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KISS has canceled its previously announced Australian tour due to illness. Earlier this week, it was announced that doctors had advised Paul Stanley to rest due to a bad case of influenza, prompting the rescheduling of the tour's first show in Perth and the cancelation of New Zealand. It was hoped the extra few days rest would allow Stanley the chance for a complete recovery so the tour could proceed as planned. However, unfortunately, this has not occurred. Stanley has an additional infection in his throat requiring complete vocal rest and medication for at least two weeks and possibly longer. Stanley said: "Words cannot begin to convey our massive disappointment in having to cancel our 'End Of The Road' tour of your incredible country. Our connection to you is unparalleled and decades deep. We waited as long as we could and held out hope to the last minute that my situation would clear up and we would be able to march forward. Doctor's orders ultimately have taken precedence and finally we now find ourselves with no choice but to surrender. With heavy hearts, KISS." Promoters One World Entertainment and TEG Live said: "We are devastated with the cancelation of the Australian tour. We've been in constant contact with the band in the past few days hoping for a positive outcome. We know how much fans were looking forward to the tour. We send our best wishes to Paul for a speedy recovery." Tickets purchased by credit or debit card will be refunded in full (including ticket insurance premium, if relevant) and patrons do not need to take any action. Patrons should allow up to 10 working days for the refund to appear in their account. Patrons who purchased tickets in an Agency using cash or EFTPOS will be contacted via phone in the next 15 days to arrange for a full refund. For Supercars Newcastle 500 tickets, the concert portion will be refunded, being $65 for Gold tickets and $115 for One Last KISS tickets. All refunds will go back to the credit card it was purchased on by December 6.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 11:47 pm
Scott Weiland's widow Jamie Weiland is selling two of his VELVET REVOLVER-era hats on eBay, each with a starting bid of $3,500. A message on the eBay auction page reads: "Scott Weiland's Black and Red Skull Hat from VELVET REVOLVER Days – Authentic. This hat was gifted to me by my late husband before he passed. It has been protected from light, dust, etc. in a container in my home. A certificate of authenticity will be included. Please message me if you have any questions." Jamie explained her decision to sell the hats in a message on Instagram. She wrote: "My husband gifted these to me years ago and they've been carefully cared for, and despite my affinity for #hats I never wore them. I am selling them – they're on eBay and the auction closes soon. I would prefer to, of course, keep them but due to some not fun changes in my life, I need to part with them. If you're interested please let me know and I'll send you the link. Much love #scottweiland #velvetrevolver." More than three years ago, Jamie filed a claim against Scott's estate, saying he owed her $64,406. Jamie said she and Scott signed a prenuptial agreement before their 2013 wedding which provided that the musician would put $2,000 into a separate account each month that they were married, with a provision that the amount would increase by seven percent annually. But Jamie said Scott had only made two deposits by the time he died in December 2015. TMZ said that the document was "cut and dried," stating "what was his before the marriage remained his, and vice versa." In addition, the agreement waived Jamie's right to spousal support. However, this past August, Weiland's creditor's claim against the estate was denied. Scott Weiland's second wife, Mary Forsberg, who is also the head of the estate, had previously argued that Jamie did not file the paperwork properly and her claim had since lapsed. This past April, the IRS filed a federal tax lien against Weiland's estate, alleging he did not pay his federal income tax from 2012 to 2014. The lien listed Mary Weiland as his representative. Last year, Weiland's estate was hit with a lien by the California State Tax Franchise Board for almost $250,000. The estate was also ordered by a judge to pay $4,000 a month to the late STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer's children. Mary Forsberg was Weiland's second wife and mother to his children, 18-year-old Noah and 16-year-old Lucy. His first marriage to Janina Castenada lasted from 1994 to 2000. Forsberg posted a brutally candid letter about Scott at RollingStone.com following his death, writing that his children "lost their father years ago. What they truly lost on December 3rd [2015] was hope." Weiland was found dead on his tour bus at the age of 48 from a toxic mix of drugs and alcohol. The vocalist was also dealing with self-medication, estrangement from his children, financial difficulties and a steadily increasing drinking problem. Jamie told Billboard in an interview that Scott had been experiencing episodes of paranoia and mania caused by bipolar disorder. She explained: "At one point, it was so bad I had to move out because he was unstable." Eventually they found a medication that leveled him out, with Jamie adding "For the last couple of years, he was doing pretty great."
Posted: November 13, 2019, 8:27 pm
ARMORED SAINT will enter the studio in December to begin recording its new album. The follow-up to 2015's "Win Hands Down" will be released in 2020. Last year, singer John Bush told the 96.7 KCAL-FM radio show "Wired In The Empire" that the band had "some songs" already written for the upcoming disc. "We don't want to wait too long before we put out a record, but on the same token, we thought 'Win Hands Down' is an amazing record and we're going to be hard-press to surpass it," he said. "ARMORED SAINT, it's kind of the way our career has gone. The way I see it, it's all about the quality, not the quantity, and I say that because I have to say that. It's true. I'd rather have 25, 30 years when we're all dead and gone and people look back on us and go, 'That was a cool band and they made some really cool records.' It's not like 'They made 20 records and maybe five of them were good and there's 15 bombs.' I don't want people to feel that way about ARMORED SAINT. I say that because we kind of have to do that because it's what our career has turned into. It would be cool to get out a record in less than five years. We went from 'Revelations' in 2000, to 'La Raza' in 2010. Granted, I was in ANTHRAX during that time. 'Win Hands Down' we cut in half and put it out in five. The tunes so far sound killer." "Win Hands Down" was released in June 2015 via Metal Blade Records. In the summer of 2018, ARMORED SAINT completed a North American tour commemorating the band's classic "Symbol Of Salvation" album. On this special run, the group performed "Symbol Of Salvation" in its entirety, with select shows recorded for a live DVD.
Armored Saint will begin recording a new album in December! Will be released in the new year 2020! New Year, New album! Armored Saint!!! Photo by Stephanie Cabral Posted by Phillip Sandoval on Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Posted: November 13, 2019, 6:38 pm
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE frontman Chris "Motionless" Cerulli says that being interviewed by Dee Snider for an episode of the TWISTED SISTER singer's "I Wanna Talk" podcast was a memorable experience. "Dee is like the ultimate rock star in the best sense of the word," Chris told MA Entertainment Global during a recent interview (see video below). "He's just such a rad guy. He understands everything about this world inside out and backwards, and he's just such a mouthpiece for what we represent and such a leader and a pioneer for what we get to do now as a band. Just getting to talk with him on that real level was an opportunity I can't say I thought I would have in life." Asked if he was a fan of TWISTED SISTER growing up, Chris said: "Oh, yeah. My parents were into TWISTED SISTER. I remember hearing all the singles and stuff, and seeing it on MTV, watching the videos of them kicking the guy out of the house. It was super cool." Back in 2011, Snider was transformed into Biblical figure Pontius Pilate for MOTIONLESS IN WHITE's music video for the song "Immaculate Misconception", with Cerulli in the role of Jesus Christ. MOTIONLESS IN WHITE's acclaimed new album, "Disguise", is available now at all DSPs. "Disguise" is highlighted by a series of singles, including "Brand New Numb", "Undead Ahead 2: The Tale Of The Midnight Ride" and "Disguise", the latter joined by a companion video directed by frequent collaborators Jeremy Danger and Travis Shinn. In addition, "Brand New Numb" was recently joined by an official visual, directed by Max Moore.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 6:30 pm
Former RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE frontman Joe Lynn Turner, who suffered a heart attack a year and a half ago, says that he is fully recovered and healthier than ever. "Calling it a wake-up call is exactly right," he told The Jerusalem Post in a new interview. "After 40-plus years of touring and the heat of the 'sex, drugs and rock and roll' lifestyle, it's going to catch up to you sooner or later. "I've cleaned up my act a lot and feel like I have a new lease on life," he said. "I've got new opportunities to comprehend my mortality and to be more grateful. It was just a hell of a way to do it." Turner's April 2018 hospitalization was first reported by the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, which quoted the press service of the Ministry of Health of Belarus as saying that the singer was treated at a Minsk facility for "myocardial infarction," commonly known as a heart attack. Turner's presence at the hospital was also reported by Belarus's most influential daily newspaper, the state-owned SB Belarus Segodnya. Joe was the frontman of RAINBOW between 1980 and 1984 and he sang on the album "Difficult To Cure", which featured the band's most successful U.K. single, "I Surrender". During Turner's time with RAINBOW, the band had its first USA chart success and recorded songs that helped define the melodic rock genre. 1990 saw Turner reunited with RAINBOW leader Ritchie Blackmore in a reformed DEEP PURPLE for the "Slaves And Masters" album. The 68-year-old singer is married to Maya Kozyreva, a lawyer from Minsk.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 4:06 pm
Dean Guitars has released a limited run of 50 handcrafted USA guitars designed in collaboration with SLAYER guitarist Kerry King. Each USA Kerry King V Limited Edition 50 Pc guitar is priced at $8,666 and can be ordered from the Dean Guitars web site. King joined Dean's artist roster last month after previously working with B.C. Rich and ESP for his signature guitars. "I'm super stoked to be part of the Dean Guitars family," Kerry said of the partnership. "This has been an insane long time coming! Together we're going to create some amazing guitars that Dean, SLAYER and Kerry King fans will be as excited as I am to play them. It's gonna be a wild ride for years to come!" Over the coming months, Dean Guitars will release product information outlining Kerry King's signature Dean Guitars USA and import models. Dean Guitars president and CEO Evan Rubinson said: "We are thrilled to welcome one of the most iconic guitarists in the world to the Dean family. Our partnership with Kerry King couldn't be a more perfect fit — a legendary metal guitar player and a legendary metal guitar company, collaborating to bring our fans something the world has never before seen." King is one of the most instantly recognizable and well-respected musicians in thrash/punk/metal, and over the past four decades has pioneered some of the most brutal and revolutionary music ever created. King wrote or co-wrote some of SLAYER's most beloved songs, including "Mandatory Suicide", "Repentless", "Hell Awaits", "Disciple" and "Raining Blood". Known for his allegiance to the Oakland Raiders, his love of snakes, and his taste for Jägermeister, King is outspoken, opinionated and authentic to the core.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 3:52 pm
Icon Coins has introduced the officially licensed Eric Carr commemorative collectors coin. Carr, KISS drummer from 1980 until his untimely passing in 1991, contributed his talent to the bands many gold and platinum albums during his tenure, and can be heard on the band's many hit songs from the 1980s, including "Lick It Up", "Heaven's On Fire", "Crazy Nights", "Tears Are Falling" and "Forever", to name a few. In addition to his musical contributions, Carr was equally known for his inviting personality and genuine love for the fans. From the time he joined the band to this very day, Carr remains one of the most beloved members of the KISS family. Each Eric Carr commemorative collectors coin is die struck in heavy solid brass with an antique silver finish. The front design features a beautiful sketch portrait of Eric Carr while the back design features his name, birth and passing years, Fox and Chikara icons representing his musical personas, over a shattered glass background reminiscent of the "Crazy Nights" album cover. Each coin will also include an exclusive backstage-pass-style laminate that will act as the coins certificate of authenticity featuring design elements from the coins themselves as well as an Eric Carr mini-bio. This addition to the Icon Coins family is limited to 100 coins minted. Icon Coins designer Ralph Asbury has a long history when it comes to keeping the memory of Eric Carr alive. It started in the late 1990s with an action figure. At the time, McFarlane Toys had released the first set of official KISS action figures as KISS was back on top of the world with the reunion tour. To help fans complete the set, Ralph created one of the earliest custom-made Eric Carr action figures by re-purposing the Paul Stanley figure to represent the Fox character. (One of these custom creations can be seen on the Eric Carr documentary "The Eric Carr Story: Inside The Tale Of The Fox".) This led to an introduction to Eric's family and the next effort to honor The Fox… In 2000, Eric Carr tribute album "Prophecy" was released. This project was a collection of songs written and performed by Ralph (under the name Ralph E. Carle) and dedicated to Eric Carr. The packaging was designed as a fantasy version of the 1978 KISS solo albums featuring Ralph on the cover as a fictional KISS character presented as a portrait similar to the existing albums. As the bandmembers dedicated their solo albums to the other members, "Prophecy" was dedicated to Eric. The album opens with a rare radio ID the was recorded prior to Eric's passing in 1991. Also included on the album are two different versions of the song "Your Turn To Cry", as pre-KISS song recorded by Eric Carr with his teenage band THE CELLARMEN. The first version on the album is a cover version of the song, and the second version is the original recording featuring Eric on drums and vocals. "Prophecy" was well received by KISS and Eric Carr fans alike. Ralph appeared at KISS Expos around the U.S. and Canada performing the songs and meeting fans of The Fox. In 2011, "Eric Carr: Unfinished Business" was released. This project featured various artists and friends of Eric Carr completing demos and incomplete songs left behind by Carr. Ralph Asbury was called on to design the packaging CD as well as coordinating some of the guest musicians who contributed to the album, including A.J. Pero of TWISTED SISTER and Kee Marcello of EUROPE.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 3:21 pm
Mike D'Antonio and Jesse Leach of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE are featured in Amoeba Music's "What's In My Bag?" segment in which they talk about some of the records they are into. In the clip below, they can be seen shopping at Amoeba in Hollywood, where they pick up music by AGNOSTIC FRONT, CARCASS, BAD BRAINS, DEAD KENNEDYS and MEGADETH, among others. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's latest album, "Atonement", was released in August via Metal Blade Records in the U.S. and Sony Music Entertainment in the rest of the world. "Atonement" is the culmination of a trying and turbulent two-year period. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE started kicking around ideas for the album as early as 2017. The band recorded the bulk of the material separately on both coasts. However, in the middle of the process, a polyp developed scar tissue in Leach's throat, forcing him to undergo surgery. The intense three-month recovery ended with speech therapy, vocal therapy, and scream therapy. The band ultimately emerged with an album that is further evidence of their undeniable legacy as one of the most enduring metal bands of the last two decades and beyond. The elaborate illustration on the "Atonement" album cover was created by none other than talented U.K.-based artist Richey Beckett (METALLICA, MASTODON) with the band's own D'Antonio handling art direction and layout duties. "Atonement" features guest appearances by the band's former lead singer Howard Jones and TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy. It marks the band's third full-length release since the return of Leach, who rejoined the group in 2012.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 2:59 pm
RAMMSTEIN frontman Till Lindemann has commented on the incident this past summer that saw him being accused of assault at a hotel bar. Lindemann allegedly got into an argument with a fellow guest at the Bayerischer Hof luxury hotel in Munich, Germany after the band's June 8 concert in the city. The alleged victim is a 54-year-old man from Hamburg who apparently insulted a female companion of the singer, according to witnesses, by implying she was a sex worker. The woman, named Lana, told Bild: "He said to me in English, 'I would pay double for you.'" Lindemann then asked the man if he had just called his companion a prostitute and demanded an apology. In response, the man allegedly clenched his fists and asked the RAMMSTEIN frontman to walk to the door. At that point, Lindemann elbowed the man in the face, leaving him with a bloody nose and a possible broken jaw. Asked by Revolver magazine in a new interview to confirm that the incident actually took place, Lindemann said: "That attorney is waiting for me, but, uh... he was a rude asshole, and made a friend of a friend start crying. But it's yellow press." A day after the incident was first reported in the German media, Lindemann's former girlfriend of five years, 29-year-old German model Sophia Thomalla, defended the singer, telling Bild: "Till is the most polite person I know. I have no idea what happened to upset him. But if he snapped, his reaction was justified." One of the most revered metal groups of all time, RAMMSTEIN is renowned for its electrifying live shows often involving spectacular pyrotechnics. The band has been touring in support of its untitled seventh studio album, which came out in May.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 2:38 pm
POISON singer Bret Michaels will be the "Humanitarian Of The Year" award recipient at the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. Michaels is a multi-platinum global music superstar whose multi-faceted brand encompasses record-breaking touring sales, TV stardom and chart-topping songs. A successful entrepreneur in addition to his musical achievements, he created the multi-million-dollar-selling Pets Rock Collection with PetSmart, launched his own line of custom guitars and created "Bret's Blend, Diet Trop-A-Rocka" which is a number-one-selling beverage for Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group. "I could not be more honored to receive this 'Humanitarian Of The Year' award," said Michaels. "It truly touches my soul, and I am extremely grateful to be able to receive this award at the holidays, which is the perfect time of year to give back and donate to great causes like Toys For Tots. I can’t wait to play a song or two and I truly look forward to this chance to meet a lot of amazing people and fans at the Hollywood Christmas Parade." Demonstrating Michaels's never-ending commitment to giving, he has pledged to honor his reception of this Humanitarian award by dedicating one of his upcoming shows to charity. Michaels, a lifelong diabetic, the son of a veteran, and survivor of a life-threatening brain hemorrhage has always stood up to any challenge that was thrown at him. As a type 1 juvenile diabetic since the age of 6, he consistently leads the charge for diabetes awareness, sending children to camp with his Life Rocks Foundation. Through his Foundation, he has raised millions of dollars for charity and he has additionally personally donated to causes throughout his career, including his winnings from "Celebrity Apprentice". His philanthropy has helped not only diabetes education and research but also a diverse range of causes such as childhood cancer, veterans organizations, PetSmart charities, Operation Homefront, Feelgood Foundation and many more. Michaels's latest hit single and video, "Unbroken", is dedicated to the idea of overcoming any challenge that life puts in front of you. He cowrote and recorded the song with his youngest daughter, Jorja Bleu, who currently attends a music and arts school. His eldest daughter, Raine, is an in-demand model after being a finalist in the Sports Illustrated's Swim Search earlier this year. Michaels himself is one one of the most sought-after performers in the world, keeping him on the road for each of the last 10 years for nearly 300 live performances, speaking engagements, charitable concerts and private engagements yearly. Those talents, combined with his passion for philanthropy and helping others, made Michaels a fitting choice to receive this year's "Humanitarian Of The Year" award. Although Michaels is primarily a solo artist and is finishing his "Unbroken" world tour of arenas and amphitheaters, he is giving the fans an early Christmas gift by agreeing to a confirmed tour in 2020 featuring a reunited, all-original POISON. Though no dates are currently locked in, Michaels is excited to bring the band back on the road for a summer jaunt of concert hits. As the mother of a five-year-old Type 1 Diabetic diagnosed just a few months ago, co-executive producer Emma Sharratt MacEachern says there was no other choice for this year's "Humanitarian Of The Year" award. Comments Sharratt MacEachern: "Imagine running a marathon on a high wire for the rest of your life. This is what it’s like to live with Type 1 diabetes. Hundreds of calculations and decisions to be made each day, all with life-threatening consequences. A 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week balancing act that will never go away. "When my child was diagnosed, I was handed a piece of paper with photos of famous people with Type 1. One person stood out to me: Bret Michaels. Bret was diagnosed at age six, and since then, he's gone on to live the life he has, realizing his dreams and making a huge impact in the world, not just with his many accomplishments in entertainment, but also with his incredible efforts to advocate for those who have been diagnosed or affected, to help find a cure. "November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and we are truly honored and proud to present the 'Humanitarian Of The Year' award to Bret Michaels." The landmark anniversary celebration will take place on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. PT. The host of "Access Hollywood", Mario Lopez, and the Lopez family, are this year's Grand Marshals. They will join an eclectic array of musical performances featured during the parade and national telecast. The parade will also feature a special tribute for Toys For Tots and a magic performance by Mai Wynn and Farrell Dillon of The CW's hit series "Masters Of Illusion". The 88th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade will be hosted by Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams, with special co-host Elizabeth Stanton. It will premiere as a two-hour special on The CW network Friday, December 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET / PT. The parade, featuring Marine Toys For Tots program, which is essential in providing gifts to less fortunate children everywhere, will also air on the Hallmark Channel shortly after as well as on American Forces Network, to more than one million American servicemen and women worldwide. The event will be presented and produced by Associated Television International, in association with The City of Los Angeles. A true Hollywood yearly tradition, the parade attracts more than one million in attendance each year, with larger-than-life inflatable character balloons, award-winning bands, colorful equestrians, ornate floats, popular characters/novelties, celebrity-filled cars and, of course, Santa Claus making the much-heralded trek down the over three-mile parade route. For information on how to purchase grandstand seats to the parade, please visit www.thehollywoodchristmasparade.org. Photo credit: Mark Mazzanti
Posted: November 13, 2019, 2:00 pm
Video footage of PUDDLE OF MUDD performing an acoustic version of the song "Blurry" live at SiriusXM studios can be seen below. PUDDLE OF MUDD's new album, "Welcome To Galvania", was released in September via Pavement Entertainment. It marks the band's first full-length collection of new material since "Volume 4: Songs In The Key Of Love And Hate". "Welcome To Galvania" consists of ten new tracks and was produced by Cameron Webb (ALKALINE TRIO, DISTURBED, MOTÖRHEAD). "Sometimes in life you come across people who want to bring you down and rip apart your soul. Well, those days are gone," frontman Wes Scantlin said. "I have surrounded myself with a great team of people. They believe in me and I believe in them. I'd like to thank each and every one of them for their hard work and perseverance. I would also like to thank all of my fans for their patience. This is just the beginning. I have a lot more rock 'n' roll in me to share with the world!" "Volume 4: Songs In The Key Of Love & Hate" came out in 2009. A covers disc, "re(disc)overed", followed in 2011. A standalone new song, "Piece Of The Action", was released in 2014 via iTunes. PUDDLE OF MUDD broke into the mainstream with 2001's "Come Clean", which yielded three hits — "Control", "Blurry" and "She Hates Me". Last year, Scantlin said that he finally got his life together after years of legal troubles, canceled or disrupted shows and arrests for disorderly or drunken behavior. Scantlin said that he ended up going back to rehab and receiving treatment "because there's really nowhere else to go." He also credited his family and fans for giving him the strength to try to get better.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 1:37 pm
On October 15, Triple M's Becko interviewed IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain at the final show of the band's 2019 leg of the "Legacy Of The Beast" tour in Chile. Speaking about the touring lifestyle, Nicko said (see video below): "It's funny, 'cause this is the last gig [before next spring]. I need the time off. We're not kids anymore, and yet we play like kids up on stage. "The great thing about live music is if you love and have a passion for music, which we all do still, it doesn't matter how you feel, once you get up there… Yes, it can influence the way you perform, depending if you're sick or if you're just feeling really tired. Now, in my case, when I'm really fatigued, I tend to play faster," he explained. "Now, you think it'd be the other way around. As a drummer, what happens is you're trying harder, so things go up a little bit and you can kind of lose track of the way you're supposed to be. And likewise with the guitar players and singers. Bruce [Dickinson, vocals] sometimes gets tired and he won't actually go for a note. But you get onstage and this passion takes over and then you get the vibe of the audience as well." IRON MAIDEN recently announced nearly three dozen shows for next spring and summer as part of its acclaimed "Legacy Of The Beast" tour. After a six-date run in Australia and New Zealand in May, they will play in Japan and the Philippines, before traveling to Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Tel Aviv, Israel. MAIDEN will then return to Europe for a number of festival appearances and headlining shows in Finland, Germany, United Kingdom, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Holland, France, Austria, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Tapped to replace Clive Burr in 1982 after touring activities for "Number Of The Beast" concluded, McBrain brought a degree of finesse and technicality that was largely missing from IRON MAIDEN's early output. Whereas Burr was often lauded for his heavy-handed, punk-oriented style, McBrain was largely the opposite, playing with a degree of dexterity and flair that helped primary songwriter Steve Harris take MAIDEN down more adventurous paths. He is now the third longest-tenured member of MAIDEN, behind Harris and guitarist Dave Murray. McBrain spent his early drumming years playing for the likes of Pat Travers and French rockers TRUST, eventually falling onto the radar of Harris and MAIDEN during the group's initial European tour.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 1:18 pm
SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor has argued against the use of drugs to enhance creativity, insisting that "you sound better and play better and you have a better energy" when you're not under the influence of psychedelic drugs. Taylor, who has been open about his battle with addiction, spoke about musicians using drugs during an appearance on the latest installment of the "Marshall Podcast". Addressing the widespread belief that musicians' ability to write music is improved when they are drinking or using drugs, Taylor said (hear audio below): "I think it's encouraged by the people who are actually embedded in that. They want people to think that it's hard to create without chemicals. And that's addict language, because I used to do that for me from a performing standpoint. I was convinced that I couldn't perform if I didn't have a Jack and Coke — at least one. And then that became two. And then that became half a bottle. That's addiction. So I think that's a myth perpetuated by addicts who are looking for people to reinforce their dependency. And it's easy — especially when you see the antics and hear the, 'Such a great time.' And there were great times. However, that had nothing to do with making an album; that had nothing to do with writing and performing and using your ability. That was the after-effect; that was the after-party. "I have only been loaded in the studio twice, and I didn't like it one bit, 'cause I couldn't control anything," Corey continued. "And then listening back to shit, I was, like, 'Oh, this is horrible. Why did I do that?' So, I've really tried to kind of kill that myth for people. "If that's what you think, then, I mean, God bless you; that's fine," he added. "If that's what works for you, that's what works for you. I'm not gonna convince you otherwise. However, it is not the law of the land. You don't have to be loaded to fucking create. You don't have to be loaded to fucking have a good time. I actually think you sound better and play better and you have a better energy when you're not [loaded]. Because then the focus is on you. There are no excuses after that. It's you, and that's the rawness of what we do." Taylor is not the only high-profile rock musician who has spoken out against the drugs-and-rock-and-roll myth in recent years. Back in 2017, MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx told MSNBC that his addiction actually stifled his creativity and made it impossible for the band to function properly. "I was thinking about 1987 and how I was barely able to get an album done and a tour," he said. "And, actually, the tour was canceled, the last part of the tour. And in 2017, I'm able to do a radio show, write books, do photography, be a better husband, a father, and be part of these conversations that are happening. So I really think that sobriety gives you more energy and more creativity." At Rock To Recovery's second annual awareness event and benefit in September 2017, Taylor was honored with the "Icon" award. The singer, who tried to commit suicide in 2003 by attempting to jump off a hotel balcony while struggling with alcoholism, gave an inspiring acceptance speech in which he touched upon his struggles with depression and anxiety and how he's attempted to work through them with therapy, healthy habits and sobriety.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 12:14 pm
Robert Plant says that he is certain he will make another album with Alison Krauss. Released in 2007, their "Raising Sand" collaboration won Grammy Awards for "Album Of The Year", "Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album", "Record Of The Year" for "Please Read The Letter", "Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals" for "Rich Woman", and "Best Country Collaboration With Vocals" for "Killing The Blues". When asked if there will be a follow-up to "Raising Sand", Plant told Classic Rock magazine: "Oh, I'm sure, yeah. I see Alison a lot and talk to her a lot, and [producer] T Bone [Burnett] too. The reality is that I ran back once before, and [BAND OF JOY bandmate] Patty [Griffin] had made her 'American Kid' record and was touring with that. And I think once you start splintering off and going different ways, and you're a stranger in a place where people still think there’s a mirror ball rotating around your head, it's really good to dig in with the reality of the [SENSATIONAL] SPACE SHIFTERS. There's no greater thing than being on stage when these guys are in full flight." Back in 2015, Republic Records released the "Love The Coopers" official soundtrack album, featuring the studio reunion of Plant and Krauss on their Christmas original "The Light Of Christmas Day". In a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone, Plant revealed that he had been talking with Krauss about recording a follow-up to "Raising Sand". "Alison called me six weeks ago," he says. "She said, 'Should we make a new record?'" Plant previously tried to make a "Raising Sand" follow-up when he and Krauss finished their tour in 2009. The LED ZEPPELIN frontman entered a California studio with producer Daniel Lanois and attempted to write material he could sing with Krauss. "We walked away from that and took our toys back," said Plant. "Dan and I wrote about five songs in two or three days up in Silver Lake. They were pretty good, but they didn't really lend themselves to a vocal collaboration, so I took them away. And then Alison went back to the fat guys with beards [her longtime band UNION STATION] and she made a pretty good record within that genre."
Posted: November 13, 2019, 11:20 am
FOO FIGHTERS and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS will headline the 2020 edition of the Boston Calling festival. The two globally renowned rock acts will join a bill of over 60 performers, including an additional headliner, all of which will be shared when the entire lineup is announced in January of next year. FOO FIGHTERS, who continue to deliver some of the biggest live shows in the world, will celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2020. Meanwhile, Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, are currently working on their first album in over three years. Boston Calling, the acclaimed annual three-day festival, will take place at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, Massachusetts next Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-24, 2020. Limited presale 3-day passes go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, November 14 at 10 a.m. EST at www.bostoncalling.com. "Boston is such a great city for rock music, and we are so proud to bring some of the most important rock artists of all time to Boston Calling next Memorial Day weekend," said Boston Calling Events, LLC (BCE) co-founder and chief executive officer Brian Appel. "We have worked for years to bring the FOO FIGHTERS and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS to the festival, and this year everything lined up perfectly. We couldn't be happier, and will complement them with an incredibly diverse lineup of artists throughout the festival weekend." A limited number of presale 3-day general admission ($239), VIP passes ($549), and platinum passes ($1,049) are on sale tomorrow, November 14 at 10 a.m. EST at www.bostoncalling.com. This presale will offer special pricing for 3-day tickets for Boston Calling 2020. Boston Calling is once again committed to providing fans with an exceptional experience, from its iconic mix of musical performances and celebrated comedy acts to its commitment to offering new forms of entertainment and extensive food and drink programming. In 2020, the festival will expand its offerings in VIP and platinum, enhancing the viewing areas and amenities. Further details will be announced in January. Boston Calling is produced by Boston Calling Events LLC (BCE), which is owned by Crash Line Productions and The Madison Square Garden Company. Boston Calling is proud to have Chase, Delta Air Lines, Samuel Adams, Miller Lite, Barefoot Wine and Subaru of New England as sponsors for May's festival.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 10:35 am
THE OFFSPRING guitarist Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman has confirmed to Halifax Today that the band's long-awaited tenth album has been completed. The follow-up to 2012's "Days Go By" was once again produced by Bob Rock, who also worked on the band's last two LPs. "The artwork needs to be done and we have a rough track listing," he said. "We've even gone and done more music since. We just need a distribution deal, and we want that done by the end of the year. Then we can release early next year." This past summer, Noodles talked to Finland's Kaaos TV about the musical direction of the new OFFSPRING material. He said: "It's definitely an OFFSPRING record. There's songs that you're gonna hear that are gonna be easily recognizable as vintage-sounding OFFSPRING, for sure. We're doing a song live every night called 'It Won't Get Better'. We would like to do more of the stuff live, but we want the fans to hear the songs the way we recorded them, the way we want them to hear it rather than a shitty cellphone recording…. One of the songs on there is gonna be 'Coming For You', which we released about four years ago, and that song is a good indication as well. Both those songs are pretty much dead center in what this record's gonna be like." Speaking about THE OFFSPRING's working relationship with Rock, Noodles said: "We hit it off with him immediately. It's been a real comfortable relationship. He makes us work and he makes us try harder to be as best as we can, but he does it in a way that's cool — he's not being a dick about it. He makes us feel like we can do it. Rather than making us feel like, 'Oh, man, we're not playing good enough,' or whatever, or, 'We're not coming up with the best parts for this,' he makes us feel like we've got more in us and we can bring more to the table. So it's great working with Bob. We love that guy." THE OFFSPRING debuted "It Won't Get Better" live in concert in June 2018 and has been performing it ever since. Noodles described the track as "kind of like a straight-forward OFFSPRING song." THE OFFSPRING's last single, the aforementioned "Coming For You", dropped in 2015. Earlier in the year, THE OFFSPRING bassist Gregory "Greg K." Kriesel, who hasn't performed with the band since 2018, filed a federal lawsuit against two of his bandmates — Noodles and vocalist/guitarist Bryan "Dexter" Holland — alleging trademark infringement and breach of partnership agreement over the rights to THE OFFSPRING name. In response, Holland and Wasserman filed a cross-complaint, denying basically everything Kriesel has alleged and asking the court to appoint 'three disinterested appraisers to appraise the fair value" of Kriesel's shares of THE OFFSPRING. Thanks: Dying Scene
Posted: November 13, 2019, 10:17 am
Sharon Osbourne says that it's been a "terrifying" experience seeing her husband Ozzy "so incapacitated" after suffering an injury in a fall earlier this year. The singer fell at his Los Angeles home in the middle of the night, aggravating years-old injuries from his 2003 ATV accident that required new surgery. As a result, Ozzy scrapped all his 2019 tour dates, both in North America and Europe, as he recovered. "It was so quick and he was so sleepy that he didn't instinctively put his hands out to break the fall," Sharon recalled in a new interview with The Sun. "So he then hit his head again, on the corner of our bed, which has a metal frame. I saw it happen but I couldn't get to him in time." According to Sharon, the first hospital Ozzy went to "said he was just 'badly bruised' and they sent us home. I was thinking, 'This is fucking insane.' He couldn't move his arms and he was in agony," she said. "By that time, it was 3 a.m. and they've got all the usual drunks in there, the car accidents, people everywhere. It was dreadful and they couldn't give a damn." Sharon eventually took Ozzy to a different hospital, where an MRI scan showed metal bolts, used to reconstruct his collarbone after a serious quad-bike accident in 2003, had dislodged. In addition, his spinal cord was compressed. "They fixed the collarbone straight away but his spinal cord was so inflamed they had to wait a week to do an operation," she said. "He was in surgery for five hours and afterwards they told us it would take him a year to recover. "It's terrifying when you see somebody you love so incapacitated," she added. "They can't do a thing, and you're so engulfed with fear that you can't think clearly. So we didn't do any research or ask the right questions. "Now, certain doctors say, 'Well, maybe he shouldn't have had this operation and…' Oh, it's a nightmare. Every doctor seems to have a different opinion." Earlier in the month, Ozzy has released his first new song in nine years, titled "Under The Graveyard". The track is the first single from his upcoming album, "Ordinary Man", which is due out in early 2020. The BLACK SABBATH singer collaborated on the album with producer Andrew Watt, who recently oversaw the sessions for a new Post Malone song called "Take What You Want", on which Ozzy contributed guest vocals. That led to Ozzy and Watt working together on Ozzy's 12th solo LP and first since 2010's "Scream". In addition to Watt on guitars, the LP features Duff McKagan from GUNS N' ROSES on bass and Chad Smith from RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS on drums.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 9:45 am
TOOL's "Fear Inoculum", the Los Angeles-based band's chart-topping, record-breaking, critically acclaimed and, until now, physically sold-out fifth album is heading back to record stores, with an expanded book edition of the collection slated for a December 13 release. The new iteration of "Fear Inoculum" includes 5 x 3D lenticular cards with exclusive graphics, an expanded 56-page booklet with additional never-before-seen art, a download of the groundbreaking immersive visual experience (video), "Recusant Ad Infinitum", and a CD. Pre-order is available now at this location. Quite possibly the era's most highly-anticipated album, TOOL's fifth album, which arrived on August 30, was met by lengthy lines at retailers as music lovers clamored to get a copy of the groundbreaking, limited-edition physical release. The now-sold-out version features a 4" HD rechargeable screen with exclusive video footage ("Recusant Ad Infinitum"), charging cable, 2-watt speaker, a 36-page booklet and a digital download card. The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 and earned heaps of critical praise with NPR saying, "'Fear Inoculum' was worth the 13-year wait," Revolver proclaiming the album "a masterpiece to be dissected for years to come" and Consequence Of Sound saying the release finds "TOOL in peak performance." News of the expanded book edition of "Fear Inoculum" arrives as the band has announced a new leg of U.S. tour dates, with VIP packages available today exclusively to Tool Army members via ToolBand.com and the general on-sale on Friday at 10 a.m. local time.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 9:19 am
In a recent interview with Dino from 102.1 KFMA, FOZZY frontman Chris Jericho spoke about the band's reputation as a strong live act. "We really have it down as far as what our show is," he said (see video below). "The band is tight. It's a fun show. It's a lot of energy, it's a lot of crowd participation, it's a lot of smiling. We have a good time, and we want people to have a good time too. Plus now, we have all these songs that people know from hearing them on the radio, and 'Judas' is at 35 million views on YouTube and all this sort of thing. So, we don't take ourselves seriously — we take the music very seriously, we take the show seriously — but there will be a few jokes. We have a good time. And I think that's why we've been doing so well. Our reputation precedes us. I think that's why IRON MAIDEN calls us, or NICKELBACK calls us, or SHINEDOWN calls us, because they know 'we need a band that's gonna get the crowd into it.' For our own headlining shows, you're preaching to the choir, but it's a pretty loud and nasty choir." FOZZY's latest single, "Nowhere To Run", was released in August. The track is taken from the band's forthcoming follow-up to 2017's "Judas" album, tentatively due in the spring of 2020 via RED Music. The "Judas" title track has 32 million YouTube views, was No. 1 on iTunes charts in eight different countries and spent nine weeks in the top ten on the Active Rock Charts in the USA. FOZZY's next album is once again being produced by Johnny Andrews, who worked on "Judas" and previously co-wrote FOZZY's "Lights Go Out" track back in 2014. He has also written songs with the likes of ALL THAT REMAINS, THREE DAYS GRACE and HALESTORM. FOZZY recently signed a major deal with Sony Music and Jericho told Loudwire that he is open to releasing music in any way that the label suggests. He said: "Maybe we just do nine singles and don't do a full album. We're excited to do a record if they want us to, or if they want us to release singles like they do in the Top 40 world, that's fine too. All that matters is that people hear your music and get a chance to see you live."
Posted: November 13, 2019, 9:09 am
Prior to NILE's November 4 performance in New York City, guitarist Karl Sanders spoke with Alex Haber of Heavy New York. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the group's new album, "Vile Nilotic Rites": Karl: "We spent a long time on this one. From the time we started writing until the time we delivered it, it's been about two years. That's the longest we've ever spent. We toured [2015's 'What Should Not Be Unearthed'] for two and a half, almost three years before we started writing the new one... I don't think it's a follow-up. I think this is more of a renovation, a rebirth, a reinvigoration, a re-envisioning. It's definitely a NILE record. It's probably the best-produced NILE record that we've ever achieved, but mostly, it's about the spirit that went into it. There's a lot of renewed energy going on... There was plenty of forethought, but we let the creativity flow on its own. What we focused on was the team dynamic — getting everybody working together, being on the same page. That right there was so helpful to us this time. It's just amazing what you can do when you've got four guys that are actually working together." On performing live: Karl: "It's a totally different mindframe. For me, the live show is about bringing the band and the fans together to participate together in the music. Writing and recording, that's a whole different animal. To me, the energy that goes back and forth and is shared with the band [and] the audience, that's, like, its own thing. It's a special thing. Writing and recording the record, that's a whole different thing, because you're putting it together and you're — at least for us — being meticulous about the craft, the craftsmanship, the building on the song. It's two totally different things. To me, they really don't mix. I can't do one while I'm doing the other. They've got to be separate." On winning over crowds: Karl: "Nowadays, people know who we are, so no matter who we're playing with, there's still some NILE fans there. That's familiar ground; that's familiar territory. There was a time when we didn't have an audience. The audience could be radically different depending on which other band [we were playing with]. We toured with NEUROSIS once. Certainly, touring with NEUROSIS was a different experience than touring with a MORBID ANGEL or a CANNIBAL CORPSE. [There was] a whole different energy in the room. But nowadays, people know who we are. They kind of know what to expect." On his approach to playing guitar: Karl: "I wouldn't necessarily call the recorded work improvised, but it's not necessarily set that it has to follow this particular scale or this particular mode. I think when you think in those terms, you're putting your creativity in a box. Sometimes, you've got to let it be free. You can understand the theory, but that's not everything. Music is more than just the sheer mathematics and the calculus or the periodic chart of elements. There's more to it than that. There's the intangible, the stuff that comes from your soul, the personal expression. You can't write those things down, but they exist. They're real, and they're a part of any kind of music." On breaking out of South Carolina: Karl: "The music scene that we had in the Carolinas at that time wasn't metal. It's not a state known for its metal, but nowadays, there are more metal bands, like OLKOTH, LECHEROUS NOCTURNE. They're from our hometown. Completely brutal, but that's now. When we started, we were in a desert, so the goal definitely was, 'Let's get out of South Carolina,' because there was nothing for us in our home state. We could play a few local shows, but you know what? What's a death metal band doing in South Carolina? No one cared. On the one hand, though, that also gave us complete liberty to do whatever the fuck we wanted, because no one cared or gave a fuck what we were doing. It gave us a totally free hand to do whatever the fuck we wanted to." NILE's ninth album, "Vile Nilotic Rites", was released on November 1 via Nuclear Blast.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 7:54 am

 

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