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CROWBAR's KIRK WINDSTEIN: I Wish KISS Would Quit Making New Records

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:43:02 +0000

CROWBAR frontman Kirk Windstein believes that bands like KISS should quit making new albums because their latest material doesn't come close to matching the quality of their classic output. Windstein, who credits KISS with inspiring him to play music when he first heard the Paul Stanley- and Gene Simmons-led outfit back in 1975, tells Echo Asylum 's Insanity: "You hate to say it, but some bands, as they get older, they put out a record as an excuse to go on tour." He continues: "As big a fan as I am of KISS, and, actually, after reading Paul Stanley's book, I have a whole new insight on why they have Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer in KISS, and I do agree with Gene and Paul that at this point they probably do belong in KISS, even though Ace [Frehley] is my favorite character and member. But with a band like KISS, honestly, I wish that they would quit making records, because I haven't liked the last couple of records that they've done. I understand they wanna make new music, but Jesus, the guys are getting close to their mid-60s now, and it's, like, let's be honest… For the most part, the people [buy KISS concert tickets] to see… they wanna hear 'Detroit Rock City', 'Rock And Roll All Nite', 'She', 'God Of Thunder', 'Shout It Out Loud'… I mean, they're not buying the tickets to hear the songs off the new record, and it's kind of like an excuse, like I was saying to just… It's just my opinion, [and] it doesn't mean shit, but, to me, I think they should just continue to do the classic KISS stuff." Windstein adds: "The thing is there are a lot of bands that have been around a long time that are putting out amazing records, like EXODUS and TESTAMENT, a lot of bands that were very popular and kind of died down and are popular [again]… You know why? Because, I mean, it is nostalgia, to a degree, but they're also putting out records that are fucking amazing. So we wanna be one of those bands. We don't wanna live off anything we've done in the past, we want to continue to build our audience with CROWBAR and look forward. We don't have rearview mirrors on our fucking mirror. [We] just look forward and roll." CROWBAR's latest album, "Symmetry In Black", sold around 3,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 68 on The Billboard 200 chart. CROWBAR's previous CD, 2011's "Sever The Wicked Hand", opened with around 3,500 units to land at position No. 4 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. "Symmetry In Black" came out in North America on May 27 via Entertainment One Music. The CD, which was made available in Europe on May 26 through Century Media Records, was produced by CROWBAR guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein and Duane Simoneaux and was mixed by Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA).

JOE ELLIOTT Says Next DEF LEPPARD Album Will Include A Lot Of 'Musical' And 'Experimental' Stuff

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:43:10 +0000

On December 14, DEF LEPPARD and DOWN 'N' OUTZ lead singer Joe Elliott was interviewed by Mick Burgess of Metal Express Radio before DOWN 'N' OUTZ's concert in Newcastle, England. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. Asked about the progress of the songwriting sessions for DEF LEPPARD's next studio album, Elliott said: "We've got lyrics to write for about four or five [songs], which I should be [getting back to work on], as soon as I get [done with this DOWN 'N' OUTZ tour], I will be straight back in that mode. We've got about fifteen songs going. Seven or eight of 'em are [completely] written. The other seven are musically written that need melodies. I will get straight back [to work on that] in January." Regarding the musical direction of the new DEF LEPPARD material, Elliott said: "I don't know. It's a good question. It sounds like LEPPARD. It sounds like what LEPPARD should be doing at our age as well. It's a bit more… I don't wanna say 'mature'; that's the worst word you could ever say. But it's certainly not a childish record. I mean, there's a couple of songs on there that absolutely are typical LEPPARD anthemic things. But there's a lot of cool stuff which is a lot more musical, if you like, and a lot more experimental, if you want, without being jazz or anything like that." Guitarist Vivian Campbell, who once again has successfully battled back against Hodgkin's Lymphoma, told a Canadian radio station that because the band tends to record in stages, one is never really sure what the end result will be. "The way DEF LEPPARD records work, the last guy in the studio gets to have the final word," he said. "So who knows? I'm not gonna be there because I have too much medical stuff going on. I'm kind of done at this stage. There may be a final session in January or February that I'll not be party to, so I have no idea what the final thing's gonna be." He went on to joke: "All I can tell you is my involvement was with the first part of the record, and it was a hard rock record at that stage, so if it comes out being wussy, I'm not accepting blame. I'm throwing my hands in the air."

Video: Former RATT Singer STEPHEN PEARCY Performs 'Slip Of The Lip' At Whisky A Go Go

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:04:14 +0000

Video footage of former RATT singer Stephen Pearcy performing the song "Slip Of The Lip" on December 19 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California can be seen below. Pearcy told the "Inappropriate Earl" podcast this past summer about his most recent split with RATT: "It's a permanent vacation. I mean, 30 years is enough time to be in something that's so volatile. "People have a different opinion and impression of what goes on in rock and roll, per se, or anything in the music industry. But time spent, and I just felt it was enough, things weren't proper, and it's okay, it's all good. I have other things to do and business ventures that take up a lot of my time. "I mean, I'm out doing [select] shows [with my solo band], but I don't wanna go out and do massive tours. I just wanna go out and have a good time. Hence my solo band and why I do what I do… "I do have a better time [my solo band]. There's less drama and there's less overall business structure; it's more back to basics. And, like I say, I've spent my time in this beast I created. And I'm enjoying what I do. I just like getting out there once in a while. Once in a while." Pearcy also revealed that, in his view, the dysfunctional relationships between the RATT members took a turn for the worse following tragic passing of guitarist Robbin Crosby, who died of a heroin overdose in 2002 after battling addiction for many years, contracting HIV and eventually full-blown AIDS as a result of his drug use. He said: "The end of the RATT tale, so to speak, is when Robbin passed. I knew it would never be the same. And it didn't matter if we went out there and did what we did, or continued doing it. It's never gonna be the same. No disrespect to Carlos [Cavazo], who's an amazing guitarist and person, or [John] Corabi, or whoever else stepped in. It's just not the same, and it never will be, and I knew it was. And hence all the catastrophe that followed." Even though Pearcy announced his depature from RATT in April, he once again reiterated during the "Inappropriate Earl" interview that he '[left] the door open" to make another album with the band, which would mark RATT's first studio release since the return of bassist Juan Croucier. "If it's the original four guys, that would be cool," he said. "If it's not, well, then you'll get what you got before — 'Infestation' or the self-titled record. But until then, we'll see." If it turns out the RATT never releases another album with Pearcy or regroups with the singer for a tour, Stephen claims to be satisfied with what the band has achieved. "I'm happy with my legacy," he said. "I mean, we do very well for ourselves in publishing; we didn't give everything away. So it's all good. I'm content. I can live with it and move on, as I have many times before. "If somebody holds a grudge or they got their feelings hurt because I can do other things, then that's their problem. I don't need to beat a dead rat, so to speak. And we'll end it at that. "I like moving on. The heyday is over with, you know what I mean?! Some people like to live that heyday 24 hours a day, even at their age. I don't. There's better things to do." During an April 2014 interview with the "Trunk Nation" show, RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer slammed Pearcy over the singer's latest exit from the group, saying: "Everything [Stephen] says is delusional and complete lies. He's so destructive… Stephen doesn't know how to play ball, he's not a team player. It's Stephen's way or there's no way at all… He walks on everything. He's walked four times. Again, this year, he's walked… He's tortured us. I mean, he's kept us hostage for years. 'I'm quitting. I'm not going.' He's canceled shows, he's canceled tours. "I think the rest of the band has proven — and you can go to YouTube, that we do — we go out there and we kick ass, and we're concise and we fucking play really good. "But do I want him in the band? Yes, I do. I want the nice Stephen in the band."


Acoustic THE PRETTY RECKLESS Album Will Give Fans Inside Look At Songs

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:44:44 +0000

According to The Pulse Of Radio, THE PRETTY RECKLESS have had an incredible year in 2014 and plan to keep the momentum going in the New Year. One project on the band's agenda is an acoustic record featuring stripped down versions of songs from the group's recent hit album, "Going To Hell". Singer Taylor Momsen told Loudwire, "We're making it very simple, just giving the listener an inside look as to how the song started when I was sitting on my couch… It's something you don't get from an artist very often, how the writer actually wrote the song as opposed to hearing the produced, done version." Momsen told The Pulse Of Radio not long ago that the band's goal for "Going To Hell" was to create a set of songs they would enjoy playing live. "I think we all were subconsciously writing with the idea that we have to play this for the next two years of — hopefully the next 10, 20 but, you know [laughs], at least the next tour cycle for sure. So we want to make it fun for us every night onstage." "Going To Hell", THE PRETTY RECKLESS' sophomore album, was released last March. The disc has yielded two No. 1 rock radio hits with "Heaven Knows" and "Messed Up World", making THE PRETTY RECKLESS the first female-fronted act to have its first two singles both hit the top spot. The latest single from the record is "Follow Me Down". THE PRETTY RECKLESS will open for NICKELBACK on a lengthy North American tour that begins February 14 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

BILLY CORGAN Angry At 'Middling' Reviews For New SMASHING PUMPKINS Album

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:36:20 +0000

Now that the new SMASHING PUMPKINS album, "Monuments To An Elegy", has been released, mainman Billy Corgan said in a new interview with The Guardian that he's stupefied by the "three-star" reviews the disc is getting. Corgan explained, "I thought for sure I would get really strong reviews for our new album, based on all the feedback I was getting. But I'm getting the same reviews I got back in the day, these kind of middling, muddling reviews that just won't fucking say: 'This is a fuking brilliant album from a brilliant artist.' It's always got to have a qualifier to it." Corgan told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he puts an painstaking amount of effort into every song he records. "I'm more detail-oriented probably than anybody I've worked with," he said. "People commonly call it perfectionism, but I feel a little bit like a painter, because as the person who sort of generates the original idea and writes the song, I have to sort of put it all together. So it's like, if some element is not supporting another element that I'm intrinsically involved in, then there's some part of me getting disappointed." The SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman told The Guardian that he is not concerned about the bad reviews in the traditional press. He explained: "I'm not bothered by it on that level. What I'm bothered by is … how many years do I have to put in at the company? I don't want a gold watch, I just want what's fucking fair. I started with a group of artists in 1990, and along the years I've had to hear about how many different bands, how many different singers, this is the next big thing, this is the next NIRVANA." Corgan added, "Here we are 25 years later, and how many fucking people are left?... There should come a point where it's like, 'Welcome to the rock 'n' roll club.' If I'd gotten the reward for the work I did during this generation that you love so much — the '90s — then maybe I wouldn't be looking for it now." The PUMPKINS founder and sole remaining original member sounded a similar note in an interview with Billboard, saying, "Let's say you start with punk, '77 to now, I'm up there with the top writers. But I've still got to beg and stoop and be slavish to these great gods who are presiding over what? What are they presiding over? That's my big criticism." "Monuments To An Elegy" is the ninth SMASHING PUMPKINS studio effort and follows up 2012's "Oceania". The disc features Corgan, guitarist Jeff Schroeder — the only other current "permanent" member of the PUMPKINS — and MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee, who played on all nine of the set's songs. Corgan recently assembled a touring lineup of the PUMPKINS that includes RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE drummer Brad Wilk and KILLERS bassist Mark Stoermer in addition to him and Schroeder. A second album, titled "Day For Night", is slated for release sometime next year.

NIGHTWISH To Release 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful' Album In March

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:13:01 +0000

Finnish / Dutch / British symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH will release their new album, "Endless Forms Most Beautiful", on March 27 in Europe and March 31 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork for the CD was created by the band's longtime collaborator Toxic Angel. "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" features eleven new songs and will be released in different formats: * Standard CD * Digibook (including instrumental CD) * 2LP (vinyl in gatefold) in different colors * Earbook (including instrumental and orchestral CD) * Earbook (deluxe version including bonus vinyl) * Download Pre-order your copy here. The "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" title came from Charles Darwin's "The Origin Of Species" book, where he wrote: "There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, while this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved." Commented NIGHTWISH keyboardist and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen: "This classic quote is where it all began. We set sail for the ultimate journey in March 2015. Join us!" A single called "Élan" will precede the full-length CD on February 13. The four-track single features the album version of the title cut, a radio edit and an alternate version of "Élan", as well as the non-album bonus track "Sagan". Regarding "Élan", Holopainen said: "'Oh, while I live to be the ruler of life, Not a slave. To meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me.' This beautiful quote from my hero Uncle Walt [Walt Whitman] was the starting point for writing 'Élan'. "The underlying theme of the song is nothing less than the meaning of life, which can be something different for all of us. "It's important to surrender yourself to the occasional 'free fall' and not to fear the path less travelled by. "Élan" track listing: CD: 01. Élan (album version) 02. Élan (radio edit) 03. Élan (alternate version) 04. Sagan (non-album bonus track) Vinyl: Side A: 01. Élan (album version) 02. Élan (radio edit) Side B 01. Élan (alternate version) 02. Sagan (non-album bonus track) Pre-order your copy of "Élan" here. As previously reported, longtime NIGHTWISH drummer Jukka Nevalainen sat out the recording sessions for the group's new CD due to health issues; Kai Hahto (WINTERSUN, SWALLOW THE SUN, TREES OF ETERNITY) has replaced him. NIGHTWISH recently revealed the famed evolutionary biologist and atheist writer/leader Richard Dawkins will appear as a guest on the band's eighth studio album. Singer Floor Jansen, who officially joined the band last year, made her live debut as the frontwoman of NIGHTWISH on October 1, 2012 at Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington. nightwishendlessformscd nightwishelansinglecover

JIMMY PAGE Promises 'Surprising' New Material

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:34:52 +0000

Although he won't reveal the hard details, Jimmy Page says that he's prepping new material for a comeback tour, according The Pulse Of Radio. During a recent chat with Classic Rock magazine, Page revealed, "I'm playing guitar at the moment, because I'm getting ready. I'm starting to get ready. At the end of that was gonna be what would manifest as me playing live… Whatever I do, I don't want everyone to have made up their mind what I'm doing before I've done it. I mean, they already have. On the Internet, people are telling me that, 'Oh, you're doing this, and you're doing that,' and I'm — 'Am I? Just wait and see what I do.'" Page shed a little light on the new material, saying, "It will be surprising… I'd like to obviously show what I've done along the way, but I'd definitely have musical surprises for people so they wouldn't sort of start yawning." Jimmy Page explained that his songwriting process has stayed virtually unchanged throughout the years. "For me, it always starts with the guitar," he said. "Even though I wrote lyrics in the earlier days, I wasn't that keen top be doing that, so I wasn't sort of writing reams of poetry and putting the music to it. It was all about the music, and I guess, starting to develop my own techniques so it had a character to it." There's been no release date announced for the upcoming Page album, which will be his first true solo set since 1988's "Outrider".

PHIL RUDD: 'I'm Going Back To Work With AC/DC'

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:27:05 +0000

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, who has been out on bail for nearly two months on charges of possessing cannabis and methamphetamine and threatening to kill, spoke to ONE News for the first time since his arrest, calling the charges against him "ludicrous." "This has just been a big ball of cheese and all the rats are gathering and having a piece, that's just life, but that's not who I am," Rudd told ONE News. "I want my job back, I want my reputation back, and I'm gonna get it back. I'm gonna fucking take it back. "I'm going back to work with AC/DC. I don't care who likes it or who doesn't. "Everyone listens to the wrong people. They should listen to me. I'm a good guy, and I'm a pretty good drummer, by the way. Ask Angus [Young, AC/DC guitarist]. He'll tell you." An unidentified man has claimed that he was approached by Rudd to work as the drummer's bodyguard and not to kill two people, as originally reported when Rudd was arrested last month. According to The New Zealand Herald, Rudd offered the man nearly $200,000 and one of the drummer's luxury cars as compensation. The man said that he considered Rudd a "good fella" and that the entire incident was blown out of proportion. The murder-for-hire charged was dropped within hours of Rudd's arrest at his New Zealand home on November 6. Rudd does still face a charge of "threatening to kill" as a result of a phone call he placed to a contractor, in which he allegedly threatened the lives of the contractor and his daughter. Rudd is due back in court on February 10 for a hearing on the "threatening to kill" charges. Rudd's legal situation makes his position with AC/DC unclear at the moment. Although he did play on the band's newly released album, "Rock Or Bust", the group has not said whether he will be part of the lineup on next year's world tour.

NAPALM DEATH's BARNEY GREENWAY Explains 'Apex Predator - Easy Meat' Album Concept

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 11:48:59 +0000

Metal Wani's Owais "Vitek" Nabi and Sairaj Kamath recently conducted an interview with vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway of British grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the musical direction of NAPALM DEATH's upcoming 15th studio album, "Apex Predator - Easy Meat": Greenway: "Well, it's not reinventing the wheel, let's put it like that. It would be inaccurate of me to say so. But it's just a couple of steps forward, basically. There are many different influences within NAPALM, but I guess there's two quite distinctive styles, just on a listening level, and that's… you've got the very traditional, fast and chaotic, almost off-the-rails kind of NAPALM approach, and then you've got a real kind of queasy, ambient, quite depressing [sound], actually, in a some ways. And we've been sort of doing the two in tandem now for many, many albums, but I think as time goes on, we're tending to mix the styles a little more… not better, necessarily, but in more inventive ways, and I think that's where we are now. That's about the best description I can give, because, obviously, you'll understand that, for us, the album's still really fresh, so I haven't fully digested it, even though I made the fucking thing, along with the other guys. But I have still yet to fully digest it." On whether "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" is another conceptual effort: Greenway: "Well, the funny thing is that every time I do an album — because I've done so many albums that could be considered conceptual — I always say to Shane [Embury], the bass player, 'You know what, Shane? I'm not gonna make this next one a concept album; it's gonna be completely loose.' And then every time it ends up being some kind of conceptual thread roaming through. But anyway, with all that said, the trigger event, really, for this album is something that is quite pertinent to the general Indian subcontinent or whatever and beyond. But the catalyst was the Rana Plaza distaster in Bangladesh a couple of years ago [when more than 1,000 people lost their lives when a nine-story factory building collapsed suddenly in Dhaka]. That was what really set me on the path of where we were going with this album. As soon as that thing in Bangladesh happened, I was, like, 'I have to do an exposé of this, to some degree, with the next album.' "The reason the Bangladesh disaster struck a chord in me so much, aside from the actual nature of the event, is the fact that, first of all… As disasters go, you tend to find there's quite a lot of rolling coverage over a number of days, but with the Rana Plaza one, I felt like it was headline news for a day, and it very quickly dissipated. It kind of gave me the impression a little bit that life was somehow considered cheap in certain areas in certain parts of the world and under certain circumstances, and that really gave me an unpleasant feeling… So I took that whole thing, really, and then just widened it out a little bit, so we look at slave labor worldwide on the new album. Because, actually, there's more slaves now than, statistically, apparently, than there ever was in the history of recorded data. So think to that? When we're supposed to be a more humane world, or moving towards that. And then it widened out into other areas, so it ended up with quite a wide scope, really." "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" will be released on January 27, 2015 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media Records. The CD's striking artwork, which can be seen below, was created by Danish designer Frode Sylthe (, who has previously worked on the band's "Utilitarian" album as well as with such other acts as AT THE GATES, TOTALT JÄVLA MÖRKER, THE HAUNTED and BURST.


PAUL STANLEY's FOLGERS Commercial Surfaces Online

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:40:32 +0000

The Folgers coffee company made a commercial in 2000 featuring KISS frontman Paul Stanley, but it was never aired, reportedly because focus groups asked, "Who is the old, creepy guy?" and the advertising agency pulled it. The full clip has now surfaced on YouTube and can be seen below. In an October 2000 interview, Stanley was asked how he came to do the Folgers commercial. He responded: "Life is strange. I got a call asking if I was interested in singing a Folgers commercial. And, like many other things, I thought, 'Why not?' I wasn't at all concerned with who thinks it is okay or not okay, cool, not cool, rock 'n' roll or not. I had a blast doing it, and, like I said, isn't that what this is all about?"

CHRIS CAFFERY Says 'There's A Possibility' SAVATAGE Will Do 'Something More' After WACKEN Performance

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:06:47 +0000

Classic American metal band SAVATAGE, which was active from 1978 until 2002, will reunite for an exclusive European appearance at next year's edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 30 - August 1, 2015 in Wacken, Germany. Asked in a brand new interview with Vanyaland if SAVATAGE has any plans for beyond Wacken for either live shows or new material, SAVATAGE guitarist Chris Caffery said: "I'm gonna put it this way: for 12 years, 13 years, I've been waiting for my band to play again. We're playing again. I don't know what's going to happen after that [laughs], but there were people that were putting a fork in it, and we're getting up and not just running a marathon, were running in the Olympics with this festival being what it is. I'm not going to make any predictions, but let's just say there's a possibility that something more will happen after Wacken — that's all I can say. And nothing would make me happier." SAVATAGE's last album release, "Poets And Madmen", in 2001 was highlighted by Jon Oliva's return as lead vocalist, replacing Zak Stevens, who left the band citing family reasons, and the departure of Al Pitrelli, who accepted an offer to join MEGADETH in 2000. Pitrelli did record solos for some songs prior to his departure. Another very limited U.S. tour followed, supported by FATES WARNING in the early shows, and then NEVERMORE for the remainder. Around this time, Jon chose Zak's replacement in the form of Damond Jiniya (DIET OF WORMS). Damond performed Zak's parts on tour, with Jon having an increased vocal role in proceedings. Asked in a 2013 interview why he thinks that TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA has reached such a huge audience but SAVATAGE in the '80s didn't, Oliva told Songfacts: "Well, I think what happened with that mainly is that the name SAVATAGE, we ran the course with it. And because of some bad mistakes that we made business-wise in our younger days before Paul O'Neill, we never could quite recover from that and get into the bigger level. I mean, we did well. We did really good in Europe. But we never got SAVATAGE to that level, and after 20-some odd years and then losing Criss [Oliva, guitar] in the middle of that, we just weren't ready to continue. The fatal thing that happened was with the song '12/24' off the 'Dead Winter Dead' album [1995]. We sent the song out around Christmastime, and a station down in Florida started playing it, and it became a hit down here. Atlantic Records sent that CD to every radio station in America and nobody would play it. They said, 'Why didn't you play the song?' It's like, 'Well, SAVATAGE, that's a heavy metal band from the '80s. We don't play that shit.' They never even listened to it. You know how we know? Because the next year we sent the exact same song and put a Christmas tree on the cover and an angel and called it 'TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA,' and it was #1 on 500 radio stations. So that just goes to show you that what was holding SAVATAGE back was SAVATAGE. It wasn't the songwriting. It was the same, Paul and I, and before that, Criss, Paul, and I. You know, the proof was in the pudding. '12/24', which is technically a SAVATAGE song from the album "Dead Winter Dead", has sold millions of records. I've got them hanging on my wall. But when it was released as SAVATAGE, it sold 30,000. So what does that tell you? It tells you that the name's turning people off for some reason, and that's what it was. Now look at what's happened. TSO is one of the biggest bands in the world, it's unbelievable." He continued: "It's funny to me, because it's SAVATAGE. [laughs] I get a kick out of this. I'm like, 'It's SAVATAGE with tuxedos and a bunch of other people from all around the world.' We bring in people from all around the world, which makes us kind of international, which I think is cool. But the thing that sells it is the music, Paul's stories, and Paul's poetry and the lyrics, and the way that Paul and I work together when we write. There's a chemistry there." savatagereunionshowlogo2015_638

PAPA ROACH On New Album 'F.E.A.R.': 'We Challenged Each Other In The Writing Process'

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:39:09 +0000

Artisan News recently conducted an interview with the four members of the California rock band PAPA ROACH. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On why the band chose to record its eighth full-length album, "F.E.A.R.", in Las Vegas: Tobin Esperance (bass): "Well, we didn't actually choose it. The producers that we decided to work with [father-and-son super-producers Kevin and Kane Churko], that's their home base, and we just said, 'You know what?! It's all good. We can go to Vegas and make a record and not have to worry about any of the distractions that people… the clichés [they] bring up when you think of Vegas.' We just focused on getting the songs done and getting them written and getting them recorded and getting the fuck outta there. But it ended up being a really cool experience. I know Jacoby [Shaddix, vocals] talked about how he kind of focused more on the other side of Las Vegas — going out to the desert and tripping out, which influenced the… not tripping out on LSD, but just tripping around…" Jacoby Shaddix (vocals): "In a meditative state." Tobin: "And that kind of influenced also the [first] video, ['Face Everything And Rise']." Jacoby: "[It was a] very cool place to make a record. We all went there consciously knowing that we just wanna focus on the music. I think if we made that record in Vegas ten years ago, I don't know if we would have made it out alive, to be honest. So I think we went there at the right time." On what working with producers Kevin and Kane Churko contributed to the sound of the new album: Jacoby: "I would say just their production tricks and qualities… It's large, it's bombastic, [and] it's in your face. It's like a big woman smothering [you] with her boobs. It's kind of like that; it's in your face, and it's just right there." Tobin: "They definitely have a hand on that modern approach too. Their sound is this massive, modern approach to rock and roll." Jacoby: "I think, also, with working with Kane, the younger one, [Kevin's] son, he listens to everything but rock and roll. He's just a fan of hip-hop music, pop music, avant garde music [and] jazz music; he's a deep thinker, you know… So he approached it from a very different standpoint than his father did, and that just added a different element to what we were doing. And I think that they both challenged all of us as writers, as well as we challenged each other in the writing process on the record. But it still sounds [very 'in your face']." "F.E.A.R." will be released on January 27, 2015 via Eleven Seven Music).


GODSMACK's SULLY ERNA On Switching From Drums To Vocals: 'I Was A Horrible Singer'

Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:24:04 +0000

The 92.7/96.9 WRRV radio station recently conducted an interview with GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. Asked how he went from playing drums in his earlier bands to eventually becoming the frontman in GODSMACK, Erna said: "Well, I didn't plan on [it]. That was, actually, an experiment that just kind of turned into what it was. 'Cause, as you know, I spent my whole life playing drums, ever since my first band, [which] I put together I was eleven years old. And as I got into my teens, I started to get more serious about it, playing out and doing that kind of thing. And so, all the way up until I was about 25, 26 years old, I had been in just dozens of different bands and even signed a deal with Warner/Reprise Records with a punk/metal band called STRIP MIND. And then, once that band kind of self-destructed, I was kind of losing sight of my dream, because that was the moment that I thought, 'Well, I got my record deal,' and then it fell apart. Sometimes you don't really get that opportunity twice in a lifetime, so I quit music at that point and I just cut my hair and went to work for an attorney, and doing collections; it was a very straight, narrow path for me. But about a year into it, I started to get the bug again, and I was just, like, 'I can't stop playing. It's the only thing I know how to do really well.' So when I put a band together, I decided that, you know what?! Instead of following other people's direction and just being the drummer in the background, I'm gonna do this my way and put a band together. And at that point, some friends of mine had shown me some guitar chords and I was playing piano, and I just started to write my own stuff. And then I contacted Robbie Merrill, my bass player, who was a mutual friend of my sister's, and us two got together and then pulled in a couple of other guys, and it was really supposed to be like a studio project, an experiment. And then people started hearing the demo and were really digging it, and so we kept going from there." He continued: "I was terrible, man; I was a horrible singer. I mean, I'm not even kidding. When I first did my vocal tracks for the very first few songs that we did, I did all the drum tracks, all the guys did the guitar… all the music was done. And I stepped in the vocal booth and I started singing the first few notes, and I literally watched my bass player walk right out of the studio. I'm, like, 'Wow! Hang on, dude. I'll get this.' But that's kind of how it evolved, in a nutshell. And then from there, I realized I had a lot of work to do if I was gonna step out and be in front. And I just started watching frontmen that I thought were great frontmen — James Hetfield, Steven Tyler, people like that. It took a little bit of this and a little bit of that, and I kind of made it into my own thing eventually, but it was definitely a process." Erna revealed in a new interview with The Rock Revival that he recently finished shooting a role in a pilot for a proposed TV series along with Drea De Matteo of "Sons Of Anarchy" and "The Sopranos" fame. Along with some potential film appearances, Erna said he hopes to continue building his acting resume. The singer just completed some solo dates and will return to the road with GODSMACK in 2015.

PETER CRISS On His Next Solo Album: 'I Ain't Rushing It'

Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:30:19 +0000

Jacky BamBam of Philadelphia's 93.3 WMMR radio station conducted an interview with original KISS drummer Peter Criss on November 28 at the "All Things That Rock" festival in Oaks, Pennsylvania. You can now listen to the chat at this location. Speaking about the status of his long-awaited new solo album, Criss said: "I'm sitting on it. I ain't rushing it. I'm not gonna say rock's dead, 'cause it isn't; it's far from dead. It's not what it used to be, let's say, rock and roll, so I'm kind of taking my time with this one. I don't wanna rush it. I've been sitting now, probably five years already, on it, but I've got [ROB ZOMBIE guitarist John 5] playing some stuff on it, so it's a little heavier than my usual stuff, and I want it to be right. [I wanna] put out a good record." Criss, a breast cancer survivor, also spoke about being honored at this year's Cancer Research & Treatment Fund's Hall Of Fame event on November 18 at the JW Marriot Essex House in New York City. "Men get breast cancer," he said. "I don't like the word 'breast,' because it seems like a stigma, and right away you think it's [only] women, but it's not; it's one percent of men, and that's a lot of guys. Like if it was your dad, or your brother, or your son, you'd flip out really quick and go, 'Oh my God! Oh my God!' So I don't see enough education for guys, I don't see commercials on TV, a guy getting up there and saying, 'I am Jack' — God forbid — 'and I had breast cancer and I survived, and I wanna tell you men get it. So when you find anything, please go and get a checkup.' Nothing. And I'd like to see that change in my time. I'd like to make a change with that, man." Criss's last solo CD, titled "One for All", came out in 2007. Peter produced the album himself for the first time, and was joined by guest musicians that included keyboardist Paul Shaffer and bassist Will Lee of "Late Night with David Letterman". The album featured a range of styles, from rock and jazz to blues and Broadway, and included covers of "What a Difference a Day Makes" and "Send in the Clowns". Criss quit KISS for the third time in 2004.

BUSH: Fan-Filmed Video Footage Of Las Vegas Concert

Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:56:28 +0000

Fan-filmed video footage of BUSH's December 12 performance at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada can be seen below. BUSH's latest album, "Man On The Run", was released on October 21. It follows up BUSH's 2011 comeback effort, "The Sea Of Memories", which was the first all-new BUSH album in a decade. BUSH recorded "Man On The Run" at Studio 606, the private studio owned by FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl. BUSH reissued four of its previous albums on October 14 in remastered editions, including 1994's "Sixteen Stone", 1996's "Razorblade Suitcase", 1999's "The Science of Things" and the 1997 remix LP, "Deconstructed". BUSH frontman Gavin Rossdale told The Pulse Of Radio that putting the reissues together has been a bittersweet experience. "We've done some remastering of the stuff and we've got some nice things planned, some alternate versions of things," he said. "It's been quite nostalgic for me, going back into the past, I mean looking through oceans of old photographs and being maybe quite nostalgic when I try not to be nostalgic. It's fun and enlightening and heartwarming and sad all at once."

DAVE LOMBARDO On PHILM's New CD: 'It Was Time Us To Make An Album Like This'

Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:58:54 +0000

Former SLAYER and current PHILM drummer Dave Lombardo was interviewed on the December 12-14 edition of Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean widget below. To see a full list of stations carrying the program and when it airs, go to Asked what prompted the decision to forgo the improvisational aspect of the first PHILM album in favor of a more structured, creative approach on the group's follow-up effort, "Fire From The Evening Sun", Dave said "Well, I heard the reviews and read the reviews and took in consideration what journalists and fans were feeling and saying, and I felt it was time us to make an album like this. We showed them what we could do in the avant grade world and the improvisational style of writing, but that was something for that album. And on this one, we just wanted to make it a little more concise and complete with some solid structures and songs that would appeal more to, let's say, the metal fan base rather than to a more avant garde or jazz style. Which makes total sense, 'cause that's where my fans are, so I need to give them what they want." Regarding what the most unusual thing is for him about being in a more creative role in PHILM than he was in some of his previous projects, Dave said: "I think it's how fluid the creative process is. We are all in a room together and we press 'record' and we start playing, and whatever it is that happens at that moment is captured. And what we do is listen back to those recordings. They can be, like, 20 minutes to a half-an-hour improvisation session. Then what we do is listen for the… I call them little gems that you cut out of these session. And then we take that music and then we'll structure a complete song around that improvisation. So that's unique and it's unusual for me, because I've worked in the past with musicians that give you a set idea on what they want. And it leaves no room for creativity. It's just from one person; it's not like a fusion or a collective effort." "Fire From The Evening Sun" was released on September 16 (one day earlier internationally) via UDR. The band's lineup is completed by guitarist/vocalist Gerry Paul Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE), and bassist Francisco "Pancho" Eduardo Tomaselli (WAR).

OZZY OSBOURNE Joins ROYAL MACHINES On Stage In West Hollywood (Video)

Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:21:51 +0000

Legendary BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne joined ROYAL MACHINES on stage last night (Friday, December 19) at The Roxy in West Hollywood, California to perform the songs "War Pigs" (BLACK SABBATH) and "Crazy Train". Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below. ROYAL MACHINES is the new "all-star covers fun-times band" featuring former CAMP FREDDY members Dave Navarro (JANE'S ADDICTION, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS), Billy Morrison (ex-THE CULT bassist, current CIRCUS DIABLO vocalist), Donovan Leitch (son of legendary folk singer Donovan), and Chris Chaney (JANE'S ADDICTION, ALANIS MORRISETTE), alongside frequent CAMP FREDDY collaborator, singer Mark McGrath (SUGAR RAY), and acclaimed drummer Josh Freese (THE VANDALS, DEVO, A PERFECT CIRCLE). Freese was unable to make last night's show and was temporarily replaced by Adrian Young of NO DOUBT. Since its formation ten years ago when they rocked the opening of The Standard Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles at the invitation of Brent Bolthouse, CAMP FREDDY had performed on both coasts of America and on national television shows ("The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", "Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn", "Last Call with Carson Daly").

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KISS Collaborates With Japanese Pop Group MOMORIO CLOVER Z

Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:54:19 +0000

KISS has collaborated with the Japanese pop group MOMORIO CLOVER Z on a new single, to be released on January 28, 2015. The track "Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina" was composed by KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley and Greg Collins, with lyrics written by Yuho Iwasato. MOMOIRO CLOVER Z performs the song, with KISS providing background vocals and instruments. It will be released in two versions — "Momoclo Edition" and "KISS Edition" — via iTunes in 120 countries. A music video for the track, featuring both bands, has already been shot in Las Vegas. Both the "Momoclo Edition" and "KISS Edition" of "Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina" will feature the title track and one same coupling song, but the "KISS Edition" will include the track titled "Samurai Son", which was made using "Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina" as its base. It is sung by KISS while MOMORIO CLOVER Z members participate on vocals. The "Momoclo Edition" will come with a Blu-ray disc which contains the music video for the title track instead. "Samurai Son" will also be made available on KISS' upcoming Japanese compilation "Best Of KISS 40", alongside 19 tracks spanning the band's four-decade career and a DVD featuring three exclusive live performances. MOMORIO CLOVER Z will open for KISS on March 3 at the Tokyo Dome. "Best Of KISS 40" track listing: 01. Samurai Son (U.S. mix) (KISS vs. MOMOIRO CLOVER Z) 02. Rock And Roll All Nite 03. Shout It Out Loud 04. Beth 05. Hard Luck Woman 06. Detroit Rock City 07. Calling Dr. Love 08. Christine Sixteen 09. Love Gun 10. I Was Made For Lovin' You 11. Shandi 12. I'm A Legend Tonight 13. Lick It Up 14. Heaven's On Fire 15. Tears Are Falling 16. Crazy Nights 17. God Gave Rock 'N' Roll To You II 18. Psycho Circus 19. Modern Day Delilah 20. Hell Or Hallelujah Limited-edition DVD: 01. Psycho Circus 02. Shout It Out Loud 03. Hell Or Hallelujah

AC/DC's ANGUS YOUNG On PHIL RUDD: 'His Behavior Has Been A Bit Strange'

Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:26:30 +0000

"HardDrive" producer Roxy Myzal recently conducted an interview with AC/DC guitarist Angus Young and bassist Cliff Williams. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. Speaking about AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, who was missing from the band's new publicity photo and was also a no-show at the group's video shoot on October 3 and October 4 for its two new singles, "Play Ball" and "Rock Or Bust", Angus said: Getting him there to do the [new AC/DC] album ['Rock Or Bust'] was quite tough too. His behavior has been a bit strange. 'Cause when we were doing the album, one minute he was coming, the next minute he wasn't coming. So it took quite a while to get him to the studio. When he got there, he did a great job. [But] it's not the Phil that we'd known all over the years. He knew that we were promoting the album and doing stuff [like photo and video shoots), and again he said he'd be there and no, last minute, again, he didn't show." Rudd was arrested in New Zealand in early November on charges of attempting to arrange a murder, threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis. The murder-for-hire charge was dropped quickly but Rudd still faces several years in prison if convicted of the others. Said Cliff: "He's got himself into some sort of situation. He's gotta sort himself out. It's not gonna happen overnight. We're gonna move forward." Added Angus: "It's unfortunate, because he's a great drummer. He's been with us… We go way back. But it was just making it difficult for us. What do we do? You can't plan anything. If anyone says, 'You wanna do this?' It was making it too difficult to go forward." AC/DC's 16th studio album, "Rock Or Bust", sold around 172,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 album chart. This marks a huge drop from the opening number of 2008's "Black Ice", which topped sales charts in 29 countries, including the U.S. for the first time ever. It sold an incredible 784,288 copies in its first week in this country alone. "Black Ice" was sold exclusively through Walmart, Sam's Club and in the U.S., hitting over one million copies by its second week. The band and its record label, Columbia, did not have the same exclusive deal this time. "Rock Or Bust" was released on December 2 and is AC/DC's first album without guitarist Malcolm Young, who is suffering from dementia. He has been replaced by nephew Stevie Young.

BEHEMOTH's NERGAL Says Many Of Today's Extreme Metal Bands Lack 'Rock Spirit'

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:20:25 +0000

EMP Rock Invasion earlier in the year conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Adam "Nergal" Darski of Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about BEHEMOTH's propensity for writing music that, despite its extreme nature, possesses a lot of "hooks," Darski said: "I like hooks. I mean, we all [grew up on] rock and roll, and I like rock and roll song structures." He continued: "I'm officially [an] anti-fan of today's extreme metal bands that are just taking part in this rat race, trying to play as many notes as they can, play as many arpeggios within three-minute-long songs as they can, and it's just missing hooks, it's just missing the point. There is no rock spirit within the music." Asked what defines "rock spirit" for him, Darski said: "Balls. There's balls in riffs and in the songwriting and in the approach. I don't think it's definable. It's either there or it's not, and I'm sure that [BEHEMOTH's latest album] 'The Satanist' has a lot of balls." BEHEMOTH released a limited-edition, hand-numbered 12-inch EP called "Xiadz" in November. The EP was made avaialble in three vinyl colors. "Xiadz" is strictly limited to 500 vinyl copies worldwide and was not made available on CD. Black vinyl, black-gold splatter, and gold vinyl gatefold, 180-gram editions containing the previously unreleased tracks "Xiadz" and "Towards The Dying Sun We March", as well as a re-recorded version of "Moonspell Rites" were made available to order at this location. BEHEMOTH's latest album, "The Satanist", sold around 10,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's ninth full-length studio CD, 2009's "Evangelion", opened with around 8,500 units to land at No. 56. "The Satanist" was released on February 3 in the U.K., February 4 in North America and Poland, February 5 in Japan, and February 7 in the rest of the world.

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