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John 5 spoke to WRIF's Meltdown about ROB ZOMBIE's forthcoming studio album, which will arrive later this year via the iconic rocker's new record label, Nuclear Blast Records. "It's completely finished, all ready to go," he said (hear audio below). "I don't see the artwork, 'cause [Rob] does all the artwork, but the music is mixed, mastered — everything. It's all ready to go. And it is a monster. "I was just talking to Rob's manager yesterday, and we were really, really excited for it," the guitarist continued. "And we're really excited to play new songs. That's the other thing. It's so fun to get out there and play new songs. It's fun for the band and it's fun for the crowd too." Asked how long the ROB ZOMBIE band has been working on the new record, John 5 said: "We work on it every little once in a while and we tweak on it. But everything is scheduling. Rob's working on a new movie right now. So everything is scheduling, and he is the master of that stuff. 'Cause he gets everything done. He's not one of those people that says, 'I'm gonna do this,' but you never see it happen. If he says he's gonna do something, it will always come out. And I've learned that from him big time, that's for sure." John 5 also talked about how the upcoming ROB ZOMBIE album compares to the shock-rocker's previous efforts. "Let's see how I can explain it," the guitarist said. "So, how we used to make records — and maybe I'm just letting the cat out of the bag — but how we used to make records [was] we would come up with music, me and Rob would just come up with this music, and then he would write lyrics to it, and melodies. And that's traditionally how most do it, I would say. So what happened this time is there was very, very, very basic music written and he would write his lyrics and melodies first. So then I came in and then wrote all the stuff. He was absolutely 100 percent perfect and happy with his vocal and melody, and they were phenomenal. Because there wasn't any other music getting in the way, so he could really do exactly what he wanted. And then when I came in and I put all the music around it, it was, like, 'Woah! It took us 15 years to figure this out.' And it is so great. And it's heavy, and it's hooky, and it's exciting." John 5 went on to say that he hopes other people like the new ROB ZOMBIE record as much as he does. "Because coming from me, I'm a Zombie fan, I'm a WHITE ZOMBIE fan, and I listen to things like that as well, and I've heard it a bunch, and I'm, like, 'Man, this is, like, really something special,'" he said. "If WHITE ZOMBIE came out with this record, I'd be, like, 'This is incredible. This is rad.' It's heavy. It's hooky. It's all the things that we want a ROB ZOMBIE record to be. He really hit it out of the park this time." Last year, John 5 compared ROB ZOMBIE's upcoming album to THE BEATLES' groundbreaking LP "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", saying that it is "by far the best Zombie record that he's ever done." He added: "A lot of people say, 'Oh, it's just our greatest record,' and I don't say that. Whatever I say is so honest when I'm doing interviews. So I think it's our best record." 2016's "The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser" was the second consecutive effort to feature Zombie and John 5 alongside bassist Piggy D. and drummer Ginger Fish. Zombie told Loudwire about his upcoming album: "I think it's the best record we've made. Parts of it are the heaviest, parts are the weirdest, it's the most complex record we've ever made, but at the same time, it's always very catchy and listenable, but it's the most intricately structured record." He added: "There are those songs that go in a direction we've never even gone near before. Personally, I like records that are very varied in sound. Not just like, 'Oh, here's 12 super heavy tracks,’ and they're all the same tempo. I like records that are all over the place. That's why I think my favorite BEATLES record was always The White Album."
Posted: January 22, 2019, 4:07 pm
DEVILDRIVER's upcoming co-headlining tour with STATIC-X will see the Dez Fafara-fronted outfit performing material from COAL CHAMBER, the band that put him on the musical map and gave him his first and only gold-certified album in the shape of the group's 1997 debut. COAL CHAMBER existed for ten years before disbanding in 2003 to pursue other musical projects. They reunited in 2011 for touring purposes but it wasn't until 2014 that the band began work on a new studio album of original material, 2015's critically acclaimed "Rivals". Several months of touring activity followed before Dez returned to DEVILDRIVER to make a new record, 2016's "Trust No One". Earlier today, Fafara took to Twitter to confirm that DEVILDRIVER will finally start playing songs from COAL CHAMBER during its live set when the former outfit kicks off its tour with STATIC-X on June 18 in Tempe, Arizona. He wrote (edited for clarity): "So, yes, for the first time ever DEVILDRIVER is playing a bunch of COAL CHAMBER songs, and when you hear this shit with double kick and two guitars, there's no going back — trust that! I waited years and tried to keep 'em separate, but it's time for me to embrace all that I am as a singer. "I might also add that unlike other cats like [Rob] Zombie, etc., when I left COAL CHAMBER, I never hung my hat on playing those songs with DEVILDRIVER. In hindsight, and as I waited for things to reform, it was a mistake and apologies to all who waited almost 20 years for one short-lived COAL CHAMBER run and record, so here I go into the future embracing all that's ever been me as a vocalist. [Keep] in mind this will ONLY BE SELECT SHOWS, so I would get tickets fast as I'm seeing already tons of venues are gonna sell out! "There's times you fucking lay in bed and go, 'When is the right time?' And that's for anything. Or what if someone passes away, etc.? then what then when. And that pertains to everything as well, so I thought it out and talked it out. "COAL CHAMBER MUSIC is YOURS, not mine, so why wait, why hold people off, why make people wait, the older generation, the new generation that want to hear [COAL CHAMBER] songs sung by the guy who fucking recorded 'em. "Now, think DEVILDRIVER. Now think that band doing these [COAL CHAMBER] songs. Now think, 'Holy fuck! How is the stage not gonna fucking implode?'" Fafara painted a bleak picture of COAL CHAMBER's future during a 2016 interview with Revolver magazine. He stated at the time: "I had a lot of fun doing that record and playing shows with them again. But there were some circumstances that were not ideal and that's why that thing is not continuing as of right now. If something comes up and I have time and want to make a record and the members have their shit together, I'll do it. But as of now, there's some deep-seated shit that certain dudes in the band still need to work out. And if they work it out and want to tour or make another record, they can come back and give me a call. But right now, everyone in DEVILDRIVER is stoked. No one's fighting. And I feel lucky to be where I am." Dez had stated in previous interviews that COAL CHAMBER's original split happened because "I did not want to be around the band's hard drug use and I realized that going onstage every night that the money was feeding their habit, so I walked to save my friends." He added that his COAL CHAMBER bandmates were "clean" as of 2012, which made him realize that "it was the right thing to walk [away from the group back in 2003]."

so yes for the first time ever DevilDriver is playing a bunch of coal chamber songs and when you hear this shit with double kick and two guitars there’s no going back trust that! I waited years & tried to keep em separate but it’s time for me to embrace all that I am as a singer

— Dez Fafara (@evilriver) January 22, 2019

I might also add that unlike others cats like zombie etc when I left coal chamber I never hung my hat on playing those songs with DevilDriver in hind sight & as I waited for things to reform it was a mistake and apologies to all who waited almost 20 years ... for

— Dez Fafara (@evilriver) January 22, 2019

One short lived coal chamber run and record so here I go into the future embracing all that’s ever been me as a vocalist andkept in mind this will ONLY BE SELECT SHOWS so I would get tickets Fast as I’m seeing already tons of venues are gonna sell out !

— Dez Fafara (@evilriver) January 22, 2019

And to all of you who fucking waited around all these years I appreciate you and now is the time to get a ticket cause we are about to blow the “roof” off of the coal chamber classics and new DevilDriver from our upcoming double record staggered release GET READY !

— Dez Fafara (@evilriver) January 22, 2019

There’s times you fucking lay in bed and go “when is the right time” and that’s for anything or ... what if someone passes away etc then what then when ... and that pertains to everything as well so I thought it out & talked it out COAL CHAMBER MUSIC is YOURS not mine so....

— Dez Fafara (@evilriver) January 22, 2019

Why wait , why hold people off why make people wait the older generation the new generation that want to hear @coalchamber songs sung by the guy who fucking recorded em so AMP IT UP W DOUBLE KICK W TWO GUITARS W SOBER @evilriver AND HOLY FUCK HOLD ON IM BRINGING A MONSTER!

— Dez Fafara (@evilriver) January 22, 2019

Now think DevilDriver Now think that band doing these @coalchamber songs now think holy fuck how is the stage not gonna fucking implode

— Dez Fafara (@evilriver) January 22, 2019
Posted: January 22, 2019, 3:39 pm
A performance clip of "Arrival (Live At The Fillmore)", taken from the forthcoming KING DIAMOND DVD/Blu-ray, "Songs For The Dead Live", can be viewed below. The set will be released on January 25 via Metal Blade Records. There is only one King Diamond, and for more than thirty years the great Dane has been dropping classic albums and putting on shows fans remember for the rest of their lives. Perhaps the only downside to having such a formidable catalogue is that there are just too many great songs to fit into a single set. However, you would be hard-pressed to find a fan who wouldn't want to hear 1987's seminal "Abigail" in its entirety, and "Songs For The Dead Live" captures this, twice, and in very different locales. Boasting eighteen songs per set, each of the two shows — Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting in June 2016 and Philadelphia's Fillmore in November 2015 — features a brace of classic KING DIAMOND and MERCYFUL FATE tracks, including "Welcome Home", "Halloween" and "Eye Of The Witch" before launching into "Abigail". The performances of the all-star lineup of musicians, comprising of guitarists Andy LaRocque and Mike Wead, bassist Pontus Egberg and drummer Matt Thompson, are absolutely ferocious, hammering home every single moment. "Songs For The Dead Live" can be pre-ordered in the following formats: * 2DVD/CD 6-Panel Digipak * Blu-ray (includes audio digital download of Philadelphia Show) * special edition box set with 5 discs (2DVD, 2CD, 1 Blu-ray) plus poster, flier, laminate, setlist, ticket, sticker, and guitar pick (limited to 3000 copies) * opaque blue with white splatter vinyl (U.S. retail exclusive - limited to 600 copies) * opaque red with black splatter vinyl (U.S. webstore exclusive - limited to 200 copies) * opaque white with black splatter vinyl (U.S. webstore exclusive - limited to 200 copies) * 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive) * transparent amber marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 700 copies) * clear ghost white vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 500 copies) * orange-brown/black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 300 copies) * black/purple melt vinyl (Nuclear Blast exclusive - limited to 200 copies) * orange/red marbled vinyl (Napalm exclusive - limited to 300 copies) * clear lavender marbled vinyl (EMP exclusive - limited to 200 copies) * clear ash grey marbled vinyl (Bengan exclusive - limited to 200 copies) * pink blue marbled vinyl (Ebay exclusive - limited to 200 copies) Captured on film by director Denise Korycki for Wild Wind Studios, she worked closely with King on every aspect of filming, and throughout the viewer finds themselves front and center as the shows unfold. This includes some inventive camera placement, such as riding in on the back of the wheelchair as it is wheeled out to "Out From The Asylum" at the start of the show, or looking up from the coffin at the commencement of "Abigail" opener "Funeral", which adds an extra dimension to proceedings. Naturally, the theatricality that has become synonymous with KING DIAMOND is there in full force, making for an even more immersive experience. The gothic stage set and the participation of actors playing out certain scenes tying into the songs definitely increases the drama and the sense of complete disconnect from the trappings of reality, ensuring that the shows remain riveting from start to finish. While the setlists are virtually identical, the drastic difference in the two venues make for distinctly different atmospheres. The sweeping, epic scale of Graspop and the virtual sea of baying metalheads makes for a particularly thrilling spectacle, King holding them all in the palm of his hand. The Fillmore show is immediately more intimate, and rather than a mixed bag of metal lovers drunk on a weekend of the heavy stuff, the audience is comprised entirely of the KING DIAMOND devout, screaming back every word, their love for their hero bleeding from every frame. "Songs For The Dead Live" gives those who missed out on seeing these shows in the flesh a chance to vividly experience them, offering so much deeper an experience than your run of the mill live DVD. Graspop Metal Meeting track listing 01. Out From The Asylum 02. Welcome Home 03. Sleepless Nights 04. Halloween 05. Eye Of The Witch 06. Melissa 07. Come To The Sabbath 08. Them 09. Funeral 10. Arrival 11. A Mansion In Darkness 12. The Family Ghost 13. The 7th Day Of July 1777 14. Omens 15. The Possession 16. Abigail 17. Black Horsemen 18. Insanity The Fillmore track listing 01. Out From The Asylum 02. Welcome Home 03. Sleepless Nights 04. Eye Of The Witch 05. Halloween 06. Melissa 07. Come To The Sabbath 08. Them 09. Funeral 10. Arrival 11. A Mansion In Darkness 12. The Family Ghost 13. The 7th Day Of July 1777 14. Omens 15. The Possession 16. Abigail 17. Black Horsemen 18. Insanity
Posted: January 22, 2019, 2:39 pm
After turning back the clock in 2018 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of its Jamey Jasta-produced debut, "As Real As It Gets", the Queens, New York-based SWORN ENEMY resets its sights on the present day with its punishing new album, "Gamechanger". Due April 5 via M-Theory Audio, the disc — produced by Robb Flynn of MACHINE HEAD, and engineered, mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (SUFFOCATION, FALLUJAH, WARBRINGER) — features 11 tracks that expertly fuse metal, thrash and New York hardcore. Vocalist and founding member Sal Lococo says the new album — nearly five years in the making — will be worth the wait. "The new album is savage as fuck," he says. "Now it's time to get back out on the road and show everyone how fucking great this new shit is!" "Gamechanger" track listing: 01. Intro 02. Prepare For Payback 03. Seeds Of Hate 04. Coming Undone 05. Justify 06. DOA 07. Fragments Of A Broken Life 08. The Fall Of Modern Man 09. Selling A Dream 10. The Consequence 11. Integrity Defines Strength SWORN ENEMY was first signed by HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta, who released the group's first two EPs on his Stillborn Recordings label in 2001 and 2002. He also produced the band's full-length debut, "As Real As It Gets", memorably praised by Lambgoat as "music that inspires you to want to beat the living piss out of the next unsuspecting person who walks in the room." The album was released by Elektra Records in 2003, a year that saw the band deliver memorable performances on tour with Ozzfest. In the 15 years since, SWORN ENEMY released four additional albums of punishing metallic hardcore and toured with a number of notable acts, including ANTHRAX, MASTODON, FEAR FACTORY, SEPULTURA, SUICIDE SILENCE, DYING FETUS, EARTH CRISIS, MADBALL, BIOHAZARD and HATEBREED. SWORN ENEMY is: Sal Lococo - vocals Matt Garzilli - guitar Mike Pucciarelli - bass Jeff Cummings - guitar Taykwuan Jackson - drums
Posted: January 22, 2019, 2:27 pm
German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN are putting the finishing touches on their first studio album since 2009's "Liebe Ist Für Alle Da". Tentatively due this spring, the effort is being mixed at a Santa Monica, California studio with Rich Costey, an American producer who has previously worked with MUSE, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and FRANZ FERDINAND, among others. Several new photos from the studio were posted earlier today (Tuesday, January 22) on RAMMSTEIN's official Twitter account and can be seen below. An accompanying caption reads: "Getting closer! Finalizing the mix for the new album in Santa Monica, CA.#Rammstein" RAMMSTEIN guitarist Richard Kruspe told Metal Wani about the making of the band's new album: "Well, when I thought to do another RAMMSTEIN record, I was like, 'No, I'm going to do that. I'm not going through more suffering,'" he said. "That was four years ago. But what we did in the beginning is we said 'Let's get together and try to come up with three or four songs.' We didn't really put any pressure on us, which was very important at this time. While we were starting to rehearse and stuff and getting ideas, I thought, 'Wow, it's actually very good. Things have changed.' All of a sudden, there's a certain kind of respect that I always missed a little bit. We just had good chemistry, which reminded me of the first time when we started. Then I felt, like, 'What would interest me on a new RAMMSTEIN record?' I thought, 'Every time people talk RAMMSTEIN, it's about fire. It's all about the show.' Nobody talks about the music anymore for RAMMSTEIN, and it kind of bothered me. I was thinking, 'I want to do another record. It has to be musical in a way that can really stand out from other records.' That was my goal, or our goal." As for the disc's musical direction and how it compares to the band's previous efforts, Kruspe said: "It's so hard to say it, because I'm working four years on the record, I'm so close. I think when I listen to the record — we're still in the process, but it's almost 'RAMMSTEIN 3D' is how I describe it. We have written a lot of stuff, but we recorded, I think, 16 songs right now. We're probably going to mix 11 songs because we're running out of time right now. I think it's going to be out in April, which will be the release date. Then, we'll be on our first stadium tour, which is very exciting." RAMMSTEIN recently announced a batch of summer 2019 European tour dates. The run of stadium and arena shows will kick off on May 27 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany and end of August 23 in Vienna, Austria. In 2016 and 2017, RAMMSTEIN played a number of concerts where the band opened each show with a brand-new song, presently only known as "Ramm 4". The track contained lyrics that seemed to be a combination of various titles of previous RAMMSTEIN songs.

Getting closer!
Finalizing the mix for the new album in Santa Monica, CA.#Rammstein pic.twitter.com/A7m60BQ6f1

— Rammstein (@RSprachrohr) January 22, 2019
Posted: January 22, 2019, 2:11 pm
AS I LAY DYING will embark on a U.S. tour in March. The three-week trek will kick off on March 15 in St. Louis, Missouri and run through April 6 in Springfield, Missouri. Confirmed tour dates: Mar. 15 - St. Louis, MO @ Pops Mar. 16 - Peoria, IL. @ Monarch Mar. 17 - Joliet, IL @ The Forge Mar. 18 - Louisville, KY @ Diamond Concert Hall Mar. 19 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall Mar. 20 - Rochester, NY @ The Montage Music Hall Mar. 21 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom Mar. 22 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theatre Mar. 23 - Providence, RI @ Fete Music Hall Mar. 24 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place Mar. 25 - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore SoundStage Mar. 26 - Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger Mar. 27 - Columbia, SC @ The Senate Mar. 29 - Tampa, FL @ Orpheum Mar. 30 - Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Mar. 31 - Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall Apr. 02 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theater Apr. 03 - Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco Apr. 04 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In Apr. 05 - Memphis, TN @ Growlers Apr. 06 - Springfield, MO @ The Complex Fan-filmed video footage of AS I LAY DYING's December 2, 2018 concert at Poppodium 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands can be seen below. Last month, AS I LAY DYING frontman Tim Lambesis, who served time in prison for hiring a hitman to kill his wife, said that part of his life's work now is to undo the hurt he has caused. In May 2014, Lambesis was sentenced to six years in jail after pleading guilty to paying a San Diego police officer posing as a hitman $1,000 to kill his wife. Approximately two and a half years later — on December 17, 2016 — he was discharged from a California detention facility and was transferred to the Division of Adult Parole Operations. In June 2018, AS I LAY DYING played its first show with Lambesis in five years and released a new single. Lambesis also owned up to his crimes in a long apology on the band's Facebook page after his release. November saw AS I LAY DYING complete its first U.S. tour in five years and the band followed it up with a European run of shows. Prior to AS I LAY DYING's concert in Munich, Germany on December 8, Lambesis once again took to the band's Facebook page to say that he has reconstructed his life and rededicated himself to the principles of honesty and commitment to community necessary to garner public trust. He wrote: "I stand against who I became in my past and am pursuing a new purpose in the rebirth of AILD. We collectively are. "People who support AILD are not supporting the person I once was, because part of my life's work now is to undo the hurt I've caused and to help others in addiction. Instead, I think AILD fans are supporting the belief that people can change. "I will never be able to undo my greatest mistake, but I believe it's better to do something rather than give up. "AILD collectively condemns all forms of domestic abuse and violence. Its aftermath is one of pervasive, long-lasting hurt and there is no acceptable excuse or defense for such behavior. Our agenda as a band is to actively back and work with organizations who offer support to those who are emotionally suffering and in pain. Whether it be from a history of abuse, hardship, or mental illness — pro-activity in healing and recovery is at the core of what this band is now." AS I LAY DYING's 2018 single, "My Own Grave", marked the first fresh music from the band since it issued its sixth album, "Awakened", back in September 2012. The return of AS I LAY DYING raised some questions, particularly since guitarist Nick Hipa categorically denounced the band's disgraced frontman as a "sociopathic narcissist in definite need of rehabilitation" in a social-media post back in 2014. In October, the organizers of Spain's Resurrection Fest removed AS I LAY DYING from this year's lineup following an outcry from certain fans.
Posted: January 22, 2019, 1:59 pm
KISS members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons recently announced that all TSA employees can eat for free at their Rock & Brews restaurants during the government shutdown, now the longest in U.S. history. The political stalemate has caused some 800,000 federal workers to miss paychecks — even though thousands of government employees are required to keep working. TSA employees can choose to eat either a Pulled Pork Sandwich or a Strawberry Fields Salad. Speaking to CNN, Stanley said (see video below): "It's obviously tough when people's mortgages are on the line, when people are trying to pay for meals for their children. This is horrific. "Look, Chris Wallace on Fox said to [Vice President] Mike Pence yesterday that he believed that the government should be open and that this was just leverage," he continued. "The problem is when you're leveraging the government and you're shutting it down… Who is the government? The government is of the people, by the people and for the people. Who are you hurting? You're hurting the people. These are the people who make this country what it is, and to see them in this horrendous position… Everybody — not just me; not just Rock & Brews — everybody can do something. "The gift of giving is a gift to the people who give also," he added. "So everybody can't give the same, but I always say, 'Don't give until it hurts. You give until it feels good.' It feels good to help people. Those are the people who help us." Asked for his personal opinion of the current state of the U.S. government, Stanley said: "I think, again, people need to put their political affiliation aside and the priority has to be to get people back to work, back on the payrolls, and then let's figure out what the solution is. I certainly have my own point of view, but I'm not gonna share it, because I'm a rock and roller and I know my place." In his prime-time address earlier this month, President Donald Trump said a wall along the southern border is key to national security, as he called for lawmakers to fund it and end a partial government shutdown. Democrats called the idea of a physical barrier across the entire border expensive and ineffective, and said the solution involves more personnel and detection technology. Trump, whose central campaign promise was that Mexico would pay for a wall stretching across the roughly 2,000-mile border, admitted that Mexico would not directly cover the cost of the wall's construction, claiming that it will instead be paid for by revenue gained from a new trade deal pending in Congress. Public polling continues to indicate a majority of Americans oppose the construction of a border wall. Meanwhile, Trump has continued to argue the wall is needed to resolve a security and humanitarian "crisis," blaming illegal immigration for what he said was a scourge of drugs and violence in the U.S. According to The New York Times, illegal border crossings have been declining for nearly two decades. In 2017, border-crossing apprehensions were at their lowest point since 1971.
Posted: January 22, 2019, 1:48 pm
Tommy Victor will reflect on more than 30 years of PRONG releases through a YouTube series called "Tommy Plays Prong, Retrospects Of Music And Life". In the series, Victor will highlight various tracks from the 12-album PRONG catalog and do guitar playthroughs. Victor will also discuss growing up in Flushing, Queens, New York, living on the Lower East Side of New York City in the violent eighties, working at CBGB as a sound engineer from 1986 to 1990, and touring with PANTERA, WHITE ZOMBIE, BAD BRAINS and SEPULTURA. "PRONG was definitely a Lower East Side band," says Victor. "We weren't a bunch of kids in the suburbs playing in garages. We were part of that whole art scene, the same scene as street artists like Keith Haring and Basquiat. It was a completely different world back then. A lot of people were willing to live Spartan lifestyles in shitty conditions in this fantasy art world." On doing sound at CBGB from 1986 to 1990: "Hilly (owner CBGB) just threw me in there. I had no idea what I was doing. He trusted me because I was 'in a band' and had me give thumbs up or down on the band playing the hardcore matinees." Having been clean from drugs and alcohol for many years, a sober Tommy reflects on the glorification of the early "druggie-chic" days. "In those days, it was cool to be a junkie. A lot of early punk times revolved around that. That type of rebellion against society, the ultimate rebellion is trying to kill yourself with drugs. That era, where a dark hedonism was a priority in people's lives doesn't really exist anymore, which I think is good." On longevity, and finding one's path: "Inevitably, if you survive, you come to the realization that all that stuff was a fad, really, and there's more to life than those old statements that you thought were so important earlier on. There's important aspects of it, but there has to be balance in your life, you have to move on, you keep walking in life, you don't just stay there." The first two trailers for the "Tommy Plays Prong" series can be seen below.
Posted: January 22, 2019, 1:23 pm
British rockers BRING ME THE HORIZON have released another new song called "Mother Tongue". The track, which was just featured as Zane Lowe's World Record on Apple Music's Beats 1, is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Amo", which will be released on January 25 via Columbia Records. The band spent last summer writing and recording in Los Angeles, with singer Oli Sykes and keyboardist Jordan Fish handling production. Oli told Zane Lowe about the musical direction of "Amo": "We didn't really know what we wanted, but we just knew we wanted to be different. We wanted to still be BRING ME THE HORIZON, but make people feel the things they felt with us in different ways and try to do it sonically different. And it took a while to find that sound and stuff, 'cause I think, for me, I love the fact that I can sing now and I can write these lyrics that have important messages and they can almost stick in people's heads, so that they're easier to get across. So, for us, we still wanted those huge choruses, but I feel like we had so much experimentation in us that we've been dying to do for maybe the last five years or so." Regarding "Mother Tongue", Oli said: "The whole album's kind of explores loving and different aspects of that. Toxic relationships and the end of relationships, really. It's also about the positive side of love and obviously when you first fall in love, it's got to be the greatest feeling. It's probably the most gushing, out-there, just straight-up love song we've ever written. This was one of the easier ones to write, because it was positive. It's about when I first met my new wife. She's from Brazil, and she didn't speak so much English. She talked a lot better than my Portuguese, but from the very start, we had a really, really strong connection, and it was just a crazy time. And this song's just talking about those experiences, which they just stick in my head. So, that was really one of the easier ones to write about." BRING ME THE HORIZON is in Nashville preparing for tomorrow's kickoff of its Live Nation-produced North American headline tour, to be followed by shows in South America, Australia and a plethora of festivals around the world.
Posted: January 22, 2019, 12:46 pm
VIXEN has recruited FEMME FATALE's Lorraine Lewis as its new lead singer following the recent departure of Janet Gardner. Lewis has already performed with VIXEN, having fronted the group in March 2018 in Durant, Oklahoma while Gardner was recovering from surgery (see video below). VIXEN members Roxy Petrucci (drums), Share Ross (bass) and Brittany Denaro (guitar) announced Lorraine's addition to the band in a Facebook post earlier today. "Waiting for the Big One”!?!??! Then wait no more!" they wrote. "Show some love and support for Hurricane Lorraine Lewis! "Back with VIXEN to take care of some unfinished business! "Join us on our 2019 'There's no Cryin' in Rock N Roll' Roadshow. "See you at The Show!" Last week, Petrucci, Ross and Denaro vowed to "expand upon the VIXEN legacy while remaining true to our musical roots." Gardner, who released her debut self-titled solo album in 2017, broke the news of her exit from the group on January 16. "After much soul searching and many sleepless nights, I have decided that it's time for me to step aside and let Roxy and Share pursue their vision for the future of VIXEN," she wrote. "VIXEN will always have a very special place in my heart and I am incredibly grateful to have been a part of it," she continued. "I would like to thank everyone for the amazing support over the years, and as Roxy and Share continue to keep the heart and soul of VIXEN alive and well and I continue on my path, your continued support to all would be greatly appreciated." Gardner, Petrucci and Ross are considered to be part of VIXEN's classic lineup, along with founding guitarist Jan Kuehnemund, who died of cancer in October 2013. Gardner contributed lead vocals to VIXEN's most commercially successful studio albums — "Vixen" (1988), "Rev It Up" (1990) and "Tangerine" (1998) — as well as the group's latest release, last year's live album "Live Fire". A year ago, Gardner underwent surgery to remove blood clots in her brain, a condition known as a subdural hematoma. At the time, she was touring in support of her solo album, which came out in August 2017 via Pavement Entertainment. The disc was a collaboration between the singer, who works days as a part-time dental hygienist, and her husband, guitarist/producer Justin James, who has previously worked with STAIND, COLLECTIVE SOUL and TYKETTO.
Posted: January 22, 2019, 12:20 pm
IN THIS MOMENT will head out on the road this spring with SEVENDUST, LIGHT THE TORCH and HYDE. The dates are as follows: May 03 - Jacksonville, FL - Welcome To Rockville May 05 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle (no HYDE) May 07 - Louisville, KY - Palace Theater May 09 - Cedar Rapids, IA - US Celluar Center (with HALESTORM; no SEVENDUST) May 11 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave (no LIGHT THE TORCHE, HYDE) May 13 - Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theater May 14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE May 15 - Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore May 17 - Columbus, OH - Mapfre Stadium (Sonic Temple) May 19 - Bridgeview, IL - Chicago Open Air May 21 - Mankato, MN - Verizon Grand Hall May 22 - Sioux Falls, SD - The District May 24 - Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre Tickets go on sale on Friday, January 25 at 10 a.m. local time (except for Mankato, which goes on sale on February 1). IN THIS MOMENT has spent the last few months working on music for the follow-up to 2017's "Ritual" album. Singer Maria Brink told New York's Q103 radio station that IN THIS MOMENT is riding a wave of energy by continuing to play shows while finding ways to stay musically inspired. "We're so grateful and lucky that in our career… We're like the slow tortoise that could — we're really slow, but we have this slow, steady uphill [climb]," she said. "'Cause we're six albums in and we have the highest sales that we've ever had, we're getting the biggest offers we've ever had, we're climbing up to the top, we're headlining certain festivals. We can't believe it — we're the strongest we've ever been — so we don't wanna ruin our momentum and all of a sudden disappear for a really long time. We feel really empowered, we feel really creative and kind of excited. So we just wanna dive into it, we wanna start creating, we wanna start bringing all these things alive so that next summer we can be coming back out and just keeping this strength growing. And we love it and we live for it. So it kind of keeps us feeling alive." Last year, IN THIS MOMENT guitarist Chris Howorth told Guitar Interactive magazine that the band will tentatively enter the studio in February to begin recording its next album. "Ritual" included an eerie cover of Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight", and Brink told KLAQ's Lisa Sanchez that there is a good chance the follow-up effort will see the band tackling yet another classic song. "I don't what we're gonna do yet, but I definitely wanna do [a cover]," Maria said. "I love doing covers. Labels always like 'em anyway, cause they use 'em for other things and stuff too. So I'm actually on the hunt right now [for] what to cover." "Ritual" was produced by IN THIS MOMENT's longtime collaborator — and multiple Grammy Award nominee — Kevin Churko (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, OZZY OSBOURNE).
Posted: January 22, 2019, 11:44 am
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of "Led Zeppelin 1", Jimmy Page would like to present Sundragon, an amplifier that gives guitarists the opportunity to enjoy the sounds he created to shape the future of rock and roll. Sundragon is a faithful recreation of the amp Jimmy used exclusively to create the groundbreaking sounds on "Led Zeppelin 1" and other notable recordings such as Joe Cocker's "With A Little Help From My Friends". A limited-edition run of 50 hand-built amps will be made throughout 2019, all signed by Page. Jimmy's original amp started out life as a Supro Coronado. After falling out of the back of the band's van during an early pre-ZEPPELIN tour, the amp was restored and modified in significant ways. Jimmy realized that the sonic palette of his amp had changed to something new and unique. After being shrouded in mystery for more than 50 years, Jimmy has decided to share this extraordinary amplifier with the world. Working together closely with Mitch Colby and Perry Margouleff, they have recreated this legendary amp for the first time. Says Page: "I had been impressed with the forensic analysis both Mitch and Perry had put into the research of the sonic reproduction of the original Supro amp to arrive at the Sundragon." A limited edition of only 50 Sundragon amps will be hand built by Mitch Colby and signed by Jimmy Page. The amplifiers will be available throughout 2019 and a standard model will follow later in the year. For more information, come and see Sundragon at NAMM booth #5233 or visit the web site at www.sundragonamps.com.
Posted: January 22, 2019, 11:32 am
ALL THAT REMAINS and ATTILA have announced a massive co-headline North American tour that runs from February through April. They will be joined by ESCAPE THE FATE and SLEEP SIGNALS. The tour kicks off on February 28 in Reading, Pennsylvania and winds through U.S. and back before wrapping in early April. "We are stoked to get on the road supporting our most intense record to date with ALL THAT REMAINS," said ATTILA. "The band crushes and we can't wait to party with them for six weeks. Our new record 'Villain' brings a whole new level of ATTILA and we can't wait to play these songs live." ATTILA will release "Villain" independently on February 22. ALL THAT REMAINS is returning to the road in support of its latest, critically lauded effort, "Victim Of The New Disease". The band suffered a tragic and incredibly painful loss last fall ahead of the album's release when its globally renowned, highly respected, and immeasurably talented lead guitarist and founding member Oli Herbert, who played on all nine albums in the band's discography, unexpectedly passed away. "I'm very honored to be able to help keep the band going because there's definitely no way Oli would've ever wanted ALL THAT REMAINS to stop for any reason," said new guitarist Jason Richardson. "After being a huge fan myself since their album 'The Fall Of Ideals' came out, it's definitely a very humbling/surreal experience to be able to come into a group that helped get me into metal back when I was first learning to play guitar." Joining ALL THAT REMAINS and ATTILA on the tour are veteran scene rockers ESCAPE THE FATE, consisting of Craig Mabbitt (vocals), Robert Ortiz (drums), Kevin "Thrasher" (guitar), and TJ Bell (guitar). They were named one of 2018's hardest touring bands, with an extensive schedule spanning three continents. They continue to tour in support of last year's release, their sixth studio album "I Am Human", featuring hit single "Broken Heart", available on Better Noise Records. Tour dates: Feb. 28 - Reading, PA - Reverb Mar. 01 - Halethorpe, MD - Fish Head Cantina Mar. 02 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium Mar. 03 - Hartford, CT - The Webster Mar. 05 - Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Concert Hall Mar. 06 - Syracuse, NY - Westcott Theater Mar. 08 - Indianapolis, IN - The Citadel Mar. 09 - Ringle, WI - Q and Z Expo Center Mar. 10 - Belvidere, IL - The Apollo Theatre Mar. 12 - Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze Mar. 13 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave Mar. 14 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly's Mar. 15 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall Mar. 16 - Sioux City, IA - Anthem @ Hard Rock Hotel* Mar. 17 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre Mar. 18 - Denver, CO - The Oriental Theater Mar. 20 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot Mar. 21 - Billings, MT - Pub Station Ballroom Mar. 22 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory Mar. 23 - Boise, ID - Revolution Music Hall Mar. 24 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom Mar. 26 - Sacramento, CA - Ace Of Spades Mar. 27 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory Mar. 28 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theater Mar. 29 - Mesa, AZ - Club Red Mar. 30 - Albuquerque, NM - El Rey Apr. 01 - Austin, TX - Come and Take It Live Apr. 02 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Apr. 03 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom Apr. 05 - Lafayette, LA - The District Apr. 06 - Destin, FL - Club L.A. Apr. 07 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live** * ALL THAT REMAINS only ** No ATTILA
Posted: January 22, 2019, 11:14 am
Swedish extreme tech-metal pioneers MESHUGGAH will perform a handful of special U.S. headlining dates this spring to add to the four U.S. festivals previously announced. Leading up to the trek, the band will make appearances in South America and Mexico before kicking off their U.S. dates on May 5 in Jacksonville, Florida. The tour, presented by The Noise, will also bring THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER as special guests for the headlining shows. Tickets for the headlining shows will be available for purchase on Friday, January 25 at 10 a.m. local time. MESHUGGAH's 2019 U.S. dates with special guest THE BLACK DAHLIA MURIDER: May 05 - Welcome To Rockville – Jacksonville, FL * May 06 - Buckhead Theatre - Atlanta, GA May 07 - The Fillmore - New Orleans, LA May 08 - Marathon Music Works - Nashville, TN May 10 - Epicenter Festival - Charlotte, NC* May 12 - The Fillmore - Silver Spring, MD May 14/2019. House of Blues - Boston, MA May 16 - Hammerstein Ballroom - New York, New York May 17 - Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival - Columbus, OH* May 18 - Chicago Open Air Festival - Bridgeview, IL* * MESHUGGAH only Last year, MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake said that fans shouldn't expect to see a new studio album from the band before "2020 at the earliest." The Swedish group's last disc, "The Violent Sleep Of Reason", came out in 2016 and resulted in a "Best Metal Performance" Grammy nomination for the song "Clockworks". "The Violent Sleep Of Reason" was produced by the band and was engineered by Tue Madsen of Puk Studios in Kaerby, Denmark.
Posted: January 22, 2019, 10:59 am
Grammy-winning hard rock band HALESTORM has announced a month-long North American tour, kicking off April 12 at Ladson, South Carolina's 98 Rockfest and running through Columbus, Ohio's Sonic Temple, with dates across the continent, including a stop at Mexico City's Domination Festival in early May. PALAYE ROYALE and BEASTO BLANCO will open for HALESTORM on the run of dates, which follow HALESTORM's trek abroad in March with performances at Download Festival in Australia and Japan. A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will begin on Wednesday, January 23 at 10:00 a.m. local time and end on Thursday, January 24 at 10:00 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code "VICIOUS" to access tickets before the general public. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 25 at 10:00 a.m. local time. Tour dates: Apr. 12 - Ladson, SC - 98 Rockfest 2019/Exchange Park Fairgrounds Apr. 18 - Mankato, MN - Verizon Center* Apr. 20 - Billings, MT - Shrine Auditorium* Apr. 22 - Salt Lake City, UT - Union Event Center* Apr. 23 - Boise, ID - The Revolution Center* Apr. 25 - Kennewick, WA - Toyota Center* Apr. 26 - Vancouver, BC - Chan Centre* Apr. 28 - Edmonton, AB - Northern Jubilee Auditorium* Apr. 29 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall* May 01 - Winnepeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre* May 3-4 - Mexico City, MX - Domination Festival May 05 - Bismarck, ND - Bismarck Event Center* May 07 - Rapid City, SD - Rushmore Plaza Civic Center* May 09 - Cedar Rapids, IA - US Cellular Center* (co-headline with In This Moment) May 12 - London, ON - London Music Hall* May 13 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall* May 17-19 Columbus, OH - Sonic Temple * denotes PALAYE ROYALE and BEASTO BLANCO supporting HALESTORM's latest album, "Vicious", was released last July via Atlantic. The disc was recorded last year at Nashville, Tennesse's Rock Falcon recording studio with producer Nick Raskulinecz. Frontwoman Lzzy Hale told Sweden's Bandit Rock about the songwriting process for "Vicious": "In the beginning, we were kind of keeping everything simple. Also, this was our first time being involved with a major label so there was a lot of people around me that were, like, 'Hey, what do you got?' So, I kind of immersed myself into just the songwriting circuit and I got to write with a lot of amazing people and I learned a lot just about being a songwriter and what it takes to do that. Before, the first record, that's what we did in my parents' basement'. It was just the four of us hunkering down: 'Okay, who's got an idea? All right, let's make a song out of that.' 'Oh, you got a line? Cool? You got a riff? Awesome. Here's a bass line.' So, really for this record we wanted to take everything we learned over the past couple of years but also throw away all of the rules. We threw all of those things away and just, honestly, it's so much more freeing when you are not working with a formula. So, for me, there's some songs on this record that came from me, as in, 'Hey, guys. I have this song. How can I make it cool?' And they help me make it cool. Then there's some songs that basically started off instrumentally just jamming with each other and just chasing after what got us excited. Songwriting is more about chasing what gets you excited and going down that rabbit hole, being willing to work for three days straight on the same song then be like, 'Eh,' and throw it away. We did that for this record and so far so good."
Posted: January 22, 2019, 10:52 am
Welsh glam metal veterans TIGERTAILZ have been forced to cancel their appearance at the HRH AOR VII festival in Wales as a result of guitarist and founding member Jay Pepper's battle with hearing loss which threatens to curtail his long career. Earlier today, Pepper released the following statement: "I'm very sad to inform you that we have had to cancel our show at Hard Rock Hell in March. "This has come about as a result of my hearing loss as I was diagnosed with mild hearing loss in 2016. "Unfortunately, my hearing has continued to deteriorate, and has been further compounded by the onset of severe tinnitus. "I recently had more audiology tests and the results show I now need to completely remove myself from any loud noise to protect what hearing I have left. It seems the years have finally caught up with me. "I'm looking at options that will enable me to carry on playing in the future. So hope to be back [as soon as possible]. "Really sorry about this as we never cancel shows. Hope to see you all soon." HRH AOR VII is scheduled to take place March 14-17 at Haven Hafan y Mor Holiday Park, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, in North Wales. TIGERTAILZ in 2015 tapped its bassist, Rob Wylde, to sing for the group following the departure of Jules Millis. Wylde was previously the frontman in TEENAGE CASKET COMPANY and the U.K. POISON tribute act POIZON. Millis left TIGERTAILZ in March 2015 "due to personal reasons." He joined the band in 2012 folllowing the acrimonious exit of TIGERTAILZ's longtime singer Kim Hooker. TIGERTAILZ's was originally fronted by Steevi Jaimz, who left the group in 1988. Jaimz later attempted to register the TIGERTAILZ name as a trademark with the U.K. Patent Office and launch his own version of TIGERTAILZ with drummer Ace Finchum. Pepper is the sole remaining member of TIGERTAILZ's classic lineup.

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Posted: January 22, 2019, 10:14 am
Swiss folk metallers ELUVEITIE will release their new album, "Ategnatos", on April 5 via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork for the disc was created by Travis Smith and can be seen below. The band states: "'Ategnatos' probably became our most organic album by all accounts. It is the result of a thoroughly intuitive process, where we gave creativity full scope. And during this process quite some back-to-the-roots developments emerged in diverse aspects. Many a riff off 'Ategnatos' reminds on the guitar work on 'Slania'. Following our gut feeling, we brought the mixing duties back to Jens Bogren's Fascination Street studios, where our Nuclear Blast debut was produced. And regarding the album artwork, it soon became very clear to us that we'd love to work with the fabulous Travis Smith again, who already created the front covers of our albums 'Spirit' (14 years ago!) and 'Everything Remains As It Never Was'. And we're honestly excited with the result! The front cover shows a spectacular scenery in central Switzerland, a so-called 'vulva cave', as it was sought to mark sacred rites of fertility and celebrations of life in ancient times! The artwork mystically and beautifully expresses the 'Ategnatos''s very core and essence! Once again, it was a pleasure to work with Travis!" Recordings for "Ategnatos" took at New Sound Studio with their engineer of choice Tommy Vetterli. A work based on archaic archetypes and the ancient concept of renewal, "Ategnatos" unfolds an elemental force to be reckoned with. "These archetypes are still within us," leader Christian "Chrigel" Glanzmann says. "People didn't change that much during the last 3000 years — and men were always just men." No wonder the album follows a decidedly darker, monumental tone that suits them very well. Of course, ELUVEITIE has long had its very own trademark sound, a sonic adventure often copied but never overcome. With "Ategnatos", the dedicated nine-piece not only worked with a real string quartet and granted Fabienne Erni's sublime mastery of the harp the room it deserved; they also undertook a holistic upgrade resulting in some of the catchiest, most aggressive and most epic tunes the Swiss metal nobility has ever offered. ELUVEITIE has also announced a European tour with LACUNA COIL and INFECTED RAIN. ELUVEITIE states: "Our last few months have been extremely intense, creating 'Ategnatos'. Now we simply cannot wait to bring our new songs to the stages and to share our passion, pure fucking metal and heartfelt Celtic mysticism with you all! And all the more we're excited to bring such great bands with us! We feel honored to team up with our fellows of the heavyweight institution called LACUNA COIL and also with the amazing wizkid that is INFECTED RAIN, whom we've shared festival stages with a few times already!" LACUNA COIL adds: "Transformation is a process and as life happens you need tons of new music! That's why we are really excited to team up with ELUVEITIE and our buddies in INFECTED RAIN for this fantastic tour package. The bill is pretty diverse and interesting and we can't wait to bring it around Europe. We will play some of our classic songs and introduce some new tunes! We know this tour is going to be rocking, and we know the fans are going to enjoy this as much as we are!" Lena from INFECTED RAIN comments: "2019 appears to be very promising for INFECTED RAIN! A lot of new releases, new relationships and new places to visit. We are excited about all of this and especially about the autumn tour that is going to end the year so perfectly. We are going to support two great bands and amazing people on tour for more than forty shows around Europe. We are honored to share the stage with ELUVEITIE and LACUNA COIL." Tour dates: Nov. 02 - I - Bari - Demodè ** Nov. 03 - I - Rome - Orion ** Nov. 05 - I - Bologna - Estragon ** Nov. 06 - I - Milan - Live Club ** Nov. 08 - D - Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn Nov. 09 - D - Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle II Nov. 10 - B - Antwerp - Trix Nov. 12 - GB - Manchester - Ritz ** Nov. 13 - GB - Glasgow - Garage ** Nov. 14 - IRL - Dublin - Academy ** Nov. 15 - GB - Bristol - SWX ** Nov. 16 - GB - London - The Forum ** Nov. 17 - NL - Utrecht - Tivoli Ronda* Nov. 19 - D - Frankfurt - Batschkapp Nov. 20 - D - Hannover - Capitol Nov. 21 - D - Berlin - Huxleys Nov. 22 - D - Leipzig - Felsenkeller Nov. 23 - D - Munich - Tonhalle Nov. 24 - A - Dornbirn - Conrad Sohm Nov. 26 - F - Bordeaux - Le Rocher de Palmer Nov. 27 - E - Barcelona - Razzmatazz II Nov. 28 - E - Madrid - Mon Live Nov. 29 - F - Toulouse - Le Bikini Nov. 30 - F - Rennes - L'Etage Dec. 01 - F - Paris - Elysée-Montmartre Dec. 03 - D - Saarbrücken - Garage Dec. 04 - D - Nürnberg - Hirsch Dec. 05 - SLO - Ljubljana - Kino Siska Dec. 08 - A - Vienna - Arena Dec. 12 - LV - Riga - Melna Piektdiena Dec. 13 - FIN - Helsinki - Tavastia Dec. 14 - FIN - Tampere - Pakkahuone Dec. 15 - EST - Tallinn - Rock Cafe Dec. 17 - S - Stockholm - Klubben Fryshuset Dec. 18 - N - Oslo - Vulkan Arena Dec. 19 - S - Gothenburg - Trädgarn Dec. 21 - D - Hamburg – Docks * without LACUNA COIL ** headliner LACUNA COIL ELUVEITIE in May 2016 announced the departure of drummer Merlin Sutter, vocalist Anna Murphy and guitarist Ivo Henzi. The band's new lineup made its live debut at the Eluveitie & Friends festival in January 2017 at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland. ELUVEITIE is: Jonas Wolf - guitars Matteo Sisti - whistles, bagpipes, mandola, bodhran Nicole Ansperger - fiddle Alain Ackermann - drums Chrigel Glanzmann - vocals, whistles, mandola, bagpipes Fabienne Erni - vocals, celtic harp Kay Brem - bass Michalina Malisz - hurdy gurdy Rafael Salzmann - guitars
Posted: January 22, 2019, 9:46 am
20th Century Fox's QUEEN biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" received five Academy Award nominations this morning (January 22): "Best Picture," "Sound Editing," "Sound Mixing," "Film Editing," and "Best Actor," for Rami Malek's portrayal of Freddie Mercury. The smash biopic will compete for the "Best Picture" prize alongside "Black Panther", "BlacKkKlansman", "The Favourite", "Green Book", "Roma", "A Star Is Born" and "Vice". Malek was nominated alongside Christian Bale ("Vice"), Bradley Cooper ("A Star Is Born"), Willem Dafoe ("At Eternity's Gate") and Viggo Mortensen ("Green Book"). These five Oscar nominations come after "Bohemian Rhapsody" took home the Golden Globes for "Best Motion Picture – Drama" and "Best Actor - Motion Picture – Drama" for Malek. Presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, this year's 91st Academy Awards honors films that were released within the 2018 calendar year. The ceremony airs February 24 on ABC and will likely be host-less for the first time in 30 years. "Bohemian Rhapsody" has already become the highest-grossing musical biopic of all time, bringing in more than $700 million at the worldwide box office. Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Whishaw were set to play Freddie Mercury at different stages in the movie's development, prior to Malek's casting. Cohen's vision for the film was reportedly very "adult" in tone and clashed with what the surviving members of QUEEN had in mind, leading to the actor's departure. "Bohemian Rhapsody" began production with "X-Men" director Bryan Singer behind the camera, but the filmmaker was fired from the movie after he disappeared from set and caused production delays. Dexter Fletcher, best known for making "Eddie The Eagle", stepped in to replace Singer in the director's chair.
Posted: January 22, 2019, 9:38 am
The surviving members of STATIC-X's original lineup — bassist Tony Campos, drummer Ken Jay and guitarist Koichi Fukuda — will embark on the "Wisconsin Death Trip" 20th-anniversary tour in June. Co-headlining the trek will be DEVILDRIVER, with support from DOPE. STATIC-X plans to perform the majority of its debut album at each show. The dates will serve as memorial events to honor late frontman Wayne Static, who passed away more than four years ago. A tour promo teaser, containing a brand new audio/video clip of STATIC-X performing "Push It", can be seen below. "Our intention is to pay ultimate respect to Wayne and to celebrate the music that has been in all of our hearts for more than 20 years," says Campos. "It's all about channeling the vibe from 1999 to the best of our ability and playing those classic STATIC-X songs live and loud with the fans." "Rehearsals have been awesome," adds Fukuda. "The music and the vocals are sounding really great! I feel like Wayne would be proud." "We understand that people are naturally going to want to know more about who is singing," says Jay. "We have discussed this at great length and we came to the conclusion that at this time, it would be inappropriate for us to put the focus on anyone other than Wayne, Tony, Koichi and myself. This feels like the best way for us to celebrate Wayne's legacy, along with the 20th anniversary of 'Wisconsin Death Trip', with all of our fans." Tour dates: June 18 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater June 19 - Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater June 21 - Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live June 22 - Houston, TX @ The Warehouse June 23 - San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theater June 25 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade June 26 - Greenville, SC @ The Firmament June 28 - Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage June 29 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom June 30 - Scranton, PA @ Level July 02 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House July 03 - London, ON @ London Music Hall July 04 - Ottawa, ON @ Brass Monkey July 05 - Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally's July 06 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium July 07 - Reading, PA @ Reverb July 09 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Jergel's July 10 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater July 11 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Citadel July 12 - Ft Wayne, IN @ Piere's July 13 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's July 14 - Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall July 16 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection July 18 - Cadott, WI @ Cadott Rockfest July 19 - Sioux City, IA @ Anthem @ Hard Rock Casino July 20 - Joliet, IL @ The Forge July 21 - Belvidere, IL @ Apollo Theater July 23 - Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater July 26 - Los Angeles, CA @ Catch One July 27 - Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues Campos, Fukuda and Jay will release a new album, "Project Regeneration", later in the year. The disc will feature a treasure chest of vocal performances and musical compositions left behind by Wayne. Along with the help of STATIC-X's long-time producer Ulrich Wild, the band is in the process of completing its seventh studio album, which will feature between 12 and 15 brand new STATIC-X tracks. "We had a lot of material to work with... several demos that Wayne left behind, as well as some really great isolated vocal performances from some nearly finished songs," said Campos. "Together, we have been writing and crafting something very special!" Last fall, STATIC-X released a teaser featuring clips from a brand-new music video, as well as five new STATIC-X tracks — "Road To Hell", "Something Of My Own", "Terminator Oscillator", "Hollow" and "Disco Otsego" — along with a personal message from Campos about the inspiration behind "Project Regeneration". For the unfinished tracks, the band has invited several of its friends to lend their voices for the completion of this very personal project, including David Draiman (DISTURBED), Ivan Moody (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH), Al Jourgensen (MINISTRY), Dez Fafara (COAL CHAMBER, DEVILDRIVER), Edsel Dope (DOPE) and Burton C. Bell (FEAR FACTORY). STATIC-X has created a pre-order campaign allowing fans who purchase "Project Regeneration" in advance to have their name appear in the liner notes of the new album. Additional special pre-order package options are also available, including "Project Regeneration" merch bundles and several old-school STATIC-X merch items to commemorate the 20th anniversary of "Wisconsin Death Trip". Pre-orders are available via www.static-x.org. "This is a celebration of STATIC-X, 'Wisconsin Death Trip', Wayne Static, and all of our fans," added Campos. "We are very excited about what we have created, so we wanted to involve the fans early, and in a campaign sort of way, so that they can participate with us and help to dictate some of the things that we do." "Reuniting with the guys has been an amazing experience," said Jay. "It's been so much fun sharing stories and working on new music together. Obviously, it is bittersweet because we all miss Wayne and we wish that he was here with us, doing what he did best... Evil Disco..." "I am so excited to play STATIC-X songs live again," said Fukuda. "The STATIC-X sound is so big and powerful live! I can't wait to play songs like 'Bled For Days', 'Push It' and 'I'm With Stupid' again." "We feel very grateful that we have such a loyal fan base that misses the band, and misses Wayne, and I know that Wayne would appreciate all the heart and effort that we are putting into this," said Campos. "I've had some very heartfelt discussions with Wayne's family about doing this. They were very touched by the amount of love and effort that we have put into this new album and they have given us their full support. Having the blessing of Wayne's family means the world to us! I know in my heart that Wayne would be very proud! Wayne Static died after mixing Xanax and other powerful prescription drugs with alcohol, according to the coroner's report. The 48-year-old Static, whose real name was Wayne Richard Wells, was found dead in his Landers, California home on November 1, 2014. Static founded STATIC-X in 1994 and achieved commercial success with "Wisconsin Death Trip", which included the rock radio hit "Push It". The group issued five more studio albums before disbanding permanently in June 2013. Static had been pursuing a solo career at the time of his death.
Posted: January 22, 2019, 9:06 am
PEARL JAM bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard spoke to Rolling Stone about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's long-awaited follow-up to 2013's "Lightning Bolt" album. "It'd be fun to record or even just write a song together," Ament said. "I think when Chris [Cornell] passed, that's really been a tough one to wrap our heads around, and then there's just life stuff." Gossard added: "We're going to make a record, and we're in the middle of it. We're just going to keep plugging away until we get one done." "We've gone in, probably, four or five times in the last couple of years, so we have a whole ton of unfinished stuff," Ament said. "We're just sort of in a little bit of limbo. I'm sure everybody's got a bunch more riffs, and I'm sure Ed's [singer Eddie Vedder] got a handful of journal lyrics. It's just going to take us all getting into a room together for six weeks and just knocking something out." Last March, PEARL JAM released a new song called "Can't Deny Me". The just-over-two-and-a-half-minute track was co-produced by the band and Brendan O'Brien and is set to appear on PEARL JAM's forthcoming LP. The music for the song was written by guitarist Mike McCready and lyrics by Vedder. Artwork for the single was created by Ament and videographer Kevin Shuss. The song appears to take direct aim at President Donald Trump — albeit without mentioning his name. Photo credit: Danny Clinch
Posted: January 22, 2019, 2:48 am

 

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