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ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN Stopped Being A KISS Fan After 'Alive II'

During the latest "That After Show" segment of "That Metal Show" on VH1 Classic, ANTHRAX members Scott Ian (guitar), Charlie Benante (drums) and Frank Bello (bass), along with Alex Skolnick of TESTAMENT, spoke about when they stopped being fans of KISS's music. Said Ian: "I was already way into AC/DC [by the time KISS released 'Dynasty' in 1979] and my taste had kind of changed. I went to see [KISS] at Nassau Coliseum [in Uniondale, New York], I think, on [the 'Dynasty'] tour, with [JUDAS] PRIEST opening, and me and my friend left after PRIEST. I mean, I was 15, and my taste had kind of changed already at that point. Don't get me wrong: from the first album to 'Alive II', that period, to me, still means as much in 2015 as it did, to me, in 1977. Like, that's what an imprint it made on me. That still means everything to me." Ian last year defended KISS leaders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons for their refusal to perform with only the band's original lineup at KISS's April 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in Brooklyn. Scott said: "I'm a [KISS] fan, just like everyone else, so would I wanna see the four original dudes back in makeup one more time? Of course I would, as a fan. But bands don't do things dictated by what the audience wants. A band would last about a year if that's how you worked. You have to do things the way you wanna do them." He continued: "KISS has been around for 40 years and are bigger now than they were in 1977 because Gene and Paul make smart decisions — that's why. So, as a fan, and if you love them, you have to abide by the decisions that Gene and Paul are making for their brand and their band. So, why people get so upset over these things, I really don't undertand. Like, if they decided they were playing with [current KISS members] Tommy [Thayer, guitar] and Eric [Singer, drums], so fine. That's what they're doing. This is their band. This has been the lineup for a long time now."

AXL ROSE Is 'The Guy You Call If You Make A Mistake And Need To Be Bailed Out At 4 O'Clock In The Morning'

Del James, a close friend of GUNS N' ROSES lead singer Axl Rose who also works as the band's road manager, says that Rose is not nearly as hard to deal with as he is portrayed in the media. During an appearance earlier tonight on "At The Fights", a boxing talk show on SiriusXM, James spoke about his relationship with Axl. He said: "I've been down with [Rose] since 1985. If the guy was as difficult as people say he is, no one could have stuck it out that long. There's no amount of money worth that big of a headache. And the reality is, the truth of the matter is, whenever my kids needed something and I couldn't afford it — whatever it was; a medical bill or whatever — he was the first one [to say] 'Yeah, I got it. And don't worry about it.' He is the guy who you call if you make a mistake and need to be bailed out at 4 o'clock in the morning. He makes sure you're taken care of, and he looks after his better than anyone else I can think of." "At The Fights" with Randy "Commish" Gordon and "Gentleman" Gerry Cooney airs Mondays and Fridays 6-8 p.m. EST on SiriusXM Sports Zone channel 92 at the SiriusXM app. The listener call in number is 866-522-2846; the hotline number is 646-313-6037. Del's short story about a woman who kills herself was reportedly the inspiration for the GUNS N' ROSES video for the song "November Rain". The last GUNS N' ROSES album, "Chinese Democracy", came out in 2008 and ended a 17-year gap between collections of all-new material. Rose, guitarist D.J. Ashba and other members of the current lineup have hinted at material recorded during the "Chinese Democracy" sessions that has yet to surface. Rose is the only original member of GUNS N' ROSES still in the current lineup, which has toured intermittently since 2006 and played its second Las Vegas residency last year.

DEF LEPPARD's PHIL COLLEN Says 'Viva! Pyromania' Residency Won't Happen Before Early 2016

DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen has revealed that the band's "Viva! Pyromania" residency in Las Vegas, which was originally expected to take place at the end of 2014, will now not become a reality until early 2016. Speaking to the WRFX classic-rock radio station in Charlotte, North Carolina, Collen said about the prospect of returning to Las Vegas (hear audio below): "We are [planning on going back]. It keeps getting put off, though. You know, we… First, it was supposed to be the middle of last year, then it was the end of last year. We missed… We keep missing the deadline, because we have stuff… you know, [going] on all the time. So that's gonna be… It won't be able to [happen] this year, because, I think, most of [our tour] dates [for 2015] are already kind of solidified. You know, [our currently scheduled to dates will take us] all around the world. So it's probably gonna be earlier next year, hopefully." DEF LEPPARD's first Las Vegas residency at the Hard Rock Hotel in the spring of 2013 saw the band playing its classic album "Hysteria" in full each night. DEF LEPPARD's breakthrough 1983 album, "Pyromania", was certified at the RIAA's (Recording Industry Association of America) diamond level (10 million copies shipped) in 2004. Produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange, "Pyromania" benefited greatly from MTV's relentless airing of the album's first two singles, "Photograph" and "Rock of Ages". DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott recently said that the band is being courted by a number of record labels wanting to release the group's new album, and he and his bandmates are currently looking at those offers. DEF LEPPARD will return to the road April 15 for a Canadian tour, followed by Europe in May and June. A U.S. tour with STYX and TESLA will kick off June 23 in Tampa, Florida.

ROBERT PLANT To Release 'More Roar' Live EP For 'Record Store Day'

To celebrate Record Store Day 2015, legendary LED ZEPPELIN frontman Robert Plant will release a special 10-inch EP, titled "More Roar", which collects three performances from his recent world tour to support "Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar", Plant's new solo set with backing band SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS. The release will be limited to 10,000 copies and include live versions of "Turn It Up" and "Arbaden" on side A, with a medley of "Poor Howard" and "Whole Lotta Love" on side B. "More Roar" will be available at participating outlets on April 18. Visit the official Record Store Day link textweb site for more information. "Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar" has earned the former LED ZEPPELIN frontman a Top 10 hit on The Billboard 200 album chart — and rose as high as No. 2 in the UK. Although his still gargantuan ZEPPELIN fans base regularly chomps up all his new released and supports him on the road, he told USA Today he yearns for a different kind of thing. "There were Deadheads, and it was a good place to be," he said. "[GRATEFUL DEAD] didn't compromise. They weren't Technicolor rock gods. They had such a huge following because they were coming from a place that, even though it was from an altered state, it was definitely real… That is what I want." Of his new music, which blends blues, rock, jazz, experimental and world music, he said: "It is appropriate for my time in life. If it were world music, we would be the least-successful world musicians because we desecrate. I like to think it is different — something completely without a name people would call it." He spoke about his earliest influences — which have informed his new music from ZEPPELIN up through today. "My preoccupation as a very young early teenager was a music form that I might have missed," he said. "If I had missed it, I would never have sung. If I hadn't heard the Howlin' Wolf, Robert Johnson, Little Richard music, I wouldn't have been drawn to music. Most of the music we [in England] were surrounded by was slush, without any commitment. I was born again and saved and reincarnated by American music." Although the world seems to look back when discussing Robert Plant, he explains that the only was for him to continue on as an artist is to look ahead. "The thing is, that you have to go and strike out again and you have to create a currency that's based on the real reality of now," he said. "Each 'now' is a 'now.' It's not a 'gone,' it's not a 'will be,' it's not a 'was,' or a 'shall,' it's a 'now' and an 'am.' and that's really, what I think, it's all about." robertplantmoreroarep

Original KORN Drummer DAVID SILVERIA Sent Video Message To Former Bandmates Asking To Return To Group

Original KORN drummer David Silveria sued his former bandmates late last month, claiming that his 2006 exit from the group was merely a hiatus and that he was rebuffed when he tried to return to the band in 2013. Silveria says he still has ownership interest in KORN and is asking a judge to force the band to reveal how much money they've made since he left so that he can get his rightful share. Silveria is said to be especially upset over the fact that KORN welcomed back guitarist Brian "Head" Welch two years ago but wouldn't do the same for him. Welch left the group in 2005 and continued as a solo artist before rejoining in 2013. Silveria's complaint, which was filed on February 26 in the Superior Court Of The State Of California, reads in part: "Shortly after recording the band's debut album, [James] Schaffer [guitar], [Reggie] Arvizu [bass], Silveria, [Jonathan] Davis [vocals] and Welch formalized the Korn Partnership, by entering into The Korn Partnership agreement dated July 5, 1994. The purpose of the Korn Partnership was to engage in the entertainment, amusement, music, recording and publishing industries, including without limitation, recording commercial records, performing personal appearances in all media and on the live stage, exploiting and merchandising the name and likeness of the partners, the KORN band, and assets owned by the Korn Partnership. "In or around December 2006, Silveria informed his business partners and the remaining band members that he would be taking a temporary hiatus from the band. Despite Silveria's temporary hiatus as KORN's drummer, Silveria always intended on returning to the band, and under no circumstances did Silveria ever relinquish or abandon his ownership interest in the Korn Partnership, which entitled him to his percentage interest in profits derived partnership assets. "In or around the summer of 2013, primed and ready to make music once again, Silveria personally reached out to Schaffer, Arvizu, Davis and Welch, through via video message, expressing his desire to return to the band in order to reunite all founding members of KORN, and to set aside any old grudges that may have existed in the past. "Despite Silveria's impassioned plea, the KORN band members, through their band manager Peter Katsis, informed Silveria that while they appreciated his gesture, they would not allow him to return to the band. Upon receipt of this disappointing news, Silveria then turned to KORN fans to assist with pleading with the band to allow Silveria to return as KORN's drummer. However, to no avail, KORN's band members were steadfast in their refusal to allow Silveria to return. "Silveria was extremely disappointed that his business partners and former band mates would refuse to allow him to return to a band that he helped build, even though a few months prior the band allowed Welch to return. Silveria's disappointment was exacerbated by the fact that despite personally reaching out to each of his former band mates, he received the news of the band's decision through Katsis. "Through the use of the Korn Partnership property and Silveria's share of the partnership property, the Korn Partnership has obtained significant professional and commercial success. "Despite excluding Silveria from all aspects of the partnership business, as a result of failing to respond to Silveria's requests, Davis, Arvizu, Schaffer and Welch have not compensated Silveria for his interest in the partnership property, brand or good will, or his individual property interest in the KORN trade name, trademark or service mark." Silveria told Rolling Stone magazine in December that he felt it was "wrong" for KORN to play its self-titled debut album without him on its current tour, saying that he had "just as much of a creative input as any of (the other) guys while writing and making (the) record." KORN has been celebrating the 20th anniversary of its first CD by performing the record in its entirety at select gigs. After his departure from KORN, Silveria retired to Huntington Beach, California and opened a restaurant. KORN singer Jonathan Davis told The Pulse Of Radio that he believed Silveria had lost his passion for playing music, saying, "The first two albums, I think, he really enjoyed playing drums and then after that he just lost his love for playing drums. It happens." Silveria told fans in 2013 that KORN was not the same since he left, saying, "Until they have the real 'funky drummer' it's just not gonna groove the way it could. I've made it clear that I would come back and restore the groove."

DREAM THEATER Drummer MIKE MANGINI's Three-Layer Polyrhythm Drum Practice Pattern (Video)

Drummer Mike Mangini of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER has uploaded a four-minute video clip of a three-layer polyrhythm drum practice pattern. He writes: "This non-groove, totally robotic drumming oriented drum video filmed on an e-Pro and Gen16 electronic kit. You can only hear the pads. "The clip is made to support the Facebook posting about what I was practicing with regard to the body wiring type of drumming I do as part of my whole growth path and to be able to focus my mind and play with more swing with simple drumming patterns while not having to count three things." He continues: "Executing two long patterns at once is 12 zillion times harder than doing something like 7 and 5 at the same time. I am doing 19 and 17 AND putting them in mental base times other than those two. "The purpose of this is to make less difficult playing allow me to use my brain for creativity rather than using it to keep track of three things plus all the limb coordination challenges. It also helps play just a single pattern with much more feel and control as opposed to the robotic feel of these types of patterns. I get the whole drumming spectrum from suffering through practices that teach this stuff." Asked if there was anything he wished DREAM THEATER had done differently in the way they went about finding a replacement for original DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy in 2010, DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci told "The Classic Metal Show": "There's not many situations in life where you can say you wouldn't have done anything differently, but this is one of 'em. I think, looking back, I wouldn't have done anything differently." He continued: "Mike Mangini really helped us to get through a major bandmember change, and in a way, that was probably as smooth as any bandmember change could have gone. The way that he came in, his personality, his skills as a drummer, his background, his history… it clicked to the point where it was, like, if we would have met Mike [Mangini] twenty years ago, we would have been playing with this guy. If I would have grown up with him, I would have been friends with him jamming. And that's rare. It's rare to do that one time around." Petrucci added: "You know so many musicians in bands that are having trouble finding people to play with, and who click, and so the fact that this happened with Mike [Mangini], it's really just amazing to us. And since he's been in the band, we've done two albums, two world tours and, thankfully, have had a lot of success with it, and a lot of support from our fans through all of it. And, again, I wouldn't have done anything differently. It's really amazing." DREAM THEATER's latest, self-titled album sold around 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on September 24, 2013 via Roadrunner.

Watch ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN Get 'Killed' On 'The Walking Dead' (Video)

A few months ago, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian was lucky enough to film an episode of AMC's zombie apocalypse drama "The Walking Dead" as a flesh-eating walker, and that episode finally aired this past Sunday, March 1. Ian's gruesome-looking walker was only on screen briefly before one of the main characters, Carl Grimes, impaled him with a metal pole, ensuring that the hungry-for-flesh rocker no longer poses a threat to society. Watch Ian's appearance on the show below. Speaking about "The Walking Dead" cast and crew, Ian told Radio.com: "I think a lot of them are into rock/metal. I can't say if they were excited to meet me. They did seem happy that I was there, and that I am a fan of what they are doing. Everyone was really cool on set and they treated me great. And yes, there was music on in the trailer, but they are always talking about the makeup they are applying, communicating with the set via radio, there are hair-dryers making noise, so the music was just background noise." He added: "'The Walking Dead' is addicting because the writing is great. The actors and directors and FX guys are all great as well, but it's the story first and foremost. I don't compare any of them. I just enjoy them all." Ian chronicled his latest transformation into a zombie in an episode of his horror FX show for Nerdist, "Scott Ian's Bloodworks" (formerly "Blood & Guts"). Check it out below. Ian previously appeared in a "Walking Dead" webisode in 2011. At the time, he stated about how the opportunity to appear in the show came out: "I know Greg Nicotero ['The Walking Dead' producer and make-up artist]. We have a mutual friend, Kirk [Hammett] from METALLICA. I met Greg as far back as the late '80s through Kirk because Kirk's a big collector of horror memorabilia. So I'd gone to the set of the webisodes here in Los Angeles, and got to get made up as a zombie."


TONY MARTIN, VINNY APPICE, MARK BOALS Pay Tribute To TONY IOMMI On 'Great Lefty: Live Forever' Album

Tanzan Music and "Tony Iommi Fan-Tastic" team of Iommi supporters together with Facebook communities "Tony Iommi The Man The Master The Legend" and "Global Black Sabbath Convention" have announced the release of the compilation tribute in honor of BLACK SABBATH's true heart and soul, legendary riffmaster Tony Iommi. Due on May 4, the first-ever tribute to Iommi, titled "Great Lefty: Live Forever - Tribute To Tony Iommi, Godfather Of Metal", is an act of solidarity towards Tony from pals and fans. The tribute includes participations of well known artists, best BLACK SABBATH tribute bands from all around the world, and the bands and solo artists "children of Iommi" as having Iommi's music as their major influence. All the songs are kindly donated for the cause. The profits from compilation sales will be destinied to Macmillan Cancer Support. Some of the artists participating are: * Dario Mollo (TONY MARTIN, VOODOO HILL) * Mark Boals (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, DIO DISCIPLES, DOKKEN) * Mario Parga (GRAHAM BONNETT, FORCEFIELD, COZY POWELL'S HAMMER) * Victor Griffin (PENTAGRAM, DEATH ROW) * Tony Martin (BLACK SABBATH) Also appearing is a young talented artist Kyle Cousins, singer and songwriter, huge Iommi fan, who also happens to have autism. He began his journey with autism at two years old by losing all his language. Through years of intensive interventions, he has made continual progress; so much so that now he loves nothing better than to express himself onstage through his music. Cousins champions the autism awareness movement, being a source of hope and inspiration for the autism community. Kyle Cousins expresses his love and admiration to BLACK SABBATH's guitar legend with producers Damon Elliott and Michael Politz, performing a song with Vinny Appice (former BLACK SABBATH and HEAVEN & HELL drummer), Barry Goudreau (guitarist for BOSTON), Hugh McDonald (David Bromberg, ALICE COOPER, BON JOVI, LITA FORD). Disc 1 01. DARIO MOLLO Featuring MARK BOALS - Never Say Die (3:54); 02. MANIAC RISE - Time Is Mine (5:05); 03. KYLE COUSINS - Heaven And Hell (6:16); 04. MARIO PARGA - Scarlet Pimpernel (5:13); 05. CHILDREN OF THE GRAVY - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (5:40); 06. IRONLUNG Featuring WIZARD OF OZZ - Electric Funeral (5:03); 07. TANZAN MUSIC ACADEMY - Neon Knights (4:45); 08. NICK DIDKOVSKY - Orchid (1:38); 09. DARKING - Law Maker (3:35); 10. INTO THE VOID - Loner (4:40); Disc 2 01. REKUIEM - Paranoid (3:17); 02. PLACE OF SKULLS Featuring VICTOR GRIFFIN - You Won't Change Me (6:43); 03. BLACK SABBATH/DIO Tribute CZ - I (5:10); 04. PHIL JAKES - Behind The Wall Of Sleep (2:47); 05. GIUNTINI - Anno Mundi, featuring Tony Martin (6:14); 06. TONY REED - Live Forever (4:44); 07. KILL VAN KULL - No Stranger To Love (5:13); 08. APLANADORA Featuring SANTIAGO CABAKIAN - Hole In The Sky (4:20). 09. BLOOD SABBATH - Snowblind (5:33); 10. PHENOMENA - The Wizard (4:10); For more information, go to this location. tonyiommigreatleftycd

'Immortal Randy Rhoads - The Ultimate Tribute' Album Available For Streaming In its Entirety

One of the most venerated guitarists ever to grace hard rock music, the late, great Randy Rhoads — best known for his work with OZZY OSBOURNE and QUIET RIOT — will be celebrated in the truest of fashions with the release of "Immortal Randy Rhoads - The Ultimate Tribute" on March 3 via UDR Music. The entire "Immortal Randy Rhoads - The Ultimate Tribute" album can be streamed below. A collection of 11 classic Rhoads co-written songs, "Immortal Randy Rhoads - The Ultimate Tribute" is performed by twenty top contemporary artists, including old friends and performing partners Rudy Sarzo and Frankie Banali, his brother Kelle Rhoads and more designated musicians like Serj Tankian (SYSTEM OF A DOWN), Tom Morello (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE), Vinny Appice (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH), Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT), Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM), George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB), Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE), Bruce Kulick (KISS), Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE, DIO), Dweezil Zappa and others. The album was produced and compiled by the Grammy-award winning guitarist and producer Bob Kulick at his own studio. Along with the album, "Immortal Randy Rhoads - The Ultimate Tribute" will contain a bonus DVD available in the digipack version, including interesting interviews with some of the involved artists, hosted by Bob Kulick and a feature on the Musonia School of Music, a teaching school on North Hollywood, California, set up by Randy's mother and run by his brother Kelle Rhoads. "Immortal Randy Rhoads - The Ultimate Tribute" will also be available in double vinyl gatefold and digital formats. Full track listing with performers: 01. Crazy Train (OZZY OSBOURNE) Vocals: Serj Tankian Gtrs: Tom Morello Bass: Rudy Sarzo Drums: Vinny Appice 02. Over The Mountain (OZZY OSBOURNE) Vocals: Tim "Ripper" Owens Gtrs: Jon Donais Bass: Rudy Sarzo Drums: Frankie Banali 03. Mr. Crowley (OZZY OSBOURNE) Vocals: Chuck Billy Gtrs: Alexi Laiho Keyboards: Kelle Rhoads Bass Rudy: Rudy Sarzo Drums: Vinny Appice 04. Believer (OZZY OSBOURNE) Vocals: Tim "Ripper" Owens Gtrs: Doug Aldrich Bass: Rudy Sarzo Drums: Vinny Appice 05. Back To The Coast (QUIET RIOT) Vocals: Kelle Rhoads Gtrs: Bruce Kulick Bass: Rudy Sarzo Drums: Frankie Banali 06. I Don't Know Vocals: Tim "Ripper" Owens (OZZY OSBOURNE) Gtrs: George Lynch Bass: Rudy Sarzo Drums: Brett Chassen 07. S.A.T.O. (OZZY OSBOURNE) Vocals: Tim "Ripper" Owens Rhythm guitars: Bob Kulick Lead guitar: Dweezil Zappa Bass: Rudy Sarzo Drums: Vinny Appice 08. Killer Girls (QUIET RIOT) Vocals: Tim "Ripper" Owens Gtrs: Joel Hoekstra Bass: Rudy Sarzo Drums: Brett Chassen 09. Goodbye To Romance (OZZY OSBOURNE) Vocals: Tim "Ripper" Owens Gtrs: Gus G. Bass: Rudy Sarzo Drums: Brett Chassen 10. Suicide Solution (OZZY OSBOURNE) Vocals: Tim "Ripper" Owens Gtrs: Brad Gillis Bass: Rudy Sarzo Drums: Brett Chassen 11. Flying High Again (OZZY OSBOURNE) Vocals: Tim "Ripper" Owens Gtrs: Bernie Torme Bass: Rudy Sarzo Drums: Brett Chassen Check out a trailer and EPK (Electronic Press Kit) below. A lover of classical music, Rhoads had taken initial steps into rock 'n' roll as a 16-year-old when he formed a band, that soon became QUIET RIOT. Rhoads was vaulted to the limelight in 1979 when Ozzy Osbourne chose the relatively unknown guitarist to help shape a new future for him via his band, BLIZZARD OF OZZ. The result saw Rhoads co-script two of the most famous albums in hard rock history, "Blizzard Of Ozz" and "Diary of A Madman", and rapidly ascended the stairway of fame and recognition for his virtuoso playing and writing. Famed for the way he fused classical flavors with technically excellent hard rock, Rhoads became one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock. When he tragically passed away on March 19, 1982 in a plane accident, Rhoads was only 25 years old, but thankfully, the legend of his work, ethos and their continuing influence on a whole new generation of guitarists, has never dimmed. For more information on this release, visit udr-music.com.


DANZIG's 'Legacy' TV Special To Finally See Light Of Day

Glenn Danzig's "Danzig Legacy" TV special — which was filmed in May 2012 in Glendale, California with director Mark Brooks (Adult Swim's "Metalocalypse") — will be made available in a few weeks via Vimeo. Brooks and Danzig finished all editing and post EFX and "it came out epic," according to a posting on Danzig's official web site. In an April 2013 interview with Full Metal Jackie, Danzig stated about the "Legacy" TV special: "The 'Legacy' TV special was an idea that was brought to me and it was an idea that Mark Brooks had; he does 'Metalocalypse'. It was basically to do like a DANZIG 'Legacy' TV show loosely based on the Elvis [Presley] '68 Comeback special; it revisited a lot of his past and a lot of stuff. So we did that with the 'Legacy' TV show. It was performance pieces that I do, then there's the band playing live, we do [songs from] DANZIG, SAMHAIN. Then for the MISFITS thing, we did what Elvis did when he sat down with Scotty Moore and the Memphis Mafia and we just did them all right there live, sitting and everyone's around us; there's no backstage, we're just on a little podium in from of everybody. And so we did a bunch of MISFITS songs and Steve [Zing] was just playing on a cylinder or something; it was pretty cool. We were doing the 'Legacy' shows anyway around that same time period, so we just thought we'd put it on film while everybody was there." He added: "Especially when we were doing the shows, and then going and doing the TV special with the very intimate audience, it was really cool just seeing how much the music affected all of the people that are really into it. It's so many different generations of fans. It put a really cool perspective on it, and I think everyone's going to enjoy it. I know the people that were there really enjoyed it. I think I'm playing one of the songs and my tooth falls out, like a cap or whatever it is like in the middle when I'm about to sing. I'm, like, Hey, my fucking teeth fell out,' so it's just stuff like that that's just happening spur of the moment because it's live." The new studio album from Glenn Danzig's namesake band is set for a fall 2015 release, and his long-awaited covers effort is due later this year. He is also working on an EP of Elvis Presley covers. DANZIG's cover version of the the classic Lee Hazelwood/Nancy Sinatra song "Some Velvet Morning", featuring a guest appearance by Cherie Currie (THE RUNAWAYS), was made available for streaming in 2014. The track was supposed to appear on Danzig's covers album, which was also due to include Glenn's renditions of classic songs from BLACK SABBATH, ELVIS PRESLEY and ZZ TOP, among others. The first new DANZIG studio album in six years, "Deth Red Sabaoth", sold 11,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart. "Deth Red Sabaoth" was released on June 22, 2010 via Evilive/The End Records. Produced by Glenn, the CD was recorded in Los Angeles over the course of 2009.

SISTER SIN: 'Desert Queen' Video Released

"Desert Queen", the new video from Swedish female-fronted rockers SISTER SIN, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's fifth studio album, "Black Lotus", which was released on October 27, 2014 via Victory. "We took a bit of inspiration from ancient times and aimed for a darker feeling in this video," explains SISTER SIN guitarist Jimmy Hiltula. "Since the song has a dark feel to it yet is very melodic, we wanted to capture that along with having the Desert Queen character in it. Also, we wanted to take some focus off the band and give more room for [singer] Liv [Jagrell] portraying this gypsy kind of woman, reading cards and being enigmatic." Adds Hiltula: "The desert shots were absolutely crucial for the whole video and 11 Frames (producer) did an awesome job with these beautiful pictures. "We couldn't be more excited about this video! "We have all met the Desert Queen in our lives (or eventually will). The mystery lies beyond." Jagrell told 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 did… 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." According to a press release, SISTER SIN "skillfully inject elements of classic, metal-tinged hard rock in the vein of MÖTLEY CRÜE, ACCEPT and JUDAS PRIEST, while remaining contemporary, fresh and pushing heavy metal to wider audiences, akin to bands like THE PRETTY RECKLESS and HALESTORM."

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Video Premiere: HALESTORM's 'Amen'

"Amen", the new video from HALESTORM, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Into The Wild Life", which is due out on April 14. In a recent interview with 100.3 The X Rocks, HALESTORM singer Lzzy Hale called the entire recording process "very freeing." She said, "We decided to throw away everything that the previous two records made us feel comfortable and safe. We threw caution to the wind and said, 'We're just gonna chase after whatever gets us excited.' And we made an actual album." The band recorded the set in Nashville — where Hale says it was "isolated" with few distractions — aside from "the occasional beer run." The new album, comes on heels of HALESTORM's Grammy-winning 2012 sophomore release, "The Strange Case Of…" Around that time Hale told The Pulse Of Radio that the writing process for "The Strange Case Of…" was split in two distinct halves. "We went into it right off the road, so the first half of the record that we wrote was very — we were writing some of the most aggressive songs that we've ever written, I'm screaming my head off, you know," she said. "And then halfway through, started writing some of the most personal songs that, you know, we've ever written, and some things that I've never talked about before, and it's interesting — there's two definite sides and very real sides to what we do and who I am." HALESTORM has been touring with Eric Church and will hit the road with THE PRETTY RECKLESS in April.

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SEPULTURA To Celebrate 30th Anniversary With North American Tour; DESTRUCTION To Support

Celebrating their 30th year of existence, Brazilian/American metallers SEPULTURA will headline a North American tour with support from German thrashers DESTRUCTION and American melodic tech-deathsters ARSIS. "It's going to be an amazing experience to celebrate a 30-year career with the strongest album we've ever made in our history," states SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser. "We are coming back to America and Canada with full force and with a hunger to destroy everything! Can't wait to perform the songs from the new album on stage! See you all on the road!" The mayhem begins in Phoenix, Arizona on May 10 and ends on June 14 in Grand Junction, Colorado. SEPULTURA will be performing one solo show on May 9. "SEPULTURA - 30 Years" tour dates: May 09 - Rock In Rio - Las Vegas, NV* May 10 - Joe’s Grotto - Phoenix, AZ May 11 - The Whisky - West Hollywood, CA May 12 - Ace of Spades - Sacramento, CA May 13 - Bossonova Ballroom - Portland, OR May 14 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA May 15 - Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, B.C. - CANADA May 16 - Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB - CANADA May 17 - Pub Station - Billings, MT May 19 - Zoo Cabaret - Winnipeg, MB - CANADA May 20 - The Amsterdam - Minneapolis, MN May 21 - High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI May 22 - Reggie’s - Chicago, IL May 23 - Expo Five - Louisville, KY May 24 - Centerstage Bar & Grill - Kokomo, IN May 26 - The Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI May 28 - Opera House - Toronto, ON - CANADA May 29 - Club Soda - Montreal, QC - CANADA May 30 - Webster Hall - New York, NY May 31 - Jewel Nightclub - Manchester, NH Jun. 01 - Ottobar - Baltimore, MD Jun. 02 - The NorVA - Norfolk, VA Jun. 03 - Holligans Music Hall - Jacksonville, NC Jun. 04 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA Jun. 09 - Culture Room - Fort Lauderdale, FL Jun. 06 - Publiq House - New Orleans, LA Jun. 07 - BFE Rock Club - Houston, TX Jun. 08 - The Rail Club - Fort Worth, TX Jun. 10 - Empire Garage - Austin, TX Jun. 11 - Cine El Rey - McAllen, TX Jun. 12 - Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM Jun. 13 - Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO Jun. 14 - Mesa Theater - Grand Junction, CO * SEPULTURA only SEPULTURA's new album, "The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart", sold around 1,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD came out on October 29, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records. Although it was inspired by Fritz Lang's classic 1927 movie "Metropolis", "The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart" is not a concept album or a soundtrack like its precedessors "Dante XXI" (based on "The Divine Comedy") and "A-Lex" (based on "A Clockwork Orange"). "The Mediator Between The Head And Hands Must Be The Heart" was tracked over a 40-day period at producer Ross Robinson's (KORN, LIMP BIZKIT, SLIPKNOT) studio in Venice, California and was mixed and mastered by co-producer Steve Evetts, who previously worked with SEPULTURA on the "Nation" (2001), "Revolusongs" (2002) and "Roorback" (2003) albums, in addition to having collaborated with Ross on a number of other projects in the past. SEPULTURA's new live offering titled "Sepultura And Les Tambours du Bronx: Metal Veins - Alive At Rock In Rio" was released in North America on September 16, 2014 via Eagle Rock Entertainment. "Metal Veins - Alive At Rock In Rio" is available on CD, DVD and for the first time in the band's history, Blu-ray via a partnership with Rock In Rio, MZA Music and Eagle Rock Entertainment. In addition, the DVD includes an exclusive documentary of behind-the-scenes preparation with interviews, rehearsal and soundcheck footage and clips of the band just seconds before they hit the stage. sepultura30thannivusa_638

Former IRON MAIDEN Keyboardist TONY MOORE To Release 'Rockstars Don't Retire' Single

Former IRON MAIDEN member Tony Moore will release a brand new single on March 15. The song is called "Rockstars Don't Retire" and has a deeply personal meaning for Moore, because, in 1977, he was actually the original (and only) keyboard player for legendary rock band IRON MAIDEN. After many months rehearsing and arranging the songs that would go on to make up MAIDEN's eponymous debut album, Tony left after only one show when he felt that keyboards didn't work for the band. However, decades later, the positive experience of those early days has stayed with him and influenced the lyrics of his new single, which looks at how older "rock stars" have to deal with living in this modern new age. The song is upbeat and has an infectious tune that carries a positive message with a lot of humor in it. Tony says: "I wanted to create a piece of music that contains universal truths, but isn't depressing. Plus there is a little twist in it." Ironically, "Rockstars Don't Retire" had already been scheduled for release when a recent spontaneous meeting of four members from the original IRON MAIDEN lineup from 1977 (including Tony Moore) took place at a London venue and sparked massive online interest around the world as it was the first time they were all together in over 37 years. "Rockstars Don't Retire" will be released on Moore's own label miniMAJOR Music, which is distributed by Absolute via Universal. It is available now for pre-order on iTunes. You can stream "Rockstars Don't Retire" at link textSoundCloud.com. tonymoorerockstarscd

Report: Rock Concert Could Damage Hearing After Only 28 Seconds

The World Health Organization, which recommends ways countries can cooperate more closely to protect global public health, says that 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of permanently damaging their hearing by listening to "too much, too loudly" and that over 43 million people between the age of 12 and 35 are already living with hearing loss. The health body says in a report: “The emerging pattern of listening regularly at high volume and for a long duration poses a serious threat. “While it is important to keep the volume down, limiting the use of personal audio devices to less than one hour a day would do much to reduce noise exposure.” Dr. Etienne Krug, WHO director for the Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, tells BBC: "As they go about their daily lives doing what they enjoy, more and more young people are placing themselves at risk of hearing loss. "They should be aware that once you lose your hearing, it won't come back. Taking simple preventive actions will allow people to continue to enjoy themselves without putting their hearing at risk." Krug adds: "What we're trying to do is raise awareness of an issue that is not talked about enough — but has the potential to do a lot of damage that can be easily prevented. "We do realize this is a bit of a struggle, like alcohol consumption. Risk factors linked to pleasure are not easy to change. But we have to make people aware." According to the WHO, a loud concert at 120 dB stops being safe after 28 seconds, and an audio device at maximum volume registers at 105 dB, and is safe for just four minutes. Canadian metallers CANCER BATS recently joined a safety campaign headed by AllEarPlugs.com in order to raise awareness of the need to protect your hearing. Awareness is still low on hearing damage, especially among young people. Only 34 percent of those surveyed by Action On Hearing Loss believed that they would suffer damage in their lifetime. Even more worryingly, 90 percent of young people have experienced ringing in their ears — an early sign of damage — at least once. CANCER BATS frontman Liam Cormier says: "I want to be able to crank PANTERA when I'm old and grey sitting on my porch, drinking a bucket full of black coffee. The only way I'm going to be able to still hear a thing is by taking care of my hearing now. Having a good pair of earplugs is just planning for the future."

COAL CHAMBER: New Song 'I.O.U. Nothing' Available For Streaming

"I.O.U. Nothing", a brand new song from COAL CHAMBER, the reformed '90s alt-metal band fronted by current DEVILDRIVER singer Dez Fafara, can be streamed using the SoundCloud eidget below. The track is taken from COAL CHAMBER's comeback album, "Rivals", which will be released on May 19 North America via Napalm. The band's first CD in over thirteen years was recorded in part at Audiohammer studio in Sanford, Florida with producer Mark Lewis (DEVILDRIVER, CANNIBAL CORPSE). Comments Fafara: "This record was over 13 years in the making, and I promise this record won't disappoint and will be worth the wait! "'Rivals' is solid through and through, there's maturity and growth in the music while still maintaining the true COAL CHAMBER sound and delivering track after track of killer tunes! "We had a great time working together on this record and I hope you all enjoy it as much as we do!" "Rivals" track listing: 01. I.O.U. Nothing 02. Bad Blood Between Us 03. Light in the Shadows 04. Suffer in Silence 05. The Bridges You Burn 06. Orion 07. Another Nail in the Coffin 08. Rivals 09. Wait 10. Dumpster Dive 11. Over My Head 12. Fade Away (Karma Never Forgets) 13. Empty Handed The "Rivals" cover artwork can be seen below. COAL CHAMBER will embark on a North American headlining tour in the spring of 2015. Support on the trek — which kicks off on March 6 in Tempe, Arizona and runs through April 12 in Dallas, Texas — will come from FILTER, COMBICHRIST and AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE. COAL CHAMBER is offering an exclusive VIP Package for every date on the tour. It includes a meet-and-greet with the band, exclusive t-shirt, exclusive poster, souvenir laminate and early entry (where applicable). Bassist Nadja Peulen returned to COAL CHAMBER in November 2013 following the departure of Canadian musician Chela Rhea Harper, who joined the band in late 2011 and toured with the group for nearly two years. COAL CHAMBER rose to prominence with a gold-certified debut album in 1997 that established the group as one of the most promising bands on the then-emerging, so-called "nu metal" scene. Peulen replaced Foss in 1999 during Rayna's pregnancy for almost 12 months while the band was on the road supporting its second album, "Chamber Music". Rayna came back to the band after her pregnancy leave and recorded COAL CHAMBER's third album, "Dark Days". Shortly after recording "Dark Days", Rayna quit the band and Nadja was recruited for the touring cycle that followed the CD's release. The band broke up during the "Dark Days" tour in 2002 and reunited nine years later.


STONE SOUR To Release 'Meanwhile In Burbank…' EP Of Covers In April

Acclaimed rockers STONE SOUR have announced details of "Meanwhile In Burbank…" a five-song "Record Store Day" exclusive EP featuring covers of legendary artists BLACK SABBATH, METALLICA, KISS, JUDAS PRIEST and ALICE IN CHAINS. Recorded live at Room 237 in Burbank, California, "Meanwhile In Burbank…" will be available on vinyl exclusively at select record stores on April 18. STONE SOUR guitarist Josh Rand commented on the EP: "Back in February of 2014 while STONE SOUR was touring, Corey [Taylor, vocals] approached me about STONE SOUR doing a cover of the METAL CHURCH song 'The Dark' for the movie 'Fear Clinic'. I thought it would be cool not only to record 'The Dark', but the five cover songs that we had played on that tour." Rand added: "The idea was not to shy away from a song because it was popular or pick a band that most people might not have heard, but to pick ones that truly meant something to one of us at some point in our life." Earlier this month, STONE SOUR released their new digital single "The Dark", which was recorded for the film "Fear Clinic", the latest excursion into unrelenting terror by Anchor Bay Entertainment starring horror icon Robert "Freddy Krueger" Englund alongside STONE SOUR and SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor in his acting debut. Originally performed by METAL CHURCH, "The Dark" is currently available via iTunes with a companion video piece streaming on "Fear Clinic"'s official YouTube channel. "Fear Clinic" is available now on Blu-ray and DVD. "Meanwhile In Burbank…" track listing: 01. We Die Young (ALICE IN CHAINS cover) 02. Heading Out To The Highway (JUDAS PRIEST cover) 03. Love Gun (KISS cover) 04. Creeping Death (METALLICA cover) 05. Children Of The Grave (BLACK SABBATH cover) Corey Taylor said on "The Jasta Show" podcast about the record, "This is something that we've been talking about since the first album came out, with STONE SOUR. We've always wanted to do this. Even as people have come, people have gone, this is still something we've always come back to, and we just never had the opportunity to do it. And we just kind of said, 'Well, screw it.'" Taylor added, "You're going back to these songs that you just love to listen to, not only just sing. And that's why it's called 'Meanwhile In Burbank', because, without giving too much away, that's where Roy lives — he lives in the Valley — so that's why we call it that. Because it's, like, that's what we're doing right now." On its last North American tour, STONE SOUR played a different cover every night, including METALLICA's "Creeping Death", KISS' "Love Gun", JUDAS PRIEST's "Heading Out To The Highway" and PETER GABRIEL's "In Your Eyes". Guitarist Christian Martucci joined STONE SOUR in late 2013 as the replacement for Jim Root, who was fired from the group after deciding he wanted to sit out the band's last tour in order to start work on the next album from SLIPKNOT, of which he is also a member. stonesourmeanwhileinburbankcd

MINISTRY's AL JOURGENSEN: I Want To Make 'The Fastest Record In The History Of The World'

MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen was interviewed by U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine during this year's Soundwave festival in Australia. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about his next project, SURGICAL METH MACHINE, which he will record later this year with his longtime engineer Sam D'Ambruoso, Jourgensen said: "I want to do, before my days in music are done, the fastest album in the history of human kind or computer kind. I don't want anything less than 220 or 240 bpm [beats per minute], I want a lot of political shouting and social commentary. If you can do it that fast, good luck to you. That's what I'm gonna try. And that's gonna be my final parting shot — just the fastest record in the history of the world. To make a 50-minute CD, I'll probably need about 30 songs." He continued: "I just wanna do something so over the top that [I will have] left no stone unturned. I've done country, I've done jazz, rock, pop… I've done everything. I just wanted to leave with something that's just gonna… maybe, in about twenty years, people might understand it. As times get more frenetic, it might fit in. It won't fit in next year, or the year after, or the year after, but that's fine; I can wait. Just leave it out there, and just go out with a bang." Jourgensen also talked about MINISTRY's status as one of the pioneers of the industrial metal movement. He said: "ZZ TOP uses sequencesers, so do you consider them an industrial band? I don't. I consider them a good band. Us? I don't consider ourselves industrial. I consider us doing what seems to fit right for us." He continued: "I don't wanna be part of a scene. I don't know of an industrial scene. I don't know of industrial bands…. I mean, if you really go to industrial bands, go back to STOCKHAUSEN, or THROBBING GRISTLE, or [EINSTÜRZENDE] NEUBAUTEN, or SPK or… so many bands. They were really doing… even KRAFTWERK… doing things methodically and through keyboards as opposed to rocking and all that. We've kind of been a hybrid. So I don't really consider myself part of any scene, I just consider myself part of getting my ass on stage and doing a good show. That's what I consider myself a part of. That's it."

MICHAEL SCHENKER's TEMPLE OF ROCK: 'Live And Let Live' Video Premiere

Legendary guitarist Michael Schenker will release a new studio album titled "Spirit On A Mission" in the U.K. on March 23. Released by in-akustik, the collection of all-new material features Schenker's TEMPLE OF ROCK band — ex-SCORPIONS drummer Herman Rarebell and bassist Francis Buchholz, ex-RAINBOW singer Doogie White and Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards). "Spirit On A Mission" features twelve 12 classic rock guitar-driven songs that highlight Schenker's distinctive and dynamic guitar playing, valiantly underpinned by the ferocious rhythm section of Rarebell and Buchholz, the same rhythm section that originally performed together on the SCORPIONS' 1979 album "Lovedrive". The official video for the song "Live And Let Live" from "Spirit On A Mission" can be seen below. Michael remembers how he came up with the name of the new album: "A while ago I was asked how I wanted to be remembered, and I said 'as a spirit on a mission, spreading the joy of music from a place of pure self expression.'" Scottish vocalist Doogie White, who co-wrote the album with Schenker, soars across every song, and stamps his personality with every note and phrase, while Wayne Findlay adds a new level to Schenker's classic sound with his Dean seven-string guitar and keyboard arrangements. "Spirit On A Mission" is a rapturous, explosive collection of brand new songs steeped in shades of dark and light. Musically and lyrically, the new album shows a re-energized guitarist at the top of his game, surrounded by some of the best musicians in rock. The new album was recorded at Kidroom Studios in Münster, Germany; the same studio where 2013's "Bridge The Gap" album was laid down. The CD was produced by Michael Voss and Michael Schenker, and engineered by Voss. "After the 'Bridge The Gap' Japan tour in March 2014, I started to put new material together for what was to become the 'Spirit On A Mission' album," says Schenker. I went to the recording studio in June 2014 to put down the song arrangements and we finished recording in November." During the recording of the new album, the original recordings and guitars were stolen from the recording studio. Did this impact on the recording process of the new album? "Yes, we got robbed [some guitars and some music] and got very upset about it," recalls Schenker. "Fortunately, it was just performances and not compositions. We caught up and performed the music better than before. It forced us to work extra hard and longer but it made it stronger." For Schenker, the songwriting and recording process for "Spirit On A Mission" was very different from the 2012's "Bridge The Gap" album. Says Schenker: "I already knew ahead of time that I wanted to take 'Spirit On A Mission' to the next level by adding more seven-string guitar on some songs to get more of the low heavy sound, and on other songs to keep it very fast and energetic with melodic vocals and a couple of mid tempo's with more of my writing like in my UFO days." "Doogie did an amazing job with his melodies and singing," adds Schenker. "Even though we had our instruments, music and equipment stolen from the recording studio, we had to re-record a lot of his vocals again, but when we did it the second time around, it got even better. "I asked Wayne to come up with a few cool guitar riffs on his seven-string. I added my parts to it and the outcome was very unique. Again, with the addition of Doogie's vocals, we entered a whole new place that was an extreme pleasurable experience." The writing process and overall concept for "Spirit On A Mission" proved to be a fulfilling experience for Schenker and his band. Says Schenker: "I always write in the same way but this time, especially driven by a precise concept. The picture was album balance for me and combine many years of emotions in one. I wanted lots of double-bass drum to keep the fast songs rolling like a train with lots of energy covered with interesting elements, a couple of my UFO days-type of mid tempos and the seven-string low sound to get a very wide range of sounds and emotions." Michael's TEMPLE OF ROCK shared ideas and collaborated in a bigger way on the new album. "All songs were co-written by Doogie and myself, "recalls Schenker. "Wayne co-wrote five songs. I originally wanted to write the album as a group effort, but I had this concept that needed to be focused on differently. However, Herman and Francis did very well by adding their amazing 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' rhythm section parts that gave it all it needed." The new album also sees guitarist and keyboard player Wayne Findlay taking on a bigger role. "Wayne has been with me (MSG) since 1999," says Schenker. "In 2004, I met Dean Guitars and they built me a seven-string. I played it for a while but thought it was too much of a sidetrack from what I was doing." "I always liked that low sound and asked Wayne to look into developing it on the seven-string. A couple of years ago we started to use a bit of Wayne's seven-string guitar on 'Bridge The Gap' as a slow introduction. Wayne looks like a Neptune (Ocean God) and he loves the ocean. I saw this as an opportunity to have Dean build him a Trident Guitar in order to make his character complete. I wrote a little piece about Wayne called 'Neptune Rising' on the 'Bridge The Gap' album, and now on 'Spirit On A Mission', Wayne was ready to co-write five songs, and has now become an essential part of TEMPLE OF ROCK." "Coincidentally," says Schenker, "former SCORPIONS members Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz and myself were out of the loop of rock 'n' roll around the same time, but for different reasons. When we recorded 2013's 'Bridge The Gap' album, we had not played together since the SCORPIONS' 'Lovedrive' album (1979). 'Sprit On A Mission' is the second TEMPLE OF ROCK album to feature the former SCORPIONS rhythm section. Former RAINBOW singer Doogie White is described by Schenker as an "extremely creative individual with a fantastic range and a voice that never stops". "How many people do you know that can sing nine shows in a row, without a day off and still have a voice with a range like his?" says Schenker. "He's a real trooper." What are Schenker's favorite songs from "Spirit On A Mission", and why? Says Michael: "I love 'Live And Let Live' because it has everything. I love 'Vigilante Man' because it's heavy and melodic with a great tempo and sound. 'Something Of The Night' turned out to be a fantastic outcome especially with that spooky Howler sound I developed awhile ago. 'Saviour Machine' is an epic. 'Rock City', 'Bullet Proof', 'Restless Heart' — I love the fast melodic stuff, and the other seven-string songs with a touch of '70s rock." What are Schenker's overall plans to promote the new album? Does he plan on touring the album by relentless touring and playing summer festivals? "Promotion is definitely the next step," says Schenker. "and tour-wise, including festivals, we will play wherever we can to promote 'Spirit On A Mission'. "I want to make TEMPLE OF ROCK its own entity. Right now it is still using the Michael Schenker platform but eventually I want it to stand on its own feet as 'TEMPLE OF ROCK'." "Spirit On A Mission" track listing: 01. Live And Let Live 02. Communion* 03. Vigilante Man 04. Rock City 05. Saviour Machine* 06. Something Of The Night 07. All Our Yesterdays 08. Bulletproof* 09. Let The Devil Scream* 10. Good Times 11. Restless Heart 12. Wicked* 13. Searching For Freedom (instrumental) (bonus track on deluxe edition + vinyl edition) All songs are written by: Music - Michael Schenker Lyrics - Doogie White Except* music and lyrics by Michael Schenker, Doogie White, Wayne Findlay


THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Featuring SOILWORK, ARCH ENEMY Members: 'Skyline Whispers' Artwork, Release Date, Track Listing

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA — the classic-rock band featuring Björn Strid (SOILWORK) and Sharlee D' Angelo (ARCH ENEMY, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS) — will release its second studio album, "Skyline Whispers", on June 9 via Coroner Records. The CD was recorded at Nordic Sound Lab Studios in Skara, Sweden, was engineered by THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA and Bengan Andersson, was mixed by Sebastian Forslund and mastered by Thomas Plec Johansson at Panic Room Studios in Skara. "Skyline Whispers" track listing: 01. Sail On 02. Living For The Nighttime 03. Stiletto 04. Owaranai Palisades 05. Lady Jade 06. I Ain’t Old, I Ain’t Young 07. All the Ladies 08. Spanish Ghosts 09. Demon Princess 10. Skyline Whispers 11. Roads Less Traveled 12. The Heather Reports 13. Floridian Eyes (exclusive digipak bonus track) Strid talked about the upcoming album on a recent installment of Canadian rocker Danko Jones' official podcast. You can listen to the chat and a snippet of a brand new song "Living For The Nighttime" (at the end of the podcast) using the SoundCloud widget below. THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA last year announced the addition of Sebastian Forslund (KADAWATHA) on congas, percussion and guitar. THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA started like so many others as an innocent yet serious drunken idea when Strid and David Andersson (MEAN STREAK, session musician for SOILWORK) were on the road together somewhere in North America in 2007. Björn and David were bonding over what they considered "classic" or not, from rock and roll conspiracies to being arrested in a lobby with nothing but leather pants on. All those scenarios, fictional or real, needed a soundtrack. They also came to think that whether you're on a metal tour or not, a lot of classic rock songs say it all and can really lend you a helping hand and make you forget about everything, especially when in motion or travelling. The classic escape. The never-ending road trip. The transatlantic night flight. It may sound simple and naive, but what it all comes down to is that we all need that soundtrack to feel extra special, whether you have been arrested in a lobby or not. It didn't take long before bass player D' Angelo joined forces as well as keyboard player Richard Larsson (VON BENZO) and drummer Jonas Källsbäck (MEAN STREAK). The goal was to reclaim the '70s/early '80s sense for classic melody, the forgotten recipe to a timeless song, preferably a song mentioning a city, street name or an exhilarating alcoholic beverage. Anything that will have you spitting out the word "classic." From "Tarot Woman" to "Badlands", from "Rhiannon" to "Running on Empty", from "Blind Man" to "Night Moves", from "Deuce" to "Separate Ways", from "Elected" to "Set me Free". The list goes on. It's all about reclaiming the "classic." THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA made its live debut in August, 2013 at Dina-scenen in Lidköping, Sweden. THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA is: Björn "Speed" Strid (SOILWORK) - Vocals David Andersson (SOILWORK, MEAN STREAK) - Guitar Sharlee D'Angelo (ARCH ENEMY, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS) - Bass Richard Larsson (VON BENZO) - Keyboards Jonas Källsbäck (MEAN STREAK, ORCHID) - Drums Sebastian Forslund (KADAWATHA) - Congas, Percussion, Guitar Photo credit: Annicka Nilsson TheNightFlightOrchestra_SkylineWhispersCD_638