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JIMMY PAGE Says He Will Start New Band, Perform Material Spanning His Entire Career

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bLED ZEPPELIN/b guitarist bJimmy Page/b says that "it doesn't look likely" that the band will ever reunite again but plans to form his own group and play material from his entire career, including his bZEPPELIN/b work. During an appearance earlier today (Tuesday, September 30) at the playback of the remastered versions of b"Led Zeppelin IV"/b and b"Houses Of The Holy"/b at bOlympic Studios/b in London, England, bPage/b was asked directly by a href="" target="_blank" if remastering the albums made him want to reform the band again. He said: "I don't think it looks as though that's a possibility or on the cards, so there's not much more I can say about that. I'm not going to give a detail-by-detail account of what one person says or another person says. All I can say is it doesn't look likely, does it?" When pressed on whether the holdup was down to frontman bRobert Plant/b's reluctance to revisit the band, bPage/b added: "I've just said it doesn't look very likely." bPage/b also spoke about desire to get a band together and hit the stage again. He told members of the media at the event: "If I was to play again, it would be with musicians that would be… some of the names might be new to you. I haven't put them together yet, but I'm going to do that next year. If I went out to play, I would play material that spanned everything from my recording career right back to my very, very early days with bTHE YARDBIRDS/b. There would certainly be some new material in there as well." bPage/b added: "I love playing live, I really do. Live concerts are always an interesting challenge because it means you can always change things as you're playing every night. You can make it even more of an adventure. I would play all of the things I'm known to play — instrumental versions of b'Dazed And Confused'/b, etcetera, etcetera…" bPlant/b, who's busy promoting his new album, b"Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar"/b, was recently asked by bBillboard/b if he heard anything revelatory in bPage/b's archival snapshots in the reissues of b"Led Zeppelin IV"/b and b"Houses Of The Holy"/b. bPlant/b dismissed the unreleased tracks, saying, "No, not really. Because it's so long ago. What you're hearing there is mostly work-in-progress stuff. Things on their way to completion, and maybe there's some little quirk or something that led to an either/or moment. But it's nothing relevant, really. Not to me, at least." Coming on October 28 will be the bPage/b-remastered editions of 1971's b"Led Zeppelin IV"/b and 1973's b"Houses Of The Holy"/b, which will both be released with previously unreleased audio content in a variety of packages — including a limited-edition "Super Deluxe" box set. bPlant/b spoke about his use of bZEPPELIN/b material in his current live act, but hinted that it was the modern approach to the material that delivers the point across. "I think it's a way to enjoy the music," he said. "We do b'Black Dog'/b and b'Whole Lotta Love'/b and these other ones, and our approach is driven mostly by trance and psychedelia and the musicians' relationships to African music. In each case, one of the guys in the band will take dominance, and that kind of determines where it goes."

JIM ROOT Says He Was Fired From STONE SOUR By Phone

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Guitarist bJim Root/b says that he is still unsure as to why he was fired from bSTONE SOUR/b, claiming that he "hasn't talked to certain guys" in the band to get more insight about his departure from the group. bRoot/b and bSLIPKNOT/b singer bCorey Taylor/b much of the last four years recording and touring behind three full bSTONE SOUR/b studio records, including 2010's b"Audio Secrecy"/b and the double concept album b"House Of Gold Bones"/b. bRoot/b was dismissed from bSTONE SOUR/b at the end of last year — even as he and bTaylor/b were working together on a new bSLIPKNOT/b album. bRoot/b told Australia's a href="" target="_blank"Music Feeds/a: "I still haven't talked to certain guys in that band [bSTONE SOUR/b], so I really don't know what they were thinking or a hundred percent of the reason why they made the decision that they made. I mean, it was basically put to me over a phone call and I thought that was pretty lame. Whatever, it is what it is. Onward and upward. I think I have a little bit of a different opinion on how music should be done anyway. Maybe it is for the better." bJim/b recently told bRevolver/b magazine that "it became apparent to me near the end of the album cycle for b'House Of Gold Bones'/b that it had basically run its course. But the band kept pushing for more dates, and I was just, like, 'It's time to stop!'" He continued, "bSLIPKNOT/b made it possible for bSTONE SOUR/b to have everything that it has and there were people in bSLIPKNOT/b that have been sitting idly waiting to do a new album. And I had fans asking me every day, 'When are you doing bSLIPKNOT/b?'" bRoot/b told bThe Pulse Of Radio/b when he first revealed that he was sitting out the last bSTONE SOUR/b tour — before it was announced that he was let go — that he was already dealing with a lot of stress juggling the two bands. "You know, unfortunately I'm only one person," he said. "I can't really be in two places at one time and the amount of focus that I need to put into bSLIPKNOT/b makes it really difficult for me to be on tour with bSTONE SOUR/b. It's crushing and it's heartbreaking and I really don't like the idea of not being out there, but I don't really see any other way to really do it." bRoot/b said that he was dismissed from bSTONE SOUR/b in November 2013, revealing, "I was mad because bSTONE SOUR/b wanted to go do a tour and they didn't want me to be a part of it. So I had a little anger, and I had a little bit of depression. I was kind of hurt. But at the same time, it was probably all for the better, because I wasn't really happy in that band anymore." bTaylor/b addressed the issue as well, saying, "It was difficult, at first. It put a strain between he and I for a little bit. It was one of those things where the timing just sucked. But at the same time, we knew that, on both sides, we’ve gotta do what we’ve gotta do." bTaylor/b added that working together on the new bSLIPKNOT/b album actually helped mend fences between him and bRoot/b, explaining, "We were able to kind of channel that and put it into what we were making, which I think in a lot of ways helped the overall aggression and emotion really get there."

CRADLE OF FILTH To Enter Studio In November

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British extreme metallers bCRADLE OF FILTH/b will enter the studio on November 24 to begin recording their new album, tentatively titled b"Hammer Of The Witches"/b, for a June 2015 release. During a recent interview with the b"Bleedin' Loud"/b podcast, bCRADLE OF FILTH/b vocalist bDani "Filth" Davey/b confirmed the band's split with guitarist bPaul Allender/b and spoke about the group's plans for the new CD. "bPaul Allender/b has left [bCRADLE OF FILTH/b] — which not everybody is aware of," bDani/b said. "We weren't planning on it, because it was the kind of thing that has been, kind of, brewing for the last year or so. Not so much on a personal level, but [him] living in America [in Minnesota] and then him doing his side project [bWHITE EMPRESS/b] and getting kind of lost in that. I know I've got [my own side projects] bDEVILMENT/b and, dare I say, bTEMPLE OF THE BLACK MOON/b, but it never really came between bCRADLE/b; I always found time to do it. For example, the bDEVILMENT/b album, it'll come out, literally, the mirror's image of when the bCRADLE/b [album] will come out — [the bDEVILMENT/b album will come out] about autumn, and bCRADLE/b's next album will come out spring next year. So the bDEVILMENT/b and [bCRADLE/b] won't meet anytime soon, so that's okay." Asked about whether bCRADLE OF FILTH/b has found a replacement guitarist for bAllender/b, bFilth/b said: "Well, that's the thing. We only really had one guitarist for the last two albums; bPaul/b had a very strong opinion about doing that, and we're a two-guitar band. So that may be one of the things that kind of opened the fissure a bit." He continued: "We were doing this [European] tour with bBEHEMOTH/b [earlier in the year] and [bPaul/b] had some personal issues and he couldn't do it, so we brought a Czech guy called bAshok/b [of Czech groups bROOT/b and bINNER FEAR/b] in, who's friends with bMartin/b [b'Marthus' Skaroupka/b], the [bCRADLE OF FILTH/b] drummer, and then an English guy, bRichard Shaw/b [of English acts bEMPEROR CHUNG/b and bNG26/b], who lives in Derbyshire, and we thought, 'Well, that's cool, 'cause he's an English guy.' And it was such a great tour and everybody got on so well, and these two other guys knew the band inside out, so when we started writing, which we were doing on the road — not out of necessity, but just 'cause we could — it just all came together, and it was, like, 'Wow! This is great.'… Everybody was, like, really, 'Yes! That was such a great tour.' [It was] a bit short — it was only three weeks long — so when we came back [home], I was, like, 'Wow, we should usually just be halfway through the tour by this point.' So being that invigorated, everybody just started writing, which has brought the album forward by a whole year. Which will please some, and annoy others." As of late June, bCRADLE OF FILTH/b's new lineup had "about eight [new] tracks" in various states of completion for the follow-up to 2012's b"The Manticore And Other Horrors"/b, and "it's sounding awesome," according to bDani/b. He previously said some of the new material is comparable to that of b'Dusk... And Her Embrace'/b [1996], b'Cruelty And The Beast'/b [1998] and b'Midian'/b [2000], albeit with a fresher sound." He added: "I can't define it exactly, as it incorporates a wide variety of styles and dark emotions as one would come to expect from a bCRADLE/b record. One thing is certain, though: this next release is going to be pushing the boundaries of what the band can achieve, and with forthcoming live shows peppering the writing process, I know this album is going to be fuelled by 101% metal fury!" bCRADLE OF FILTH/b's tenth studio album, b"The Manticore And Other Horrors"/b, sold 4,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 96 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous full-length effort, b"Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa"/b, opened with 5,800 units in November 2010 to land at No. 99.

SLIPKNOT's CLOWN: Why Camel S**t Is Right Smell For KNOTFEST

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bSLIPKNOT/b percussionist bShawn "Clown" Crahan/b says that his band's decision to use "camel shit" as the official smell of the group's upcoming bKnotfest/b is rooted in their belief that bSLIPKNOT/b is "not a band anymore," it is "a culture," and every "culture has to have a smell." In a press release announcing the bKnotfest/b attractions — which include a bSLIPKNOT/b museum, a "Fire Area/Thuderdome," a goat petting zoo and a junk car drum circle — the organizers state: "bKnotfest/b [will have] its own aroma that will infest your brain, body and clothes for days after the festival is over. Personally picked by bSLIPKNOT/b themselves, the smell of bKnotfest/b will permeate the festival grounds. Oil drums will be filled with camel shit… set aflame to last the entire festival." "We did the camel dung on the first bKnotfest/b. It was awesome; it was beautiful," bCrahan/b tells a href="" target="_blank" "[Fans] came into the museum and they had to be hit with camel shit. A very distinct smell. You can't huff it, but it's got this smell. And it's not necessarily the most comfortable thing, but it's not necessarily the worst thing, it's just remembering thoughts — it's gonna be a reoccurring thing." He continues: "I write down things in life that are special, that only living in this thought process can you ever obtain. Freshly mowed grass. How it smells when a nice spring rain hits. Because of Iowa, I like being in a different state that doesn't even have grass and think that I smell fresh-cut grass. It brings me home. Makes me feel safe… So, I figure, since we're not a band anymore — we're a culture, everybody needs to get used to that real quick — that the culture has to have a smell. You have to be able to be somewhere in the world, maybe be in a little pain, and then all of a sudden smell that and feel good again." According to bCrahan/b, the camel shit won't actually be mixed with oil. Instead, it will be burned over charcoal, "like we're doing ribs," he said. The second edition of bKnotfest/b event will take place on October 24-26 in San Bernardino, California. More than two dozen acts will join the headliners, including bFIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH/b, bVOLBEAT/b, bOF MICE MEN/b, bIN THIS MOMENT/b, bHELLYEAH/b, bATREYU/b and many others. img src="" alt="knotfestnapalm" width="638" height="902" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-482505" /

RON 'BUMBLEFOOT' THAL: 'I Am Grateful For All The Experiences I Had With GUNS N' ROSES'

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bGUNS N' ROSES/b guitarist bRon "Bumblefoot" Thal/b is currently using the downtime from touring to work on a new solo album and also has a fun new app on the biTunes App Store/b called bRock Science/b, which is a rock trivia game with a social gaming twist. Asked by bJohn Parks/b of a href="" target="_blank"Legendary Rock Interviews/a if he has gained some perspective as far as how radically different it is for a band like bGUNS N' ROSES/b to put out an album as opposed to an artist like him releasing a new solo CD, bRon/b said: "Yes, and it's two totally, totally different scenarios, absolutely. I don't even know how to begin to compare the two. For one thing, in my own situation, in 'bBumblefoot/b' world, I have all the keys to the whole project. I know I have to write an album, record it and release it. In the bGN'R/b world, bAxl/b [bRose/b, bGN'R/b lead singer] holds the key, and [ilaughs/i] when he decides to do something is when he decides to do it, and it's definitely at a different pace than say when I do things." He continued: "bAxl/b and I are two different people with two different lives and two totally different sets of hurdles to jump over, which totally affects our ability to release what we create. "It's very hard to bust out anything when life becomes more complicated or you have more people trying to pull you in a million different directions or distract you. The bigger a band gets, the more that happens; so at bAxl/b's level, it's definitely not easy and there's a million fires to put out where at my level there is maybe ten fires or even two fires. [ilaughs/i] "When there's not as many things or people distracting you or keeping you from getting in the zone, it really frees you up to do the simple stuff and things don't need to be so complicated. But I've realized that all those complications that are hurled at you, all of those distractions, they're all external, and they don't need to penetrate your skin and get into who you are, or stop you from doing what you do, or change the relationship that you have with music or creating it or releasing it or sharing it or performing it or anything. I've realized that can be untouchable and nobody can change that. People will try, and people will continue to try relentlessly, but they can't, unless you give them the power. Once you realize that as an artist, you realize that you can do anything you wanna do musically and there's really nothing at all that's truly stopping you after all." Asked if he is surprised by the level of exposure or spotlight that bAxl/b gives each of the bGUNS N' ROSES/b musians during the band's live show, bRon/b said: "No, because at the same time we're a team, and we're there for a reason, and I will be ballsy and say we fucking earned it. [ilaughs/i] We've worked hard all our lives to get here, and it's not like we won the lottery or something. It's not like this is just something we stepped in. I've been busting my ass for 38 years musically, and after 30 years, I did my first show with bGUNS/b, but even before that, I was out there touring and making music for TV shows, putting out albums and teaching at universities and producing bands and had my own studio. God, I had a whole second house that I just gutted and turned into a studio just to work on music. Yes, I am grateful for all the experiences I had with bGUNS N' ROSES/b — good and bad — because the bad ones are just the 'unplanned' ones and you still learn and grow from them, so they still bring you something good inevitably."

METALLICA's LARS ULRICH Is 'Immensely' Inspired By U2's 'Attempt To Reinvent The Wheel'

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bMETALLICA/b drummer bLars Ulrich/b is the latest musician to comment on bU2/b's decision to team with bApple/b to put the Irish rock band's new album, b"Songs Of Innocence"/b, on every single biTunes/b account in the world for free regardless of whether it was wanted or not. Speaking to bBillboard/b magazine, bUlrich/b said: "I think bU2/b are the coolest… "It's 2014 and anybody who thinks outside the box, or attempts in any way, shape or form, to break the status quo in the world of music, should be applauded. "To me, it's not about whether the endeavor is a success or not. It's the fact that they have the balls and the foresight to throw something this radical at all of us. "We are embedded in our creative process right now and this type of attempt to reinvent the wheel inspires me immensely." 33 million of the world's 500 million biTunes/b users have reportedly accessed the bU2/b album, but there have been complaints about it as well. bApple/b gave an online tutorial on how to remove it, while bBUCKCHERRY/b guitarist bKeith Nelson/b dissed the Irish supergroup for devaluing their own music. bOzzy Osbourne/b's wife and manager bSharon Osbourne/b delivered the most scathing remarks via a bTwitter/b rant in which she wrote, "bU2/b, you are business moguls, not musicians anymore. No wonder you have to give your mediocre music away for free, 'cause no one wants to buy it." She also called the Irish quartet "just a bunch of middle-age political groupies" and the group, biTunes/b and record company president bJimmy Iovine/b "a bunch of megalomaniacs." While bU2/b continues to be one of the world's biggest group, the band's last effort, 2009's b"No Line On The Horizon"/b, was considered a commercial failure — although the two-year supporting tour was the highest-grossing in history.

KING DIAMOND Best-Of Collection Due In November

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Danish heavy metal singer bKing Diamond/b has revealed to bFull Metal Jackie/b that a comprehensive "best-of" collection from his namesake band will be made available on November 11 via bMetal Blade Records/b. The musician, who is also working on a new studio album from bKING DIAMOND/b, says: "bMetal Blade/b got the chance, through getting some of licenses from bRoadrunner/b — well, bRoadrunner/b is under bWarner/b — so they got some licenses from them to actually release some vinyl of the old bRoadrunner/b stuff, but also to do a best-of [collection]. And that's something that's coming out, a genuine best-of that is spanning the entire bKING DIAMOND/b career. So there is one disc that is only bRoadrunner/b material, one disc that is bMetal Blade/b, but it's [being] released through bMetal Blade/b, the whole thing. And it sounds amazing." He added: "We went back to before all the remastering that was done on our stuff and got back to the original stuff and could tweak that. And you hear things that you… If you [got into the band] later on, you could only buy certain versions of the albums these days. And they don't all sound the way I would like [them] to sound. And now we got the chance to actually select the songs ourselves, me and bAndy/b, and we worked on them hardcore with this new gear to get them as optimal as possible. And they sound very close to how they originally sounded. You will hear things you can't hear on the versions you can buy today." Regarding his plans for a new bKING DIAMOND/b LP, the vocalist said: "We signed a new deal with bMetal Blade/b for another three albums. We have done a lot of stuff lately with that in mind. We have invested a lot of the new recording budgets for the next couple of albums into making bAndy La Rocque/b's, the guitarist's studio in Sweden, better. We got new equipment in, I got a new vocal studio here in my house. It was finished a few days before I went over to Europe recently and I actually managed to rehearse in it, which was great. But it's bPro Tools/b, new speakers, it's a vocal booth from Portland, Oregon — I got it in with the floating floor, the whole thing; it's amazing. The speakers are also handbuilt in the U.S., in Portland, Oregon, by bBarefoot/b. It was actually a bKING DIAMOND/b fan that was part of putting mine together. So I got a small pair, which is still twelve hundred and some watts between the amps in them, in my studio room and then some bigger ones in my living room. I didn't know music could sound like that. They are for mixing and mastering and everything — handmade in the U.S.A. And I didn't think they could sound like that. I'm still blown away by it." bKing/b, 58, whose real name is bKim Bendix Petersen/b, underwent open-heart triple-bypass surgery in November 2010. He has since completed his cardiac rehabilitation program and has stopped smoking entirely, changed his diet and is getting regular exercise. bKING DIAMOND/b received a bGrammy/b nomination in the "Best Metal Performance" category for the track b"Never Ending Hill"/b off the group's latest album, b"Give Me Your Soul … Please"/b. b"Give Me Your Soul ... Please"/b sold 4,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 174 on The Billboard 200 chart.


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bFOZZY/b — the band featuring bWWE/b wrestling superstar bChris Jericho/b alongside members of bSTUCK MOJO/b — has announced the addition of bassist bJeff Rouse/b to the group's ranks. According to a press release, "bJeff/b is an incredible musician and singer who has spent the last decade playing in bDUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED/b and is also the lead singer and guitar player in bTHE GUESSING GAME/b. After former bassist bPaul DiLeo/b amicably and mutually parted ways with bFOZZY/b last May, bJeff/b stepped in and immediately injected his amazing musicianship and electrifying stage presence into bFOZZY/b's already critically acclaimed live show." "I'm stoked to have been asked to join bFOZZY/b and to hit the road to support b'Do You Wanna Start A War'/b! Can't wait to see everyone out there!" bRouse/b said. bFOZZY/b guitarist and main songwriter bRich Ward/b added: "The first time I saw bJeff/b play with bDUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED/b, it was immediately apparent that I was watching a special talent. He's a pocket player with killer tone and amazing stage presence. One of the few total-package musicians that I have ever known and it's an honor to call him a bandmate and more importantly, my brother." bJericho/b said: "I'm very excited to welcome bJeff/b into the band. His attitude, energy, charisma and playing skills instantly make bFOZZY/b a better band and we are looking forward to a long, prosperous and sexy relationship with him!" Currently in the midst of a successful U.S. run with bTHEORY OF A DEADMAN/b, bFOZZY/b will embark on b"The Cinderblock Party Tour"/b in November in support of its new single and title track of its most recent album, b"Do You Wanna Start A War"/b. The trek, which will kick off on November 20 in Flint, Michigan, will feature special guests bTEXAS HIPPIE COALITION/b and bSHAMAN'S HARVEST/b. The dates are as follows: Nov. 20 - Flint, MI @ Machine Shop Nov. 21 - Steger, IL @ Another Hole In The Wall Nov. 22 - Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights Nov. 24 - St. Louis, MO @ Pop's Nov. 25 - Rockford, IL @ District Nov. 26 - Kenosha, WI @ Brat Stop Nov. 28 - Joplin, MO @ Rock 3405 Nov. 29 - Lubbock, TX @ Jake's Backroom Nov. 30 - Dallas, TX @ Trees Dec. 02 - San Antonio, TX @ 210 Kaponse Live Dec. 03 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar Dec. 04 - New Orleans, LA @ Parish @ House Of Blues Dec. 05 - Destin, FL @ Club LA Dec. 06 - Jacksonville, FL @ Aqua in The Roc Bar Room Dec. 07 - Cape Coral, FL @ Dixies Roadhouse Dec. 11 - Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues Dec. 12 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater bFOZZY/b's new album, b"Do You Wanna Start A War"/b, sold around 5,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 54 on the Billboard 200 chart. bFOZZY/b's previous CD, b"Sin And Bones"/b, opened with around 3,400 units in August 2012 to land at No. 143. The band's 2010 effort, b"Chasing The Grail"/b, registered a first-week tally of around 2,200 to enter the Heatseekers chart at No. 6. b"Do You Wanna Start A War"/b was released on July 22 via bCentury Media/b. Produced by bFOZZY/b guitarist bRich Ward/b, the album features 12 tracks, including the debut single, b"Lights Go Out"/b, the title track and the return of the Theremin in b"Bad Tattoo"/b. img src="" alt="fozzycinderblocktour2014" width="638" height="479" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-485952" /

ALICE COOPER Talks About His Covers Of THE BEATLES' 'Eleanor Rigby', PAUL MCCARTNEY's 'Smile Away' (Video)

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Due on November 18, b"The Art Of McCartney"/b is a long awaited and very special project celebrating one of the most universally acclaimed songwriters of all time, bSir Paul McCartney/b. With backing provided by bMcCartney/b's long time band, classic tracks such as b"Maybe I'm Amazed"/b, b"My Love"/b, b"The Long And Winding Road"/b, b"When I'm 64"/b, b"Let It Be"/b, b"Helter Skelter"/b, b"Eleanor Rigby"/b, b"Live And Let Die"/b have been recorded by some of the world's greatest artists. The calibre of artists showing their respect to bPaul/b's songwriting genius is truly staggering. bBob Dylan/b, bBilly Joel/b, bTHE CURE/b, bTHE WHO/b's bRoger Daltrey/b, bBrian Wilson/b, bAlice Cooper/b, bDEF LEPPARD/b, bDr John/b, bYusuf/b, bBarry Gibb/b, bJamie Cullum/b, bKISS/b, bChrissie Hynde/b, bELO/b legend bJeff Lynne/b, and many more have recorded bMcCartney/b songs exclusively for this album. Video footage of bCooper/b talking about his cover version of bTHE BEATLES/b classic b"Eleanor Rigby"/b and the bMcCartney/b song b"Smile Away"/b (the latter of which is featured on the limited-edition vinyl box set and deluxe box set) can be seen below. b"The Art Of McCartney"/b is the brainchild of Los Angeles producer, bBEATLES/b and bMcCartney/b fanatic bRalph Sall/b, who has driven this project from conception to delivery. bSall/b met and worked alongside bPaul/b in 2003 when they revived a song from the 1971 b"Ram"/b sessions for a movie soundtrack. bRalph/b then asked bPaul/b and his publishing company if they would support his making this album to honour him. They came back with bPaul/b's own blessing and thumbs aloft for the project to go ahead. bRalph/b became a man on a mission, first recruiting bMcCartney/b's gifted backing guitarists, bRusty Anderson/b and bBrian Ray/b, keyboard player bPaul "Wix" Wickens/b, plus the larger-than-life drummer bAbe Laboriel, Jr./b They know bPaul/b's extensive back catalogue intimately and this is the first time they have recorded his songs with anyone else since they first started working together with bPaul/b over 12 years ago. bRalph/b then set about approaching the world's greatest performers to invite them to step forward and make their mark. This has been a labour of love, not only for bRalph/b but also for the artists who gave their time to be part of it. All have spoken of the importance of bMcCartney/b and his songwriting in their own careers and wanted to show their appreciation. A key strength of b"The Art Of McCartney"/b is the way these world-class artists have got to grips with the sheer range and quality of Paul's work. From his groundbreaking recordings with bTHE BEATLES/b, through to key moments with bWINGS/b and his solo compositions, they are all featured on the album. Legendary Beach Boy bBrian Wilson/b, was the first to take up the challenge. Undoubtedly he set the bar very high with his rendition of b"Wanderlust"/b from the underrated 1982 album b"Tug Of War"/b. There are very few artists whose own work rivals bTHE BEATLES/b. So when producer bRalph Sall/b approached bBob Dylan/b to take part, he knew it was ambitious. bDylan/b's choice was b"Things We Said Today"/b — a track from bTHE BEATLES/b' soundtrack b"A Hard Day's Night"/b – and audiences will be captivated as he growls his way through his remarkable version. There are so many great interpretations here but look out for bWillie Nelson/b's heartfelt b"Yesterday"/b, bRoger Daltrey/b's frenzied version of b"Helter Skelter"/b, bB.B. King/b's atmospheric b"On The Way"/b and bTHE CURE/b's b"Hello Goodbye"/b. Also bSmokey Robinson/b who makes his version of b"So Bad"/b from bPaul/b's b"Pipes of Peace"/b album his own, his tender vocals taking the song in a new direction. All aspects of bPaul/b's peerless back catalogue have been explored from bTHE BEATLES/b to his experimental early solo work, to bWINGS/b and his latter solo output. Lesser-known hidden classics such as b"Junk"/b and b"Every Night"/b are given a fresh outing and interpretation. The lead off track from the album is bTHE CURE/b's take on bTHE BEATLES/b classic b"Hello Goodbye"/b which is the band's first release in 6 years and also features bSir Paul/b's son James on keyboards. The track is available for download now for those who pre-order b"The Art Of McCartney"/b. Whether it is bTHE CURE/b's bRobert Smith/b, bCorinne Bailey Rae/b, bSmokey Robinson/b, bBob Dylan/b, bBilly Joel/b or bKISS/b, they each bring their own special talent to bPaul/b's much-loved songs. In so doing, they have created versions that are both new and classic at the same time. b"The Art of McCartney"/b is the very definition of the universal appeal and timeless magic of bSir Paul McCartney/b's songs and songwriting. b"The Art Of McCartney"/b is an audiophile's dream. It is available in five beautifully packaged formats for the bMcCartney/b fan in your life: b"The Art Of McCartney"/b is available to pre-order now via b"The Art of McCartney"/b online store, biTunes/b and bAmazon/b. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="" alt="mccartneyart_638" width="638" height="638" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-485817" /

THE DUSKFALL To Release 'Where The Tree Stands Dead' In November

10 hours 36 min ago
Swedish metallers bTHE DUSKFALL/b will release their fifth album, b"Where The Tree Stands Dead"/b, on November 21 in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, November 24 in UK and the rest of Europe, and on December 2 in North America via bApostasy Records/b. The CD was recorded at bTico Tico Studio/b in Kemi, Finland and was mastered by bAhti Kortelainen/b (bSONATA ARCTICA/b, bMOONSORROW/b, bSENTENCED/b). The artwork was created by bGustavo Sazes/b (bARCH ENEMY/b, bMORBID ANGEL/b). b"Where The Tree Stands Dead"/b track listing: 01. bTo The Pigs/b 02. bFarewell/b 03. bI Can Kill You/b 04. bWhere The Tree Stands Dead/b 05. bWe The Freaks/b 06. bEndgame/b 07. bHate For Your God/b 08. bThe Charade/b 09. bBurn Your Ghosts/b 10. bTravesty/b 11. bWe Bleed/b bTHE DUSKFALL/b's current lineup includes former bENGEL/b singer bMagnus Klavborn/b. bTHE DUSKFALL/b 2014 is: Says a press release: "[b'Where The Tree Stands Dead'/b] marks the band's return to the scene after seven years of silence and delivers all the strengths of the Swedish metallers! Intense guitar solos, unforgettable melodies and brutal death / thrash riffing are the most obvious elements of the band's style. Above all soars the aggressive, yet emotional voice of bMagnus/b that gives a very special edge to anthems like b'Endgame'/b, b'Farewell'/b or b'We The Freaks'/b." bMagnus Klavborn/b - Vocals bMikael Sandorf/b - Guitar bRonny Edlund/b - Guitar bJonatan Storm/b - Bass bFredrik Andersson/b – Drums img src="" alt="duskfalltreecd" width="480" height="480" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-485944" /

TOM MORELLO Slams Seattle Restaurant After Being Denied Service

13 hours 8 min ago
bRAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE/b guitarist bTom Morello/b has slammed bThe 5 Point Cafe/b in Seattle for allegedly being "antiworker" and having a "super-rude staff" after reportedly being denied entry to the restaurant-bar over the weekend. Following his performance Friday night (September 26) at the El Corazon as part of a benefit concert for b15 Now/b, the grassroots organization that successfully fought for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle, bMorello/b and his entourage allegedly tried to get "a special room" at bThe 5 Point Cafe/b even though the place was already "at capacity" and there was "a line" of people waiting to get in. The restaurant's doorman apparently told bMorello/b and his crew that he could not accommodate them, after which the guitarist took to his bTwitter/b to blast the eatery, writing: "Five Point restaurant in Seattle is the WORST. Super rude anti-worker. Shittiest doorman in the Northwest. Prick. Spread the word." bDavid Meinert/b, the owner of bThe 5 Point Cafe/b, has since posted the following response on the restarant's a href="" target="_blank"Facebook page/a: "For the record, bTom Morello/b, bThe 5 Point/b is totally pro worker. We try to pay more than any other small restaurant, and on top of the higher pay, we offer health insurance, paid sick days, paid time off, retirement and profit share. "Sorry if you had an issue with our staff, but typically our staff is awesome, and when they are not, it's usually a reflection of the customer. Act like a prick = get treated like a prick. "I have to say, your attacking a small business without knowing anything about it, or addressing your problem with them directly before you go on a public rant, pretty much sucks. Just lost a ton of respect for you, and I've been a fan for years, both of your work in bRAGE/b and your work for workers rights since. "P.S.: Rock stars don't get special treatment at bThe 5 Point/b. We couldn't give less of a shit. Sorry. "And P.S.S.: I'm the owner of bThe 5 Point/b and have worked to raise the minimum wage in Seattle and support the same nationally, worked to get paid sick days law in Seattle, and am supporting a city-sponsored retirement plan for employees of small businesses. I hope you do the same for your employees on the road... "P.S.S.S.: [It] turns out [bTom/b] and his crew didn't get let in as the place was at capacity and there was a line. No one was being let in. According to our doorman, who I totally trust, bTom/b and his crew were all totally rude. Quote from the door guys: 'I knew who he was, we had no room, his whole party was being rude. He wanted a special room in the back. Clearly had no ideas what it is like inside. I've told bigger rock stars than him no.'" **Thanks for story tip to bJeff Solberg/b, who also took the photo below. div align=center blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"pFive Point restaurant in Seattle is the WORST. Super rude amp; anti-worker. Shittiest doorman in the Northwest. Prick. Spread the word./pmdash; Tom Morello (@tmorello) a href=""September 27, 2014/a/blockquote script async src="//" charset="utf-8"/script /div div align=center blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"pWilling to forgive the Seattle Evil (Egg) Empire 5 Points Cafe doorman powertrip if good guy owner D Meinert fully embraces a href=""#15Now/a min wage/pmdash; Tom Morello (@tmorello) a href=""September 29, 2014/a/blockquote script async src="//" charset="utf-8"/script /div div align=center blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"p“a href=""@jdanielross/a: a href=""@tmorello/a Forgiveness with conditions isn#39;t forgiveness. :)” call it leniency then/pmdash; Tom Morello (@tmorello) a href=""September 29, 2014/a/blockquote script async src="//" charset="utf-8"/script /div Photo credit: bJeff Solberg/b img src="" alt="tpointeggsmachine" width="445" height="792" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-485940" / 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="638"div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"a href=""Post/a by a href=""The 5 Point Cafe/a./div/div

TANK To Enter Studio In November

13 hours 37 min ago
British power metal mercenaries bTANK/b are currently writing and rehearsing material for the follow-up to their successful 2012 album, b"War Nation"/b. The band is scheduled to enter the studio in November to begin recording the new CD for a tentative early February release. The new album's arrival will coincide with bTANK/b's performance on the 2015 b70,000 Tons Of Metal/b cruise in the Caribbean, where the band will debut the entire LP to the fans on board as well as play a second show of bTANK/b classics from the past 30 years. Joining guitarists bMick Tucker/b and bCliff Evans/b on bTANK/b's new album will be former bDRAGONFORCE/b frontman bZP Theart/b, who has been a member of bTANK/b's touring lineup for the past two years. Also featured will be new recruits bBobby Schottkowski/b, formerly of bSODOM/b, on drums, and current bBLIND GUARDIAN/b member bBarend Courbois/b on bass. Says bTucker/b: "We recently completed our first tour of Brazil with this lineup and now we really want to capture the sound and energy of the band on record. "Within seconds of first jamming together, we knew we had a great lineup that can once again stretch the boundaries of our particular style of metal. "bZP/b, bBobby/b and bBarend/b have given us a good kick in the ass and we can't wait to get into the studio and make some noise. And drink some beer." Adds bEvans/b: "Our last two albums we recorded with bDoogie White/b (b'War Machine'/b, b'War Nation'/b) were two of our most successful releases and proved to people that bTANK/b is still a band at the cutting edge of metal and continually moving forward. We're not still stuck in the '80s. "Working with bDoogie/b was a real pleasure and we like to think that we have created a good body of work that will continue to be enjoyed by our fans around the world for years to come. "bDoogie/b has now moved on to front bMichael Schenker/b's bTEMPLE OF ROCK/b and will be heading out on tour soon. We wish him all the best. "Now it's time to enter the next chapter of bTANK/b and deliver another 'in-your-face' album of maximum metal." bTANK/b has also been confirmed for the 2015 edition of the bBang Your Head!!!/b festival in Germany, with other festival and tour dates to be announced soon.

Former OPETH Drummer MARTIN LOPEZ's SOEN: 'Tabula Rasa' Video Released

13 hours 53 min ago
b"Tabula Rasa"/b, the new video from bSOEN/b — the Swedish progressive rock band featuring drummer bMartin Lopez/b (ex-bOPETH/b, bAMON AMARTH/b), vocalist bJoel Ekelöf/b (bWILLOWTREE/b), guitarist bJoakim Platbarzdis/b and bassist bStefan Stenberg/b — can be seen below. The song is taken from the group's sophomore studio album, b"Tellurian"/b, which will be released on November 4 via bSpinefarm Records/b. Says bPlatbarzdis/b: "It is finally time for the first video from our forthcoming second album, b'Tellurian'/b, to surface. The video features the song b'Tabula Rasa'/b, and gives a glimpse into our common frustrations with the world, the way it's run today and how the effects of it exclude no one..." The b"Tabula Rasa"/b video was directed by bKirke Ailio Rodwell/b, whose work displays a flair for style, attention to detail and one-of-a-kind perspective. He says: "In a way, the video summarizes life, with its moments of zest and sadness. "It was such a great experience to work with bSOEN/b, who trusted me and my team to capture the extremes of life. They are talented musicians and have visions that closely coincide with my own — which is rare and truly special for me." As b"Tellurian"/b makes plain, bSOEN/b is not concerned with the simple or the shallow; their musical journey takes an altogether more ambitious path, and the result is an expansive body of work, wrapped up in the stunning art of Mexican painter bJosé Luis López Galván/b, that consistently challenges without being "clever-clever" or tough to enjoy. The melodies are intricate, the playing muscular and the choruses soaring; overall, the feel is one of a band whose intent is very much in synch with the sort of core values — skilled musicianship, emotion over precision, importance of album artwork — that seem to be back in vogue. Produced by bPlatbarzdis/b, mixed by the legendary bGrammy Award/b-winning bDavid Bottrill/b (bTOOL/b, bSMASHING PUMPKINS/b, bMUSE/b, bKING CRIMSON/b) and mastered at bBob Ludwig/b's bGateway/b setup in the U.S. by bAdam Ayan/b, also a bGrammy/b winner, b"Tellurian"/b sees bSOEN/b taking the approach of their b"Cognitive"/b debut (2012, bSpinefarm/b) and pushing the boundaries in terms of musical scope, the whole thing shot through with the confidence of a band who have found their voice. Rhythmic, experimental and flowing, and with the "muso" side never taking precedence over a good song and a telling chorus, b"Tellurian"/b ("relating to, or inhabiting the earth") will appeal to anyone with an ear for quality playing, and there's further reward to be had below the surface, with the lyrics taking a more direct route than on b"Cognitive"/b, and the construction of the material — including first single/video b"Tabula Rasa"/b ("Clean Slate") — allowing room for the raw emotion to shine through. b"Tellurian"/b track listing: 01. bKomenco/b 02. bTabula Rasa/b 03. bKuraman/b 04. bThe Words/b 05. bPluton/b 06. bKoniskas/b 07. bEnnui/b 08. bVoid/b 09. bThe Other's Fall/b div align=center iframe src="" width="638" height="479" frameborder="0" border="0" style="border:0;background-color:transparent" allowtransparency="yes"p /div img src="" alt="soentelluriancd" width="551" height="493" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-484707" /


14 hours 6 min ago
bAllen Kovac/b's bEleven Seven Music Group/b has announced the signing of bART OF DYING/b. The band — bJonny Hetherington/b (vocals), bJeff Brown/b (drums), bCale Gontier/b (bass) and bTavis Stanley/b (guitar) — has just completed work on its new album in New Jersey with producer bDavid Bendeth/b (bBRING ME THE HORIZON/b, bBREAKING BENJAMIN/b, bOF MICE MEN/b) for an early 2015 release. Though the members of bART OF DYING/b are Canadian, the epicenter of the band's success has been in the U.S., with their album b"Vices And Virtues"/b (2011, bReprise/b/bIntoxication/b) spawning the hit singles b"Die Trying"/b and b"Get Thru This"/b, both of which charted on U.S. mainstream, rock and alternative radio, and contributed to the band selling over 250,000 digital singles and 50,000 records. "We're thrilled to join forces with bEleven Seven/b and bAllen Kovac/b," says bHetherington/b. "It's an honor to become label mates with bFIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH/b, bPAPA ROACH/b and bMÖTLEY CRÜE/b, bands that have inspired us over the years. "bEleven Seven/b's passion for rock is fierce which is exactly the kind of energy that bART OF DYING/b fans have come to expect." He adds: "I can't tell you how excited we are about the new music! Making this album was one of the most intense experiences we've ever been through, so we kept things pretty tight lipped in order to focus all of our energy into every lyric, note and beat of the creative process. "We've seen all of the calls for new music coming in from our fans on our social media channels, and now I'm thrilled to say the record is done, and the wait is almost over! bKovac/b states: "Having come off a #1 rock single and making their first album for bEleven Seven/b produced by bDavid Bendeth/b, we are exceptionally lucky to have bART OF DYING/b join our roster."

THREE DAYS GRACE Releases New Song 'I Am Machine'

15 hours 10 min ago
According to bThe Pulse Of Radio/b, bTHREE DAYS GRACE/b has released a new song called b"I Am Machine"/b, accompanied by a lyric video. The track is the second new track issued this year by the Canadian act, following the chart-topping b"Painkiller"/b earlier this year. Both songs are expected to appear on the group's upcoming fifth album, which will now have a March 31, 2015 release date. Drummer bNeil Sanderson/b told bThe Pulse Of Radio/b what to expect from the new disc musically. "This record, we really wanted to go back to the raw, really aggressive, you know, sometimes rough around the edges and just bruteness," he said. "And that's kind of what's coming out and maybe it's a reflection of just where our heads have been at and the experiences that we've had." The yet-to-be-titled new album will follow up 2012's b"Transit Of Venus"/b. It's the first to feature new frontman bMatt Walst/b, brother of bassist bBrad Walst/b. bMatt/b replaced original singer bAdam Gontier/b in early 2013 and was officially made a member of the band last March. The first new song written by the revamped band, b"Painkiller"/b, became the 12th No. 1 track of bTHREE DAYS GRACE/b's career at Active Rock radio this past summer. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div

AVERSIONS CROWN: 'The Glass Sentient' Lyric Video Released

September 29, 2014 - 23:28
The lyric video for the song b"The Glass Sentient"/b from Australian death machine bAVERSIONS CROWN/b can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's new album, b"Tyrant"/b, which will be released on November 24 via bNuclear Blast Entertainment/b. Formed in 2010 in Queensland's Brisbane, the same sunny stretch of Australian coastline that is responsible for launching the careers of bPORTAL/b and bTHE AMITY AFFLICTION/b, bAVERSIONS CROWN/b developed its pummeling blend of mechanized brutality and haunting atmospherics by utilizing three guitarists brandishing eight-string guitars. Appearing live as a wall of muscle, guitars and flailing hair, the band have logged serious road miles across Australia and Europe with acts like bTHY ART IS MURDER/b, bTHE ACACIA STRAIN/b, bOCEANO/b, bALL SHALL PERISH/b, bCATTLE DECAPITATION/b and appearances on the bVans Warped Tour/b. b"Tyrant"/b, the follow-up to bAVERSIONS CROWN/b's 2011 debut, b"Servitude"/b, was created in the oppressive heat of Brisbane's summer with bTHY ART IS MURDER/b's bAndy Marsh/b producing and bMark Lewis/b (bWHITECHAPEL/b, bCARNIFEX/b) of bAudioHammer/b mixing. With a thematic fixation on dystopian nightmares and hostile extraterrestrial encounters, the relentless barrage bAVERSIONS CROWN/b churn out across these ten songs will soundtrack either a solid Halo session or the coming invasion. The striking artwork was created by Swedish visionary bPär Olofsson/b, who has worked with acts like bPYSCROPTIC/b, bABORTED/b, bABYSMAL DAWN/b and bTHE FACELESS/b. b"Tyrant" track listing: 01. /bbHollow Planet/b 02. bThe Glass Sentient/b 03. bConqueror/b 04. bVectors/b 05. bEarth Steriliser/b 06. bAvalanche/b 07. bXenoforms/b 08. bOverseer/b 09. bController/b 10. bFaith Collapsing/b bAVERSIONS CROWN/b is: bColin Jeffs/b - Vocals bChris Cougan/b - Guitar bJay Coombs/b - Bass bJayden Mason/b - Drums bHayden Lee/b - Guitar bMick Jeffery/b - Guitar Photo credit: bThomas Savage/b div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="" alt="aversionscrowntyrantcd" width="638" height="638" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-482793" /

ILL NIÑO: 'I'm Not The Enemy' Video Released

September 29, 2014 - 23:07
bILL NIÑO/b's video for the song b"I'm Not The Enemy"/b can be seen below. Shot on the streets of Los Angeles, the clip tells a bold story of youthful injustice, overcoming social stereotypes and the dreams of constructing a better life. Says bILL NIÑO/b vocalist bCristian Machado/b: "We wanted something traditional and classic that represented the everyday struggle between the good side of society, the bad side of society, and the judged side of society." The b"I'm Not The Enemy"/b video was produced by bScott Hansen/b (bOTEP/b, bA DAY TO REMEMBER/b) and co-directed by bILL NIÑO/b bassist bLazaro Pina/b. The song highlights the band's distinctive dual guitar strike and groove-laden percussion while bMachado/b scathingly questions authority: "I'm the bad guy in the backseat. Am I the enemy?" b"I'm Not The Enemy"/b is taken from bILL NIÑO/b's new album, b"Till Death, La Familia"/b, which was released on July 22 via bVictory Records/b. bPina/b recently stated about the CD: "We're definitely bringing it up to 2014 and kind of creating our own thing. Hearing bCristian/b singing like he's never sung before and even innovating a new heavy style of singing and a new melodic style of singing. It's going to be interesting. I think that the fans'll appreciate it and hopefully some new ones will come on board and say, 'Hey. I really dig this band; I like what they've been doing throughout the years.' It is… I think it's a courageous record. It definitely does not sound like any other previous record. It's definitely bILL NIÑO/b demonstrating an additional style." He continued: "You've got to keep innovating yourself, and if you don't innovate yourself, you're playing the same thing. We've been doing this for a long time, we're entitled to get a little crazy and experiment with different ideas." div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div

ATKINS MAY PROJECT Featuring Original JUDAS PRIEST Singer AL ATKINS: New Song 'Here Comes The Rain' Streaming

September 29, 2014 - 21:34
bATKINS MAY PROJECT/b, the band featuring original bJUDAS PRIEST/b singer bAl Atkins/b and Christian guitarist and music artist bPaul May/b, will release its third album, b"Empire Of Destruction"/b, on September 29 via bGonzo Multimedia/b. Like its predecessors, b"Empire Of Destruction"/b comes once again straight out of the heart of "Black Country" in the United Kingdom, the "Home Of Metal". The album continues its classic rock theme with enough metal moments to melt your face off, yet features an abundance of imagination and class to intrigue even the most progressive of tastes. Says bAl/b: "From b'A World At War'/b to b'Whisper To The Wind'/b, it will take you on a journey of battle fields to sombre tears..." Adds bPaul/b: "Our first album, b'Serpents Kiss'/b, set the bench mark for the second, b'Valley of Shadows'/b, a mature classic metal affair, that in turn set a much higher new bench mark for b'Empire Of Destruction'/b, which has evolved into something I believe will stand the test of time, an to be album to proud of.” The first 1,000 CDs comes with a limited-edition DVD. b"Empire Of Destruction"/b track listing: CD 01. bDog Eat Dog/b 02. bWhisper To The Wind/b 03. bA World At War/b 04. bThe Midas Touch/b 05. bHere Comes The Rain/b 06. bDarkness Within/b 07. bReckless Child/b 08. bParanoia/b DVD * bWelcome To The Nightmare/b * bFight/b * bThe Shallowing/b (unplugged) * bThe Darkness Within/b * bEnslaved To Love/b * Interview with bPaul May/b and bAl Atkins/b A "shortened" version of the song b"Here Comes The Rain"/b can be streamed below. bATKINS MAY PROJECT/b's first CD, b"Serpent's Kiss"/b, was released in 2011 via bGonzo Multimedia/b. A follow-up effort, b"Valley Of Shadows"/b, came out in 2012. bAtkins/b is the co-writer of several bPRIEST/b songs which are included on the band's first two albums, b"Rocka Rolla"/b and b"Sad Wings of Destiny"/b, both of which eventually went gold. bAtkins/b co-penned the heavy metal classic b"Victim of Changes"/b, which was a combination of bRob Halford/b's song b"Red Light Lady"/b and bAtkins/b' own b"Whiskey Woman"/b. He also co-wrote b"Winter"/b, b"Never Satisfied"/b, b"Dreamer Deceiver"/b and b"Caviar and Meths"/b. In 1989 bAtkins/b released his debut solo album, b"Judgement Day"/b, to great acclaim. But it was b"Heavy Thoughts"/b and b"Victim of Changes"/b (the latter being his collaborative album with ex-bJUDAS PRIEST/b drummer bDave Holland/b) that brought him strong sales and critical acclaim around the world. bJUDAS PRIEST/b bassist bIan Hill/b penned the foreword to bAl Atkins/b's autobiography, titled b"Dawn of the Metal Gods: My Life in Judas Priest and Heavy Metal"/b. The book, which was written with bNeil Daniels/b — a freelance rock writer and heavy metal fan who befriended bAtkins/b during the writing of bNeil/b's book b"The Story Of Judas Priest: Defenders Of The Faith"/b (bOmnibus Press/b) — was released in 2009 via bIron Pages/b. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="" alt="atkinsmayempirecd" width="396" height="400" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-483909" / img src="" alt="atkinsmayemireface" width="638" height="849" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-483910" /

SIXX: A.M. Taps BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Drummer JEFF FABB For 'Modern Vintage' Album, Burbank Show

September 29, 2014 - 21:22
bSIXX: A.M./b, the band featuring bMÖTLEY CRÜE/b bassist bNikki Sixx/b alongside guitarist bDJ Ashba/b and vocalist bJames Michael/b, will release its third album, b"Modern Vintage"/b, on October 7 via bEleven Seven Music/b. bSIXX: A.M./b will celebrate the CD release by playing its first full live show since 2009 the same night. The performance will take place at the iHeart Theater in Burbank, California. The show, as well as a question-and-answer session with the band about the new album, its influences and the band's future plans will be broadcast exclusively live on biHeartRadio/b and select bClear Channel/b radio stations. bSIXX: A.M./b is also expected to make a big announcement at the event that evening which will have fans buzzing. Joining bSixx/b, bAshba/b and bMichael/b for the Burbank performance will be drummer bJeff Fabb/b (bBLACK LABEL SOCIETY/b, bIN THIS MOMENT/b). bAshba/b told a href="" target="_blank"Legendary Rock Interviews/a about bJeff/b: "[He is the] same guy who played drums on the b'Modern Vintage'/b album. He is an incredible drummer. It was a lot of fun to work with him and we were really happy to have him on the record. He agreed to come in and do the show with us, which just makes sense." According to bAshba, /bb"Modern Vintage"/b marks the first time bSIXX: A.M./b has used a live drummer on one of its albums, having previously relied solely on programmed drums while in the recording studio. "It was the first album where we actually felt it was important to capture that big album vibe we were going after," he explained. "To bring in a live drummer, it really made a ihuge/i difference, you know; it gave the whole entire album and songs a new breath of fresh air, which was really cool." As previously reported, bSIXX: A.M./b will sign copies of b"Modern Vintage"/b during the group's first-ever in-store appearance on Wednesday, October 8 at Best Buy in Burbank, from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Best Buy Store #137 1501 N. Victory Place Burbank, CA 91504-1647 div align=center blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"pa href=""@sixxam/a in rehearsals - Great photo shared by Martin Rubashov - a href=""@DjASHBA/a a href=""@NikkiSixx/a a href=""@james_a_michael/a amp; a href=""@JFabb/a a href=""; addicted to DJ Ashba (@ASHBAttitude) a href=""September 27, 2014/a/blockquote script async src="//" charset="utf-8"/script /div

GUNS N' ROSES Is 'Planning On Doing Quite A Bit Of Touring' In 2015, Says DJ ASHBA

September 29, 2014 - 20:51
In a brand new interview with a href="" target="_blank"Legendary Rock Interviews/a, guitarist bDJ Ashba/b was asked if bGUNS N' ROSES/b has any recording or touring plans in 2015. "We are planning on doing quite a bit of touring this coming year," he said. "The focus is getting in a studio and putting together what we all feel is the best bGUNS N' ROSES/b record. Lack of material is not an issue. We have tons of stuff. bAxl/b [bRose/b, bGN'R/b lead singer] has two full albums that he has recorded. He has played me a bunch of songs off of that that are incredible! I can't wait to get in and kind of dive into those as well. I've written tons of songs and demoed up a bunch of stuff. I think it is just a matter of getting in and sifting through the piles of material." bRose/b hinted in a rare interview with bRevolver/b magazine that a follow-up to the 2008 album b"Chinese Democracy"/b could be in the works. bRose/b explained, "We recorded a lot of things before b'Chinese'/b was out. We've worked more on some of those things and we've written a few new things. But basically, we have what I call kind of the second half of b'Chinese'/b. That's already recorded. And then we have a remix album made of the songs from b'Chinese'/b. That's been done for a while, too." bGUNS N' ROSES/b guitarist bRon "Bumblefoot" Thal/b told bRolling Stone/b last year that there is music ready to go for bGUNS N' ROSES/b' follow-up to 2008's b"Chinese Democracy"/b. He explained, "There's a lot of stuff, it's just a question of all of us organizing. We're still doing shows, and I think once we clear our schedule and focus more on new music, it'll happen. We just have little things on the back burner, just waiting for the right time for us to organize and make something new out of it. Hopefully we can make more music — that's what it's about."