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A fundraising campaign for CANNIBAL CORPSE guitarist Pat O'Brien has been launched by Deana Mazurkiewicz, wife of the band's drummer, Paul Mazurkiewicz. O'Brien was arrested Monday (December 10) on charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and burglary of an occupied dwelling with assault. Deputies say he burglarized a house and charged at a deputy with a knife. Less than half a mile from where he was arrested, a fire broke out at O'Brien's home, sending flames billowing into the night sky from the roof. The exact cause of the blaze is unknown, but ammunition and "military-style flamethrowers" reportedly exploded inside the home during the fire. In a message on the Mightycause nonprofit fundraising platform, Deana Mazurkiewicz called O'Brien "a standup guy" who is "true to his friends, family and his band," and urged fans "not to jump to conclusions until the full details of what occurred come out." She wrote: "As most of you are aware on December 10, 2018, Pat O'Brien's house burned down. He lost everything he owns. "Pat is a standup guy, true to his friends, family and his band. Also Pat does not have insurance, and lost everything that he owns. These funds will help him get back on his feet with the regular much-needed necessities like clothing, a roof over his head, and other daily life necessities that are needed. "Understanding that money is tight for everybody, especially around the holidays but every amount does help. If it's $1, $5 dollars, $20 or more. Every penny from this campaign will go directly to Pat. "If you're a metal fan and you've had the honor of meeting Pat at a show, or elsewhere when he's out and about then you know how friendly he is, and approachable. He would never start a campaign for himself, but I know he would be absolutely humbled by the support shown. "I asked that people not jump to conclusions until the full details of what occurred come out, and that you show Pat nothing but love and support and let him know that you're there for him. Although the last 48 hours have been shocking to most people, they've been devastating to him. "Please feel free to share your pictures, your words and show your support. The changing of your profile pictures on Facebook has been very inspirational. The metal community is a tight one whether you know somebody personally or not ans your support is so much appreciated." The owner of the home where O'Brien was arrested wouldn't go on camera but told ABC Action News he thought the guitarist was hallucinating when he spoke to him about the "rapture" and claimed, "someone was after him." The homeowner added O'Brien seemed scared and at one point even hid in his closet. At a first appearance hearing Tuesday morning, a Hillsborough County judge told the 53-year-old musician, clad in an anti-suicide vest with his hands and ankles chained together, that he must first pass a drug test before he will be allowed to post $50,000 bail and leave jail. CANNIBAL CORPSE announced Monday that it would be part of the next North American leg of SLAYER's farewell tour.
Posted: December 13, 2018, 2:28 pm
Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band, was recently interviewed by "In The Vault With Shanda Golden". You can now watch the chat below. Asked if Cooper gave her any advice prior the making of her debut solo album, "Controlled Chaos", Nita said: "He didn't give me any specific words of advice, but he gave us a lot of encouragement. He and Shep Gordon, his manager, and everybody in the Alice camp have been so incredibly supportive [through] the whole process. Shep actually told me… Halfway through the crowdfunding campaign, I did an event with Alice — the ASCAP Pop Awards — and I saw his manager, and Shep took me by the shoulder and said, 'I was going to contribute to your Kickstarter [campaign], just to just to put my money in and help, but then I saw you didn't need it.' [Laughs] 'You're doing okay on your own.'" She continued: "Every step of the way, I'll get a supportive e-mail or a text from management and from the Coopers, just saying, 'Congratulations. We're very proud of you.' And Alice doesn't have to be like that with anybody — he has no reason to do anything except what's best for him. But the fact that he'll play our songs on his radio show, he'll support us… You know, he'll do anything in his power. He'll do a guest song on the album. I know he sang on the new BEASTÖ [BLANCÖ] record," referring to the band fronted by longtime ALICE COOPER bassist Chuck Garric. "And anything that he can do to support us, he always has." "Controlled Chaos" was released on November 16 via Sumerian Records. The disc was fueled by a Kickstarter campaign which generated over 600 percent of what Strauss was hoping to raise to help offset the costs around creating the record and touring it. Earlier this year, Strauss became the first female to have a signature series guitar with Ibanez. Nita is also the first female to have signature DiMarzio pickups.
Posted: December 13, 2018, 2:09 pm
LAMB OF GOD guitarist Mark Morton will release a solo album titled "Anesthetic" in 2019. The disc will feature guest appearances by a number of musicians, including late LINKIN PARK frontman Chester Bennington, LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe and ARCH ENEMY frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz. The first single from "Anesthetic" is receiving its world premiere today (Thursday, December 13) on SiriusXM's Liquid Metal. Last night, Morton tweeted: "Hey y'all. So… I've been quietly working on a solo album for the last couple of years and I am stoked to announce that it will be released in 2019! I'm beyond proud of this project and so grateful at having had the opportunity to work with so many amazingly talented friends, new and old. The album is called 'Anesthetic', and we'll be debuting the first song all day tomorrow on @SXMLiquidMetal… stay tuned!" Back in April 2017, Morton tweeted a photo of him with Bennington and hinted that they were collaborating on a new project. Bennington confirmed the news by sharing some lyrics in an Instagram story, which also revealed that LAMB OF GOD producer Josh Wilbur was also involved. Although Chester sadly committed suicide in July 2017, Morton said that their collaboration will be released at some point. "Chester and I made some really cool music together that we were both SUPER stoked about," Morton tweeted in October. "And you will hear it!"

Hey y’all. So… I’ve been quietly working on a solo album for the last couple of years and I am stoked to announce that it will be released in 2019! I’m beyond proud of this project and so grateful at having had the opportunity to work with (cont.)

— Mark Morton (@MarkDuaneMorton) December 12, 2018

so many amazingly talented friends, new and old. The album is called “Anesthetic”, and we’ll be debuting the first song all day tomorrow on @SXMLiquidMetal… stay tuned!

— Mark Morton (@MarkDuaneMorton) December 12, 2018

Posted: December 13, 2018, 1:45 pm
Michael Alago, the New York City native who signed METALLICA to Elektra three and a half decades ago, spoke to the "Juliet: Unexpected" podcast about what it was about the James Hetfield-fronted group that initially caught his attention. "Well, I [was] out every night as an A&R person," Alago said (hear audio below). "I [was] also meeting with unsigned bands, lawyers and managers in my office every day. In 24 years, I had listened to thousands upon thousands of demo tapes. Over those years, I'd heard lots of good stuff — lots of good stuff — but good ain't great. And if you thought you were gonna sign everybody good, you just can't afford to do that." He continued: "I saw METALLICA a couple of times before I signed them — I saw them at L'Amour in Brooklyn in '82, I saw them at The Stone in San Francisco in '83. I was friends, who became a close colleague of mine, Jonny [Zazula] at Megaforce Records, had a small independent label, and he said, 'I wanna send you the records we're putting out.' So they were the first METALLICA record, it was also ANTHRAX, and he may have made a RAVEN record. Well, when I heard METALLICA on vinyl, after I saw them those two times, I thought, 'These people are special. They are not doing traditional hard rock [and] heavy metal. They were combining all elements of punk and speed and British heavy metal, American hard rock and metal, into this one thing that they called METALLICA. And those two times that I saw them prior to seeing them summer of '84 at Roseland [in New York], where I actually signed them, I thought, 'These are people who are young and crazy and drink a lot, and they are so focused that it's unbelievable.' And never mind that James Hetfield has always been a wildly charismatic person on stage. And you felt that the minute you walked in the room and saw him on stage. And he knew how to whip a crowd into a frenzy. And I thought, 'Wow! These are people I want in my life.'" According to Alago, his interest in METALLICA came about after he had entertained the idea of snapping up another of Zazula's artists. "I was talking to Jonny Z about RAVEN, and I gave RAVEN demo money, because Jon thought, 'Well, they're gonna be so huge, RAVEN, and I just can't do what I need to do with them on an independent label,'" Alago recalled. "The demos that [RAVEN] sent me were fabulous. It just wasn't my thing once I heard METALLICA; all bets were off with everybody. So I saw 'em at Roseland August of '84, I ran backstage, a little drunk, hugging and kissing everybody, and they thought, 'This is an A&R person?' And they took me seriously. The next day, they were in my office in the conference room. We had beer and Chinese food. I gave them cassettes and vinyl. And it just feels like they never left the office, and the rest is history, as we know. That signing helped change the face of hard rock and heavy metal." Alago said that METALLICA's longevity is proof that the style of music they perform is timeless and is enjoyable to all ages. "35 years later, they put out that last record, 'Hardwired… To Self-Destruct'," he said. "It's very true to form — it feels like a lot of things from back in the day, from previous records — and they're still playing 30,000-seat stadiums. That's a blessing. And it's a testament to how great someone is." Alago's journey from humble roots in Brooklyn into the netherworld of downtown New York's music and arts scene of the 1970s and 1980s is the subject of a documentary, "Who The F**k Is That Guy? The Fabulous Journey Of Michael Alago", which came out last year. Director Drew Stone ("The New York Hardcore Chronicles Film", "xxx All Ages xxx: The Boston Hardcore Film") tells a uniquely American story of Alago's crazy glory days in the music business as well as how Michael survived the late '90s industry downturn and reinvented himself successfully as a visual artist, poet and published photographer.
Posted: December 13, 2018, 1:09 pm
On March 29, Knoxville, Tennessee death metallers WHITECHAPEL will release their seventh full-length album, "The Valley", via Metal Blade Records. The latest single from the disc, "Black Bear", can be streamed below. Produced once again by Mark Lewis (CANNIBAL CORPSE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER) and featuring artwork by Branca Studio, "The Valley"'s title is a reference to the part of Hardin Valley (west of Knoxville) where vocalist Phil Bozeman grew up. Set against this backdrop, he approaches his subject matter unflinchingly, building upon everything that came before, making it clear that he has survived that which he was forced to endure and is not afraid to confront it. "Phil has been upfront in his lyrics in the past about hardships he endured in his life as a child, and I believe with this record we tried to paint a better picture of that," says guitarist Alex Wade, who alongside his bandmates, stands a hundred percent behind everything their vocalist has to say. "I feel our music is Phil's release from his past, being able to get it out and speak about it, and hopefully anyone who hears it that may have gone through similar experiences can find some release in it as well." Anyone throwing "The Valley" on for the first time will immediately recognize it as the work of WHITECHAPEL, yet, as has been the case with each release, there is also evolution in play. "Sound-wise, it's all over the place," Bozeman states plainly. "There's aggression, and then you're hit with ominous and emotional guitar riffs. It's mean, but then transfers to soft and inviting. It's a whirlwind of emotions throughout." "The Valley" track listing: 01. When A Demon Defiles A Witch 02. Forgiveness Is Weakness 03. Brimstone 04. Hickory Creek 05. Black Bear 06. We Are One 07. The Other Side 08. Third Depth 09. Lovelace 10. Doom Woods
Posted: December 13, 2018, 12:13 pm
U.K. rockers BRING ME THE HORIZON have released a live performance video for their new single, "Wonderful Life". The song is taken from the band's upcoming album "Amo", which is due on January 25 via Columbia Records. The studio version of the track, featuring CRADLE OF FILTH frontman Dani Filth, received its first play on Daniel P. Carter's BBC Radio 1 show. Fans who pre-order the album digitally will receive instant downloads of "Wonderful Life" and previously released track "Mantra". BRING ME THE HORIZON frontman Oli Sykes says of the new track: "The lyrics for 'Wonderful Life' were done freestyle in the studio. It's stream of consciousness-type stuff about getting old and out of touch, being off tour and loving the mundane things in life, I guess because it's so novel when your life is mainly spent on the road. Things like weekly shops and mowing your lawn are quite nice. People who spend most of their lives away from home can surely relate. I guess on top of that there's this inner crisis I have of being a boring person but still having a desire to go wild inside me every now and again… But, yeah, all in all, it's mostly word vomit... but also some of my favorite lyrics. The beginning is 100 percent legit and the irony was just too good, so we left it like that." BRING ME THE HORIZON's North American 16-city "First Love" tour will kick off January 23 and will include stops at The Forum in Los Angeles and Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, where a second show was just added due to overwhelming demand. "Amo" track listing: 01. I Apologise If You Feel Something 02. Mantra 03. Nihilist Blues (feat. Grimes) 04. In The Dark 05. Wonderful Life (feat. Dani Filth) 06. Ouch 07. Medicine 08. Sugar Honey Ice & Tea 09. Why You Gotta Kick Me When I'm Down? 10. Fresh Bruises 11. Mother Tongue 12. Heavy Metal (feat. Rahzel) 13. I Don't Know What To Say
Posted: December 13, 2018, 12:05 pm
GHOST's Tobias Forge spoke to Resurrection Fest about the fact that most musicians are not immune to criticism. Asked if he is the kind of sensitive person that pays attention to what the "haters" have to say, Forge responded (see video below): "I am, to a degree. But I flip as well. I'm a little bit torn between personalities in one way where I care a lot about what that person or that person thinks of me whereas I couldn't give a fuck about what that person thinks or that person thinks. And I might be afraid of conflict with certain people, but if it's someone down the street, I couldn't give a toss. As most people, I guess, I'm not super linear. I have different sides of myself." He continued: "Being very interested in other bands, in terms of rock history, for lack of a better word, I also know that most bands that I know of that have made it on a grander scale… I mean, I like a lot of bands that never made it, that are completely commercially… complete flops that I like, because of other reasons. But bands that I look up to in terms of the things that I also commercially wanna amount to — bands that are bigger and have a long career — most of them have been, in one way or form, at odds with a part of the mass. I mean, I fucking adore METALLICA. And remember — most people don't, because most people weren't there; myself included, I was not there — but I know that when they had 'Ride The Lightning' out, that divided their fanbase completely, because it was a complete quote-unquote sellout album, with a ballad on it. And now, people would never call that a sellout album. So you have to have ice in your stomach, as they say [in Sweden]. If I'm half as right as I think I am, and I think I'm doing something great — I make some people happy — time will tell what we were." GHOST is on tour promoting its latest album, "Prequelle", which came out in June. The North American trek, known as "A Pale Tour Named Death", is visiting nearly 40 cities, including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Toronto. Forge performed as a "new" Papa Emeritus on each of GHOST's first three albums, with each version of Papa replacing the one that came before it. Papa Emeritus III was retired in favor of Cardinal Copia before the release of "Prequelle".
Posted: December 13, 2018, 11:28 am
The 1996 self-titled album from MACHINE HEAD/VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel's TORQUE project will be reissued on January 18, 2019 via Mascot Records. The new version of the disc includes four bonus tracks and will be made available as a CD, on vinyl and as a digital download. The song "Anger Mine", which is one of the bonus tracks on the reissue, can be streamed below. It was 1994 when one of the San Francisco Bay Area thrash scenes leading lights, VIO-LENCE, called it a day following the departure of vocalist Sean Killian, who retired, and Robb Flynn, who went on to form MACHINE HEAD. The other members of VIO-LENCE formed the riff-heavy, groove-infused thrashers TORQUE, which saw Demmel taking on lead vocals for the first time. He was joined in the group by guitarist Ray Vegas, bassist Deen Dell and drummer Mark Hernandez, who helped create a formidably crushing four-way vocal assault with a tank-like heaviness that was to burn brightly, but briefly. TORQUE released three demos between 1994 and 1997 before issuing the aforementioned album. In 2003, Demmel joined Flynn in MACHINE HEAD. Three songs — "Breed", "Again" and "Shooter" — from the original "Torque" release were written while the band was still recording as VIO-LENCE, which means they feature lyrics written by Killian before he left the band in 1993. Upon making the decision to form TORQUE, Demmel entered the studio to re-record the vocals, and on the strength of those demos, Mascot signed the band. The album was then recorded at O Street Studios in Antioch, California with producer Rob Beaton (BUCKETHEAD, SAMMY HAGAR, EXHORDER). TORQUE's songs all brimmed with explosive undertones such as dealing the world's problems with ultra-extreme consequences ("Breed"), a serial killer's struggle with the dark side ("Shooter") and being hunted ("Again"). "'Shooter' was one of the slowest VIO-LENCE songs I ever wrote, so it was a difficult song to sing and play at the same time," Demmel remembers. Looking back on that time, he recalls: "With writing and creating music, we all were willing to try each other's ideas; all contributions were welcomed. We wanted to stay true to our core and get out and share it with as many people as possible." At 11 songs long, "Torque" is a relentless ride through addiction ("H.L.S."), domestic abuse ("Nothing"), revenge ("Dead You Lay") and being falsely accused and convicted of a crime ("Pulled") in amongst blazing riffery. Of the epic "Hand Over Fist", Demmel says: "The intro to the song was actually used as an instrumental before the last few VIO-LENCE shows — one of them a co-headline with MACHINE HEAD." "We were able pull a decent draw right out of the gate, but supporting EXODUS at the Maritime Hall was a highlight," he said. "Sean came up and sang 'Breed' with us and we destroyed. We were brought over to play the Dynamo festival in the Netherlands and we left with lifetime memories. A landmark event for us all. "I have nothing but fond memories of my time spent with these guys playing these songs. Great dudes to be in a band with. It was a tough time to be in a metal band in the mid-'90s and I'm proud of what we were able to do in that time." The new version of "Torque" includes liner notes written by Demmel. The reissue features four bonus songs, taken from the band's last recordings, the "1997 Demo": "Circling", "Erased", "Sever" and "Isolation/Anger Mine". Track listing: 01. H.L.S. 02. Again 03. Nothing 04. Shooter 05. Dead You Lay 06. Choking 07. Forgotten 08. Pulled 09. Will Of Stone 10. Breed 11. Hand Over Fist 12. Circling (bonus track) 13. Erased (bonus track) 14. Sever (bonus track) 15. Isolation / Anger Mine (bonus track)
Posted: December 13, 2018, 10:50 am
MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee appears to have made up with his son Brandon, less than a year after an alleged brawl between them at the rocker's home in Calabasas, California. Last night, Tommy took to his Instagram to share a photo of him and his son embracing, captioned simply: "I love you son." At the time of the March incident, Brandon released a statement to People, in which he claimed his father is battling alcoholism and that he had worked "tirelessly organizing an intervention." "I wanted my dad's hopeful sobriety and recovery to be a private family matter but, as a result of his accusations on social media, I feel forced to speak out," the 22-year-old said in the statement. "I have and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement as needed. I love my father and just want to see him sober, happy and healthy." Tommy denied the allegations the same day, tweeting: "I'm happier than I've been in my entire life. I have a few drinks here & there because I'm fuckin' retired and enjoying my life. I worked 30+ fuckin' years I deserve it. You didn't arrange any intervention, you barely spoke to me while u were here." This past June, Brandon offered to pay for his father's rehab, less than a day after Tommy took another swipe at Brandon on social media. After Brandon shared some of their turbulent recent history — even revealing that Tommy did not call his son for his birthday on June 5 — Tommy posted a tweet in which he tallied up the costs of various things in Brandon's life he paid for, including a stint in rehab. Tommy tweeted: "Rehab for son: $130,000...Party for son's 21st birthday last year: $40,000...Medical Bills after son knocks his father unconscious and uses 'alcoholism' as scapegoat: $10,000...Son acting like a victim on social media on father's day: Priceless." He then posted an image signifying a mic drop. Brandon himself responded on Instagram, writing: "I thank my Dad for paying for my treatment. It's the best thing he's ever done for me. Today I am almost two years sober. Every day that goes by I feel ever more grateful. My clear mind has allowed me to do a lot with this time. So much so that I would like to offer to pay for his treatment." This all began when Tommy took to Instagram to honor his dad, while remarking on his own failures as a father. He wrote in part: "Sometimes I feel like I failed as a father, because my kids don't know the value of things . . . I love my boys but they can be assholes too and that's the truth (Cue Honest Guy music)." Brandon later fired back: "You gotta show up to be a Dad big guy. If you think we're so bad (which I can assure you we are not) then you should have showed up to a few more BDays and baseball games." A follow-up post, later removed, contained a video of an unconscious Tommy lying on the floor in a T-shirt and underwear — the footage apparently taken during the alleged March assault. Representatives for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's office, who arrived on the scene soon after the March incident, previously told People magazine that Tommy and Brandon had been arguing about a series of tweets and photos Tommy had posted responding to an interview given by his former wife — and Brandon's mother — Pamela Anderson. During an appearance on Piers Morgan's morning show, Anderson recalled Lee's 1998 arrest for spousal battery, for which he pleaded no contest and spent six months in prison.
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Posted: December 13, 2018, 10:38 am
Earlier this year, ALICE IN CHAINS released "Rainier Fog" (BMG), the band's first album in five years. It hit No. 1 on Billboard's Rock, Alternative and Hard Music Charts and No. 1 on the iTunes Rock Album Chart and has now earned ALICE IN CHAINS a much-deserved Grammy nomination for "Best Rock Album." It's the band's ninth Grammy nod. Today the band has announced a special "Rainier Fog" movie project titled "Black Antenna", produced and directed by filmmaker Adam Mason. Inspired by the sound of "Rainier Fog", Mason has created a stunning 90-minute sci-fi film which will be rolled out in ten episodic segments/videos beginning at the top of the new year, with each episode set to a different song from the album. A "Black Antenna" preview can be seen below. "I'm a longtime fan of the band," says Mason. "And this was an opportunity to do something fresh and inspiring from an indie filmmaking side. The sound and vision between album and film are closely intertwined — it was a brilliant synergy that led to a really unique project." "We've always toyed with the idea of creating videos for every song on one of our albums," says drummer Sean Kinney. "Not only did we do that for 'Rainier Fog', it got totally out of hand and we made a whole goddamn movie. Everything that will be seen in the videos will be footage from 'Black Antenna' to preface the complete film's release." The band's first new studio effort in five years, "Rainier Fog" marks a few firsts for ALICE IN CHAINS: it's their first album for BMG and their first time recording in their hometown of Seattle in more than 20 years (worth noting that the album title is a tribute to Seattle). The "Rainier Fog" recording process also saw the band spend time at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles and at the Nashville studio of producer Nick Raskulinecz. "Rainier Fog" is the third straight ALICE IN CHAINS album recorded with Raskulinecz and engineer Paul Figueroa. The album was mixed by Joe Barresi (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, TOOL). Photo credit: Pamela Littky
Posted: December 13, 2018, 10:15 am
In a brand new interview with 90.3 WMSC FM, Myles Kennedy confirmed that, prior to the inclusion of the late Scott Weiland, he had been asked to throw his hat into the ring for the VELVET REVOLVER vocalist position, but that didn't work out. "Well, they'd reached out and asked if I'd be interested in auditioning," Myles said. "So, long story short, I respectfully declined, but I was beyond honored that they thought of me. For whatever reason, it didn't feel like it would work at that point. That was the right move, 'cause I think that when Scott Weiland got in the mix, I was, like, 'Oh, yeah. That's the guy.' I really love that band, actually; I thought those records were really cool. I thought he had just kind of a dangerous vibe that suited what they were doing." According to Myles, that wasn't the only time he had been approached to try out for the VELVET REVOLVER singer gig. "It's interesting: there were two times," he said. "So, the first time, Slash reached out. He doesn't even remember this, but in 2002 — I think it was the summer or fall of 2002, before Weiland was even in the mix — I remember my manager had called me at the time and he said, 'You might be getting a call from somebody in this camp, because they're looking for singers.' But I was blown away when I picked up the phone and Slash was on the other end of the line. And then, about seven years later, after they had parted ways with Scott and ALTER BRIDGE was on hiatus, they reached out. So, yeah, there were two times. But I never auditioned — it was just something that had been talked about and never came to fruition." In addition to Slash and one-time STONE TEMPLE PILOTS frontman Weiland, VELVET REVOLVER featured GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum. The band cut two albums before dismissing Weiland in 2008 and going on permanent hiatus. Slash told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that the rest of VELVET REVOLVER ultimately harbored no ill will toward Weiland. "No, you can't really get pissed off at Scott because, you know, we knew what we were getting into going into it and, you know, he managed to do pretty well for a while there," he said. "But then he turned around and it was aggravating and frustrating and all those negatives, but at the same time, you can't sit there and be surprised. And it was a pretty good run with him, for a minute." Earlier this year, Slash told Rolling Stone about Weiland's December 2015 death: "As crazed as that whole period was, I was still shocked to hear about Scott. But yeah, VELVET REVOLVER was no fun. I have nothing positive to say about that experience except that we did write some cool stuff." Myles and Slash ended up working together when the guitarist again hit up Kennedy, this time to sing on a couple tunes on Slash's 2010 solo debut. Kennedy later took a more central role — under the SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS banner — on 2012's "Apocalyptic Love", 2014's "World On Fire" and the recently released "Living The Dream".
Posted: December 13, 2018, 9:44 am
In a new interview with Music Radar, Swedish guitarist/vocalist/producer Erik Martensson (ECLIPSE, NORDIC UNION, W.E.T., AMMUNITION) discussed how he's managed to stay so prolific in recent years. "When I start writing and start working on music, I'm pretty fast at it," he said. "That kind of saves me, because I don't spend day after day trying to write a song. If I have inspiration, I write pretty fast, and sometimes, I can get a pre-production demo in two hours, from the initial idea to something you can listen to and send over to someone. Sometimes, of course, it will take days — you're not satisfied with a part, but you still like the song, so you rework it — but most times, it goes really fast." Martensson's latest release is "Second Coming", the sophomore album by NORDIC UNION, his project with fellow Scandinavian Ronnie Atkins (PRETTY MAIDS). He confirmed that when writing material for the new record, the pair drew inspiration from "the more moody kind of songs" from the group's 2016 self-titled debut. "From the first album, some of those songs, they had a kind of sound that doesn't sound like every other band. That's what we tried to focus on," he said. He noted that one new NORDIC UNION song, however, was written while he was working on the latest W.ET. album, "Earthrage". "I try to always write all the songs consistently in a specific period, just to keep the whole vibe of the album intact," he said. "Sometimes, of course, it happens that I come up with riffs or even songs like 'Walk Me Through The Fire'. That was actually written while I was writing the previous W.E.T. album. [I thought,] 'This really sounds like NORDIC UNION, not W.E.T.,' so I saved it. It happens, but not usually. Usually, I just go for it, and I always, always try to make the best possible album. It's not that I'm keeping the best songs for ECLIPSE or something else. I always try to make the best record ever." Martensson's next release will be the new album by ECLIPSE, which is on track to be released in May. "We're going to keep trying to find out what is ECLIPSE — what is our sound? — and wash away even more of the influences we've had since we were kids, and try to come up with something unique and original," he said. Read more at MusicRadar.com. In addition to fronting ECLIPSE — whose latest album, "Monumentum", was released via Frontiers Music Srl in 2017 — Martensson wrote, produced and performed on three of 2018's top melodic rock/AOR releases: "Earthrage", the third album by W.E.T.; "Second Coming", the sophomore effort by NORDIC UNION; and the self-titled second album by AMMUNITION.
Posted: December 13, 2018, 8:34 am
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has officially announced next year's inductees: DEF LEPPARD, RADIOHEAD, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, THE CURE, ROXY MUSIC and THE ZOMBIES will all join the class of 2019. This was the first time that DEF LEPPARD appeared on the ballot. DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott said: "First of all, a massive thanks to all our fans and past inductees who voted for us. Congratulations to all our fellow inductees. We stand alongside some amazing artists, past and present. What an absolute honor." Guitarist Phil Collen stated: "We started 2018 off at the Royal Albert Hall and to now cap it all off with a nod into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is brilliant." Added bassist Rick Savage: "Being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame puts DEF LEPPARD in a class of peers that we've always appreciated and admired. We're looking forward to the ceremony." Commented guitarist Vivian Campbell: "Coming into DEF LEPPARD after stints with other bands, it was immediately apparent to me that LEPPARD had ambition far beyond most. As a fan from the early years, I'd heard that ambitionin the music, blending genres to craft the unique LEPPARD sound. After 26 years as the new guy, I can assure you that the work ethic and the collective focus of this band is just as strong to this day." Said drummer Rick Allen: "What an honor for DEF LEPPARD to be included in this year's induction with so many other talented and deserving artists." Elliott told Rolling Stone that he was pleased to learn that original guitarist Pete Willis, who was fired after the band's second album, was included in the list of members who will be inducted into the Rock Hall next year. "Pete is invited," he said. "Absolutely. Whether he comes or not is up to him. We might have to drag him there by his hair. But he deserves to be inducted since he was involved in the first three albums. A lot of people aren't aware that he did play until halfway through 'Pyromania'. He contributed as much as anybody on the first two albums. Of course he deserves to get in. I haven't seen Pete in 14 years. I don't know if he's aware yet. We're going to reach out to him over the next day or two now that the dust has settled and we'll see if he wants to come. Asked if DEF LEPPARD will perform with Willis that night, Elliott said: "I haven't thought about that, but I don't think we'll be playing anything from that far back. But being there is part of the thing. Pete has kind of moved away from this kind of stuff, so he might just be a little reluctant to come along. The truth is that it's obviously right that he gets in and he gets his statute, or however it works, but the success of the band was mostly to do with everyone else. I think that anybody would rightly say that the reason we got nominated is more likely to be because of the work we did after Pete left. He helped us lay the groundwork for what was to come, but the success of the band was more with Phil [Collen] and Steve [Clark] and then with Vivian [Campbell]. It's like a rocket that goes to the moon. The bit that gets ejected two minutes into the flight is still an important part when it sets off. It's just not that important when it gets into orbit. Pete is kind of that guy, I suppose. He was an integral part of the band when we started off, but we went our different ways. It became clear that we couldn't go any further with him in 1982. We had four years together, but we've been together for 40. There are 36 other years in this band that he had nothing to do with. Playing with him might be a bit weird, but I don't see why he couldn't come if he wants to. He's totally welcome." In addition to Willis, the current lineup of DEF LEPPARD is listed for Rock Hall induction along with the late Steve Clark. Willis was an integral member of DEF LEPPARD who co-wrote many songs on "On Through The Night" (1980), "High 'N' Dry" (1981) and several on the band's 1983 breakthrough album, "Pyromania" ("Photograph", "Too Late For Love", "Comin' Under Fire" and "Billy's Got A Gun"). The 34th annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will be held March 29 at Brooklyn, New York's Barclays Center. HBO will broadcast a truncated version of the ceremony later in the year. Ballots were sent to a voting group of more than 1,000 artists, historians and music-industry professionals. The public was invited to participate again this year in the fan vote. The top five artists made up a fan's ballot, which counted as a single vote. Rock Hall rules state that artists become eligible 25 years after their first records were released, but the Hall also claims that other "criteria include the influence and significance of the artists' contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock 'n' roll," which is, of course, open to interpretation. One of the top-selling rock acts of of all time, DEF LEPPARD has been eligible for the Rock Hall since 2004. The 2019 nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1993. Despite being eligible for induction since 1999 — 25 years after the release of its first disc — KISS didn't get its first nomination until 2009, and was finally inducted in 2014. DEEP PURPLE was eligible for the Rock Hall since 1993 but didn't get inducted until 2016.
Posted: December 13, 2018, 8:04 am
Dutch metallers DELAIN will release "Hunter's Moon" on February 22, 2019 via Napalm Records. The effort consists of exciting new studio tracks accompanied by a live Blu-ray from the band's sold-out "Danse Macabre" 2017 European tour. "Hunter's Moon" is the final in the trilogy, and follows on from DELAIN's EP "Lunar Prelude" and the full-length album "Moonbathers". "Hunter's Moon" includes four brand new tracks, ten live songs, and a Blu-ray shot at the infamous Utrecht Tivoli, featuring many special guests, including NIGHTWISH's Marco Hietala. The Blu-ray truly encapsulates DELAIN's breathtaking stage performance and showcases the band's stunning stage production. The cover art for "Hunter's Moon" was created by Cam Rackam and can be seen below. "Hunter's Moon" track listing: Brand new studio tracks 01. Masters Of Destiny 02. Hunter's Moon 03. This Silence Is Mine 04. Art Kills Live from Utrecht 05. Hands Of Gold - Live (feat. George Oosthoek) 06. Danse Macabre - Live 07. Scarlet - Live 08. Your Body Is A Battleground - Live (feat. Marco Hietala) 09. Nothing Left - Live (feat. Marco Hietala) 10. Control The Storm - Live (feat. Marco Hietala) 11. Sing To Me - Live (feat. Marco Hietala) 12. Not Enough - Live 13. Scandal - Live (feat. Marco Hietala) 14. The Gathering - Live (feat. Marco Hietala) DELAIN stated: "Along with the live Blu-ray are four new studio tracks. Two of these offer a preview of what we are working on for our new full-length studio album, which we expect to release in 2019. 'Masters Of Destiny' is a dramatic, cinematic track that we're excited to shoot an equally dramatic video for this week. The title track, 'Hunter's Moon', has more of a catchy feel and will hopefully appeal to our fans featuring heavy riffs, orchestrations, a large chorus and as a novel feature, Timo's screams. Our guitarists stepped to the forefront on this release in writing 'This Silence Is Mine' (Timo Somers) and 'Art Kills' (Merel Bechtold). With fond live memories, classic and new sounds we're excited to present 'Hunter's Moon' to the world!" Hietala stated about the "Danse Macabre" tour: "I was really pleased to do the tour, because it gave me a chance to challenge myself in different surroundings and band dynamics. In the end, it comes down to the same old but great thing. I love doing good shows with good people for good audiences. All for one and one for all!" DELAIN said about the live Blu-ray: "The 'Moonbathers' tour has been a hell of a ride and the 'Danse Macabre' shows were an absolute highlight. We are excited to share the footage of our show at Tivoli Vredenburg with you on this brand new Blu-ray. It was great to finally perform all of our collaborations with Marco live, something our fans have been asking for for such a long time! Also gracing the stage were George Oosthoek, who gave his signature sound to 'Hands Of Gold', and Elianne Anemaat, who adorned 'Scarlet' with her beautiful cello tones. The Tivoli show had such an amazing atmosphere and was one of the highlights of our career. Plus a home match for some of us! We are thrilled to have this Blu-ray as a physical souvenir of the night and we hope that our fans will enjoy it as much as we did." DELAIN is: Martijn Westerholt - Keyboards Charlotte Wessels - Vocals Joey Marin de Boer - Drums Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije - Bass Timo Somers - Guitar Merel Bechtold - Guitar Photo credit: Sandra Ludwig
Posted: December 13, 2018, 7:45 am
Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing's 1967 Flying V that was his main instrument on several of classic PRIEST albums — from "Sad Wings Of Destiny" to "Point Of Entry"has sold for a whopping £150,000 (approximately $189,000). The original estimate was £15,000-18,000 ($19,000-$23,000). International auction house Bonhams sold 11 of Downing's guitars on Tuesday (December 11) as part of the Entertainment Memorabilia auction. Other items for sale at Bonhams's New Bond Street premises in Central London included K.K. 's 1971 Gibson Flying V Medallion guitar, which sold for £81,250 (approximately $102,000). The original estimate was £12,000-14,000. Also sold were Marshall amp heads, guitar FX and a pair of leather jackets from the "Turbo" and "Screaming For Vengeance" tours. Earlier this year, Downing sold his share of the royalty rights to 136 of JUDAS PRIEST's tracks, including classic songs "Breaking The Law", "Living After Midnight" and "Painkiller", to Round Hill Music. The deal was made following the collapse of his luxury golf course venture. The rights, which consist of Downing's publishing and writer's share, and his artist royalties from the master recordings, were put up for sale after a number of his U.K. leisure businesses were placed into administration (similar to Chapter 11 insolvency in the U.S.). According to administrators FRP Advisory LLP, who handled the rights sale, Downing's catalog share generates between $340,000 and $400,000 per year in royalties. K.K. announced his retirement from PRIEST in April 2011. He has since been replaced by Richie Faulkner, who was once the guitarist in the backing group for Lauren Harris, daughter of IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris. Downing's autobiography, "Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest", was released in September via Hachette Audio as a digital download, and in print and ebook from Da Capo Press. The book was co-written by the Scottish author and journalist Mark Eglinton, whose previous collaborations include "Official Truth, 101 Proof" with Rex Brown of PANTERA and "Confessions Of A Heretic" with BEHEMOTH's Adam "Nergal" Darski.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 7:41 pm
TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider has confirmed to Finland's Kaaos TV that he is planning the follow-up to his latest solo album, "For The Love Of Metal", which came out in July. "Napalm, my label, has already green-lit the record," he said (see video below). "We're already working on songs for the next record. We're not ready to go to the studio yet — it's a process. And with everybody [being involved with other projects] — [producer] Jamey's [Jasta] got HATEBREED and JASTA, and my other players, the Bellmore brothers, they work with TOXIC HOLOCAUST and… I forget the name of their other band… But they're always working, and they work with me. So we're working on new stuff." He continued: "I really feel like I have found my place in the contemporary scene. I know I'm a legacy artist and I'm viewed that way, like [Rob] Halford or any of these people, but at the same time, I've got a sound that's connecting with people — my old fans and new fans. And for me, as an original metalhead, I love the idea that I'm making music that people feel matters now. It's not an oldies thing — it's not about songs from the past that they love. It's new songs from today that mean something to them. So that's important to me. So, yes, there will be 'For The Love Of Metal II', or whatever we call it." Asked if he will be more involved with the songwriting next time around than he was on "For The Love Of Metal", Snider responded: "You know what? I don't think so. As I said very publicly, I wasn't involved in the songwriting [on 'For The Love Of Metal']. I stopped songwriting in the '90s, 'cause I really didn't understand how to make contemporary, new-sounding metal songs without copying other bands. I found myself studying and imitating bands, and that's not from the heart. Music should be from the heart. When I wrote 'We're Not Gonna Take It', when I wrote 'I Wanna Rock', it was from here [points to his heart], it was not from my brian. So with Jamey and the guys, they really understood me, and Jamey spent a lot of time with me to know what was important to me. And they absolutely had their finger on the pulse of the songs, of what I should be doing. And it came out incredible. So I'm not gonna throw a wrench in the works and say, 'Well, now I'll take it from here, boys.' But that said, certainly now that I'm feeling understanding what my sound is, understanding what is connecting with people, I expect that I will be more involved. I just didn't wanna make it sound like I was gonna take over control from Jamey and the guys. I told Jamey, 'Man, you had a vision with me, and I wanna keep on that path.' I mean, there were times on this record where I gave input, but it wasn't enough that I was gonna put my name down and say, 'Oh, I need credit for that,' or whatever, 'cause I had an idea. Yeah, I had ideas, but they weren't most of the ideas. I can see getting more involved, but I'm certainly gonna let Jamey and the Bellmore brothers… they're gonna drive and I'm gonna sit in the back and go like this [raises his hand in approval]." "For The Love Of Metal" featured contributions from Howard Jones (ex-KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), Mark Morton (LAMB OF GOD), Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY), Joel Grind and Nick Bellmore (TOXIC HOLOCAUST), and Charlie Bellmore (KINGDOM OF SORROW). TWISTED SISTER called it quits in 2016 after completing a farewell 40th-anniversary tour.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 6:52 pm
Philip Anselmo spoke to Desde El Underground TV about the lyrical themes covered on "Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue", the second album from his PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS solo project, which was released in January via Anselmo's Housecore Records in the U.S. and Season Of Mist in other parts of the world. "I take [mental illness] really seriously," he said (see video below). "I mean, look no further than what happened to my guitar player from PANTERA for me to be very, very concerned with mental illness. So I would say for people to talk to each other, love each other and put love first. And if you put love first, things normally work out. It can't happen every time, but, hey, man… You've gotta stay tight." Anselmo went on to say that he is not immune to the effects of mental illness. "I guess being injured — my entire career being plagued with injuries — it ends up fucking with the brain a little bit," he explained. "And there's so many different levels to it. Sometimes you can just wake up and it's [snaps fingers] like that. Sometimes it'll take a small thing to put you over and you're in a dark place. But, for me, I think, with the band I have, the good guys I have and the love that they show me, back and forth, the friendship that we have, it helps a great deal. Plus writing the music and getting to perform the stuff, it helps a lot with coping, man, and just dealing with stuff." He added: "I always say, as a person, just like everybody else… Human beings are one step away from disaster, no matter what, so it's kind of up to the rest of us to watch each other's backs, help each other up when we're down and just make sure we don't take that one step too far." On December 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott was shot and killed onstage by a troubled schizophrenic who believed that the members of PANTERA were stealing his thoughts. This past January, Anselmo undwent back surgery — the latest in a line of corrective procedures designed to helped him deal with the damage to his back, neck, and knees sustained over three decades of touring. "Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue" is the follow-up to PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS' debut, "Walk Through Exits Only", which came out in 2013 to mostly positive reviews.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 6:06 pm
Vocalist Mike Muir of Venice, California crossover thrash/hardcore punk legends SUICIDAL TENDENCIES spoke to the KLOS radio show "Whiplash" about the band's Converse collaboration. The Converse x Suicidal Tendencies collection is a collection of Chuck 70's and accompanying apparel based on digital and screen-printed graphics in the classic style of Ric Clayton, who designed posters and fliers for the band back in the '80s. Asked by host Full Metal Jackie what was the most important thing that needed to happen for him to agree to the idea of a collaboration with Converse, Mike said: "When I was 12 years old, I remember the first pair of Chucks I got. And, to me, what they represent is a very cool thing. It's what I wore. And besides that, fortunately, a lot of people that actually work there now, I didn't even realize it, but I knew from other places that ended up being there. It's a really good atmosphere, and they get what the band is about. And it was one of those ones where, you know, they talk as a business and they have to do their business things, but they go, 'This is something that we think is really important.' And when you get a call from the GM or something, they're like, 'We really want to do this.' Everybody says they don't like to do things they don't like to do, but they go, 'This is something we'd be really proud of.' And it's something I'm very proud of.' He continued: "It's cool, because, even when I got the samples, I didn't tell anybody, 'cause it's one of those ones where you don't need to tell anybody. But we got the sample. On the one side, it has the SUICIDAL circle logo, and people look at it, like, 'Oh that's cool. It's kind of like a Converse rip-off.' And then we turn around to the other side and they see the Converse logo on it, and they're, like, 'What? What was that?' And, like I said, I didn't really tell anybody, but the day that they announced that it was coming out, I got so many calls and texts and e-mails from people that I haven't talked to in a long time. They were, like, 'Dude, I just saw that. That is so cool. [I'm] so happy and proud. Proud for SUICIDAL, proud for everything.' And they're, like, 'Dude you nailed it. I just wanted to say that.' So, that was amazing — something I never even expected." The Chuck 70 HI's vintage canvas upper features an all-over digital print and the SUICIDAL TENDENCIES leather patch on the lateral side. An Ox version, comes in black with an all-over digitally printed lining. The SUICIDAL TENDENCIES logo is printed on the tongue and heel. Both the Hi and the Ox pair feature two sets of additional laces, including a SUICIDAL TENDENCIES printed logo lace. All apparel, which feature original, screen-printed SUICIDAL TENDENCIES artwork, include a woven poplin shirt, two pullover hoodies, a pair of sweatpants, a pair of sweatshorts, one long-sleeve tee, and two short-sleeve tees. The footwear is retailing for a suggested retail price of $90-$95 USD. Apparel is retailing for SRP of $35-$80 USD.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 5:11 pm
Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has confirmed to Goldmine that he would willing to take part in the band's just-announced "End Of The Road" world tour "if the numbers were right." Frehley first left KISS in 1982. He rejoined in 1996 and parted ways with the band once again in 2002 after the conclusion of their first "farewell tour." Since his departure, guitarist Tommy Thayer has assumed the role of the Spaceman. Asked how he would like to see KISS's final tour pan out, Frehley said: "When I read the comments the fans make on the Internet — every once in a while I'll spend a half hour or an hour reading comments — invariably 80-90 percent of the KISS fans want a full-blown reunion. I don't know if that's possible; it could be a variation of it. There's no way KISS is gonna go out with a bang with the lineup they have now. It's half of a cover band. I love Eric [Singer, drums] and I love Tommy, but it's half of a KISS cover band. Paul [Stanley] and Gene [Simmons] are the two original guys and they've got two guys playing my part and Peter's [Criss] part. I think it works better overseas or in South America where the people aren't as educated as to who is in the band, but it's getting tired in America. Ever since 2014, when we were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, pretty much all of America realized that I was not in the band and Peter's not in the band and I think a lot of people in America weren't even sure that I had left. When they made the switch between me and Tommy, they really didn't publicize it and I don't think they wanted to. I mean, I remember getting phone calls in 2008, 2009 and people would call me up and say, 'Hey, you're playing my hometown. Can you get me tickets?', and I'd go, 'No. I'm not in the band anymore.' I mean, that happened multiple times. My departure from the band the second time around wasn't highly promoted." Still, Frehley does not rule out playing with KISS again if asked to come back. "I would be up for it if the numbers were right and if it was presented to me in the right way, sure," he said. "It's not necessarily something that I am craving to do, but I want to do it for the fans because the fans are the ones who made us all famous and rich and turned us into superstars. I want to do what the fans want. I want to make the fans happy and it seems like that's the direction they are pointing towards. I'd be willing to do anything to make the fans happy." Frehley's new solo album, "Spaceman", was released on October 19 via eOne. Simmons co-wrote two tracks on the disc, "Without You I'm Nothing" and "Your Wish Is My Command", the latter of which also features Simmons's bass playing. Back in October, Frehley told Yahoo! Entertainment that he had "nothing bad to say about Tommy… You know, it'd be one thing if Tommy would have invented his own character, invented his own guitar solos," he said. "But unfortunately, he's copying everything I do, note for note. There's not much leeway for anybody to say what he's doing is original. I don't know how I could handle that, you know? I don't think I could step into a situation and be somebody else. It's almost like being a robot. Poor Tommy. My heart bleeds for him."
Posted: December 12, 2018, 4:34 pm
Tobias Forge has told Philadelphia's 93.3 WMMR radio station that his "biggest wish right now" is to make a GHOST-branded pinball machine. "I love pinball," he said (hear audio below). "And from the amount of characters that we have, that's a little bit more my focus right now. Just knowing that I wanna make a pinball machine with finally enough fodder to make that now… It's a long way to the top if you wanna have a pinball machine." Asked if he owns any pinball machines, Forge said: "No, not yet. But it's definitely… I have a long purchase list of things that I want in my so-called 'man cave.'" Forge also confirmed that he has entertained the idea of developing a musical based on GHOST's music. "However, I think the one different aspect of what I have in mind, as opposed to other rock musicals, is that most other rock musicals, except for 'Tommy', I guess, and a few more, is that we're not technically a historic band, so it would not be a legacy thing where there would be a retrospective of all of our songs," he explained. "I am not a big artist myself. I am, I guess, a somewhat successful songwriter now," he continued. "But I think that my value is GHOST and my writing via GHOST. And just because of the imagery and the little bit of a legacy we do have, I think that the best way to explain what I would propose to a production company is, basically, a little bit like GOBLIN. GHOST would be the composer of the track, and we would lend maybe a character to play the main character. You'd have Cardinal Copia or Papa Emeritus to play the character of this villain. But, obviously, I am not a screenplay writer. I would probably not entertain the idea of writing the whole thing myself. I would probably do a story that that I already like a lot, that I would love to put music on, and then try to do my rendition of it. But with someone else, obviously, because it's a big endeavor."' Tobias added: "Let's just say that we are looking at the prospects and we know that it takes a long time and a lot of collaboration. And we've been talking about it for years. So we're very much doing the political stuff right now and trying to achieve that. And that is still four or five years in the future." GHOST is on tour promoting its latest album, "Prequelle", which came out in June. The North American trek, known as "A Pale Tour Named Death", is visiting nearly 40 cities, including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Toronto. Forge performed as a "new" Papa Emeritus on each of GHOST's first three albums, with each version of Papa replacing the one that came before it. Papa Emeritus III was retired in favor of Cardinal Copia before the release of "Prequelle".
Posted: December 12, 2018, 3:21 pm

 

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