More than a decade after its conception, Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy” will finally see the light of day before year’s end, sources close to the situation confirms to Billboard. As first reported here, the set will be a Best Buy exclusive and will be available Sunday, Nov. 23, rather than the usual Tuesday.
Beyond enticing pre-Thanksgiving shoppers, the move is tied to the structure of Best Buy’s sales week, which runs from Sunday to Saturday. As such, “Chinese Democracy” would not be eligible to chart on The Billboard 200 until the week of Dec. 1, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
In the run-up to release date, album track “Shackler’s Revenge” will debut in the video game “Rock Band 2,” while a portion of “If the World” is playing over the end credits in the new Leonardo DiCaprio/Russell Crowe film “Body of Lies.”
In addition, GNR’s seminal 1987 debut, “Appetite for Destruction,” will be reissued on vinyl on Oct. 28 via Interscope.
The band’s last new studio albums were the simultaneously released “Use Your Illusion I” and “II” in September 1991. A covers set, “The Spaghetti Incident?,” followed in 1993, and featured some of the last GNR recordings from original guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan.
The rock gods are smiling upon the Hard Rock Hideout today!
THE ANSWER, an emergent and award-winning rock band from Northern Ireland, has been selected as the opening act for the imminent North American leg of AC/DC’s Black Ice World Tour. The itinerary kicks off October 28 at the Wachovia Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA and concludes on January 31 at Nashville Sommet Centre, Nashville, TN.
Highlights on the road also include dates at NYC’s Madison Square Garden on November 12-13 and The Forum in Los Angeles on December 6. Prior to the AC/DC shows, The Answer will perform a unique US debut club headline show at as part of the RED CMJ music festival at The Crash Mansion, New York on October 25. This will be a rare opportunity to savor the band’s first-ever thunderous and explosive headlining club gig before they head off to tour with AC/DC.
The Black Ice World Tour represents THE ANSWER‘s debut tour of America, and AC/DC’s first outing since ’01. THE ANSWER, whose mammoth sound is often compared to Black Crowes and Free, are fully primed for stadium and arena shows and in Europe, they’ve opened concerts for the Rolling Stones, the Who, Aerosmith and other legendary bands. In addition, the group has headlined tours in the U.K., Europe, Japan and Australia, where their first album Rise was released to great acclaim and sold over 100,000 units on the Australia and U.K.-based independent label Albert Productions.
Says lead singer Cormac Neeson, “It is an honour and privilege for The Answer to be offered the opportunity to support probably the greatest rock ‘n’ roll act on the planet. We are incredibly humbled.”
Coinciding with the tour, THE ANSWER will also make its North American recording debut with the November 11 release of Never Too Late, a 4-song EP and bonus DVD featuring previously unseen footage, live performance highlights and exclusive band interviews. Only available in North America, the limited-edition 2-disc title is on the independent label THE END RECORDS, with distribution through Sony RED. The EP opens with the title track “Never Too Late,” a song that originally appeared on Rise, and which will also be featured on Activision’s forthcoming release of the hotly anticipated game Guitar Hero®: World Tour (due 10/26). The EP will be available at all retailers, online outlets and digital.
Other tracks on Never Too Late include the live recording “Come Follow Me” and the slow blues burner “The Doctor.” The EP also gives fans a taste of THE ANSWER’s forthcoming new album with “Highwater or Hell,” a preview of what will be the band’s first full-length release in North America. Slated for an early 2009 street date on THE END RECORDS, the new album was recorded in summer ’08 at Los Angeles studio Seedy Underbelly with John Travis (Kid Rock, Static-X, Killing Heidi, etc.) producing. It was mixed in Los Angeles by Tim Palmer and in Vancouver by Mike Fraser (who recently did AC/DC’s Black Ice).
THE ANSWER is comprised of four friends, musicians and songwriters from Downpatrick, a country town some twenty miles south of Belfast: Cormac Neeson (lead vocals), Paul Mahon (guitar), Micky Waters (bass) and James Heatley (drums). The U.K.’s Classic Rock Magazine voted them 2005’s Best New UK Band at their prestigious Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards and called them, “The biggest new rock band of the decade.” Similarly, Kerrang! praised Rise as “the best British rock debut of the decade” and reviewed a U.K. live show by THE ANSWER as “F*@king stupendous.”
Get ready for THE ANSWER‘s invasion of America on October 28 as they hit the road with AC/DC!
THE ANSWER to open for AC/DC on their 2008 North American tour as follows:
10/28/08 Tue @ Wachovia Arena – Wilkes-Barre, PA
10/30/08 Thu @ Allstate Arena – Chicago, IL
11/01/08 Sat @ Allstate Arena – Chicago, IL
11/03/08 Mon @ Conseco Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, IN
11/05/08 Wed @ Palace of Auburn Hills - Auburn Hills, MI
11/09/08 Sun @ TD Banknorth Garden – Boston, MA
11/12/08 Wed @ Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
11/13/08 Thu @ Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
11/15/08 Sat @ Verizon Center – Washington, DC
11/17/08 Mon @ Wachovia Center - Philadelphia, PA
11/19/08 Wed @ IZOD Center - East Rutherford, NJ
11/21/08 Fri @ Schottenstein Center – Columbus, OH
11/23/08 Sun @ Xcel Energy Center – Minneapolis, MN
11/25/08 Tue @ Pepsi Center – Denver, CO
11/29/08 Sat @ Key Arena – Seattle, WA
11/30/08 Sun @ Tacoma Dome – Tacoma, WA
12/02/08 Tue @ Oracle Arena - Oakland, CA
12/04/08 Thu @ Oracle Arena – Oakland, CA
12/06/08 Sat @ The Forum – Los Angeles, CA
12/08/08 Mon @ The Forum – Los Angeles, CA
12/10/08 Wed @ US Airways Center – Phoenix, AZ
12/12/08 Fri @ AT&T Center – San Antonio, TX
12/14/08 Sun @ Toyota Center – Houston, TX
12/16/08 Tue @ Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA
12/18/08 Thu @ Time Warner Arena – Charlotte, NC
12/21/08 Sun @ St. Pete Times Forum – Tampa, FL
01/05/09 Mon @ Quicken Loans Arena – Cleveland, OH
01/09/09 Fri @ Rogers Centre – Toronto, ONT
01/11/09 Sun @ U.S. Bank Arena – Cincinnati, OH
01/13/08 Tue @ Scottrade Center St. Louis, MO
01/15/08 Thu @ Quest Center Omaha – Omaha, NE
01/17/08 Sat @ Fargodome – Fargo, ND
01/19/08 Mon @ Xcel Energy Center – Minneapolis, MN
01/21/08 Wed @ Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO
01/23/08 Fri @ American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX
01/26/08 Mon @ BOK Center- Tulsa, OK
01/28/08 Wed @ Alltel Arena – Little Rock, AR
01/30/08 Fri @ FedEx Forum – Memphis, TN
01/31/08 Sat @ Sommet Center – Nashville, TN
Check out the Answer’s Video’s below!
Swedish rockers BADMOUTH have just released their self-titled debut album through indie label Romulus X Records.
Forged in the furnace of the European rock scene, BADMOUTH has captured the attention of fans around the world, and the eye of industry pros even before the release of their first album. The guys wanted to write rock tunes that stood out from the rest, drawing on the classic rock roots of bands like Dokken, AC/DC, Guns and Roses and Aerosmith, that have been lost in the drone of today´s rock music.
Tom, Chris, Randy, Mike and Rick realized that their job didn´t end with writing their music, it had to be recorded and produced by the right people. Their self-titled debut album was produced at Fortrocks Studio in California by the renowned producer Paul Sabu. The end result? An album that hooks rock and roll junkies with an addictive mix of driving beats, rich vocals and tons of attitude.
TRACKLIST BADMOUTH :
1. Pedal To The Metal
2. Kick It Up
3. Cocaine Girl
4. The Last Train
5. Dance Little Sister
6. El Diablo
8. Hell Tonight
9. … And Take Your Toothbrush With You
5 samples can be listened to for streaming at the bands MySpace : www.myspace.com/badmouthswe
Yesterday, I stumbled upon this older picture of Angus Young.
I thought to myself, wow…this looks oddly familiar. Then I flipped through a picture I took of Joel O’Keefe from Airbourne. The resemblance in the two pictures is uncanny.
For whatever reason, I never caught the resemblance between Airbourne’s Joel O’Keefe and AC/DC’s Angus Young.
Before the Mayhem festival in Indianapolis in August, I have never had the opportunity to see Slipknot live. I knew they had a pretty awesome fan base, but I had no idea what to expect from their live show.
The Verizon Wireless Center was packed to the gills, after Disturbed got everyone charged up with their live show, a short 30 minutes later Slipknot took the stage. The show opened in complete darkness. Not a light to be seen on the stage. Everyone with a lighter or cell phone had this venue illuminated. The stands and lawn were packed with bodies every where you could see. It had to look pretty awesome from the stage, as it was very cool from where I was standing.
Slipknot’s set was a heavy as hell, high energy, but extremely entertaining set.
The set list was as follows:Danger- Keep Away, Surfacing, The Blister Exists, Get This, Spit It Out, Before I Forget, Disasterpiece, Pychosocial, The Heretic’s Anthem, Prosthetics, Duality, All Hope Is Gone, People = Shit, and an encore with (Sic).
(#8) Corey Taylor can go from a normal melodic vocal to a heavy death metal scream in the blink of an eye, and he does it well.
Slipknot is the only band I have ever seen to use three drummers. (#1) Joey Jordinson crushes on his traditional drum kit, while (#6) Shawn “The Clown” Crahan and (#3) Chris Fehn both play their own custom percussion, as well as marching band style drums during some songs.
(#5) Craig Jones new mask kind of cracked me up. For whatever reason, he reminded me of a muppet when he was headbanging back from his sampler.
The encore with (Sic) was extremely cool as (#1) Joey Jordinson’s drums kits came up on a riser and moved around. The last time I saw anything remotely like this, it was during Motley Crue’s Girls, Girls, Girls tour from 1987.
This video isn’t mine, but it was too cool not to show you.
The lights, the stage, the masks and the metal all added to the show that Slipknot put on. I must admit that I have never seen a metal show like this one, and I absolutely loved it. I am not the biggest Slipknot fan, but I would definitely go see these guys again if they came near me. No metalhead should miss Slipknot’s live show. Even if you aren’t a fan of the music, you should go for the experience. Slipknot puts on one hell of a great concert.
I hope you enjoy the videos below!
Sister Sin just got confirmed for the “UNITE & CONQUER” US Tour with OTEP, ILL NINO & WALLS OF JERICHO!
The U.S. Tour Dates are as follows:
Oct 27 2008 8:00P Bourbon St. New Port Richie, Florida
Oct 28 2008 8:00P Masquerade Atlanta, Georgia
Oct 30 2008 8:00P Ground Zero Spartanburg, South Carolina
Oct 31 2008 8:00P Hooligans Jacksonville, North Carolina
Nov 1 2008 8:00P Jesters Fayetteville, North Carolina
Nov 2 2008 8:00P Starland Ballroom Sayreville, New Jersey
Nov 4 2008 8:00P Blender @ Gramercy Theater New York, New York
Nov 5 2008 8:00P Crocodile Rock Allentown, Pennsylvania
Nov 6 2008 8:00P Webster Theatre Hartford, Connecticut
Nov 7 2008 8:00P Sonar Baltimore, Maryland
Nov 8 2008 8:00P Al Rosa Villa Columbus, Ohio
Nov 9 2008 8:00P Hayloft Liquor Stand Mt. Clemmens, Michigan
Nov 11 2008 8:00P Peabodys Cleveland, Ohio
Nov 12 2008 8:00P Pearl Room Mokena, Illinois
Nov 14 2008 8:00P Pierre’s Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Nov 15 2008 8:00P Intersection Grand Rapids, Michigan
Nov 16 2008 8:00P Pop’s Sauget, Illinois
Nov 17 2008 8:00P Village Little Rock, Arkansas
Nov 18 2008 8:00P Scout Bar Beaumont, Texas
Nov 20 2008 8:00P Scout Bar San Antonio, Texas
Nov 21 2008 8:00P Scout Bar Houston, Texas
Nov 22 2008 8:00P Ridglea Theater Dallas, Texas
Nov 23 2008 8:00P Tequila Jungle Lubbock, Texas
Nov 25 2008 8:00P Gators Farmington, New Mexico
Nov 26 2008 8:00P Black Sheep Colorado Springs, Colorado
Nov 28 2008 8:00P Jillians Las Vegas, Nevada
Nov 30 2008 8:00P The Key Club Los Angeles, California