Germany's WDR "Rockpalast" has uploaded professionally filmed video footage of MOTÃRHEAD performing the song "The Chase Is Better Than The Catch" on November 12 at Mitsubishi Electric Halle in DÃ¼sseldorf, Germany. The entire concert will air on December 15 and will be made available online shortly thereafter. The reissue of MOTÃRHEAD's 21st studio album, "Aftershock", was made available on August 26 via UDR/MotÃ¶rhead Music. The CD was helmed by longtime producer Cameron Webb (MEGADETH, DISTURBED). The expanded edition contains a bonus live CD â also recorded by Webb â consisting of live material comprised from the band's historic appearances in early 2014. "Aftershock" sold 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 22 on The Billboard 200 chart. MOTÃRHEAD mainman Lemmy, 68, last year suffered a haematoma (where blood collects outside of a blood vessel), causing the cancelation of a number of the band's European festival shows. He was also reportedly fitted with a defibrillator because of heart problems.
SiriusXM announced today that it will launch "AC/DC Radio," an exclusive, limited-run channel featuring the music of legendary hard rock band AC/DC. SiriusXM's "AC/DC Radio" will air Wednesday, November 26 through Sunday, December 7 via satellite on channel 25 and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com. The limited-run channel will feature music spanning AC/DC's entire career up to their new album, "Rock Or Bust", which is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, December 2, as well as classic rock music that airs regularly on SiriusXM's Classic Rewind channel. Additionally, AC/DC members Angus Young and Brian Johnson will be in the SiriusXM studios as part of a special edition of SiriusXM's "Town Hall" series. The "Town Hall" with AC/DC will include the hard rock icons answering questions about their storied career and "Rock Or Bust", from a studio audience of SiriusXM listeners, and moderated by renowned/Grammy award-winning producer Brendan OâBrien, who produced "Rock Or Bust". "SiriusXM's Town Hall With AC/DC" will air on Thursday, November 27 at 12:00 p.m. ET, via satellite on "AC/DC Radio." For rebroadcast times, please visit www.siriusxm.com/townhall. "SiriusXM's Town Hall With AC/DC" is part of SiriusXM's "Town Hall" series, featuring iconic entertainers and figures sitting down with studio audiences of SiriusXM listeners. "AC/DC Radio" is an example of SiriusXM channels created with iconic and prominent artists, including Bruce Springsteen's E Street Radio, Jimmy Buffett's Radio Margaritaville, Willie Nelson's Willie's Roadhouse, The Pink Floyd Channel, B.B. King's Bluesville, Elvis Radio, Siriusly Sinatra, Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzy's Boneyard, Pearl Jam Radio, Eminem's Shade 45,TiÃ«sto's Club Life Radio and Neil Diamond Radio. For more information on SiriusXM, please visit www.siriusxm.com.
LoudTV.net recently conducted an interview with vocalist Anders FridÃ©n of Swedish metallers IN FLAMES. You can now watch the chat below. Asked about the mixed reactions to IN FLAMES' new album, "Siren Charms", Anders said: "It's no different now fromâ¦ It's always beenâ¦ People love or hate us â that's how it's always been. We don't have people in between." He continued: "'The Jester Race'  was the first album I did for IN FLAMES. And when we did 'Whoracle' , there were some people who didn't understand 'Whoracle', 'cause they wanted 'The Jester Race' again, so they don't like it. That's how it's been through every album. And for some reason, I get the same question now as I did then. And you reporters [act] like it's something new, but it's happened every, every time." Anders added: "I don't write for the fans. I love them â don't get me wrong; I'm fucking fortunate that I can go around the world and play for people that enjoy my music, but I can't write the music that they exactly want, I have to write what I like. 'Cause I am the one that lives and dies with this music, I am the one that has to be on stage every night playing these songs. You can go home every night, if you want. "As soon as you release an album, you put yourself out there, and there will be people that like or dislike what you do; it's part of the game." "Siren Charms" sold around 9,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 26 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released in the U.S. on September 9 via Sony/RED, the CD was recorded at Hansa Tonstudios (DAVID BOWIE, DEPECHE MODE, U2) in Berlin, Germany. The cover artwork was created by Blake Armstrong of Space Boy Comics.
Vocalist Tomas Lindberg (AT THE GATES, DISFEAR) has left LOCK UP â the international grindcore "supergroup" featuring Anton Reisenegger (PENTAGRAM, CRIMINAL), Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH, BRUJERIA, VENOMOUS CONCEPT) and Nick Barker (CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR) â and has been replaced by Kevin Sharp (BRUTAL TRUTH). Speaking to Finland's Kaaos TV prior to AT THE GATES' November 22 concert in Helsinki, Lindberg said: "The current state of LOCK UP, actually, it's quite good. But this is pretty groundbreaking news, I think. For the first time ever [I am saying this publicly], I actually quit the band. Without any drama, but this is the first time I say it [in an interview]. But, yeah, we agreed to go separate ways because of logistic and time schedules, mostly. We're all friends, and they've got a new singer out, Kevin Sharp from BRUTAL TRUTH, who's a great friend of mine too. So everything worked out. There's no drama, there's no bad feelings. The only thing is I will miss it, 'cause I really liked to be in that band. But I think I will invent another project with the guys." LOCK UP's latest album, "Necropolis Transparent", was released in North America in July 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded in November-December 2010 at HVR Studios in Ipswich, United Kingdom and was mixed in January 2011. "Necropolis Transparent" featured guest appearances by HYPOCRISY/PAIN mainman (and one-time LOCK UP vocalist) Peter TÃ¤gtgren along with Jeff Walker (CARCASS, BRUJERIA). Originally formed by Embury, Barker and Jesse Pintado (NAPALM DEATH, TERRORIZER) to blast out the most caustic, skin-flaying brand of deathgrind, LOCK UP was joined by the raw throat of Peter TÃ¤gtgren (HYPOCRISY) for its debut album, 1999's fearsome "Pleasure Pave Sewers", and Lindberg for 2002's "Hate Breeds Suffering", touring Japan and then falling into inactivity. They were eventually joined by guitarist Anton Reisenegger (Chile's PENTAGRAM, CRIMINAL) in place of the late Jesse Pintado, LOCK UP.
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, the charity founded in memory of the late rock singer, recently presented the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research with a check for $100,000, bringing the organization's total gift to $400,000. These monies are earmarked for gastric cancer research at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Ronnie James Dio, one of rock's all-time great vocalists, died four years ago of gastric cancer, and the charity founded in his memory is committed to raising money and awareness in hope of one day finding a cure for this dreaded disease. The presentation of the donation was made at the T.J. Martell Foundation's 39th Annual Honors Gala held at Cipriani in New York by Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, Dio Cancer Fund Medical Director (and co-founder, with Ronnie James Dio's widow Wendy Dio). Speaking at the event, he said: "Cancer is a disgusting disease that needlessly robs us of loved ones and family members. We must find better ways to screen patients for cancer, and it is vital that we motivate people to get themselves checked and know the risks and preventative measures for all forms of cancer. Our fund's mission is to stop cancer before it starts." Since its inception in 2010, The Dio Cancer Fund has raised funds via direct donations, merchandise sales and varied fund-raising events, among them a Celebrity Guitar Auction and an annual Awards Gala, this year held to coincide with the release of "This Is Your Life", an album that pays tribute to Ronnie James Dio. "This Is Your Life" includes contributions by such metal heavyweights as METALLICA, MOTÃRHEAD, ANTHRAX, HALESTORM, Rob Halford, Glenn Hughes, SCORPIONS, Corey Taylor and Tenacious D. among many others, all performing Dio songs. The album, released in April by Rhino, has already sold over 100,000 units worldwide, with proceeds from sales benefiting the Dio Cancer Fund. Plans are underway for a series of events in Los Angeles next May to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Dio's passing. Says Wendy Dio, "Ronnie would be so very proud of all of these efforts made in his name. Early detection saves lives, and one day, we will find a cure for this terrible disease." As the singer of some of the most iconic bands of the hard rock/heavy metal genre â RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL and DIO â Ronnie James Dio's voice can be heard on such all-time classics as "Man On The Silver Mountain", "Long Live Rock 'N' Roll", "Neon Knights", "Heaven And Hell", "Rainbow In The Dark", "Holy Diver" and "The Last In Line", among countless others. The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund is a privately funded 501(c)(3) charity organization dedicated to cancer prevention, research and education. It has already raised in excess $750,000.
Guitarist Ryan Peake and guitarist/vocalist Chad Kroeger of Canadian rockers NICKELBACK were recently interviewed on UK's Absolute Radio. You can now watch the chat below. "We are one of those bands that a lot of people think take themselves seriously," said Chad. "And no one â no one, and I know this is hard to believe â can make as much fun of us as we make fun of ourselves. And we are harsh. If you think the Internet's rough, you should sit in a van with us. We are really harsh. We make up the best alternate lines to our own songs. And this is some top-shelf stuff." The eighth studio album from NICKELBACK, titled "No Fixed Address", is likely to sell between 60,000 and 65,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week on sale, according to The Pulse of Radio. The group's previous effort, 2011's "Here And Now", moved 226,714 copies in its first week â making the drop for "No Fixed Address" an alarming one even given the continuing decline of album sales overall. The album's first rock single, "Edge Of A Revolution", is sliding down the rock chart at No. 16 after a quick climb and brief stay at No. 1. The 11-song set is the first through the group's new deal with Republic Records. NICKELBACK will launch a six-month North American tour on February 14, 2015 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
April 24, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, an attempted extermination of the Armenian people by the Ottoman Empire. A century later, the members of SYSTEM OF A DOWN refuse to let the victims and lessons learned be forgotten. On April 10, 2015, they'll commemorate the Genocide's 100th anniversary on the world stage with their "Wake Up The Souls" arena tour, an international trek that begins at London's Wembley Arena and culminates with the band's first-ever performance in Yerevan's Republic Square. "As a band, it's been one of our dreams to play in Armenia," says lead vocalist Serj Tankian. "To be able to play in the homeland of our forefathers while respecting the memory of those that perished in the first genocide of the 20th century will be an honor." As pointed out in a recent Forbes op-ed piece by Jano Boghossian, the atrocities committed in 1915 marked and traumatized all subsequent generations of Armenians both in the small remaining homeland, and the far-reaching Diaspora. "Victim groups have no need for a justification of memory," wrote Boghossian, "but they do need justice." SYSTEM OF A DOWN's landmark tour will see them take the call for truth to Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Russia. The group, whose four members are all of Armenian descent, have lost family members and history to the Genocide and have worked tirelessly over the years to promote awareness. In April 2009, Tankian made a short video urging President Obama to honor his campaign pledge to properly commemorate the Armenian Genocide. The group made headlines in 2013 after a concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles saw Tankian asking the packed-house crowd to imagine a government that remained silent on the Holocaust, as many did regarding the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian genocides. "The pursuit of justice knows no time restraints, recognizes no obstacles, and will not be halted until justice is met, whether it's one hundred years or one thousand," says drummer John Dolmayan. Fans looking for information about the "Wake Up The Souls" tour and/or how to get involved should visit SystemOfADown.com, where they'll see content curated by the band, along with an interactive "heat map" splash page featuring their statement about the cause, along with tour dates, ticket links, share options, fan-generated content and "Take Action" instructions. When the user clicks on any highlighted city on the heat map, a fact about the Armenian Genocide will pop up, which will be sharable to the users' social networks (example â France: "In 1915 France advises Young Turk leaders that they will be held personally responsible for crimes against humanity"). Each tour date will line up with a "Facebook Event Page" to which fans can RSVP, creating a community around each performance. Above the map will be instructions for fans to interact by using the hashtag #wakeupthesouls. As fans tweet and share, the heat map will grow around the world, showing the impact of people talking about the cause and tour on a global scale. The "Take Action" page will give fans the opportunity to send out a pre-populated tweet pledging to stand with the good people of conscience in Turkey and urge for global justice for the Armenian Genocide. This automated tweet will also contain the campaign hashtag, which will cycle back around into the heat map feed. SYSTEM OF A DOWN want to clearly state that this is not directed at the people of Turkey, but rather at the atrocities that were carried out. "Our campaign is about bringing justice, recognition, support and resolve," says the band. Los Angeles-based fans can catch SYSTEM OF A DOWN headlining Night One of KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas on December 13 at the Los Angeles Forum. Dates for the "Wake Up The Souls" tour are as follows: April 10 - London, UK @ Wembley Arena April 13 - Cologne, Germany @ Lanxess Arena April 14 - Lyon, France @ La Halle Tony Garnier April 16 - Brussels, Belgium @ Forest National April 17 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Ziggo Dome April 20 - Moscow, Russia @ Olympisky April 23 - Yerevan, Armenia @ Republic Square
According to The Pulse Of Radio, SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman Billy Corgan has declared that the public have "had it" with super-sexy videos. Corgan told the London Evening Standard, "I have a strange sense that people have had it with pop. I can't compete with somebody who's doing porn. The person who does porn for their video is going to sell more records than me. So how did we compete back in the day and how do we compete now? It's the same. You have to be truer than false, realer than fake, and you have to bring something that only you can bring." Corgan's comments echoed those of PRETENDERS frontwoman Chrissie Hynde, who recently said about "exhibitionist" pop stars using sex to sell records, "Maybe they should just be making porn films. Maybe they're in the wrong game." Corgan announced on November 19 that he's recruited RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE drummer Brad Wilk and KILLERS bassist Mark Stoermer for upcoming shows in support of the new PUMPKINS album, "Monuments For An Elegy". Four songs from the December 9 release â "Tiberius", "Being Beige", "One And All" and most recently, "Drum And Fife" â have surfaced. A second album, "Day For Night", is also slated to be released next year.
David "Gus" Griesinger of BackstageAxxess.com recently conducted an interview with GUNS N' ROSES, THE DEAD DAISIES and HOOKERS 'N' BLOW keyboardist Dizzy Reed. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the status of the next GUNS N' ROSES studio album: "Last I heard, there's a lot of music that has been recorded, a lot of stuff that's done, a lot of stuff that's almost done, and I think it's just a matter of picking out which songs are gonna come out in the next phase. And last I heard, that's what was happening. The main thing is, when it's ready to come out, it'll come out." On whether the next GUNS N' ROSES album will consist of new songs or music that is left over from the "Chinese Democracy" sessions: "There's a lot [of material]. You can call it leftovers, but since no one's heard it, technically it's new material. But there's stuff that's been recorded and conceived since then as well. But it's fantastic music, and I really hope it gets out, 'cause people need to hear it. It's great stuff." On his long-awaited solo album: "I'm still in the process of mixing my record finally. I tracked 12 songs over about a two-year period, but it's been about four years. I just kind of put it on the backburner, 'cause I couldn't get 'em mixed right, and I finally found the right guy to mix 'em, so that should be done hopefully by the first part of next year." With almost 25 years of service, Reed is the longest-standing member of the current GUNS lineup after singer Axl Rose.
The video for "Stars", a brand new song from SIXX: A.M., the band featuring MÃTLEY CRÃE bassist Nikki Sixx alongside guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael, can be seen below. The track is taken from SIXX: A.M.'s third album, "Modern Vintage", which was released on October 7 via Eleven Seven Music. James Michael called "Stars" "a quintessential SIXX: A.M. song," adding, "I think 'Stars' might be one of the best songs we've ever written. It does everything SIXX: A.M. does on a heightened level." Michael continued: "It's one of the most aggressive rock songs we have â the tempo is a lot faster than we usually write. It's one of those moments you always hope for as a songwriter, where the melody line, lyric and the track all marry. That chorus explodes â it gives me goosebumps every time I hear it, and I've heard it thousands of times. â¦ I think SIXX: A.M. fans will really relate to it on a lyrical level, and they'll also feel very comfortable that they're hearing a SIXX: A.M. song." "Modern Vintage" track listing: 01. Stars 02. Gotta Get It Right 03. Relief 04. Get Ya Some 05. Let's Go 06. Drive 07. Give Me A Love 08. Hyperventilate 09. High On The Music 10. Miracle 11. Before It's Over SIXX: A.M. will embark on its first-ever headline tour in 2015, playing a limited number of dates across North America with special guest APOCALYPTICA. Joining Sixx, Ashba and Michael on the road will be drummer Jeff Fabb (IN THIS MOMENT, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, FILTER), who also played on "Modern Vintage".
Video footage of RED DRAGON CARTEL, the band led by former OZZY OSBOURNE and BADLANDS guitarist Jake E. Lee, performing the OZZY classic "The Ultimate Sin" on November 22 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California can be seen below. Bassist Ron Mancuso recently decided to leave RED DRAGON CARTEL in order to return to his production career. He was replaced by none other than Lee's former BADLANDS bandmate Greg Chaisson. Upcoming RED DRAGON CARTEL shows: Dec. 02 - Marlin Room At Webster Hall - New York, NY Dec. 03 - Dobbs - Philadelphia, PA Dec. 05 - Mexicali Live - Teaneck, NJ Dec. 06 - The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY Dec. 07 - 1150 Oak Bar & Grill - Cranston, RI Dec. 09 - Rockstarz - Cheektowaga, NY Dec. 10 - The Garrison - Toronto, ONT, Canada Dec. 12 - Token Lounge - Westland, MI Dec. 13 - Reggies - Chicago, IL Dec. 16 - Oddbodys - Dayton, OH Dec. 18 - Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH Dec. 19 - Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA Dec. 20 - Fish Head Cantina - Baltimore, MD Support on the trek is coming from guitarist Ethan Brosh, who is widely considered one of the most promising instrumentalists on the scene. Chaisson previouslyfilled in for Mancuso at RED DRAGON CARTEL's March 4 concert in Tempe, Arizona. Chaisson and RED DRAGON CARTEL leader Jake E. Lee (also formerly of OZZY OSBOURNE) were half of the short-lived BADLANDS, which also featured current KISS drummer Eric Singer and the late singer Ray Gillen (who also had a brief stint in BLACK SABBATH). After the first BADLANDS album, Singer was replaced by Jeff Martin. The group lasted from 1988 to 1993 and released two albums, "Badlands" (1989) and "Voodoo Highway" (1991) before Gillen left and was replaced by John West. Ray's death in 1993 effectively ended any hopes of a BADLANDS reunion. The album "Dusk", consisting of BADLANDS demo recordings from 1992-1993, was released in 1998. RED DRAGON CARTEL's self-titled debut album sold around 5,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 69 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on January 28 via Frontiers Records, the CD was recorded at Las Vegas' The Hideout Recording Studio â owned and operated by Kevin Churko (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, IN THIS MOMENT) â and was produced by R. Bernard Mann (a.k.a. Ronnie Mancuso) and Jake E. Lee, and executive-produced, mixed and mastered by Churko. RED DRAGON CARTEL, which references the axeman's Japanese roots, also features Darren James "D.J." Smith of Canadian metallers WARMACHINE, on vocals and Jonas Fairley (BLACK BETTY) on drums. RED DRAGON CARTEL's setlist includes new material like the singles "Feeder" and "Deceived", as well as major hits from Jake E. Lee's glorious past: "Bark At The Moon", "The Ultimate Sin" and "Rock 'N' Roll Rebel" (all originally recorded by OZZY OSBOURNE), as well as "Shine On" and "High Wire" (BADLANDS).
The official video for the title track of the new AC/DC album, "Rock Or Bust", can be seen below. The clip was shot October 3-4 with director David Mallet at Black Island Studios in Middlesex, England. Mallet has worked with the band for 24 years and says: "They have never come out with any pretense to be anything else than the best rock and roll band in the world." "Rock Or Bust" is scheduled for release on December 2. The CD was recorded in Vancouver, Canada earlier this year. AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was missing from the band's new publicity photo and was also a no-show at the group's video shoot for "Play Ball" and "Rock Or Bust". Rudd was replaced for the filming by drummer Bob Richards (who had previously played with SHOGUN and IRON MAIDEN guitarist Adrian Smith), with singer Brian Johnson reportedly telling fans at the shoot that Rudd was unable to participate due to an undisclosed "family emergency." On November 6, Rudd was charged with attempting to "procure murder" by New Zealand police but the charge was dropped a day later by the Crown Solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones after a meeting with Rudd's attorney, Paul Mabey, and police. Mabey said that Hollister-Jones reviewed the case and concluded that "there was insufficient evidence to justify that charge. He has now withdrawn the charge." Rudd must return to court on November 27, where he still faces one charge of threatening to kill as well as possession of meth and marijuana, which his lawyer described as "minor." Mabey added that Rudd had "suffered unnecessary and extremely damaging publicity as a result of widespread and sensational reporting of a very serious allegation, which on any basis was never justified." The 60-year-old drummer was alleged to have tried to hire a hitman to kill two men in late September. Rudd's arrest was the second major blow to AC/DC in 2014. Founding guitarist Malcolm Young was forced to leave the band earlier this year because he is afflicted with dementia. His replacement on the album and the band's upcoming world tour will be Stevie Young, nephew of Malcolm and AC/DC guitarist Angus Young. The band officially announced in September that Malcolm would not be returning to the lineup. Stevie Young played with AC/DC once before during a 1988 tour, while Malcolm stepped out to deal with his dependency on alcohol.
Jay Nanda of San Antonio Metal Music Examiner conducted an interview with drummer Tom Hunting of San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS on November 18 in Austin, Texas during the band's tour with SLAYER and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On sharing the stage with former EXODUS drummer Paul Bostaph, who last year rejoined SLAYER: "I love Paul Bostaph; he's awesome. He's an amazing drummer. The stuff he did on [the 2005 EXODUS album] 'Shovel Headed Kill Machine' was absolutely fantastic. And when we're doing a headlining set, I have to go out and emulate some of the shit he did from that [album]. It's not easy. He's machine. [Laughs]" On why they chose to thank former EXODUS members Rob Dukes (vocals) and Rick Hunolt (guitar) in the credits for the new EXODUS album, "Blood In Blood Out": "We're happy with all the music that we made with Dukes. I think it's kind of screwed up that we were at an impasse when it came to making this album with him. But it was album No. 10 and it needed to be special. But we love those guys. We love all the music that we created with Dukes singing, and obviously, Rick's a big part of the history of this band as well." "Blood In Blood Out" sold around 8,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 38 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released in North America on October 14 via Nuclear Blast, the CD art was illustrated by Swedish artist PÃ¤r Olofsson, known worldwide for his incredible renderings that have graced the covers of countless heavy metal albums, including EXODUS' "Let There Be Blood". "Blood In Blood Out" is EXODUS' first album since the departure of Dukes, and the return of his predecessor, Steve "Zetro" Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004.
LED ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page was a featured guest on this past Friday's (November 21) edition of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show". Page and DeGeneres discussed the rocker's newly released photographic autobiography, "Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page" and the ongoing LED ZEPPELIN reissue campaign. They also addressed the UK tabloid rumor that ZEPPELIN lead singer Robert Plant had turned down an $800 million offer from British mogul Richard Branson for a ZEPPELIN reunion tour. "Well, I don't know anything about it," said Page. "No, I really don't. I've heard all manner of detail on this and I thought, 'Well, I don't know anything about this.' I didn't know anything about it all." Asked if the group would consider reuniting for a tour, Page said, "Well, I don't know. He's becoming very difficult, isn't he?" referring to Plant. "I think you've got the wrong one sitting here," implying the question needs to be answered by the singer. He added: "I love playing LED ZEPPELIN music, let's put it that way." Both Plant and Branson have issued denials that any LED ZEPPELIN reunion offer had been made. Page has remained busy throughout all the rumor mongering and he-said, she-said games pertaining to the tour that never was, and instead has focused on publicizing the new expanded reissues of ZEPPELIN's "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses Of The Holy" collections. The Pulse Of Radio asked Page if there's footage of any LED ZEPPELIN recording sessions. "No, no there isn't," he said. "Because it was a very sort of private world, it was ruthlessly efficient in nits delivery of the music and there was no time for waiting to see whether somebody'd put a magazine in his camera and all of that. I mean, it was like pulling teeth just having a photographer in there on a couple of occasions. They were just interfering with the flow of what the music was about."
Audio samples of the debut album from TERRANA, the new three-piece power rock trio led by renowned drummer Mike Terrana (TARJA, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, AXEL RUDI PELL, MASTERPLAN, GAMMA RAY, RAGE), can be streamed below. Due on November 29, the CD was recorded at Nadir Music Studios in Genoa, Italy with producer Tommy Talamanca (SADIST mastermind). Formed last year, TERRANA prides itself on making music using "no computer tricks" and describes its material as "just pure live organic rock and roll with a positive message." TERRANA is: Fabri Kiarelli - Guitar, Lead Vocals Alberto Bollati - Bass, Lead Vocals Mike Terrana - Drums Mike Terrana is an American drummer, principally in the hard rock genre. His first professional work was in 1984 with the MCA band HANOVER FIST, after which he recorded and toured with various bands, playing various styles of music in Western New York state. Between 1987 and 1997, he was based in Los Angeles, working with artists like Yngwie Malmsteen, Tony Macalpine, Steve Lukather (TOTO), Jennifer Batten (MICHAEL JACKSON, JEFF BECK), Kuni and BEAU NASTY. In 1997 Terrana moved to Europe, first in Holland for six months and then Germany. He worked with GAMMA RAY, RAGE, AXEL RUDI PELL, Roland Grapow (ex-HELLOWEEN) and SAVAGE CIRCUS. Terrana currently tours with Tarja Turunen. He is engaged in projects in the instrumental fusion genre and performs drum clinics around the world for the companies he endorses.
In a recent appearance on MÃTLEY CRÃE bassist Nikki Sixx's "Sixx Sense With Nikki Sixx" radio show, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian recalled one of the more painful passages from his recently released autobiography, "I'm The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax", involving his parents during a particularly turbulent period in his life. "There is a story in the book about how my dad had to stop my mother from jumping out of a moving car," Ian said (hear audio below). "He knocked her outâ¦ he punched her in the face and knocked her out and drove her to the emergency room. I just learned that three months ago or something." According to Ian, he found out about the incident through his co-author, Jon Wiederhorn, who previously worked on the books "Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal" and "Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen". Ian said: "[Jon] said [to me], 'Hey, man, when I did the Al Jourgensen book, I actually interviewed Al's dad to fill in some holes in [Al's] childhood.' And he goes, 'So what do you think if I interviewed your mom and your dad? And it'll all just come from your point of view in the story.' And I was, like, 'Yeah, that sounds like a cool idea.' So he interviewed my parents, and I found that out. I'm, like, 'Holy crap! I'm 50 years old and I'm just finding this out now.'" Asked what his initial reaction was when he learned about the episode, Ian said: "I've gotta admit, I was a little bit pissed off at my mother. [Laughs] Truthfullyâ¦ Not even so much that I didn't know. This happened early onâ¦ Not that early, but this was in 1975, so I was 11. This was, like, when my parents wereâ¦ My parents had split up, my mom's mom died â my grandmother had passed away â and my mom was going through a hell of time. Also booze and drugs and all that [were involved]. I knew things were bad â I have all my memories of that time â I just didn't know they had gotten that insanely bad. Like, I had no idea that she had gotten that far. I just think my initial reaction was kind of, like, 'Really? She wanted to do that and not be there for my brother and I?' So, initially, I did get a little bit pissed off, but I got past that pretty quick, because my mom's 77 years old and she's doing fine, so I'm not gonna be mad at her for 1975." Ian said that his family â including his mother and his wife, Pearl Aday (daughter of legendary crooner Meat Loaf) â has been very supportve of his decision to publish his autobiography. He said: "My mom's read it, and we haven't really talked about it all that much. She actually saidâ¦ I did one of my talking shows in L.A. last week, and [former ANTHRAX singer] John Bush was at the show, and he was talking to my mom after the show, and I guess she made some kind of comment about how she loves the book except for pages 1 through 26. [Laughs] But, you know, this is allâ¦ It's allâ¦ A lot of it is from her mouth, as well as my dad's and mine. There's nothing false in there; it's just the reality of it. I guess the fact that it's in the book is not that thrilling, but at the same time, she stood in line at my show and bought a copy of my book and had me sign it. I'm, like,'What are you doing?' [She stood there] with a big smile on her face." "I'm The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax" was released on October 14 via Da Capo Press.
The music of CARCASS and GOATWHORE was featured in this past Thursday's (November 20) episode of the CBS crime drama series "Elementary". The scene in question, which was uploaded to YouTube and can be seen below, also contains an apparent nod to Chuck Schuldiner in the form of a character named after the late DEATH frontman. A full recap of the episode can be found at CelebDirtyLaundry.com. "Elementary" stars Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the New York City Police Department's most impossible cases. The series recently began its third season on CBS. Before "Elementary" premiered in late 2012, it was met with some criticism given it followed closely on the heels of the BBC's modern Sherlock Holmes adaptation "Sherlock".
Daily Mail has posted new photos of AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd "rocking on" outside his New Zealand home earlier today (Sunday, November 23) â just four days before he is scheduled to appear in court. The 60-year-old musician was seen "larking around with a mate," playing tunes on a guitar and chatting to residents, according to the tabloid. Rudd was arrested on November 6 and charged with attempting to arrange a murder, threatening to kill and possession of meth and marijuana. Although the first charge was dropped, he still faces seven years behind bars for the others. AC/DC guitarist Angus Young addressed Rudd's legal problems in a new interview with Australia's long-running rock station Triple M, saying that the drummer is "in a strange place and a strange situation." Young told Triple M's Lee Simon: "Phil is in a strange place and a strange situation. I know he's living in New Zealand, but it's something we've gotta get resolved. If we're going forward, we've gotta get something resolved." He continued: "We had a few problems [with Phil] ourselves before he got into this situation, because there was a lot of strange behavior going on, which I guess you could put it down to him not showing up for a lot of what we were doing. "When you have to get to a stage when you've gotta convince someone to be there, it wears thin after a while. But it's something we got to resolve. It is a bit of a question mark." Young recently told Rolling Stone magazine about Rudd's current legal troubles: "Phil created his own situation. It's a hard thing to say about the guy. He's a great drummer, and he's done a lot of stuff for us. But he seems to have let himself go. He's not the Phil we've known from the past." The guitarist did not want to delve into whether drugs were involved in Rudd's seeming decline, adding, "I don't know the exact situationâ¦ I can only say, from our perspective, that the guy needs to sort himself out." AC/DC issued a statement on Rudd's arrest, saying that this absence will not affect the December 2 release of the band's new album, "Rock Or Bust", and the group's upcoming tour. Drummer Bob Richards sat behind the kit for the filming of the videos for singles "Play Ball" and the title track, but it is not known whether he will join the band on tour if Rudd cannot. Rudd's arrest was the second major blow to AC/DC in 2014. Founding guitarist Malcolm Young was forced to leave the band earlier this year because he is afflicted with dementia.
JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford says that appearing on the animated TV program "The Simpsons" was "the biggest thrill" of his life and has commended the show's producers for indirectly apologizing to the band after the episode mistakenly referred to PRIEST as "death metal." The cartoon's January 5, 2014 installment, titled "Steal This Episode", saw Homer getting involved in illegal film downloading, prompting the FBI to launch an anti-piracy investigation. When Homer's family sought refuge in a Swedish consulate, an overzealous FBI director in charge of anti-piracy subsequently went after him, and Halford wound up singing a parody of the band's classic "Breaking The Law" in an effort to nab Homer. "There's only one surefire way to get fugitives out of a foreign building," said the FBI agent. "Blasting death metal." "Swedes love death metal," a headbanging consulate member said in the episode. "It reminds us of death!" Speaking to Seattle's KISW radio station, Rob stated about the experience of being on "The Simpsons": "They invited me to a read-through, so I said, 'Yeah, I'll come and hang out.' So we're in a room, and they invite a lot of guests, and the writers are down at the other end with their notepads and watching everybody that's looking at the table. And then the producer goes, 'Welcome, everybody, to the read-through. Blah blah blah blah blah. 'The Simpsons' is the longest-running, most successful animated TV series ever.' He sets up the storyline, and he said, 'We open up with Homer talking about so-and-so.' And then Homer starts speaking, and Homer is about two feet to my left. And then Marge starts speaking, and then Bart starts speaking. It was, like, the most surreal thing ever, but the biggest thrill of my life, because I've been a 'Simpsons' fan since that show first kicked off." He added: "It was very, very sweet. Some of the actors knew PRIEST and we shook hands and we took some pictures and so forth. That's another thingâ¦ With PRIEST, we're in that kind ofâ¦ What's that thing called? The Seven Degrees Of Kevin Bacon? That's where we find ourselves now all of these years later. It seems like there's this great kind of seven degrees going on everywhere where PRIESThas touched somebodyâ¦. That sounds bizarre [referring to the 'priest touching somebody' comment]â¦ PRIEST has reached out musically and we brought everybody into the PRIEST family." After the original episode aired, much of the metal community showed its disapproval online, making it clear that JUDAS PRIEST is not, and never has been, a death metal band. Word evidently got back to "The Simpsons" creators, who made amends by having Bart scrawl the words "Judas Priest is not 'death metal'" repeatedly on the chalkboard in the introduction of a follow-up episode. "What was really cool about that was that we didn't even think about the script side of the show," Rob told KISW. "And then, of course, when it was released, instantly, all of the fans were going on the PRIEST Facebook, [going], 'What are they saying? PRIEST aren't a death metal band. What are they talking about?' And then, like two episodes later, we see Bart making up and kind of doing that thing at the blackboard. They didn't need to do that. But that's what I love about 'The Simpsons' people. They're sooo protective of their brand and everything that's associated with it that that was a really, really beautiful gesture on their part to throw that back at PRIEST. Because we treasure everything about PRIESTâ¦ so they needn't have done that, but they did, and I though that was a really, really cool thing."
Legendary guitarist Joe Satriani thinks the CHICKENFOOT project has "a couple of more records" left in its career despite singer Sammy Hagar's recent assertion that he didn't "see any reason" to make a new album. The band, which also included ex-VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony andRED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith, has not made a CD in three years and Hagar told Rolling Stone that there were no plans to work on a new one in the near future. He explained, "I love making music. But doing it on CHICKENFOOT's level means spending a half million on a record. We write and record for six months. It's a lot of work, and then to not sell many records, it's disappointing. I don't like being disappointed. I like winning." During an interview for VH1 Classic "That Metal Show" co-host Eddie Trunk's podcast, "Eddie Trunk Podcast", Satriani was asked if he thinks CHICKENFOOT will ever release another album. He responded: "I'm not sure. I'm always that guy that's bugging them. I think I drive them crazy, because I'm always writing songs, I'm sending them demos and saying, 'C'mon, let's do it. Let's do it. Let's do it.'" He continued: "First of all, Sam, Mike and Chad, they've got other things to do. And Chad, of course, is right in the middle of an album project with the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, and so that's a difficult thing; that's his main band. And Sam and Mike are now part of Sammy's band [THE CIRCLE, also featuring drummer Jason Bonham], and they have a schedule. And then Sammy, along with all of his businesses, both for profit and for charity, is also extremely busy. So I come back from being around the world and touring and doing this stuff, and I'm, like, 'C'mon, let's go. Let's go.' And they're, like, 'Well, hold on a minute.' And then I'm off again. So I guess I'm partly to blame because of my busy schedule. "[CHICKENFOOT] is the only band I've ever been in, really, since I left New York that made records. I became a solo artist sort of by accident, and then I've been doing that since '86. And all of a sudden I get a chance [to launch a band] from the ground upâ¦ "It's different from playing with DEEP PURPLE or Mick Jagger; this is a band of equals writing original material. And so I really want it to fly, you know what I mean?! I really wanna put in as much time as I can get into the band. But it's a little different for the other guys, because they have history and they have current commitments â especially Chad; he's in a world-famous band already. [Laughs] So I think that's where it's always a bit funny. We're trying to get our priorities straight, and we probably never will. But I do think there's a couple of more records in there somehow." Satriani added: "It becomes a little bit stranger as the music industry changes; it's rolling away from focusing on albums. And I think that puts CHICKENFOOT in an even more awkward position, because I think a rock band needs to put out a record and tour; I think that's what you've gotta do. And the putting out a full album and touring is something that, I think, that the four members of CHICKENFOOT are having a hard time fitting into their future schedule. Recording songs, that'd be a piece of cake and we'd love to do it, but I think it's how we proceed after we record songs. Because we're not a singles band, really, we're not a video band, we're not a band that shows up at a TV show with a huge production with clowns and animals and dancers and explosions and stuff; we're a rock and roll band." CHICKENFOOT reissued its gold-selling 2009 self-titled debut as a double-disc set. The new version features bonus live tracks recorded on the group's tour behind its sophomore studio effort, "III" CHICKENFOOT's most recent touring lineup included legendary drummer/musician Kenny Aronoff, who was filling in for Smith while Chad was on the road with RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS. "III" sold 42,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's self-titled debut opened with 49,000 units back in June 2009 to debut at No. 6. Hagar's current band, THE CIRCLE, plays songs from all eras of its members' lives, including tracks from VAN HALEN and LED ZEPPELIN.