Polish death metallers DECAPITATED were involved in a serious van accident yesterday afternoon (Friday, October 24) while en route to a show in New Orleans, Luisiana. The band says in a statement: "We are all okay (two persons were hospitalized and released after a few hours) and we will continue our tour with AMERICAN SHARKS and GWAR. This time we were lucky." On October 29, 2007, a tour bus accident claimed the life of DECAPITATED drummer Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka, and gravely injured the band's lead singer, Adrian "Covan" Kowanek, who has yet to make a full recovery. After he underwent what was deemed to be "successful" neurosurgery, a 36-hour pharmacological coma ended with Covan suffering a cardiac arrest and diffuse cerebral hypoxia (wherein brain impairment occurs due to low blood oxygen levels) because of alleged "medical negligence." Covan returned home after another six months of treatment in October 2008. Since then, Covan has made vast improvements, but still is unable to communicate and care for himself and requires 24-hour care. DECAPITATED's sixth album, "Blood Mantra", was released on September 26 via Nuclear Blast.
Swedish industrial rock band DEATHSTARS narrowly escaped a tragedy early this morning (Saturday, October 25) when the tour bus they were travelling in caught fire in the middle of the Austrian Alps. The group had just picked up the bus in Graz, Austria, where it was left for repair, and was on its way to a gig in Italy. It was around 8 a.m. when the bus driver became aware that something was not right. "He asked if the back door was closed, so we went and checked it," DEATHSTARS singer Andreas Bergh told the Swedish newspaper Expressen. "It had something to do with the electrical system. All of a sudden he shouted that the bus was on fire. "It only by a stroke of luck that we got out of the bus in time," the singer added. "We could have died in there." Between 15 and 16 people were travelling on the bus, and those who were asleep were quickly awoken and told to run out of the vehicle, which had just come out of a tunnel. Within a few minutes, the rear of the bus, where most of the bunks were located, exploded, causing extensive damage to the trailer that was attached to the bus and destroying the musicians' instruments. "Luckily, some of us were awake" when the incident happened," Bergh said. "Had we been stuck in the tunnel at the time of the explosion, we would have run the risk of everything becoming one big puff of smoke and a truck slamming into the bus. It could have been a disaster." Ambulances and emergency services were quickly on the accident scene, which was cordoned off. The bandmembers were then taken to an alpine hut near Graz where they were being taken care of by rescue personnel. "Psychologists and police and nurses are here," Bergh told Expressen. "We are still in shock over the fact that we made it out alive." He added: "We may cancel the gig in Italy, but we're going to Munich [Germany] late [Saturday] so hopefully it will go well. We plan to continue the tour." Bergh thinks it will take a while for the band to get over the emotional stress of the accident. "It was really extremely, extremely close, and it could have been much worse," he said. "Imagine the whole damn bus catching fire while you are sitting inside it, and then it explodes. "We literally had gotten out with seconds to spare, since the incident happened just outside the tunnel." Check out photos of the burned out bus at Krone.at.
Legendary CREAM bassist/singer Jack Bruce died today of liver disease. He was 71 years old. His family said in a statement: "It is with great sadness that we, Jack's family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend. The world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts." Bruce's death was confirmed by his publicist Claire Singers. She said: "He died today at his home in Suffolk surrounded by his family." CREAM was formed in 1966, and consisted of Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton. Their sound was characterized by a hybrid of blues rock, hard rock and burgeoning psychedelic rock, combining imaginative lyrics, often written by poet Pete Brown, Eric Clapton's innovative blues guitar playing, Jack Bruce's operatic voice and fluid bass playing, and Ginger Baker's jazz-influenced drumming. The group soon evolved further creating a trademark approach built around each musician's virtuoso playing. Their live performances soon became renowned for lengthy improvisational pieces based on traditional blues structures such as "Crossroads" and "Spoonful", modern blues such as "Born Under A Bad Sign", and their own songs such as "White Room" and Ginger Baker's powerhouse showcase "Toad". Following their first pop hit single "I Feel Free" in January 1967, CREAM's debut, "Fresh Cream", set the tone for group's inventive mix of blues standards and more eccentric original material and reached No. 6 in the UK album charts. It offered a unique blend of blues â Robert Johnson's "Four Until Late" and Skip James' "I'm So Glad" â inventive originals such as "Dreaming" and the showcase, near-instrumental "Cat's Squirrel". Before the end of the year, CREAM released the follow-up "Disraeli Gears", its distinctive Day-Glo psychedelic cover designed by underground illustrator Martin Sharp. Recorded in May in New York during their first American tour, it includes landmark songs such as "Strange Brew", the melodic but heavy-riffing "Sunshine Of Your Love" and more surrealistic, wah-wah drenched "Tales Of Brave Ulysses"; in all a brilliant, textured, multi-dubbed sound that went beyond blues. Non-stop touring soon saw CREAM break through in America where "Wheels Of Fire", released in August 1968, topped the U.S. charts for a month and was the world's first platinum-selling double album. It comprised one album "in the studio" â including the Jack Bruce- and Pete Brown-penned classics "White Room" and "Politician" â while the other side was recorded at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, highlighted by expansive readings of "Crossroads" and "Spoonful".
Powered by DiscipleMedia, the new, exclusive SUICIDE SILENCE mobile app â compatible with all handheld iOS and Android devices â has been unveiled. Get yours here: * iOS/Apple users * Android/Google users As an added incentive for those who download the app within the first 24 hours, SUICIDE SILENCE and Disciple Media will randomly select three lucky winners who'll receive a special SUICIDE SILENCE merch pack that includes a limited-edition vinyl version of the latest album, "You Can't Stop Me", two posters, a laminate, and guitar picks. SUICIDE SILENCE guitarist and songwriter Mark Heylmun shares the following about the band's newest endeavor: "This new SUICIDE SILENCE app is a game changer â and I hate that term. This isn't the same old band app with the same old crap. This gets you guys â our fans! â closer to us and us closer to you. My favorite thing about it is live streaming where we can show you what we're doing wherever we are, either playing a show or just hanging out. This app is everything SUICIDE SILENCE. Check it out!" A one-stop destination for all things SUICIDE SILENCE, the app is a direct, two-way channel of communication between the members of the band and their dedicated fan base. App users will receive all breaking SUICIDE SILENCE news first, listen to exclusive music, watch live video streams, see exclusive photos, have access to upcoming pre-sale tour tickets and special band merchandise, and enter app-only contests. "We're really excited to work with SUICIDE SILENCE on their new app, it's going to be great! They're such a forward-thinking band who want to share exclusive content and get closer to their fans via mobile. We can't wait for the app to be out there for SUICIDE SILENCE fans to experience," states Benjamin Vaughan, CEO of Disciple Media. In addition to accessing all of SUICIDE SILENCE's existing social media feeds (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram), fans can also join the band's exclusive community to friend, message, chat, comment, and like with other SUICIDE SILENCE fans, in one-to-one or group messaging. "We have tons of exclusive content for you to check out," adds lead vocalist Eddie Hermida. "I hope you are all ready to tune into our day to day lives, everyoneâ¦ we will be waiting for you!" The free, five-week trial launches today, October 24. Come December 1, fans can subscribe for $2.99 / Â£1.99 / â¬2.69 per month to retain the exclusive features or opt out to use its basic functions for no charge. SUICIDE SILENCE is currently on a co-headlining tour with THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER and openers CHELSEA GRIN and ALTERBEAST, which runs through October 30.
Swedish female-fronted heavy rockers SISTER SIN will release their fifth studio album, "Black Lotus", on October 27 via Victory. The CD is now available for streaming in its entirety below. SISTER SIN vocalist Liv Jagrell tells Examiner.com about "Black Lotus": "We always grow a little bit more into the metal scene for each record we do. But that's our roots. It's the really old kind of metal stuff. But also we get some inspiration from newer bands like ARCH ENEMY and IN FLAMES and stuff like that too. "I feel that we tried to get heavier on this record than the previous record. Also, the production of it we draw to the heavier kind of sound, and I really like that because I'm into the heavy kind of music." Regarding the recording process for "Black Lotus", Jagrell said: "We had limited time in the studio comparing to previous records. We had to find a way to make it work in the short amount of time that we had. So instead of doing the drums first, then bass, the guitar, and the vocals last, we actually didâ¦ well, we did do the drums first, of course, but then we kind of did vocals; and guitars we sometimes put after the vocals, and for us that was new. We had like two studios, so we worked simultaneously. I think it was good that we did some of the guitars after the vocals, because then we could actually work the guitars with the vocals better than we've done on the previous records. So that was kind of new." "Black Lotus" track listing: 01. Food For Worms 02. Chaos Royale 03. Au Revoir 04. Desert Queen 05. Count Me Out 06. Stones Throw 07. The Jinx 08. Ruled By None 09. Sail North According to a press release, SISTER SIN "skillfully inject elements of classic, metal-tinged hard rock in the vein of MÃTLEY CRÃE, ACCEPT and JUDAS PRIEST, while remaining contemporary, fresh and pushing heavy metal to wider audiences, akin to bands like THE PRETTY RECKLESS and HALESTORM." The lyric video for the "Chaos Royale" song from "Black Lotus" can be seen below. Exclusive SISTER SIN pre-order packages for "Black Lotus" are available now at VictoryMerch.com. Starting at just $19.98, various packages include the "Black Lotus" CD or limited-edition colored vinyl with exclusive t-shirts, hooded sweatshirt, koozie and more. All pre-orders include an instant MP3 download of the track "Chaos Royale". SISTER SIN's third album, "Now And Forever", entered the official chart in the band's home country of Sweden at position No. 44.
Jaco Pastorius has long been regarded as one of, if not the, most influential bass guitarist of all time and is METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo personal hero. So upon overhearing a phone conversation that Jaco's legendary "Bass Of Doom" had resurfaced after being missing for over twenty years, but was tied up in an ugly legal battle, Robert instinctively offered to assist the Pastorius family in its recovery. "There was a legal situation going on at the time," Trujillo told Bass Guitar Magazine. "It's settled now, but the family was really stressed out about it. Basically, Jaco's famous Fender Jazz, which had been missing for 20 years, was in the hands of a collector in New York City. The bass had been rumoured to have been stolen and/or sold. It's doubtful that Jaco would have sold his bass for drugs or anything. It was open to interpretation. Our feelings were that it had been taken when Jaco was homeless in the park in New York City. It had been broken into, like, 50 pieces. I've seen the photos: insanity. Jaco had sent the bass down to Florida to [bass tech] Kevin Kaufman, who rebuilt it. Jaco got the bass back and it was then taken. He did one recording with it with Mike Stern before that happened. So Kevin came up to New York, authenticated the instrument and that was where the problems started, because the family obviously wanted the bass back but the guy wouldn't give it up. So I sponsored the money to get the bass back." He continued: "I'm not a collector, but I felt at the time that it was important for me to help the situation, so we got the bass back. I'm its legal owner, but I made a point of ensuring that any decision made about the instrument has to go through the family. To them, it was like the family pet that used to lie around the house, without even being in a case. Felix Pastorius [Jaco's son and twin of Julius Pastorius] has it right now. I've played it and it's incredible, it was in pretty good shape." Trujillo added: "There's a lot of misinterpretation about the situation. I'm not one to go on the Internet: I'm completely aloof to all that shit, but I've been approached by people in the street who have the wrong idea, who thought that I bogarted the instrument [i.e. kept it for himself], that I found it in New York City and I paid all this money and took it. That always upsets Johnny and Felix very much, because the situation was completely the opposite. I'm a person that takes on situations from passion. I get passionate about things, and I try to help." Like so many other musical greats, Jaco Pastorius died young, only 35, but his legacy has lasted the test of time. With his pioneering techniques, charismatic and outrageous stage performances and his unmistakable singular style, Jaco left behind a musical legacy that has continued to inspire and influence ongoing generations worldwide. Through his critically acclaimed self-titled solo debut album, his work with break-through fusion/jazz group WEATHER REPORT, whose "Heavy Weather" album is one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time, and his collaborations with singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell, Jaco's reputation and influence grew to permeate many musical styles and genres. The legendary "Bass Of Doom", nicknamed by Jaco himself, is a 1962 Fender jazz bass that Jaco removed the frets from and refinished the neck with boat epoxy. This customized bass was the only fretless instrument Jaco ever recorded with throughout his career right up until it was stolen from a Manhattan park bench in 1986. Despite repeated attempts from friends and family to locate it, the whereabouts of the famous bass remained unknown until it showed up in early 2006 in a small guitar shop on New York's West Side. Unfortunately the owner of the shop refused to return it to the Pastorius family resulting in protracted legal squabbles. Almost two years passed before Robert was able to jump in and help make it possible for the family to settle out the case and regain control of their father's prized bass.
Former SCORPIONS drummer Herman Rarebell will release a new album under the HERMAN RAREBELL & FRIENDS banner on November 7. Titled "Herman's Scorpions Songs", the CD will feature 14 cover versions of classic SCORPIONS songs sung by different vocalists, including Don Dokken (DOKKEN), Jack Russell (GREAT WHITE), Tony Martin (BLACK SABBATH) and Doogie White (MICHAEL SCHENKER, RAINBOW). "Herman's Scorpions Songs" track listing: 01. Rock Of You Like A Hurricane (Bobby Kimball of TOTO) 02. Passion Rules The Game (John Parr) 03. Loving You Sunday Morning (Michael Voss of MAD MAX) 04. Is There Anybody There? (Alex Ligertwood of SANTANA) 05. You Give Me All I Need (Don Dokken of DOKKEN) 06. Make It Real (Doogie White of RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER) 07. Dynamite (Johnny Gioeli of AXEL RUDI PELL) 08. Arizona (Thomas Perry) 09. Love Is Blind (Paul Shortino of QUIET RIOT) 10. Don't Make No Promises (Jack Russell of GREAT WHITE) 11. Falling In Love (Gary Barden of MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP) 12. Another Piece Of Meat (Tony Martin of BLACK SABBATH) 13. Animal Magnetism (Michael Nagy) 14. Let It Shine (Al Crespo of UNBREAKABLE) The official video for "Let It Shine" can be seen below. Rarebell last year released an album, "Acoustic Fever", containing all-acoustic versions of 12 SCORPIONS songs he co-wrote while in the band. In an interview with Classic Rock Revisited, Rarebell stated about the huge commercial success of SCORPIONS' 1982 album "Blackout": "Mercury Records was totally behind us and they believed in us. They wanted us to keep making albums. They wanted us to grow and do better each time out. 'Lovedrive' went gold. 'Animal Magnetism' went gold and then 'Blackout' was the first one to go platinum. Schenker/ Meine/ Rarebell was a great songwriting team. You can see that from how many successful albums we had. After I left the band, they didn't have any more hits."
Tune in this Sunday, October 26 at 10/9c to AMC TV's live "The Walking Dead" after-show "Talking Dead" to watch iconic, Grammy-winning artist Slash join host Chris Hardwick, along with a "Walking Dead" cast member and guest Mary Lynn Rajskub. They will discuss "The Walking Dead"'s new episode "Four Walls And A Roof" (Season 5, Episode 3). Fans can submit questions during the live broadcast at this location. Questions will be broadcast and discussed by Chris and Slash on the show. On Monday, October 27 visit TalkingDead.com to check out exclusive video and photos from the episode. "Talking Dead" airs this Sunday at 10/9c immediately following "The Walking Dead" at 9/8c on AMC. Slash is a massive fan of horror movies and told The Pulse Of Radio that he thinks the genre as it stands now needs to shake things up. "It's just like anything else," he said. 'You go through these periods where the money issue becomes 'Okay, we can just keep making franchises because it's a guaranteed sell.' But there's still movies in the background that are still really good, they're just fewer and farther between during this whole period. So it takes something to sort of give it a kickstart and change the genre a little bit, if only for a minute."
ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian says that he "doesn't give a shit" about former ANTHRAX singer Neil Turbin's opinion of Ian's autobiography, "I'm The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax", explaining that the book is an accurate account of the band's history from Scott's point of view. Turbin recently slammed Ian over the guitarist's portrayal of the vocalist in "I'm The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax", saying: "I find it very sad that somebody I've had no contact for 30 years feels that it's necessary to fabricate lies about me in order to draw attention to themselves." He added: "I wish them all the luck in the world on their new work of fiction. I'm sure it must be as good as 'The Lord Of The Rings'." Asked by Artisan News what his reaction is to Turbin's comments about "I'm The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax", Ian said (see video below) "I don't care. My book isâ¦ It's my book. [Laughs] I don't give a shit." In a recently published excerpt from the book, which was released on October 14 via Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group, Ian details his tensions with Turbin â vocalist on ANTHRAX's 1984 debut album, "Fistful Of Metal" â and the band's split with original bassist Danny Lilker, a period of time that Scott describes as "the worst moment for me in the history of ANTHRAX." "As soon as we started touring to support 'Fistful Of Metal', Neil got ultra-cocky," Scott wrote. "He felt like he was the boss man, and he became inflexible. His attitude was, 'I'm the singer and it's my way or the highway.' He thought we'd be dead without him. The shitty thing is, he was right. We were on the fast track. Jonny Z [founder of '80s metal label Megaforce Records] was managing us, and he was bringing RAVEN back in the summer of 1984 to tour like they did the year before with METALLICA opening, and this time we were scheduled to open all the dates, starting May 30. Everything was already announced and planned, and if we lost our singer, we'd have had to cancel. Jonny wasn't going to wait around for us. There were other bands he was talking to like OVERKILL and LEGACY (which became TESTAMENT). We had to strike while the iron was hot, and that gave Neil the ability to pull all these power plays. "The biggest dick move Neil ever pulled was when he fired Danny Lilker behind our backs after 'Fistful' came out in January 1984. The main reason he did it, in my opinion, was because Danny is taller than him. He honestly didn't think someone should be taller than the front man onstage. He thought it made him look bad, so he tried to stand as far away from Danny as possible, which was hard when we were playing stages the size of ping pong tables." In a 2009 interview with VoltageMedia.com.au, Turbin stated about his departure from ANTHRAX: "I was a member of ANTHRAX from August 1982 up until August 1984. I was a member of ANTHRAX for exactly two years. The reason I leftâ¦ well, there were a number of things, actually. The whole relationship started to deteriorate after a while, there was definitely backstabbing from certain people who chose to hang around with other people instead of focusing in the band. I was into metalâ¦ focused on music while Scott Ian and Charlie Benante [drums] formed an alliance and Dan Spitz [guitar] just followed. In a matter of months, it was simply a case of them versus me. It was very difficult to deal with them, because it was obvious that we wouldn't get along and they were also more interested in other things than musicâ¦ at least back then. We didn't establish a trusted friendship within the bandâ¦ that's for sure!" For "I'm The Man", Ian worked with Jon Wiederhorn, co-author of the books "Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal" and "Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen". Turbin will front British thrashers ONSLAUGHT on their "Thrash Invasion Tour 2014" of the U.S., Canada and South America. He will fill in for ONSLAUGHT vocalist Sy Keeler, who will sit out the trek due to health issues with his son.
Canadian rock legends RUSH will release a special "R40" video box set on six Blu-ray discs or ten DVDs this coming November to celebrate their 40th anniversary. The set features live footage spanning all four decades of the band's career, including over two hours of unreleased material, a rare performance of entire seven-part version of "2112", three unreleased tracks from the 1974 vault plus RUSH's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction. Speaking to Artisan News at a recent charity golf event in California, Lifeson said (see video below): "We're talking about putting a tour together for next spring. So ['R40'] is kind of like the prelude to it. "I can't believe that it's been 40 years already. But I hope for another 40." 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of RUSH's eponymous debut album in 1974. "R40" is a superb collector's box set which brings together live performances by RUSH from each decade of their career. It includes "Rush In Rio", "R30", "Snakes & Arrows Live", "Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland" and "Clockwork Angels Tour" plus a bonus disc of previously unseen and unreleased live material stretching from 1974 to 2013. To the delight of fans, the bonus disc will include all eight songs from the Laura Secord Secondary School show in 1974 which features original drummer John Rutsey. That recording includes two RUSH originals "I've Been Runnin'" and "The Loser", as well as their cover of Larry William's "Bad Boy", made famous by THE BEATLES. The bonus discus also features five songs from songs from the Capitol Theatre in 1976 such as "Anthem" and "Lakeside Park", the rarely performed full, seven-part version of "2112" filmed in 1997, "Lock And Key" from the "Hold Your Fire" tour, as well as footage from the glorious evening when RUSH fans got their beloved band inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. RUSH are renowned for the energy and excitement of their live concerts and this set brings together some of their finest performances. The ten DVD (or six Blu-ray) discs are contained in a stunning 52-page hardback book measuring 305mm x 225mm with the ten discs contained in five additional rigid insert pages each holding two discs. The 52 pages of the book are filled with memorabilia and photographs documenting 40 years of RUSH live in concert. This is the ultimate collection of RUSH live performances, beautifully presented. For more information, including the complete track listing, visit Rush.com.
Brian Aberback of Patch.com recently conducted an interview with singer Michael Starr of Los Angeles glam-metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Patch.com: Would you say that your high-caliber musicianship sets you apart as being more than a simple novelty act? Your songs are hilarious and in many aspects you're a modern-day SPINAL TAP, but you're also serious musicians. Starr: Absolutely. That's one thing that separates us from a SPINAL TAP. We take what we do extremely serious as far as musicianship is concerned. Singing on key, playing onstage, getting the audience involved, having charisma. But at the same time, we have a lot of fun. We do care, but we don't care. We're not faking it, but we're having fun. I think that's one of the things that has really propelled us. We have nothing to lose. Patch.com: Who were you favorite bands back in the glory days? Starr: My favorite band was VAN HALEN. They were great musicians and David Lee Roth was an amazing performer. He would crack jokes onstage. It was a fun experience. If you went to see the band, it was a party. Jani Lane with WARRANT would crack jokes onstage, change words in the songs. It was fun. Those were the bands I was always drawn to as a kid. This is why we're doing what we're doing. The four of us in the band all feel the same way. Patch.com: You may be playing to fans that don't know STEEL PANTHER on the JUDAS PRIEST tour. Does that change any aspect of your performance? Starr: Not really. We pretty much forge forward the same way we would do it in front of a crowd that knows who we are. We've had a lot of experience playing festivals before a bunch of people that have never seen us and we just do what we do, no matter what. It's challenging too, because you have to realize that just because they're not screaming your songs, it doesn't mean they don't like you. Usually by the end of our show, people are fans or hate us. Nobody leaves our show going, "They're pretty good." They just go, "I hate them" or "I love them." Read the entire interview at Patch.com.
Celebrate the holidays with some of the biggest names in music performing holiday classics on "CMA Country Christmas", a two-hour special hosted for the fifth year by Jennifer Nettles airing Monday, December 1 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC television network. The special, which tapes in front of a live audience Friday, November 7 (7:00 p.m. CT), at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, is a star-packed celebration of the season with performances by Alan Jackson, and Brad Paisley adding his blazing guitar work to a performance by rock 'n' roll royalty Steven Tyler. Artists previously announced include Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Lucy Hale, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Idina Menzel, Nettles, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith and Carrie Underwood. For the third year, audience members are being encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the taping to help make the holidays brighter for Nashville area children. "Our toy drive adds something special to the celebration shining a spotlight on a worthy endeavor in a way that reflects the values and giving nature of our artists, the industry, and this city," said Sarah Trahern, CMA chief executive officer. The Nashville-based, non-profit group Generosity will have volunteers on site at the Bridgestone Arena plaza with specially marked bins to collect toys beginning at 5:00 p.m. CT on November 7. In 2013, the group collected more than 5,000 toys. Tickets for "CMA Country Christmas" are on sale now and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com; by calling (800) 745-3000; or in person at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office, located at 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, Nashville). Tickets for "CMA Country Christmas" are $25 for Upper-Level seating and $50 for Lower- and Club-Level seating. Ticket prices include tax, but exclude applicable service fees. "CMA Country Christmas" is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the executive producer, Paul Miller is the director, and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor has denied that he was angry over the leak of the identity of the band's new bassist, insisting that he was "laughing [his] ass off" when he said he was "upset" about the musician's name being revealed in the media. SLIPKNOT's fifth album, ".5: The Gray Chapter", was released on October 21 via Roadrunner. It's the band's first CD without founding drummer Joey Jordison, who was fired in 2013, and late bassist Paul Gray. The identities of the band's new bassist and drummer have not yet been revealed, but both appeared â disguised in the same newly designed mask â in the video for "The Devil In I", the first single from the new album. Nonetheless, it is widely believed that the new bassist is Alessandro "Vman" Venturella, who sports the exact same tattoo on his hand that was spotted on the hand of the new bassist in the video. Venturella has served as a guitar tech for MASTODON, COHEED AND CAMBRIA and others, while also playing in the band KROKODIL. Asked by Revolver magazine if he was "pissed" over the tattoo faux pas, Corey said: "It wasn't something we'd even thought of and it didn't even occur to us until it hit. I was like, 'Aw, man. C'mon.' But the funny thing is, I was doing a radio interview and I was laughing about it. And then the story got picked up by all these media outlets that implied I was incensed, angry, and outraged. No, not really. If you listen to the interview, I'm laughing my ass off. It just goes to show you, in this TMZ world, people are gonna pick up something just so they can make a story out of it. It would be nothing for me to make an argument out of it, but at that point it was like, 'Man, who gives a shit?'" Asked why SLIPKNOT has chosen to keep the new members' identities a secret, Taylor said: "To me, it's more about the collective. It's more about the group than it is those individuals. And people don't know for sure all the details, which is part of the fun of it, too â keeping people on the edge of their seats." Taylor told Metal Hammer that firing Jordison in 2013 after 18 years was "one of the hardest decisions" the group ever made, adding that Jordison is "in a place in his life" which is "not where we are." Taylor said he could not get into specifics for legal reasons, but admitted, "It's when a relationship hits that T-section and one person's going one way and you're going the other. And try as you might to either get them to go your way or try and go their way, at some point you've got to go in the direction that works for you. This is me speaking in the broadest terms, with respect to Joey. I guess to sum it up, it was one of the hardest decisions we ever made." Taylor said that the band is "happy right now and we hope that he isâ¦ He's just in a place in his life, right now, that's not where we are." The singer would not answer whether drug use played a role in Jordison's dismissal, and confessed that he had not been in touch with his former bandmate. Taylor said, "I haven't talked to Joey in a while, to be honest. That's how different we are. It's not because I don't love him and I don't miss him. And it is painful; we talk about him all the time, but at the same time, do we miss him or do we miss the old him? That's what it really comes down to."
Keyboardist Marta Demmel of Orange County, California's BLEEDING THROUGH, who announced in 2013 that the band would be coming to an end after a 15-year run, spoke to Ghost Cult magazine about her plans for the future and whether she will ever end up joining another group. "I'm a full-time step mom," Marta, who is married to MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel, explained. "I bartend â it's fun and I enjoy it. Life is pretty easy-going. "I hope to enjoy making music. I'm not exactly sure what. I haven't been in a hurry to jump into something else. I really would like to continue to make music." As for the rest of the band, no set plans were announced, but one member has already hit the road with a new project. "Ryan [Wombacher], our bass player, is now with DEVIL YOU KNOW," Marta said. "I'm sure some other dudes with play with some other groups. I'm sure we will keep making music, but not sure what avenue yet." Regarding BLEEDING THROUGH's decision to call it quits, Marta said: "We started talking about it over a year ago. Maybe a year and a half ago. "I think it was a lot of circumstances but just not wanting to be part time. Just having BLEEDING THROUGH being full time and full on and not just fade into the sunsetâ¦ end with a bang." She added: "I think there were some circumstances â slowing down in general as a band, pursuing other things in life, families, careers, etc. Brandan [Schieppati, vocals] wanted to be fully dedicated to his gym, as well as not doing BLEEDING THROUGH part time. I think he saw it as all or nothing." "You still have to do what you want to do. You still have to take the path you want to take. "There would be no BLEEDING THROUGH without Brandan or any of us, for the most part. We're so much a family and a unit at this point there would be no moving on with someone else I think." BLEEDING THROUGH's latest album, "The Great Fire", was released on January 31, 2012 via Rise Records.
RAMMSTEIN guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe, who is currently promoting the sophomore album from his EMIGRATE project, is the latest musician to respond to KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' recent comment that "rock is dead." Simmons told Esquire magazine last month â in an interview conducted by his son Nick â that "rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed and now it won't because it's that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it." Simmons went on to elaborate that as a result of file-sharing and other issues, record label support for rock music was not available like it was when KISS was coming up, concluding, "It's finally dead. Rock is finally dead." Asked to weigh in on Gene's comments, Kruspe told Australia's Heavy magazine: "I dont think rock will ever be dead because it's a life statement for a lot of people. But what I do realize is that the quality of records is very poor. I understand why â there's no time, there's no money, [and] everything becomes a promotion tool. "I said it a few years ago: people only fuck themselves by stealing music. But I think also there is another movement coming. Streaming will maybe save something. "People are spending money on music at the moment, but it just has to go in the right direction. "We need to go through that generation that wants to own music to the next generation that says, 'I dont care, I just want to have it.' Then, well, have another way of paying the artist, for people to get money again to invest in music. "I wouldn't say rock's dead; it's just going through a really poor quality stage." Kruspe's EMIGRATE project will release its sophomore album, "Silent So Long", on November 4 via Spinefarm. The CD, which was produced by the EMIGRATE bandmembers themselves and mixed in February/March by Ben Grosse (MARILYN MANSON, DISTURBED), features guest appearances by Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÃRHEAD), Jonathan Davis (KORN), Marilyn Manson, Canadian born Berlin-dweller Peaches, and Frank DellÃ© from chart-topping German collective SEEED.
Ozzy Osbourne says that BLACK SABBATH will "disband" after completing the next album and touring cycle, leaving him to focus entirely on his solo career. The singer released a solo retrospective called "Memoirs Of A Madman" earlier this month. The collection features 17 of Ozzy's greatest hit singles compiled in one place for the first time in his career. Asked why he decided to release "Memoirs Of A Madman" now, Ozzy told The Times-Picayune: "A lot of people are asking me, with the success of the reformation of BLACK SABBATH, am I going to do any solo stuff any more? The answer is yes. I am going to continue to do my solo stuff, but I can't do the two at the same time. This 'Memoirs Of A Madman' package is to let everybody know that I haven't abandoned my solo career." He continued: "I'm doing one more BLACK SABBATH tour, one more BLACK SABBATH album, and then we're disbanding the name, I believe. And then after that, I'll be doing my solo stuff." Ozzy added: "In a way, I'm glad that I did the things with BLACK SABBATH. No. 1, it was the first time we ever had a No. 1 [album] in America. No. 2, hopefully we'll end on a happy note. The only sad note about it is that [original drummer] Bill Ward didn't do the last tour, for reasons that I guess have something to do with financing or something. I don't know. "It would be great for him to get it together and sort all the problems out for the next tour. It would be a great way for the four of us to end such a wonderful experience of being BLACK SABBATH, and what we achieved. "Tommy Clufetos [the drummer in Osbourne's solo band] did a great job [filling in for Ward on the most recent tour]. He's a great drummer. But he ain't Bill Ward, you know?" Ward was announced as part of the band's reunion in late 2011, but dropped out early the following year due to what was assumed to be a dispute over his contract. Since that time, however, the other three original SABBATH members â Ozzy, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler â have hinted that Ward was not physically up to the task of recording a new album and embarking on a lengthy world tour. Ozzy said as much when The Pulse Of Radio asked about Ward's absence a while back. "Bill Ward has got the most physically demanding job of the lot of us, 'cause he's the timekeeper," he said. "I don't think personally he had the chops to pull it off, you know. The saddest thing is that he needed to own up to that, and we could have worked around it, whether we had a drummer on the side with him or something. But I suppose it was something to do with finances as well." Ward underwent surgery last year for perforated diverticulitis, a gastrointestinal condition in which the walls of the intestine have become perforated. For the recording of its 2013 reunion album, "13", SABBATH used RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE drummer Brad Wilk, while Clufetos handled the drums on tour. Ozzy recently told Metal Hammer magazine that Rick Rubin, who produced last year's "13" album, will likely be back for the next project. Asked if he has started writing songs for the new BLACK SABBATH album, Ozzy told Esquire magazine: "No. Although I texted [guitarist] Tony [Iommi] the other day. I said, 'It would be a great idea if you could send me some musical ideas so I can try and work some melodies around so we don't have to go searching for the song structure.' So I'm not starting from a cold block, you know?"
AVENGED SEVENFOLD has finally released its long-in-development mobile role-playing game, "Hail To The King: Deathbat". The game is available on the App Store and Google Play for $4.99. A "Hail To The King: Deathbat" video tutorial from AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows can be seen below. M. Shadows said in a statement: "The process of developing this game has been a new and challenging experience for us as we've worked hard to create a game that we are not only proud of but more importantly, a game that is fun to play. We think we've achieved that and hope you enjoy the game." Shadows told The Pulse Of Radio that the fan response to the game after just one day has been the most gratifying part for him. "Putting this thing out was very scary in a way because it's, you know, a lot of people would want to say, 'Hey, you're a band, don't give me a game, I don't want it,' he said. "And from the reaction today that we're getting from when it's out and just seeing Twitter explode and seeing people playing it online and being excited about it and getting to walk around in our world that we created for them, it's been amazing and just puts a smile on my face. I'm super, super happy with them." "Hail to the King: Deathbat" features classic AVENGED SEVENFOLD tracks along with a new and original score composed by the band. AVENGED SEVENFOLD also has a DVD in the works and will tour Southeast Asia in early 2015. In August the group reissued its 2003 second album, "Waking The Fallen", in a special edition featuring previously unheard music and demos, new artwork and a documentary on the making of the record. AVENGED SEVENFOLD was touring in support of its sixth album, "Hail To The King", which debuted at No. 1 in August 2013 on the Billboard chart.
In The Now Magazine 's Brett Tully recently conducted an interview with guitarist Mark Tremonti of ALTER BRIDGE and CREED. You can now watch the chat below. Asked if there has ever been a low point in his music career where he came close to calling it quits, Tremonti said: "No. I mean, there's nothing else I'd wanna do. This is all I know how to do." He continued: "When CREED was coming to an end, it just made me work harder and try to survive. Since then, the Internet's kind of come in and shaken up the business, and it's just been a constant struggle to just stay revelant, stay out there and make a living. "It's definitely the hardest it's ever been for a lot of bands in their career right now with everything that's been going on, but there's nothing else we'd rather do." Regarding the fact that even bands like JUDAS PRIEST and IRON MAIDEN are not selling the same number of tickets and playing to as many people in the U.S. as they once did, Tremonti said: "Well, those bands are still selling out arenas over in Europe. Europe's what, I think, really has kept rock alive. If it wasn't for Europe, we'd probably be retired." He continued: "We've been struggling so much here in the States. It's finally getting larger here in the States, but right off the bat it got big in Europe and we were playing the arenas over there. We get to play shows with all the bands you mentioned. We just played with IRON MAIDEN a couple of times on the last tour, we went [on] right before METALLICA, right before SOUNDGARDEN and [BLACK] SABBATHâ¦ all these great bands. "Europe's a really strong rock market. In the States, I think, the big rock stars turned into pop stars, and the rap starsâ¦" Tremonti added: "Rock's such a faceless scene right now. Everybody knows what Lil Wayne looks like and what Jay-Z and Pink and all the pop stars look like, but rock stars are kind ofâ¦ Hopefully it's a cyclical thing and rock will come back and be as big as it once was." ALTER BRIDGE current U.S. headlining trek winds down on October 26 in Los Angeles. This is likely the band's final run in support of 2013's "Fortress" album.
"The Feast And The Famine", a brand new song from FOO FIGHTERS, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Sonic Highways", which arrives on November 10. The "Sonic Highways" eight-part series, which documents the making of the CD, premiered on October 17 on HBO. FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl, who directed the documentary, interviewed a number of personalities for the series, including Slash, Dan Auerbach of the BLACK KEYS, LL Cool J, Bonnie Raitt, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Pharrell Williams, Joan Jett, CHEAP TRICK âs Rick Nielsen, Paul Stanley of KISS, Joe Walsh, ZZ TOP's Billy F. Gibbons, Macklemore, Buddy Guy and even President Barack Obama. FOO FIGHTERS have announced additional details about the concert the band is playing at Chicago's Wrigley Field on August 29, 2015. The day-long event will celebrate the musical history of the Windy City and feature performances by local legends CHEAP TRICK, URGE OVERKILL and NAKED RAYGUN. CHEAP TRICK guitarist Rick Nielsen appears on the song "Something From Nothing", the first single from "Sonic Highways". Bassist Nate Mendel told The Pulse Of Radio what he found most rewarding about the process of making "Sonic Highways". "I think the cool thing about this was â and it was sort of a surprise to me â is going to all these cities and learning about them in a little bit more depth than we had before," he said. "It gives us a sense of pride in a way of American music and all the variety of it and depth of it and all these unique cities. After a while, you take it all in and you're like, 'Yeah,' you know â it just gives you a little bit of more feeling of like being a part of the place."
Deen Castronovo (JOURNEY, OZZY OSBOURNE, BAD ENGLISH, HARDLINE), Jack Blades (NIGHT RANGER, DAMN YANKEES, SHAW/BLADES) and Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE, DIO, BURNING RAIN) have joined forces in REVOLUTION SAINTS, a new project which recently completed recording its debut album for a 2015 release via Frontiers. The CD, which was produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio (HARDLINE), will feature Castronovo on lead vocals and drums, Blades on bass and vocals, and Aldrich on guitar. Already well known for his drum talents for his work with JOURNEY, BAD ENGLISH and more, Deen's excellent vocal talents are also in the spotlight on the REVOLUTION SAINTS release. On bass (and co-lead vocals on a few tracks), Blades is well known for his melodic-yet-hard-rocking approach to songwriting and playing via multiple classic albums by his main band NIGHT RANGER, as well as with the DAMN YANKEES and the SHAW/BLADES releases. On guitar, Aldrich was excited to lend his fiery blues guitar attack to such a unique and melodic band. Doug, who recently left WHITESNAKE after a fruitful 12-year run, has a deep pedigree and is one of today's most respected guitarists, having previously played with DIO. You can tell by the name (and the names involved) that this is not going to be your average rock 'n' roll album. It is a record that brings back the classic melodic rock style to where it should be: inspiring, uplifting vocals, soaring melodies and musicianship to die for. Or more simply, it is completely badass. The project was initially the vision of Frontiers president Serafino Perugino, who for years had hoped to work on a project where Deen would be the lead vocalist. Having previously worked with all three artists on different projects on Frontiers, getting Deen, Jack and Doug together was a dream come true for the president of the label. With production overseen by in-house Frontiers man Del Vecchio (who also contributed to the songwriting and played keyboards on the album), the recording process happened in Portland, Oregon during the summer of 2014. REVOLUTION SAINTS' music is played with a heart and soul and that highlights the passion and the enthusiasm of three of the best rock and all-around musicians in the game today. Aldrich left WHITESNAKE on May 7, explaining in a statement that he "had several recording and live commitments, so [he] needed a more flexible schedule to conclude these before going full force as normal." He added: "Unfortunately, my schedule was not workable." Aldrich played on the last two WHITESNAKE studio albums, 2008's "Good To Be Bad" and 2011's "Forevermore", and appeared on several live releases, including last year's "Made In Japan" and "Made In Britain/The World Records". NIGHT RANGER's latest studio album, "High Road", came out on June 10 in North America via Frontiers. JOURNEY's most recent studio album, "Eclipse", was released in May 2011. The Walmart exclusive debuted on The Billboard 200 album chart at No. 13 â eight spots lower than the band's previous album, 2008's "Revelation" â which also went on to hit No. 1 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart.