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Sunday, April 20, 2014

INTERVIEW: HATEBREED's Frank Novinec About Relationship With The Fans: "We're All One. We're All Together"

The mid-nineties saw a major upheaval of the many sub-genres of rock and metal alike. And one of the few bands to have come out of that revolution and still going gung ho are Hatebreed. Out of Connecticut, this heady hardcore punk band turned crossover has seen through the past two decades with 6 studio records, various lineup changes and their fair share of controversies. Yet, with their flag on full mast on the back of their successful "The Divinity of Purpose", they assure us their time may have come but it won't be gone that soon.

Guitarist Frank Novinec took some time off to catch up with Metal Wani's correspondent Nicoline Brochdorff Therkildsen & Vaishali Jain right before they stormed up Denmark's Voxhall. In their Hate-fueled tour bus, he discussed Hatebreed's 20th anniversary, fans response to “The Divinity Of Purpose” and its sucessor's current status, some other hopes and plans for the future, and much more.

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NEWS: BRUCE DICKINSON, GLENN HUGHES, IAN PAICE Pay Tribute To Late DEEP PURPLE Keyboardist JON LORD

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Glenn Hughes, Ian Paice, Don Airey, Rick Wakeman and Micky Moody are among the musicians who celebrated late Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord's life and music at a special concert on April 4 at London, England's Royal Albert Hall.

Hughes was joined on stage by Dickinson for both "You Keep On Moving" and a storming "Burn" with a mesmerizing keyboard solo from Wakeman, followed by Hughes alone backed by an orchestra for a roof-raising vocal delivery on "This Time Around".

Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.

Jon Lord died on July 16, 2012 at age 71 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Lord, who was known for his keyboard virtuosity and his reinvention of the Hammond B-3 organ sound, co-wrote such PURPLE classics as "Smoke On The Water" and "Child In Time", among others. Lord and drummer Ian Paice were the only original members to last through the band's initial run from 1968 to 1976. He was on board for their 1984 reunion and stayed on through to his 2002 retirement from the band, after which he's worked primarily in the classical field.

Over the course of his career, Lord also worked with the Artwoods, Flower Pot Men, Paice, Ashton And Lord, Whitesnake and good friend and neighbor, George Harrison.

In an interview with Peter Makowski, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich stated about Jon Lord: "I'm not sure that the people in today's hard rock world really truly understand how innovative this guy was. He wasn't just another keyboard player on the side of the stage. In '66/'67, when Hendrix, Townshend and Ritchie Blackmore were taking the electric guitar to a new level, by using banks of Marshall stacks beefing up the sound, Jon Lord was one of the first guys in hard rock to take the keyboards through the same process. He took a fairly standard instrument like a Hammond organ put it through amplifiers and Leslie cabinets and introduced a whole new way of forcing the sound out of the keyboards.

"Ritchie Blackmore said the other day that Jon formed Deep Purple; he was certainly the instigator that made things happen. If not the musical leader, Jon was the spiritual leader of the band. He was a pioneer, and I think that somehow that's gotten a little lost in the last few [months]. People are talking about, obviously, what a gentleman he was and what a fantastic band member but he really did something nobody had done before with the sound of the keyboards and I think that's probably the biggest thing to remember him for."


NEWS: TESLA To Release 'Simplicity' Album In June

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Frontiers Records will release Tesla's brand new studio album, "Simplicity", on June 6 in Europe.

The Sacramento rockers are back with 14 new songs offering a ride of energy that doesn't come easy for a band of rookies much less a band whose been doing this for over 20 years. "Simplicity" is Tesla's seventh all-original studio album which follows a six-year creative break from the release of the previous album, "Forever More".

After a string of shows in the USA in 2013, the band went back into the studio in early 2014 and came out with a new album, which goes straight back to the Tesla roots. The bandmembers produced it themselves, as they did with "Into The Now", their successful comeback effort from 2004. Helped by the legendary Tom Zutaut, who was the man behind the best Tesla albums, this new CD rocks from start to finish, showing a variety of emotions where each song has its own twist — not sounding like another.

The first new song off the new album, "Taste My Pain", was released last summer digitally via iTunes and Amazon. The track was recorded during a two-day (June 5-6, 2013) session at J Street Recorders in Sacramento. The new song is, according to the band, "A heavier song with a hard-driving beat and Tesla trademark blazing guitars."

Guitarist Frank Hannon says about "Simplicity": "I must say that this new Tesla album is really gonna be awesome. We went in more prepared with the songs and ideas way more than 'Forever More', and the style is pure Tesla back to our roots. I truly believe you guys are gonna love it!"

"The opening track is called 'MP3'," continues Hannon, "and starts off with an opus intro that orchestrates into a heavy slow groove with lyrics about technology and how we miss simplicity, vinyl albums, family values...and has a heavy-ass riff! Then we segue into a rock and roll song called 'Ricochet' that talks about Uncle Ted... [I] can't wait to play this stuff live!

"Simplicity" (European version) track listing:

01. MP3
02. Ricochet
03. Rise And Fall
04. So Divine...
05. Cross My Heart
06. Honestly
07. Flip Side!
08. Other Than Me
09. Break Of Dawn
10. Burnout To Fade
11. Life Is A River
12. Sympathy
13. Time Bomb
14. 'Til That Day
15. Burnout To Fade (writing demo version) *

"Simplicity" was mixed by legendary producer Michael Wagener.

* Bonus track

Tesla is:

Jeff Keith: Lead Vocals
Frank Hannon: Guitars, Vocals, Piano, Bass
Brian Wheat: Bass, Vocals, Piano
Troy Luccketta: Drums and Percussion
Dave Rude: Guitars, Vocals, Bass







Saturday, April 19, 2014

INTERVIEW: CIRCUS MAXIMUS's Michael Eriksen On Upcoming Album : "Prepare Yourselves For Long Epic Progressive Metal Pieces"

Three stellar and consistent albums back-to-back at the beginning of one's career is not a feat easily achievable by a band playing progressive metal, a genre fiercely sniped at by critics. With their third effort "Nine", the band has effectively erected a monument to its dominance on the top of the proverbial prog mountain. Circus Maximus is one of those rare bands that can write a 70 minute record that is entertaining for every minute while wandering between all sorts of different styles. The record feels fluid, flowing seamlessly from one awesome variation to the next; sometimes heavy, sometimes somber, sometimes funky, but always excellent. Stunning technicality, fluid and enjoyable melodic development, tone variation, and gargantuan heavy parts have practically ensured Circus Maximus’s reign for the foreseeable future in the hotly-contested genre. Having set the expectations even higher after their previous album "Nine", Circus Maximus are currently working on their 4th studio album slated to release later/early next year.

Metal Wani's Editor In Chief Owais 'Vitek' Nabi and writer Shivam Kalra recently had a chat with CIRCUS MAXIMUS Frontman Michael Eriksen as he discusses Circus Maximus journey from the beginning, upcoming New Album, Progressive metal scene, best progressive metal albums of 2013 and much more.

Listen to the Interview Below:



NEWS: BILL WARD On OZZY OSBOURNE: 'I've Lost A Friend, As Far As I'm Concerned'

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Legendary Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward was recently interviewed by Metal Chris of DCHeavyMetal.com. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.

DCHeavyMetal.com: In November, you did an interview with Rock Cellar Magazine and in that interview you said that you hadn't listened to any of the new Black Sabbath album, "13", except for maybe about 40 seconds of [the promotional track] "God Is Dead?" Have you listened to that album since then?

Ward: No and I probably won't.

DCHeavyMetal.com: You don't think you ever will?

Ward: I, I… Maybe if I reach a point of serenity where I'm able to give it a listen but no there's nothing of value in there for me to listen to. I love the guys. I really hope that they receive blessings and wonderful things in their life. [I'm] communicating with Terry ["Geezer" ButlerBlack Sabbath bass player], I'm communicating with Tony, privately. We always send our very, very best wishes to each other and our love to each other. But no, I'm not interested in the album. It was something that I wanted to play on. I was completely able to play on it. There's no question in my heart at all. So, you know, it's still something that I don't care, I don't care to listen to it. Even if it was the most brilliant album in the world, I don't care to listen to it.

DCHeavyMetal.com: That leads me to the question, do you ever see yourself as a part of Black Sabbath again?

Ward: Well, a lot of things have happened to me. Starting in September, 2013, I had a horrible illness, which I'm still recovering from, and it created some other things that I am still recovering from. That's one of the reasons why I didn't come to [my previously scheduled appearance in] Annapolis [for an art exhibition], you know. So aside from me now having to do a lot of work to gain my health and my strength back, you know, and I'd be the first to admit it if I can't cut it physically as a drummer, then my answer would be no. I would not be prepared to play with Sabbath, you know. I would never, ever, ever allude to being able to play with Sabbath if my health wasn't absolutely smack on. And my health right now is not bad, but it's not good enough to certainly play in any band, never mind Black Sabbath. I have to get a lot stronger than where I am. I lost a lot of weight. I've got to gain all my muscle back. I lost all my muscle. And I'm doing some stick practice, but if I was in a good position where I felt strong enough, I can overcome the hits that I took, the verbal hits, I can overcome all that stuff. I can overcome, you know, just the shutdown and the way that I felt and everything else. I can overcome all of those things. All of the things that were like at the time just like, "What the hell?" I can certainly recover from all that stuff, actually. I can do it pretty good. You know, in fact, I've recovered from most of it as I'm speaking to you this morning. I'll always have an open mind to playing with Black Sabbath. I love the band. I miss them terribly. And so my answer would be leaning towards if something could be worked out. Something that I could live with and I'm talking politically now, contractually. And not the kind of things that I've done in the past. I'm talking about the very core of what I talked about in my big statement of February 2012. If we can come to some terms, and we're all OK with each other, and the most important thing for me is being able to know that I can play drums the way that I want to be. Otherwise I wouldn't even enter into any kind of conversation with them if I knew that I wasn't back on the mark. Then I would be moving forward. I think that a lot of fans have suffered horribly through these undertakings of the last couple of years, and I fully, fully blame the inconsiderateness of just a few people who created, and I won't talk about who, but a few people who created such a huge wasteland of real, real pain when everyone was just so excited to see the original band with an original record. And I'd already stated my boundaries quite early in all this. It didn't come overnight. It wasn't a shock. You know, it wasn't something that suddenly happened. We'd been negotiating for over 15 months. Things like that, so… But I have to be careful in overstating, because there's still a political agenda attached to this. So I've definitely got an open mind. I miss playing with Terry, Geezer, just horribly. I absolutely miss him to death. And I miss playing with Tony just… every day. I mean every single day I — it just blows me away, man. And obviously I miss Oz [Ozzy OsbourneBlack Sabbath vocalist]. I've had to… With Ozzy, I… I've lost a friend, as far as I'm concerned. A man that I dearly loved, and I still dearly love, but I've had to really now readjust just how much I'm going to trust and love him. He fired back on some pretty mean stuff in the press, so... And I've gone OK. Like with any of us, when we get hurt, we're going to pull back our love and our considerations for another human being when they kick out at you and you know. So that's been a big loss.

DCHeavyMetal.com: In the last couple years in the world of metal there have been several high-profile drummers that have either been kicked out of their bands or just kind of you know similar situations to you I think where there's contract issues and things where I think the drummers feel like they're not getting at least a respectable compensation for what they're doing. I'm talking about like big bands here like Dave Lombardo of Slayer, Mike Portnoy leaving Dream Theater, and I'm sure there's others as well. But do you think drummers right now, in the world of modern metal, do you think they're just being undervalued?

Ward: Yeah, there's something going on. Just for the record, I know Mike and Dave Lombardo is a very good friend of mine. Me and Dave have had many Indian food — much Indian food —and we've discussed these things in the last two years, that's for sure. Yeah, I think what's going on is we find the key players and the other players have less value and it's become some kind of new modern thing, modern thinking. It's like the other guys don't count as much or they can be replaced. Let's just focus on who we think are the stars in the band and you'll see it all the time. It's been going on for a long, long time. A lot of other bands have adopted this similar idea. It's been around for a while. I think it comes out of a managerial idea, for the most part. Not a very good managerial idea at all. But it's just something that's going on, and I've had private discussions with a lot of people about this, and I think it's not only necessarily aimed at drummers, I think it's aimed at other people as well. And it's not just because the guys are being [night] owls or whatever you know. It's nothing to do with that. Back in the day, that was, like, it's about him, it's about him and let's blame him and that and that and that, you know. And it's not about me. I absolutely refuse to take any responsibility of blame that's been thrown at me. I will be accountable to the fans and I will be responsible to the fans, because they are extremely important to me. I think what we're seeing is something that's been going on for a while that's starting to take seed and we're now seeing the results of defocusing other people and we're seeing that more focus goes on the primary players and that's been going on since, well, I'll probably get into trouble with this, since all of the teams. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and all the way through. And I'm not saying for one second that The Rolling Stones' setup is like that, OK?! I'm not saying that. It's a very interesting subject and as more is being revealed, I can probably be a little more revealing, but it's so bloody political that I have to watch what I'm saying. Because otherwise, I know that there are some people that would probably love to sue my ass, and I would think they would get a great deal of pleasure from that.

DCHeavyMetal.com: Well I'm not trying to get you in any trouble here either so…

Ward: No, no, I know. I know. No, I'm enjoying the interview, but I just have to be careful, you know. And a lot of the times I wear a lot of my stuff on my sleeve. I'm so bloody transparent and I hate having to play hopscotch, but I feel like I've been as honest as I can be with you right now.

You can read the entire interview at DCHeavyMetal.com.

Friday, April 18, 2014

NEWS: NIKKI SIXX Says SEBASTIAN BACH Should 'Let Go' Of 'Former SKID ROW Singer' Tag Already

SOURCE : BLABBERMOUTH

Mötley Crüe and Sixx: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx has once again taken shots at Sebastian Bach, saying that the vocalist should "let go" of the "former Skid Row singer" tag, while also making fun of Bach's involvement with ABC's new competition series "Sing Your Face Off".

During a segment on a recent edition of Nikki's "Sixx Sense" radio show, Sixx said (hear audio below): "A new celebrity singing competition is coming to TV, like we haven't had enough. It's called 'Sing Your Fucking Face Off'. It's actually just called 'Sing Your Face Off'. [It features] five celebrities, including former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach

"When is he gonna let go of the 'former Skid Row' [tag]? I mean, at this point, dude, you've been out of Skid Row longer than Skid Row was even alive. Like, let it go!

"OK. He's gonna have to impersonate different musical icons. It should be fascinating. It starts May 31 on ABC. Let me set my DVR to 'Snooze.'"

After Bach revealed in a a three-word tweet to a fan on August 29, 2013 that he was asked to join Mötley Crüe more than two decades ago, Sixx quickly retorted that Bach's version of events never happened. Sebastian then took to his Facebook page to describe in some detail the circumstances behind his being asked to join the CRÜE, which included taking part in a full day's rehearsal with the band and a slew of phone calls between various managers, agents and label executives. "I was driven to rehearsal by Tommy Lee, and I spent a full day singing the Mötley Crüe set with the band Mötley Crüe," Bach wrote. "I remember the songs that Nikki asked me to sing that day. I remember the whole road crew's ecstatic reaction to us jamming together all day. And I remember Nikki's very generous, kind offer, at the end of our rehearsal, for me to join the band Mötley Crüe. I remember his exact words that he said to me in front of his whole road crew, Tommy and Mick Mars as well. It's not every day that your hero asks you to join his band."

Bach didn't reveal the full details of what went down that day, promising his Facebook followers that he "will tell the complete story of Nikki offering me to join Mötley Crüe in my upcoming book, which will be arriving on bookshelves soon."

He added: "I am not simply 'making this up'… I am not a liar. I am working on my book right now and I look forward to you all reading it. I plan on my book having even more information in it than one of my tweets does."

NEWS: ACE FREHLEY On Seeing PAUL STANLEY And GENE SIMMONS Again: 'It Felt Like I Just Saw Those Guys Yesterday'

SOURCE : BLABBERMOUTH

Original Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley spoke to RollingStone.com about the band's induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame following last night's (Thursday, April 10) ceremony at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Asked how it felt to get up there with is former bandmates again after all the controversies leading up to the induction, Frehley said: "It felt like I just saw those guys yesterday. We're brothers in rock and roll. The press seems to amplify the fact that we hate each other, and we really don't. We've had our differences over the years, but every rock and roll band does. Tonight, it felt like I had just left those guys the other day, and they were very gracious considering what we've been creating over the last 40 years."

Regarding how he left it off with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley — both of whom have had some harsh words for Frehley and original Kiss drummer Peter Criss in recent years, Frehley said: "They were congratulating me on the stage. But I had gotten calls from them a couple months ago when this first went down. We created something that no one can take away from any of us, and it withstood the test of time."

Asked what he is proudest of when he looks back at those 40 years, Frehley said: "I think we're probably gonna go down in history as the greatest theatrical rock group in the world. I think that's probably gonna be an undisputable fact. And now that we're part of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, that just cements our place in history even better. And the cover on the Rolling Stone. [Laughs]"

Kiss did not perform at last night's event. The Hall Of Fame wanted the original quartet only to play, while Simmons and Stanley insisted on the current lineup performing as well. In the end nobody won that battle.

The 29th annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony was taped and will air on May 31 on HBO.

Paul Stanley told The Pulse Of Radio that he wanted Kiss' greatest work to contain everything that he loved and admired about his favorite records growing up. "I'd like to think that the bands that you are influenced and inspired by doesn't necessarily mean that you mimic them," he said. "It means that their passion, or their approach is inspirational. So, whether its gospel, or Motown — it all is music of passion. And that's what I think we wanted to and I wanted to see us channel was the passion and the fervor that all the music I loved had. Y'know, its not about perfection — it's about passion."

Despite their hard rocking image, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley never succumbed to the pitfalls of drugs and alcohol. Over the years, Simmons has never hidden his feelings about drug use, even when his bandmates were involved. He told The Pulse Of Radio that drugs are the number one reason for bands failing to live up to their potential. "I have no sympathy at all for anybody that doesn't have enough self-respect for themselves and for their bandmates, because when one guy decides that his dalliances with crazy things is more important that the welfare of his band, that guy doesn't deserve any success," he said. "Because a team is a team, and every guy's gotta carry the weight. You're only as good as your teammates."

NEWS: KISS' PAUL STANLEY: 'The Band Has Never Sounded Better And The Band Has Never Gotten Along Better'

SOURCE : BLABBERMOUTH

Kiss guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley was recently interviewed by Matt Wardlaw of the Cleveland Scene. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Cleveland Scene: A quote that stuck with me from [your memoir, "Face The Music: A Life Exposed"] was "we weren't Simon & Garfunkel, we weren't the Everly Brothers — our songs were built to rock." Did you have a pretty clear direction when you first got going with the band as far as where you wanted things to go?

Stanley: Totally. It was never about the makeup. It was always about the kind of band we wanted to be. I was fortunate enough as a teen to have seen Humble Pie, Led Zeppelin — and I'm not talking about in arenas and stadiums, I'm talking about small places. So Humble PieLed Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix ExperienceThe Who — the list goes on and on. Those were the bands that inspired me. So how we chose to dress it up came secondly. It was always part of the big picture, but it was never "Let's wear makeup and play music." It was "Let's play music and wear makeup." So the priority was always how much horsepower is our engine going to have and then what color are we going to paint the car?

Cleveland Scene: As far as the makeup, do you feel like that cost the band critically and do you regret that piece of the plan?

Stanley: Not in the least. Present company excluded, critics are a lucky bunch. They didn't go to school to get a degree in being critics — in a sense, they're entertainers and they're given a lot of credence by some people and ignored by others. I don't need somebody to tell me what good food is. Good food is what I swallow and bad food is what I spit out. Likewise, I don't need to be educated about art or music, because it's totally subjective. The people that count are the people who pay hard-earned money for tickets, hard-earned money for CDs, hard-earned money for T-shirts, belt buckles or whatever. So why would I chase the approval of people who really haven't taken the test? So no, not at all. You'd have to ask the millions of people who are happy that we've done it. To this day, I still have issues with critics and with politics of critics and I am proud of what I've done and proud to continue doing it.

Cleveland Scene: With the 40th anniversary tour on tap for Kiss, what do you, Paul Stanley, still want to do as an artist and creative type?

Stanley: Tour. Be a great dad. Watch my kids grow up and watch my oldest finish NYU and if he chooses to pursue music. There's a lot that has to do with the people around me. It's a different life when you see yourself as the most important person. It's a much more fun life when you allow someone else to be the center. So my family, where they go and how they develop and how I participate — that's important to me. Where I go as a father and as a husband and also where the band goes. The band has never been better. The band has never sounded better and the band has never gotten along better. We are proud and steeped in our past, but we don't live exclusively there. I'm very happy to get up every night and play with those guys. I just saw them yesterday at the press conference and we just have a lot of fun. We laugh a lot and there's a work ethic, which is something that I'm proud of, where everybody wants to make the and as great as it can be. That's how you become more well-known and respected. When you're in it saying "How can I use the band to make me more famous?, well you've put the cart before the horse. I'm very happy in the band and I want to continue that and continue things that are going on with my family and also perhaps go back and do more musical theater.

Read the entire interview at Cleveland Scene.

NEWS: PAUL STANLEY: 'If It Ever Comes Down To It, I Am KISS'

SOURCE : BLABBERMOUTH

Kiss guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley was interviewed by Paste magazine. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Paste: You take Gene Simmons to task in [your memoir, "Face The Music: A Life Exposed"]. There are even parallels to his attitude in the early-'80s and Ace Frehley and Peter Criss's — that, in your words, they were delusional as far as their contributions to the band. Why do you think yours and Gene's relationship survived that?

Stanley: That's really interesting. I mean, I just left him 20 minutes ago. There is a respect for each other. I don't necessarily approve of everything he does, but how something affects you has nothing to do with the other person. It's all about how you take it in. There are things about Gene that over the years may have annoyed me, and that's OK. There are other times certainly where he did things that I felt a betrayal, and that he was taking advantage of me. But at the end of the day, Gene and I are brothers. We've been together 40-plus years. I know I can count on him in any situation, and we've only grown closer. Certainly we've had our — I don't even want to say moments — we haven't had moments, we've had weeks and months. Years. At the end of the day, both of us have always been about trying to do what's best for the band. But, look, you know, a strong relationship gets tested from time to time.

Paste: Yeah, it's like a marriage.

Stanley: Yeah, and perhaps the things that have tested our relationship have made us stronger. We are both blessed to have made possible the lives we both wanted, by each other. The life Gene has now is not a life I would want, and I'm sure it's vice versa. But how fortunate we are, that we've come to this point, and have a future to look at. It's phenomenal. We both started out living at home with our parents, and here we are with grown children, at a very fulfilling part of our lives. Although very different from each other.

Paste: Both you and Gene have said that Ace and Peter are both important to the foundation of Kiss. But where do you think the band would be today if they hadn't agreed to do the reunion back in 1996? I mean, obviously, they had a lot to gain as well.

Stanley: I would have to say not where we are now. By putting it back on it allowed us to reclaim those four iconic characters and move on from there. So the reunion tour was very important. Absolutely. It was the ground on which we reclaimed our legacy.

Paste: Do you think Kiss would be still be here if it didn't happen?

StanleyKiss would always be around, because if it ever comes down to it, I am Kiss. I don't mean that with disregard to Gene. It ultimately means that no matter what anyone does, I covet this band and will keep it going.

Paste: I think a lot of Kiss fans understand that with no Paul Stanley, there's no Kiss. Does Gene recognize that? [Laughs] I mean, does he thank you for that?

Stanley: Oh yeah, he acknowledges it now probably more than before, because I think he's more comfortable in his own skin. I do believe that getting married and looking at his past, seeing why he is the way he is, has made him more open to acknowledging that, which is great.

Paste: You've mentioned that you see Kiss going on without you and Gene. My question to you is, do you think fans will buy it?

Stanley: Of course. They may not know that they'll buy it now, but they'll accept it if it's great. Look, I was included originally saying that the four original guys are the band, until people started leaving the band. Then it's, well we're going to continue anyway. The fans who thought it had to be the four of us are now 50 percent wrong. Well, they'll be 75 percent or 100 percent. The truth of the matter is that the band is bigger than its individual members, and there are other people out there who can do what I do, although they're probably not known right now. And somebody will come along who's terrific.

Read the entire interview at Paste magazine.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NEWS: It's Official: MALCOLM YOUNG Taking Break From AC/DC Due To 'Ill Health'

Legendary Anglo-Australian hard rockers AC/DC have released the following statement:

"After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group's diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.

"In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family's privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music."

As previously reported, a musician who says he has been friends with AC/DC for "years" has corroborated reports that Malcolm Young is no longer able to perform with the band due to illness. Mark Gable, lead singer with the CHOIRBOYS, told ABC Radio Australia, "From what I understand, and it's even been confirmed in part by his son Ross… It would appear Malcolm is unable to perform anymore. It's not just that he is unwell, it's that it is quite serious. It will constitute that he definitely won't be able to perform live. He will probably not be able to record."


Australian journalist Darryl Mason wrote that Malcolm suffered a stroke last month. According to The Age, a source who knows the Young family has said that Malcolm's condition has deteriorated so badly that his wife Linda and family were investigating full-time care for the guitarist. It is believed that Malcolm is currently having in-home care at his home in the Sydney area. He is said to be having difficulty remembering familiar faces and having increasing problems communicating.

NEWS: AC/DC's BRIAN JOHNSON: We Are Not Retiring

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson has shot down reports that the band is retiring, telling U.K.'s Telegraph that the band is about to begin work on its 16th studio album. "We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver," he said. "We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we'll record it."

Johnson also confirmed that one member of the band — believed to be rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, the older brother of lead guitarist Angus Young — has been suffering from ill health, but denied that this will result in the group's demise.

"I wouldn't like to say anything either way about the future," he said. "I'm not ruling anything out. One of the boys has a debilitating illness, but I don't want to say too much about it. He is very proud and private, a wonderful chap. We've been pals for 35 years and I look up to him very much."

Johnson told a Florida radio station in February that AC/DC is planning to embark on a 40th-anniversary tour involving 40 concerts in 40 different venues. "That would be a wonderful way to say bye bye," said Johnson. "We would love to do it. But it's all up in the air at the moment.

"AC/DC is such a tight family. We've stuck to our guns through the Eighties and Nineties when people were saying we should change our clothes and our style. But we didn't and people got it that we are the real deal."


Asked about the prospect of retiring one day, Johnson previously told The Pulse Of Radio that he would know when the time had come. "You know, retirement is like anything," he said. "A good football or a good ice hockey player, they don't want to retire. But unfortunately, sometimes there's a time when you have to call it quits. I don't want to do it, and if we can get out another album and do another little short tour or something, and have a bit of fun, well. I'm your man. I'll be right there."

NEWS: SEBASTIAN BACH Says His New Solo Album 'Give 'Em Hell' Sounds 'Timeless'

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Former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach was recently interviewed by Brian Aberback of New Jersey's Steppin' Out magazine. An excerpt from the chat follows below.

Steppin' Out: How do you feel about [your new solo album] "Give 'Em Hell"?

Sebastian Bach: I absolutely love the record. I can't wait until this interview is done so I can go on a seven-mile run and crank it. I worked so hard on it. I tortured myself. The process is pretty funny. I'm in the worst mood for a year when we're making it and then I hear what I want to hear at the end and I'm the happiest, most humorous guy in the world. I think it sounds timeless. There's certain singers that can still sound the same as they get older, like Steven Tyler [AEROSMITH], and I'm very lucky that I can do that as well, but I don't know how I pulled it off! It's also my best-sounding record. I'm a total audiophile as far as wanting a clear, clean sound and no separation between the instruments.

Steppin' Out: How did Duff McKagan end up on the album?

Sebastian Bach: I was in this band with Duff called Kings Of Chaos. We were playing in Sydney [Australia] about a year ago and I said to him, "I've got to turn in a new record, do you want to collaborate." He said, "Where and when." "Give 'Em Hell" also has John 5, Steve Stevens and Devin Bronson on guitar and Bobby Jarzombek on drums. Musically, we have a lot of depth.

Steppin' Out: Who will be playing with you at the Starland Show in New Jersey?

Sebastian Bach: I've got Johnny Chromatic on guitar, Will Hunt from Evanescence on drums and Jason Christopher on bass. My new second guitarist is Devin Bronson. He's played with Avril Lavigne and Pink, but don't let that worry you, metalheads!

Steppin' Out: This year is the 25th anniversary of the first Skid Row record. Any thoughts on that period of your life?

Sebastian Bach: Fans still ask, "Are you going to get back with the old band?" If I was to do that, there would be no new records, and that's what I love to do. It would just be a retro thing. I need more than that in my life. But I think it's insane that we don't celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first record with a remastered version with unreleased songs or a box set or something. I don't understand why some of the other guys in that band have such an adverse reaction to doing something like that. That's puzzling to me. 

The entire interview will be published in Steppin' Out on April 23.

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NEWS: VINNIE PAUL Doesn't Think PANTERA Will Ever Be Inducted Into ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

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Former Pantera and current Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott was interviewed by Matt Wake of AL.com. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

AL.com: A special, 20th-anniversary edition of Pantera's "Far Beyond Driven", which was a No. 1 album in 1994, was recently released. Is there anything you appreciate more about the record now?

Vinnie Paul: Being a part of the production of every record I've ever been a part of, I really, really appreciate the fact it was recorded analog. It was before Pro Tools existed and music became simple, you could cut, paste and do that. Back then you had to play every single note that was on there, man. And you had to sing every note and (play) every drum lick and every part, and you had to be really good to get all that stuff right. I really do appreciate that more than ever.

AL.com: Do you care if Pantera ever gets inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame?

Vinnie Paul: Uh, I don't really think so, man. It's already been proven there are tons of travesties that have gone on with that place. How in the world did it take forever to get Black Sabbath in there? Honestly, I don't think Pantera will ever get in there. But if we do, I'm going to embrace it just like anything else. I've actually been there and heavy metal is barely even represented in the place, so I wouldn't expect that to happen.

AL.com: You own the Clubhouse strip club in Dallas and a string of Latino-themed strip clubs, called Chicas Bonitas. What separates an awesome strip club from a lame one?

Vinnie Paul: I think there's one thing, man. Most strip clubs provide a service. That's what they're there for. My strip clubs provide a party and I want people to have a damn good time while they're in there. When they come in, I want people to be able to afford the drinks, to be able to afford the girls, I want them to hear good rock 'n' roll music and not feel like they're part of a machine.

Read the entire interview at AL.com.

NEWS: SKID ROW To Release 'United World Rebellion - Part 2' EP In August

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Skid Row — Johnny Solinger (vocals), Scotti Hill (guitar), Rachel Bolan (bass), Dave "Snake" Sabo (guitar) and Rob Hammersmith (drums) — will release its new seven-song EP, "United World Rebellion - Part 2", on August 5 via Megaforce Records. 

After a hiatus that started in 1996, Skid Row returned to the big stage — literally — opening for Kiss in 2000. Exhilarated to tour with the heroes who rallied them in the first place, the band was reinvigorated by being underdogs who needed to come out fighting to prove themselves.

"When we put the band back together, we needed to reintroduce Skid Row as relevant without relying too much on past success," explains Skid Row bassist Rachel Bolan. "We wrote songs and hit the road. We sunk our heart and soul into it, letting people know we weren't doing it for lack of something better to do."

2003's "Thickskin" and 2006's "Revolutions Per Minute" were battle plans for hundreds of live shows with new singer Johnny Solinger out front, every night being a hard fought battle to win new fans and convince the old ones. "United World Rebellion - Part 2" is Skid Row coming out swinging. Rachel and Sabo tapped again into the potent songwriting collaboration that built the band. Sabo says they were eagerly up to the challenge. "We seem to be at our best when we're faced with adversity. It's us against the world again — and by us I mean the band and the fans who stick with us and carry the Skid Row torch without fail."

New plans came together in an Atlanta recording studio. But it's a different time, a different industry, so they decided to record a series of EPs. "The idea really appealed to me," says Bolan, "especially with the constantly changing musical climate. I like the idea of a steady flow of new music, as opposed to releasing a full-length album then riding it for the next two years."

That guerrilla burst of recording a concise EP fostered a focused intensity that was liberating, says Snake. "The pressure seemed to be lifted. That immediately set me at ease and it became really exciting."

Exciting and potent, prompting Solinger to exert the full range of his ability. "The third time in the studio as the voice of Skid Row was the proverbial charm, and the proof is in the tracks. 'United World Rebellion - Part 2' is the most meaningful work I've done with the band. It's definitely the most I've been challenged, vocally."

Skid Row will team up with Black Star Riders for a brief tour of the West Coast, which starts May 8 in Tucson, Arizona at the Rialto Theatre. Once that concludes on May 16, Skid Row will play headlining shows across the U.S., including a stop at the legendary Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, California on Saturday, May 17 and an appearance at this year’s Rocklahoma festival on May 23 in Pryor, Oklahoma. They will then head to Europe in June for various festivals, including Download in Donington, England on June 14. Once the U.S. trek concludes in July, Skid Row will travel to Kostrzyn, Poland, where they’ve been invited to headline one of the biggest festivals in Europe, Woodstock, on July 31.

Skid Row's last EP, "United World Rebellion - Chapter One", was released in Europe on May 24, 2013 via Germany's UDR Music. The European version of the EP includes two bonus tracks, both of them cover tunes: "Fire Fire" (EZO) and "United" (Judas Priest).

NEWS: AS I LAY DYING Members Launch WOVENWAR

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Jordan Mancino (drums), Nick Hipa (guitar), Phil Sgrosso (guitar) and Josh Gilbert (bass) of San Diego, California-based metal act As I Lay Dying have teamed up with vocalist Shane Blay to create the new band Wovenwar. Over approximately the last year, the band completed work on new material recorded with producer Bill Stevenson with mixing duties currently being handled by Colin Richardson.

On Monday April 21, fans will get their first full listen of Wovenwar's debut single, "All Rise". While not the final mastered version, the song will be a proper representation of what's to come when Wovenwar's self-titled debut, set to drop late summer.

As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis in Febraury pleaded guilty to hiring a hit man to kill his estranged wife.

The singer remains free on $2 million bond until he is sentenced on May 2.

NEWS: SLASH Says He 'Wasn't Fond' Of GUNS N' ROSES Song 'Sweet Child O' Mine' When It Was First Written

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Slash was  recently interviewed by Christopher Derek Foley (a.k.a. KiddChris) of the WEBN radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio and he asked him if there is a song from either Guns N' Roses or Velvet Revolver that the legendary guitarist completely hates.

"Wow! That's an interesting question,Slash replied (hear audio below). "I don't think anybody has ever asked me that."

He continued: "I can't think of a song that I actually completely hate from either band. You know, I mean, maybe there's some songs that I like more than others. But I'll tell you one thing… I didn't hate it, but I wasn't fond of [the Guns N' Roses song] 'Sweet Child O' Mine'. And that gives you a good idea of how credible my opinion is… The actual riff itself I love, but the song itself…

"You know, Guns N' Roses was always a real hardcore, sort of, AC/DC kind of hard rock band with a lot of attitude. If we did any kind of ballads, it was bluesy. This was an uptempo ballad. That's one of the gayest things you can write. But at the same time, it's a great song — I'm not knocking it — but at the time, it just did not fit in with the rest of our, sot of, schtick. And, of course, it would be the biggest hit we ever had."

Slash told Metro earlier this year that "Sweet Child O' Mine" was the most lucrative song he has composed. He explained: "It's the most covered [song I have ever written]. There are some really good instrumental versions for the piano or violin, but I've been horrified by some muzak versions. I've been sitting in a doctor's office thinking, 'That sounds familiar,' and then realizing it's someone's interpretation of what I've written. That can be a creepy feeling."

The original version of "Sweet Child O' Mine" was released as a single on August 17, 1988 and is included on Guns N' Roses' debut studio album, "Appetite For Destruction".