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Michael Denner says that he has no desire to speak with King Diamond and Hank Shermann now that they have decided to exclude him from MERCYFUL FATE's upcoming reunion. When it was announced last month that the influential Danish heavy metal act would reunite for an unspecified number of concerts throughout Europe during the summer of 2020, it was revealed that MERCYFUL FATE's lineup for the shows would consist of King on vocals, Hank on guitar, Bjarne T. Holm on drums, Mike Wead on guitar and Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING) on bass. Denner, who was a member of MERCYFUL FATE's classic lineup, addressed his absence from the band's reunion in a brand new interview with Italy's "Heavy Demons" radio show. He said (hear audio below): "It came as a big shock for me that they left me out. So I haven't talked to them since. Now there's nothing really to talk about. Of course, I was disappointed. They left me out, so that's the end of it, really. I will concentrate on my own stuff now." Denner also once again said that he was especially surprised by the fact that Shermann didn't inform him of MERCYFUL FATE's reunion plans, especially considering the fact that they had remained friends, even collaborating on several other projects over the years. "I'm sad to say, because the two records we did were absolutely brilliant," he said. "And I had the pleasure to work with the best metal drummer in the world, Snowy Shaw, who's also one of my closest friends. So that was a big pleasure. And also with the Americans, Sean [Peck] and Marc [Grabowski], who did a marvelous job on [the DENNER/SHERMANN] records. So that was a great experience. But that was the only two records we did. Because there will be nothing more after this. That was the end of it. Sad to say." MERCYFUL FATE's last studio album, "9", was released in 1999. MERCYFUL FATE will be remembered for its unquestionable mark on the history of metal with its innovative sound, complex arrangements, memorable melody, and its influence on bands that later took the genre to new heights. In 1998, METALLICA paid tribute to MERCYFUL FATE by recording a medley of classic MERCYFUL FATE songs on the album "Garage Inc." Titled "Mercyful Fate", the medley included parts from "Satan's Fall", "Curse of the Pharaohs", "A Corpse Without Soul", "Into the Coven" and "Evil". Lars Ulrich of METALLICA (a fellow Dane) played drums on a new version of MERCYFUL FATE's "Return of the Vampire" on the "In the Shadows" album, which came out in 1993. Michael's new band DENNER'S INFERNO, will release its debut album, "In Amber", on November 15 through Mighty Music. MERCYFUL FATE bassist Timi Hansen recently announced that he is not taking part in the band's reunion because he is battling cancer.
Posted: September 22, 2019, 6:57 pm
Kanye West took his Sunday Service series to Wyoming where he hosted a free and public edition earlier today. The worship gathering took place at the Powwow Garden outside the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody — the town where Kanye recently purchased the $14 million Monster Lake Ranch. According to TMZ, the choir sang its own renditions of NIRVANA classics "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "Come As You Are", mixed in with some traditional prayers. The Buffalo Bill Center of the West previously created an event page on Facebook, which indicated that the Service would feature an 80-person choral group. The event — which has made stops in various cities like Atlanta, Chicago, and Dayton, Ohio — is usually an exclusive affair; however, the Cody service was advertised as both free and open to the public.
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Posted: September 22, 2019, 6:43 pm
SEETHER bassist Dale Stewart married his longtime girlfriend Michelle Thomas on Saturday, September 21 in Savannah, Georgia. SEETHER frontman Shaun Morgan served as best man at the event, while guitarist Corey Lowery was one of the groomsmen. According to the couple's page on The Knot wedding web site, "Dale and Michelle met at a SEETHER show in Chicago in September of 2012. He was rocking out and she was in the crowd. In between songs, he asked her to join him for a drink after the concert. She agreed and they hit it off. Now here they are almost seven years later." Stewart and Morgan formed SEETHER in South Africa in 1999 under the name SARON GAS. The band released its first album, "Fragile", in 2000, and eventually caught the attention of American record label Wind-Up Records. SEETHER has eight albums under its belt, including its most recent, "Poison The Parish", which came out in 2017. The band has undergone several lineup changes over the years, with Morgan and Stewart remaining constant.
Posted: September 22, 2019, 6:17 pm
Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band, has revealed to Heavy1 TV that she has already begun working on the follow-up to her first solo album, "Controlled Chaos", which came out last year. "I wrote the majority of 'Controlled Chaos' while I was on the previous Alice Cooper tour, so I'm falling right back into the pattern of writing my album on days off," she said (see video below). "I've got my Pro Tools rig out here, so I'm just writing and recording. And we'll do some more clinics, do some more solo touring, do some more touring with Alice, and then I'm hopeful for a second album release in late 2020." Asked if she will do any singing on her upcoming LP, Nita said: "No. I want people to enjoy it. So I'm not gonna sing." Earlier this year, Nita told the Long Island, New York radio station 94.3 The Shark that she didn't have any reservations about putting out an album of instrumentals with "Controlled Chaos". "Everyone said that I had to put out some tracks with vocals — that was the vast consensus among the people in the industry," she recalled. "And I have to say I'm really glad that Josh [Villalta, Nita's longtime boyfriend and manager] and I stuck to our guns and I put out the album I wanted to make. Maybe I could have made more money if I would have made it more marketable, maybe I could have had more success and [gotten airplay] on bigger radio stations and what have you, but it wouldn't have been the album I wanted to make." The 11-track "Controlled Chaos" was a challenge to Strauss and an opportunity for her to reconnect with what inspired her to start playing guitar when she was just 13 years old. "I started playing guitar because of instrumental guitar music," she said. "All my real heroes made instrumental albums. All my own career has been spent playing in bands, but I never forgot that dream of what inspired me to pick up the guitar in the first place." "Controlled Chaos" reached No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart and No. 6 on the Hard Rock Albums chart. Nita's live show is mostly instrumental in nature, combining originals with covers. Strauss has been playing with Alice Cooper since 2014 when she replaced Australian musician and former Michael Jackson player Orianthi. She joined Alice in time for a mammoth MÖTLEY CRÜE tour. She was recommended to Cooper by the legendary rocker's former bass player and WINGER frontman Kip Winger.
Posted: September 22, 2019, 4:25 pm
CHEVELLE vocalist/guitarist Pete Loeffler spoke to Radioactive MikeZ, host of the 96.7 KCAL-FM program "Wired In The Empire", about the progress of the recording sessions for the band's new album. The disc was recorded in part this past May at Joe's House Of Compression studio in Pasadena, California with producer Joe Barresi (KYUSS, MELVINS, THE JESUS LIZARD). Pete said (hear audio below): "We have eight songs tracked with our buddy Joe Barresi. He started mixing [on September 16], so we're gonna have finished mixes here in about, probably, 10 days. So we have a few more to do, depending on how many tracks we wanna make it." Regarding the musical direction of the new CHEVELLE material, Pete said: "There's some heavy stuff, there's some lighter stuff. I hope people dig it; that's really what I want. "We went really dark on the last two [albums] — really heavy, more metal. Those singles were, like 'Rivers', super screamy. 'Joyride', stuff like that," he continued. "'Door To Door Cannibals'. It's personally where I wanted to be and where I like to live on stage. But this record, [Joe] was, like, 'Let's try and do some melodic stuff.' So I went down that road. "There's about four songs we're trying to pick between to be the first single. They're on the melodic side. There's one, though, that comes out of the gate heavy as balls. And it's got a working title called 'Mars' right now, and it's all about this dude that's jumping on board with Elon Musk and heading there. I'm fascinated with space travel — it's intoxicating, actually, the more you find out about it — so there's a lot of that content on this album, lyrically." According to Pete, he wrote "about 25 songs" for CHEVELLE's new album, but only the aforementioned eight have been recorded so far. "We're trying to pick only the best to work on," he explained. "So Barresi kind of came down on me and he was, like, 'Look, let's search through these and let's only do the eight best, and then let's move on from there.' He's a good gauge for me, 'cause this is the fourth album we've done with him." CHEVELLE's latest album, 2016's "The North Corridor", debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 album chart and produced a No. 1 Mainstream Rock single, "Joyride (Omen)". The band's album of rarities from 2002-2016, "12 Bloody Spies: B-Sides And Rarities", was released last October via Epic. On Saturday (September 21), CHEVELLE bassist Dean Bernardini announced that he will "take a break from the road" after completing this year's shows with his bandmates. He added that he will "continue to work" in music in some form or another while also putting time into his art and furniture business at home. Bernardini has been with CHEVELLE since 2005, even though 2007's "Vena Sera" marked his first studio recording with the band.
Posted: September 22, 2019, 3:17 pm
In a recent interview with Jason Saulnier, former VENOM and current VENOM INC. guitarist Jeff "Mantas" Dunn discussed VENOM's 1984 "At War With Satan" studio album and its follow-up, "Possessed", which was the last offering to feature the band's classic lineup of Dunn, vocalist/bassist Conrad "Cronos" Lant and drummer Anthony "Abaddon" Bray before Dunn's departure in 1986. After enduring a slew of additional lineup changes and less-than-well-received albums, the classic VENOM lineup reunited in 1995, only to dissolve once again a few years later. When asked whether he had ever performed the "At War With Satan" track live, the near-20-minute epic that opens the album bearing its name, Dunn said: "It was never ever played live. Never played live, and I can't even remember the last time I listened to that album. I've been on record many times and have said I'm not a huge fan of that album. It's not one of my favorite VENOM albums that we ever did, nor is 'Possessed', but that's just a point of view of me being too close to it. I think 'At War With Satan' is a good album but I don't think it's a great album. I don't think it's as good as 'Black Metal' or 'Welcome To Hell'. People always said to me about the chronological order of my favorite albums, it would be 'Welcome To Hell', 'Black Metal', 'Prime Evil', 'Resurrection' and now [VENOM INC.'s] 'Avé'. Those five albums, I think, probably these are the albums I'm most proud of." He continued: "All the rest of the stuff, I'm not going to diss it, but I know people, I've spoken to fans who say 'At War With Satan' is their favorite VENOM album ever. Hey, that's cool because music affects different people in different ways. I've had people who said 'Possessed' is their favorite. For me, 'Possessed' is the most stressful thing I ever did because that was at the point when the band was falling apart. I was, 'This is it. I'm out of here.' I even spoke to Abaddon at one point during the recording where he came over to me and says, 'Are you okay?' I said, 'Absolutely not! I'm giving it six months and I'm out of here.' When, in reality, I stayed longer. But I've got no good memories of that album at all. It doesn't mean anything to me. Again, on one of the American tours that we did, I think it was in Seattle. We came out of the backstage area and there was a guy standing there and he approached us and he says, 'I've only got one album. I'm not going to bother you guys. I just want you to sign my favorite VENOM album.' And his favorite VENOM album of all time was 'The Waste Lands'. He was a huge VENOM fan, but his favorite album was 'The Waste Lands'. I think it just shows this band across the board has got a pretty good catalog of songs. Everybody's got a different favorite." VENOM INC. currently features former VENOM bassist/vocalist Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan and Dunn. Last year, VENOM INC. recruited Jeramie Kling of the Tampa-based melodic death metal band THE ABSENCE to fill in for Bray while Abaddon stayed home to spend time with his newborn daughter. VENOM INC. has since completed several tours with Kling without making any official announcements about Bray's possible return to the group. Dunn, Bray and Dolan released three albums as VENOM between 1989 and 1992 — "Prime Evil" (1989), "Temples Of Ice" (1991) and "The Waste Lands" (1992). VENOM INC. is not to be confused with Cronos-fronted version of VENOM, which is continuing to tour and make albums under the VENOM moniker. Joining Cronos in that group are Rage (a.k.a. Stuart Dixon) on guitar and Danté (a.k.a. Danny Needham) on drums.
Posted: September 22, 2019, 2:42 pm
Tom Keifer has told Sonic Perspectives in a new interview that he has no plans to revisit any of his previously unreleased CINDERELLA song ideas for his current solo project. "The most leftover songs are from the first record," Tom explained. "That is why they warn you about the sophomore jinx, because you spend your entire life writing for that first record. There were 60 songs going into 'Night Songs', and we picked ten. We never went back to that pool except once for 'Hot And Bothered', which was on the 'Wayne's World' soundtrack. "I've always moved forward with my writing," he continued. "'Long Cold Winter' was written on the 'Night Songs' tour while we were experiencing new things. We wrote ten songs, and they were all on the record. There weren't any leftovers. And same with 'Heartbreak Station' and 'Still Climbing'. The old 'Night Songs' demos are out there somewhere on bootleg. I don't think there is anything in that batch that I would ever get back to." Although CINDERELLA hasn't released a new studio album since 1994's "Still Climbing", the band started playing sporadic shows again in 2010 but has been largely inactive for the last few years while Keifer has toured as a solo artist. Keifer released his second solo album, "Rise", on September 13 via Cleopatra Records. The disc sees Tom joined by his #keiferbandSavannah Keifer, Tony Higbee, Billy Mercer, Kendra Chantelle, Jarred Pope and Kory Myers. Tom recently told "The SDR Show" that he has no interest in doing CINDERELLA ever again. "I don't air any of our differences, but there's been many over the years, like all bands have," he said. "And, unfortunately, the wheels fell off of that — slowly. And it just is what it is. It's not where I wanna be anymore."
Posted: September 22, 2019, 1:35 pm
In a recent interview with Myglobalmind, Myles Kennedy — the acclaimed singer/songwriter known for his work with ALTER BRIDGE as well as SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS — was asked about his decision to perform a stripped-down version of IRON MAIDEN's "The Trooper" during his solo tour last year. He responded: "There wasn't a lot of thinking about it. I recall being in my bunk while on tour in Europe and thought it would be fun to take a song and change the arrangement to fit what I was doing on my solo venture. That song popped into my head because I felt like I could manipulate it to where it would fit in the set, was fun to do, and people would recognize it. It went over a lot better than I thought. I thought that people might think I was crazy [laughs], but they seemed to enjoy it." Kennedy's debut solo album, "Year Of The Tiger", was released in March 2018 via Napalm Records. The effort was helmed by ALTER BRIDGE's longtime producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette. "Year Of The Tiger" was described by Kennedy in an interview with Metal Wani as "probably the closest thing to a full-on concept record that I've ever written. I mean, the story is congruent throughout the entire... It basically tells a story from start to finish, and it documents when my father passed away when I was a kid and basically what happened after that with my mom, my brother and I — it tells that story," he said. "So it's a full-on concept from start to finish." "Year Of The Tiger" is actually the second solo album Kennedy recorded, having previously completed a full-length record's worth of material over a several-year period beginning in 2009. Although that album was mixed in early 2016, Myles "decided not to move forward" with the project because "I'm kind of a firm believer that songs can have a shelf life with an artist," he told Metal Wani.
Posted: September 22, 2019, 1:15 pm
STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet spoke to The Metal Voice about the band's planned follow-up to 2018's "God Damn Evil" LP. He said (hear audio below): "Next year, STRYPER's gonna make a new album. We go in the studio in January, February and it'll come out mid-year, probably, next year. And I think it'll be a good opportunity with STRYPER to take a little time off from touring. Although we'll be doing fly dates and one-offs, like Monsters Of Rock cruise and Mexico and a few things here and there." Asked if he has already written any of the music for the upcoming STRYPER album, Sweet said: "I've got a few riffs. I'm gonna really dive into that over the next three to four weeks, getting a bunch of guitar riffs on my phone. And once I have nine, 10, 11, 12 guitar riffs, I'll, in November and December, lock myself in my little den with my cat and my fireplace, my computers, and I'll just start going through songs, one a day. [In] 12 or 13 days, we're gonna have the album." As for the musical direction of STRYPER's next disc, Sweet said: "It's gonna be aligned with the last album, but taking it a step further. We're gonna do some things where people are gonna hear it and go, 'You've gotta be kidding me,' that's gonna surprise and shock people in a really good way. It's gonna be a metal album — it's not gonna be a pop album or pop-rock or glam metal and all these silly terms. It's gonna be a metal album. And we're gonna really pull some things out of the hat, man, and try to blow people's minds." Formed 36 years ago, STRYPER is the first overtly Christian metal band to go mainstream. The group's name comes from Isaiah 53:5, which states: "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." STRYPER's albums include "To Hell With The Devil", "Second Coming", "No More Hell To Pay", "Fallen" and the aforementioned "God Damn Evil". Sweet's tenth solo album, "Ten", will be released on October 11 via Rat Pak Records in North America and Frontiers Music Srl in Europe.
Posted: September 22, 2019, 12:53 pm
Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "Reckless", the new video from Italian metallers LACUNA COIL, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Roberto Saku Cinardi and continues the story of previously released single "Layers Of Time". Both songs are taken from the band's forthcoming album, "Black Anima", which will be released on October 11. Singer Cristina Scabbia stated: "'Reckless' is the second track taken from our new album 'Black Anima'. We wanted the concept of the video for this song to be somehow related 'Layers Of Time'. That's why we filmed both of them in the same location picked by Roberto Saku Cinardi. We had the band's performance at the core of the 'Layers of Time' video, while in 'Reckless', the ideas of freedom and being true to yourself come to life through disturbing horror images to cause a reaction in the audience and actually represent the obscure atmosphere of our new record. In 'Reckless', LACUNA COIL became part and parcel of the nightmare and fears experienced by the little redheaded girl. As usual, working with Saku in such a stunning location and with great actors that completely committed to the roles has been absolutely inspiring. It was definitely worth it and I hope you will like this video as much as I do!" Director Roberto Cinardi (a.k.a. SaKu) has worked with the band for many videos such as the award-winning "Spellbound" (2009), "I Won't Tell You" (2010), "End of Time" (2012) and the short film with members of the band, "Dark Passengers" (2012). "Black Anima" track listing: 01. Anima Nera 02. Sword Of Anger 03. Reckless 04. Layers Of Time 05. Apocalypse 06. Now Or Never 07. Under The Surface 08. Veneficium 09. The End Is All I Can See 10. Save Me 11. Black Anima 12. Black Feathers (deluxe edition only) 13. Through The Flames (deluxe edition only) 14. Black Dried Up Heart (deluxe edition only) Scabbia told HardDrive Radio about "Black Anima": "It might sound really cliché if we say that it's gonna be heavier and darker, but this is actually the truth. Because I don't think that LACUNA COIL has ever been so heavy. And it will be surprising a lot of people, because we experimented a lot of things differently — vocally and musically. "It will be revolving around a book and some other stuff that we can't talk about. And 'Black Anima' is basically translated as 'black soul,' 'cause 'anima' is an Italian word that we decided to use as the title." Added co-vocalist Andrea Ferro: "There's quite a variety of songs, so there's heaviness, but there's also some more melodic tracks that can be more catchy. But it's a very complex record with a lot of different flavors. And we experiment a lot on the lyrics about our lives growing up, experiencing loss or other things that you get more of in the mature age. So we felt the connection with these people that [are] not with us anymore, so we decided to talk about this connection that we feel beyond life." Continued Cristina: "It's a strange combination of sounds that is really difficult to describe. I guess you guys will have to listen to it, 'cause it's hard to describe." Asked if the diversity of the new LACUNA COIL music will lend itself to a dynamic stage show, Cristina said: "Absolutely, because we're touching different themes. And also the styles of the songs — despite being heavy and sometimes even melodic, they're very diverse, one from each other, so that will give us the opportunity to do a lot of different stuff on stage. We have a lot of ideas for the shows that we will play after the release." Added Andrea: "We've also been working with some artists for some of the visual of the booklets that we can reproduce on the live show for the backdrop and all the special stuff on stage. So we have a lot of ideas." LACUNA COIL and ALL THAT REMAINS have joined forces for the "Disease Of The Anima" North American co-headlining tour. The trek includes special guests BAD OMENS, TOOTHGRINDER (September 15 - October 10), EXIMIOUS (October 11 - October 19) and UNCURED.
Posted: September 22, 2019, 12:11 pm
KORN frontman Jonathan Davis was the featured guest on BBC's "The Rock Show With Johnnie Walker" during the "Rock God" segment. Davis picked Ozzy Osbourne and stated about his choice: "I love Ozzy. For one, he took us on our very first big arena tour. He presented me with my first gold record. He taught me a lot about the music business. He had me open up for him, a couple of Ozzfests with KORN, and he's taken me out solo. "I love the fact about Ozzy, when you hear him sing, you know it's Ozzy in two seconds. "[BLACK] SABBATH helped invent heavy metal music. "I remember first hearing Ozzy probably when I was 12 or 13 years old on the TV, right when MTV hit. Little did I know that 10 years later I'd be touring with him. "He's the Prince Of Darkness. All the things that you heard are just great stories. If they're true or not, who cares? It just adds to the legend of Ozzy. And then I love his voice; I love the minor melodies that he did. I just looked up to him in the business. I didn't have anyone to look up to, 'cause I was never into the rock scene. And that was the one that I gravitated to." KORN's new album, "The Nothing", was released on September 13 via Roadrunner/Elektra. The follow-up to 2016's "The Serenity Of Suffering" was once again produced by Nick Raskulinecz. In addition to first single "You'll Never Find Me", KORN released the "Cold" and "Can You Hear Me" songs prior to "The Nothing"'s arrival. KORN recently wrapped a cross-country North American headlining tour and is slated to take the stage at Sacramento's Aftershock festival on October 13. The band's 2020 touring plans have not yet been announced.
Posted: September 22, 2019, 11:49 am
Miley Cyrus performed cover versions of LED ZEPPELIN's "Black Dog" and PINK FLOYD's "Comfortably Numb" during her concert Saturday night (September 21) at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Video footage of her renditions can be seen below. Cyrus had played "Black Dog" in concert several times before, including at the Glastonbury festival this summer. Back in 2014, Cyrus released a cover version of "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You", a song on LED ZEPPELIN's self-titled debut album from 1969 (originally performed by Joan Baez). The 26-year-old former "Hannah Montana" star was criticized by some rock fans when she covered METALLICA's "Nothing Else Matters" at the Glastonbury festival. Cyrus's rendition of the METALLICA classic came five months after drummer Lars Ulrich says that he was "stunned" by her take on TEMPLE OF THE DOG's "Say Hello 2 Heaven" at the "I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell" concert at the Forum in Los Angeles.
Posted: September 22, 2019, 11:20 am
Sammy Hagar has vowed to "make it up" to the fans after his second annual "High Tide Beach Party & Car Show" was canceled less than a week before it was scheduled to take place. The 2019 edition of the festival was called off after failing to secure the necessary permits. A statement posted on the event's web site said it was scrapped after California State Parks denied a permit for the festival. On Saturday, Hagar posted a video message on his Twitter account apologizing for the cancelation and promising to deliver a series of free concerts across the U.S. "I don't know exactly what happened," Hagar said in the video. "The promoters and the city both put out press releases saying what happened. And I guess that's what happened. All I can say is I'm sorry. I'm more disappointed than anyone. I think all the fans know how much I care about them, how much I care about my parties and my music and everything that I do. But I'm gonna try to make it up." Hagar said he will play a free show with his band THE WABORITAS on October 8 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with tickets available on a first-come-first-served basis. "I'm gonna try and do that throughout the country next year on tour with THE CIRCLE," he added. "Even maybe something this year… Do some free concerts, here and there, pop-up concerts, little club somewhere. Ultimately, I'd love to do a big giant one on the beach. But until we can get all that done, I just wanna say I'm sorry and I'll make it up." "Sammy Hagar's High Tide Beach Party & Car Show" was scheduled to take place September 28-29 in Huntington Beach, California, with performances by SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE (featuring Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson) with special guest Richie Sambora, THE BEACH BOYS, Vince Neil of MÖTLEY CRÜE, NIGHT RANGER, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, EXTREME, STEEL PANTHER, Tony Lewis from THE OUTFIELD, Patty Smyth and SCANDAL, and more. State Parks superintendent Kevin Pearsall told The Orange County Register that the event's production company, Freeze Management, failed to pay all fees for the festival, including those related to public safety. He said the company also didn't produce contracts for sanitation services and hadn't provided safety documentation for the main stage as required by California State Parks and the Office Of The State Fire Marshall. "For the first time ever, that I've experienced, we are a week out and we were unable to collect fees for any of the required elements of the permit, which included law enforcement, medical and fire," Pearsall said. "We couldn't get any of the documents from [Freeze Management] to finish up the Fire Marshall element or the ABC license. Everything has timelines and limits and every single one of them were not met. "We decided, at this point, with literally nothing in place, the best thing to do was not to approve the permit." Hagar told OC Weekly that his inaugural "High Tide Beach Party & Car Show" in 2018 was a learning experience. "It was the best time, but we made a lot of mistakes," Hagar admitted. "We ran out of beer. We ran out of tacos. We ran out of T-shirts. It was twice the success anyone expected."

Like you, I’m surprised & disappointed about High Tide, & sorry for fans who are inconvenienced - I’ll make it up to you Redheads, starting w/ extra free show 10/8 w/ the Wabos in Cabo! Old style: first come, first served#ImDisappointedToo #RedheadsRule #FansFirst #SeeYouInCabo pic.twitter.com/pCvozdv3gQ

— Sammy Hagar (@sammyhagar) September 21, 2019
Posted: September 22, 2019, 9:35 am
SHINEDOWN vocalist Brent Smith recently spoke with Jonathan Clarke of the New York City radio station Q104.3. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether any classic concept albums influenced the band's latest album, the conceptual "Attention Attention": Brent: "Obviously, PINK FLOYD's 'The Wall' is pretty significant in my brain. That's the first kind of people I ever saw where an artist, a band, took the time to not only make the music, make the album, but they had a visual with it. That was the first time I really saw something like that — the way that that band presented that. And then you think about 'Operation: Mindcrime' from QUEENSRŸCHE — it was the same kind of dynamic. That's a little bit more current, per se. The big one for me really was 'Tommy' by THE WHO." On bassist Eric Bass producing the album: Brent: "It's a little bit different when the band goes to the label and says, 'We're going to do [it ourselves].' It's our sixth record, but we had a lot of great teachers on the other five albums — a lot of different producers, engineers and what have you. It was time for us to do it in-house... I have to give a lot of credit not only to Bill McGathy, who's our manager, but also [to the label]. They never, ever censored us. They never, ever pushed us for time. They're, like, 'Bring it to us when it's ready.' Looking at this album, there's nobody else that could have done it but Eric, because Eric made it sound 1000 percent authentic to us. It's not a traditional concept record, but it is a story, and it's a really, really big story about a lot of people, because it's an album about the world." On "Get Up", which was inspired by Bass's struggles with depression: Brent: "I looked at [Eric] and I said, 'You know what this is about, right?' He said, 'Yeah — it's about me.' My heart kind of fell on the ground because I thought I had stepped over a line with our friendship, and it was the complete opposite. He was overwhelmed with how honest it was, and he wasn't ashamed or embarrassed by it at all. Eric deals with clinical depression. This isn't something where he wakes up and maybe you have a case of the Mondays. This is something that he deals with on a daily basis. The powerful thing about Eric is that he is the biggest supporter — especially now — of letting people know from all walks of life. He doesn't want people to be quiet. He doesn't want you to feel ashamed or embarrassed or to pigeonhole yourself and put yourself in a corner, because you're going to be judged no matter what. The reality of 'Get Up', because it was so honest, it allowed us to know the path we were going to take to write the record. Eric said, 'If we're going to be this bold and this honest, we have to go all the way in'... Once we had 'Get Up', we knew we were going. It's a record about not being afraid to fail in life. You're going to need that. You're not going to be perfect all the time, but you're also not going to be defined by your failures. You're going to be defined by the fact that you refuse to give up." On his sobriety: Brent: "I used to think that I had to be messed up to write material. I know that might sound very morbid... The crazy thing was with this album, because I was clean when I wrote it and when I performed it on the mic, is I didn't even realize [I was sober]. Eric brought it up, and we were doing a short documentary about the making of the [album]. The person that was interviewing Eric at the time was, like, 'What's the biggest thing you were proud of on this album?' I'm sitting next to him, and he looks at me and he goes, 'I'm proud of him.' I'm going, 'What the heck?' He goes, 'You may not realize it, but you wrote this whole thing with me... You did the whole thing clean'... I can't tell you what to do. You've got to find that out for yourself. But something that helped me was a friend of mine told me one time, 'You are way more dangerous when you're sober.' For whatever reason, that made a lot of sense to me, because what they were saying was, 'This other guy that comes out when you are inebriated, that guy's trying to kill you.'... I'm never going to not be a drug addict or an alcoholic. I do have a past, but I also have a future. The reality of that is that's part of who I am, and I don't have to like it, but I have to respect it to keep it dormant." On the video for "Monster": Brent: "'Monster' is part of a full-length feature film that's going to be coming out next year, which is the entire story of 'Attention Attention' told on the big screen... It doesn't look like a music video. It looks like cinema, because it's a part of a bigger story. We don't want people to come into the theater and sit down and go, 'This is going to be like watching 14 music videos.' This is not what this is. This is very, very deep... We want it to have an authentic and very real theatrical release... Just like the audio takes you on a roller coaster sonically, the goal is to really put something out there that really engages an audience in a different way." "Attention Attention", SHINEDOWN's sixth studio album, debuted at No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums chart upon its 2018 release. The follow-up to 2015's "Threat To Survival" marked SHINEDOWN's first full-length effort to be produced entirely by Bass. The 14-song release that tells the story of a character who starts out defeated and slowly overcomes pain and personal struggles and becomes confident at the end.
Shinedown’s Brent Smith is LIVE with Jonathan Clarke! See them live at 92nd Street Y tomorrow! Posted by Q104.3's Out of the Box on Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Posted: September 22, 2019, 9:13 am
GUNS N' ROSES performed at the iconic Hollywood Palladium on Saturday, September 21 as part of the Citi Sound Vault series. The concert marked the band's first live appearance of 2019. It was also GUNS N' ROSES' debut performance at the 5,000-capacity venue in nearly a decade. The setlist for the show was as follows: 01. It's So Easy 02. Mr. Brownstone 03. Chinese Democracy 04. Welcome To The Jungle 05. Double Talkin' Jive 06. Better 07. Estranged 08. Live And Let Die (WINGS cover) 09. Slither (VELVET REVOLVER cover) 10. Rocket Queen 11. You Could Be Mine 12. Shadow Of Your Love 13. Attitude (MISFITS cover) 14. Civil War 15. Coma 16. Slash Guitar Solo 17. Sweet Child O' Mine 18. Wichita Lineman (Jimmy Webb cover) 19. Wish You Were Here (PINK FLOYD cover) 20. November Rain 21. Knockin' On Heaven's Door (Bob Dylan cover) 22. Nightrain Encore: 23. Patience 24. Paradise City Fan-filmed video footage can be seen below. GUNS N' ROSES will kick off a five-week run of dates on September 25 in Charlotte, North Carolina. This includes two nights at Las Vegas's legendary Colosseum at Caesars Palace, their most intimate venue since the 2017 performance at The Apollo Theater. GN'R will also make highly anticipated stops at major festivals, along with two goliath Mexico dates at stadiums in Guadalajara and Tijuana. Tickets are on sale now at LiveNation.com. GUNS N' ROSES' "Not In This Lifetime" tour began in April 2016, and after 159 shows in 41 countries, it played its last 2018 date at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii last December 8. "Not In This Lifetime" is now believed to be the second-highest-grossing tour of all time, having generated more than $500 million since it began three years ago. Since the end of the tour last year, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan have both returned to solo endeavors. The "Not In This Lifetime" tour featured classic-lineup members Slash, McKagan and singer Axl Rose backed by guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and second keyboardist Melissa Reese. Image courtesy of YouTube user Joel Steele
Posted: September 22, 2019, 8:45 am
Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers SKINLAB will release their new album, "Venomous", on October 25 via Art Is War Records, The disc was engineered, produced and mixed by Ulrich Wild, who stated about the effort: "I love working with SKINLAB. This album is heavy and intense. As brutal as it is, it gets very melodic at times, and Steev's [Esquivel, bass/vocals] iconic voice is tying it all together." Esquivel said: "'Venomous' is the album that best represents SKINLAB in 2019 — heavy, brutal and honest. We feel that we've stood the test of time without losing integrity and chasing trends. We're back stronger than ever." "Venomous" features 10 tracks recorded over the duration of 2019: 01. The Fury Within The Fire 02. Amerikill 03. Venomous 04. Overcoming 05. Demons 06. For The Fallen 07. Far From Grace 08. Eyes Of Your Enemy 09. End Of Silence 10. The Family Pre orders and bundles are available at this location. Join SKINLAB on November 2 for the "Venomous" record-release party at The Metro in Oakland, California. The official visualizer for the album's first single, "Overcoming", can be seen below. "Venomous" marks SKINLAB's recording debut with new drummer Fabian Vestod, who joined the band last year following the exit of the longtime drummer Paul Hopkins. Esquivel said: "Fabian, who is no stranger to SKINLAB, has been friends with the band for many years. Fabian came in strong and started recording demos and immediately became the obvious choice that he was our guy." Last year, SKINLAB announced the return of guitarist Steve Green, best known to fans as Snake. Snake remains a member of THE DEVIL IN CALIFORNIA, with whom he's been performing since 2015. Formed in 1994, SKINLAB has released four studio albums: 1997's "Bound, Gagged And Blindfolded", 1999's "Disembody: The New Flesh", 2002's "ReVolting Room" and 2009's "The Scars Between Us". SKINLAB has had different lineups throughout its history, with Esquivel as the only mainstay. The band's current lineup is completed by lead guitarist Marcos Medina Rivera.
Posted: September 22, 2019, 8:19 am
QUIET RIOT played its first show with returning vocalist Jizzy Pearl on Saturday, September 21 at the Grand Rocktember Music Festival at the Grand Casino Amphitheater in Hinckley, Minnesota. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below (courtesy of Tyson P Leslie). As has been the case with several shows this year, QUIET RIOT played the Hinckley gig without drummer Frankie Banali, meaning that the band performed without any of the members from its classic lineup: Banali, singer Kevin DuBrow, guitarist Carlos Cavazo and bassist Rudy Sarzo. Earlier in the month, QUIET RIOT parted ways with singer James Durbin and replaced him with Pearl. Pearl previously fronted QUIET RIOT from 2013 until October 2016, when he was briefly replaced by Seann Nichols, who played only five shows with the group before the March 2017 arrival of "American Idol" finalist Durbin. Durbin reportedly left QUIET RIOT "to concentrate his time and efforts on his solo career.‬" He recorded two studio albums with QUIET RIOT — 2017's "Road Rage" and the upcoming "Hollywood Cowboys" — during his three-year stint with the group. Banali resurrected QUIET RIOT in 2010, three years after the death of founding member and singer Kevin DuBrow. QUIET RIOT initially featured the late guitar legend Randy Rhoads and went through some early lineup shifts before securing the musicians that recorded the band's multi-platinum-selling 1983 album "Metal Health". Bassist Chuck Wright has been a part of QUIET RIOT, on and off, since 1982, having initially been involved in the "Metal Health" recordings (he played bass on the tracks "Metal Health" and "Don't Wanna Let You Go"). Guitarist Alex Grossi was in the last version of the band, from 2004 through 2007, before Kevin passed away, and was asked by Banali to return in 2010. QUIET RIOT went through two vocalists — Mark Huff and Scott Vokoun — before Pearl's first three-year run with the band. "Hollywood Cowboys" will be released on November 8 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Quiet Riot with Jizzy Pearl on vocal. Posted by Tyson P Leslie on Saturday, September 21, 2019
Posted: September 22, 2019, 7:45 am
Jimmy Page is planning to tell his life story in the form of a book. Speaking to Uncut magazine, the legendary LED ZEPPELIN guitarist said: "I will definitely do an autobiography. Every six months brings new things for me to write about or comment about. I have a number of ways I plan to approach it. But I am determined that I'll write it first and then go to a publisher, because I don't want to be held to a deadline." During the same chat, Page was asked by writer Michael Bonner if he is writing new music. He responded: "There will be something next year. But before that, there's a project that will be announced later this year; it's not necessarily musical. I'm old school. I don't announce anything too early." To order the latest issue of Uncut online and have it sent to your home, click here. Last October, LED ZEPPELIN released its first and only official illustrated book, "Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin". It was a unique collaboration between Page, Plant and Jones, who gave Reel Art Press unrestricted access to the LED ZEPPELIN archive. ZEPPELIN last performed in December 2007 in London with drummer Jason Bonham filling in for his late father John Bonham. "Jimmy Page: The Anthology" is now available to pre-order from JimmyPageAnthology.com. A companion piece to "Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page", the new signed, limited edition documents Page's musical career through selected material from his rich personal archives. The 384-page book sells for around $480 and ships in December from Genesis Publications.
Posted: September 21, 2019, 9:21 pm
BODY COUNT, the metal band fronted by hip-hop legend, actor and director Ice-T, is putting the finishing touches on its new album, "Carnivore", for a tentative early 2020 release. Asked by a fan on Twitter how the new BODY COUNT record is coming along, Ice-T responded: "Mixing it as we speak.. No solid release date set yet." Back in June 2018, Ice-T told Iain Chambers that BODY COUNT wanted to up the ante with its next album after setting a high standard with its last two studio releases. "When we did [2014's] 'Manslaughter', it was 20 years [since the previous record], and I just wanted to see if we had a fanbase, and we did," he said. "We outdid 'Manslaughter' with 'Bloodlust', and the posse grew. So now we've gotta outdo 'Bloodlust'. That's our only goal — not to make the greatest rock album in history; it's just to outdo 'Bloodlust'." According to Ice-T, he decided to call BODY COUNT's new album "Carnivore" because "people are getting so soft. It's okay for me to say, 'Oh, I'm a vegan,' or, 'I'm a vegetarian,'" he explained. "I say I'm carnivorous — I only eat meat. People go, 'What the fuck?' I think the person that's gonna come get you won't be a vegetarian; it will be [someone] carnivorous." "Bloodlust" was released in March 2017. The disc included contributions from MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine, SOULFLY and CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's Max Cavalera and LAMB OF GOD's Randy Blythe. "Bloodlust" was recorded with producer Will Putney (MISS MAY I, UPON A BURNING BODY), who also helmed "Manslaughter". The effort contained BODY COUNT's medley of the SLAYER songs "Postmortem" and "Raining Blood".

Mixing it as we speak.. No solid release date set yet. ?? https://t.co/6AJHKpWTqc

— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) September 20, 2019
Posted: September 21, 2019, 9:07 pm
Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN performed their new song "Burning Bridges" live for the first time this past Thursday night (September 19) at the opening show of their North American tour with AMORPHIS at the Theater Of Living Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below. "Burning Bridges" will be released as a single on September 27. This past June, DELAIN frontwoman Charlotte Wessels confirmed that the band was putting the finishing touches on its new album for an early 2020 release. DELAIN's latest release was "Hunter's Moon", which came out in February via Napalm Records. The effort consisted of new studio tracks accompanied by a live Blu-ray from the group's sold-out "Danse Macabre" 2017 European tour. DELAIN drummer Joey De Boer is missing at least the first few shows of the band's current tour. According to a Facebook post by the Dutch metal band, "there has been a delay" in obtaining Joey's U.S. visa and "it may take as much as a couple of weeks to get" the paperwork processed. Filling in for him is AMORPHIS drummer Jan Rechberger. Guitarist Merel Bechtold left DELAIN in June to focus on different musical ambitions. Her final performance with DELAIN took place on June 23 at the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium.
Posted: September 21, 2019, 6:53 pm

 

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