Hosted by Rob Halford and members of his new solo band Resurrection World Tour Documents each new Halford musician as they find themselves in a fast-paced world of Heavy Metal greatness after being selected to write, record and tour the world with Metal’s most revered songwriter / vocalist.
Exclusive to Halford’s first Blu Ray release is a rare 5.1 Hi Definition Surround Mix of Halford Live Insurrection, a 28 song full-length concert from Halford’s 2000 / 2001 Resurrection World Tour including a slide show of rare and un-seen Halford images. Halford Rock In Rio Special Edition Blu Ray will begin shipping February 10, 2009.
Also debuting on CD in jewel case February 10, 2009 are: Halford Resurrection Remastered and Halford Live Insurrection Remastered.
Resurrection, Halford,s 2000 release, signaled The Metal God’s glorious return to the metal scene, and featured a duet with Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson, The One You Love To Hate. The ensuing tour was faithfully documented on Live Insurrection, which combined new Halford and Fight tracks with such Priest classics as Stained Class, Genocide, and Breaking the Law.
Rob Halford’s original 1999 demonstration recording of Silent Screams is bundled with three additional Halford versions of Rob’s epic power-ballad. For a limited time, all Pre-Orders will include a bonus CD Promo: Halford Silent Screams, The Singles.
AC/DC is bringing their Black Ice Tour to Europe.
The following dates have been announced:
Show Date City Venue
5/13/09 Leipzig, DE Zentralstadium
5/15/09 Munich, DE Olympic Stadium
5/17/09 Gelsenkirchen, DE Veltins Arena
5/19/09 Cologne, DE Stadion
5/22/09 Hockenheimring, DE Formula 1 Racing Track
5/24/09 Vienna, AT Ernst-Happel Stadium
6/12/09 Paris, FR Stadt de France
6/15/09 Oslo, NO Valle Hovin
6/17/09 Helsinki, FI Olympic Stadium
6/19/09 Copenhagen, DK Parken
6/21/09 Gothenberg, SE Ullevi Stadium
6/23/09 Amsterdam, NL Amsterdam Arena
6/26/09 London, UK Wembley Stadium
6/28/09 Dublin, IE Punchestown Racetrack
6/30/09 Glasgow, UK Hampden Park
Buckcherry have just released a live video performance of their new single, “Rescue Me.” The clip was filmed in Japan during their recent tour there supporting Black Butterfly. “Rescue Me” Building on the success of their current co-headlining tour, Avenged Sevenfold and Buckcherry have announced the next leg beginning on January 28th in Salt Lake City, UT. The next dates on the arena tour include Papa Roach and Saving Abel, offering fans 4 bands for under $40.00. The Buckcherry and Avenged Sevenfold package is considered to be one of the three major successful rock tours of the season, along with AC/DC and Metallica.
Check out “Rescue Me (live in Japan)” here:
Check out the tour announcement video here:
BUCKCHERRY/AVENGED SEVENFOLD 2009 TOUR DATES
With Papa Roach and Saving Abel
* Buckcherry/Avenged Sevenfold and Papa Roach only
28 Salt Lake City, UT “E” Center
30 Phoenix, AZ Jobing.com Arena
31 Albuquerque, NM Tingley Coliseum
2 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena
3 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
5 Yakima, WA Yakima Valley SunDome
6 Portland, OR Memorial Coliseum
7 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
9 Spokane, WA Star Theater at Spokane Arena
12 Rapid City, SD Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
14 Council Bluffs, ID Mid America Center *
17 St. Louis, MO The Family Arena *
20 Cleveland, OH The Wolstein Center
21 Battle Creek, MI Kellogg Arena *
23 Cincinnati, OH The Bank of Kentucky Center *
24 Pikeville, KY Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
25 Pittsburgh, PA The Peterson Events Center
Throwdown and KOCH Records have joined forces. The band will begin recording “Deathless,” their first album under this new deal, in early 2009.
“Signing with KOCH Records is a breath of fresh air for us,” said Throwdown frontman Dave Peters. “KOCH looks at their artists in a progressive way and can see that what we’ve given a decade of our lives to build is still far from completion. It’s no mystery that the music industry is caught in upheaval right now. We’re confident in the mutual autonomy of KOCH and Throwdown to come together and not only weather the storm, but thrive in it.”
“I am thrilled to add Throwdown to the growing KOCH Metal roster and am looking forward to putting out what is surely one of the most anticipated releases of 2009,” says KOCH Records VP of Metal Scott Givens. “The band is poised to claim a major stake in the American metal scene and we are thrilled that they have chosen KOCH to be their partners.”
The largest independent record label in the United States, KOCH is home to recent releases from Throwdown’s friends and touring mates In Flames and Hatebreed, and has recently signed both Satyricon and High On Fire.
“We look forward to the continued development of our relationship with KOCH and the opportunity to be included with the wealth of talent on their roster,” added Throwdown bass player Mark Mitchell.
Throwdown recently completed touring behind their last album, “Venom & Tears,” which was produced by the band with Mudrock (Avenged Sevenfold, Chimaira). The past two years saw them on the road with Korn (Australia), Killswitch Engage (Canada), Cavalera Conspiracy (U.S.), Machine Head / Arch Enemy (U.S.), headlining the Ernie Ball stage on the Vans Warped Tour, hitting major European festivals like Download UK, and headlining a U.S. tour of their own.
Revolver called Throwdown’s last album the band’s “most metallic,” combining “the hateful groove of Sepultura and Pantera.” Outburn elaborated further: “This is a much more expansive, daring record, featuring longer songs and a greater diversity of influences while retaining that core pummeling heaviness the band has built its rep upon.”
The band is in the writing stages now for “Deathless,” which promises to be even more dynamic and pulverizing than the last one. “Deathless” will be the band’s fourth album with Peters as frontman and primary songwriter, its second with Choiniere (who joined the band in 2005) and first with Mitchell. Drummer Jarrod Alexander (ex-Death By Stereo), who performed on the band’s breakthrough “Haymaker” album in 2003, will return to work on “Deathless.”
“Mark Choiniere and I have been writing material on our own time for months now,” Peters explained. “We have a great head start on the writing process. It’s always hard to say how the songs will ultimately evolve. You think it’s going one way and the slightest idea or change turns it into a whole other animal. The mix of riffs and loose song skeletons we have right now is a lot more eclectic at this phase than it was for any of our other records.”
Throwdown has spent the last several years touring relentlessly. Ozzfest (2004), Sounds Of The Underground (2005), Vans Warped Tour (2006 & 2007), Black Dahlia Murder (co-headline), and several other headlining and support tours across the globe including packages with Lamb Of God, Fear Factory, As I Lay Dying and more.
In the coming weeks, the band will announce who will be producing and mixing “Deathless.”
The Melodic Rock and AOR scenes are both made up of legendary albums and bands, which, as time goes by, become even more respected among the community of fans. Balance are exactly one of these bands, whose name and reputation, like good wine, has stood the test of time for more than two decades. Formed at the end of the 70’s by three promising talents out of the NY music scene: singer Peppy Castro (formerly of The Blues Magoos, Wiggy Bits and Barnaby Bye), the classically trained keyboardist Doug Katsaros and guitarist Bob Kulick (who had already appeared as a guest musician on KISS recordings and on the Paul Stanley solo album in 1978 as well as playing in Meat Loaf’s band), Balance soon inked a deal with Portrait Records who released the band’s first eponymous album in 1981.
While the song writing and production quality shone all over the record and the band were immediately on the same level as contemporary luminaries such as Toto, Survivor or Journey, the album for which Balance are still today highly regarded is the follow up “In For The Count” released in 1982. The line-up was completed by former Speedway Blvd. member (the band that also featured the future Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess) Dennis Feldman on bass and Chuck Burgi (ex Brand X and later with Rainbow and Red Dawn) on drums. On “In For The Count” the band kicked in with heavier guitars and outstanding production skills, with a song writing talent that was not afraid to experiment while still keeping their strong Melodic Rock trademark intact.
In a perfect world that record should have catapulted Balance to the same level of popularity as Journey, Foreigner or Survivor, however fate and the label’s lack of support decreed the end of the band. As proof of the multi-talented artists involved in Balance, all members went on to brilliant careers in music in the following years. Kulick, continued collaborating with the members of KISS and Meat Loaf and went on to form Skull and Murderer’s Row, before becoming a Grammy Award producer in LA. Katsaros played, sang & arranged for KISS, Rod Stewart, Cher, Bon Jovi, Sinéad O’Connor and Aerosmith among others and worked in several rockin’ Broadway shows, including The Rocky Horror Show and Footloose. Peppy collaborated and sang on records by Diana Ross, KISS, Laura Branigan and Michael Bolton before starting to work in the jingles business.
The three of them kept in touch and had the chance to work together on several projects, however they could never resume the Balance concept and complete their musical circle, so as soon as they got a proposal from Frontiers Records, and after the recent reissue of their classic “In For The Count” album on Rock Candy / Universal, they decided the time was right to start working again, in Doug Katsaros words, on “tunes mostly originally written for a third album, and shelved at the collapse of the record company”.
Completed with the help of Bret Chassen on drums (who also co-produced the album together with Bob Kulick), the resulting album “Equilibrium” is truly a labour of love: a record written and crafted with the highest respect for the fans and the same enthusiasm as the old days, bringing back the trademark sound and updating it to the production techniques and taste of the new millennium. “All the guitars, vocals, synths and mix sounds are based on the original two records”, explains Katsaros, “we took great care in making certain there was nothing that could not have been performed in the 1980s, even the sequences. Also, the songs are authentic to the time period, since most of them were written in the time period! And we always had astonishing background harmonies and Peppy and I worked hard to keep that up as well. And you can’t beat using the original members to get an authentic sound! It was also great fun to recreate the whole blend of a tight intricate keyboard part as a counterpoint to Bobby’s brilliance.”
“Equilibrium” final tracklisting will include: Twist of Fate; Breathe; Old Friends; What Have You Done; Winner Takes All; Crazy Little Suzie; Liar; Walk Away; Who You Gonna Love; Forever; Rainbows End.
Reclusive GUNS N’ ROSES singer Axl Rose broke his silence last night (Thursday, December 11) by answering fan questions on the message boards of two of the most popular GUNS N’ ROSES fan sites on the Web — MyGNR.com and Here Today… Gone To Hell!
BLABBERMOUTH.NET has collected some of the more interesting bits from the question-and-answer session and is re-posting them here for your reading enjoyment. (Note: Some of Axl‘s responses were slightly edited for clarity.)
Q: How come you always come on stage so late at gigs?
Axl: “I’ve been an after-midnight type since I was sneakin’ out of my house in junior high [school]. With [the] old GUNS [lineup], we preferred [to take the stage at] 12:00 a.m. or so. When we moved to theaters etc., obviously that changes but it’s never changed inside me. Doesn’t matter what I do, so generally that’s when I’m more myself. This isn’t to mess with anyone that has an early schedule to keep, it’s just personal preference. And in regard to the size [of] venues, I’m on record as preferring whatever venues allow for our schedule, but management and promoters can do a lot in their own interests behind the scenes that can rarely be avoided and their greed or whatever leads to a lot of double talk and ugly behind nonsense that generally eventually ruins things for everyone. Translated: once a tour is scheduled, however, it’s like parting the seas to change. As far as being late, I’ve been that way my whole life. It drove Izzy [Stradlin] crazy but he would check himself and freely admit I was generally actually doing something that had to get done rather than watching basketball, etc.”
On a video for the new GUNS N’ ROSES song “Better”:
Axl: “The ‘Better’ music video will be out in a week or so. Monumental promotion will start very soon!”
Q: Who do you listen to for hardcore blues? I’m a blues singer and I can tell from your work that you have at least got way into a couple of blues records.
Axl: “BESSIE SMITH, ZEP 1, ROBERT JOHNSON, TUMBLEWEED CONNECTION, JANICE [presumably referring to JANIS JOPLIN — Ed.].”
Q: Axl, do you really have two or three other albums of material?
Axl: “For now, we’ll concentrate and keep our focus on this album, but I will say I’ve always thought of it as a double. And no offense, but no one’s trying to talk in parables. The issues are a bit more complex than anyone would like.”
Q: Hey, Axl, is the [unreleased GUNS N’ ROSES] song “Atlas Shrugged” as epic as the book? Who is your favorite character from the book?
Axl: “Song doesn’t have all that much to do with the book other than trying to do what you believe in and a line about shoulders not being wide enough.”
Q: Axl, was there ever a cover B and cover C for “Chinese Democracy”?
Axl: “Yes, there are. There are two more covers/back-cover combos and the real booklet that is all artwork that will be out shortly in some form. It’s been an ugly battle that hasn’t made any sense to anyone and whether anyone cares about such things the booklet or artwork has always been something I’ve been passionate about and to release the album with unapproved and unseen final artwork with a first work-only error-filled draft when others more recent were readily available still has not been explained but is finally getting cleared up. My fave is the ‘How Are You’ grenade cover.”
Q: Axl, how do you feel about KANYE [WEST‘s new album] outselling “Chinese Democracy”? Do you like KANYE‘s music?
Axl: “I met Kanye at the Versace awards. He was very gracious. I love ‘Gold Digger’ and told him so. I’m a big fan of his stage performance as he seems to go for it physically which I relate more to. Before our release, I sent him a message that any nonsense from the media had nothing to do with us and wished him the best. I’m humbled we’ve done as well as we have considering.”
Q: Just wanted to ask if you had any fond memories from the U.K. leg of the tour from 2006, particularly the concert in Glasgow in July?
Axl: “Glasgow was great. I think that’s where I got to do a lot of slides on the stage. Was like a race track or something, right?”
Q: Axl, thanks for “Chinese Democracy”, which I personally think is your best work. What’s your pick for album of the year? And have you heard the new METALLICA album [“Death Magnetic”]?
Axl: “Ours, of course!! Yes, [I have heard the new METALLICA]. I like it.”
Q: Axl will you tour Australia next year, and when are you looking at doing so? If you could work with [former GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist] Buckethead again, would you have him just in studio, or also would you welcome him in the touring lineup?
Axl: “Austrailia’s great and the crowds are really alive. No plans [to tour there] yet but I’m sure there will be.
“I have no issues with Bucket. It’s hard to tell what was real or not in things we were told by Merck [former GUNS N’ ROSES manager Merck Mercuriadis, who was fired by Axl Rose in December 2006 — Ed.]. He’s more than welcome to tour with us in some form or other provided we’re both interested at the time and come to some type of reasonable terms. Personally, I have a blast with Bucket on tour and get a big kick out of the guy. A lot of feelings were hurt on this side of the fence in how things went down, and unfortunately, others used our silence and the public’s not knowing for their own purposes at both Bucket‘s and our expense.”
Q: Now that you said that, please tell us if Robin‘s [Finck, GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist who is currently on the road with NINE INCH NAILS] out or not… because, otherwise, we’ll be reading several “Axl wants Bucket back and Robin/Bumble/Richard out”-type of threads for the entire ’09 year and these threads annoy us, the new lineup fans.
Axl: “It really is what it is. No decisions have been made by either him, I or us that I’m aware of. When we’re touring or working in the studio, or there’s social things like a friend’s dinner or party, whatever, we would hang. But as people get older, they have their own lives. The STONES aren’t going bowling every Tuesday, etc.
“Robin leads one of the most different lives I know of, starting with the trapeze in his backyard to the TV in his closet.
“Robin‘s work on the next is done so there’s not lots for him to do here except the elusive promo and he’d rather be on stage. It’s more about seeing where things are when GUNS decides it’s right for a tour and if we’re able to make agreements we both are comfortable and can live with at that time.”
Q: As a native Colombian, I must ask: In 1992, while performing “November Rain” in Bogota (in November), it rained. Wait no….it poured. How weird was that, eh?
Axl: “Very surreal and religious feeling. So was being chased by the military in our plane down the runway gettin’ outta Dodge there!!”
Q: Just wondering what stops you from playing more guitar live?
Q: Axl, I’m fixing to pack everyhting I own into my car and drive out to L.A. from Arkansas to give a career in music a shot. Any advice? Or should I just shit in my pants, dive in and swim?
Axl: “Follow your heart, don’t sell out, and read every book on the bix [music business] you can find.”
Q: “Catcher N’ The Rye” is one of the best songs on the [“Chinese Democracy”] album. Why no Brian? [QUEEN guitarist Brian May recorded a guest appearance on the track back in 1999, but his contributions were removed from the final album version of the song.]
Axl: “There’s a few reasons, and none of them all that big and definitely not in spite or to slight anyone.
“First off, obviously I knew people liked the song, but the Brian appreciation really only showed up in force publicly after we had moved on in GUNS. In fact, not many seemed to care and most comments were aimed at why Slash, in their opinions, should be here.
“Brian‘s solo itself is a personal fave of mine and I really couldn’t understand, as he’s such a rock legend, why it wasn’t openly appreciated more at the time.
“In actuality, all that feel and emotion referred to now had a lot to do with Sean [Beavan, one of the producers who worked on ‘Chinese Democracy’] and I and the parts I chose out of Brian‘s different runs, versions, practice runs, etc., to make sure we had those elements in one version. It’s entirely constructed from edits based around one specific note Brian hit in a throwaway take. And though Brian seems to have warmed a bit to it, at least publicly, he was unfortunately none too pleased at the time with our handiwork. I remember looking at Brian standing to my left and him staring at the big studio speakers a bit aghast saying, ‘But that’s not what I played.’
“Sean Beavan and I were not in any way tring to mess with Brian, we just did what we do and then try and do our best to stand up for our decisions.”
Go to this link at Blabbermouth to read the rest!
EA Partners has rescued publisher-less game Brutal Legend, the next project from celebrated developer Tim Schafer and Double Fine Productions.
Brutal Legend had been in Sierra’s stable, but was dropped during the Activision Blizzard merger. The Xbox 360 and PS3 game will now be released in autumn 2009.
Brutal Legend tells the story of heavy metal roadie Eddie Riggs, who is dragged into a fantasy world based on rock culture, where metal titans once ruled and power chords rung from the hilltops.
Armed with a lifelong knowledge of the subject, Riggs sets about returning the world to its former glory, calling forth an army of axe-wielding rock-strocities to help.
“In Brutal Legend you’ll go into a world you haven’t gone into before, which is combinations of every single thing I’ve ever thought was cool in the world altogether in one place,” Tim Schafer told Eurogamer in an interview published today.
Heavy metal stars Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) and Ronnie James Dio (Dio/Black Sabbath) will all lend their voices to the game.
But it’s Jack Black, voicing Eddie Riggs, who Tim Schafer feels is the real star of the show.
“From the beginning, before I even dreamed of having someone of that caliber on the game, we were hoping that we were making a game Jack Black would like,” said Schafer.
“And he’s contributed a lot; he improvises dialogue, he really brings a lot to the character. So he’s been great to have. Not just for the participation, but contributing to the energy and enthusiasm of the project overall.”
Double Fine, of course, was responsible for Psychonauts, the game Eurogamer felt was the best of 2005. So how much better will Brutal Legend be?
“Brutal Legend is the natural evolution of awesome. I think you must take the next step, even if it is a giant step… The next logical, enormous step towards awesomeness that we’ve made,” explained Schafer, not really explaining anything at all. What a talent.
For more information on Brutal Legend, check out this link.
Relapse will handle the North American distribution for the reissue of SACRED REICH’s classic album “The American Way”. With upgraded layout, to-the-point remastering plus unreleased pre-production demo bonus tracks and a video clip, this new and improved CD reissue will be an essential addition to every thrash metal collection!
Due on February 16 via Displeased Records, the “The American Way” reissue will be made available in a limited digipack version and standard jewel case version. The first 2,500 copies come with a free logo patch.
The track listing is as follows:
01. Love… Hate
02. The American Way
03. The Way It Is
04. Crimes Against Humanity
05. State Of Emergency
06. Who’s To Blame
07. I Don’t Know
08. 31 Flavors
09. The American Way (demo)
10. Love… Hate (demo)
11. Crimes Against Humanity (demo)
12. State Of Emergency (demo)
13. I Don’t Know (demo)
14. The American Way (video clip)
See what Ryan and Joel O’Keeffe have to say about the follow up album to Runnin’ Wild in the video interview with Metal Hammer magazine at the link below.
Munich based label AOR Heaven is happy to announce the signing of Norwegian Melodic Rock legends STAGE DOLLS for the territory of Europe (without Scandinavia). The band is currently in the studio working on their yet untitled release which will appear in stores in Spring 2009. Today, STAGE DOLLS exist of founding members Torstein Flakne (v., g.) and Terje Storli (b.) plus drummer Morten Skogstadt (ex TNT) who joined the band in 1992.
Founded in 1983 in Trondheim, Norway STAGE DOLLS belong to the veterans of the Norwegian Rock scene and also are one of the most successful bands coming out of this country up to today. Albums such as “Soldiers Gun” (1983), “Commandos” (1986) and “Stage Dolls” (1989) still belong to the favorites of many classic Hard Rock fans and – next to their close buddies TNT – made them become the leading force in Norway when it comes to Rock Music. In their 25 year long existence, STAGE DOLLS have in total released six studio albums, numerous compilations and live records, and been on the road permamently as headliner – mainly in Norway – and as support band for MR. BIG, TNT, BLUE MURDER, WARRANT, FASTER PUSSYCAT and many others. STAGE DOLLS also wrote and recorded the club anthem for Norway’s leading soccer club Rosenborg Trondheim.
Torstein Flakne comments: “We’re really looking forward to come to Germany and play in January. It’s been a long time since we were there so it will be a thrill to meet our fans. The new album will be ready in the Spring of 2009 and we are very pleased so far with the recordings.”
STAGE DOLLS will play their first gig in Germany since more than 20 years on January 31st, 2009 at the Rock Over Munich Festival at the Metropolis Club in Munich, Germany. At this occasion, we will host a listening session during the show day and give you an exclusive pre-listening premiere of the new song material! For more infos on the event: www.rockovermunich.de
Courtesy of www.aorheaven.com
There is a change to the bill for KISW‘s annual Holiday Hangover Ball, to be held this Friday, December 12, 2008 at Showbox SoDo in Seattle, Washington. Original headliners SALIVA who were scheduled to play, have been forced to cancel due to an unexpected health scare of lead singer Josey Scott.
In following with the annual tradition of delivering the Northwest’s best holiday party, KISW was forced to come up with a replacement for SALIVA.QUEENSRŸCHE will come to the rescue and take the stage at this year’s event. Ticketholders will be treated to a rare acoustic set with members ofQUEENSRŸCHE plus Duff McKagan‘s (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N’ ROSES) LOADED and JET BLACK STARE along with all the other fun and excitement you’ve come to expect at a KISW Holiday Hangover Ball.
The organizers state: “If you have purchased tickets to see SALIVA at theHoliday Hangover Ball, DON’T LOSE YOUR TICKET. SALIVA will return to Seattle when Josey‘s health permits, and your 2008 HHB ticket will get you entrance to that show for free. You essentially will be able to enjoy both this year’s Holiday Hangover Ball and a SALIVA show for the price of the ticket you purchased.”
We know you join us in wishing Josey a speedy recovery, and thanking Queensryche for stepping up and helping save the day.
Official statement from Saliva management:
We’re regretful to announce that Saliva will not be able to perform at KISW’s 2008 Holiday Hangover due to an unexpected health scare of lead singer Josey Scott. He was hospitalized Monday evening due to an irregular heartbeat. The band was scheduled to depart for the nationally syndicated radio show Rockline when Scott noticed a fluttering in his heart that didn’t seem right. The paramedics were called and he was taken to a local hospital where he spent the next four nights. His diagnosis was cardiac arrhythmia, which in some cases can be life threatening. His heartbeat was stabilized Wednesday afternoon and is under doctor’s orders for several days of no travel and rest. The band prides themselves to be a hard working act who has rarely ever missed a performance. They apologize to the fans in the Seattle area for this unfortunate situation. There will definitely be a make up show in 2009.
Here is some news people have been waiting a long time to hear.
DANGER DANGER’s Bruno Ravel has issued the following update on the band’s next album:
“Ted (Poley) has completed five basic vocal tracks and will be returning in a few weeks to sing some more. We plan to finish all the recording in January and then we will finally start to mix!”
A release is tentatively planned for April/May 2009 through Frontiers Records. More details will be revealed soon.
The Infinite Staircase, the Staten Island, New York-based rock/metal band featuring Sebastian Bach’s son Paris Bierk on drums, has been added to the “The Black Label Bash” tour featuring headliners Black Label Society alongside Sevendust and Dope. The tour begins on March 22nd in St. Paul, Minnesota, reports blabbermouth.net
Brothers Lenny and Jeff Cerzosie formed the basis for what would ultimately become The Infinite Staircase around 2001-2002. Now joined by fellow musicians Paris Bierk (Severed Hand) on drums and Jared Hreha on bass, the band is working harder than ever to bring its dreams to reality and its music to the masses.
In the past few years alone, the group has independently managed to get featured on Fuse TV, perform on former “Saturday Night Live” comedian Jim Breuer’s Sirius Satellite Radio show, get featured in the March 2008 issue of Metal Edge magazine (with a song being used on that issue’s CD sampler) as well as open for the likes of Candlebox, Jonathan Davis of Korn, Hellyeah, Sevendust, Alter Bridge, Otep, Bloodsimple, W.A.S.P., L.A. Guns, White Lion, Lillian Axe, Eddie Ojeda of Twisted Sister, and many more.
The Infinite Staircase plans to release its debut album, tentatively titled “The Road Less Taken,” in early 2009 and has already landed guest appearances by former Poison band member and guitar virtuoso Blues Saraceno as well as the legendary guitarist Earl Slick (currently of the David Bowie band and Slinky Vagabond).
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/theinfinitestaircase.
Legendary California-based ARMORED SAINT have issued the following update:
“Due to the nature of vague speculation albeit created by your authors here, Armored Saint are officially announcing that they’ve begun writing new songs for a new record due in 2009.
The band line-up is as it was on 2000’s Revelation and 1992’s Symbol of Salvation: John Bush (vocals), Jeff Duncan (guitars), Phil Sandoval (guitars), Joey Vera (bass) and Gonzo (drums).
The band has written close to 12 songs as of now and are ready to enter the recording studio in the next month or so.
Some working titles include: ‘Loose Cannon’, ‘Chilled’, ‘La Raza’ and ‘Black Feet’.
The band plans on entering the studio with bassist Joey Vera handling the engineering and producing duties.
Saint will be headlining one show in Los Angeles at the Key Club on March 6th 2009. Aside from the co-headline tour in Australia in March with DEATH ANEL and the headlining of the Keep it True Festival in Germany in April, the band has no further shows booked at this time. There are a few festivals in Europe during summer being looked at for booking but no confirmations as of yet.
Courtesy of Bravewords.com