Rob Zombie is getting ready for this Friday’s (August 28) release of his fourth movie as a screenwriter and director, “Halloween II”, doing press interviews and attending the premiere on Monday (August 24) in Los Angeles. But Zombie somehow managed to find time in the past year to also make a new record, and told The Pulse of Radio as much as he could about it. “Still figuring out the title,” he said. “The release date is November 10th. It’s a great record. It’s probably my favorite record ever, because for the first time since like the last WHITE ZOMBIE record, I made a record with a band. You know, all my solo records have been real solo records, like, you know, there’s pictures of people on the record but they didn’t play on the record. This has been the same four guys now for four years and it’s all of us really, we really were in a room jamming and making something, and more special things come out that way.”
Zombie’s third solo album, “Educated Horses”, came out in 2006.
Before embarking on a solo career in 1998, Zombie recorded four studio albums with WHITE ZOMBIE.
“Halloween II” is the follow-up to Zombie’s successful 2007 remake of the original 1978 horror classic. His take on “Halloween” earned more than $60 million at the box office, his biggest haul as a filmmaker to date.
His adult-oriented animated movie, “The Haunted World of El Superbeasto”, will hit DVD and cable next month.
It’s official! The BULLETBOYS new opus 10c Billionaire is now available. All those that preordered, your orders have been shipped. The release is off to a very successful start with high praise being given to BULLETBOYS for a superb effort in 10c Billionaire.
BULLETBOYS are winding down the last days of the successful Summer Rockfest 2009 tour with Faster Pussycat. The band finishes up in California with a few days rest and then out to AZ for a 1 off date before taking a well deserved break. Plans are for the band to head to Europe of leg two of their Road To Nowhere Tour for a couple of weeks and then on to Japan for leg 3 and back to the U.S. at the end of the year. 2010 is beginning to shape up nicely for a continued trek.
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the tenth JADED HEART studio album entitled “Perfect Insanity” on October 16th 2009.
Formed in 1990 by singer and songwriter Michael Bormann (ex Bonfire) and his brother Dirk Bormann (guitar) the line-up was completed the following year when Michael Müller (bass, ex The Sygnet) and former Mad Max drummer Axel Kruse joined the band.
The band’s breakthrough album “Slaves And Masters” was their second and was released in 1997. This record stayed in the Japanese Top Ten import charts for four months and in their home country Germany the band was featured on several national TV shows on RTL, PRO 7 and many more. After that Jaded Heart went out on a big tour with Axxis and Heaven’s Gate that staged more than 40 concerts throughout Europe.
After the release of “Trust”, Jaded Heart’s fifth album in 2003, the band and frontman Michael Bormann decided to part ways and the new Swedish frontman Johan Fahlberg (ex Scudiero) joined giving the following album “Helluva Time” in 2005 a fresher approach.
The band showed that they could live up on their legs after Bormann’s departure and after the release they toured as support for German metal heads Helloween in the south of Europe (Italy, Spain, France) and did a successful headlining tour all over Germany, Switzerland and Belgium. Peter Ostros, a long time friend of the guys, joined Jaded Heart as a steady member on guitar, bringing new influences to the band’s music.
Following 2007’s release of “Sinister Mind”, Jaded Heart headed back to the studio in 2009 for the new album christened “Perfect Insanity”. “The concept has to do with all the things happening in this world right now, a “Perfect Insanity”, explains drummer Axel Kruse. “Everyone is just thinking ´bout himself, and not about how to change all this shit that´s going on right now (wars/economic crisis etc.)”. Productionwise, the winning team of “Sinister Mind” was not changed with Michael Voss (Mad Max, Voices Of Rock) at the production helm, Chris Lausmann mixing / editing and Dennis Ward mastering. “Musically the style we´re gonna do right now is a so called mix of traditional Hard Rock and Melodic Metal, played with faith and heart!! Great production and sound!!”, says Axel.
“Perfect Insanity” tracklisting includes: Intro; Love is a Killer; Fly Away; Blood Stained Lies; Tonight; Freedom Call; One Life One Death; Rising; Hell Just Arrived; Psycho Kiss; Come to the Feast; Exterminated.
“The feeling inside the band is very good, we think it will be a great album and brings us the next step forward. Finally we will head off to Japan and hope to play some great Festivals next year” concludes Axel. Look out for Jaded Heart in their forthcoming European / Japan tour!! Stay tuned for the tour dates announcement.
Check out Halestorm’s brand new video, “Love/Hate Heartbreak” below. You can grab their new CD, at this link.
“Livin’ Out Loud” is the newest release from Johnny Lima and it is by far the best release in his 13 year career. I recently had the opportunity to talk to Johnny and he filled me on the new album, producing newcomers Dirty Penny, and getting the facts straight about working with Freakshow.
HRH: Johnny, First I would like to thank you for taking the time to talk to Hard Rock Hideout today.
Johnny Lima: And I want to thank you for all your support and the awesome review.
HRH: It’s been a little over 3 months since “Livin’ Out Loud” was released. What has been the reaction to it so far?
Johnny Lima: The reaction has been much better than I could had ever hoped for. I’ve only read a couple of bad reviews, but that’s expected. The majority of reviews have been outstanding to say the least. Most importantly to me, the feedback from the fans has been really positive. As long as the fans love it, than I’m happy!
HRH: What do you think is the biggest difference between “Livin’ Out Loud” and your past releases?
Johnny Lima: I think the biggest difference was that I felt no pressure when making this album. Mostly due to the fact that I wasn’t trying to meet any record company’s deadlines. I also think that I was more excited about making this album than any of the previous albums, and it shows.
HRH: Do you listen to your albums after they have been released or do you wait a while and then go back and listen to them?
Johnny Lima: Normally I don’t, but since I’m just about finished getting my band together, I’ve been listening to them more often. I need to decide which songs I want to play live and also, need to relearn them because I haven’t played a lot of these songs in years.
HRH: What would you say is your favorite track on the album right now?
Johnny Lima: It’s a toss up between Livin’ Out Loud, Caught In The Middle, and Hate To Say Goodbye.
HRH: I have to ask…Is the subject of “Caught in the Middle” a real life experience or just fiction?
Johnny Lima: (laughing) It’s both. I had a similar incident happen to me a long time ago, but the girl wasn’t married. It just so happened that her roommate was madly in love with her and didn’t like the idea that she invited someone over to bang her. He actually kicked down the door too. Scared the living shit out of me. Julia, if your out there, I hope you’re doing well. HAHAHAHA!!
HRH: Maybe it’s just me, but I can definitely hear some Bon Jovi and Def Leppard influences on “Livin’ Out Loud” What are some of the other bands that have an influence on your music?
Johnny Lima: I’ve been influence by a lot of music from the 70′s and 80′s. Bands like AC/DC, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Poison, Ratt, Motley Crue, Twisted Sister, and the list goes on and on.
HRH: You’ve been playing guitar and writing since you were 12. What band had the biggest influence on you in the beginning?
Johnny Lima: KISS!
HRH: It was 4 years between the release of “Version 1.2” and “Livin’ Out Loud” You spent some of that time producing Dirty Penny and Freakshow, among others. How did you get involved with the Freakshow project?
Johnny Lima: Well, first let me say that I only recorded and mixed the album for Freakshow. I didn’t produce it. I got involved with Freakshow because of my work that I did with Miss Crazy. Markus and I work really well together in the studio, so it was only natural that they’d record the album with me.
HRH: What was it like working with musicians the caliber of Frankie Banali, Tony Franklin, Jeff Lebar, and Markus Allen Christopher?
Johnny Lima: It was an absolute pleasure. I’ve already worked with Markus before, so I knew what to expect. However, this was my first time meeting Frankie and Jeff as well as my first time working with them. So I didn’t know what to expect. I have to admit, I expected the rock star trip. Attitude and Ego. I got none of that. What I got was two outstanding human beings that still love to make music and do so with the BIGGEST amount of professionalism. Not to mention that when you have musicians with that caliber, it’s easy to record. So for me, it was as easy as just pressing a few buttons. I didn’t get a chance to work with Tony as he recorded his bass parts in his own studio in L.A.
HRH: Any chance we could see you working with any of the Freakshow guys in the future on your own material?
Johnny Lima: That would be very cool. Never say never!
HRH: What is the difference in working with a new band like Dirty Penny and a group of veterans like Freakshow?
Johnny Lima: The biggest difference is the experience level. With Dirty Penny, I really have to sit down with them and work with them on their songs and their individual parts. With Freakshow, I just pressed buttons and moved faders. However, my role was different with each band. With Dirty Penny, I was the producer, so I was responsible for how the album came out. So that’s why I had a hands on approach with them. With Freakshow, that responsibility wasn’t mine, even though I was a big part in how that album sounded, I wasn’t responsible for picking the songs or making sure the songs were good enough to be on an album. It’s two totally different experiences, but I enjoyed both of them equally. I love producing, and it’s something that I’ll continue doing. I think I have a knack for hearing something that works, and knowing when something doesn’t.
HRH: Dirty Penny is preparing to release their second album “Young & Reckless” were you involved in that project in any way?
Johnny Lima: Yes, I Produced, Engineered, and Mixed that album as well as co-wrote 4 of the songs.
HRH: I think it is safe to say you are much better known in Europe than here in the U.S. European fans always seem to be ahead of fans in the U.S. especially when it comes to hard rock bands/acts. What do you think is the big difference between fans in Europe and the U.S.?
Johnny Lima: Well, I don’t think Europeans are “ahead” of Americans when it comes to music. I just think that they appreciate music more and don’t give a shit what’s on MTV or what’s “cool”. From my experience from knowing people on both sides of the pond, I came to the conclusion that Americans use music as a way to have background noise when they’re doing something. Be it, driving, cleaning the house, doing the homework, etc. Europeans are more passionate about music. They live for music. It’s a part of their life. Not just background noise. That’s just my opinion. As far as my career is concerned, yes, Europe is a better market for me. Europe is where it all really started. I think America is coming around though. Gives us some time. Eventually we’ll get bored of the Xbox and want to get back into enjoying music again.
HRH: Were you offered any slots at any of the big festivals (i.e. Rocklahoma, Rock Gone Wild, etc) that took place this past summer?
Johnny Lima: No I haven’t. It wouldn’t have been able to work out anyway since I don’t have my band completed yet (just need a keyboardist).
HRH: Are you planning a full blown tour to support “Livin’ Out Loud” here in the U.S. or will it be more pick and choose?
Johnny Lima: If by full blown tour you mean me getting in a van and playing in every dive bar across the U.S., leaving my family behind to fend for themselves while I go play rock star for little or no money, and come back home broke as a bum, the answer is no. HAHAHA!! I’m getting a band together, and my intention is to play close to home for now. If opportunities arise in other areas I’m not opposed to playing there, but I can’t play for free. I have a mortgage just like everyone else. So if it makes financial sense, I’ll play anywhere in the world.
HRH: What about European tour plans? We have a lot of readers from Norway at HRH so any plans for some dates there?
Johnny Lima: I’d love to play in Europe again. And I’m sure eventually I will. However, it all comes down to money. Who’s going to foot the bill for the show? I’m not. So if people from Norway want me to play there, the best thing to do is start telling all their friends to go out and buy the album. You can get it at my website, and I ship all over the world. If I’ve got great sales figures for Norway, I can approach a promoter with those sales figures and the chances of the promoter booking me after seeing great sales figures are pretty good.
HRH: Your first major band was called Attitude. Can you tell me a little about that band?
Johnny Lima: Well, I wouldn’t say that the band was major. We never got out of the Bay Area. It was a fun time and a great experience. Unfortunately, we were a little too late for the party. Just when things started going well for us, Grunge happened, and our drummer got in a car accident. It just wasn’t our time.
HRH: Did the band ever release any albums?
Johnny Lima: No we had a 10 song demo that’s now floating around the internet. So if anyone finds it, you have my permission to download it as it’s something that I will never release.
HRH: You are online at Myspace and JohnnyLima.com are there any other ways fans can keep up to date with what you’re up to? Facebook, Twitter, etc?
Johnny Lima: Facebook, Reverbnation are the only two other sites that I’m active in.
HRH: Johnny once again thank you for taking the time to talk to us today. Is there anything you would like to say before we let you go?
Johnny Lima: I would just like to thank you and the fans for all the support. And for those of you who haven’t bought my album, you can do so at johnnylima.com. Rock on!