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IRON MAIDEN Classic 'The Trooper' Gets Re-Imagined By Croatian Cello Duo 2CELLOS (Video)

9 hours 35 min ago
bLuka Sulic/b and bStjepan Hauser/b, the Croatian cello duo known as b2CELLOS/b, have released a music video for b"The Trooper (Overture)"/b, a mashup of bIRON MAIDEN/b's hit b"The Trooper"/b and bGioachino Rossini/b's bWilliam Tell/b overture. In the clip, which can be seen below. the b2CELLOS/b star as two classical music-loving nerds who imagine themselves transformed into crowd surfing rock stars after seeing an ad for b"Want To Be A Rock Star?"/b bSulic/b and bHauser of the /bb2CELLOS/b are best known for re-imagining pop and rock tunes performed on their cellos. The Croatian duo toured in Europe extensively over the summer and has upcoming tours in Russia, Australia and the U.S. Their third studio album will be released in early 2015. They have released two albums — b"2Cellos"/b and b"In2ition"/b — which are available on bSony Music Masterworks/b. They were the first instrumentalists to ever be featured on b"Glee"/b and have also appeared on b"The Ellen DeGeneres Show"/b, b"The Tonight Show"/b and others. They were most recently featured in b"The Bachelor"/b live wedding special. In a recent interview with bThorium/b, bEicca Toppinen/b of Finnish cello rockers bAPOCALYPTICA/b stated about b2CELLOS/b: "That's kind of funny. These guys, they are talented and everything, but what has been funny also for me is to see that they are treated like they invented something. It's, like, 'c'mon, we did this 20 or 30 years ago. Where's the beef? You know. [iLaughs/i] But I don't know why they became so big. Maybe because the time different, and there's YouTube…" bAPOCALYPTICA/b's bMikko Sirén/b added: "bElton John/b did a lot for them. I think they were supporting him. And they are great. They are talented musicians. Hats off to them." bToppinen/b continued: "Yeah, they are very good. No bad word about them. I think more it's funny for the media and for the people. But maybe [because we live in this] Internet time and bYouTube/b time, [where] things spread so massively fast. It's so different than [it was] at the end of the '90s. You might get a video on bMTV/b, in night rotation, [like] we did, but still, it's marginal [compared to the way it is today]" He continued: "I saw the [b2CELLOS/b] video. I checked it [out] — because of the social media, these kinds of video clips, they are spread, like, in one second. Everybody is sharing it: 'Oh, this is so great. This is so great.' And I checked the video, and I was, like, 'Ahhh…' This is, like, still working on the really old-school stereotypical thinking that having this baroque style of concert audience, and then, 'We're doing something really heavy.' [iLaughs/i] But it's great. It's a lot of fun." div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/eVH1Y15omgE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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GODSMACK's SULLY ERNA Announces Solo Shows

10 hours 6 min ago
bGODSMACK/b frontman bSully Erna/b will play a a href="http://sullyerna.com/tour-dates/" target="_blank"series of solo shows/a this December. The trek will kick off on December 3 in Verona, New York and will conclude on December 14 in Boston, Massachusetts. Public on-sales for all the dates start this Friday, October 24. Fans will have the opportunity to buy an additional limited-edition VIP package upgrade through bErna/b's a href="http://sullyerna.com/tour-dates/" target="_blank"official web site/a. The package will include early entry, access to a meet-and-greet with bErna/b, an exclusive lithograph signed by bErna/b and a VIP laminate, all for $99 (not including the actual concert ticket). bErna/b said in a recent interview with bHardDrive Radio/b that he intends to continue with his solo career when not recording or touring with his main band. Asked if he plans to make a follow-up to his 2010 solo debut, b"Avalon"/b, bErna/b replied, "I'm always working on material. I sit home, when I'm home, and the only thing I keep in my house is a drum set and acoustic guitar. I never really play electric at home. And because of that, whenever I'm noodling around, a lot of good ideas come up that are not always necessarily good for bGODSMACK/b. So I tuck those away. So, for sure, I'll do another solo album at some point." bErna/b told bThe Pulse Of Radio/b a while back that he enjoys having two distinct sides to his musical output. "You know, bGODSMACK/b, we've done some acoustic things here and there, but we really don't belong in that world so much. I mean, we're really more of a big, hard rock, powerhouse band and that's where we should be. But for me, I really love that acoustic side. I love the piano, I love that — just acoustic instruments. And so, I'm so happy that I have carved out that path now because I need to explore that kind of music." bErna/b also told bHardDrive/b that his solo music can extend his career once his heavy rock days with bGODSMACK/b are over, explaining, "With the solo stuff, I don't ever wanna have that kind of limitations, because I think it's the place I'd like to go one day, when this is all said and done, if I still wanna play music, I can sit up on stage with a piano and an acoustic and do one of those 'storytellers' kind of evenings…" b"Avalon"/b featured a very different style than what bErna/b does with bGODSMACK/b, incorporating world music, female vocals, keyboards, cello, hand percussion and other diverse sounds. bGODSMACK/b's sixth studio album, b"1000hp"/b (One Thousand Horsepower), was released on August 5.
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VOLBEAT To Take Six Months Off Before Starting Work On Next Album

10 hours 53 min ago
a href="http://www.sromaginc.com/" target="_blank"SROMaginc.com/a conducted an interview with drummer bJon Larsen/b of Danish/American metal rock 'n' rollers bVOLBEAT/b at the inaugural installment of the bLouder Than Life/b festival, which was held on Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5 at Louisville Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by bBLABBERMOUTH.NET/b). On bVOLBEAT/b's plans for a new studio album: bJon Larsen/b: "[There's] not really any new music in the works. I mean, we still have three weeks left of touring here in the U.S. and then we're gonna go to the UK for ten days. And after that we have six months off for the first time in two years. So we're gonna start focusing on writing new stuff. bMichael/b [bPoulsen/b, guitar/vocals] is already starting and planning, and having small bits and pieces. And once he's put some flesh on those bones, he and I will go to the rehearsal room and try and get [the songs] into shape and then the two other guys will come in, and we may end up with music. Who knows?" On the bVOLBEAT/b songwriting process: bJon Larsen/b: "I'm kind of like the guy that bMichael/b bounces his ideas off, back and forth, and we've done that almost ever since the beginning. It's no secret that he comes up with, let's say, 99.9 percent of all the material, but if any of the rest of us has an idea and he thinks it's good, then he will use it, of course. But he is the main songwriter. I mean, it's his band." bVOLBEAT/b's latest effort, 2013's b"Outlaw Gentlemen Shady Ladies"/b, has sold 252,000 copies in the United States, according to bNielsen SoundScan/b. The set features the No. 1 singles b"The Hangman's Body Count"/b and b"Lola Montez"/b, as well as the Top 5 track b"Dead But Rising"/b and new single b"Doc Holliday"/b. bVOLBEAT/b's co-headlining tour with bFIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH/b kicked off on September 16 in Salt Lake City. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/cGztV3ogqcU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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SIXX: A.M.: Pro-Shot Footage Of iHeartRadio Performance

October 22, 2014 - 23:50
bSIXX: A.M./b, the band featuring bMÖTLEY CRÜE/b bassist bNikki Sixx/b alongside guitarist bDJ Ashba/b and vocalist bJames Michael/b, released its third album, b"Modern Vintage"/b, on October 7 via bEleven Seven Music/b. bSIXX: A.M./b celebrated the CD release by playing its first full live show since 2009 the same night. The performance took 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 was broadcast exclusively live on biHeartRadio/b and select bClear Channel/b radio stations. Professionally filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below. bSIXX: A.M./b will embark on its first-ever headline tour in 2015, playing a limited number of dates across North America with special guest bAPOCALYPTICA/b. Says bSixx/b: "Fans have been asking for years, 'When is bSIXX: A.M./b gonna tour?' and we've finally announced our first headline tour. "We can't wait to play these songs live and put on a rock extravaganza for our fans. "We're excited to announce that we're bringing along bAPOCALYPTICA/b as special guest because we are fans of their music and think this is going to be an amazing night of music from beginning to end." Joining bSixx/b, bAshba/b and bMichael/b on the road will be drummer bJeff Fabb/b (bIN THIS MOMENT/b, bBLACK LABEL SOCIETY/b, bFILTER/b), who also played on b"Modern Vintage"/b. Says bMichael/b: "For three records now, we have been envisioning what a bSIXX: A.M./b headline tour would look and feel like. We are so excited to finally be bringing these songs to life." bAshba/b adds: "Over the years, we feel we have taken our fans on some pretty incredible and diverse musical journeys. However, they have only been able to experience half of our vision. For the first time, we are going to present a visual journey to go along with the music. This tour will be something you won't want to miss. This will be the ultimate bSIXX: A.M./b experience." div align=center iframe width="600" height="380" scrolling="no" src="https://media.iheart.com/player/embed.html?autoStart=falseuseFullScreen=truemid=25425618siteid=8169startButtonColor=0xA33335share=http://news.iheart.com/media/play/iheartradio-live-sixxam-25425618/" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" /iframe /div div align=center iframe width="600" height="380" scrolling="no" src="https://media.iheart.com/player/embed.html?autoStart=falseuseFullScreen=truemid=25446469siteid=8169startButtonColor=0xA33335share=http://news.iheart.com/media/play/iheartradio-live-sixxam-25446469/" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" /iframe /div div align=center iframe width="600" height="380" scrolling="no" src="https://media.iheart.com/player/embed.html?autoStart=falseuseFullScreen=truemid=25425641siteid=8169startButtonColor=0xA33335share=http://news.iheart.com/media/play/iheartradio-live-sixxam-25425641/" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" /iframe /div
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IN FLAMES' ANDERS FRIDÉN: 'I Don't Aim To Become The Best Singer In The Whole World'

October 22, 2014 - 23:33
a href="http://rockbook.hu/" target="_blank"Rockbook/a magazine conducted an interview with vocalist bAnders Fridén/b of Swedish metallers bIN FLAMES/b when the band played at Barba Negra Music Club in Budapest, Hungary on September 28, You can now watch the chat below. Asked about the changes in his vocal style over the course of the last couple of albums were made "on purpose," bAnders/b replied: "I mean, everything is for a purpose. It's not like I have someone forcing me, saying, 'You have to do this.' Everything that is on whatever album, if I'm unhappy, I don't put it out there. But my voice is my instrument. The other guys wanna become better at their instrument. I wanna become better at my instrument. I wanna be able to use it in many different ways, I wanna paint different types of paintings. I don't wanna [use] same colors, [create] same paintings again and again and again. "When I hear the music that we write, [the songs] talk to me a certain way, and that style came out. "With this album [this year's b'Siren Charms'/b], I couldn't do anything else… It is right there because it has a meaning, it has a purpose." He continued: "I don't think I've changed drastically. I've been using more and more melody from album to album. And this one, for sure, is more clean than [it's] ever been, but it's still my voice. I think it's still recognizable. No one will say, 'Oh, that sounds like…' blah blah, whatever whatever. It's, like, 'I hear it's bAnders/b.' bFridén/b added: "I don't aim to become the best singer in the whole world, but I feel like I have a unique style that is mine, that I control and I do it the perfect way for me. But if I were to go on b'American Idol'/b, or whatever, I would be, like, vote off. They would say, 'Fuck no! We can't [listen to] you. You're out.' Because they only want people that are perfect, that are great. But, to me, 'perfect' and 'great' is fucking boring. You need something personal, something that speaks to you, and I think that's what I'm trying to achieve." b"Siren Charms"/b sold around 9,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 26 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released in the U.S. on September 9 via bSony/b/bRED/b, the CD was recorded at bHansa Tonstudios/b (bDAVID BOWIE/b, bDEPECHE MODE/b, bU2/b) in Berlin, Germany. The cover artwork was created by bBlake Armstrong/b of bSpace Boy Comics/b. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7RG-9X-aSY4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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Ex-SLAYER Drummer DAVE LOMBARDO To Unveil Artwork Built From Rhythm

October 22, 2014 - 22:25
Former bSLAYER/b and current bPHILM/b drummer bDave Lombardo/b is underway with art team bSceneFour/b on the creation of an art collection built from the new medium of rhythm-on-canvas. Get exclusive information on the release date, the process involved and the opportunity to see the work before it's unveiled publicly by joining the interest list at a href="http://www.davelombardoart.com/" target="_blank"DaveLombardoArt.com/a. bSceneFour/b is the Los Angeles-based creativity house that has spearheaded the "collaborative art" movement through groundbreaking canvas work with the likes of bRZA/b of bWU-TANG CLAN/b, bChuck D/b of bPUBLIC ENEMY/b and bBootsy Collins/b. How it's done: Hundreds of drum bursts are recorded, reduced to light impulses, digitized, evaluated by several photographers, graphic artists and all under the direction of the music artist. An experienced team of creatives spends over 100 hours creating a unique product mammoth in size, stunning in composition. bSceneFour/b creative director bCory Danziger/b states: "This is something different than what people are used to seeing. It's a new medium. It's not acrylic or oil, it's light and color and sound captured. The rhythm is on display for you to see." img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/davelombardoartad_638.jpg" alt="davelombardoartad_638" width="638" height="386" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-487288" /
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SLIPKNOT's '.5: The Gray Chapter' Headed For No. 1 On Next Week's BILLBOARD Chart

October 22, 2014 - 19:17
bSLIPKNOT/b's long-awaited fifth studio album, b".5: The Gray Chapter"/b, is likely to sell between 100,000 and 110,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site bHits Daily Double/b. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on October 21 via bRoadrunner/b. The chart will be unveiled on Wednesday, October 29. bSLIPKNOT/b's only competition for next week's No. 1 slot on The Billboard 200 chart appears to be bNeil Diamond/b's b"Melody Road"/b, which is expected to shift between 70,000 and 80,000 in its first week of of release. bSLIPKNOT/b's fourth album, 2008's b"All Hope Is Gone"/b, claimed the coveted No. 1 debut slot on the bBillboard/b chart after an extraordinary bSoundScan/b recount. The album was initially announced today as a No. 2 debut, a mere 13 units behind bTHE GAME/b's NO. 1 debut, marking the closest margin in bSoundScan/b history. The chart positions resulted from a reported 238,272 copies of b"All Hope Is Gone"/b its first week in stores, while bTHE GAME/b's b"LAX"/b reported 238,285. With such an unprecedented margin, bRoadrunner Records/b and bWEA/b requested an historic recount. bSoundScan/b obliged and chart positions were reversed, with bSLIPKNOT/b claiming No. 1 and a new margin of 1,134 albums. Final recount numbers are 239,516 for b"All Hope Is Gone"/b and 238,382 for b"LAX"/b sold during first week of release. b".5: The Gray Chapter"/b caps a very turbulent period for the masked rockers in which they dealt with the death of bPaul Gray/b and the firing of drummer bJoey Jordison/b, both longtime members and songwriters. Despite it all, singer bCorey Taylor/b told bThe Pulse Of Radio/b he's proud of what the band has accomplished this time out. "The fact that we were able to kind of pull ourselves back up and not only go in and make a really good album, but make an exceptional album, in my opinion, I think it's a testament to just how talented this band is," he said. "It's a testament to how much passion we have for it. It's a testament to how much we're willing to fight to accomplish everything that we want to accomplish. I'm excited for people to hear this, because to me I think it's one of the best albums we've ever made." bGray/b died in 2010 from a drug overdose, while bJordison/b was let go last December, just before bSLIPKNOT/b began recording the new album. Although the identities of their replacements have not been officially revealed, they are believed to be drummer bJay Weinberg/b and bassist bAlessandro "Vman" Venturella/b. Meanwhile, bTaylor/b defended himself in a new interview with Britain's bXFM Radio/b from accusations that he orchestrated both bJordison/b's dismissal from bSLIPKNOT/b and the firing of the band's guitarist, bJim Root/b, from the band that bTaylor/b and bRoot/b founded together, bSTONE SOUR/b. bTaylor/b, calling himself "one of the most hated dudes right now," explained, "That's the burden of being the frontman. [But] I'm not the boss. Trust me. I'm not the boss in either band. It's very much a committee. I help make decisions, but I don't make decisions. But that's the perception.” bSLIPKNOT/b will celebrate the arrival of the new disc this weekend with two headlining performances on Saturday (October 25) and Sunday (October 26) at its own bKnotfest/b in San Bernardino, California, along with bFIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH/b, bVOLBEAT/b, bHELLYEAH/b, bNOTHING MORE/b, bATREYU/b, bIN THIS MOMENT/b, bOF MICE MEN/b and many more. bSLIPKNOT/b will head out on a headlining North American tour immediately following bKnotfest/b, with special guests bKORN/b. img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/slipknotgraychapterbigger2_638.jpg" alt="slipknotgraychapterbigger2_638" width="638" height="638" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-483499" /
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POISON Reunites For Corporate Gig, Teases Possible 2015 Tour

October 22, 2014 - 19:00
Photos of bPOISON/b's first rehearsal for a performance at a private event in Southern California can be seen at a href="http://www.bretmichaels.com/site-news/news2/poisons-first-rehearsal-at-a-private-event-in-so-cal-so-far-no-fist-fights-sounds-great-and-feels-great-maybe-a-reunion-in-2015/" target="_blank"BretMichaels.com/a. A posting on the site reads: "So far no fist fights, sounds great and feels great. Maybe a reunion in 2015…" bPOISON/b drummer bRikki Rockett/b recently told the b"92 Minutes Of Hair With Mel"/b show on the Las Vegas, Nevada radio station bKOMP 92.3/b about rumors and speculation about a possible rift within bPOISON/b, particularly as it relates to him and singer bBret Michaels/b: "Actually, there's nothing wrong within the band that I'm aware of — I mean, unless something happened and nobody told me. "Sure, we're trying to put a tour together. And if we can put it together and it makes sense and we can get our crap together, we will do something. "What I was answering in one question [in a previous interview] was, 'At this moment, as I sit here, we're not contracted for a bPOISON/b tour next summer.' That's all I was saying. And it contradicted something bBret/b had said [in a separate interview], but not really. bBret/b didn't say we had a tour for sure either. He said, 'I think we're gonna probably be able to tour. And I'm not saying that we are.' He didn't commit to either. Whatever… It's fine." According to bRockett/b: "bPOISON/b has never disbanded. bPOISON/b will continue on as long as it makes sense. I mean, bC.C./b [bDeVille/b, guitar] departed for a while and that was really the only time we weren't the original lineup. But we always will be until it just doesn't make sense anymore." bRockett/b told the b"Iron City Rocks"/b podcast that bPOISON/b has been doing "corporate gigs for different companies, which are fun, and they pay very well. It gives us a chance to all get together and play. And, in fact, we have one in October and we have one in January [2015]. But they are the only shows that bPOISON/b is doing this year; we are not doing a tour this year. There is a few things that are being thrown around right now by our management for next spring, and we'll just have to see." bRockett/b took to bTwitter/b in February 2014 to complain that bPOISON/b couldn't hit the road this summer because a certain member of the glam-metal act was "making it a problem." bPOISON/b last toured the U.S. in 2012 as part of the b"Rock Of Ages"/b package with bDEF LEPPARD/b and bLITA FORD/b. div align=center blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"pHey look, Poison rehearsing together. a href="http://t.co/P8voZnNONO"http://t.co/P8voZnNONO/a/pmdash; Peter Hodgson (@iheartguitar) a href="https://twitter.com/iheartguitar/status/524139843232604161"October 20, 2014/a/blockquote script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"/script /div
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BRUJERIA Signs With NUCLEAR BLAST ENTERTAINMENT

October 22, 2014 - 18:30
Extreme metallers bBRUJERIA/b have inked a deal with bNuclear Blast Entertainment/b. The band is putting the finishing touches on its fourth album for a 2015 release. bBRUJERIA/b's current touring lineup includes bCARCASS/b frontman bJeff Walker/b (a.k.a. bEl Cynico/b) on bass and bNAPALM DEATH/b bassist bShane Embury/b (a.k.a. bHongo/b) on guitar. bBRUJERIA/b's last full-length effort, b"Brujerizmo"/b, came out in 2000 via bRoadrunner/b. bBRUJERIA/b is: * bJuan Brujo/b (John Lepe) - Vocals * bFantasma/b (Pat Hoed) - Vocals, Bass * bEl Cynico/b (Jeffrey Walker) - Bass, Guitar, Vocals * bHongo/b (Shane Embury) - Guitar, Drum Programming * bHongo Jr./b - Drums Auxiliary * bPinche Peach/b - Vocals, Samples * bPititis/b (Gaby Dominguez) - Female Vocals, Backing Vocals, Guitar * bA Kuerno/b (Chris Paccou) - Guitar * bBaby Brujo III/b div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/l5vSbQwuO8M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT Says He 'Never Talked' To BILL KELLIHER, BJÖRN GELOTTE About Possible Collaboration

October 22, 2014 - 17:36
bOPETH/b vocalist/guitarist bMikael Åkerfeldt/b has shot down rumors of a possible side project with bMASTODON/b guitarist/vocalist bBill Kelliher/b and bIN FLAMES/b guitarist bBjörn Gelotte/b, explaining that he has "never talked" to the other two guys about it. bKelliher/b recently said that he was hopeful that the collaboration with bÅkerfeldt/b and bGelotte/b would see the light of day, a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THv7ZyvIE50#t=441" target="_blank"telling RockSverige.se/a: "We haven't really gotten [as] far [as writing music together] yet. It's harder than I thought it would be… [But] it is definitely a plan." Regarding how the idea for the project came about, bKelliher/b said: "We were on tour together, you know, and I was writing stuff and I was, like, 'Hey, how about I send you a riff,' and [I told bBjörn/b], 'You could play anything you want' and he's, like, 'Well, if you send it to me, it's going to be metal.'" bKellier/b added: "I could never get my riff to sound perfect, or as close to perfect as I wanted it to, to send it to him so. I stalled out on that. I've got to re-do it and try it again." But in a brand new interview with a href="http://rocksverige.se/2014/10/06/opeth-intervju-med-mikael-akerfeldt-och-fredrik-akesson-4/" target="_blank"RockSverige.se/a, bÅkerfeldt/b claimed that had never discussed the collaboration idea with bKelliher/b and bGelotte/b. He said: "I don't know of this. He's really cool, no doubt about it, and bBjörn/b is too, but we've never talked about this." bOPETH/b's eleventh studio album, b"Pale Communion"/b, sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart. bIN FLAMES/b' new CD, b"Siren Charms"/b, opened with around 9,000 units in to land at No. 26. bMASTODON/b's sixth album, b"Once More 'Round The Sun"/b, sold around 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 24 via bReprise Records/b.
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ROB HALFORD Says Listening To Canadian Singer MICHAEL BUBLÉ Is 'Exciting' And 'Inspiring'

October 22, 2014 - 17:05
In a recent interview with the a href="http://nypost.com/2014/10/08/judas-priests-rob-halford-talks-about-his-favorite-music-before-their-barclays-gig/" target="_blank"New York Post/a, bJUDAS PRIEST/b singer bRob Halford/b spoke about his love for Canadian singer bMichael Bublé/b. "Even though I'm a metal singer, the fact that I’ve been able to appreciate other types of performers has probably paid dividends," bHalford/b said. "When I listen to bMichael Bublé/b, it's exciting, it's inspiring. I feel the same way with bMichael Feinstein/b or bRyan Adams/b. I'm drawn to singers who have something different to say vocally, and bAdele/b would be in there. I saw [bBarbra/b] bStreisand/b in Phoenix and that was mind-blowing. Her voice is just so pure." He added: "I've also always had a passion for some types of opera — I've got a massive bPavarotti/b collection. I sing b'Nessun Dorma'/b when I warm up backstage." Asked if bPRIEST/b is ever going to put out the tracks the band recorded in 1988 with producers bStock Aitken Waterman/b, of bKylie Minogue/b and bRick Astley/b fame, bHalford/b replied: "I personally would love to release them, but there's a different consensus within the band. "Our rendition of [bTHE STYLISTICS/b'] b'You Are Everything'/b is just beautiful — it's an '80s megarock ballad, with big drums, big vocals, sweeping strings. "People are a lot more open-minded now, whereas in those days it could have created a bit of push-back, maybe even some damage to our reputation." bHalford/b recently expressed interest in collaborating with one of his current favorite artists, pop superstar bLady Gaga/b. He explained: "I love her just because, for a singer, she's a fucking amazing singer. And then she writes all this material. And, of course, you look at her past and she's a total metalhead. She started off strongly into rock and metal and you've seem pictures of her with bAlice Cooper/b or bBruce/b [bDickinson/b] from [bIRON/b] bMAIDEN/b and all of these other people in metal; it just shows you that she's committed to that. She's just a really sincere, complete person as a musician."
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OZZY OSBOURNE's 'Memoirs Of A Madman' Collection: First-Week Sales Revealed

October 22, 2014 - 16:44
bOzzy Osbourne/b's b"Memoirs Of A Madman"/b CD has sold 4,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 90 on The Billboard 200 chart. The collection serves as a career-spanning audio release, featuring 17 of bOzzy/b's greatest hit singles compiled in one place for the first time in his career. Released on October 7 via bEpic Records/b/bLegacy Recordings/b, it is available in a single CD, two-LP set and two-LP picture disc set configurations. The b"Memoirs Of A Madman"/b DVD is a definitive visual two-disc DVD set which includes classic music videos, along withunreleased and out-of-print live performances, plus interviews from his solo career. Both sets offer fans of the multi-platinum recording artist, bRock And Roll Hall Of Fame/b inductee and three-time bGrammy/b-winning singer and songwriter hours of entertainment from bOzzy/b's distinguished solo career. bOsbourne/b 's ongoing solo career spans four decades — as both a successful solo artist and as the lead singer of bBLACK SABBATH/b — and his music is as relevant today as ever; it still resonates daily on TV, in movies, on radio and at stadium sports events. bOzzy/b's latest solo release — his tenth studio album, 2010's b"Scream"/b — debuted at No. 4 on the bBillboard/b chart, featuring the No. 1 Mainstream Rock smash b"Let Me Hear You Scream"/b. From the first notes of bOzzy/b's 1980's solo debut b"Blizzard Of Ozz"/b and follow-up b"Diary Of A Madman"/b to classic albums b"No More Tears"/b and b"Scream"/b, no hard rock solo artist has had quite the same reach as Ozzy; his distinctive vocal delivery and larger than life onstage persona quickly endeared him to millions of rockers. bOzzy/b immediately had the attention of fans of heavy music with rock staples b"Crazy Train"/b, b"Mr. Crowley"/b and b"Flying High Again"/b. With the 1991 release b"No More Tears"/b, bOzzy/b continued his radio success with acclaimed and hugely successful singles "No More Tears" and the smash hit b"Mama, I'm Coming Home"/b. The track listing is as follows: 01. bCrazy Train/b 02. bMr. Crowley/b 03. bFlying High Again/b 04. bOver The Mountain/b 05. bBark At The Moon/b 06. bThe Ultimate Sin/b 07. bMiracle Man/b 08. bNo More Tears/b (edit) 09. bMama, I'm Coming Home/b 10. bRoad To Nowhere/b 11. bPerry Mason/b 12. bI Just Want You/b 13. bGets Me Through/b 14. bDreamer/b 15. bI Don't Wanna Stop/b 16. bLife Won't Wait/b 17. bLet Me Hear You Scream/b Details on the b"Memoirs Of A Madman"/b 2-DVD set are as follows: DVD One features more than two dozen of bOzzy/b's classic and unforgettable music videos from across his discography, including a bonus alternate version of b"Mama, I'm Coming Home"/b and making-of footage from the videos b"Let Me Hear You Scream"/b and b"Life Won't Wait"/b. DVD Two features live performances and interview clips spanning bOzzy/b's solo journey, much of which makes its debut on DVD. Some selections have appeared on long-out-of-print VHS releases; others will be seen here for the first time, making this an essential package for fans old and new. bOzzy/b's union of music and visuals could not be more perfect, and the b"Memoirs Of A Madman"/b DVD showcases that to brilliant effect. The b"Memoirs Of A Madman"/b DVD track listing is as follows: DVD 1 The Music Videos * bBark At The Moon/b * bSo Tired/b * bThe Ultimate Sin/b * bLightning Strikes/b * bCrazy Train/b * bMiracle Man/b * bCrazy Babies/b * bBreaking All The Rules/b * bNo More Tears/b * bMama, I'm Coming Home/b * bMr. Tinkertrain/b * bTime After Time/b * bRoad To Nowhere/b * bI Don't Want To Change The World/b (Live) * bChanges/b * bPerry Mason/b * bI Just Want You/b * bSee You On The Other Side/b * bBack On Earth/b * bGets Me Through/b * bDreamer/b * bIn My Life/b * bI Don't Wanna Stop/b * bLet Me Hear You Scream/b * bLife Won't Wait/b * bLet It Die/b Bonus * bMama, I'm Coming Home/b (alternate version) * bThe Making of Let Me Hear You Scream/b * bThe Making of Life Won't Wait/b DVD 2 Rochester, NY 1981 * bI Don't Know/b * bSuicide Solution/b * bMr. Crowley/b * bCrazy Train/b Ozzy's Bunker Albuquerque, NM 1982 * bOver The Mountain/b MTV 1982 New York, NY 1982 * bFairies Wear Boots/b (clip) Ozzy's Bunker Entertainment USA 1984 Kansas City, MO 1986 (Jake E Lee, Phil Soussan, Randy Castillo) * bBark At The Moon/b * bNever Know Why/b Ozzy's Bunker * bKiller Of Giants/b * bThank God For The Bomb/b * bSecret Loser/b Ozzy's Bunker Philadelphia, PA 1989 (Zakk Wylde, Geezer Butler, Randy Castillo) * bBloodbath In Paradise/b * bTattooed Dancer/b * bMiracle Man/b MTV 1989 Marquee, UK 1991 (Zakk Wylde, Mike Inez, Randy Castillo) * bBark At The Moon/b (clip) Studio 1992 San Diego, CA 1992 (Zakk Wylde, Mike Inez, Randy Castillo) * bI Don't Want To Change The World/b * bRoad To Nowhere/b Japan 1992 * bOzzy's Bunker/b * bNo More Tears/b Studio 1992 * bDesire/b MTV 1992 * bMama, I'm Coming Home/b Studio 1992 * b"Ozzmosis" Recording Session 1995/b Ozzfest 1996 (Joe Holmes, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin) * bPerry Mason/b Fame Fortune Tokyo, Japan 2001 (Zakk Wylde, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin) * bGets Me Through/b Fame Fortune Ozzfest 2007 (Zakk Wylde, Blasko, Mike Bordin) * bNot Going Away/b "Black Rain" Photo Shoot Las Vegas, NV 2007 (Zakk Wylde, Blasko, Mike Bordin, Adam Wakeman) * bI Don't Wanna Stop/b "Scream" Recording Session 2010 London, England 2010 (Gus G, Blasko, Tommy Clufetos, Adam Wakeman) * bLet Me Hear You Scream/b Bonus Philadelphia, PA 1989 (Zakk Wylde, Geezer Butler, Randy Castillo) * bFlying High Again/b Tokyo, Japan 2001 (Zakk Wylde, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin) * bBeliever/b div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LvzwcS4erDM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/ozzybundle1.jpg" alt="ozzybundle1" width="410" height="410" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-481009" / img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/ozzybundle2.jpg" alt="ozzybundle2" width="410" height="373" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-481010" / img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/ozzybundle3.jpg" alt="ozzybundle3" width="410" height="410" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-481011" / img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/ozzybundle4.jpg" alt="ozzybundle4" width="410" height="273" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-481012" / div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/N13lrn0qEhQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/ozzyosbournememoirs.jpg" alt="ozzyosbournememoirs" width="600" height="600" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-480992" /
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NICKELBACK's CHAD KROEGER Sings LED ZEPPELIN, CHICKENFOOT Reunites At SAMMY HAGAR's Birthday Bash (Video)

October 22, 2014 - 16:35
bNICKELBACK/b's bChad Kroeger/b joined bSammy Hagar/b over the weekend to perform a cover version of the bLED ZEPPELIN/b classic b"Whole Lotta Love"/b during bHagar/b's huge birthday bash at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. Also appearing at the event were the Red Rocker's bCHICKENFOOT/b bandmates bJoe Satriani/b, bMichael Anthony/b and bChad Smith/b, who came up on stage to play a few bCHICKENFOOT/b tracks with the legendary ex-bVAN HALEN/b singer. bCHICKENFOOT/b performed b"Sexy Little Thing"/b from their 2009 debut and b"Big Foot"/b from 2011's b"Chickenfoot III"/b. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below. bHagar/b's first-ever acoustic album titled b"Lite Roast"/b, was released on October 14 via bMailboat Records/b. Joining bSammy/b on the CD is bVic Johnson/b, longtime guitarist of bWABORITAS/b, bHagar/b's backup band, on guitar and vocals. bNICKELBACK/b's new album, b"No Fixed Address"/b, arrives on November 18. bKroeger/b's personal life did make headlines recently when it was reported that his year-old marriage to singer bAvril Lavigne/b was on the rocks. bKroeger/b has not commented officially on the rumors. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lcMYTF0FojM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xqXaX-sLdjQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CDEujbR_UL8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/hb4LOJhiSkU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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AMARANTHE's ELIZE RYD: 'Women In Metal Always Get Objectified In A Different Way Than The Guys'

October 22, 2014 - 16:04
In a brand new interview with Australia's a href="http://www.theaureview.com/interviews/elize-ryd-of-amaranthe-sweden" target="_blank"The AU Review/a, singer bElize Ryd/b of Swedish melodic metallers bAMARANTHE/b spoke about the pros and cons of being the only woman in an all-male band. "Well, within the band, it's fine, because they see me as their sister, you know?" she said. "But sometimes we are very different, because I like to do different things than the guys do, so sometimes I feel very alone. And also, I feel that the women in metal always get objectified in a different way than the guys, and I think it's very unfair. I'm definitely a feminist in that perspective. It's usually the haters that write bad things about the women, and I think it's just wrong." She continued: "It's different for me than [it is for someone like] bFloor/b [bJansen/b in bNIGHTWISH/b, for example], because I am one of three singers in the band, and usually, when someone has a bad comment about the band or the sound, they usually put the focus on me, even though there are five other guys they could have criticized. I also read very, very, disrespectful comments that are focused towards me because I'm a woman — not because I'm an artist just like the other guys — so there is a difference. But I also get a lot of good critique. Mostly it's love." bElize/b also spoke about her recent blog entry in which she decided to name and shame someone who had written some disrespectful and sexist comments about her on her official bFacebook/b page. She said: "I actually got a lot of e-mails about that from women who wrote that they had been treated very bad and had lived with this kind of hate, and they really appreciated it — and they feel better when they hear that it also happens to me." She added: "You should not take it personally, but it's very hard sometimes not to. "My wish is that there is going to be a change in that perspective of not saying certain things to women." Asked how she stays positive in this business, bElize/b said: "I stay positive thanks to all the positive critique I get, and the love I get from so many fans. I have so many fans who I feel the most amazing love from, so it's thanks to them I get more and more strong. It's definitely the good responses that I'm sucking in, and all the bad stuff, I try to keep it outside my life. I still think it's very important to actually point at people who are disrespecting you because you are a female — I don't have any patience or acceptance for it." bAMARANTHE/b's third album, b"Massive Addictive"/b, will be released on October 21 via bSpinefarm Records/b. The b"Drop Dead Cynical"/b video can be seen below. The clip was once again helmed by Swedish director bPatric Ullaeus/b of the bRevolver Film Company AB/b, who has previously worked with bHAMMERFALL/b, bDIMMU BORGIR/b, bEUROPE/b, bLACUNA COIL/b and bIN FLAMES/b, among many others. img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/amarantheband2014newshot_638.jpg" alt="amarantheband2014newshot_638" width="638" height="359" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-487265" / div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RdyExxpd3Pg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/amaranthemassivecd.jpg" alt="amaranthemassivecd" width="638" height="638" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-482107" /
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RAVEN Covers DEEP PURPLE, THIN LIZZY, SWEET, NAZARETH, QUEEN Classics On 'Party Killers' CD

October 22, 2014 - 15:37
NWOBHM thrash godfathers bRAVEN/b have launched a a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1085707767/extermination" target="_blank"Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign/a to finance the recording of their next studio album, b"ExtermiNation"/b. The band has recorded a full-length covers CD titled b"Party Killers"/b that is being offered as an exclusive bKickstarter/b reward for backers. The group is also offering exclusive t-shirts, patches, and a seven-inch vinyl single via the campaign, which runs through November 28. b"Party Killers"/b, which is is available on CD and 12-inch vinyl, includes the following tracks: * b"Too Bad Too Sad"/b (NAZARETH) * b"Bad Reputation"/b (THIN LIZZY) * b"Cockroach"/b (SWEET) * b"Fireball"/b (DEEP PURPLE) * b"Hang On To Yourself"/b (DAVID BOWIE) * b"He's A Whore"/b (CHEAP TRICK) * b"In For The Kill"/b (BUDGIE) * b"Is There A Better Way"/b (STATUS QUO) * b"Ogre Battle"/b (QUEEN) * b"Queen Of My Dreams"/b (EDGAR WINTER) * b"Tak Me Bak 'Ome"/b (SLADE) Comments bRAVEN/b vocalist and bassist bJohn Gallagher/b: "We were writing for the new album at a cool studio in Richmond, Virginia, and in the middle of jamming asked the engineer there if we could record a few cover tunes just for the hell of it. The sounds were so good, we decided to do something we'd been threatening for many years: b'Party Killers'/b — a collection of cover tunes guaranteed to deafen yer neighbors!! It's basically a peek into the little red 45rpm singles box we used to have at home... songs and bands that were very influential to us as kids, but given the bRAVEN/b overhaul! I think it gives a nice insight to our roots and will be an excellent companion to the new album." bRAVEN/b is currently on tour in the United States, with support from bNIGHT DEMON/b. bRAVEN/b released the b"Rock Until You Drop - A Long Days Journey"/b two-disc DVD as a digipak in North America on July 2, 2013 via bSPV/b/bSteamhammer/b. The effort contains four hours and 30 minutes of concert footage from around the world, in the studio, backstage, interviews with the band, the fans, musicians and producer. It tells the story of over three decades of trailblaizing metal mayhem! bRAVEN/b's latest album, b"Walk Through Fire"/b, was released in the U.S. on March 30, 2010 (one day earlier in Europe through bSPV/b/bSteamhammer/b) via bMetal Blade Records/b. The CD was recorded at bAssembly Line Studios/b with engineer/mixer bKevin 131/b (bPROJECT: FAILING FLESH/b, bDECEASED/b, bDYSRYTHMIA/b, bGARDEN OF SHADOWS/b). img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/ravennightdemontour.jpg" alt="ravennightdemontour" width="638" height="266" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-486660" /
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BUTCHER BABIES' Cover Version Of NAPOLEON XIV's 'They're Coming To Take Me Away': Official Video

October 22, 2014 - 15:20
Taking a page from heroes bMETALLICA/b and bGUNS N' ROSES/b, Los Angeles metallers bBUTCHER BABIES/b have recorded an EP of cover tunes that will surely please fans of the band, as well as fans of the artists that performed them originally. Titled b"Uncovered"/b, this EP was released on September 30 in North America (October 6 in Europe) and features the following five tracks: 01. bBeer Drinkers And Hell Raisers/b 02. bThey're Coming To Take Me Away/b 03. bDon't Give A Fuck/b 04. bCrazy Horses/b 05. bPussy Whipped/b The official video for bBUTCHER BABIES/b' cover version of bNAPOLEON XIV/b's b"They're Coming To Take Me Away"/b can be seen below. bBUTCHER BABIES/b' bCarla Harvey/b (vocals) comments: "It was a blast recording songs that we have been fans of our entire lives and putting our spin on them. "We all chose a song that had some significance to us. My pick was b'They're Coming To Take Me Away'/b by bNAPOLEAN XIV/b, because I have a vivid memory of my stepdad, who I considered completely insane, playing it over and over again on his car stereo when I was a pre-teen. The song is about being taken away to a mental institution. I can still see him tapping his fingers on his steering wheel to the beat..." bBUTCHER BABIES/b' bHeidi Shepherd/b (vocals) adds: "As an eight or nine-year-old little girl, I used to rummage through my parents' albums and 8-tracks looking for some cool music. In hopes that my parents had at least a little bit of good taste, I would play every single song looking for something that I could latch on to. That's when I came across b'Crazy Horses'/b by bTHE OSMONDS/b; it was the heaviest song I had heard at that age. I would play that song over and over and over again, I was addicted. To this date, it's still one of my favorite songs and reminds me so much of growing up in Provo, Utah." In regards to bBUTCHER BABIES/b' cover of bTHE OSMONDS/b' b"Crazy Horses"/b, bDonny Osmond/b comments: "When we released b'Crazy Horses", we were pushing against what /bbTHE OSMONDS/b were known for, but it became a greatest hit. The bBUTCHER BABIES/b have reinvented this song in a creative and innovative way — and that's what music is about. Now...What if I had recorded b'Puppy Love'/b like this?" About the b"They're Coming To Take Me Away"/b video, bShepherd/b says: "As kids, we always loved this creepy, quirky song around Halloween time. So, we thought it would be perfect to ring in the Halloween season with this video reminiscent of old slasher films." div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/23ywNYOde4Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/butcherbabiesuncovered.jpg" alt="butcherbabiesuncovered" width="638" height="638" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-483614" /
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SLIPKNOT's JIM ROOT Defends Band Against Accusations They 'Didn't Care' About PAUL GRAY's Drug Addiction

October 22, 2014 - 14:30
bSLIPKNOT/b guitarist bJim Root/b says that he and his bandmates did everything they could to get the group's late bassist bPaul Gray/b the help he needed to deal with his drug addiction, explaining that bPaul/b had a "sickness" that he simply could not beat. bPaul/b's widow bBrenna Gray/b testified in the involuntary manslaughter trial of the doctor who treated bPaul/b in the days before his 2010 death that she tried reaching out to some of bPaul/b's bandmates in bSLIPKNOT/b just days prior to the bassist's death but that none of them wanted to get involved. She revealed, "One was playing golf two minutes away from our house but couldn't come. Nobody else cared, nobody was involved. They told me it was my problem." Asked if bBrenna/b was wrong in making those comments during the trial, bRoot/b told bSweden Rock Magazine/b (original English-language quote provided exclusively to bBLABBERMOUTH.NET/b): "I think she's probably gonna say whatever it is she thinks she needs to say for the lawyers to hear. You know, I mean, bPaul/b was our brother; bPaul/b was very close to us. We tried putting bPaul/b into treatment numerous times, we took him off of tours and we had interventions with him. I would stop by at bPaul/b's house with my ex-girlfriend and he'd still be in bed. "There are a lot of circumstances and dynamics there and I'm sure that she is hurting very deeply and trying to find some way to maybe put the blame somewhere. "At the end of the day, bPaul/b was sick and bPaul/b had a problem and we were there for bPaul/b. "bPaul/b wasn't always available. "I feel bad. I feel bad for the whole situation. "bBrenna/b's always got brothers that she can count on, and bOctober/b will always have eight uncles that give a shit." Pressed on whether he was saying the other members of bSLIPKNOT/b did in fact care enough about bPaul/b's well being, bRoot/b replied: "Absolutely. He's our friend, he's our brother, he's our compatriot. He's always gonna be a part of our lives no matter what. "What can you do? If you have a sickness, you gotta fix that sickness, but you can't keep putting somebody into treatment over and over and over again. What are you supposed to do? Babysit someone and live with them? What can you do?" bBrenna/b revealed in a 2011 interview with bRevolver/b that her husband had agreed to get help for his drug problem just one day before he died on May 24, 2010. bPaul/b was found dead in a hotel room in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa, where he and bSLIPKNOT/b were based. He was 38 years old. He left behind his widow and a daughter, bOctober/b, who was born three months after his death. bBrenna/b said on the witness stand at the Polk Country District Court in Iowa in April 2014 that bPaul/b's final weeks were a "blur of extreme drug abuse," which neither his doctor nor his bandmates would help his wife confront. bDaniel Baldi/b was facing involuntary manslaughter charges in the deaths of bGray/b and eight others. bBaldi/b was accused of causing the deaths with his careless prescription habits. bBaldi/b denied the claim, with his lawyer saying that bBaldi/b didn't prescribe the drugs that resulted in the deaths. bBrenna/b testified on the stand that bBaldi/b continued to prescribe Xanax for bPaul/b despite knowing that the musician was a drug addict, saying, "I just wasn't really sure why he was on it, why he needed it along with the medication he was taking for addiction." bBaldi/b's lawyer cross-examined bBrenna/b, asking her if she was aware that her husband overdosed on the painkillers fentanyl and morphine, neither of which bBaldi/b ever prescribed to him. bSLIPKNOT/b singer bCorey Taylor/b told bThe Pulse Of Radio/b back at the one-year anniversary of bGray/b's death how he felt about the loss of his friend and bandmate. "I just miss him, you know," he said. "I miss him so much sometimes that it doesn't feel like he's gone, and there are times when I'm thinking and he's in my train of thought and I have to stop myself and go, 'Oh, God, he's not here.' But you know, I mean, there's not a day that goes by that I don't miss him. I mean, not even as far as the band goes — I wish that he was there to watch his daughter grow." img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/slipknotswedenrockcoveroct2014.jpg" alt="slipknotswedenrockcoveroct2014" width="638" height="861" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-487256" /
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ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN: 'Rock Will Never Die'

October 22, 2014 - 13:57
bANTHRAX/b guitarist bScott Ian/b is the latest musician to respond to bKISS/b bassist/vocalist bGene Simmons/b' recent comment that "rock is dead." bSimmons/b a href="http://www.esquire.com/blogs/culture/gene-simmons-future-of-rock" target="_blank"told Esquire magazine/a last month — in an interview conducted by his son bNick/b — that "rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed and now it won't because it's that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it." bSimmons/b went on to elaborate that as a result of file-sharing and other issues, record label support for rock music was not available like it was when bKISS/b was coming up, concluding, "It's finally dead. Rock is finally dead." Asked to weigh in on bGene/b's comments, bIan/b told the Portsmouth, New Hampshire radio station bWHEB/b (100.3 FM): "I think the exact opposite. I don't look at things from a strictly business standpoint like I think bGene/b does. Just because the media may not be paying attention like it used to, or record labels are only looking for the next 16-year-old pop star…" He continued: "We come from a different place. bANTHRAX/b started in the underground in New York City in what was not even called thrash metal yet, but we were an underground band, and, in a sense, us and bMETALLICA/b and bSLAYER/b, even as big as bMETALLICA/b is, we're all still in a way underground. bMETALLICA/b, being one of the biggest bands in the world, they still don't get the same media attention as bRihanna/b or bBeyonce/b and bJay-Z/b and stuff like that, yet bMETALLICA/b is arguably [one of the] top five biggest bands on the planet. Yet, still, in a commercial way, in a media-type way, they are still considered underground, and that's kind of where we come from." bIan/b added: "So, for me, rock is never dead, as long as there's bands that wanna play this music. It has nothing to do with what the media is pushing down people's throats. I've never looked at it that way, because we've never needed radio and we've never needed bMTV/b to do what we do. All we do is we write the best songs we can and we've been the best live we can be for over 30 years. And that's why rock will never die. It has nothing to do with the media, it has nothing to do with the business. It only has to do with bands playing music from their gut, and that's all that matters to me." bIan/b's autobiography, b"I'm The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax"/b, was released on October 14 via bDa Capo Press/b, a member of the bPerseus Books Group/b. Due on November 13 via bMegaforce Records/b, bIan/b's b"Swearing Words In Glasgow"/b DVD is a full performance recording, filmed towards the end of his b"Swearing Words"/b tour in Glasgow, Scotland, and was funded by a wildly popular bPledgeMusic/b campaign, which surpassed its goal with the help of gracious and dedicated fans.
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OZZY OSBOURNE Doesn't Understand Politicians

October 22, 2014 - 13:28
a href="http://noisey.vice.com/en_us" target="_blank"Noisey/a has uploaded the second of three b"Back Forth"/b videos featuring legendary bBLACK SABBATH/b singer bOzzy Osbourne/b and his son bJack Osbourne/b. Check it out below. During a brief discussion about politics, bOzzy/b recalled running into former British prime minister bTony Blair/b at a charity event. He said: "I met bTony Blair/b one time, the old English Prime Minister, and he looked at me and he comes over, and this was just when the Iraq war started. I thought he was gonna come up to me and say, 'You could very good for the country by doing a song or something for the troops.' He comes up to me and he goes, 'Do you know I was once in a band? Although I couldn't quite get the chords to b'Iron Man'/b.' And I [thought], 'Is that all you've got to fucking say?'" He added: "We vote these people in, and they never seem to pull off all this shit that they promise us to get [into office]." bOsbourne/b sounded a similar sentiment during an interview with bEsquire/b, telling the magazine: "One thing I try to stay away from is talking politics. I don't understand them. I don't. I don't understand how we all go nuts for a few months to get the people into office and then they never do a fuckin' thing they said they were gonna do anyway. If there's a job ad in the newspaper saying 'Builder wanted' and you show up for the job and they say 'Can you do this?' and you say 'Yeah, yeah!' And they go 'Start Monday' and then Monday they say 'Can you do what you said?' and you say 'No,' you'd be fuckin' fired! So what's the deal with politicians, eh? I don't get it. They should all start to play rock and roll, I think." bOzzy Osbourne/b's recently released compilation, b"Memoirs Of A Madman"/b, serves as a career-spanning audio release, featuring 17 of bOzzy/b's greatest hit singles compiled in one place for the first time in his career. It is available in a single CD, two-LP set and two-LP picture-disc-set configurations. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/38hhbI9G7dU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/56AEEYdBIfU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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Music Industry Web Site Predicts AC/DC's 'Rock Or Bust' Will Sell 250K-350K Copies First Week

October 22, 2014 - 12:56
Music industry web site bHits Daily Double/b a href="http://www.hitsdailydouble.com/news/rumormill.cgi" target="_blank"is predicting/a that bAC/DC/b's new album, b"Rock Or Bust"/b, will sell between 250,000 and 350,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. This would be a significant drop from the opening number of bAC/DC/b's last CD, 2008's b"Black Ice"/b, which topped sales charts in 29 countries, including the U.S., where it sold an incredible 784,288 in its first week — marking the band's first-ever No. 1 debut on the U.S. album chart. b"Black Ice"/b went on to sell another 270,923 units in its second week, bringing the first two weeks' sales in the U.S. to over 1 million copies. Sold exclusively at bWal-Mart/b, bSam's Club/b, and bACDC.com/b in the U.S., b"Black Ice"/b quickly became the biggest-selling rock record of 2008. b"Rock Or Bust"/b will be released on December 2. The 11-song set is bAC/DC/b's first without guitarist bMalcolm Young/b, who is suffering from dementia. He has been replaced by nephew bStevie Young/b. bAC/DC/b made it official last month that bMalcolm/b would no longer record or perform with the group. His family disclosed a short time later that he was afflicted with dementia. The guitarist was rumored to have suffered a stroke earlier this year. bAC/DC/b last week released an official new publicity photo of the band and notably absent from it is drummer bPhil Rudd/b, who was also a no-show at the group's recent video shoot on October 3 and October 4 for the two new singles, b"Play Ball"/b and b"Rock Or Bust"/b. bRudd/b was replaced for the filming by drummer bBob Richards/b, with singer bBrian Johnson/b reportedly telling fans at the shoot that bRudd/b was unable to participate due to an undisclosed "family emergency." Neither bRudd/b nor the band has issued any further comment on his absence from the shoot. b"Rock Or Bust"/b track listing: 01. bRock Or Bust/b 02. bPlay Ball/b 03. bRock The Blues Away/b 04. bMiss Adventure/b 05. bDogs Of War/b 06. bGot Some Rock Roll Thunder/b 07. bHard Times/b 08. bBaptism By Fire/b 09. bRock The House/b 10. bSweet Candy/b 11. bEmission Control/b div align=center iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="458" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//giphy.com/embed/5wWf7GYr78VuqRnIImc" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"/iframe /div img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/acdcrockorbustart.jpg" alt="acdcrockorbustart" width="638" height="638" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-486335" / b"Play Ball"/b audio stream: div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/cIE8F_OL_Ds" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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