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SKID ROW To 'Do Some Writing' For Next EP In January

5 hours 45 min ago
a href="" target="_blank"Rock N Reel Reviews/a conducted an interview with bSKID ROW/b guitarist bDave "Snake" Sabo/b during the band's recently completed UK tour. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by bBLABBERMOUTH.NET/b). On bSKID ROW/b's plans to release another EP to follow up this year's b"Rise Of The Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two"/b: bSabo/b: "This one will be a set of three [EPs], so we'll start working on it… We'll do some writing in January. We've done some writing already. We consciously made a point not to write everything all at once. We wanted everything to maintain that urgency and that immediacy and have the music be 'in the moment' at that particular time where we're at. And this way allows us to use the life experiences that we've gone through while touring the world and to apply that to the music as well." On whether there is a common thread running through all the EPs: bSabo/b: "There's a common thread that runs through all of them. We've pretty much had a common thread through all our music since our debut record. It's always been about individuality but inity, strength in numbers, community, just doing the right thing… Being good. Just doing the right thing." On how bSKID ROW/b's newest material is going over live: bSabo/b: "We're doing two [songs] off the first EP and two off this EP. And it's cool because they have a great energy to them, and so I think if people aren't necessarily familiar with all the lyrics or the songs themselves, there's an energy and a groove that goes along with them that allows people to, sort of, navigate toward and get close to it, even if it's unfamiliar from, like I said, a lyrical perspective or something like that. It's like if you never heard [bLED ZEPPELIN/b's] b'Immigrant Song'/b, that groove forces you to get into it. It seems that the vibe and the groove and the tempos of the songs are grabbing the people." b"Rise Of The Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two"/b, the new EP from the current lineup of bSKID ROW/b — bJohnny Solinger/b (vocals), bScotti Hill/b (guitar), bRachel Bolan/b (bass), bDave "Snake" Sabo/b (guitar) and bRob Hammersmith/b (drums) — sold around 1,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD, which came out on August 5 via bMegaforce Records/b, contains covers of bQUEEN/b and bAEROSMITH/b classics as bonus tracks. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div

DECAPITATED Involved In 'Serious' Van Accident

6 hours 30 min ago
Polish death metallers bDECAPITATED/b were involved in a serious van accident yesterday afternoon (Friday, October 24) while en route to a show in New Orleans, Luisiana. The band says in a statement: "We are all okay (two persons were hospitalized and released after a few hours) and we will continue our tour with bAMERICAN SHARKS/b and bGWAR/b. This time we were lucky." On October 29, 2007, a tour bus accident claimed the life of bDECAPITATED/b drummer bWitold "Vitek" Kieltyka/b, and gravely injured the band's lead singer, bAdrian "Covan" Kowanek/b, who has yet to make a full recovery. After he underwent what was deemed to be "successful" neurosurgery, a 36-hour pharmacological coma ended with bCovan/b suffering a cardiac arrest and diffuse cerebral hypoxia (wherein brain impairment occurs due to low blood oxygen levels) because of alleged "medical negligence." bCovan/b returned home after another six months of treatment in October 2008. Since then, bCovan/b has made vast improvements, but still is unable to communicate and care for himself and requires 24-hour care. bDECAPITATED/b's sixth album, b"Blood Mantra"/b, was released on September 26 via bNuclear Blast/b. div id="fb-root"/div script(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));/script div class="fb-post" data-href="" data-width="466"div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"a href=""Post/a by a href=""Decapitated/a./div/div

DEATHSTARS Narrowly Avoid Tragedy After Tour Bus Catches Fire

6 hours 44 min ago
Swedish industrial rock band bDEATHSTARS/b narrowly escaped a tragedy early this morning (Saturday, October 25) when the tour bus they were travelling in caught fire in the middle of the Austrian Alps. The group had just picked up the bus in Graz, Austria, where it was left for repair, and was on its way to a gig in Italy. It was around 8 a.m. when the bus driver became aware that something was not right. "He asked if the back door was closed, so we went and checked it," bDEATHSTARS/b singer bAndreas Bergh/b told the Swedish newspaper a href="" target="_blank"Expressen/a. "It had something to do with the electrical system. All of a sudden he shouted that the bus was on fire. "It only by a stroke of luck that we got out of the bus in time," the singer added. "We could have died in there." Between 15 and 16 people were travelling on the bus, and those who were asleep were quickly awoken and told to run out of the vehicle, which had just come out of a tunnel. Within a few minutes, the rear of the bus, where most of the bunks were located, exploded, causing extensive damage to the trailer that was attached to the bus and destroying the musicians' instruments. "Luckily, some of us were awake" when the incident happened," bBergh/b said. "Had we been stuck in the tunnel at the time of the explosion, we would have run the risk of everything becoming one big puff of smoke and a truck slamming into the bus. It could have been a disaster." Ambulances and emergency services were quickly on the accident scene, which was cordoned off. The bandmembers were then taken to an alpine hut near Graz where they were being taken care of by rescue personnel. "Psychologists and police and nurses are here," bBergh/b told bExpressen/b. "We are still in shock over the fact that we made it out alive." He added: "We may cancel the gig in Italy, but we're going to Munich [Germany] late [Saturday] so hopefully it will go well. We plan to continue the tour." bBergh/b thinks it will take a while for the band to get over the emotional stress of the accident. "It was really extremely, extremely close, and it could have been much worse," he said. "Imagine the whole damn bus catching fire while you are sitting inside it, and then it explodes. "We literally had gotten out with seconds to spare, since the incident happened just outside the tunnel." Check out photos of the burned out bus at a href="" target="_blank" img src="" alt="deathstarsband2014_638" width="638" height="345" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-475884" / img src="" alt="deathstarseuropeantour2014" width="638" height="959" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-487433" /

Legendary CREAM Bassist JACK BRUCE Dies

7 hours 22 min ago
Legendary bCREAM/b bassist/singer bJack Bruce/b died today of liver disease. He was 71 years old. His family said in a statement: "It is with great sadness that we, bJack/b's family, announce the passing of our beloved bJack/b: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend. The world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts." bBruce/b's death was confirmed by his publicist bClaire Singers/b. She said: "He died today at his home in Suffolk surrounded by his family." bCREAM/b was formed in 1966, and consisted of bBruce/b, drummer bGinger Baker/b, and guitarist/singer bEric Clapton/b. Their sound was characterized by a hybrid of blues rock, hard rock and burgeoning psychedelic rock, combining imaginative lyrics, often written by poet bPete Brown/b, bEric Clapton/b's innovative blues guitar playing, bJack Bruce/b's operatic voice and fluid bass playing, and bGinger Baker/b's jazz-influenced drumming. The group soon evolved further creating a trademark approach built around each musician's virtuoso playing. Their live performances soon became renowned for lengthy improvisational pieces based on traditional blues structures such as b"Crossroads"/b and b"Spoonful"/b, modern blues such as b"Born Under A Bad Sign"/b, and their own songs such as b"White Room"/b and bGinger Baker/b's powerhouse showcase b"Toad"/b. Following their first pop hit single b"I Feel Free"/b in January 1967, bCREAM/b's debut, b"Fresh Cream"/b, set the tone for group's inventive mix of blues standards and more eccentric original material and reached No. 6 in the UK album charts. It offered a unique blend of blues — bRobert Johnson/b's b"Four Until Late"/b and bSkip James/b' b"I'm So Glad"/b — inventive originals such as b"Dreaming"/b and the showcase, near-instrumental b"Cat's Squirrel"/b. Before the end of the year, bCREAM/b released the follow-up b"Disraeli Gears"/b, its distinctive Day-Glo psychedelic cover designed by underground illustrator bMartin Sharp/b. Recorded in May in New York during their first American tour, it includes landmark songs such as b"Strange Brew"/b, the melodic but heavy-riffing b"Sunshine Of Your Love"/b and more surrealistic, wah-wah drenched b"Tales Of Brave Ulysses"/b; in all a brilliant, textured, multi-dubbed sound that went beyond blues. Non-stop touring soon saw bCREAM/b break through in America where b"Wheels Of Fire"/b, released in August 1968, topped the U.S. charts for a month and was the world's first platinum-selling double album. It comprised one album "in the studio" — including the bJack Bruce/b- and bPete Brown/b-penned classics b"White Room"/b and b"Politician"/b — while the other side was recorded at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, highlighted by expansive readings of b"Crossroads"/b and b"Spoonful"/b.

SUICIDE SILENCE Unveils New Mobile App

8 hours 21 min ago
Powered by bDiscipleMedia/b, the new, exclusive bSUICIDE SILENCE/b mobile app — compatible with all handheld iOS and Android devices — has been unveiled. Get yours here: * a href="" target="_blank"iOS/Apple users/a * a href="" target="_blank"Android/Google users/a As an added incentive for those who download the app within the first 24 hours, bSUICIDE SILENCE/b and bDisciple Media/b will randomly select three lucky winners who'll receive a special bSUICIDE SILENCE/b merch pack that includes a limited-edition vinyl version of the latest album, b"You Can't Stop Me"/b, two posters, a laminate, and guitar picks. bSUICIDE SILENCE/b guitarist and songwriter bMark Heylmun/b shares the following about the band's newest endeavor: "This new bSUICIDE SILENCE/b app is a game changer — and I hate that term. This isn't the same old band app with the same old crap. This gets you guys — our fans! — closer to us and us closer to you. My favorite thing about it is live streaming where we can show you what we're doing wherever we are, either playing a show or just hanging out. This app is everything bSUICIDE SILENCE/b. Check it out!" A one-stop destination for all things bSUICIDE SILENCE/b, the app is a direct, two-way channel of communication between the members of the band and their dedicated fan base. App users will receive all breaking bSUICIDE SILENCE/b news first, listen to exclusive music, watch live video streams, see exclusive photos, have access to upcoming pre-sale tour tickets and special band merchandise, and enter app-only contests. "We're really excited to work with bSUICIDE SILENCE/b on their new app, it's going to be great! They're such a forward-thinking band who want to share exclusive content and get closer to their fans via mobile. We can't wait for the app to be out there for bSUICIDE SILENCE/b fans to experience," states bBenjamin Vaughan/b, CEO of bDisciple Media/b. In addition to accessing all of bSUICIDE SILENCE/b's existing social media feeds (bFacebook/b, bTwitter/b, bYouTube/b and bInstagram/b), fans can also join the band's exclusive community to friend, message, chat, comment, and like with other bSUICIDE SILENCE/b fans, in one-to-one or group messaging. "We have tons of exclusive content for you to check out," adds lead vocalist bEddie Hermida/b. "I hope you are all ready to tune into our day to day lives, everyone… we will be waiting for you!" The free, five-week trial launches today, October 24. Come December 1, fans can subscribe for $2.99 / £1.99 / €2.69 per month to retain the exclusive features or opt out to use its basic functions for no charge. bSUICIDE SILENCE/b is currently on a co-headlining tour with bTHE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER/b and openers bCHELSEA GRIN/b and bALTERBEAST/b, which runs through October 30. img src="" alt="suicidesilenceapp1" width="523" height="443" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-487427" /

SISTER SIN: Entire 'Black Lotus' Album Available For Streaming

8 hours 55 min ago
Swedish female-fronted heavy rockers bSISTER SIN/b will release their fifth studio album, b"Black Lotus"/b, on October 27 via bVictory/b. The CD is now available for streaming in its entirety below. bSISTER SIN/b vocalist bLiv Jagrell/b tells a href="" target="_blank" about b"Black Lotus"/b: "We always grow a little bit more into the metal scene for each record we do. But that's our roots. It's the really old kind of metal stuff. But also we get some inspiration from newer bands like bARCH ENEMY/b and bIN FLAMES/b and stuff like that too. "I feel that we tried to get heavier on this record than the previous record. Also, the production of it we draw to the heavier kind of sound, and I really like that because I'm into the heavy kind of music." Regarding the recording process for b"Black Lotus"/b, bJagrell/b said: "We had limited time in the studio comparing to previous records. We had to find a way to make it work in the short amount of time that we had. So instead of doing the drums first, then bass, the guitar, and the vocals last, we actually did… well, we did do the drums first, of course, but then we kind of did vocals; and guitars we sometimes put after the vocals, and for us that was new. We had like two studios, so we worked simultaneously. I think it was good that we did some of the guitars after the vocals, because then we could actually work the guitars with the vocals better than we've done on the previous records. So that was kind of new." b"Black Lotus"/b track listing: 01. bFood For Worms/b 02. bChaos Royale/b 03. bAu Revoir/b 04. bDesert Queen/b 05. bCount Me Out/b 06. bStones Throw/b 07. bThe Jinx/b 08. bRuled By None/b 09. bSail North/b According to a press release, bSISTER SIN/b "skillfully inject elements of classic, metal-tinged hard rock in the vein of bMÖTLEY CRÜE/b, bACCEPT/b and bJUDAS PRIEST/b, while remaining contemporary, fresh and pushing heavy metal to wider audiences, akin to bands like bTHE PRETTY RECKLESS/b and bHALESTORM/b." The lyric video for the b"Chaos Royale"/b song from b"Black Lotus"/b can be seen below. Exclusive bSISTER SIN/b pre-order packages for b"Black Lotus"/b are available now at Starting at just $19.98, various packages include the b"Black Lotus"/b CD or limited-edition colored vinyl with exclusive t-shirts, hooded sweatshirt, koozie and more. All pre-orders include an instant MP3 download of the track b"Chaos Royale"/b. bSISTER SIN/b's third album, b"Now And Forever"/b, entered the official chart in the band's home country of Sweden at position No. 44. div align=center iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="369" src="//" width="638"/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="" alt="sistersinblacklotuscd" width="475" height="475" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-485043" /

METALLICA's ROBERT TRUJILLO: How I Helped Recover PASTORIUS' Infamous 'Bass Of Doom'

9 hours 29 min ago
bJaco Pastorius/b has long been regarded as one of, if not the, most influential bass guitarist of all time and is bMETALLICA/b bassist bRobert Trujillo/b personal hero. So upon overhearing a phone conversation that bJaco/b's legendary "Bass Of Doom" had resurfaced after being missing for over twenty years, but was tied up in an ugly legal battle, bRobert/b instinctively offered to assist the bPastorius/b family in its recovery. "There was a legal situation going on at the time," bTrujillo/b told a href="" target="_blank"Bass Guitar Magazine/a. "It's settled now, but the family was really stressed out about it. Basically, bJaco/b's famous bFender Jazz/b, which had been missing for 20 years, was in the hands of a collector in New York City. The bass had been rumoured to have been stolen and/or sold. It's doubtful that bJaco/b would have sold his bass for drugs or anything. It was open to interpretation. Our feelings were that it had been taken when bJaco/b was homeless in the park in New York City. It had been broken into, like, 50 pieces. I've seen the photos: insanity. bJaco/b had sent the bass down to Florida to [bass tech] bKevin Kaufman/b, who rebuilt it. bJaco/b got the bass back and it was then taken. He did one recording with it with bMike Stern/b before that happened. So bKevin/b came up to New York, authenticated the instrument and that was where the problems started, because the family obviously wanted the bass back but the guy wouldn't give it up. So I sponsored the money to get the bass back." He continued: "I'm not a collector, but I felt at the time that it was important for me to help the situation, so we got the bass back. I'm its legal owner, but I made a point of ensuring that any decision made about the instrument has to go through the family. To them, it was like the family pet that used to lie around the house, without even being in a case. bFelix Pastorius/b [bJaco/b's son and twin of bJulius Pastorius/b] has it right now. I've played it and it's incredible, it was in pretty good shape." bTrujillo/b added: "There's a lot of misinterpretation about the situation. I'm not one to go on the Internet: I'm completely aloof to all that shit, but I've been approached by people in the street who have the wrong idea, who thought that I bogarted the instrument [i.e. kept it for himself], that I found it in New York City and I paid all this money and took it. That always upsets bJohnny/b and bFelix/b very much, because the situation was completely the opposite. I'm a person that takes on situations from passion. I get passionate about things, and I try to help." Like so many other musical greats, bJaco Pastorius/b died young, only 35, but his legacy has lasted the test of time. With his pioneering techniques, charismatic and outrageous stage performances and his unmistakable singular style, bJaco/b left behind a musical legacy that has continued to inspire and influence ongoing generations worldwide. Through his critically acclaimed self-titled solo debut album, his work with break-through fusion/jazz group bWEATHER REPORT/b, whose b"Heavy Weather"/b album is one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time, and his collaborations with singer/songwriter bJoni Mitchell/b, bJaco/b's reputation and influence grew to permeate many musical styles and genres. The legendary "Bass Of Doom", nicknamed by bJaco/b himself, is a 1962 bFender/b jazz bass that bJaco/b removed the frets from and refinished the neck with boat epoxy. This customized bass was the only fretless instrument bJaco/b ever recorded with throughout his career right up until it was stolen from a Manhattan park bench in 1986. Despite repeated attempts from friends and family to locate it, the whereabouts of the famous bass remained unknown until it showed up in early 2006 in a small guitar shop on New York's West Side. Unfortunately the owner of the shop refused to return it to the bPastorius/b family resulting in protracted legal squabbles. Almost two years passed before bRobert/b was able to jump in and help make it possible for the family to settle out the case and regain control of their father's prized bass. img src="" alt="roberttrujillobassguitarmagcover" width="579" height="827" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-487421" /

Former SCORPIONS Drummer HERMAN RAREBELL To Release 'Herman's Scorpions Songs' In November

20 hours 30 min ago
Former bSCORPIONS/b drummer bHerman Rarebell/b will release a new album under the bHERMAN RAREBELL FRIENDS/b banner on November 7. Titled b"Herman's Scorpions Songs"/b, the CD will feature 14 cover versions of classic bSCORPIONS/b songs sung by different vocalists, including bDon Dokken/b (bDOKKEN/b), bJack Russell/b (bGREAT WHITE/b), bTony Martin/b (bBLACK SABBATH/b) and bDoogie White/b (bMICHAEL SCHENKER/b, bRAINBOW/b). b"Herman's Scorpions Songs"/b track listing: 01. bRock Of You Like A Hurricane/b (Bobby Kimball of TOTO) 02. bPassion Rules The Game/b (John Parr) 03. bLoving You Sunday Morning/b (Michael Voss of MAD MAX) 04. bIs There Anybody There?/b (Alex Ligertwood of SANTANA) 05. bYou Give Me All I Need/b (Don Dokken of DOKKEN) 06. bMake It Real/b (Doogie White of RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER) 07. bDynamite/b (Johnny Gioeli of AXEL RUDI PELL) 08. bArizona/b (Thomas Perry) 09. bLove Is Blind/b (Paul Shortino of QUIET RIOT) 10. bDon't Make No Promises/b (Jack Russell of GREAT WHITE) 11. bFalling In Love/b (Gary Barden of MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP) 12. bAnother Piece Of Meat/b (Tony Martin of BLACK SABBATH) 13. bAnimal Magnetism/b (Michael Nagy) 14. bLet It Shine/b (Al Crespo of UNBREAKABLE) The official video for b"Let It Shine"/b can be seen below. bRarebell/b last year released an album, b"Acoustic Fever"/b, containing all-acoustic versions of 12 bSCORPIONS/b songs he co-wrote while in the band. In an interview with bClassic Rock Revisited/b, bRarebell/b stated about the huge commercial success of bSCORPIONS/b' 1982 album b"Blackout"/b: "bMercury Records/b was totally behind us and they believed in us. They wanted us to keep making albums. They wanted us to grow and do better each time out. b'Lovedrive'/b went gold. b'Animal Magnetism'/b went gold and then b'Blackout'/b was the first one to go platinum. bSchenker/b/ bMeine/b/ bRarebell/b was a great songwriting team. You can see that from how many successful albums we had. After I left the band, they didn't have any more hits." div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="" alt="hermansscorpionssongscd" width="638" height="638" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-487416" / img src="" alt="hermansscorpionssongscdback" width="500" height="391" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-487417" /

SLASH To Discuss 'The Walking Dead' On AMC TV's 'Talking Dead'

October 24, 2014 - 23:56
Tune in this Sunday, October 26 at 10/9c to bAMC TV/b's live b"The Walking Dead"/b after-show b"Talking Dead"/b to watch iconic, bGrammy/b-winning artist bSlash/b join host bChris Hardwick/b, along with a b"Walking Dead"/b cast member and guest bMary Lynn Rajskub/b. They will discuss b"The Walking Dead"/b's new episode b"Four Walls And A Roof"/b (Season 5, Episode 3). Fans can submit questions during the live broadcast at a href="" target="_blank"this location/a. Questions will be broadcast and discussed by bChris/b and bSlash/b on the show. On Monday, October 27 visit a href="" target="_blank" to check out exclusive video and photos from the episode. b"Talking Dead"/b airs this Sunday at 10/9c immediately following b"The Walking Dead"/b at 9/8c on bAMC/b. bSlash/b is a massive fan of horror movies and told bThe Pulse Of Radio/b that he thinks the genre as it stands now needs to shake things up. "It's just like anything else," he said. 'You go through these periods where the money issue becomes 'Okay, we can just keep making franchises because it's a guaranteed sell.' But there's still movies in the background that are still really good, they're just fewer and farther between during this whole period. So it takes something to sort of give it a kickstart and change the genre a little bit, if only for a minute."

ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN 'Doesn't Give A S**t' About NEIL TURBIN's Opinion Of Guitarist's Autobiography

October 24, 2014 - 17:58
bANTHRAX/b guitarist bScott Ian/b says that he "doesn't give a shit" about former bANTHRAX/b singer bNeil Turbin/b's opinion of bIan/b's autobiography, b"I'm The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax"/b, explaining that the book is an accurate account of the band's history from bScott/b's point of view. bTurbin/b recently slammed bIan/b over the guitarist's portrayal of the vocalist in b"I'm The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax"/b, saying: "I find it very sad that somebody I've had no contact for 30 years feels that it's necessary to fabricate lies about me in order to draw attention to themselves." He added: "I wish them all the luck in the world on their new work of fiction. I'm sure it must be as good as b'The Lord Of The Rings'/b." Asked by bArtisan News/b what his reaction is to bTurbin/b's comments about b"I'm The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax"/b, bIan/b said (see video below) "I don't care. My book is… It's my book. [iLaughs/i] I don't give a shit." In a a href="" target="_blank"recently published excerpt/a from the book, which was released on October 14 via bDa Capo Press/b, a member of the bPerseus Books Group/b, bIan/b details his tensions with bTurbin/b — vocalist on bANTHRAX/b's 1984 debut album, b"Fistful Of Metal"/b — and the band's split with original bassist bDanny Lilker/b, a period of time that bScott/b describes as "the worst moment for me in the history of bANTHRAX/b." "As soon as we started touring to support b'Fistful Of Metal'/b, bNeil/b got ultra-cocky," bScott/b wrote. "He felt like he was the boss man, and he became inflexible. His attitude was, 'I'm the singer and it's my way or the highway.' He thought we'd be dead without him. The shitty thing is, he was right. We were on the fast track. bJonny Z/b [founder of '80s metal label bMegaforce Records/b] was managing us, and he was bringing bRAVEN/b back in the summer of 1984 to tour like they did the year before with bMETALLICA/b opening, and this time we were scheduled to open all the dates, starting May 30. Everything was already announced and planned, and if we lost our singer, we'd have had to cancel. bJonny/b wasn't going to wait around for us. There were other bands he was talking to like bOVERKILL/b and bLEGACY/b (which became bTESTAMENT/b). We had to strike while the iron was hot, and that gave bNeil/b the ability to pull all these power plays. "The biggest dick move bNeil/b ever pulled was when he fired bDanny Lilker/b behind our backs after b'Fistful'/b came out in January 1984. The main reason he did it, in my opinion, was because bDanny/b is taller than him. He honestly didn't think someone should be taller than the front man onstage. He thought it made him look bad, so he tried to stand as far away from bDanny/b as possible, which was hard when we were playing stages the size of ping pong tables." In a 2009 interview with, bTurbin/b stated about his departure from bANTHRAX/b: "I was a member of bANTHRAX/b from August 1982 up until August 1984. I was a member of bANTHRAX/b for exactly two years. The reason I left… well, there were a number of things, actually. The whole relationship started to deteriorate after a while, there was definitely backstabbing from certain people who chose to hang around with other people instead of focusing in the band. I was into metal… focused on music while bScott Ian/b and bCharlie Benante/b [drums] formed an alliance and bDan Spitz/b [guitar] just followed. In a matter of months, it was simply a case of them versus me. It was very difficult to deal with them, because it was obvious that we wouldn't get along and they were also more interested in other things than music… at least back then. We didn't establish a trusted friendship within the band… that's for sure!" For b"I'm The Man"/b, bIan/b worked with bJon Wiederhorn/b, co-author of the books b"Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal"/b and b"Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen"/b. bTurbin/b will front British thrashers bONSLAUGHT/b on their b"Thrash Invasion Tour 2014"/b of the U.S., Canada and South America. He will fill in for bONSLAUGHT/b vocalist bSy Keeler/b, who will sit out the trek due to health issues with his son. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="" alt="scottianbookcoverupdated_638" width="525" height="792" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-486603" /

RUSH Is 'Talking About Putting A Tour Together For Next Spring,' Says ALEX LIFESON

October 24, 2014 - 17:16
Canadian rock legends bRUSH/b will release a special b"R40"/b video box set on six Blu-ray discs or ten DVDs this coming November to celebrate their 40th anniversary. The set features live footage spanning all four decades of the band's career, including over two hours of unreleased material, a rare performance of entire seven-part version of b"2112"/b, three unreleased tracks from the 1974 vault plus bRUSH/b's bRock And Roll Hall Of Fame/b induction. Speaking to bArtisan News/b at a recent charity golf event in California, bLifeson/b said (see video below): "We're talking about putting a tour together for next spring. So [b'R40'/b] is kind of like the prelude to it. "I can't believe that it's been 40 years already. But I hope for another 40." 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of bRUSH/b's eponymous debut album in 1974. b"R40"/b is a superb collector's box set which brings together live performances by bRUSH/b from each decade of their career. It includes b"Rush In Rio"/b, b"R30"/b, b"Snakes Arrows Live"/b, b"Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland"/b and b"Clockwork Angels Tour"/b plus a bonus disc of previously unseen and unreleased live material stretching from 1974 to 2013. To the delight of fans, the bonus disc will include all eight songs from the Laura Secord Secondary School show in 1974 which features original drummer bJohn Rutsey/b. That recording includes two bRUSH/b originals b"I've Been Runnin'"/b and b"The Loser"/b, as well as their cover of bLarry William/b's b"Bad Boy"/b, made famous by bTHE BEATLES/b. The bonus discus also features five songs from songs from the Capitol Theatre in 1976 such as b"Anthem"/b and b"Lakeside Park"/b, the rarely performed full, seven-part version of b"2112"/b filmed in 1997, b"Lock And Key"/b from the b"Hold Your Fire"/b tour, as well as footage from the glorious evening when bRUSH/b fans got their beloved band inducted into the bRock And Roll Hall Of Fame/b. bRUSH/b are renowned for the energy and excitement of their live concerts and this set brings together some of their finest performances. The ten DVD (or six Blu-ray) discs are contained in a stunning 52-page hardback book measuring 305mm x 225mm with the ten discs contained in five additional rigid insert pages each holding two discs. The 52 pages of the book are filled with memorabilia and photographs documenting 40 years of bRUSH/b live in concert. This is the ultimate collection of bRUSH/b live performances, beautifully presented. For more information, including the complete track listing, visit a href="" target="_blank" div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="" alt="rushr40dvd" width="638" height="638" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-485114" /


October 24, 2014 - 16:52
bBrian Aberback/b of a href="" target="_blank" recently conducted an interview with singer bMichael Starr/b of Los Angeles glam-metal jokesters bSTEEL PANTHER/b. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Would you say that your high-caliber musicianship sets you apart as being more than a simple novelty act? Your songs are hilarious and in many aspects you're a modern-day bSPINAL TAP/b, but you're also serious musicians. bStarr/b: Absolutely. That's one thing that separates us from a bSPINAL TAP/b. We take what we do extremely serious as far as musicianship is concerned. Singing on key, playing onstage, getting the audience involved, having charisma. But at the same time, we have a lot of fun. We do care, but we don't care. We're not faking it, but we're having fun. I think that's one of the things that has really propelled us. We have nothing to lose. Who were you favorite bands back in the glory days? bStarr/b: My favorite band was bVAN HALEN/b. They were great musicians and bDavid Lee Roth/b was an amazing performer. He would crack jokes onstage. It was a fun experience. If you went to see the band, it was a party. bJani Lane/b with bWARRANT/b would crack jokes onstage, change words in the songs. It was fun. Those were the bands I was always drawn to as a kid. This is why we're doing what we're doing. The four of us in the band all feel the same way. You may be playing to fans that don't know bSTEEL PANTHER/b on the bJUDAS PRIEST/b tour. Does that change any aspect of your performance? bStarr/b: Not really. We pretty much forge forward the same way we would do it in front of a crowd that knows who we are. We've had a lot of experience playing festivals before a bunch of people that have never seen us and we just do what we do, no matter what. It's challenging too, because you have to realize that just because they're not screaming your songs, it doesn't mean they don't like you. Usually by the end of our show, people are fans or hate us. Nobody leaves our show going, "They're pretty good." They just go, "I hate them" or "I love them." Read the entire interview at a href="" target="_blank"

STEVEN TYLER To Perform On ABC's 'CMA Country Christmas'

October 24, 2014 - 16:27
Celebrate the holidays with some of the biggest names in music performing holiday classics on b"CMA Country Christmas"/b, a two-hour special hosted for the fifth year by bJennifer Nettles/b airing Monday, December 1 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET) on the bABC/b television network. The special, which tapes in front of a live audience Friday, November 7 (7:00 p.m. CT), at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, is a star-packed celebration of the season with performances by bAlan Jackson/b, and bBrad Paisley/b adding his blazing guitar work to a performance by rock 'n' roll royalty bSteven Tyler/b. Artists previously announced include bDan + Shay/b, bBrett Eldredge/b, bSara Evans/b, bLucy Hale/b, bHunter Hayes/b, bLittle Big Town/b, bIdina Menzel/b, bNettles/b, bLeAnn Rimes/b, bMichael W. Smith/b and bCarrie Underwood/b. For the third year, audience members are being encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the taping to help make the holidays brighter for Nashville area children. "Our toy drive adds something special to the celebration shining a spotlight on a worthy endeavor in a way that reflects the values and giving nature of our artists, the industry, and this city," said bSarah Trahern/b, bCMA/b chief executive officer. The Nashville-based, non-profit group bGenerosity/b will have volunteers on site at the Bridgestone Arena plaza with specially marked bins to collect toys beginning at 5:00 p.m. CT on November 7. In 2013, the group collected more than 5,000 toys. Tickets for b"CMA Country Christmas"/b are on sale now and can be purchased at; by calling (800) 745-3000; or in person at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office, located at 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, Nashville). Tickets for b"CMA Country Christmas"/b are $25 for Upper-Level seating and $50 for Lower- and Club-Level seating. Ticket prices include tax, but exclude applicable service fees. b"CMA Country Christmas"/b is a production of the bCountry Music Association/b. bRobert Deaton/b is the executive producer, bPaul Miller/b is the director, and bDavid Wild/b is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), bABC/b's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

SLIPKNOT's TAYLOR Says He Was 'Laughing His Ass Off' When He Said He Was 'Upset' Over Bassist Identity Leak

October 24, 2014 - 15:59
bSLIPKNOT/b singer bCorey Taylor/b has denied that he was angry over the leak of the identity of the band's new bassist, insisting that he was "laughing [his] ass off" when he said he was "upset" about the musician's name being revealed in the media. bSLIPKNOT/b's fifth album, b".5: The Gray Chapter"/b, was released on October 21 via bRoadrunner/b. It's the band's first CD without founding drummer bJoey Jordison/b, who was fired in 2013, and late bassist bPaul Gray/b. The identities of the band's new bassist and drummer have not yet been revealed, but both appeared — disguised in the same newly designed mask — in the video for b"The Devil In I"/b, the first single from the new album. Nonetheless, it is widely believed that the new bassist is bAlessandro "Vman" Venturella/b, who sports the exact same tattoo on his hand that was spotted on the hand of the new bassist in the video. bVenturella/b has served as a guitar tech for bMASTODON/b, bCOHEED AND CAMBRIA/b and others, while also playing in the band bKROKODIL/b. Asked by a href="" target="_blank"Revolver/a magazine if he was "pissed" over the tattoo faux pas, bCorey/b said: "It wasn't something we'd even thought of and it didn't even occur to us until it hit. I was like, 'Aw, man. C'mon.' But the funny thing is, I was doing a radio interview and I was laughing about it. And then the story got picked up by all these media outlets that implied I was incensed, angry, and outraged. No, not really. If you listen to the interview, I'm laughing my ass off. It just goes to show you, in this bTMZ/b world, people are gonna pick up something just so they can make a story out of it. It would be nothing for me to make an argument out of it, but at that point it was like, 'Man, who gives a shit?'" Asked why bSLIPKNOT/b has chosen to keep the new members' identities a secret, bTaylor/b said: "To me, it's more about the collective. It's more about the group than it is those individuals. And people don't know for sure all the details, which is part of the fun of it, too — keeping people on the edge of their seats." bTaylor/b told bMetal Hammer/b that firing bJordison/b in 2013 after 18 years was "one of the hardest decisions" the group ever made, adding that bJordison/b is "in a place in his life" which is "not where we are." bTaylor/b said he could not get into specifics for legal reasons, but admitted, "It's when a relationship hits that T-section and one person's going one way and you're going the other. And try as you might to either get them to go your way or try and go their way, at some point you've got to go in the direction that works for you. This is me speaking in the broadest terms, with respect to bJoey/b. I guess to sum it up, it was one of the hardest decisions we ever made." bTaylor/b said that the band is "happy right now and we hope that he is… He's just in a place in his life, right now, that's not where we are." The singer would not answer whether drug use played a role in bJordison/b's dismissal, and confessed that he had not been in touch with his former bandmate. bTaylor/b said, "I haven't talked to bJoey/b in a while, to be honest. That's how different we are. It's not because I don't love him and I don't miss him. And it is painful; we talk about him all the time, but at the same time, do we miss him or do we miss the old him? That's what it really comes down to." img src="" alt="devilinividmaskbass" width="638" height="281" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-484804" / img src="" alt="slipknotbassisidentityrevealed_638" width="638" height="319" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-484830" /

BLEEDING THROUGH's MARTA DEMMEL: 'I Really Would Like To Continue To Make Music'

October 24, 2014 - 15:32
Keyboardist bMarta Demmel/b of Orange County, California's bBLEEDING THROUGH/b, who announced in 2013 that the band would be coming to an end after a 15-year run, spoke to a href="" target="_blank"Ghost Cult/a magazine about her plans for the future and whether she will ever end up joining another group. "I'm a full-time step mom," bMarta/b, who is married to bMACHINE HEAD/b guitarist bPhil Demmel/b, explained. "I bartend — it's fun and I enjoy it. Life is pretty easy-going. "I hope to enjoy making music. I'm not exactly sure what. I haven't been in a hurry to jump into something else. I really would like to continue to make music." As for the rest of the band, no set plans were announced, but one member has already hit the road with a new project. "bRyan/b [bWombacher/b], our bass player, is now with bDEVIL YOU KNOW/b," bMarta/b said. "I'm sure some other dudes with play with some other groups. I'm sure we will keep making music, but not sure what avenue yet." Regarding bBLEEDING THROUGH/b's decision to call it quits, bMarta/b said: "We started talking about it over a year ago. Maybe a year and a half ago. "I think it was a lot of circumstances but just not wanting to be part time. Just having bBLEEDING THROUGH/b being full time and full on and not just fade into the sunset… end with a bang." She added: "I think there were some circumstances — slowing down in general as a band, pursuing other things in life, families, careers, etc. bBrandan/b [bSchieppati/b, vocals] wanted to be fully dedicated to his gym, as well as not doing bBLEEDING THROUGH/b part time. I think he saw it as all or nothing." "You still have to do what you want to do. You still have to take the path you want to take. "There would be no bBLEEDING THROUGH/b without bBrandan/b or any of us, for the most part. We're so much a family and a unit at this point there would be no moving on with someone else I think." bBLEEDING THROUGH/b's latest album, b"The Great Fire"/b, was released on January 31, 2012 via bRise Records/b.

RAMMSTEIN's RICHARD Z. KRUSPE: 'I Wouldn't Say Rock's Dead'

October 24, 2014 - 14:59
bRAMMSTEIN/b guitarist bRichard Z. Kruspe/b, who is currently promoting the sophomore album from his bEMIGRATE/b project, is the latest musician to respond to bKISS/b bassist/vocalist bGene Simmons/b' recent comment that "rock is dead." bSimmons/b a href="" target="_blank"told Esquire magazine/a last month — in an interview conducted by his son bNick/b — that "rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed and now it won't because it's that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it." bSimmons/b went on to elaborate that as a result of file-sharing and other issues, record label support for rock music was not available like it was when bKISS/b was coming up, concluding, "It's finally dead. Rock is finally dead." Asked to weigh in on bGene/b's comments, bKruspe/b told Australia's a href="" target="_blank"Heavy/a magazine: "I dont think rock will ever be dead because it's a life statement for a lot of people. But what I do realize is that the quality of records is very poor. I understand why — there's no time, there's no money, [and] everything becomes a promotion tool. "I said it a few years ago: people only fuck themselves by stealing music. But I think also there is another movement coming. Streaming will maybe save something. "People are spending money on music at the moment, but it just has to go in the right direction. "We need to go through that generation that wants to own music to the next generation that says, 'I dont care, I just want to have it.' Then, well, have another way of paying the artist, for people to get money again to invest in music. "I wouldn't say rock's dead; it's just going through a really poor quality stage." bKruspe/b's bEMIGRATE/b project will release its sophomore album, b"Silent So Long"/b, on November 4 via bSpinefarm/b. The CD, which was produced by the bEMIGRATE/b bandmembers themselves and mixed in February/March by bBen Grosse/b (bMARILYN MANSON/b, bDISTURBED/b), features guest appearances by bLemmy Kilmister/b (bMOTÖRHEAD/b), bJonathan Davis/b (bKORN/b), bMarilyn Manson/b, Canadian born Berlin-dweller bPeaches/b, and bFrank Dellé/b from chart-topping German collective bSEEED/b.

OZZY OSBOURNE Says BLACK SABBATH Will 'Disband' After Next Studio Album, Tour

October 24, 2014 - 12:41
bOzzy Osbourne/b says that bBLACK SABBATH/b will "disband" after completing the next album and touring cycle, leaving him to focus entirely on his solo career. The singer released a solo retrospective called b"Memoirs Of A Madman"/b earlier this month. The collection features 17 of bOzzy/b's greatest hit singles compiled in one place for the first time in his career. Asked why he decided to release b"Memoirs Of A Madman"/b now, bOzzy/b told a href="" target="_blank"The Times-Picayune/a: "A lot of people are asking me, with the success of the reformation of bBLACK SABBATH/b, am I going to do any solo stuff any more? The answer is yes. I am going to continue to do my solo stuff, but I can't do the two at the same time. This b'Memoirs Of A Madman'/b package is to let everybody know that I haven't abandoned my solo career." He continued: "I'm doing one more bBLACK SABBATH/b tour, one more bBLACK SABBATH/b album, and then we're disbanding the name, I believe. And then after that, I'll be doing my solo stuff." bOzzy/b added: "In a way, I'm glad that I did the things with bBLACK SABBATH/b. No. 1, it was the first time we ever had a No. 1 [album] in America. No. 2, hopefully we'll end on a happy note. The only sad note about it is that [original drummer] bBill Ward/b didn't do the last tour, for reasons that I guess have something to do with financing or something. I don't know. "It would be great for him to get it together and sort all the problems out for the next tour. It would be a great way for the four of us to end such a wonderful experience of being bBLACK SABBATH/b, and what we achieved. "bTommy Clufetos/b [the drummer in bOsbourne/b's solo band] did a great job [filling in for bWard/b on the most recent tour]. He's a great drummer. But he ain't bBill Ward/b, you know?" bWard/b was announced as part of the band's reunion in late 2011, but dropped out early the following year due to what was assumed to be a dispute over his contract. Since that time, however, the other three original bSABBATH/b members — bOzzy/b, guitarist bTony Iommi/b and bassist bGeezer Butler/b — have hinted that bWard/b was not physically up to the task of recording a new album and embarking on a lengthy world tour. bOzzy/b said as much when bThe Pulse Of Radio/b asked about bWard/b's absence a while back. "bBill Ward/b has got the most physically demanding job of the lot of us, 'cause he's the timekeeper," he said. "I don't think personally he had the chops to pull it off, you know. The saddest thing is that he needed to own up to that, and we could have worked around it, whether we had a drummer on the side with him or something. But I suppose it was something to do with finances as well." bWard/b underwent surgery last year for perforated diverticulitis, a gastrointestinal condition in which the walls of the intestine have become perforated. For the recording of its 2013 reunion album, b"13"/b, bSABBATH/b used bRAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE/b drummer bBrad Wilk/b, while bClufetos/b handled the drums on tour. bOzzy/b recently told bMetal Hammer/b magazine that bRick Rubin/b, who produced last year's b"13"/b album, will likely be back for the next project. Asked if he has started writing songs for the new bBLACK SABBATH/b album, bOzzy/b told bEsquire/b magazine: "No. Although I texted [guitarist] bTony/b [bIommi/b] the other day. I said, 'It would be a great idea if you could send me some musical ideas so I can try and work some melodies around so we don't have to go searching for the song structure.' So I'm not starting from a cold block, you know?"

AVENGED SEVENFOLD's M. SHADOWS Teaches You How To Play 'Hail To The King: Deathbat'

October 24, 2014 - 12:28
bAVENGED SEVENFOLD/b has finally released its long-in-development mobile role-playing game, b"Hail To The King: Deathbat"/b. The game is available on the App Store and Google Play for $4.99. A b"Hail To The King: Deathbat"/b video tutorial from bAVENGED SEVENFOLD/b singer bM. Shadows/b can be seen below. bM. Shadows/b said in a statement: "The process of developing this game has been a new and challenging experience for us as we've worked hard to create a game that we are not only proud of but more importantly, a game that is fun to play. We think we've achieved that and hope you enjoy the game." bShadows/b told bThe Pulse Of Radio/b that the fan response to the game after just one day has been the most gratifying part for him. "Putting this thing out was very scary in a way because it's, you know, a lot of people would want to say, 'Hey, you're a band, don't give me a game, I don't want it,' he said. "And from the reaction today that we're getting from when it's out and just seeing bTwitter/b explode and seeing people playing it online and being excited about it and getting to walk around in our world that we created for them, it's been amazing and just puts a smile on my face. I'm super, super happy with them." b"Hail to the King: Deathbat"/b features classic bAVENGED SEVENFOLD/b tracks along with a new and original score composed by the band. bAVENGED SEVENFOLD/b also has a DVD in the works and will tour Southeast Asia in early 2015. In August the group reissued its 2003 second album, b"Waking The Fallen"/b, in a special edition featuring previously unheard music and demos, new artwork and a documentary on the making of the record. bAVENGED SEVENFOLD/b was touring in support of its sixth album, b"Hail To The King"/b, which debuted at No. 1 in August 2013 on the bBillboard/b chart. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div

ALTER BRIDGE's MARK TREMONTI Says U.S. Rock Scene Is 'Faceless' Right Now

October 24, 2014 - 10:30
a href="" target="_blank"In The Now Magazine/a 's bBrett Tully/b recently conducted an interview with guitarist bMark Tremonti of /bbALTER BRIDGE/b and bCREED/b. You can now watch the chat below. Asked if there has ever been a low point in his music career where he came close to calling it quits, bTremonti/b said: "No. I mean, there's nothing else I'd wanna do. This is all I know how to do." He continued: "When bCREED/b was coming to an end, it just made me work harder and try to survive. Since then, the Internet's kind of come in and shaken up the business, and it's just been a constant struggle to just stay revelant, stay out there and make a living. "It's definitely the hardest it's ever been for a lot of bands in their career right now with everything that's been going on, but there's nothing else we'd rather do." Regarding the fact that even bands like bJUDAS PRIEST/b and bIRON MAIDEN/b are not selling the same number of tickets and playing to as many people in the U.S. as they once did, bTremonti/b said: "Well, those bands are still selling out arenas over in Europe. Europe's what, I think, really has kept rock alive. If it wasn't for Europe, we'd probably be retired." He continued: "We've been struggling so much here in the States. It's finally getting larger here in the States, but right off the bat it got big in Europe and we were playing the arenas over there. We get to play shows with all the bands you mentioned. We just played with bIRON MAIDEN/b a couple of times on the last tour, we went [on] right before bMETALLICA/b, right before bSOUNDGARDEN/b and [bBLACK/b] bSABBATH/b… all these great bands. "Europe's a really strong rock market. In the States, I think, the big rock stars turned into pop stars, and the rap stars…" bTremonti/b added: "Rock's such a faceless scene right now. Everybody knows what bLil Wayne/b looks like and what bJay-Z/b and bPink/b and all the pop stars look like, but rock stars are kind of… Hopefully it's a cyclical thing and rock will come back and be as big as it once was." bALTER BRIDGE/b current U.S. headlining trek winds down on October 26 in Los Angeles. This is likely the band's final run in support of 2013's b"Fortress"/b album. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div

FOO FIGHTERS: New Song 'The Feast And The Famine' Available For Streaming

October 24, 2014 - 09:42
b"The Feast And The Famine"/b, a brand new song from bFOO FIGHTERS/b, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, b"Sonic Highways"/b, which arrives on November 10. The b"Sonic Highways"/b eight-part series, which documents the making of the CD, premiered on October 17 on bHBO/b. bFOO FIGHTERS/b frontman bDave Grohl/b, who directed the documentary, interviewed a number of personalities for the series, including bSlash/b, bDan Auerbach/b of the bBLACK KEYS/b, bLL Cool J/b, bBonnie Raitt/b, bDolly Parton/b, bWillie Nelson/b, bPharrell Williams/b, bJoan Jett/b, bCHEAP TRICK/b ‘s bRick Nielsen/b, bPaul Stanley/b of bKISS/b, bJoe Walsh/b, bZZ TOP/b's bBilly F. Gibbons/b, bMacklemore/b, bBuddy Guy/b and even bPresident Barack Obama/b. bFOO FIGHTERS/b have announced additional details about the concert the band is playing at Chicago's Wrigley Field on August 29, 2015. The day-long event will celebrate the musical history of the Windy City and feature performances by local legends bCHEAP TRICK/b, bURGE OVERKILL/b and bNAKED RAYGUN/b. bCHEAP TRICK/b guitarist bRick Nielsen/b appears on the song b"Something From Nothing"/b, the first single from b"Sonic Highways"/b. Bassist bNate Mendel/b told bThe Pulse Of Radio/b what he found most rewarding about the process of making b"Sonic Highways"/b. "I think the cool thing about this was — and it was sort of a surprise to me — is going to all these cities and learning about them in a little bit more depth than we had before," he said. "It gives us a sense of pride in a way of American music and all the variety of it and depth of it and all these unique cities. After a while, you take it all in and you're like, 'Yeah,' you know — it just gives you a little bit of more feeling of like being a part of the place." div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div