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PAUL STANLEY: 'Charity Is Never An Option, It's Always An Obligation'

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 05:30:15 +0000

KISS frontman Paul Stanley, who was born with Level 3 Microtia and is deaf in his right ear, last month visited a four-year-old Canadian girl who was born without external ears and travelled to Los Angeles to have reconstructive surgery, Arabella Carter's procedure took place March 6, according to a posting on the Facebook page Ears For Arabella, and the next day, Stanley was at the child's bedside providing well wishes. A HooplaHa.com report about Arabella that includes an interview with Stanley can be seen below. Said Paul: "I think that in life, we need to realize that charity is never an option, it's always an obligation. It's something we can all do in one way or another. Everybody can't give the same, but everybody can all give. And this old adage that you give until it hurts is a distortion of the truth. You give until it feels good. Everybody knows what they're capable of giving, and that's what you should give." Thanks to the Mending Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for the those that suffer from Microtia, along with the support of Stanley, Arabella will receive the costly reconstructive surgery that will not only give her the appearance every child wants, but the gift of sound she's always dreamed of. In his memoir, last year's "Face The Music: A Life Exposed", Stanley talks frankly about his early struggles with hearing. Microtia is a congenital deformity of the cartilage of the outer ear that can affect normal hearing. Stanley, who grew up half-deaf and scarred with a deformed right ear, eventually had reconstructive surgery in 1982 to create an ear using a piece of his rib cage. The Pulse Of Radio asked Stanley why he kept his ear a secret for so long. "Oh, it was painful," he said. "It was too painful. Y'know, you can only reveal things and you can only deal with things when you're ready to. And my experiences as a child were so debilitating and destructive that the best way for me to deal with my ear was to cover it and to — at least on the surface — ignore what was going on; although when something is invisible to others doesn't mean it's not visible and very much a part of your life." In an interview with CNN, Stanley talked about his rare birth defect. "I've had an implanted hearing aid for years now," Stanley said. "This is a device that is usually given to children at an early age or to adults who have lost their hearing due to a medical condition. This has been an ongoing adjustment for me as my brain has never processed sound coming in from my right side." He continued: "In the beginning, it was incredibly taxing and extremely confusing. It would be like you are suddenly developing an eye in the back of your head. That said, it has settled in quite a bit and I have to say, it has enhanced my day-to-day activities."

VAN HALEN Singer DAVID LEE ROTH's Nose Injury Explained With Slow-Motion Video

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:54:51 +0000

VAN HALEN frontman David Lee Roth bashed himself in the nose with a microphone stand just moments into "Panama", the opening song of the band's Monday night (March 30) performance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" According to The Pulse Of Radio, Roth told the audience, "Ladies and gentlemen, I cut my nose on the microphone. I apologize," before he left the stage for nearly two and a half minutes to seek treatment for the injury. The rest of the band jammed until Roth returned and they restarted their eight-song performance for a crowd of thousands on a closed-off Hollywood Boulevard. Two of the songs — "Panama" and "Runnin' With the Devil" — aired Monday night, while three more — "Eruption", "You Really Got Me" and "Hot For Teacher" — were broadcast on Tuesday's (March 31) show. The set also included "Dance The Night Away", "Unchained" and "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love". During last night's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", the show's host used slow-motion video to explain how Roth cut his nose open. Check out the clip below. The performance was VAN HALEN's first on national television since Roth rejoined the band in 2007. The band performed on the show to promote the release of its first-ever live album with Roth, titled "Tokyo Dome: Live In Concert", which came out on Tuesday. VAN HALEN is next scheduled to appear on the Thursday (April 2) edition of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show". The quartet will kick off a summer/fall North American tour on July 5 in Seattle, winding down on October 2 in Los Angeles. Tickets for the trek go on sale this Saturday (April 4) at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.

ACE FREHLEY's Forthcoming Covers Album To Include Versions Of THE ROLLING STONES, THE WHO Classics

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:41:17 +0000

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley spoke to Billboard.com about his next project, a covers disc which is tentatively due before the end of the year. "The album's going to be about my influences," said Frehley. "I'm probably going to do a ROLLING STONES song, a WHO song, possibly a LED ZEPPELIN song, maybe a BEATLES song. Stuff from bands that I grew up on and greatly influenced me. Those are the songs I'd redo, besides vintage KISS stuff and a FREHLEY'S COMET track." The set will "probably" include Frehley's versions of the KISS classics "Cold Gin" and "Parasite". "On KISS records, I'm not singing lead. So I'm going to sing lead on them like I do live so there's [studio tracks] out there with me," Ace said. Frehley said that he has approached Lita Ford, Slash (GUNS N' ROSES) and Mike McCready (PEARL JAM) about making guest appearances on the CD. "I was actually going to ask [KISS bassist/vocalist] Gene Simmons to play bass on a track and sing with me. I haven't gotten to that stage yet," he said. With all the back-and-forth in the media between Ace and his former KISS bandmates over the past year, VH1 Radio Network asked Frehley if he thinks Gene would accept his invitation to appear on Ace's covers album. "I think he'd consider it," Ace said. "I don't know if he'd do it. Maybe [KISS guitarist/vocalist] Paul [Stanley] won't let him. Who knows?" In an interview with The Tampa Tribune, Simmons was asked if KISS would ever consider reuniting with Frehley and original drummer Peter Criss "if they ever cleaned up their act." "Not a chance," he replied. "We've already danced that dance three different times. No way will we reunite. It wouldn't be fair to [current KISS members] Tommy [Thayer, guitar] and Eric [Singer, drums]. It wouldn't be right." Although all four original members of KISS came backstage at last year's Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction for photo ops, Frehley was the only member to come back and talk to the press. Asked how he felt about Ace speaking to the media after KISS posed for photos as a group, Gene said: "His demons are his own. He leads a Jekyll-and-Hyde sort of existence. He has a new album coming out, and I wish him well. I wish Peter well, too." (Thanks: NJthrasher)

BATTLE BEAST: Multi-Camera Video Footage Of St. Petersburg Concert

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:56:02 +0000

Multi-camera fan-filmed video footage of BATTLE BEAST's March 26 concert at Phoenix Concert Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia can be seen below. BATTLE BEAST in February parted ways with lead guitarist and main songwriter Anton Kabanen due to "insurmountable disagreements" with the other members of the band. A substitute guitarist has been enlisted for BATTLE BEAST's current shows, and the remaining members of BATTLE BEAST are already preparing material for their upcoming fourth album. BATTLE BEAST's third studio album, "Unholy Savior", entered the Finnish chart at position No. 1. The CD was released on January 9 in Europe and January 13 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast. Lead singer Nitte Vänskä exited BATTLE BEAST in 2012 and was replaced by Noora Louhimo.

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Video: U.K. Band TESSERACT Performs On Gigantic Igloo

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:32:55 +0000

Cast your mind back to the coolest gig you've ever been to. Does it come anywhere close to a band playing on a gigantic igloo the length of three and a half double decker buses? Thought not. Progressive rock band TESSERACT has landed back in the U.K., having performed the world's first "Gigloo" — a gig on what is thought to be the world's largest igloo. The structure in Yllas Village, Finland was transformed into an ice stage where the band played in freezing temperatures as part of the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig series. Snowmobiles and neighbouring igloos lit up the performance, comprising a stunning array of colors that coincided with a mesmerising display of the Northern Lights overhead. Crowds — including Sami tribesmen — were wowed as the band emerged from a tunnel carved deep within the construction, before playing to the 200-strong audience on guitars and drums lined with illuminating electro-luminescence. Awarded 4 Ks by Kerrang! magazine for its last album, the band took time out of its jam-packed tour schedule to take up the challenge and play out its song "Nocturne". The track, which has had huge traction amongst their U.K. fans, with over 800,000 hits on YouTube, was this time performed to a very different, but equally enthralled, audience of Lappish people, skiers and reindeer. Prior to the performance, chief songwriter Acle Kahney, along with fellow guitarist James Monteith, bassist/producer Amos Williams, vocalist Dan Tompkins and drummer Jay Postones, invited Sami tribesmen and other residents to come and witness their unique performance. Monteith said: "We're great mates first and foremost, so we've shared some amazing moments. But even after playing the main stage at Sonisphere last year, the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig was definitely TESSARACT's most challenging performance to date, and what an amazing experience it was. Something we'll remember forever! "The final stage build was tougher going than we expected — we were shifting 150kg blocks of ice to create the steps leading up to the stage. Fortunately, we had a team of locals to help us and the effort was well worth it; we drew in spectators that lived some 20 to 50 kilometers away. It was absolutely freezing, but as soon as we saw the crowd of people adrenalin took over, the hard work was forgotten and we battled through the gig." Tom Carson, Jägermeister music manager, added: "For 2015 we really wanted to create something special. The Ice Cold Gigs have become such a prominent feature for our Jägermusic programme that not only do we want to challenge our artists, but we like to challenge ourselves by doing something that's never been done before." When it comes to ice-cold gigs, there's no obstacle too big for Jägermeister to overcome. In 2014, Jägermeister hosted the world's first gig on an iceberg with U.K. metal band THE DEFILED. The band performed a special set to a host of locals from the nearby town of Kulusuk Greenland, who ventured out to the ice field to watch this once-in-a-lifetime experience from an array of fishing boats and leisure craft. And in 2012, Charlie Simpson performed The Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig and set a new Guinness World Record for the World's Coldest Concert. Braving brutal temperatures of minus 30 degrees Celsius, the singer, songwriter and FIGHTSTAR frontman performed to a small crowd in Oymyakon, Siberia — the coldest permanently inhabited place on the planet.

IN THIS MOMENT's MARIA BRINK: 'I Want Us To Have One Of The Biggest Shows In Rock And Roll'

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:58:18 +0000

All The Rage TV recently conducted an interview with IN THIS MOMENT vocalist Maria Brink and guitarist Chris Howorth. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about IN THIS MOMENT's musical and visual evolution on the band's latest album, 2014's "Black Widow', Howorth said: "Basically, the album before 'Black Widow', 'Blood', was kind of a rebirth for us. We had lost a couple of members of our band prior to doing that album, so it basically just [Maria] and I, [trying to figure out], 'What are we gonna do?' And with that kind of feeling of our backs against the wall, we created 'Blood', which had a completely different sound for the band, took us to a new place. We stepped up our production and our look, and everything changed." Added Brink: "It was a definitely like we reinvented ourselves, because it was like that 'do or die': Do we break up or do we completely reinvent ourselves and just let go of our fears and all of these things that we've been letting hold us back and putting all these boundaries on ourselves? We're just gonna do everything and try everything that we ever wanted to; [that] type of thing. And 'Black Widow' is an extension of the last album in that way. We kind of put no rules on us anymore." She continued: "I love conceptual art and artistic expression. And, like I said, when we did 'Blood', we started just kind of having that freedom within ourselves. And we not only did it musically, but for our show. We always wanted to have this big show. So we just kind of started doing little things, like building our own little props, and starting to put on a show. And we just started seeing the response, and it felt amazing to us, and then I fell in love with it." "I want us to have just one of the biggest shows in rock and roll. You know, there's so many great bands out there, visual bands, that we have to do something that makes us individual, and makes us stick out from everybody else, and something that is even bigger than just the music. Like, it's a show, it's something that… Even if you don't like us, you'll probably stay and watch our show. Even if you don't like the music, because [the show] is captivating. So we try to make the visual just as powerful as the music." "Black Widow" sold around 36,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 8 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on November 17, 2014. "Black Widow" was once again helmed by Kevin Churko (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, HELLYEAH, PAPA ROACH) at his The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada. IN THIS MOMENT in 2013 inked a new deal with Atlantic Records, a division of Warner Music Group, following the completion of its contract with Century Media Records. IN THIS MOMENT released all four of its previous studio efforts through Century Media, including "Blood".

DRAGONFORCE's HERMAN LI: 'It's Not Easy Keeping A Band Going'

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:26:20 +0000

Niclas Müller-Hansen of RockSverige.se recently conducted an interview with guitarist Herman Li of British epic power metallers DRAGONFORCE. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. RockSverige.se: How do you look at [DRAGONFORCE's] debut album, "Valley Of The Damned" (2003), today? Herman: Maybe 10 years ago, I would've said, "I wish we'd done this and that," but these days, not really. I've learned and experienced a lot in life, and you understand that if you get the perfect album the first time, there's no way to go. It's all about learning and experiencing and you always build on what you did before and learn from it and make better albums. I think it was the best we could come up with back then. It's got that energy that we wouldn't be able to create if we re-recorded those songs. It wouldn't be the same. RockSverige.se: What are you proudest of so far in your career? Herman: I think that what everyone in the band should be proud of, is that we're still going. It's not easy keeping a band going and it's not easy to keep making good albums and sticking to your guns. There are so many things happening around the world that could change your path or break a band. We're still making albums and I believe that every album DRAGONFORCE has done has been really catchy-sounding albums, at least in my opinion. I'm happy we're still doing it. RockSverige.se: What would you say is the secret of success? Herman: I think it always comes down to hard work. Work in all areas and nonstop. People always ask me what I do outside of the band and I really don't do anything outside of the band. I've been practicing guitar and trying to re-string one of my old seven-strings and practicing on that. It's harder to play, so it's gonna make me play better. RockSverige.se: If you had the chance to go back and meet your younger self, what kind of advice would you give to yourself? Herman: I really wouldn't change anything. You have the butterfly effect of time travelling and you never know what happens after. I'm quite happy with the way I am now. You go through life and make mistakes and do good things and bad things and you're trying to do the right thing. Without the mistakes, you're never gonna learn. I'll leave it the way it is. Read the entire interview at RockSverige.se.

PARADISE LOST's GREG MACKINTOSH On 'The Plague Within': We Wanted It To Sound Like No One Else In Metal

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:21:02 +0000

British gothic metal pioneers PARADISE LOST will release their 14th studio album, "The Plague Within", on June 2 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media. The CD was recorded at Orgone Studios (GHOST, ULVER, CATHEDRAL, ANGEL WITCH) in London with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano. Regarding the musical direction of "The Plague Within", PARADISE LOST guitarist Greg Mackintosh told U.K.'s Total Guitar magazine: "It could be a bit of a Marmite album. Sometimes it's nice to do albums that are expected, in a way, but for a career like ours, it's important to do certain records and songs where you try something else. "A certain track, like 'Flesh From Bone', is probably the fastest song we've done tempo-wise," he revealed, "while 'Beneath Broken Earth' is quite possibly the slowest. "We weren't shying away from any period," he continued. "But it also had to be cohesive." Greg added: "As it came together, the death metal elements became more prevalent, so the album ended up with more of those elements than we'd first anticipated. But it's got a good ebb and flow to it. "We deliberately went down a different route, where we want it to sound like no one else in metal. Whether we've achieved that, I have no idea until everyone hears it." The cover for "The Plague Within" was created by Polish artist, illustrator and architect Zbigniew M. Bielak, best known in the musical realm for his record cover illustrations, which, among others, include meticulously handcrafted artworks of WATAIN, GHOST and ENTOMBED A.D. albums. PARADISE LOST's last release, "Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities)" , came out in October 2013 in Europe (digitally in North America). All tracks found on the compilation were previously released rarities — except the new track "Loneliness Remains", and newly recorded "Gothic 2013" and "Our Saviour 2013". paradiselostplaguecd

DEF LEPPARD Announces 'Hysteria On The High Seas' Cruise

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:21:42 +0000

DEF LEPPARD has announced the inaugural "Hysteria On The High Seas" sailing January 21-25, 2016. You and DEF LEPPARD will set sail from beautiful Miami, Florida, sailing four nights on the elegant MSC Divina. Your days and nights will be filled with music, theme nights, and special events. During your Caribbean adventure, the ship will be stopping at Half Moon Cay (a private island), Freeport, Bahamas, and you will spend a full day at sea… Be prepared to get wet, wild and ready to rock! The Divina is pure luxury and whether you choose a luxury suite in the private and exclusive MSC Yacht Club or a beautiful Balcony Stateroom with luminous views, you're sure to enjoy a voyage like no other. Music, you ask? The ship will have multiple stages from the Divina's state-of-the-art theater, the ship's festival stage on the pool deck, and more intimate performances in the atrium and black and white lounge. Tickets and more details coming soon at www.defleppardcruise.com. DEF LEPPARD will release its eleventh, self-titled album before the end of the year. Frontman Joe Elliott last year said the CD was "very varied," adding, "It sounds like DEF LEPPARD, but it sounds like DEF LEPPARD stretching their wings a little bit." DEF LEPPARD will return to the road April 15 for a Canadian tour, followed by Europe in May and June. A U.S. tour with STYX and TESLA will kick off June 23 in Tampa, Florida. DEF LEPPARD released a deluxe, expanded edition of 1996's "Slang" album in February 2014. hysteriaonhighseas

AC/DC Bassist CLIFF WILLIAMS Puts Fort Myers, Florida Mansion On Market

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:31:57 +0000

According to Naples Daily News, AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams has put his 13,223-square-foot, seven-room south Fort Myers, Florida mansion on the market. The rocker is asking $6.95 million for the house, which he purchased in 2010 for $5.1 million. The home sits on 2.5 acres and features seven full bathrooms, two half bathrooms and two guesthouses. Back in 2010, Williams listed his Savannah, Georgia townhouse and a Fort Myers, Florida home. The Georgia townhouse was said to be a restored home that was originally built in 1872. Williams and his wife bought the home in 2006 for $1.5 million to stay there while they visited their son who attended college in the area. They spent over a year renovating the four-bedroom home and added an English pub-style bar. The three-story townhouse had a side garden and a carriage house with two bedrooms. This home was listed at $1.95 million. The couple was also selling a four-bedroom home in Fort Myers, Florida. That home was a two-story Mediterranean-style home with a courtyard in Edgewater of Gulf Harbour. This home had a outdoor kitchen with gas grill and bonus soundproof music studio/exercise/hobby room over garage. The courtyard lanai included a woodburning fireplace with a gas starter and the pool is screened in. The home was prepared for storm season with a whole house backup generator with 500-gallon propane tank, as well as new impact windows. It was listed at $1.375 million.

JUDAS PRIEST: Limited-Edition 'British Steel' Coffee Coming Next Month

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:20:07 +0000

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of JUDAS PRIEST's classic album "British Steel", Dark Matter Coffee and JUDAS PRIEST present the ultimate hesher coffee. On Tuesday, April 14, the coffee and cassette combo will be unleashed via the Dark Matter Coffee web site and its three Chicago retail locations. Each bag of "British Steel" coffee will come with an old-school cassingle, featuring "Grinder" and "Snakebite" (while supplies last). Says Dark Matter Coffee in a press release: "The Great Halls of Metal were fashioned by JUDAS PRIEST — in their studs and leather with everything faster, heavier — guitars, amps, power — blazing around the planet — higher, louder… SOARING in EPIC PROPORTIONS! Their all-out sonic attack cemented their place as the firebrand for British heavy metal. "Does anything cut as deep as 'British Steel'? NO! The songs comprising this landmark record yielded both monumental commercial success, capturing the attention of the broader uninitiated … while also producing anthems to those already deeply enmeshed in a turbo charged new genre. PRIEST unleashed this razor sharp maelstrom onto the collective consciousness and we've thankfully never been the same since! Instantly recognizable for their peerless attack, the fuel for this inexorable juggernaut must be both ebullient and unremitting. The brewed crude sparkles cup after cup, sin after sin. Death to false coffee." In celebration of the 30th anniversary of "British Steel", JUDAS PRIEST toured North America and Japan in the summer and fall of 2009, each night playing the album in its entirety. "British Steel" was originally released in April 1980 and was the band's first platinum Top 40 album in the United States and their first Top 10 studio album in the United Kingdom. Columbia/Legacy re-released this seminal album May 11, 2010. There is a "British Steel" 30th-anniversary standard edition available, as well as a "British Steel" 30th-anniversary deluxe edition box set, available only through JudasPriest.com. The standard edition features a CD of the original nine-song album, plus two bonus tracks, as well as a DVD featuring a "Making of British Steel" interview, as well as full concert footage of the 16-song set from the 2009 "British Steel" tour, filmed live at the Seminole Hard Rock Arena, Hollywood, Florida. The deluxe edition features all this, plus a CD of the live recording from the Seminole Hard Rock Arena concert. judaspriestbritishsteelcoffee_638

ALL THAT REMAINS Singer PHIL LABONTE Recalls Signing Fan's Penis

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:05:04 +0000

In a brand new interview with PureGrainAudio.com, ALL THAT REMAINS singer Phil Labonte was asked to recount his weirdest fan interaction. He said: "There was a time that I signed a dude's dick. That was really weird. This dude was, like, 'Sign my dick.' And I was, like, 'No I'm not signing your dick.' And he was, like, 'Come on! You've gotta sign my dick.' We were shooting a DVD, and they got a shot of this guy on the DVD, but I was, like, 'I really don't want to sign your dick.' But then I was, like, 'Fuck, alright.' It wasn't easy, because it was all flaccid and probably sweaty. I didn't touch it; I used a marker, obviously." ALL THAT REMAINS's new album, "The Order Of Things", was released on February 24 via Razor & Tie. The CD follows up the group's 2012 effort, "A War You Cannot Win", which featured the massive rock singles "What If I Was Nothing" and the chart-topping "Stand Up". The new disc marks the first time that Labonte collaborated on his lyrics, in this case with producer Josh Wilbur. Labonte told The Pulse Of Radio how that worked out. "He's the first guy that I collaborated lyrically with," he said. "It's always been a situation where we'll come up with vocal ideas, maybe cadences, and I'll come up with the ideas and words that go into it. So this record has really been vocally the most collaboration I've ever had from a producer/writer, working with, you know, the songs we came up with."

SOILWORK's DIRK VERBEUREN Says New Album Will Be 'Both Darker And Heavier' Than 'The Living Infinite'

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:43:22 +0000

On March 30, SOILWORK drummer Dirk Verbeuren took part in a question-and-answer session with fans via the Nuclear Blast Records YouTube channel. You can now watch the 90-minute chat below. Speaking about SOILWORK's upcoming studio album, which is once again being produced by Jens Bogren, who also worked on the band's last two CDs, "The Living Infinite" and "The Panic Broadcast", Dirk said: "There's some really fast stuff on there. There are definitely some really blistering tracks that, for me, in my opinion, have a feel similar to the 'Steelbath Suicide' [1998] and 'The Chainheart Machine' [2000] era. At the same time, they're different as well, because, you know… I mean, it's a different lineup now [and] we're not trying to do stuff like we did before. We just kind of write music and do what we feel, and the way it comes out is the way it comes out. So it's not a planned strategy to write one way or another. But, yeah, there's some fast stuff and there's some intense stuff. I think, overall, the album is gonna be pretty blistering, to say the least." Asked how the new SOILWORK music compares to that on "The Living Infinite", Dirk said: "I would say it's both darker and heavier, in my opinion — at least what I've heard from it. Bear in mind that I've only heard pretty much raw demos. I haven't heard many vocals at all, I haven't heard many keyboards. When we work with the songs, they kind of take life as we record them. As I'm the first guy who always starts with the recording — 'cause we begin with drums — I usually don't see the full picture until everybody else comes out of the studio. And they're in it right now, so… But, yeah, I think the album has a pretty dark undertone. There's some really different things on it, and then there's some really typical SOILWORK things on it. So, yeah, I think it's gonna turn out really good. I'm really excited about it." Dirk also spoke about SOILWORK's mindset going into the songwriting process for the new album. He said: "We just kind of got together and put some stuff down that really came from the heart without worrying too much if it was gonna be too much like this or too much like that. We just really wrote what we felt and I'm really excited about it. I think the new songs are gonna turn out fantastic." Regarding a possible release date for SOILWORK's new CD, Dirk said: "The plan right now is to have it out in the fall. So if we just stick to our schedule… We're currently in the studio. So, you know, things could fluctuate, but if all goes well, you'll have it in the fall." SOILWORK released its first live DVD/Blu-ray, "Live In The Heart Of Helsinki", on March 13 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was recorded during the band's special show on March 21, 2014 at Circus Club in the Finnish capital and features guest appearances by Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH, REVAMP) and Nathan J. Biggs (SONIC SYNDICATE). The DVD was produced by Jouni Markkanen and directed by Ville Lipiäinen, who also worked on the most recent NIGHTWISH DVD, "Showtime, Storytime".

TARJA: 'Until My Last Breath' Performance Clip From 'Luna Park Ride'

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:52:42 +0000

Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen's "Luna Park Ride" live performance will be made available for the first time as an audio CD and standalone video — including over 70 minutes of bonus material. A performance clip of the song "Until My Last Breath" from "Luna Park Ride" can be seen below. Imagine an enchanted audience in front of an enormous stage in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Thousands of fans screaming just for her: the one and only Tarja. Having their cameras and cell phones ready to film what will become one hell of a performance, Tarja finally appears, dressed fully in black and with the most beautiful smile on her face; she is in full bloom. Let the show begin. Filmed at stadium Luna Park in Buenos Aires on March 27, 2011 during Tarja's "What Lies Beneath World Tour 2011", "Luna Park Ride" will be released as 2CD, 2LP, DVD, Blu-ray and digital download on May 29 via earMUSIC. Previously included in a very limited edition of Tarja's live production "Act I", May 29 finally sees the stand-alone release of the breathtaking "Luna Park Ride". For the first time available on audio and video, the fan-filmed material is topped with 14 (!) bonus live performances and offers the full package including previously unseen photos. Ranging from Tarja classics like "I Walk Alone" to "Until My Last Breath", the high-quality audio mixed by Tim Palmer (U2, PEARL JAM, ROBERT PLANT) and fan video recordings also feature NIGHTWISH rarities such as "Stargazers" and the electrifying medley of "Where Were You Last Night", BELINDA CARLISLE's "Heaven Is A Place On Earth" and BON JOVI's classic "Livin' On A Prayer". The 70-minute bonus material, also mixed by Tim Palmer, takes the fans on a tour of Tarja's festival appearances and club shows from 2010 to 2014: From Tarja's 2010 show at Masters Of Rock in Czech Republic with her band, choir and full orchestra live on stage, to a 2011 performance at Summer Breeze festival in Germany, including a very special gold award presentation, continues with a recent performance in Ekaterinenburg, Russia as well as a performance together with VAN CANTO at last year's Wacken Open Air. The bonus material finishes with three fan favourites — "Never Enough", "Die Alive" and "Victim Of Ritual" — performed at Summer Breeze in 2014. "Luna Park Ride" track listing: 01. Dark Star 02. My Little Phoenix 03. The Crying Moon 04. I Walk Alone 05. Falling Awake 06. Signos (SODA STEREO cover) 07. Little Lies 08. Underneath 09. Stargazers 10. Ciaran's Well 11. In For A Kill 12. Where Were You Last Night - Heaven Is A Place On Earth - Livin' On A Prayer 13. Die Alive 14. Until My Last Breath 15. Wishmaster Bonus material - CD, DVD and Blu-ray only: 01. In For A Kill - Masters Of Rock / Czech Republic 2010. Featuring Philarmonic Bohuslava Martinû Zlin and choir. 02. I Walk Alone - Masters Of Rock / Czech Republic 2010. Featuring Philarmonic Bohuslava Martinû Zlin and choir. 03. Archive Of Lost Dreams - Masters Of Rock / Czech Republic 2010. Featuring Philarmonic Bohuslava Martinû Zlin and choir. 04. Crimson Deep - Masters Of Rock / Czech Republic 2010. Featuring Philarmonic Bohuslava Martinû Zlin and choir 05. I Feel Immortal – Summer Breeze / Germany 2011 06. The Siren (NIGHTWISH) – Summer Breeze / Germany 2011 07. Until my Last Breath – Summer Breeze / Germany 2011 08. 500 Letters - Ekaterinburg / Russia 2014 09. Damned & Divine - Ekaterinburg / Russia 2014 10. Neverlight - Ekaterinburg / Russia 2014 11. Anteroom Of Death - Wacken Open Air / Germany 2014 featuring VAN CANTO 12. Never Enough – Summer Breeze / Germany 2014 13. Die Alive – Summer Breeze / Germany 2014 14. Victim Of Ritual – Summer Breeze / Germany 2014

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OZZY And SHARON OSBOURNE Selling Two Unfinished Hollywood Hills West Homes

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:38:33 +0000

According to the Los Angeles Times, Ozzy Osbourne and his wife, Sharon Osbourne, are selling two unfinished houses in Hollywood Hills West, priced at $1.999 million each. The larger three-bedroom, three-bathroom property contains a 2,538-square-foot Contemporary house built in 1961. The smaller property includes 2,038 square feet of living space. Both houses have a pool, a spa and a two-car garage. Back in March 2013, Sharon and Ozzy sold one of their Los Angeles-area homes for $11.5 million. According to Realtor.com, the six-bedroom, 10-bath, 11,000-square-foot mansion sat on a hill in the middle of a two-and-a-quarter acre property in the popular celebrity enclave of Hidden Hills. The house featured a completely redesigned interior, mountain and city views, a gym, a library, a pool, maid's quarters and other luxury amenities. The property came on the market in 2011 at $12.999 million and was also listed for lease at $50,000 a month. Ozzy and Sharon paid $12,388,500 for the estate in 2007. In April 2011, the Osbournes also put a Malibu beach house on the market for $10 million. According to The Pulse Of Radio, that 4,500-square-foot, three-story oceanfront residence had five bedrooms and five bathrooms, along with a library, office, hot tub, walk-in closets and a backyard with a view of the Pacific Ocean. The couple bought the Malibu house in 2003 for $5.1 million and first placed it on the market in 2006 for $14 million.

DAVE MUSTAINE: MEGADETH Is 'Almost Done' Writing New Album; Tracking To Begin Next Week

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:06:06 +0000

According to a new tweet from MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine, the band is "almost done with the writing" of its new album and will begin tracking the follow-up to 2013's "Super Collider" next week. As BLABBERMOUTH.NET exclusively reported as a "rumor" on March 14, it was made official this past weekend that MEGADETH has hired drummer Chris Adler (LAMB OF GOD) to play on the band's new CD. In a statement, Dave Mustaine called Chris "a tremendous talent" and "an amazing person" who is "going to bring a new level of excitement and energy to MEGADETH that the fans are going to lose their minds over." Adler was equally excited about playing with MEGADETH, saying: "I'm coming into this on fire. There is an incredible amount of respect, but the goal here is to make the very best thrash album we can — not just throw names in the CD booklet or be a 'yes' man. Together, I believe we can do something very special." In addition to Mustaine, Adler and bassist David Ellefson, the recording lineup for MEGADETH's new album is rumored to include Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro, best known for his work with ANGRA. MEGADETH has yet to announce permanent replacements for drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick, who quit the group last year. The band was still finalizing the recording lineup for its new album earlier in the month, with Mustaine tweeting on March 10 that he was "excited to be auditioning one of my final picks for my new guitarist today." Drover quit MEGADETH on November 25, 2014 "to pursue [his] own musical interests." His statement can be found at this location. Guitarist Chris Broderick announced his departure from MEGADETH a few hours later, saying that he was exiting the group "due to artistic and musical differences."

JAY JAY FRENCH: TWISTED SISTER Will 'Fulfill Our Touring Obligations' With Help Of 'Professional Drummer'

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:51:11 +0000

TWISTED SISTER will "honor" the band's late drummer A.J. Pero by fulfilling its touring obligations this year with the help of "a professional drummer who is a friend," says guitarist Jay Jay French. Pero died at the age of 55 while on tour with the band ADRENALINE MOB. After members of that group failed to rouse him on their tour bus on March 20, he was taken to a Poughkeepsie, New York hospital and pronounced dead of an apparent heart attack. Writing on his blog at his blog at Preview.inc.com, Jay Jay said: "I realize that our collective history is so long, so deep, so intertwined that A.J.'s death has shaken us to the core. It made me realize the fundamental connection that we as a band and as a company share as friends with a nearly 40-year history." He continued: "This company employs a lot of people and has created a business model that is the envy of many of our fellow bands. "We will honor A.J. during our shows this year. A professional drummer who is a friend will be filling in shortly. This will allow us to fulfill our touring obligations and, most importantly, give us some space to make some very hard decisions about our future." Jay Jay added: "We are surely not the same kids who had a dream 40 years ago to become 'rock stars.' "We carry the scars to prove it. "We are adults who run a business, and businesses must go on, even through a curtain of tears." A couple of days after Pero's death, TWISTED SISTER singer Dee Snider told a TMZ cameraman that the group would "probably" would keep playing, "for [A.J.'s] family, because his family will benefit from us playing, financially." French sounded less certain about the band's future when he told radio host Eddie Trunk on March 23 that "it may be time" for TWISTED SISTER to call its quits in 2016 to coincide with the 40th anniversary of French, Snider and Ojeda first playing together. He said: "We need to look at this and say to ourselves, as a live, breathing entity, on which our reputation totally rests on — being a great live act — how do we honor that history? And how do we honor A.J.? And how do we honor the fans' loyalty? And I think you know me and Dee and the band enough to know that we are totally realistic and genuine when it comes to our relationship with our fans." TWISTED SISTER rose to prominence from the New York club scene in the early 1980s. Their biggest album, 1984's "Stay Hungry", contained the hits "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock". In addition to touring with TWISTED SISTER and ADRENALINE MOB, Pero also recently played with former and current members of IRON MAIDEN and DISTURBED in a band called THE FOUNDRY. He also hosted drum clinics and seminars.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE: First Taste Of Forthcoming DVD

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:33:55 +0000

A KILLSWITCH ENGAGE concert film shot on October 31, 2014 at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts will be included on the band's next DVD release, tentatively due before the end of the year. The performance footage was filmed by the direction team of Ian McFarland and Mike Pecci (FEAR FACTORY, MESHUGGAH) using five Canon C300 cameras outfitted with Zeiss Prime Super Speed Lenses. A preview of the forthcoming DVD in the form of a video clip for the song "No End In Sight" shot at the Halloween concert can be seen below. According to KILLSWITCH ENGAGE singer Jesse Leach, the DVD will include The Palladium show along with "some other cool stuff." Photos from the concert shoot can be found at IanMcFarlandFilms.com. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE recently finished recording a new song, "Loyalty", that is featured on the mixtape for HBO's hit fantasy series "Game Of Thrones". KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's fifth studio album, "Disarm The Descent", sold around 48,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 2, 2013 via Roadrunner Records. "Disarm The Descent" was KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's first album with Leach at the vocal helm since 2002's now-classic, genre-defining "Alive or Just Breathing".

Video: VINCE NEIL Sings National Anthem At LAS VEGAS OUTLAWS' First Game

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:56:47 +0000

Vince Neil, lead singer of the iconic rock band MÖTLEY CRÜE, performed the National Anthem yesterday (Monday, March 30) at the Las Vegas Outlaws' first game (vs. the San Jose SaberCats) at the Thomas & Mack Center. Neil sang "The Star Spangled Banner" just before kick-off, which took place at 7:30 p.m. PT. Video footage of Neil's rendition of the National Anthem can be seen below. Check out photos at LasVegasSun.com. Neil has been the lead singer of MÖTLEY CRÜE since 1981 and has enjoyed more than three decades in the music and entertainment business. Over the years, he engaged in other successful business ventures, including taking an ownership stake in the Jacksonville Sharks Arena Football team, and as of late last year, the Las Vegas Outlaws AFL expansion team. Neil was in attendance at the Outlaws' historic first game during his break from MÖTLEY CRÜE's "The Final Tour". In September 2014, it was announced that Neil would bring Arena Football back to Las Vegas. Since then, the Outlaws have been building its coaches and players roster, securing national television deals and pursuing local business sponsors including Dollar Loan Center. The team is actively seeking additional sponsors as a result of sports giant ESPN and CBS Sports signing on for television and online broadcasts.

TONY MACALPINE To Release 'Concrete Gardens' Album Next Month

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:29:42 +0000

In his 29-year career, Tony MacAlpine has redefined instrumental hard rock, jazz-fusion and heavy metal for a generation of progressive-minded music fanatics. Whether it's been as a solo artist, or with the progressive supergroup PSMS (with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian); the mind-bending metal fusion band PLANET X (with Derek Sherinian and Virgil Donati); the Grammy-nominated jazz-fusion group CAB; or in the band of another guitar hero Steve Vai, MacAlpine has continued to evolve and set the bar exceedingly high. On April 21, Tony will release his highly anticipated opus "Concrete Gardens" (SunDog Records), featuring 12 tracks of complex, intricate, yet hook-laden melodies, blinding solos and crushing 7- and 8-string guitar riffs, complemented by his own equally exceptional keyboards. This is built atop a formidable rhythmic foundation laid down by Brazilian drum sensation Aquiles Priester (PRIMAL FEAR, HANGAR, ex-ANGRA). "Aquiles is an incredibly gifted and dynamic drummer," says MacAlpine. "I truly enjoyed recording 'Concrete Gardens' with him, and of course touring with him since 2012." Rounding out the rhythm section is bassist Pete Griffin (SHINING, GIRAFFE TONGUE ORCHESTRA, ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA), along with guest appearances by bassists Sean Delson (FOZZY, STUCK MOJO), Lucky Islam and MacAlpine himself. Guitar virtuoso Jeff Loomis (ARCH ENEMY, CONQUERING DYSTOPIA, ex-NEVERMORE) guests for an extended guitar solo trade. "Jeff has inspired so many of us over the years with his brilliant and unique style," enthuses Tony. "The solo trade with him on 'Square Circles' was purely magical, both in the studio and live on EMGtv." "Concrete Gardens" was mixed by Brazilian producer and engineer Adair Daufembach, and mastered by Seva David Ball. "It was a great experience to work with an engineer who knows exactly what I want, and exactly how to get it done — and Adair did it effortlessly," says MacAlpine, "and Seva is a warm, kind, perfectionist who masters in a very organic way. He was my number one choice for mastering my new music." Written and recorded in his Pasadena, California home studio (with drums recorded in Brazil), MacAlpine has blended metal, prog, jazz-fusion and rock into a tightly wound trip that is reflected in the album's title — both brutal and beautiful. "My music is instrumental guitar-oriented heavy rock with a fusion flair," he explains. "Having started with classical piano since the age of five, I've been exposed to many genres and styles from contemporary to the romantic and classical periods. This early development helped me define my writing and improvisation which is evident in my sound today. My guitar playing encompasses many different styles, with an emphasis on composition and theater." As with any true artist, change is the only constant. As he says, "I'm 29 years into my career as a musician, and my sound and artistic output has continually evolved, because I'm always striving to discover new ways to express myself through the music." "Concrete Gardens" will be available in both standard and special edition versions — the special edition version includes a bonus DVD of Tony and band performing the album live at EMGtv. Featured is Aquiles Priester (drums), Pete Griffin (bass) and Nili Brosh (guitar), plus a special appearance by Jeff Loomis. "Concrete Gardens" track listing: 01. Exhibitionist Blvd. (4:28) 02. The King's Rhapsody (4:45) 03. Man In A Metal Cage (4:20) 04. Poison Cookies (5:06) 05. Epic (5:00) 06. Napoleon's Puppet (5:13) 07. Sierra Morena (4:52) 08. Square Circles (5:12) 09. Red Giant (5:10) 10. Confessions of a Medieval Monument (5:43) 11. Concrete Gardens (5:03) 12. Maiden's Wish (4:19) Tony will hit the road for dates in the U.S. in late May through June, before heading to Asia in July, and Europe in October.

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