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Former DEEP PURPLE bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes has rescheduled his recently announced U.S. headline tour. The trek, which was originally set to begin on March 2 in San Jose, California, will now launch on August 9 in Annapolis, Maryland.
The 64-year old icon underwent dual knee-replacement last month and delays in the recovery from those operations are the reason for the rescheduling of the tour.
"I am sorry to say that some recent setbacks in my recovery from knee operations are the reason that I can't get out to see everyone as soon as I had hoped" states Hughes. "I want to make sure I give my fans the best live experience possible and promise it will be worth the wait. I can't wait to see everyone at the shows."
The "Voice of Rock" will perform a selection of music from his extensive career, including songs from TRAPEZE, DEEP PURPLE, HUGHES/THRALL and BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION as well as his solo material. Backing Hughes on this tour will be guitarist Søren Andersen and drummer Pontus Engborg. The tour will make stops in cities such as New York City; Detroit, Michigan; and Chicago, Illinois before wrapping up at the legendary Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California on September 3. British blues songstress Joanne Shaw Taylor has been tapped to open the shows.
Tickets are currently available and links to the rescheduled dates can be found on GlennHughes.com. All tickets remain valid for the rescheduled dates and fans can reach out to their local promoters and venues with questions about the new dates.
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Hughes will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on April 8 as part of the Mark III lineup of DEEP PURPLE. He spent key years of his career as the beloved bassist and vocalist of the group, appearing on the classic albums "Burn", "Stormbringer" and "Come Taste the Band". Hughes and other members of DEEP PURPLE will be in attendance to receive the honor. This will mark the first time in 30 years that all the members have been in the same room together; some have never even met.
Rescheduled Glenn Hughes tour dates:
Aug. 09 - Ram's Head On Stage - Annapolis, MD
Aug. 10 - BB King's - New York City, NY
Aug. 12 - The Blue Ocean - Salisbury Beach, MA
Aug. 13 - Bull Run - Shirley, MA
Aug. 15 - Ironworks - Buffalo, NY
Aug. 16 - Lost Horizon - Syracuse, NY
Aug. 18 - Sellersville Theater - Sellersville, PA
Aug. 19 - Gator's - Jeanette, PA
Aug. 21 - Token Lounge - Detroit, MI
Aug. 22 - Music Factory - Battle Creek, MI
Aug. 24 - Appalshop Theater - Whitesburg, KY
Aug. 25 - Reggie's - Chicago, IL
Aug. 27 - Reggie's - Chicago, IL
Sep. 02 - Count's Vamp'd - Las Vegas, NV
Sep. 03 - Whisky A Go Go - West Hollywood, CA
In a brand new interview with GigsAndFestivals.com
, former SEPULTURA
frontman Max Cavalera
has confirmed and he will team up with brother and fellow ex-SEPULTURA
member Igor Cavalera
(drums) to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the band's classic album "Roots"
by performing the LP in its entirety on an American tour later this year. He said: "We're trying to [make the tour happen]. We thought it would be a cool idea; twenty years of the album, to play the whole record. Hopefully it will go down well. Maybe we can come and even do that in Europe later in the year, or maybe some festivals would like to pick up that. Right now we don't know what's going to happen, but I've never played a whole record like that live, so it will be a first time for me too."
, along with 1993's "Chaos A.D."
, is considered SEPULTURA's most commercially successful release, having been certified gold in 2005 by the RIAA
(Recording Industry Association of America
) for U.S. shipments in excess of 500,000 copies.
"I never did it for the success, so for me, I like it better when it's not so successful," Max
. "I didn't really enjoy that much success. In Brazil, 'Roots'
was real big, and I couldn't even go outside my apartment. People would stop me on the street; it was like THE BEATLES
! I did not like that; it's not for me. I like the underground, I like my privacy, so where I am now is much better. I don't even mind playing smaller places. I don't crave the 'big' things like Grammys
and stuff like that; I'm not interested in that. For me, it's more about me and the fans. The connection that I have, it's really strong, and I think that's more important."
Asked if the pressure of success on SEPULTURA
was perhaps too much at that time, Max
said: "I think so, a little bit. It was a chaotic time. Nobody was thinking things through, and the thing just self-imploded. It was out of everybody's control; it was just 'that's that,' and [the show at] Brixton [in London on December 16, 1996] was our last show. Fortunately, the label had the idea to record it, so they made it into a live record that a lot of people really like, 'Under A Pale Grey Sky'
. It shows we were a very tight band. Inside the live performance, there was no trouble; it was all outside. So it's quite interesting to see that our live show was killer; it was exciting and heavy and fast."
also insisted that he looks back with pride on what he achieved with SEPULTURA
. He said: "I was glad that the band never went to shit, you know? That makes me proud, and we never made a 'Reload'
kind of album like METALLICA
, or 'Lola'
[referring to 'Lulu'
, the Lou Reed
collaboration album] or whatever that thing is, you know? I tried to listen to that thing, and I was, like, 'Oh my God!'"
Former GUNS N' ROSES
manager Irving Azoff
has denied that he tried to pressure the band's lead singer, Axl Rose
, into reuniting the original lineup of the group, explaining that "nobody tells Axl
to do anything."
was sued by Front Line Management
in March 2010 for nearly $2 million dollars in unpaid commissions. The company filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles, claiming that Rose
owed the company $1.9 million, or 15 percent of the more than $12 million that Rose
had earned from performances in Europe, Canada and South America, based on an oral agreement.
responded by filing a countersuit that claimed Azoff
tried to bully Rose
into doing a reunion tour with the original GUNS
lineup. According to The Pulse of Radio
claimed in his suit that Azoff
did everything he could to sabotage the most recent version of GUNS
said no to the reunion idea, alleging that Azoff
tried "devising and implementing a secret plan to set up Rose
and the band for failure so that Rose
would have no choice but to reunite with the original GUNS N' ROSES
's suit added, "Upon realizing that he couldn't bully Rose
and accomplish his scheme, Azoff
resigned and abandoned GUNS N' ROSES
on the eve of a major tour, filing suit for commissions he didn't earn and had no right to receive."
In a brand new interview with The New York Times
was asked about Axl
's claim that that the manager had tried to pressure the singer into reuniting the original GN'R
responded: "I would never go to an artist and say, 'I want you to reunite.' If he had asked me if I thought it was a good idea, I would have said yes. But by the way, nobody tells Axl
to do anything. He does what he wants to do."
also commented on the recent announcement that Rose
was reuniting with GUNS N' ROSES
and bassist Duff McKagan
to play a number of shows later this year, including two at California's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
in April. He said: "Slash
and Duff McKagan
are terrific people. Axl
is a complicated individual that I wish nothing but success for. I think this is a good historical moment that the public deserves to see. I hope it happens."
settled their lawsuits in June 2011 concerning commissions and concert touring.
In October 2010, Azoff
filed an official answer to Rose
's charges by asserting 14 affirmative defenses to Rose
's claims he breached fiduciary duty, committed constructive fraud and breached a contract. According to The Hollywood Reporter
stated in his response that Rose
claims "are barred by statute of limitations; there was a waiver; There was an accord and satisfaction; that Rose
consented to Azoff
's actions; that Rose
failed to take reasonable steps to mitigate the damage; and that any harm that came to Rose
was due to the singer's own negligence, fraud or misconduct."
Los Angeles-based cyber metallers FEAR FACTORY
will embark on a U.S. headlining tour next month. Support on the trek, which will see the band perform its classic second album "Demanufacture"
in its entirety, will come from Swedish metallers SOILWORK
So far the following dates have been leaked:
Mar. 24 - San Antonio, TX - The Korova
Mar. 25 - Dallas, TX - Trees
Mar. 26 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Apr. 12 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
Tickets for the Pittsburgh show go on sale tomorrow (Saturday, February 13) at 12:00 p.m.
singer Burton C. Bell
said in an interview last year that the band wanted to do a U.S. tour in celebration of the 20th anniversary of "Demanufacture"
but that "promoters aren't interested."
completed a European trek last fall which saw the band playing "Demanufacture"
in its entirety. They also showcased songs from their new album, "Genexus"
, which came out on August 7, 2015 via Nuclear Blast
Asked by Mick Stingley
last November if there were any plans for FEAR FACTORY
to come back around to the North America after the New Year, Bell
said: "We'd like to. We're going to figure something out. We'd still like to do a 'Demanufacture'
tour of the United States, but it's up in the air. The promoters aren't interested… It costs money. But hopefully we'll see that change in the next couple of months."
guitarist Dino Cazares
told Metal Forces
magazine about the band's plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of "Demanufacture"
: "Can you believe that that record's already 20 years old? It just went by fast. We feel that because that record has fan favorites, it would be good to do a tour around that just for a whole new generation of people who never got to see us during that time and that tour. To just play it in its entirety, man. To show respect to what was a record that opened a door to metal. It basically gave a facelift to metal. Burt
's vocal style is definitely something that is very, very common these days among other bands. We just wanna show people where it came from, where it started, so hopefully a new generation will get into FEAR FACTORY
told Spotlight Report
in a 2013 interview that he felt "Demanufacture"
was ahead of its time. He said: "[At the time of its release] it was a hit, but it was an underground hit; it never made the mainstream. It's one of those records that was scratching the surface, but never really crossed over. At the time, it was still too aggressive, still too out there. Ever since then, that album just inspired and influenced so many other bands that if people that never heard 'Demanufacture'
would listen to it today, they'd think it's a contemporary album."
Photo credit: Stephanie Cabral
Belgium's gore-mongers ABORTED will release their ninth full-length album, "Retrogore", in April via Century Media. The CD's highly detailed artwork was masterfully crafted by Christopher Lovell.
After delivering two seriously drenched and critically acclaimed albums in the form of "Global Flatline" (2012) and "The Necrotic Manifesto" (2014), ABORTED have returned to not only deliver another album jam-packed with ferociously ripping brutal death metal but also surpass all expectations with what could be considered their most mature and diverse album to date.
Don't fear though, the berserker drums of Ken, the virtuoso guitar skills of Mendel and his new partner Ian, JB's jackhammer bass as well as the possessed growls, shrieks and squeals of commander-in-chief Caluwé are all still prevalent, but this time, ABORTED have added a good portion of epically-crushing atmosphere throughout the twelve tracks found within "Retrogore".
ABORTED recently released a five-track EP titled "Termination Redux" to celebrate the bands 20th year of existence as well as to offer fans a foretaste of what to expect on "Retrogore".
Sven De Caluwé: Gurgloroth
Mendel Bij De Leij: Flesh Upon The Razor Wire
JB van der Wal: Nocturnal Pulse
Ken Bedene: Hymen Blaster
The official video for "Sudden Death", a brand new song from the Los Angeles-based shred quintet HOLY GRAIL, can be streaseenmed below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Times Of Pride And Peril", which is being released on February 12 via Prosthetic.
Recorded with Grammy Award-winning producer John Spiker (TENACIOUS D, FILTER), "Times Of Pride And Peril" encompasses the rise and fall of an empire over ten grueling tracks of classic heavy metal.
HOLY GRAIL, which recently was seen alongside the likes of KING DIAMOND, DEATH ANGEL and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, is continuing to pulverize pavement across the U.S. with guitar hero Marty Friedman before meeting up with BLACK TUSK for a lengthy North American run throughout early April.
Featuring a blistering dual lead guitar attack and powerful vocals by James Paul Luna (praised by Decibel as "the finest metal singer of his generation"), HOLY GRAIL burst onto the scene in 2009 with its debut EP, "Improper Burial", which led Metal Hammer to call the group "one of the most promising traditionally-inclined metal bands to emerge from the U.S. in the past decade." It was quickly followed by "Crisis In Utopia", which Revolver called "a nearly flawless full-length debut that ecstatically revives undiluted, straight-up metal in all its gauntlet-clad glory" and named one of the 20 best albums of 2010.
Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE have announced the launch of their interactive smartphone app through the industry-leading provider of direct-to-fan mobile apps Disciple Media. The app will launch during the band's biggest U.S. headlining tour to date, promising fans a unique glimpse of the life on the road.
The band and their management, Raw Power Management, chose the Disciple Media mobile platform to be the "one spot for all things BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE" — an app right at the cutting edge of smartphone tech, which delivers unparalleled fan access to connect with the band's army of fans worldwide. Based on in-depth fan insights, the app is tailored to BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE fanbase and style, delivering "in the moment" fan experiences, including real-time live streaming, exclusive content, audio and images, ‘band to fan chats', access to pre-sale and tour tickets, VIP packages, special competitions, app-only merchandise, friending and messaging and social media aggregation. The band will also be publishing previously unreleased material in the app later this year.
Commenting on the announcement, the band said: "We're really excited to have somewhere to connect with all our fans across the world! We're saving some of the best things coming up for subscribers and there'll be plenty to sink your teeth into. This will be your first destination for all things BFMV."
Raw Power Management added: "We at Raw Power pride ourselves on working at the cutting edge. Which is why we're proud to work alongside Disciple Media in launching the official app for BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE and forge new ways for the band to connect with their fans."
Disciple Media apps enable the fan-to-artist relationship to be a deeper connection. As mobile is now the primary device for most consumers, the appetite among celebrities for bespoke direct-to-fan communication has increased and fans are more engaged in experiences where they are rewarded for their loyalty.
Founder and CEO of Disciple Media, Benji Vaughan, said: "Disciple was built to connect hardcore fans with hardcore bands and there is little in this world as hard, heavy or passionate as BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE and their legions of fans around the world. We are truly honored to be adding BULLET to the Disciple network and can't wait to see how they use our technology."
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE's app will be available to download for from the iTunes app store and Google Play store with exclusive and premium content available via subscription for £2.29 / $2.99 a month or £19.99 / $22.99 a year.
California-based rock band DEFTONES
will release its eighth studio album, titled "Gore"
, on April 8 via Warner Bros. Records
. The album was produced by Matt Hyde
singer Chino Moreno
told U.K.'s Kerrang!
magazine about the new album title: "If you look at the title and the artwork, it's about a juxtaposition that, for me, is very beautiful.
"I think DEFTONES
have always flirted with dynamic and that yin-and-yang of things that are provocative and things that are beautiful. Where our last two album titles were a lot more optimistic, I think this title is intentionally different. This record is very different.
"I feel like 'Diamond Eyes'
and 'Koi No Yokan'
were brother-sister records in a lot of ways. They were both recording in the same way. And even though it was a tough few years we went through while making those records, I think it was important to have their optimistic outlook."
also spoke in more detail about the making of "Gore"
. He said: "We recorded this record in a different way. I'm not saying we went in with any preconceived ideas as such, but I do think we went in knowing that we wanted to make this record a little different from the last two. And I feel, definitely, like we did that. It's still a DEFTONES
record — we didn't really have any new influences that changed that — but it's an expansion of what we were comfortable with. And it's important to get out of your comfort zone sometimes witch the music — just to be excited. It's got a different look. A different shade of color. I'd say some shade of purple. I don't know why, but I think it sits somewhere between pink, red and purple. Sometimes when I hear music, I see color, and when it came time to work on the artwork for this batch of songs, I knew exactly what I wanted."
02. Acid Hologram
03. Doomed User
04. Geometric Headdress
05. Hearts and Wires
06. Pittura Infamante
10. Phantom Bride
is available for pre-order at www.deftones.com
. Those who pre-order will receive an instant download of the first single, "Prayers/Triangles"
In addition, the DEFTONES
music store will be offering an exclusive and limited-edition 180-gram, double LP vinyl version of "Gore"
. This will be limited to 3,500 foil-stamped and numbered gatefold jackets and is available for pre-order here
will serve as the follow-up to 2012's "Koi No Yokan"
, which featured the Top 15 rock radio hit "Tempest"
The new disc features a guest appearance from ALICE IN CHAINS
guitarist Jerry Cantrell
On February 9, Rustyn Rose
conducted an interview with SLAYER
drummer Paul Bostaph
. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube
clip below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET
On the setlist for SLAYER
's upcoming tour with TESTAMENT
: "I'm not sure if you'll see anything that's totally obscure per se, but we have so many songs that are at our disposal right now in terms of just what we can play as a band that you never know what we're gonna come up with. We're dusting off a few songs, I think, this week. Kerry
, guitar] and I are getting together. And you might hear a few things you haven't heard for a while.
"I always says it's a great problem to have, but what song do you take out of the setlist to put something obscure in? You know, you take one song out and people are ticked off that you didn't play that song that night. What I mean by it's a great problem to have is the band has so many great songs, from a fan's perspective, which I've had that perspective. I mean, Jeez, over the course of time, it's like… you take 'Seasons In The Abyss'
out, and that would be the song you wanted to hear that night, 'cause you put in something else. So it's a good problem to have."
On the making of SLAYER
's latest album, "Repentless"
: "It was a little strange. Part of it is that it was kind of business as usual in a way. The strangest part about it was probably… it wasn't technology or anything. The things that were familiar was the fact that I've done it with this band before. I know the drill per se. But the other side of it was, in my absence from the band, I'd recorded albums with TESTAMENT
and been a bunch of different places, jammed with a bunch of different people, and I was able to draw from all those experiences on this record, which I didn't have on any previous record I've done with the band before. And those experiences, I think, have made me a better drummer than I have been in the past, in my opinion. But also, the obvious thing was we didn't have [late SLAYER
] with us. So typically, when I'd be in the studio in the past… I knew how to read what was making the guys excited about my drum tracks. And since Jeff
wasn't with us, at times I'd have to… I was thinking of Jeff
more than I probably ever would have. If he was in the room, I probably wouldn't have thought about him at all until he said something. You know what I mean? But now, he's always in the back of my mind. Part of it was I wanted to do honor to the album to honor Jeff
. And then part of it was, 'Well, what would Jeff
think about this?' He was still in the room. So that's probably what was the strangest part about it."
On whether he feels like he had something to prove on "Repentless"
: "You know, I don't think I had something to prove on this album; I didn't feel like I did. I just felt like this was an important record. And I felt like, again, since we lost Jeff
, to honor Jeff
. I don't think I had anything to prove. Personally, I think I don't have to prove anything to anybody but myself. I think that whole attitude about having something to prove, that's when I was younger, and I did. And don't get me wrong: I'm not resting on my laurels. I think now I approach it differently. Instead of having something to prove, I think I wanna have fun playing drums, and I think that's the difference. I want that to define my playing now. Because, for me, I started out playing drums, and it was fun; I was excited about it. And, you know, along the way, you've got something to prove. It's this journey or emotion and what we as people sometimes do. I think ultimately, I think, the guys that I really enjoy playing look like they're having a blast while they're doing it and it looks fun. And though all the time I've been playing, and my journey in being in other bands and being with this band and then coming back to this band, I think ultimately the one thing I want out of playing the drums is to have fun. My opinion has always been, if you're not having fun doing something, don't do it."
's tour with TESTAMENT
is scheduled to kick off on February 19 in Chicago, Illinois.
's latest album, "Repentless"
, debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 50,000 equivalent album units in the week ending September 17, 2015.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
In terms of pure album sales, "Repentless"
opened with 49,000 copies, marking SLAYER
's highest-charting album yet.
was released on September 11, 2015 via Nuclear Blast
Legendary German/American metallers ACCEPT will play two special U.S. shows next month. On March 3, ACCEPT will head to Sioux Falls to play at Badlands and make its way to The Arcada Theatre in St Charles, Illinois two days later, on March 5.
"After touring so much, we thought it would be great to have a long break to write songs," commented ACCEPT guitarist and main songwriter Wolf Hoffmann. "But then we changed our minds and thought it would be great to do a few shows just to stay sharp and keep up with the cool dynamics between us! Maybe we just need to get hot and sweaty on stage again."
After playing the U.S. dates, ACCEPT will cross the Atlantic to play in Austria then make its way to South America, where they will play in Argentina followed by five dates in Brazil!"
ACCEPT 2016 tour dates:
Mar. 03 - Badlands – Sioux Falls, SD USA
Mar. 05 - The Arcada Theatre – St. Charles, IL USA
Apr. 02 - Full Metal Mountain - Hermagor-Presseggr See, Austria
Apr. 06 - Teatro Vorterix – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Apr. 08 - Carioca Club – Sao Paulo, Brazil
Apr. 09 - Imperator – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Apr. 10 - Music Hall – Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Apr. 12 - Teatro Manauara – Manaus, Brazil
Apr. 14 - Opera de Arame – Curitiba, Brazil
The latest ACCEPT album, "Blind Rage", was released in August 2014 via Nuclear Blast. Like its two predecessors, 2010's "Blood Of The Nations" and 2012's "Stalingrad", the new effort was helmed by British producer Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ARCH ENEMY and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. The cover artwork was created by Daniel Goldsworthy.
"Blind Rage" sold around 6,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release.
ACCEPT in April 2015 announced the addition of guitarist Uwe Lulis (GRAVE DIGGER, REBELLION) and drummer Christopher Williams to the group's ranks.
ACCEPT parted ways with guitarist Herman Frank and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann in December 2014.
Greek thrashers SUICIDAL ANGELS will release their new album, "Division Of Blood", on May 27 via NoiseArt Records. The follow-up 2014's "Divide And Conquer" features cover artwork by acclaimed artist Ed Repka (MEGADETH, DEATH, MUNICIPAL WASTE).
SUICIDAL ANGELS states: "Against the odds of the times (that we live), against gods, masters and slaves, the 'Division Of Blood' marches on and kills! Another incredible piece of art from Mr. Repka, follows our official sixth studio album. The banners of the Moshing Crew raise high and the legions are ready to unleash all the passion and the flame. Join the forces to clear the path, one is the way, no side loss just wrath!"
"Divide And Conquer" entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 82. The effort was made available in January 2014 via NoiseArt Records as a limited digipak, vinyl LP in different colors and as a digital download.
Arizona metallers FLOTSAM AND JETSAM will release their new, self-titled album in April. FeMetal TV creator Phoenix Romero spent some time over the weekend hanging out with FLOTSAM AND JETSAM singer Eric "A.K." Knutson and getting a preview of the LP, which will include such songs as "Seventh Seal", "Iron Maiden", "Creeper", "Verge Of Tragedy", "Legion Of The Famed", "Time To Go" and "Forbidden Territory", the latter of which was originally slated for the band's second album, 1988's "No Place For Disgrace", but did not make the cut.
Knutson told From Hero To Zero last summer about the band's forthcoming follow-up to 2012's "Ugly Noise": "The new record has songs that sound like they came from the '80s, some songs that sound like they came from the middle of our career, and some songs that sound like they're brand new, and they're all on one record together."
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM in 2014 parted ways with guitarist Edward Carlson and bassist Jason Ward and replaced them with Steve Conley and Michael Spencer, respectively. The band also recruited SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner after Kelly Smith left the group in November 2014 to focus on caring for his family.
Spencer stated about the new FLOTSAM AND JETSAM material: "There's a great, old-school thrash vibe going on with the direction of the songs and what originally influenced the band, mixed with a little of what we like about today's sound, in metal."
Los Angeles-based artist Travis Moore
has been selected to create a realistic depiction of Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister
for a statue that will be built in front of the late MOTÖRHEAD
frontman's favorite haunt, the legendary Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California. According to California Rock News
, the life-size cast bronze statue will stand at just over six feet tall and will be permanently housed in a special shrine that is currently being constructed in the patio bar area at the Rainbow.
is initially sculpting the likeness as an 18-inch maquette that will then be transferred to a life-size sculpture, which will be molded in wax and ultimately poured and cast in bronze.
A timelapse video of Travis
building the 18-inch maquette can be seen below.
A native of Texas, Travis
is doing his part for free, but there are considerable costs associated with the actual process that will ultimately make the statute a reality. A funding campaign
was launched by Katon De Pena
from classic underground thrash-metal band HIRAX
, who has raised about $16,000 so far to support the building of the statue (which he estimates will cost around $20,000).
passed away at his home in Los Angeles on December 28, only four days after his 70th birthday. A memorial in his honor was held on January 9 at the Rainbow Bar & Grill, and it extended across much of the Sunset Strip.
Finnish gothic metallers THE 69 EYES will release their eleventh album, "Universal Monsters", on April 22 via Nuclear Blast. The CD was recorded with producer Johnny Lee Michaels at his Helsinki-based Bat Cave Studios.
The third "making-of" webisode for "Universal Monsters" can be seen below.
Commented THE 69 EYES vocalist Jyrki: "I've already had a short review of the album from a journalist who said it sounds exactly like it was recorded after our latest album together with producer Johnny Lee Michaels, which was 'Paris Kills' (2002). But those years between cannot be heard. We sound as fresh as ever, and the music takes itself and us into undiscovered paths and soundscapes. How the album grew into what it has become has surprised us and you can really hear the creativity blooming there. And still it sounds like nobody else but THE 69 EYES. And like always, the best backing vocalists can be found from the closest bars in Helsinki! This time the local latest hard rock heroes SANTA CRUZ were recruited for the backing vocal sessions."
"Universal Monsters" track listing:
01. Dolce Vita
02. Jet Fighter Plane
03. Blackbird Pie
04. Lady Darkness
05. Stiv & Johnny
07. Miss Pastis
09. Shallow Graves
10. Rock 'N' Roll Junkie
The video for the first single from "Universal Monsters", a song called "Jet Fighter Plane", can be seen below. The clip was directed by Ville Juurikkala, who has previously worked with NIGHTWISH, AMORPHIS and MICHAEL MONROE. Juurikkala also created the "Universal Monsters" cover artwork, which portrays THE 69 EYES members in movie monster lighting, showing them as classic and timeless creatures.
Said Jyrki: "As I first heard the instrumental demo of the song, it immediately sounded for me like a song from the early '80s new wave/post punk days. You know, like when the music was heavily inspired by David Bowie's dark visions, the Cold War, the threat of nuclear war and '1984' kind of the future. So I wrote such lyrics from the past — and all of a sudden, the history started to repeat itself and the Cold War winds started to blow again! It was very strange — all of a sudden THE 69 EYES have a song which is very 'today' and even political, longing back the days of peace. We also wanted the video to be artistic and visually capturing the vibe and theme of the song. There is hope but also darkness, violence and innocence. And it’s only goth 'n' roll."
French metallers ETHS will release a new album, "Ankaa", on April 22 via Season Of Mist.
A trailer for the CD featuring footage from their recording studio can be seen below.
ETHS in 2014 released an EP, "Ex Umbra In Solem", with their new vocalist, Rachel Aspe. The EP's title track was a new song recorded, produced and mixed by ETHS guitarist Staif Bihl. It was backed by three classic ETHS tracks, recorded live on October 24, 2013 at the Divan du Monde in Paris, mixed by Nikhertz at Studio Phantom. Last but not least, the EP included three songs from the "III" album, re-recorded with Rachel's vocals.
ETHS in 2012 recruited Virginie Goncalves (KELLS) and Nelly Wood-Hasselhoff to handle lead vocals at the group's shows following the departure of Candice Clot.
Aspe made headlines in France in November 2012 when she performed the SYBREED song "Emma-0" on an episode of "La France À Un Incroyable Talent", the French reality television series which is part of the global British "Got Talent" franchise. Her death metal vocal styling stunned the judges and crowd before going viral and being seen by millions of people.
"It has always been my goal to be part of a band," Aspe told Rock Overdose. "One of the reasons I went to this TV show was to find one. [The show] was [taped] three months before I met ETHS, and [it originally aired shortly] after Candice left the band. So things came very fast for me. I had a job and it was hard to work on my vocals so quickly. I didn’t expect this success for the video; many bands contacted me, I did some [guest appearances] since that. People are continuing to share and comment on it."
Clot played her final show as a member of ETHS on October 13, 2012 at L'Arcade in Notre-Dame-de-Gravenchon, France.
Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN will release a new EP, "Lunar Prelude", on February 19 via Napalm Records. Mastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer Ted Jensen, the set offers two brand new songs in the shape of the catchy "Suckerpunch" and the melancholic "Turn The Lights Out". "Don't Let Go" (taken from 2014's "The Human Contradiction") comes in a brand new version, while the EP also contains four incredible live cuts, as well as an orchestral reprise of "Suckerpunch", all of which proving once again how DELAIN are blatantly known for their extremely catchy hooks, bewitching melodies, symphonic bombast, and, of course, a good solid dose of metal!
Audio samples of all the tracks that are set to appear on "Lunar Prelude" can be streamed below.
DELAIN states: "Our latest album, 'The Human Contradiction', has taken us on a great ride, performing hundreds of stages around the globe for all of you. We barely managed to catch our breaths from our most recent tours, yet we've already got some new music that we simply can't wait to share. In preparation of our next full-length studio album, we'd like to present to you 'Lunar Prelude', a collection of several brand new tracks, a new version of a familiar one, and live versions of some our favorite 'The Human Contradiction' tracks. We hope you enjoy this new release, Delainers. Thank you for inspiring us and sharing amazing moments with us. See you at the next gig!"
"Lunar Prelude" track listing:
02. Turn The Lights Out
03. Don't Let Go
04. Lullaby (Live 2015)
05. Stardust (Live 2015)
06. Here Come The Vultures (Live 2015)
07. Army Of Dolls (Live 2015)
08. Suckerpunch Orchestra
DELAIN recently announced the addition of guitarist Merel Bechtold to the group's ranks.
Bechtold said: "I'm excited to become a permanent DELAIN member and hugely looking forward to the upcoming tours and albums. See you on the road!"
Finnish folk metallers KORPIKLAANI are working on their first-ever DVD release. The DVD will contain exclusive live footage filmed across two shows in 2015, with more live footage due to be filmed this year. A sensational live CD will also accompany the release.
KORPIKLAANI frontman Jonne Järvelä commented: "Finally we can release our first ever DVD, with not just one show but from some of our favorite cities and festivals. We are also recording all shows on our upcoming tour for a bonus live CD, along with the recent tours in 2015. This will be the first of many more to come in future!"
Part of the DVD footage has been filmed at their Volta, Moscow show (April 2015) and their Teatro Vorterix, Buenos Aires show (December 2015). Further footage is due to be filmed at their upcoming performances at Melkweg, Amsterdam (April 10) and at Masters of Rock festival in the Czech Republic (July 14-17) this year.
The audio for the CD will be recorded during KORPIKLAANI's upcoming U.K. tour alongside MOONSORROW this April.
KORPIKLAANI's DVD and live CD will be released in early 2017.
KORPIKLAANI and MOONSORROW will join forces for co-headline tour, "Finnish Folk Metal Mafia Tour", this April.
KORPIKLAANI's latest album, "Noita", was released in May 2015 in North America via Nuclear Blast. Recorded at Petrax Studio with Aksu Hanttu producing, recording and mixing again, it is the band's first CD to feature new accordion player Sami Perttula, who played a very active role in the folk arrangements along with fiddler Tuomas Rounakari.
"The Burden Of Being Wonderful"
, the new performance video from Los Angeles glam-metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER
, can be seen below. The track is taken from "Live From Lexxi's Mom's Garage"
, the band's first full-length film featuring a live ten-song acoustic concert interspersed with comedic vignettes showcasing the band's unmatched shenanigans and debauchery. The album and film will be released on CD and CD/DVD by STEEL PANTHER
's label Open E Records
via Kobalt Label Services
, on February 26 but pre-orders are available now at store.steelpantherrocks.com
For the uninitiated, STEEL PANTHER
was formed in 2000 and is Michael Starr
(lead singer), Satchel
(guitarist), Lexxi Foxx
(bass) and Stix Zadinia
"Live From Lexxi's Mom's Garage"
was taped in Los Angeles last October in front of a live audience of scantily clad woman (and one old creepy fat guy who somehow got a ticket) inside the uncharacteristically large and professionally lit garage of Ms. Foxx
), who coincidentally also happens to be the mother of Lexxi Foxx
. The musical portions of the film feature the band performing acoustic versions of their most popular songs such as "Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World"
and "Community Property"
as well as one new song titled "Then You Came In"
. Several female violin players who are "very easy on the eyes," says Stix
, are featured and lay through the various hits with the band.
Between songs, the film follows the mischievousness of STEEL PANTHER
as they figure out who they can and cannot sleep with; and as they navigate the world as the biggest glam rock band that never was from 1985, in 2016.
"It was so much fun playing our songs on these new wooden guitars in my mom's garage!" said Lexxi Fox
says that he might be my new dad, but I'm not really sure what that means!" he added.
recently wrapped its "Well Hungover"
North American headlining tour and started a new residency at the famed Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on January 7 and House of Blues Las Vegas. Last year, the band sold out headlining tours in the U.K. and South America.
"Live From Lexxi's Mom's Garage"
01. Show Intro/Say Yeah!
02. Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World
03. Fat Girl (Thar She Blows)
04. If You Really, Really Love Me
06. Bukkake Tears
07. The Burden Of Being Wonderful
08. Weenie Ride
09. That's When You Came In
10. Michael Don't Know
11. Community Property
12. Grindy And Sexy
13. Death To All But Metal
's third album, "All You Can Eat"
, sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 24 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 1, 2014 via Open E
Paul Stanley has joined forces with Ace Frehley for a new track on Frehley's upcoming solo covers set. The new album, "Origins Vol. 1", will be released on April 26, and marks the first time the KISS co-founders have appeared on an original album together since the band's 1998 set, "Psycho Circus". Stanley takes the lead on Frehley's cover of FREE's classic 1970 track "Fire And Water". Other high-profile artists guesting with Ace on the new album are Slash, Lita Ford, Mike McCready, and John 5. In addition to the FREE track, Ace and his guests tackle key classic rock touchstones by CREAM, STEPPENWOLF, LED ZEPPELIN, THIN LIZZY, THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE, THE ROLLING STONES, THE KINKS — and even KISS.
During an appearance on KBAD 94.5's "Morning Crash" radio show, Stanley stated about his new collaboration with Frehley (see video below): "Ace was doing an album of covers, songs that influenced him and that he loved, and called me. And it's always very funny, because with caller ID, I look, and the phone's ringing, and I see Ace's name come up. So, of course…
"Look, for all the bickering and stuff that we may say about each other, we go back to a very magical time. We started this together. So in spite of whatever we may say from time to time or things that get blown up, we are a family, and a dysfunctional one, but nonetheless a family.
"So Ace said, 'Would you do something on the album?' I said, 'Sure. Of course.'"
He continued: "If [Ace] succeeds, it only makes me happy. I don't wanna see anybody fail, especially somebody who I'm close to. Even if I don't speak to him weekly, even monthly, we are connected in a way that will go to the end.
"There's a great song by FREE called 'Fire And Water', which was on the album with 'All Right Now'. Paul Rodgers, besides being a friend of mine, is one of the consummate vocalists. So to get a chance to sing something that's a little different than what I do in KISS was something I didn't take lightly, because Paul Rodgers is a hell of a vocalist. So it was great, and it was a lot of fun, and it was terrific. And I only wish Ace well with it."
Ace spoke to Rolling Stone about his teamup with Stanley. Frehley said: "I thought Paul did a fabulous vocal on it. He jumped at the chance to do this because it's something that's outside of KISS and his character in KISS, and it gave him a chance to, y'know, sing. With Paul, you usually think of him singing in a slightly higher register and on 'Fire And Water', he's singing deep from his diaphragm, and it's a real cool vocal. Everyone's who heard it was just thinks it's the shit."
"Origins Vol. 1" track listing:
01. White Room (CREAM)
02. Street Fighting Man (ROLLING STONES)
03. Spanish Castle Magic (JIMI HENDRIX) (feat. John 5)
04. Fire And Water (FREE) (feat. Paul Stanley)
05. Emerald (THIN LIZZY) (feat. Slash)
06. Bring It On Home (LED ZEPPELIN)
07. Wild Thing (THE TROGGS) (feat. Lita Ford)
08. Parasite (KISS) (feat. John 5)
09. Magic Carpet Ride (STEPPENWOLF)
10. Cold Gin (KISS) (feat. Mike McCready)
11. Till The End Of The Day (THE KINKS)
12. Rock And Roll Hell (KISS)
German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION will release their new album, "Under Attack", on May 13 via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork for the CD was created by acclaimed artist Gyula from Hungary, who has previously worked with ANNIHLATOR, GRAVE DIGGER, STRATOVARIUS and TANKARD, among others.
Comments DESTRUCTION frontman Schmier: "I had the vision of the exploding earth with the DESTRUCTION skull as continents before we even had the title.
"Never has the earth and every individual been so under attack: whether it’s environmental issues, wars or politics and media madness, we just destroy everything that we love!
"The cover brings together the classical concepts of the band’s history and fits in well with the discography… but, unfortunately, it also represents the current state of the world today!"
DESTRUCTION started recording "Under Attack" after the summer festivals last year and has been tracking segments in various studios between September 2015 and January 2016. So far they have completed the drum recordings with Martin Buchwalter at Gernhart Studios in Germany, and have done some other basic recordings, mixing and mastering with VO Pulver at Little Creek Studios in Switzerland.
Schmier stated about the making of "Under Attack": "We really took our time for this album. After the summer festivals, we went into the studio every couple of weeks to record brand new songs and ideas in between all the touring activities. We took several studio sessions instead of one long one, to keep the ideas fresh and have time later before the mix to change bits and pieces that we did not like. Maybe this was the most effective writing we did in the last years! Due the fact we had more time in between the albums, there was a lot of musical output and creativity, but also less pressure. From my point of view, you can definitely hear the crispiness in the songwriting and the kick-ass attitude we brought from the shows into the studio. The 'on tour into the studio on tour mode' was so effective that I wanna keep this method for the future!"
He adds: "How does the new record sound? For sure not like a band that is in its 33 years of existence: Efficient aggression: FAST — CATCHY — ORIGINAL!"
DESTRUCTION's 30th-anniversary album, "Spiritual Genocide", was released on November 23, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records.