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ARMORED SAINT is continuing work on the material for the follow-up to 2015's "Win Hands Down" album. Earlier today, the band posted an Instagram video of vocalist John Bush and bassist Joey Vera at their home studio demoing some of the songs that will appear on ARMORED SAINT's new disc. The group wrote in an accompanying caption: "Yeah we're writing a new record. #writing #metal #newalbum #recordingstudio #songs #geterdon" Last fall, Bush told the 96.7 KCAL-FM radio show "Wired In The Empire" that the band had "some songs" already written for the upcoming album. "We don't want to wait too long before we put out a record, but on the same token, we thought 'Win Hands Down' is an amazing record and we're going to be hard-press to surpass it," he said. "ARMORED SAINT, it's kind of the way our career has gone. The way I see it, it's all about the quality, not the quantity, and I say that because I have to say that. It's true. I'd rather have 25, 30 years when we're all dead and gone and people look back on us and go, 'That was a cool band and they made some really cool records.' It's not like 'They made 20 records and maybe five of them were good and there's 15 bombs.' I don't want people to feel that way about ARMORED SAINT. I say that because we kind of have to do that because it's what our career has turned into. It would be cool to get out a record in less than five years. We went from 'Revelations' in 2000, to 'La Raza' in 2010. Granted, I was in ANTHRAX during that time. 'Win Hands Down' we cut in half and put it out in five. I think it's possible we can get a record out [in 2019]. The tunes so far sound killer." "Win Hands Down" was released in June 2015 via Metal Blade Records. Last summer, ARMORED SAINT completed a North American tour commemorating the band's classic "Symbol Of Salvation" album. On this special run, the group performed "Symbol Of Salvation" in its entirety, with select shows recorded for a live DVD.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 7:12 pm
MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil joined SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE on stage on May 19 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, Missouri to perform the MONTROSE classic "Rock Candy". Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below (courtesy of YouTube user "thome2000"). In his review of the show, St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer Daniel Durchholz said of Vince's contribution to "Rock Candy": "Neil didn't seem to know the words, and his appearance was a needless distraction." SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE's concert in Maryland Heights had been rescheduled from the previous night, when the threat of severe weather forced its postponement an hour and a quarter before showtime. About 11,000 attended Sunday, with Neil as the support act, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Neil is continuing to tour the world with his backing group, which includes Dana Strum and Jeff Blando from SLAUGHTER, along with drummer Zoltan Chaney. THE CIRCLE, Hagar's critically acclaimed supergroup also featuring Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson, kicked off its 23-city North American on April 19 in Reno, Nevada and will end it on June 7 in Chicago, Illinois. THE CIRCLE's debut album of original material, "Space Between", came out on May 10.

SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE / VINCE NEIL - 5-19-19 - ST. LOUIS. FANTASTICAL CONCERT !!! pic.twitter.com/yRp2fm6wFF

— Christopher (@Chris1_25_73) May 22, 2019
Posted: May 23, 2019, 6:47 pm
JANE'S ADDICTION frontman Perry Farrell has released the official music video for his latest single, "Pirate Punk Politician". The track, which he previously described as "a good old-fashioned protest song," will appear on his upcoming album, "Kind Heaven", due out June 7 via BMG. Asked what exactly he is protesting with "Pirate Punk Politician", Farrell Farrell told the Z93 radio station: "Well, we're protesting autocracy. We're protesting strongmen that have come up around the world that are fascists and bigots and racists and ignorant of the state of the world and, in particular, the environment and the health of Mother Earth. We want to raise the consciousness of the voters around the world, just so that they understand that there is a way out of this tangled mess that we've gotten ourselves into. The world is getting so polluted and taken over by people that just think that they are above the law and can do whatever they want and they are just ripping off the people — they are ripping off the people that are the working class. That's what we're protesting against." In a 2017 interview with Forbes, Farrell slammed President Donald Trump, saying that the billionaire real estate mogul "does not seem to really care about people that are outside of his immediate family or income bracket. I'm starting to make some money in my lifetime and I look at this guy who’s our president and I just see the way that he behaves towards people that are less fortunate and I think he's doing it all wrong. I think that when you make money, you have a moral obligation to give back to the people that need you. I try and figure out why he is the way he is, and you know what I conclude, he lacks certain degree of empathy because he grew up always surrounded and protected and he never had to fight and struggle. So he doesn't understand the feelings of those who have to fight and struggle to survive and for the children to survive. He's never had to go through that, so he has no empathy for it." "Kind Heaven" will mark the first solo album release from the JANE'S ADDICTION and PORNO FOR PYROS frontman since 2001. Conceived by Farrell and produced by Tony Visconti, "Kind Heaven" features Taylor Hawkins (FOO FIGHTERS), Mike Garson (DAVID BOWIE), Matt Chamberlain (SOUNDGARDEN), Chris Chaney (JANE'S ADDICTION), Tommy Lee (MÖTLEY CRÜE), Peter Distefano (PORNO FOR PYROS), Dhani Harrison, Elliot Easton (THE CARS), Joachim Garraud (DAVID GUETTA), and other notable star turns. Sonic highlights include orchestral scoring by Hollywood composer Harry Gregson Willams, striking duets with Etty Farrell, and a first-of-its-kind sound mix by IMN Creative to create an all-new music experience for fans. After dissolving his post-punk band PSI COM in 1984, Farrell co-founded influential pioneers of the Los Angeles underground JANE'S ADDICTION, building a rabid fan base behind their legendary, high-energy shows. The band would go on to release the ground-breaking platinum-certified "Nothing's Shocking", two-times-platinum "Ritual De Lo Habitual", gold compilation "Kettle Whistle" and gold-certified "Strays", among their nine album releases. Farrell subsequently became frontman and co-founder of PORNO FOR PYROS, whose eponymous debut album reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200, yielding the No. 1 single "Pets", and went on to be certified gold, with "Good God's Urge" following three years later. As a solo artist, Farrell released the compilation "Rev" in 1999, followed by his debut solo album "Song Yet To Be Sung" in 2001. Performing as SATELLITE PARTY, he released the album "Ultra Payloaded" in 2007. Farrell is the co-founder and organizer of Lollapalooza, the renowned global festival brand, as well as an environmentalist and human rights activist. Farrell will kick off a North American tour in support of "Kind Heaven" on June 7 in New York City. The run wraps June 25 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 6:17 pm
Brian "Head" Welch, who left KORN in 2005 after becoming a Christian and returned to the band eight years later, spoke to Hillsong about his decision to exit the group at the height of its commercial success. Addicted to methamphetamines and alcohol, Welch departed to raise his daughter by himself after the wealth and fame he once thought would bring him happiness and fulfillment left him miserable and empty. "All the years of the drugs, all the years of the pornography, it was all about me, me, me, me," Welch explained (see video below). "And this little girl came, and I wanted to be the best dad. I wanted to be, I had the heart to be the best dad I could, but I couldn't. And when Christ came into my life, I just said, 'Look, take me. I'm yours. Do what you want with me. But I need you to make me a good father.' "When I went to church and decided to surrender, I was at this guy's house," he continued. "He took me to church and he was telling me, 'You should stay in the band. You could be a light there.' As he was speaking to me, I felt this overwhelming feeling to leave his house and go home and quit the band, as he's telling me to stay. And so I went home and I sent messages out, and I said, 'I'm leaving the band, you guys. I need God in my life. I wanna be a dad.' And so that was it. I thought that music and just everything that I was doing, I just needed a clean break — I needed to get in a sterile environment to learn who God is. "My number one prayer, then and now, is: 'Lord, I wanna know you. I wanna really, really know you — the person of your heart, the person behind the scriptures, the person that is the secret you that… 'Cause you can only read so much — the whole experience has to reveal the depth, and that's what I wanted. And I don't wanna be on the road with cocaine all around me and everything, trying to learn about my faith. It just wouldn't work. And my daughter — he used her as a bait, if you will, to follow her, to be a dad for her, to stay home. "When I looked at that kid, I was, like, 'Daddy's gonna quit his career. I'm gonna quit my job. I'm gonna quit the band and I'm gonna be home with you every day,'" he added. "And she just lit up. She was, like, 'Really?' 'Cause kids at school would be, like, 'Where's your mom and dad?' And she would be, like, 'I don't have my mom. And my dad is at work.' Five years old, having to tell [other kids that]. It broke my heart. And so, to be able to tell her, 'I'm gonna be home every day, and take you to school every day,' it was healing to my heart." Asked if it was hard or easy to walk away from KORN, Welch said: "It was hard, but I had grace for it, and I was ready just to be bold and not care what anybody thinks anymore and just do something that I know deep inside of me was the right decision. But there was a little bit of a temptation on the side. There was a 25-million-dollar record deal. 'Cause we sold so many records in a decade with Sony that we were free after 10 years — our contract was up. And records still sold back then. And [our management] went to the other labels and they said, 'KORN's free. What are you gonna offer them?' to every label. And so, basically, they were, like, 'What do you want? They've done so well. How much do you want?' And it ended up being 23.5 [million dollars] or something. That was right when I was quitting, and so, I was, like, 'The money or the faith, and my daughter? What am I gonna do?' So I didn't see any of that money, even though I helped build the band up to that. But it was one of the first 360 deals, which is the merchandise and the music all tied in one. So they basically had to go work on the road to make that money back. They were just given upfront money. And I was sick of touring — I didn't wanna go on the road and make that money back." According to Welch, his bandmates were completely surprised by his decision to leave KORN. "They thought I snorted too much meth and started seeing Jesus," he said. "So they were concerned. They were shocked. They were heartbroken. They were devastated because I grew up with them. I met the singer in fourth grade and the bass player in seventh and the other guitar player in ninth grade. So this was like the bro leaving. So they were really upset." Both Welch and KORN bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu have had highly public conversion experiences, ones that have been greeted with a certain amount of skepticism. Welch rejoined KORN for a handful of live performances in 2012 before officially becoming part of the lineup again in early 2013.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 6:08 pm
KISS frontman Paul Stanley spoke to KTLA 5 Morning News about the band's "End Of The Road" farewell tour, which kicked off in January and is expected to last for three years. Asked what his definition of "farewell" is, Stanley said (see video below): "Well, it's the end of the road, in the sense that we've spent 45-plus years touring. And as glorious as it is doing two hours on stage and playing for sold-out houses, really it takes its toll, whether it's my two torn shoulders that have been repaired, or my bicep tendons, or my knees. I wear them proudly as battle scars. "I think it's time," he continued. "The show that we're doing right now is the biggest thing we've ever done. It's just state of the art. We've done 44 shows so far, all of them sold out, played to half a million people, and we're just getting started, actually. It's a big world." Asked whether he still spends time practicing his guitar playing, Stanley said: "I'm on stage so much of the time, and we're playing so often that there's really no need. But when we rehearse, like for the 'End Of The Road' tour that we're on, we spent about three months rehearsing. Now, we've been playing these songs for 45-plus years, but there's a difference between playing them and really synchronizing, and that synchronicity, that comes from rehearsing. So, we took this very seriously. We wanted the band to be in top form, and if we're gonna call it quits, it's great to do it when everybody loves each other rather than everybody's not talking or the band is on the decline. It seems like the right time for a victory lap, and that's what we're doing." As most fans remember, back in 2000 and 2001, KISS already performed a "Farewell Tour". The trek, which was the last to feature drummer Peter Criss, played 142 shows over five legs, covering North America, Japan, and Australia. Stanley later said that the 2000 tour was nothing more than an attempt by the group to "put KISS out of its misery" after years of ego clashes and disagreements over songwriting credits between the band's original members. According to Billboard, the first North American leg of "End Of The Road" grossed $58.7 million and sold 518,395 tickets. The trek kicked off on January 31 in Vancouver and played an additional 42 shows throughout the U.S. and Canada before wrapping up on April 13 in Birmingham, Alabama The rest of 2019 will see KISS playing 26 dates in Europe, an additional 26 in North America, and eight final shows in Australia and New Zealand.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 5:07 pm
British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley, who fronted IRON MAIDEN from 1994 until 1999, told filmmaker Daniel Sarkissian that his dismissal from the band 20 years ago came as a complete surprise. "It was a shock to leave IRON MAIDEN — it was an absolute shock," Blaze admitted (see video below)." But CD sales were gone; there was no interest in the band; things were going down; and they wanted a reunion — the record company wanted a reunion. At that time, DEEP PURPLE had a reunion. So Bruce [Dickinson] had to come back. The odd thing is Bruce is such a lovely, lovely bloke, and he's always been very supportive of my career. We met before MAIDEN — I knew him before I was involved in MAIDEN — and after, he's been very kind to me. But it was a difference. It was like any big thing that you lose — it's grief, it's an adjustment to make — but playing to smaller audiences, that's not an adjustment, because I've always been doing it, because I love to sing. And so if I'm performing, it doesn't matter to me if it's a few hundred people or thousands of people. So, that's a different thing — that's not a shock. The shock is that you're not in the job that you were with. But that's the same for anybody. It doesn't matter that it's IRON MAIDEN, and not IRON MAIDEN. It can be in a job for driving a bus, it can be a job working in a factory that you really love, making cars — it can be any job — that if you lose that job and that future and that way of life that you enjoyed, you're gonna be upset about it." The two MAIDEN albums Blaze appeared on, "The X Factor" and "Virtual XI", sold considerably less than the band's prior releases and were their lowest-charting titles in the group's home country since 1981's "Killers". Since leaving IRON MAIDEN in 1999, Bayley has released a number of albums, including three under the moniker BLAZE and six under his own name. He also appeared on 2012's "Wolfsbane Saves The World", the first album of new material by WOLFSBANE since the group's self-titled 1994 effort. Bayley will play a special MAIDEN setlist at select festivals this spring and summer. Choosing songs from his era with the band, these shows will celebrate 25 years since Blaze joined IRON MAIDEN. Backing Blaze at these shows will be his regular touring and recording outfit taken from the British band ABSOLVA, plus ICED EARTH bassist and ABSOLVA guitarist Luke Appleton.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 3:27 pm
QUEEN's popularity has had a major resurgence over the last year, thanks to the phenomenal success of the band's biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody", which won four Oscars after becoming one of the Top 100 highest-grossing movies of all time. According to Billboard, on-demand streams of QUEEN's music more than tripled in the six months following "Bohemian Rhapsody"'s release compared with the six months prior to its opening, going from 588 million to 1.9 billion. Meanwhile, song sales jumped from 527,000 to 1.9 million units and albums rose 483%, from 184,000 to 1.1 million units. Billboard estimates that these sales resulted in "nearly $18 million in revenue versus the $4.4 million that QUEEN's catalog had earned in the preceding six months." One day before the movie's release, QUEEN's song "Bohemian Rhapsody" reportedly went from 87th place globally to 15th place one week later. It also returned to the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a third time, after doing so once upon its initial release, and again after appearing in the 1992 movie "Wayne’s World". Last year, "Bohemian Rhapsody" dethroned "Straight Outta Compton" to become the highest-grossing music biopic of all time, bringing in more than $900 million at the worldwide box office. The film starring Rami Malek and Lucy Boynton earned over $200 million in the U.S. box office alone. QUEEN guitarist Brian May claimed in a recent interview that the band hasn't made any money off "Bohemian Rhapsody", despite the movie's box office success. "Because there's so many people, of course, that will take pieces off the top," the musician told BBC Radio 2's "The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show".
Posted: May 23, 2019, 2:50 pm
GREAT WHITE guitarist Mark Kendall has confirmed to the "Music Mania" podcast that the band is working on new material with its latest addition, singer Mitch Malloy. "We've been writing songs," Mark said (hear audio below). "In fact, I actually sent [Mitch] some music, with just the music. I had a pretty good arrangement on the song, and he sent this song back done — vocals, lyrics, everything, with a big, beautiful hook. I was in shock, 'cause I've never written with a singer where I just handed him music and he sent me a song back. "He lives in Nashville, so I couldn't just call him and go, 'Hey, come over. I've got this great idea,'" the guitarist continued. "So we did it that way. Now, when we get down to crunch time, we will definitely be getting in a room with the band and working things out that way. But just temporarily, we're just kind of doing it with our phones and whatnot. "But we were in shock. I played it for the band, and we were just, like, 'Holy God, man. Where is this guy from?'" Kendall admitted that he "didn't know a lot about Mitch" before the singer joined GREAT WHITE. "And that's not to say he's not great," Mark explained. "When you're touring and touring and touring and you're making records, it's hard to follow everybody's career and all that. But he's got a bunch of solo albums; he's been around. And he's got a lot of fans. I mean, he's been on Jay Leno and stuff like this. But somehow he escaped my radar. People love him. He's been going to Europe for years. People know who he is. So it's not like we just grabbed this random dude off the street. I mean, this guy has fans. It's a joy, and he delivers our songs really well. And he really likes our music a lot. That means a lot too. He really digs the music. He's passed on CHICAGO. I think he was second in line with JOURNEY; [he] kind of got beat out by the Filipino guy [Arnel Pineda]. And I understand why. That guy sounds so much like [Steve] Perry, if you close your eyes… I mean, it's close. And that's what they wanted, so, of course, that worked out great for them." According to Mark, he and his bandmates felt that Malloy was a more suitable vocalist for GREAT WHITE than Terry Ilous, who was fired from the group last July. "We feel like Mitch is a little bit better fit, not only image-wise but vocally," he said. "He delivers the songs in a way that's just more like the original. We don't wanna reinvent the songs. When we write new stuff, that's a different story. But you wanna deliver the hits well. People come down to hear that. Mitch does it a lot of justice, plus he puts on a real high-energy show — he really gets into it. And he's a natural frontman — he doesn't force anything. He talks to the crowd like he's talking to anybody. But he gets 'em right into the show from the very beginning of the show. It's just always a great night. He covers the stage, he gets into it, he loves what he does, and we're thrilled to have him in the band… He's a great guy — a great guy to be in a band with. He's got great energy. He's a very positive guy." Ilous, formerly of '80s L.A. hard rockers XYZ, joined GREAT WHITE in 2010 after stepping in for touring vocalist Jani Lane (WARRANT). The Ilous-led GREAT WHITE released two albums, 2012's "Elation" and 2017's "Full Circle", before Terry was shown the door. This version of GREAT WHITE is not to be confused with JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE, which features original GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell alongside Robby Lochner (FIGHT) on guitar, Dan McNay on bass, Tony Montana on guitar and Dicki Fliszar on drums.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 2:04 pm
ALICE IN CHAINS has released the seventh episode of "Black Antenna", a dark sci-fi thriller set against the backdrop of the band's Grammy-nominated album "Rainier Fog" (BMG). Further episodes will be released throughout the coming months. "Black Antenna" tells the story of Alpha (played by "Green Book" actor Paul Sloan) and his 21-year-old daughter, Beta (Viktoriya Dov), who drive their beat-up truck across California in silence, speaking only telepathically. Together they rob and steal from the men the girl seduces, taking phones, laptops and whatever they can find. Alpha is trying to build something — an antenna — desperately trying to find a way to get a message to their people back home. Meanwhile there are unspeakably dark forces who have discovered their existence and are now hell-bent on tracking them down and eradicating them before more of their kind can come and join them. "Black Antenna" was directed by Adam Mason, written by Paul Sloan and Adam Mason and produced by Elizabeth Mason and Nick Vallelonga, who recently won two Oscars ("Best Original Screenplay" and "Best Picture") for "Green Book". "This movie came out of nowhere for me," says Mason. "As soon as I heard the album, the music and lyrics spoke to me on a profoundly personal level and the film and subject matter was born directly out of that. I've always been a huge fan of ALICE IN CHAINS, and this has been a dream come true for me. 'Black Antenna' is a perfect synergy of the band's lyrics, and 'Black Antenna' paints a dark and beautiful canvas of the deeply conflicted world we live in today." The release comes ahead of ALICE IN CHAINS' European tour this summer, which sees them play numerous dates and festivals including three arena shows in the U.K., starting at Glasgow's Braehead Arena on May 23 before a show at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on May 24, and ending with a date at London's Wembley Arena on May 25. The shows will be the biggest headline shows the band have played to date in the U.K. ALICE IN CHAINS is touring in support of its latest album, "Rainier Fog", which became the group's first Top 10 U.K. album, hit No.1 across Billboard's Rock, Alternative and Hard Music charts and the iTunes Rock Album chart, and earned the band a ninth Grammy nod for "Best Rock Album." Photo credit: Pamela Littky
Posted: May 23, 2019, 1:18 pm
PUDDLE OF MUDD is promising to release some new music "very soon." The band's last album, "Volume 4: Songs In The Key Of Love & Hate", came out in 2009. A covers disc, "re(disc)overed", followed in 2011. A standalone new song, "Piece Of The Action", was released in 2014 via iTunes. Earlier today, PUDDLE OF MUDD tweeted out a new video teaser along with the caption "Puddle of Mudd New Release Coming VERY Soon 2019." Last December, PUDDLE OF MUDD frontman Wes Scantlin told the Rock 100.5 The KATT radio station that fans can expect to hear a "really badass" new record from the band. "We worked our butt off on it, and I can't wait to get it out," he said. "Coming soon." Asked if he could provide any insight into the sound of the new PUDDLE OF MUDD record, Wes said: "It's just a bunch of great songs, man — heartfelt and true to PUDDLE OF MUDD form." PUDDLE OF MUDD broke into the mainstream with 2001's "Come Clean", which yielded three hits — "Control", "Blurry" and "She Hates Me". Last year, Scantlin said that he finally got his life together after years of legal troubles, canceled or disrupted shows and arrests for disorderly or drunken behavior. Scantlin said that he ended up going back to rehab and receiving treatment "because there's really nowhere else to go." He also credited his family and fans for giving him the strength to try to get better. Image courtesy of Rock Titan
Posted: May 23, 2019, 12:53 pm
Formed over a quarter century ago, MOONSPELL has faced both triumph and tribulation to become the most internationally celebrated Portuguese metal band in history. For the first time, MOONSPELL's unique story is told in full in the new book "Wolves Who Were Men: The History Of Moonspell", scheduled for release in English language in autumn of 2019. An epic, in-depth and candid read, "Wolves Who Were Men: The History Of Moonspell" sees author Ricardo S. Amorim following the band from youthful black metal fans to experienced musicians battling the challenges of an ever-changing music industry, exploring MOONSPELL's evolving sound while always focussing on the often-troubled human stories that lie behind the music. Including lengthy interviews with the group's current and former members — as well as various comrades, including ROTTING CHRIST, CRADLE OF FILTH, SAMAEL, KREATOR, THE GATHERING and AMORPHIS — it also features a wealth of images, many previously unpublished. Presented by Crypt Publications, in unholy alliance with Cult Never Dies and MOONSPELL frontman Fernando Ribeiro's own Alma Mater, "Wolves Who Were Men" is due to be issued in a standalone paperback format, as well as a deluxe box set format, including several exclusive extras. It is a must-read for all MOONSPELL fans, as well as anyone interested in the continued development of the metal genre and the reality of life in a full-time metal band.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 12:12 pm
Ozzy Osbourne is using cannabidiol (CBD) for pain management after sustaining an injury that caused the BLACK SABBATH singer to cancel all live appearances through the end of the year. In early April, Ozzy postponed all his 2019 tour dates, both in North America and Europe, as he recovered from an injury sustained while dealing with his recent bout of pneumonia. The singer fell at his Los Angeles home, aggravating years-old injuries from his 2003 ATV accident that required new surgery. During a guest appearance on the U.K. daytime talk show "Loose Women" earlier today (Thursday, May 23), Ozzy's wife Sharon Osbourne was asked for an update on her husband health status. She responded (see video below): "[Ozzy's] had a really tough year — really. It started off with flu, which went to bronchitis, which went to pneumonia. He was hospitalized, came out [and] was well on the road to recovery, and he gets up in the middle of the night to go to the loo for his… and on the way back, he tripped up on the carpet that was under our bed and fell against the corner of the night table, which is made of mirror [glass]." She continued: "A few years ago, he was in a motorbike accident and he had to have metal rods put in his body and the accident moved all the metal rods and the bones they were screwed into all splintered. Then he had trouble with his neck and they had to do two operations on him and he's in recovery now, thank goodness. But every day he has to work with a physiotherapist." Although Ozzy is in "terrible pain," the bigger struggle is making sure that he stays focused so that he can fully recover in time for the next leg of his "No More Tours 2", which is now scheduled to take place in early 2020. "He's not good at being at home," Sharon said. "He wants to be back on the road, back on his tour, back with his band, and he's pining. Really, the challenge is not his injuries, it's his state of mind to keep him positive and working." Asked if she is concerned that Ozzy — who has a history of addiction — might get hooked on painkillers while he is recovering, Sharon responded: "He's off all of that. He had to have it after he was operated on the last time. But now for pain, he has that CBD —whatever it's called — and he's dealing with it that way." CBD oil is made from cannabis extract and is most commonly used to treat epilepsy and conditions of the nervous system. Most of the 2019 shows on what is being billed as Ozzy's last full world tour have been rescheduled beginning in February 2020. Fans are being asked to hold on to their original tickets, as they will be honored for the rescheduled dates. The 70-year-old Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee has battled a variety of health issues since kicking off his farewell "No More Tours 2" tour last summer. He contacted a staph infection in October that forced the initial postponement of his North American tour dates. In January, Osbourne scrapped his European tour because of an upper respiratory infection that turned into pneumonia, forcing him to cancel dates in Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 11:56 am
"Graven", the new video from Californian death metal pioneers POSSESSED, can be seen below. Directed by Scott Hansen (WILLIE NELSON, A DAY TO REMEMBER, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, DEICIDE, PRONG), the clip features actor and friend of the band, Peter Stormare ("Fargo", "Constantine", "The Brothers Grimm"). POSSESSED frontman Jeff Becerra comments: "We are extremely excited to release our new music video for the song 'Graven'. This is actually our very first cinematic music video. "I want to say thank you to my good friend Peter Stormare for everything and for being such an amazing inspiration. Of course, thank you to my bandmates. And to Nuclear Blast." "Graven" is taken from POSSESSED's first full-length album in over three decades, "Revelatons Of Oblivion", which was released on May 10 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was recorded at NRG studios and Titan Studios with Becerra as executive producer and Daniel Gonzalez as co-producer for the album. Mixing and mastering was handled by Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN, BLOODBATH) at Abyss Studios in Sweden. For the artwork, the band enlisted Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak (PARADISE LOST, DIMMU BORGIR, DEICIDE, GHOST, GORGUTS) to create a piece that brought back the notion of true fear that was once associated with the idea of evil. Said Jeff: "Working with Peter was a fantastic experience. We put a great deal of thought into who we wanted to produce our new album. Since we hadn't made an all-new material release in well over 30 years, it was essential that we found the right person. Peter's name kept coming up over and over, and after speaking with my bandmates they all really liked Peter as he is more organic, and somebody we felt would fit in well with our process." The track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Chant Of Oblivion 02. No More Room In Hell 03. Dominion 04. Damned 05. Demon 06. Abandoned 07. Shadowcult 08. Omen 09. Ritual 10. The Word 11. Graven 12. Temple Of Samael Becerra remains the only member from POSSESSED's classic lineup, which dissolved entirely in 1987 after the "Eyes Of Horror" EP.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 11:25 am
SPREAD EAGLE will release its first album in over 26 years, "Subway To The Stars", on August 9 via Frontiers Music Srl. The first single and video from the album, "Sound Of Speed", is available below. Founder and bassist Rob De Luca states about the disc: "Our primary intention was to go back to the egg. Not to the debut album, but even before then. When we were unsigned, rehearsing in the East Village NYC and just putting our first songs together. We worked every day and night on our dream. We were a gang and no one could tell us we couldn't accomplish something. That's when we were at our rawest and nastiest and the intensity was completely off the meter. Of course, you can never truly go back in time, everyone learns and evolves; however, I wanted to remember that feeling of writing razor riffs in those basement spaces in 1989, then add it to current experiences." Regarding first single "Sound Of Speed", De Luca continues, "We wanted something that had a strong sense of propulsion. After that verse riff popped out, the chorus and other sections flowed effortlessly. From very early on in the writing process, I felt this should be the song to reintroduce SPREAD EAGLE. I was happy that Frontiers had that exact same vision for it. As I said above, it invokes the spirit of our inception with some additional skills that we've learned." SPREAD EAGLE burst upon the hard rock scene of the late '80s/early '90s playing a brand of rock that hailed straight from the mean streets of New York City. When Paul DiBartolo (guitar), Rob De Luca (bass), and Tommi Gallo (drums) moved to New York City and met up with Ray West (vocals), East Coast Streetmetal was born. The group was quickly snatched up and signed to MCA/Universal Records, then sent straight into the legendary Record Plant studios to record their debut album. The self-titled debut was produced by Charlie Gambetta and featured a gritty and dangerous sound, wailing vocals and razor-sharp guitar, demonstrated through songs such as "Switchblade Serenade", "Scratch Like A Cat" and "Broken City". Four years later, after the release and touring of their second album, "Open To The Public" (also produced by Gambetta), the band took an extended break and went about their own personal projects. SPREAD EAGLE reformed in 2006 under the direction of Ray West and Rob De Luca (who has also worked with UFO and Sebastian Bach) along with two new members, Ziv Shalev (guitar) and Rik De Luca (drums). The band has been together ever since and decided to start production on a new album. Songs for "Subway To The Stars" were put together in the Music Building in NYC, which is the exact same place where the songs for their debut album were rehearsed and written. Recording took place at Studio E in Brooklyn, New York with Grammy Award-winning engineer Tom Camuso. "Subway To The Stars" track listing: 01. Subway To The Stars 02. 29th Of February 03. Sound Of Speed 04. Dead Air 05. Grand Scam 06. More Wolf Than Lamb 07. Cut Through 08. Little Serpentina 09. Antisocial Butterfly 10. Gutter Rhymes For Valentines 11. Solitaire SPREAD EAGLE lineup: Ray West - Lead Vocals Rob De Luca - Bass, Vocals Ziv Shalev - Guitars Rik De Luca - Drums, Percussion
Posted: May 23, 2019, 11:16 am
JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill has confirmed to the Austin Chronicle that the band is is planning to mark the band's 50th anniversary in 2020 with a special tour. "Technically, the 50th anniversary is this year, but we weren't called JUDAS PRIEST until 1970, so we thought we'd leave it till next year," Ian explained. "There's a few ideas in the pipeline, but nothing solid yet, apart from the fact that we will tour. We've got some work to do with Ozzy [Osbourne] at the beginning of next year, January-February, which is the canceled shows from this year. Ozzy got sick and wasn't able to do those shows. After that, we'll start with the 50-year celebrations and we'll be around again playing… Well, we're not sure what we'll be playing, but it'll be cool." Hill, who is the sole remaining original member of JUDAS PRIEST, was asked whether he feels like the last man standing in the band. "Em, not really, only when people mention it," he laughed. "I mean Rob [Halford, vocals], obviously, and Glenn [Tipton, guitar] still counts as well, although he's not doing a great deal of live work. He's always there, and of course Scott [Travis, drums] has been with us since 1989. And even Richie Faulker [guitar], this is his ninth year. So, it's a fluid current, if you know what I mean. So, no, I don't feel like the last man standing, or anything like that." Halford said last fall that PRIEST was having discussions with the group's management and label about how to commemorate the band's 50th anniversary, which he called an "incredible milestone." A short time later, Faulkner told Metal Kaos that the 50th-anniversary tour will be "an event that the fans will really remember. It is in progress, and we are talking about what we want to do, but in true JUDAS PRIEST fashion, it is going to be something everyone will remember. We want to give back to the fans because, as I said, they have put the band there for nearly 50 years and they are still coming to the shows, they still love the band, so, yeah, it will be something special." Halford joined JUDAS PRIEST in 1973 and Tipton signed on in 1974. Rob left PRIEST in the early 1990s to form his own band, then returned to PRIEST in 2003. Founding guitarist K.K. Downing parted ways with the band in 2011, and was replaced by Faulkner. A month before the start of PRIEST's "Firepower" tour, Tipton bowed out due to the worsening of his Parkinson's disease, first diagnosed five years ago (after being stricken by the degenerative condition at least half a decade earlier). His spot in the band is being filled by "Firepower" album producer Andy Sneap. Downing said last October that all of PRIEST's living former and current members should be involved in the group's upcoming 50th-anniversary celebration.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 10:47 am
According to Metal Hammer, Jägermeister has launched a limited-edition bottle as a tribute to the legendary thrash metal band SLAYER. The 1.75-liter bottle features custom-made SLAYER artwork and is presented in an engraved box and is limited to just 500 bottles, which are available through Jägermeister's online store. SLAYER guitarist Kerry King says: "We've had some good times with Jägermeister through the years. we love that they're creating a limited-edition bottle to recognize the end of our journey and it looks awesome. I'm honored that our friends at Jägermeister hold us in such high regard. I can't wait to get my hands on one." Jägermeister UK's music manager Tom Carson adds: "We have enjoyed a longstanding friendship with SLAYER. They're legends who have slayed the game for almost 40 years. Releasing a special-edition SLAYER bottle is our way of celebrating their legacy." A message engraved inside the box reads: "For the last 40 years, SLAYER have reined as the kings of thrash. Uncompromising, their sonic assault has been relentless and their approach to music and life has won them hordes of dedicated metal heads around the world. "SLAYER follow no one. Setting their own path and dedicating themselves to dark and fast music that shows no mercy. Finally, the masters of metal have decided to call it a day and embark on their farewell tour. "We want to thank SLAYER for the trail they've blazed through music and also the fans for supporting SLAYER and being a part of history." On May 2, SLAYER kicked off Leg Five: North America of its final world tour to say goodbye and thank the fans for more than three decades of great times. LAMB OF GOD, AMON AMARTH and CANNIBAL CORPSE are providing support on all of these 16 dates. Leg Six will see SLAYER saying farewell to its fans for the last time across Europe, from early June to early August.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 10:26 am
Finnish goth rock veterans THE 69 EYES have released a teaser for the upcoming music video for their new single, "27 & Done". The song, which is expected to be made available in the coming days, is taken from the band's twelfth studio album, due in September via Nuclear Blast. THE 69 EYES singer Jyrki 69 told Capital Chaos about the new disc: "I'm thinking it's probably the best record we've ever done. Even though that's our twelfth record, for Christ's sake, so it's nothing new for us." According to Jyrki 69, he drew some of the lyrical inspiration for THE 69 EYES' new album from the "fucked-up world" that we live in. "It's inspiring to live in this world — it's very inspiring for me to come up with some cool things for the album," he said. "But there's a safe dose of cult movies and cartoon rock and roll there as well, and horror movie references. So it's a 69 EYES album, but it's really fresh, very rocking, raw and powerful." Earlier this month, THE 69 EYES embarked on a U.S. tour for the first time in a decade. The band recently teamed up with DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Fafara and his wife Anahstasia's The Oracle Management. THE 69 EYES' eleventh album, "Universal Monsters", was released in April 2016 via Nuclear Blast. THE 69 EYES is: Jyrki 69 - vocals Bazie - guitar, backing vocals Timo-Timo - guitar Archzie - bass, backing vocals Jussi 69 - drums
Posted: May 23, 2019, 10:07 am
SHINEDOWN bassist Eric Bass has been forced to leave the band's current tour after recently injuring his back. He is being temporarily replaced by Josh Stern, who previously filled in for guitarist Zach Myers when he had his baby last year. Stern made his 2019 live debut with SHINEDOWN last night (Wednesday, May 21) at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri and he will also perform with the group on Friday (May 24) at Oklahoma's Rocklahoma festival and on Sunday (May 26) in Dallas, Texas. SHINEDOWN broke the news of Bass's temporary absence from the tour in a video message on Wednesday. Myers said (see below): "If you don't remember, when I had my baby last year, our friend Josh Stern filled in for us. Unfortunately, Eric had to fly home last night — very uncomfortably, actually… His back is very messed up. He's actually at the doctor right now, and we're going to see what the next steps are. We're very sad he's not gonna be with us for the next three shows, but we are glad that our friend Josh Stern was very quick on the draw to come out here and fill in." Eric addressed his back injury in an Instagram post on Wednesday. He wrote: "What a difference 48 hours makes. From the stage and beast workouts two days ago, to @westashleywellness and #southeasternspineinstitute @sspineinstitite today. Gotta get healthy again. Not sure if 44 is the new 24, or if 44 is the new 84. Check back with me in a week and I’ll let you know." SHINEDOWN's summer run kicks off June 21 with support from BADFLOWER, DINOSAUR PILE-UP and BROKEN HANDS. SHINEDOWN will also perform at Inkcarceration festival on July 12 in Mansfield, Ohio and Riff Fest on July 13 in Detroit, Michigan.

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Posted: May 23, 2019, 9:51 am
PAPA ROACH frontman Jacoby Shaddix has confirmed to HardDrive Radio that the band will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its breakthrough album, 2000's "Infest", next year. Shaddix told Lou Brutus at last weekend's Sonic Temple festival (see video below): "On the way to the airport two days ago, with my son Jagger in the car, I was, like, 'Hey, Jag, pull up your calendar.' I was, like, 'Do me a favor. Go up to 2020 and look at April. Look at April 25th of the year 2020 and tell me what day that lands on.' 'Cause we released it on the 25th of April. And it lands on a Saturday night. So I'm, like, we're gonna have a throwdown on that [day]. We're gonna do, I think, a one-night, big… play the record in its entirety, throw down. I'd like to do it in Northern California somewhere. And I've got a few ideas, but I kind of feel like I wanna do this without any promoters or anybody and do it full-on DIY style, like we used to do it back in the day. It just seems like the right thing to do." Asked if it feels like it's been 20 years since "Infest" came out, Shaddix said: "It does and it doesn't, because when I start to catalog all the experiences and places, it feels like a long time. But then, when I just run it past myself, I'm, like, 'It's just like a blink of an eye. I was there and now I'm here.' Shaddix told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that PAPA ROACH was quite a different band in the early days before "Infest" put them on the map. "Oh my God, we sucked!" he said. "We were horrible. We were the sloppiest band. Back then we didn't do it for a career, we just did it 'cause we just want to have fun." The band's second full-length record and first major label release, "Infest" peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart and has been certified triple platinum for sales of three million copies in the U.S. alone. It featured the massive hit single "Last Resort". On the enduring popularity of "Last Resort", which recently passed 100 million views on YouTube, Shaddix told told Michigan's Z93: "One of my best friends, he tried to kill himself. We lived in a house together. I'm 17 years old, and my best friend tried to kill himself. And it was a traumatic experience. I sing the song from a first-person point of view just to make it... This is how I write music. It's just crazy how many people have used that song as a source of strength." PAPA ROACH's latest album, "Who Do You Trust?", arrived in January.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 9:32 am
SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan has refused to reveal the identity of the band's mysterious new ninth member, saying it's "nobody's fucking business." SLIPKNOT's latest addition made his live debut with the band last week when the group performed on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and is featured in the video for new single "Unsainted". Last week, when Kerrang! interviewed Crahan and SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor in Las Vegas, the magazine asked them if they cared to give away this masked percussionist's identity, to which they were met with a rather emphatic "no." "The position you may or may not be talking about is nobody's fucking business," Crahan responded, before saying that it will be up to the fans to make up their own minds once they catch SLIPKNOT performing live across the world this year. "The proof is in the pudding," he said. SLIPKNOT's previous percussionst Chris Fehn sued the band in March, claiming he hasn't been properly compensated for his years of touring and recording with the group. Fehn, known for wearing a Pinocchio-style mask, had performed with SLIPKNOT since 1998 and participated in all the band's previous albums. SLIPKNOT's sixth studio album, "We Are Not Your Kind", will arrive on August 9 via Roadrunner. The disc was once again recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Greg Fidelman, who engineered and mixed SLIPKNOT's 2004 album "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)" and helmed ".5: The Gray Chapter". SLIPKNOT's "Knotfest Roadshow" headline tour will take place in North America this summer. VOLBEAT, GOJIRA and BEHEMOTH will join as special guests on all dates. Produced by Live Nation, the 29-city outing will kick off July 26 in Mountain View, California at Shoreline Amphitheater and continue through September 8 where it will conclude with a performance at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 9:02 am

 

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