with PRONG guitarist/vocalist Tommy Victor and former TYPE O NEGATIVE drummer Johnny Kelly, will include the ex-MISFITS frontman's take on songs by BLACK SABBATH ("N.I.B."), ZZ TOP ("Rough Boy"), THE TROGGS ("A Girl Like You"), THE EVERLY BROTHERS ("Crying In The Rain") and others. The first single from "Skeletons" will be "Devil's Angels", which was originaly the theme song for the late '60s biker film of the same title. The track will be released on September 4 on seven-inch vinyl, strictly limited to 500 units. The B-side of the single will be a vocal-and-keyboard version of "Satan", from the 1969 biker flick "Satan's Sadists". The cover artwork for the "Devil's Angels" single can be seen below. Commented DANZIG singer and namesake Glenn Danzig: "I've wanted to record ['Devil's Angels'] since 1979 and this is exactly the same arrangement I had for it back then, so it pretty much sounds like that late '70s style of mine. I'm really happy with the way it turned out; it actually came out much better than I had hoped it would." "Devil's Angels" was originally made available via Glenn's official web site in 2012 and was performed live that same year (see video below). Asked how he decided which songs to cover on "Skeletons", Glenn told "I just start thinking of what songs I want to record, especially for the covers record. What do I want to cover? Can I bring a new element to it? Can't just be songs I like. It's got to be songs I like and that I think I can give a new direction to, and bring a new dimension to." He continued: "That's my attitude with covers. Unless you're going to do something different with it and give it a new life, or give it a new dimension, leave it alone. It's going to be judged against the original anyway. If you just try to record it exactly like the original, everyone's just going to like the original better because they've heard it a million times. Also, why cover it if all you're going to do is just cover it? At least that's my opinion, and that's why if I'm going to cover a song, I'm going to give it a new life, new dimension, new feeling. Do something different with it." Danzig also spoke about some of the other tracks that were recorded for "Skeletons". "[There is an] Elvis cover, of course. It wouldn't be a DANZIG covers record unless there was an Elvis and a SABBATH track. The Elvis cover I did was 'Let Yourself Go'. There's two biker movie theme songs from the old A.I.P. (1950s-1970s low-budget, independent film company American International Pictures) movies that I covered, 'Devil's Angels' and 'Satan's Sadists'. Then there's a RASCALS cover on there, an AEROSMITH cover. A lot of people have been like, 'Wow, this is all over the place,' but it gives insight into some stuff that I listen to." According to Glenn, the full skull makeup which he wore for the first time since his MISFITS days nearly 40 years ago for the "Skeletons" photo shoot was inspired by legendary singer-songwriter David Bowie. "One of my favorite covers records is David Bowie's 'Pinups' and I wanted to do a take on that and the record is called 'Skeletons' so I decided I'd do the skull face," he told OC Weekly. Photo credit: Corey Soria

Learn How To Dance With BABYMETAL (Video)

August 29, 2015 - 20:21
U.K.'s Kerrang! magazine caught up with the Japanese teenage girl pop metal band BABYMETAL backstage at this weekend's Reading festival to learn their dance moves. Check out the clip below to see what happened. BABYMETAL has announced its return to the U.K. next year. The group will headline London SSE Arena Wembley on April 2, 2016. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 2. BABYMETAL has signed with RAL/Sony Music Entertainment for the U.S. release of the band's 2014 critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. The CD features two bonus tracks and was made available digitally on May 12 and physically on June 16. "Babymetal" was released via earMUSIC in Germany, Sweden, Finland and Spain on May 29, in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Holland, Poland, Switzerland, Norway and Denmark on June 1, and in Italy on June 2 The European release was made available as the standard edition as well as a deluxe edition that includes a bonus DVD compiling six music videos from BABYMETAL.

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN Has 'Five Or Six Solid Ideas' For Next Album

August 29, 2015 - 19:54
Jorge Fretes of Spain's conducted an interview with THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN before the band's performance at this year's edition of the Hevy Fest, which was held August 14-15 at Port Lympne in Kent, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about the progress of the songwriting sessions for THE DILLINGER ESCAPE's follow-up to 2013's "One Of Us Is The Killer" album, guitarist Ben Weinman said: "We're working on songs now, getting ready. We have five or six solid ideas starting up. And when we get back from this run [of shows], we'll try to tighten it up, finish it up [before entering the studio around November]." Weinman went on to say that THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN's new material follows "the DILLINGER direction," and described the songwriting process: "Ultimately, it starts out with music, and then Greg [Puciato, vocals] gets it, and it hits him a certain way. He hears most of the music fairly done before he starts working on it, and then we hear it back fairly done vocally. So it goes through different stages of development. It's exciting to hear it go through all the stages." Asked if THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN has already picked out a producer and mixer for the new album, Weinman said: "We worked on every single record with Steve Evetts, our producer. He's been working with the band as long as I have… many years. So, every now and again, we might change it up a little, bits and pieces of it — I do some of the production as well — but we're pretty much gonna keep going the way we've been going, I think." THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN last year collaborated with rapper Jarren Benton on a song called "Rage" as part of the Converse CONS EP series, where artists who might not ever cross musical paths are invited to step into Converse Rubber Tracks studios and mix it up. A new THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN new song "Happiness Is A Smile" was made available on limited-edition colored seven-inch vinyl via the band's merchandise table and as a cassingle through the group's VIP packages during THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN's 2014 U.S. tour. THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN's fifth full-length album, "One Of Us Is The Killer", sold around 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 25 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on May 14, 2013 through the band's own Party Smasher Inc., in partnership with Sumerian Records in North America. Party Smasher's partnership with BMG covers the rest of the world, including licensing deals with Grind House for Japan and Remote Control in Australia.

IRON MAIDEN's BRUCE DICKINSON On 'The Book Of Souls': 'I Really Hope That This Is Not The Last Album'

August 29, 2015 - 19:03
On August 26, IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson flew 150 lucky fans out to Paris, France from Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom onboard a chartered Boeing 737-400 plane so they could attend a listening session for the band's new album, "The Book Of Souls", at the Guillaume Tell Studios. The aircraft was in an all-white livery with small IRON MAIDEN logos on the front of the aircraft and VVB Aviation markings to the rear. It is believed to be one of the aircraft that will operate with VVB Aviation on behalf of Air Djibouti. Dickinson, who was recently given the all-clear after being diagnosed with a tumor on his tongue late last year, told the audience at Wednesday's event (see video report below courtesy of Metal XS): "Thanks to radiation and chemicals and great doctors and support of everybody on the planet, apparently [the tumor has] disappeared. I did ask where it's gone, and the doctor looked at me and went, 'Well, the body just sort of gets rid of it,' which tends to mean they probably don't know — they don't bloody know!" Asked by a fan if "The Book Of Souls" will turn out to IRON MAIDEN's final full-length release, Dickinson responded: "I really hope that this is not the last album. I've had way too much fun making this one. I'm gonna have way too much fun and enjoy the next tour for a variety of reasons. I'm happily chatting to you and running around and leaping around or flying airplanes. And the next stop is gonna be a tour and some singing." "The Book Of Souls" will be released on September 4, 2015 through BMG in the U.S.A. (Parlophone Records in the rest of world). The band announced in May that touring plans to support the album wouldn't happen until 2016 to allow Dickinson time to fully recuperate after his successful cancer treatment. "Whenever we do a new album, we always go out with a new stage show; that's exciting in itself," bassist Steve Harris said. "We always feel like every show is sacred these days anyway, and I suppose even more so now after the scare with what's happened with Bruce. It makes everything more important to us." He continued: "'The Book Of Souls' is a really powerful album, we're really proud of it and we can't wait to come out and play new songs on the tour. We're really looking forward to it." Video report below courtesy of Metal XS

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— Marcello (@marcelloamorim) August 28, 2015

Exciting day at Cardiff Airport for Iron Maiden fans - flown by Bruce to album launch in Paris. Flt - Maiden 666!!

— Deb Barber (@debbarber27) August 26, 2015

BUTCHER BABIES' CARLA HARVEY: 'People Are Afraid Of Sexuality, Especially Americans'

August 29, 2015 - 17:35
Hayley Leggs of TotalRock Radio conducted an interview with BUTCHER BABIES at the 2015 edition of the U.K.'s Download festival, which was held in June in Donington Park. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about the criticism BUTCHER BABIES receive from heavy metal fans who seemingly take issue with the sexy appearance of the band's frontwomen, Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey, Carla said: "There's always gonna be haters. We actually don't really play into the negativity, or read into the negativity. I think people are afraid of sexuality, especially Americans." She continued: "I'm not ashamed of who I am, or what I look like, or what I've done in my life. And, you know, I'm just gonna be who I am. And I don't think that should detract, in any way, from what we're doing with our music, or what we wanna do. And I just think it' silly. "I think most people that actually come to a live show and see us perform, they get it, and they know that we are a hundred-percent legitimate band that's going out there and doing what we do. And I think the most important thing is that we all grew up as metal kids, we all grew up in the pit, we love heavy metal, and we live, breathe and die for it. We're the real thing. And that's all that matters." Carla went on to say: "How about more pretty girls at metal shows? How about that? Instead of wanting us to go away and stay at home or whatever… How about more girls in metal? "The thing is, too, metal isn't… it's not about looks at all. None of us grew up… I mean, I was probably the most unattractive kid you could imagine. I was a complete, complete misfit, and metal… I found metal, and it kind of saved me, and the fact that I felt like all my misfit friends and I had something; we had something. And so now, when people say, 'Oh, you shouldn't be playing metal because of the way you look,' it kind of makes me laugh, because it's, like, I went to metal, because it doesn't matter what you look like." Harvey added: "You know what? No matter what you look like, or if you're a male or a female, there's always gonna be someone who is going to try to break your spirit, tell you that you can't do something, tell you they don't want you to do something, and it's mostly people who are angry that they don't have the guts, the courage to get out there and live their own dreams. So… [extends middle finger to the camera]." BUTCHER BABIES' sophomore album, "Take It Like A Man", was released on August 21 via Century Media. The CD was produced by Logan Mader, who has previously worked with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, DEVILDRIVER, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY and GOJIRA.

SLAYER's TOM ARAYA On JEFF HANNEMAN: 'I Knew He Was Seriously Ill, But I Didn't Think He'd F**kin' Die'

August 29, 2015 - 16:28
In a brand new interview with Crack magazine, SLAYER bassist/vocalist Tom Araya was asked if the loss of the band's co-founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman has made the remaining members more conscious of their own mortality. He responded: "I started changing the way I live a long time ago, I learned a long time ago that… You know, we were pretty fuckin' crazy! There were several things that made me change how I lived my life. I had a one-man car wreck on the freeway because of drinking and driving; that's where it began. We all approach life differently, and that's what I chose to do." He continued: "Jeff passing wasn't something that I expected. I knew he had problems, I knew he was seriously ill, but I didn't think he'd fuckin' die. I thought he'd pull through, I thought he'd get better." "I was at a point where I needed him back in the band for it to work. I didn't care to what extent his abilities were at their best, I just needed him back. So I was reaching out to him, leaving messages, but he wouldn't return my calls. He'd decided he wanted to disappear. That was really hard." Hanneman contracted necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating disease, in January 2011 from a spider bite in his backyard. The infection ravaged the flesh and tissues of Hanneman's arm, leading to numerous surgeries, skin grafts and intense periods of rehab that forced him into semi-retirement and left him near death at several points. Hanneman eventually died in May 2013 from alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver. He is credited for writing many of SLAYER's classic songs, including "Angel Of Death" and "South Of Heaven". Regarding how Hanneman's absence affected the songwriting process for SLAYER's new album, "Repentless", which is due on September 11 via Nuclear Blast, Araya told Crack: "Kerry [King, SLAYER guitarist] took the reins and put together all of the music on this record, and he did a really great job of trying to understand and assemble a really well-rounded SLAYER album, not just half of one." He added: "Me and Jeff were always closer than me and Kerry. We were more on a personal level, we could talk, we could hold a conversation. Not so much with Kerry. But we sat down and we communicated, which we haven’t always done… We had a talk, a serious talk. We had shit to talk about, before we went in and decided to finish what we'd started — this record. It's the cliché, but a relationship works on communication, and maybe we hadn't always been able to think that way." Read the entire interview at The highly anticipated follow-up to 2009's critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated "World Painted Blood", "Repentless" was produced by Terry Date, who has previously worked with PANTERA, DEFTONES and SOUNDGARDEN.

METALLICA's 'One' Covered By HARP TWINS (Video)

August 29, 2015 - 15:58
Identical twins Camille and Kennerly Kitt have released a video for their cover version of the METALLICA classic "One". Check it out below. Camille and Kennerly's latest album, "Harp Attack 2", features 14 harp duet covers of rock and metal songs from the '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, and 2000s, plus a 15th bonus track featuring special guest musicians. Known as the "harp twins," Camille and Kennerly perform internationally as a dynamic acoustic and electric rock harp duo. As the world's only known identical twin professional harpists, Camille and Kennerly have a passion and flair for arranging and performing contemporary music for harp duet. Camille and Kennerly are known for their remarkable duet harp arrangements of songs by artists such as GUNS N' ROSES, LED ZEPPELIN, METALLICA, AEROSMITH, AC/DC, DEEP PURPLE and many more. The twins also arrange and perform a jukebox of Broadway, video game, TV and movie soundtrack hits. In addition to being prolific arrangers, Camille and Kennerly compose and perform their own original pieces for harp duet. In December of 2013, Camille and Kennerly released their first covers albums, "Harp Attack", featuring 14 of their most popular rock and metal arrangements, and "Harp Fantasy", featuring 14 of their most popular TV and movie soundtrack, anime, and video game arrangements. Camille and Kennerly began posting harp duet music videos of their rock, metal and contemporary cover arrangements on YouTube several years ago. The twins have since acquired millions of views on their 100 percent independently produced videos in addition to amassing legions of fans worldwide — including over 200,000 Facebook fans. Camille and Kennerly are known for their personal interaction with their fans — responding to more fan messages and comments than any other artist of their echelon.

SLIPKNOT's COREY TAYLOR Slams Bands Who Are 'Ashamed Of Their Success'

August 29, 2015 - 15:22
In a brand new interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor said that the reason his band has managed to sustain cultural relevance and critical acclaim for almost two decades in a manner that goes way beyond a gimmick is the fact that they continue to be passionate about their art. "I think our reasons for making music has never changed," he said. "And I think that's one of the reasons why we are not only where we're at, but we're also still striving for quality. It's not just about quantity for us. A lot of these bands, they hit a certain level of success, and they just completely check out. You know? They don't care anymore. They stop trying. And, to me, that means that they never had righteous reasons for doing it in the first place. Whereas for us — and maybe it's because of where we grew up — we were always looking for a certain type of music to kind of keep us going. You know, that's the kind of passion that we have for music. It's not just in the way we make it. It's in the way we listen to it, as well, and the way we approach it, live and everything, whether it's the music we write or the music that we love. And that's never changed for us, and I think that's one of the reasons why not only have we stayed where we're at, but we've gotten bigger. And that's one of the reasons why the fans have never left. They get it because they're just like us. They're fans, too. And they love the fact that we approach our own music with the ear of the fan, the heart of the fan. Like, we just want to do everything better. We want to make better music. We want to make music that you can feel. We're not trying to sell hamburgers or car insurance. This is music for us to live by. And that resonates, not only with the generation that got us started, but this newer generation which has come around and is now kind of passing the torch on to everybody else." He continued: "It's crazy, man. It's like this whole new batch of fans, like this whole new fan base, that is really split down the middle when you go to one of our shows. You look at a lot of the older fans that have been coming to see us for sixteen years, and there's … it's almost 50/50. Whereas there's a whole new generation that has never seen us before. And it's insane. You know? But it's that same passion, whether you're 30-40 or 15-20. It's the same look in their eyes that we had when we first started. I'm pretty proud of that, man. I'm pretty proud of the fact that we've not only kept our older fans, but we've basically kind of expanded into this whole new realm." Taylor went on to say: "I always get so upset when I talk to some of these dudes in some of these bands — and I won't mention any names — but they're just so elitist to the point of pricky. You know? They just have this air about them where it's like nothing matters. They're almost ashamed of their success. And it's like then why did you leave your basement? You know? Like why did you start playing shows live? You could've been a pretentious assfuck in your basement, and just made your own music, for yourself. Corey added: "It's all a con. Like these guys who try to come off better and holier than thou, it's all a fucking con, because if that were true, they would never have played their first live show. They would have never have worked their ass off to get a record deal, or to put that song out for people to hear. It's just a weak excuse to come off as petty and preachy. You know? Whereas for me, I love the fact that people fucking love our music. You know? It gets me so excited that I can't wait to get on that stage. I can't wait to put the album out. I can't wait for people to hear it. I can't wait to share it. You know? Because that's what it's all about. You want people to be just as into your music as you are. And that's going to carry it around the world. It's like an echo that reverberates every wall around the world, and it reaches ears that you would've never even suspected. And it's ridiculous to say that you don't want fans, and that you can't be bothered to have fans. It's like, then stop doing what you're doing because you give people like us a bad fucking name." The "Summer's Last Stand" tour kicked off on July 24 in West Palm Beach, Florida, and will wrap up on September 5 in Dallas. SLIPKNOT is supporting its latest album, ".5: The Gray Chapter", which came out in October. The latest single released from "The Gray Chapter" is called "Killpop".

Video: VAN HALEN's DAVID LEE ROTH Berates Beer-Throwing Fan

August 29, 2015 - 15:01
VAN HALEN singer David Lee Roth slammed a beer-throwing fan during the band's August 27 concert at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, New Jersey. The incident occurred just as the group had finished performing the song "In A Simple Rhyme" and was launching into "Dirty Movies". Roth instructed his bandmates to stop playing and addressed the crowd (see video below). "Somebody just threw a beer up here," he said, as a roadie cleaned up the spilled liquid. He continued: "In a younger day, I would've promised I would've slept with his girlfriend. At this point in my career, the roughest, most fucked insult I could probably make to this guy is that I probably already have slept with his wife." Roth went on to say: "Can you control that motherfucker? I'll talk to you later, sweetheart." With a hand motion, Roth signaled to his bandmates to start the next song, before adding: "Next time, you save the beer for me, you slime." He then made an obscene gesture with the microphone and flipped the bird. VAN HALEN was forced to cancel the August 23 scheduled concert in Hershey, Pennsylvania after Roth was advised by doctors not to perform due to a bout with the flu. VAN HALEN's next performance is scheduled for tonight (Saturday, August 29) in Washington, DC. The tour will wrap on October 4 at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California. The trek is VAN HALEN's first since an aborted North American run three years ago in support of its then-new studio album, "A Different Kind Of Truth".

Video: RAVEN Performs In Brooklyn

August 29, 2015 - 14:32
Fan-filmed video footage of RAVEN's August 28 concert at Nihil Gallery in Brooklyn, New York can be seen below. RAVEN's new album, "ExtermiNation", was released in April via SPV/Steamhammer. The effort was made available as a digipak version (including one bonus track), 2LP gatefold green vinyl version and as a digital download. RAVEN raised more than $27,000 in a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign to finance the recording of its new studio album. The band recorded a full-length covers CD titled "Party Killers" that was given away as an exclusive Kickstarter reward for backers. The group also offered exclusive t-shirts, patches, and a seven-inch vinyl single via the campaign. "It seemed more obvious the longer we went into this that it was gonna cost more than the budget we have," RAVEN vocalist and bassist John Gallagher told "We have a good relationship with our record company, SPV, but this [was] gonna cost about twice as much as the last one due to the extra rehearsals. "We took a lot of time writing the record and condensing and looking into it, 'Does this part suck?' 'Could we do a better part?' 'Is this something obvious that we've done a million times before? Get rid of it. Come up with something different.' And [we've come up with] very strong melodies as well. So you've got very heavy songs with great melodies, which is king of all things."