Great White has released a new video “(I’ve Got) Something For You” in support of their new album, Elation. Elation was released last Tuesday (5/22) and is available for purchase at Amazon.com at this link!
HATEBREED is excited to announce that they are currently in the studio self-producing their upcoming full-length album with co-producer assistance from world-renowned metal producers Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold) and Chris “Zeuss” Harris (Suicide Silence, All That Remains, Shadows Fall).
When talking about the new songs, frontman Jamey Jasta said, “This album is so heavy, it’s irresponsible.”
HATEBREED has also expanded on their 2012 European tour plans. See below for updated touring information and stay tuned for more band updates coming soon.
HATEBREED 2012 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:
6/8 Münster – Vainstream Opening Night (Germany)
6/9 Nickelsdorf – Nova Rock (Austria)
6/15 Interlaken – Greenfield Festival (Switzerland)
6/16 Monatabaur – Mair1 (Germany)
6/17 Clisson – Hellfest (France)
6/24 Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting (Belgium)
6/25 Utrecht – Helling (Netherlands)
6/26 Hamburg – Grünspan (Germany)
6/28 Borlänge – Peace and Love (Sweden)
6/29 Helsinki – Tuska Open Air (Finland)
7/12 Ballenstedt – Rockharz Festival (Germany)
7/13 Novi Sad – Exit Festival (Serbia)
7/19 Tokaj – Hegyalja Festiuval (Hungary)
7/21 Oberhausen – Devilside Festival (Germany)
8/3 Lierop – Nirvana’s Tuinfest (Netherlands)
8/4 Viveiro – Resurrection Fest (Spain)
8/5 Bozen – Rock’n'Roll Club (Italy)
8/8 München – Werk (Germany)
8/9 Tolmin – Metalcamp (Slovenia)
8/10 Jaromer – Brutal Assault Festival (Czech Republic)
8/11 Derby – Bloodstock Open Air (Great Britain)
For more information and news about HATEBREED, please visit these websites:
Jamsync Music recordiong artist Asphalt Valentine has rapped Installment 1 of the recording process on their upcoming fall release titled ‘Into The Red – Out Of The Black’. ‘Into The Red’ is the first installment for the EPX type project and is currently in the mixing stage. Asphalt Valentine recorded ‘Into The Red’ at 2 locations both in Atlanta, GA. Drums were recorded with Mike Froedge (Dreaded Marco, Black Label Society, DoubleDrive, Speed X) at Open Sky, while guitars, bass and vocals were recorded with Greg Bergdorf (Zebrahead) at Studio 32.
‘Into The Red – Out Of The Black’ is the followup to the bands debut ‘Strip Rock Roll‘. “The thought process behind the 2 part EPX series was that we wanted to come up with something different this time around. As as a team we came up with the EPX concept. What can we do that hasn’t already been done? What can we offer rock n’ roll fans that will peak their curiosity? I think the EPX series may be the solution. Put both packages together and you will have something unique and special.” – Bill Chavis, Jamsync Music
Installment 2 of the series ‘Out Of The Black’, is slated to begin the recording process later this summer and will be a vital extension of ‘Into The Red’.
Release dates and other details about the projects will be revealed soon. Check out the promo video below!
Multi-Platinum Rockers Dokken have officially released a 30 second sample of the song Burning Empire from their forthcoming release Broken Bones. The snippet is a rough mix designed to give fans a first taste of what’s in store for the new album. “Burning Empire” continues the “throwback” vibe Dokken undertook with their last release, the highly acclaimed Lightning Strikes Again.
Broken Bones is scheduled for release after the summer on Frontiers Records.
Current Dokken tour dates:
6/1 – Cubby Bear, Chicago, IL
6/2 – Midwest Bikefest / Off Road Ranch, Norfolk, NE
6/8 – The Dome, Bakersfield, CA
6/9 – Thunder On The Lot, Lancaster, CA
6/15 – Awesome Biker Nights, Sioux City, IA
6/16 – Wingstock / Fifth Third Ballpark, Comstock Park, MI
6/23 – Rock the Falls 2012, Idaho Falls, ID
6/30 – Buffalo Valley Music Festival, Duluth, MN
7/14 – Kavarna Rock Festival, Kavarna, Bulgaria
8/4 – Asylum, Portland, ME
8/10 – Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, IA
8/11 – Sycuan Casino, El Cajon, CA
Dokken 2012 Consists Of: Don Dokken – Vocals; Jon Levin – Guitars; Sean McNabb – Bass, “Wild” Mick Brown – Drums.
One of the cool bands that I was able to photo at Rock at the Range is Minneapolis, Minnesota’s New Medicine. If you haven’t checked this band out yet, you ought to give their CD, Race You To the Bottom a listen. It is a pretty cool blend of rock and pop, and has quite a few tunes worth checking out. You can check out all of the videos released for Race You to the Bottom below. Our photo gallery and slideshow from Rock On the Range is below as well.
Be sure to tune in and watch SLASH appear on the following shows this week:
SLASH: Along with his bandmates Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators–Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass)–will perform a sold-out show tonight, Tuesday, May 22. The show will be broadcast tonight LIVE via Livestream at 10:30 pm EDT worldwide here: http://new.livestream.com/slash/livefromNYC.
Today (May 22) marks the release of SLASH’s second solo studio album APOCALYPTIC LOVE, which was written entirely by SLASH and Myles Kennedy and is released via Dik Hayd International, distributed through EMI.
The Grammy-winning iconic rock guitarist and songwriter will be interviewed by Piers Morgan on Wednesday, May 23 on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.” The interview, which airs live at 9 PM EDT tomorrow, will touch on SLASH’s history and his new album, APOCALYPTIC LOVE and how he has remained a vital artist for almost 20 years after leaving GNR.
Listen to APOCALYPTIC LOVE in its entirety online at RollingStone.com: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/album-premiere-slash-apocalyptic-love-deluxe-20120515
British rock legends Tank return with the highly anticipated follow up to their 2010 album “War Machine”. Guitarists Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans, vocalist Doogie White and bassist Chris Dale are now joined by former Tank member Steve Hopgood on drums. Their new material entitled “War Nation” is scheduled for release on June, 4th in Europe and June, 5th in USA (via MVD) and today the band reveal the sample tracks from the new album on their official website. You can find them HERE.
Cliff Evans describe the new album, “As with our ‘War Machine album, ‘War Nation’ will include a variety of different influences and styles. With a wealth of musical ability to draw from, we don’t like to limit ourselves. Individually we’ve worked with names such as Ritchie Blackmore, Bruce Dickinson, Paul D’anno and Yngwie Malmsteen. So many bands release albums now where once you’ve listened to the first two songs you’ve heard the whole album. Not with Tank. Each song that makes it onto our album has to deserve it. Our standards are high.” Doogie White continues, “With songs like ‘Justice for All’ and ‘Grace of God’ we are upgrading the TANK sound while retaining all the elements that made ‘War Machine’ so successful. There are killer riffs and haunting melodies and lyrics that you can take from, what you want, or indeed what you need.”
1. War Nation
2. Song For The Dead
3. Hammer And Nails
4. Don’t Dream In The Dark
5. Grace Of God
7. Justice For All
8. Wings Of Heaven
9. State Of The Union
10. Hard Road
Apart from the new album, TANK will also release their first ever live DVD later this year. Recordings were made while opening for Judas Priest in 2011 and during the bands show at Stodola Club, Warsaw on March 9th 2012. The set list will include fan favourites such as ‘This Means War’ ‘Echoes of a Distant Battle’ ‘Power of the Hunter’ and ‘ The War Drags Ever On’ plus future classics such as ‘Judgement Day’ and ‘Phoenix Rising’.
Hellyeah has a released a new video for their single, “Band of Brothers”. This is the title track off of the up and coming Band of Brothers CD which is due out July 17th. You can purchase the single from Amazon.com at this link.
Check out the clip below!
Tesla has released a new video for their of the Climax Blues Band’s song “I Love You”. This song is on Tesla’s Twisted Wires CD which is available for purchase at Amazon.com. Check it out!
Modern rock fans have a new reason to rejoice and that reason is The Wreckage, the debut album from Candlelight Red. This Pennsylvania quartet has been making their presence known on the hard rock scene, playing several festivals, and opening a number of hot tours in 2012. The Wreckage shows just why Candlelight Red is receiving much attention in the modern rock world. Put simply, Candlelight Red is a hard rock band that makes great music.
Filled with heavy and hard tunes, The Wreckage is a fun-filled album of rock music that satisfies. Any of us that love Three Days Grace, New Medicine, or other similar modern rock darlings are going to enjoy listening to The Wreckage. Candlelight Red have released an album of eight original goodies and one interesting cover song that is getting some airplay as of late.
The band’s original songs are real treasures to the ear. They are not overproduced, and they are not weak, which is usually a winning combination to making great music. And while The Wreckage does not contain any Earth shattering, ground breaking, innovative Pink Floyd-esque tracks, that hardly matters. What The Wreckage does contain is 8 original songs that are immensely enjoyable. And in the end, isn’t that what matters most?
The last track on the record is a cover of “The Look,” a big pop hit for the band Roxette in the late 80s. As a huge fan of the original song, I was curious to see what Candlelight Red would do with this cover. And while I commend them for choosing a more pop-oriented song to cover, I have to admit that I much prefer the band’s original material. I miss the falsetto of Marie Fredriksson, which I always felt made the song such a hit.
That’s not to say that “She’s Got The Look” is unbearable, because it is actually enjoyable from a nostalgic sense. However, it is not something that would have me buying The Wreckage. However, original songs like “The Dirt,” and “Medicated,” would. Perhaps it’s a chance for fans to sing along with the band at concerts while they get their name out there, but I would have much preferred one more original song on The Wreckage.
Cover song aside, Candlelight Red have released a solid album complete with creative, entertaining songs. If you’re looking for some hard rocking new music that will get multiple spins on your IPod, definitely check out Candlelight Red’s The Wreckage.
Rating: Out of 10
- The Dirt
- Gone Forever
- The Wreckage
- Bend And Break
- In Your Hands
- She’s Got The Look
Candlelight Red Is:
Jeremy Edge – Guitars
Ryan Hoke – Vocals
Jamie Morral – Bass
Brian Dugan – Drums
Reviewed by Ryo Vie
Los Angeles progressive thrashers HEXEN have officially released a sample track from their forthcoming new full-length, Being And Nothingness set for North American released through Pulverised Records on July 17, 2012.
Recorded, mixed, and mastered at Vivid Tone Recording Studio (Lividity, Guthrie Govan, etc.) by producer Rich Bruce, the sonic onslaught of Being And Nothingness sees the band moving toward a far more comprehensive and thorough voyage of metal musicality and further distancing themselves from being just another run-of-the-mill revival band. Check out sixth track “Stream Of Unconsciousness” below!
“…mandatory for anyone who enjoys thrash metal.” — Axis Of Metal
“…those of you that worship nothing but the unadulterated thrash attack of acts like Testament, Exodus, early-day Megadeth and Dark Angel and will surely find plenty here to keep you satisfied.” — Scratch the Surface
“…a perfect specimen of thrash metal bands of late, managing to give a fresh sound to thrash metal without completely abandoning their old-school roots.” — Heavy Metal Tribune
“The musicianship here is outstanding, everything fits together perfectly with the melodic nature of the tracks perfectly atuned to ensure an optimum listening experience.” — Clairodactyl
Rock out this Memorial Day weekend and experience an epic LIVE Rock ‘n Roll event featuring an electrifying lineup of classic hair metal and hard rock bands.
On Sunday, May 27, HDNet takes fans to the Heartland for seven hours of exclusive LIVE coverage from the sixth annual Rocklahoma Music Festival in Pryor, Oklahoma.
This year’s lineup features the best of classic rock bands from the 80s, 90s and today including local Oklahoma City band Aranda, plus Rains, Charm City Devils, Puddle of Mudd, Jackyl, Chickenfoot, Queensyrche and more.
LIVE coverage exclusively on HDNet
Begins Sunday, May 27 at 5pmET/2pmPT and continues LIVE for seven hours straight.
Here’s our LIVE lineup (subject to change):
Rains – 5pm ET
Blackstone Cherry – 5:35pm ET
Charm City Devils – 6:10pm ET
Puddle of Mudd – 6:45pm ET
Aranda – 7:35pm ET
Jackyl – 8:10pm ET
Art of Dying – 9:05pm ET
Queensryche – 9:40pm ET
HELLYEAH – 10:45pm ET
Chickenfoot – 11:30pm ET
Don’t just watch, share the experience of Rocklahoma LIVE on HDNet and follow all the action on the HDNet Concerts’ Rocklahoma tab at www.facebook.com/HDNetConcerts for updates and a chance to win prizes, including an Ibanez guitar signed by Joe Satriani.
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Reigning Queen of Metal, DORO PESCH, has checked-in from her work in the studio to issue the following update:
“The new album will be entitled Raise Your Fist and has been recorded and written in the U.S., Germany, and Scandinavia. Right now we’re in the mixing stages and are close to finishing everything. Most important to me are the power hymns ‘Raise Your Fist In The Air’ and ‘Victory,’ which will also be available on the forthcoming EP! Both songs have been played live on our last tour and also made last year’s Wacken Open Air shake! ‘Raise Your Fist In The Air’ will also be available in French… which is going to be very interesting. For the diehard fans of German songs like ‘Für Immer’ [‘Forever’], there are two songs in the same vein: the sensitive and quite dark ‘Human Rights’ and the very emotional ‘Engel’ [‘Angel’]. There are also a lot of fast songs like ‘Little Headbanger’ and various fist-pumping ones featuring amazing guests like Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind) on ‘Last Man Standing’ which fans will for sure dig live. We also have a song that honors the late Ronnie James Dio called ‘Hero’ and another highlight named ‘It Still Hurts’ featuring Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister. The cover artwork has once again been created by British artist Geoffrey Gillespie who is a close friend and companion since he made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for his Triumph And Agony cover as the biggest album cover in the world. Since then, he’s done ten covers for us!”
Raise Your Fist will be released in North America this coming Fall. To hold fans over until then, the upcoming Raise Your Fist In The Air EP will be released this Summer.
DORO guested on a recent episode of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show with Billy Duffy and Ian Astbury of The Cult. Watch the full episode at THIS LOCATION. Watch exclusive backstage bonus clips HERE. DORO discusses her pre-show rituals HERE .
UK’s new metal band FURYON feat. the song “Don’t Follow” on the “Monster Energy Moto GP of France 2012” video with exclusive highlights – Rossi and Schumacher. The video can be viewed below:
All the action from some intense racing in Le Mans for the 2012 MotoGP of France as well as exclusive camera access to Michael Schumacher’s trip to check the sights and festival style atmosphere this race manages to put together. Also featuring the visit of Stephane Peterhansel – ten times Dakar winner – and of course Valentino Rossi’s podium in the race itself.
Furyon’s debut album, “Gravitas“, was released on March 23 in Europe and March 27 in North America via Frontiers Records.
FURYON is: Matt Mitchell – Vocals, Chris Green – Guitars, Pat Heath – Guitars, Alex “Nickel” Bowen – Bass, Lee Farmery – Drums
FURYON is a new band from the U.K. who like nothing more than to challenge expectations. Raised on a diet of heavy metal, prog, and classic rock, FURYON mix all these components for a truly unique and contemporary sound. Delivering huge rock-radio-friendly songs, with technically-challenging-yet-infectiously-catchy musicianship, they are dedicated to one sole purpose: making hard-hitting songs that will stand the test of time.
TREK INCLUDES HIGH-PROFILE ROCK FESTIVAL APPEARANCES
AND WRAPS MAY 26 AT ROCKLAHOMA
MEGADETH TO HEAD TO EUROPE FOR MONTH-LONG TOUR
NEW VIDEO FOR “WHOSE LIFE (IS IT ANYWAY?)”
OFF LATEST ALBUM ‘TH1RT3EN’
Metal icons MEGADETH are delivering volcanic performances and earning rave reviews on their co-headlining tour with Rob Zombie, which marks the first time the two bands have toured together. The trek kicked off Friday, May 11 in Holmdel, NJ and will include two high-profile rock festival appearances including Rock On The Range and Rocklahoma, where the tour wraps on Saturday, May 26. A list of confirmed dates is below. For additional information on purchasing tickets, visit www.megadeth.com.
Prior to the show, the New York Times proclaimed that “the speed pioneers Megadeth have the decibels to fill the grandiose PNC” and the New York Daily News said, “At last year’s faceoff with Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax, the band led by Dave Mustaine offered a set that did both their sub-genre and legacy proud (5/10/12).”
In a review of the first show, Tris McCall of the Newark, NJ Star-Ledger said, “While most of the band’s peers have either slowed down, broken up or switched to a more profitable style, Megadeth presses on, hard and fast as ever. Mustaine is a study in perseverance–and professionalism, too: He recently had to re-learn how to play guitar after suffering nerve damage in his arm. That trauma has left no mark on him–his solos, sometimes taken in harmony with sideman Chris Broderick, are as dextrous, and rapid-fire, as ever (5/13/12).” Theexaminer.com added, “The musicians ripped and shredded their way through riffs and solos with machine-like precision, yet somehow projecting an earnest passion through the notes that speaks to the raw emotion of Mustaine’s songwriting (5/13/12).”
After their tour with ROB ZOMBIE wraps at Rocklahoma, MEGADETH–singer/guitarist DAVE MUSTAINE, bassist DAVID ELLEFSON, drummer SHAWN DROVER and guitarist CHRIS BRODERICK–will head to Europe for shows in Germany, Poland, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Czech Republic, England, Luxembourg, Netherlands, France, Romania, Turkey, Switzerland, Greece, Belgium, Russia, Lithuania, Estonia and Finland, then in September will head to South America for concerts in Chile, Argentina and Mexico.
A newly released video for the group’s next single “Whose Life (Is It Anyway?)” can be seen now; check it out here. The video is a heavy metal tour de force, depicting youth angst turned violent, resulting in an apocalyptic finale.
The current tour comes on the heels of MEGADETH’s critically acclaimed return of the traveling festival GIGANTOUR, created and curated by frontman DAVE MUSTAINE. Rave reviews poured in for the festival, which also featured MOTÖRHEAD, VOLBEAT and LACUNA COIL. “The return of Gigantour, a nicely curated package tour of heavy metal bands, is just one more step in a great run underway by Megadeth,” wrote the Boston Globe. “It was a smart and well-paced show, one that illuminated metal’s various angles (1/31/12).”
2011 marked the release of MEGADETH’s 13th album, the appropriately titled Th1rt3en. Released November 1 on Roadrunner Records, the album debuted at #11 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and #1 on the Billboard Hard Rock chart. The album also landed on international charts including Top 10 placements in Argentina, Finland, Korea and Japan. MEGADETH also received their tenth Grammy nomination for this project, earning a “Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance” nomination for their single “Public Enemy #1.” The “Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance” category was, eerily, category #13.
Check out MEGADETH in the following cities:
DATE CITY VENUE
5/22 La Crosse, WILa Crosse Center
5/24 Sioux City, IA Tyson Center
5/25 Wichita, KS Hartman Arena
5/26 Pryor, OKRocklahoma
5/31 Dessau, Germany Metalfest @ Airfield
6/1 Jaworzno, Poland Metalfest @ Zalew Sosina
6/2 Mining, Austria Metalfest @ Castle Mamling
6/3 Ljubljana, Slovenia Kino Siska
6/5 Zadar, CroatiaMetalfest @ Zadar Beach
6/6 Milan, ItalyMetalfest @ Alcatraz Club
6/7 St. Goarshausen, Germany Metalfest @ Loreley
6/8 Plzen, Czech Republic Metalfest @ Amphitheater Lochotin
6/10 Leicestershire, EnglandDownload Festival
6/12 London, England Electric Ballroom
6/13 Luxembourg, Luxembourg Den Atelier
6/14 Heerlen, Netherlands Parkstad Limburg Theater
6/15 Clisson, France Hellfest
6/17 Bucharest, RomaniaOst Fest @ Romexpo
6/19 Istanbul, TurkeyHi-Voltage Festival
6/20 Athens, Greece Iera Oldos
6/22 Lausanne, SwitzerlandLes Docks
6/23 Dessel, Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting @ Festival Dessel
6/25 Moscow, Russia Stadium Live
6/27 Vilinius, Lithuania Teatro Arena
6/28 Tallinn, Estonia Rock Café
6/29 Helsinki, Finland Tuska Festival @ Sulvilhati
9/7 Santiago, Chile Teatro Caupolican
9/14 Buenos Aires, Argentina Estadio Cubierto Malvinas
9/16 Cordoba, Argentina Orfeo
9/19 Mexico City, Mexico Pepsi Center WTC
9/21 Guadalajara, Mexico Arena VFG
There are some seriously cool releases hitting stores tomorrow…..I hope you have been saving up. It is another huge release day tomorrow!!
New Hard Rock and Metal Releases for 5/22/12
Slash – Apocalyptic Love
The Cult – Choice of Weapon
Great White – Elation
Sonata Arctica – Stones Grow Her Name
Kill Devil Hill – S/T (Vinnie Appice, Rex Brown)
Firewind – Frew Against Many
Hardline – Danger Zone
Saxon – Heavy Metal Thunder Live – Eagles over Wacken (2 CD/1DVD set)
Sabaton – Carolus Rex
Unisonic – S/T
Saint Vitus – Lillie: F-65
Smile Empty Soul – 3′s
Havok – Point of No Return (EP)
Wig Wam – Wall Street
Steven Adler – Alive (EP)
Shadowside – Inner Monster Out
Holy Moses – 30th Anniversary: In the Power of Now
Blind Guardian – Memories of a Time to Come
Katana – Storms of War
KILL DEVIL HILL the new project featuring acclaimed drummer Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, Dio) and bassist Rex Brown, (Pantera, Down) guitar slinger Mark Zavon and lead vocalist Dewey Bragg will be released tomorrow in North America via SPV/Steamhammer. The album will be available in a standard CD edition, iTunes digital download, and Double Gatefold LP.
The band has completed work on a video for the album’s first single “Strange”. Today the band debuts the clip exclusively on Noisecreep. Get a first look at the video for “Strange” HERE and be sure to pre-order the album on AMAZON.
It’s not easy to say what catches the listener’s attention first on Kill Devil Hill, the debut album by the newly formed band of the same name: the strong guitar hooks, the killer grooves, the dynamic production or the potent vocal melodies. Rex Brown, bassist of this supergroup and erstwhile member of Pantera and Down sees KILL DEVIL HILL in its entirety as an extremely exciting new band “To me, this band is a musical adventure trip,” he reckons. Brown knows what he’s talking about, after all he was involved in some of the most important rock and metal recordings of the past 30 years. So if Brown can hardly contain his enthusiasm, there must be something special to the KILL DEVIL HILL phenomenon.
Decibel Magazine’s “Deciblog” is streaming the track “Revenge” HERE
KILL DEVIL HILL is currently on tour with Adrenaline Mob, the remaining tour dates are listed below:
KILL DEVIL HILL on tour with Adrenaline Mob
5/21: Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
5/22: Charlotte, NC @ Amos South End
For more info please visit:
“At the request of Bill Ward, through his attorney, so as to not give the public the wrong impression about his involvement in the current Black Sabbath lineup, we have temporarily removed Bill Ward’s images from the main pages of the blacksabbath.com official website. In accordance with Bill Ward’s attorney’s request, we are doing so for the duration of the forthcoming shows.” — BLACK SABBATH
Hard Rock Hideout note: Bill Ward has been photoshopped out of all pictures at Back Sabbath.com.
The Pleasant Surprises
Every year when I attend the M3 music festival, there is always one or two unexpected surprises, and this year was no exception. Last year the biggest and best surprise to me was the performance given by Pretty Boy Floyd. It turned me into a huge fan of the band and has me seeking them out in concert whenever I can. The 2012 incarnation of M3 came with its own pleasant surprises that made me a very happy metal head.
As part of the Friday night KIX-off party, M3 recruited the likes of Night Ranger to take the stage just before Kix would headline the show. I had never seen Night Ranger perform live before, so I was curious. I also didn’t expect much from them. Their new album wasn’t the greatest and while I loved their early material, I hadn’t listened to much Night Ranger since 1992. I figured they would put on a decent set and I would sing along to some nostalgic songs from my yesteryears.
Holy heck was I wrong! Night Ranger gave one of the best performances of the entire festival. The only band that I think edged them out was Stryper. Night Ranger came out onstage filled with a ton of energy. Jack Blades was running around like a mad-man trading jabs with Kelly Keagy and having the time of his life. Keagy’s drums were set in a unique fashion as well. They were arranged to sit stage left, facing the band as opposed to facing the audience. Where the drums would normally be centered was a ramp that the guitarists used to their advantage, running around and having fun.
Night Ranger was flat out awesome in concert. In addition to playing their best known hits such as Sentimental Street, Don’t Tell Me You Love Me, You Can Still Rock In America, and Sister Christian, Night Ranger also gave a terrific performance of the Damn Yankees classic, High Enough. Jack Blades mentioned how Night Ranger had taken that song and really made it their own. It showed in their performance, because Night Ranger’s version of High Enough was even better than the Damn Yankees version that I recall.
This exceptional M3 surprise left me wanting even more Night Ranger. I can guarantee that if Night Ranger goes on tour and stops anywhere near my town, I will definitely be attending that show.
I will be totally honest here. Prior to last Saturday, I knew almost nothing about Loudness. I knew that they were a Japanese glam metal band. I think I may have heard one of their songs back in the day. Other than that, I knew nothing. So, it was a great surprise to see them give such an amazing performance on the second stage. And while I did not know any of the songs that they performed, it didn’t matter. The band’s stage presence and professionalism, combined with the crowd reaction, was enough to make seeing Loudness live a tremendous experience.
Lead vocalist Minoru Niihara has an incredible voice and sings in perfect English. Guitarist Akira Takasaki is a true showman, playing blistering guitar solos and really cutting loose during his performance. Takasaki was so much fun to watch that it wouldn’t have mattered if his guitar playing was subpar. However, his playing was as amazing as his stage presence. Loudness was definitely one of the highlights of the day for me.
And I have to give props and credit to Hard Rock Hideout’s esteemed owner/editor Rob Rockitt. He told me that Loudness was going to put on one hell of a show. He was right.
Yes, I definitely had high expectations for Lynch Mob. Their last album (Smoke & Mirrors) was fantastic and with Oni Logan fronting the band, Lynch Mob was one of the acts that I could not miss during this year’s M3. I actually left Warrant’s set early to get as close to the second stage as I could for Lynch Mob. It was certainly one of the best decisions that I made.
George Lynch was in fantastic form and his guitar playing sounded better than ever. Add in the fact that this was my first time seeing Lynch Mob live and it’s easy to guess that I was a really happy metal head. Oni Logan’s voice was in fine shape, still hitting the notes just right and putting the perfect amount of inflections where needed.
The Lynch Mob performance consisted mostly of songs from their debut album, Wicked Sensation, with one song form Smoke & Mirrors thrown in. George Lynch also got a solo spotlight, giving a rousing rendition of Mr. Scary. It sounded as good as it does on the album, and it was a real treat to see him perform it live. Overall, the Lynch Mob set made me yearn to see the band at a full length concert. I can only hope that they have plans to hit New Jersey as a headliner sometime in the near future.
All right, this isn’t really a surprise. Every year I eat the cheese steaks at the Merriweather Post Pavilion and every year they taste better than the year before. This year’s cheese steak was the best yet.
Ahhh, another year of M3 has come and gone. I am already starting to save for next year, which I hope will be even bigger and better than ever.
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KICKS OFF JULY 31 IN SPRINGFIELD, IL
SELECT RADIO PRE-SALE TICKETS AVAILABLE TUESDAY, MAY 22
PUBLIC ON-SALE FRIDAY, JUNE 1
Let the madness begin again.
CARNIVAL OF MADNESS, the annual touring rock extravaganza, will make its roaring return with rock titans EVANESCENCE, CHEVELLE, HALESTORM and NEW MEDICINE. Kicking off Tuesday, July 31 in Springfield, IL, the 2012 trek will hit major cities across the U.S. including Boston, Baltimore, Atlanta, Nashville, Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh (see full itinerary below). Select radio pre-sale tickets will be available beginning Tuesday, May 22; Carnival of Madness fan club members can begin purchasing tickets Wednesday, May 23; artist fan club pre-sales start Thursday, May 24; and general public on-sale begins Friday, June 1. Please note that Halestorm will be performing on the majority of the tour. For more information on purchasing tickets, visit http://carnivalofmadness.com/.
EVANESCENCE has sold more than 25 million records worldwide with more than 10 million in the U.S. alone. The band’s global, Top 10 hit singles “Bring Me To Life” and “My Immortal”–off their 2003 major-label debut Fallen (Wind-up Records)–led the group to two Grammy Awards (Best New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance for “Bring Me To Life”). Propelling the band to sales of more than 15 million albums worldwide, Fallen spent over 100 weeks on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and was certified gold or platinum in over 35 countries. The band’s follow up was 2006’s The Open Door, which sold more than 6 million copies worldwide and spawned the hit “Call Me When You’re Sober.” In October of 2011, they released their highly anticipated third studio album Evanescence, which marked the band’s first album in five years and debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 album charts. The newly released album has spawned hit tracks “What You Want,” “Made Of Stone,” and “My Heart Is Broken.” Check out the video for “My Heart Is Broken” which has been viewed over 5 million times online: http://youtu.be/f1QGnq9jUU0.
“We’re really looking forward to the Carnival of Madness tour this summer. We love Chevelle and haven’t hit the road together in years, and I’m really stoked to finally be playing some shows with Halestorm. Naturally I’m a fan of strong women in music and Lzzy’s voice is spectacular,” said front woman AMY LEE about the upcoming tour.
EVANESCENCE is AMY LEE (vocals, piano), TERRY BALSAMO (guitar), TROY MCLAWHORN (guitar), TIM MCCORD (bass) and WILL HUNT (drums). For more information, please visit their website, www.evanescence.com.
Platinum-selling alternative hard rock trio CHEVELLE–PETE LOEFFLER (Guitars, Vocals), SAM LOEFFLER (Drums) and DEAN BERNARDINI (Bass, Vocals)–released their latest and sixth full-length album Hats Off To The Bull (Epic Records) late 2011. The album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #19 and is being hailed as one of the finest albums of the band’s long and successful career. The explosive debut single, “Face To The Floor,” dominated the rock charts, claiming the #1 spot at Active Rock for 13 weeks. With a hypnotic and grinding riff, the song rails against the corporate corruption of Bernie Madoff and Wall Street and is a testament to the band’s songwriting prowess and eternal knack for a hit. The Chicago group’s latest single “Hats Off To The Bull” is following the same trajectory, shooting up the Active Rock chart, currently occupying the #3 position. A newly released video for the title track can be seen here: http://youtu.be/4MRLd1Cgbdg.
Pennsylvania quartet HALESTORM returned in April 2012 with their second full-length, The Strange Case of…. (Atlantic Records) after scoring two top 10 singles (“I Get Off” and “It’s Not You”) from their self-titled debut album and touring steadily with acts as diverse as Shinedown, Stone Sour, Disturbed, Megadeth, Papa Roach, Godsmack and countless others. Musically diverse and emotionally revealing, the album resonates with a newfound poignancy that takes HALESTORM–frontwoman LZZY HALE, drummer AREJAY HALE, guitarist JOE HOTTINGER and bassist JOSH SMITH–to a new level of creative achievement. The first single “Love Bites (So Do I)” is a storming rocker that illustrates frontwoman LZZY HALE’s individuality, sense of humor, and willingness to represent young women in today’s fast-paced society. The massive hit reached the Top Spot at Active Rock and is currently #2. Watch the official video here: http://youtu.be/FmkHqUwa4zg.
NEW MEDICINE–JAKE SCHERER (Vocals), DAN GARLAND (Guitar), MATTHEW BRADY (Bass) and RYAN GUANZON (Drums)–injects a little hope into hard rock on their debut album, Race You To The Bottom (Photo Finish Records). Each song tells a story, whether it’s about the loss of a loved one on “Little Sister” or the state of the world on “Race You To The Bottom.” “Laid,” the album’s first single, examines relationship troubles with a combination of wit and wisdom. The song is a propulsive lovelorn rocker that sugarcoats nothing. Scherer, who co-wrote the song with producers S*A*M & Sluggo, reveals, “It’s about an experience with a girl who’s the ultimate wild child. She gets under your skin, drives you totally crazy and she’s gone.” Their latest track at radio, “Race You To The Bottom,” has gone on to sell over 11,000 copies and the video for the song, which recently debuted on AOL’s Noisecreep, can be seen here: http://youtu.be/VjxE2RTevMQ.
For up-to-the-minute news on CARNIVAL OF MADNESS, visit http://carnivalofmadness.com/, http://www.facebook.com/CarnivalofMadness and www.twitter.com/carnivalmadness.
CARNIVAL OF MADNESS Tour Dates:
DATE CITY VENUE
w/ Evanescence, Chevelle, Halestorm and New Medicine:
TUE 7/31/12 Springfield, IL Prairie Capital Convention Center
WED 8/1/12 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
FRI 8/3/12 Atlantic City, NJ House Of Blues
SAT 8/4/12 Chester, PA Harrah’s Chester Downs
MON 8/6/12 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
TUE 8/7/12 Baltimore, MD Pier Six
WED 8/8/12 Charlotte, NC (**) Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
FRI 8/10/12 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
SAT 8/11/12 Gulfport, MS Jones Park
MON 8/13/12 Belton, TX Bell County Expo
TUE 8/14/12 Laredo, TX Laredo Energy Center
WED 8/15/12 Midland, TX Midland Horseshoe Arena
FRI 8/17/12 Lubbock, TX Venue TBA
SAT 8/18/12 El Paso, TX Don Haskins Center
MON 8/20/12 Sioux City, IA Venue TBA
TUE 8/21/12 Milwaukee, WI (*) Eagles Ballroom
THU 8/23/12 Grand Rapids, MI (**) Rock The Rapids – Downtown
FRI 8/24/12 Detroit, MI DTE Music Theatre
SUN 8/26/12 Chicago, IL Toyota Park
TUE 8/28/12 Pittsburgh, PA (**) Stage AE
WED 8/29/12 Holmdel, NJ PNC Amphiteatre
THU 8/30/12 Uncasville, CT (**) Mohegan Sun
SUN 9/2/12 Buffalo, NY (**) Venue TBA
WED 9/5/12 Evansville, IN Venue TBA
(*) Show features Evanescence and New Medicine with very special guests.
(**) Show features Evanescence and Chevelle with very special guests.
Hard Rock band Candlelight Red has just released a new music video for “She’s Got the Look,” the second single off their 2011 debut album The Wreckage. The video was shot in Stanley Kubrick’s family warehouse by indie video aficionado Alex de Campi (Art Brut, Los Campesinos!). The video twists the song into a horror story of a lonely teen boy who dreams of finding a girl who ends up finding him, as well as featuring an electrifying performance by the band.
After a string of spring dates with Trapt and Lacuna Coil, Candlelight Red are gearing up to hit the road for a summer tour with Crossfade followed by an appearance on the Rockstar Energy Uproar Fest.
6/1 Knoxville, TN The Valarium w/ Crossfade
6/2 Greenville, SC The Handlebar w/ Crossfade
6/3 Johnson City, TN Capones w/ Crossfade
6/4 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage w/ Crossfade
6/6 Syracuse, NY The Lost Horizon w/ Crossfade
6/7 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance w/ Crossfade
6/8 Bristol, CT Bleechers w/ Crossfade
6/9 Lancaster, PA The Chamelon w/ Crossfade
6/10 Toledo, OH Frankie’s w/ Crossfade
6/11 Newport, KY Thompson House w/ Crossfade
6/13 Traverse City, MI Ground Zero w/ Crossfade
6/14 Flint, MI The Machine Shop w/ Crossfade
6/15 Jackson, MI Avenue Billiards w/ Crossfade
6/16 Libertyville, IL Austins Fuel Room w/ Crossfade
6/17 St. Louis, MO Pops w/ Crossfade
6/19 Little Rock, AR Juanitas w/ Crossfade
6/20 Kansas City, MO Beaumont w/ Crossfade
6/22 Shreveport, LA Riverside Warehouse w/ Crossfade
6/23 Birmingham, AL Crush w/ Crossfade
6/25 Chattanooga, TN Track 29 w/ Crossfade
6/26 Atlanta, GA Masquerede w/ Crossfade
6/29 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel w/ Crossfade
6/30 Charleston, SC Music Farm w/ Crossfade
7/1 Charlotte, NC Amos’ w/ Crossfade
As there always is with any festival the size of M3, the low points come alongside of the high points. And while they were few and far in between, there were some unfortunate lows at the 2012 M3 Music Festival.
While Friday night’s show went off without a hitch, the same cannot be said for the Saturday show. Great White was supposed to kick off at 12:10PM shortly after the opening acts of Let There Be Rock and Drum Wars. At 12:30PM I was nestled in my seat, still waiting for the band to come onstage and still wondering what was happening. By 12:50PM, Great White finally took the stage.
I do not know what caused the delay. I do not know if it was the band, the festival producers, or some other unforeseen force, but what I do know is that the late start time cost some acts their stage time. Great White was supposed to play for 45 minutes and they got reduced to 35. If that wasn’t bad enough, Stryper had to do their sound check in front of the live audience, and their set was cut to 30 minutes. They didn’t even get to perform Honestly, or Always There For You, which pissed me off. Again, I don’t know who to direct my anger at, but at the end of Stryper’s set I was extremely aggravated. They had just given a brilliant performance and they weren’t even allowed to do a final song. What the hell is up with that?
One word describes Dokken’s set—terrible. Don sounded awful, and while the fill in band members he assembled were decent, they lacked the cohesiveness of the original band. Hearing Dokken butcher his own songs was hard to sit through. In fact, Rob Rockitt decided he’d had enough about halfway through the set and left to get pictures of the next band. I muddled my way to the end, but was sorry I did. The fans in attendance seemed to love it, but between Dokken’s awful vocals, his jab at George Lynch, and his endless desire to pretend that it was 1987 again, I couldn’t stomach the set. Don, if you want to live in the past, then pull out your vinyl albums and stay at home.
I know that I am in the minority with my opinion here. I know that the fans were ecstatic to see Stephen Pearcy back in Ratt. I know that the M3 crowd went berserk when Ratt took the stage, but to me, they had absolutely no right to headline M3. I know that Cinderella was supposed to headline and had to bow out due to injury, so M3 had to put someone in that slot. However, after seeing Queensryche and Ratt, it’s obvious that Queensryche should have headlined.
Ratt was terrible. Yes, Juan Croucier was back for this show and Stephen Pearcy was at the helm, but it couldn’t save their abysmal performance. Look, I am a huge Ratt fan, have been since 1984, but I’m also honest. Stephen Pearcy cannot sing anymore. His vocals at M3 reminded me so much of Slaughter’s performance last year, that I was just happy when the set was over. As terrible as that sounds, it’s true.
For the first three songs, Pearcy couldn’t even be heard, because their soundboard technician was not very good at his job. Once his microphone situation was fixed, it was easy to tell that he was straining to sing. His voice has lost any power that it had, and he sounded like a cover of his former self. The guitars were way too loud and drowned out the rest of the music. Bobby Blotzer’s drums could barely be heard. Overall, their performance was disappointing at best, but to me it was just horrendous. Judging by the fans response, no one else felt this way, so maybe I was just expecting too much, or I wasn’t drunk enough, but the next time Ratt is on the road with Stephen Pearcy, count me out.
GEOFF TATE’S MICROPHONE INCIDENT
As I mentioned, Queensryche performance was brilliant. However, there was one moment during their set that I found a little disturbing. During one of their first three songs (perhaps it was I Don’t Believe In Love) Geoff Tate decided that it would be all right to throw the microphone stand.
Sometimes this is rock star cool, like when guitars get smashed. Unfortunately, in this instance, Tate decided to throw the stand as hard as he could at the photographers in the pit. What was up with that? I found it strange and even though to myself “I hope no one got hit with that.” I was also hoping it was done as a performance enhancement. Apparently, that was not the case.
I later found out that the stand did hit one of the photographers, and that there have been instances with Tate and photographers in the past. I guess some rock stars just think it’s cool to hate on photographers. It’s one thing to hate the Paparazzi, but to direct anger toward professional photographers that are there to give your band press coverage is just kind of stupid.
Don’t miss out tomorrow when I talk about all The Pleasant Surprises.
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On June 19, Deadline Music/Cleopatra Records will release a special 3-disc audio/video deluxe collection of Lynch Mob’s REvolution.
The set features the full-length studio album Revolution with killer, supercharged renditions of classic Dokken/Lynch Mob tracks such as “Tooth And Nail,” “Breaking The Chains,” “Wicked Sensation,” and more. It also includes professionally filmed live performances recorded during the 2005 REvolution Tour, mixed in 5.1 surround sound.
George “Mr. Scary” Lynch cemented his legendary role in the heavy music community in the early 1980s when he joined forces with Don Dokken. For almost a decade with Dokken, Lynch was able to develop a groundbreaking brand of guitar virtuoso that would also earn a Grammy nomination. In the early 1990s, Lynch launched his own project, Lynch Mob, which released several well-received records in between Lynch’s eclectic other solo works.
But in 2003, the Mob reassembled to rework Dokken and Lynch Mob material. The result was a decidedly darker, heavier, and very experimental reinvention that fans of all iterations of George Lynch appreciated. They took it on the road for a series of fierce concerts that left audiences jaw-dropped at the band’s creative live presentation
“This is a fine slab of metal.” Metal-Reviews
“…some of the heaviest sounding tracks that I have ever heard George Lynch play on.”
Hard Rock Hideout
“The high-octane result is a straight-ahead hard-rock album that manages to sound
neither dated nor contrived.” Sea of Tranquility
Along with the legendary George Lynch on guitar, this iteration of Lynch Mob features the return of Robert Mason on vocals after nearly a decade absence, original bassist Anthony Esposito, and Michael Frowein on drums.
REvolution will be available at record stores and online, MSRP $16.98.
DISC 1: REvolution
1. Tooth And Nail
2. Tangled In The Web
3. All I Want
4. Kiss Of Death
5. She’s Evil But She’s Mine
7. Cold Is The Heart
8. Breaking The Chains
9. When Darkness Calls
10. River Of Love
11. Wicked Sensation
12. Paris Is Burning
13. The Secret
DISC 2: REvolution Live! CD
2. Paris Is Burning
3. Dance Of The Dogs
4. Tangled In The Web
5. All I Want
6. Kiss Of Death
7. She’s Evil But She’s Mine
8. Cold Is The Heart
9. When Darkness Calls
10. River Of Love
12. Hell Child
13. Breaking The Chains
14. Wicked Sensation
15. Tooth And Nail
DISC 3: REvolution Live! DVD
1. Paris Is Burning
2. Dance Of The Dogs
3. Tangled In The Web
4. All I Want
5. Kiss Of Death
6. She’s Evil But She’s Mine
7. Cold Is The Heart
8. When Darkness Calls
9. River Of Love
10. Hell Child
11. Breaking The Chains
12. Wicked Sensation
13. Tooth And Nail
THE OTHER is considered to be Europe’s most famous Horrorpunk-Band. THE OTHER covers a wide range of fans from the Goth Scene to Rock and Metal fans. After the very successful release of New Blood in 2010 the band is now coming back with their new album called The Devils You Know. Once again THE OTHER worked with well known producer Waldemar Sorychta for this release.
The Devils You Know will be released July 17th in North America and will be available in a standard jewel case and digital download version. The artwork and track listing have been revealed today.
1.) The Devils You Know
2.) My Home Is My Casket
3.) Take You Down
4.) Skeletons In The Closet
5.) Fright Night
6.) Puppet On A String
7.) In My Veins
8.) Nice Day For A Funeral
9.) Nightmare On Halloween
10.) The Phantom Of The Opera
11.) Fire From Outer Space
12.) Where Is Your Saviour Now
13.) Hell Is A Place On Earth
14.) In The Shadows
2004 They`re Alive
2006 We Are Who We Eat
2008 The Place To Bleed
2010 New Blood
2012 The Devils You Know
Rod Usher – vocals
Sarge von Rock – guitars
Victor Sharp – bass
Dr. Caligari – drums
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Black Sabbath released the following regarding Bill Ward’s recent statement:
We have decided not to make any detailed comment on Bill’s latest statement. There are two sides to every story. We have been working hard at rehearsals making excellent progress after Tony’s treatments and we have engaged a substitute drummer for the forthcoming shows. See you at Download.
–Black Sabbath, 5/17/12
The following is Bill Ward’s Statement about his status in Black Sabbath:
Dear Sabbath Fans and Fellow Musicians,
I sincerely regret to inform you that after a final effort to participate in the upcoming Sabbath shows a failure to agree has continued. At this time I have to inform you that I won’t be playing with Black Sabbath at the Birmingham gig dated May 19th, 2012, nor will I be playing at Download on June 10th, 2012. Further, I will not be playing at Lollapalooza on August 3rd, 2012.
It is with a very sad heart that I bring you this news. I am sincerely passionate in my desire to play with the band, and I’m very, very sorry that it’s fallen to this. This statement is even more painstaking to write, as I was particularly excited to play alongside Tony Iommi after the recent treatments he underwent. I wanted that to become a reality.
To express my thoughts about you, the Sabbath fans, I’m going to speak to you all through an experience my brother James had recently. My brother Jimmy lives in the UK. When speaking with him a couple of days ago, he told me that an acquaintance had stopped him on the street and confronted him, “is your brother playing Birmingham? What’s going on? I waited in line with my son and paid x amount for the concert tickets.”
The man’s son is a young drummer. He’s going to see Sabbath, and he wants to see Bill Ward play drums. Upon hearing this news, I felt horrible. I couldn’t help feeling some resentment towards the failure to reach an agreement, the failure to remember where we came from, the failure to be as brothers, as we once were. To be clear, I’m not blaming the other guys or finding any faults with them. I would think it can’t be easy for them either, but this situation is just really sad. It’s sad that it’s come to this. “This” will surely leave a mark and be unwelcome to the memory. Hopefully “this” will heal and pass in time.
My heart sank when Jimmy told me about this young boy. I know this boy is going to be disappointed, and I don’t know how to amend it, other than to put my arms around the boy and tell him I love him. Sabbath fans have a voice and a face, to me you’re human, you have families and despair. You have ferocity and emotions and graciousness, and at this moment as far as I’m concerned you are also that young boy in England. I don’t know how to amend my part in these failings other than to put my arms around you and say I love you and let you know I’m very, very sorry.
Throughout this process, which began over a year ago, I have had to stand up for myself time and time again. I have had to stand up for myself and in doing so realize my actions indirectly, although unintentionally, are upsetting and hurting a lot of you. I know in my heart I couldn’t have done these concerts by agreeing the terms suggested. I made a solemn vow after the last European and Ozzfest concerts that I would never again enter into what was, in my opinion, a totally unsatisfactory contract. I have to stand for something, and as painful as it is, I’m doing it.
Earlier in April 2012, I’d been asked to participate “minimally” in the Download festival. I believe I’d been offered no more than three songs to play while another drummer presumably played the rest of the show with Black Sabbath. I was not willing to participate in that offer. I was not prepared to watch another drummer play a Sabbath set, while I was to play only three songs.
I found out about the Birmingham gig on Monday, April 30th through the Internet ad. I was taken aback somewhat by the date, and the fact it was Birmingham. Knowing the “signable” contract negotiations were at best in shreds, I was upset by the idea that the band was going to play Birmingham and play it assumedly without me. I had no prior knowledge of the date and location, and I felt totally excluded. We contacted the representative for Black Sabbath to see if something could be worked out. In the meantime my drum crew and I, along with our US endorsers, finished all the necessary planning for a swift departure to the UK. There wasn’t a whole lot to complete; we’d all been on standby more or less since mid-January 2012. The remaining work in the UK was confirmed done by our European and UK endorsers and we were good to go by Friday, May 4th 2012. There were two stress points: firstly, getting an agreement in place, and secondly, getting to England in a timely manner. Jetlag time was taken into account as well as drum practice, a drum practice room in the heart of Birmingham, accommodation, and travel arrangements were all in place to meet with any band rehearsals that may have transpired before the Birmingham show. So far everything that had been arranged was on my dime, but we didn’t move ahead without a realistic confirmation.
Communications between the representative and my lawyer continued through the weekend of May 5th finalizing on Wednesday, May 9th. The offer we received on May 9th was, “come to the UK, play for free and see how the first show goes.” I was tempted. Playing for free would not have been a problem for me, but “seeing how the first show goes” left an element of risk which could have affected Download. My ideal thought was to play in full the Birmingham show, in full Download, and in full Lollapalooza.
I had notified the representative that May 10th was my cutoff day in order to have good lead-in time for England. On the night of May 9th I asked for a brief letter to be sent to the representative asking to find out if we were at an end. On the morning of Thursday, May 10th, I received a reply in the affirmative. After consulting with my advisors and crew a decision was made to let go and stop.
I can’t prioritize the Sabbath fans making one show more important than the other. I can’t do that. All of you are important. It’s all the gigs or none at all. I can’t come to Birmingham and “see what happens” knowing there is a risk of not being able to play Download or Lollapalooza. Again, for me, it’s all or nothing. I had to say “no” to Birmingham on the principle of wanting to play all the shows. Saying no to Birmingham is very difficult for me. My family grew up in Birmingham. Black Sabbath grew up in Birmingham. It’s still my hometown and I resent having to arrive at such a difficult choice.
Although the statement was made that, “the door is always open” for me, as explained above, walking through that door is not always as easy as it sounds. There are many complicated issues and unseen and unspoken agendas on hand. I can assure you, my criteria for a “signable” contract is based in mindful principles, respectability, and acknowledgement of my history within the band.
I hold no malice or resentment towards the other band members. I love them; I’m tolerant of them; I’m frustrated with them, as they may be with me. My fight has never been with them. I’ll love them forever. In my opinion, nobody wins this time; the band doesn’t win; the fans for an original lineup don’t win. Nobody wins, nobody. Even the ones who thought they did.
I didn’t want to make this decision, but I have to be honest and transparent. This is the statement I didn’t want to write; it’s the last thing I wanted to do. But, I have written it, and now it can go into the universe.
Since spring of 2011, I’ve waited patiently and hopefully for a signable contract, you know the rest. I stand for the boy in the U.K., for the coming drum student, for all the drummers, who write their parts out and get stiffed on the publishing, I stand with the Sabbath fans chanting “Bill Ward” and asking “why?” and I stand with Tony and Geezer and Ozzy.
On a final note, even though I’m at an end with the upcoming announced concerts, I will remain with an open mind and a position of willingness to negotiate “signable” terms with Sabbath’s representatives in the future.
Stay strong. Stay safe.
With all my heart and strength, I love you,
Another M3 Festival has come and gone leaving behind only the memories. 2012 was once again a great year for the M3 festival, and although Saturday’s portion of the show had a few hiccups and missed cues, overall, the festival was fantastic. A fun filled day of hard rocking, hair metal music, after a fun filled night of the same. As usual both days of the festival flew by and before I knew it, I was on my way home with a music hangover.
As with any major music production, there were plenty of highs, a few lows, and some pleasant surprises. Let’s look at each of these in a little more detail, shall we? Welcome to this very special 3-part edition of Vie’s Verses.
Let’s start with the good stuff. There were a lot of great things to see at the 2012 M3 Festival, but one of the most immediately noticeable was all of the beautiful women. It’s great to know that hair metal still has women who love the music and look terrific. It’s also great to know that there are younger women who love hair metal and look terrific! Now granted, I am a happily married man, but if I wasn’t, the M3 festival is where I would go to find the next love of my life. These beauties were absolutely stunning! As Steve Whiteman said from the stage, “There are no ugly women here!” Well stated, Steve.
For the second year in a row, KIX headlined night one (dubbed the Kix-Off Party) and once again produced an amazing performance. I am always in awe of the energy that Steve Whiteman and Kix bring to the stage each time they perform live. This latest performance was no exception. Whiteman and company brought the goods in both the songs they played and the energy they performed them with. Classic Kix hits were all done to perfection, including surprises like “Lie Like A Rug.” And while Whiteman stated that Night Ranger should have headlined the show, there is no replacement for Kix. They were the true headliners of the evening.
One of the best performances at this year’s M3 was also one of the shortest (see Part Two: The Lows). Stryper came on during the early part of Saturday and after having to do a quick live sound check, they kick-started their 6-song performance with passion. Reach Out, Free, Calling On You, To Hell With The Devil, Soldiers Under Command, and Sing-Along Song were all performed during the condensed set. Each song was performed note perfect and Michael Sweet still has the range to hit all of the notes on every song. And while I would have loved to hear him sing Honestly (to truly test his range), the M3 guffaw to start the Saturday show prevented that from happening. All in all though, Stryper was the best performance of day two. I hope that they return next year as headliners.
Wow! Geoff Tate not only looks great, but the man can still sing too! Queensryche absolutely blew me away during their performance. I had never been a huge Queensryche fan, I only own two albums and one of them is Hear In The Now Frontier, so I did not know a lot of the songs they performed. However, that didn’t matter. Their performance was so mesmerizing and intense, that I was mystified by all of the songs. And while I may not run out and buy their entire back catalog, if Queensryche were to schedule a future show near me, I would certainly have to check it out. Having never seen Queensryche before, my first experience was a grand one.
Once again, Warrant with Robert Mason made me a believer and renewed my membership in the Warrant fan club. This is the best that Warrant has sounded since Cherry Pie. Warrant not only performed all of their massive hits, they also took the time to play new material from their latest release, Rockaholic. The new songs sounded as fantastic as the classic material and if you’re a Warrant fan, I hope that you have a copy of Rockaholic. If not, you need to purchase it. Robert Mason looked as buff and beautiful as ever and his voice and energy has not shortened one bit. The rest of the band seemed rejuvenated by Mason’s lead and they all brought the energy of the early 90s with them. By watching Warrant perform, you would have sworn they were headlining a huge arena, not serving as a middle act for the M3 Festival. In a perfect world, Warrant would be one of the top bands on next year’s bill, perhaps co-headlining with Stryper. Hmmmm, maybe these two bands should get together for a summer tour? I know that I would go see that.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for part two…The Lows.
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Slash’s new video,”You’re A Lie” is finally available. The single has been out for a few weeks now. Slash’s new album, Apocalyptic Love featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators will be released on May 22nd. You can pre-order it from Amazon.com at this link!
What can I say about Kix that hasn’t already been said? They are the only band that has played each and every year at M3, and I can’t imagine this festival without them. They proved once again why they deserve the headlining slot at M3 on Friday night, by turning in another energetic set of kick ass rock and roll. Kix blasted out the tunes “Hot Wire”, “Heartache”, “The Itch”, “Same Jane”, “Cold Shower”, “Girl Money”, “Don’t Close Your Eyes”, “No Ring Around Rosie”, “Lie Like a Rug”, “Midnite Dynamite”, “Cold Blood” “Blow My Fuse” and an encore with the crowd favorite “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah”. I am pretty sure 80% of the folks in attendance were singing along. (It sounded that way anyway.)
Overall, I thought the Kix off party was a big success for M3. This show seemed to have a lot more people in attendance than the Kix off party (Friday Night) in 2011. I hope M3 will bring Kix back again in 2013. My only disappointment was, I thought Kix’s set could have been a little longer. I was hoping they would at least play a couple of extra songs on their encore, but they only played one. I missed hearing “Red Light, Green Lite, TNT”, and “Sex”, but their set was still great, and I am extremely glad I got to see Kix again. They were easily one of the best bands of the M3 Rock Festival in 2012.
Bay Area thrash titans, TESTAMENT, have revealed the cover art and details for their upcoming Dark Roots of Earth release! Artwork was painted by Eliran Kantor who has worked with such bands as SODOM, ATHEIST, SIGH. Dark Roots of Earth was produced, mixed and mastered once again by the world renowned Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, ACCEPT, EXODUS). Special bonus tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga (CATTLE DECAPITATION, HEATHEN, VILE, SADUS) at his Trident Studios. The highly anticipated follow up to their 2008 release The Formation of Damnation will be released on July 27, 2012 (Europe) and July 31, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.
Dark Roots of Earth Jewel Case CD Track Listing:
01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence
Dark Roots of Earth CD/DVD Track Listing:
01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence
10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)
13. Throne Of Thornes (extended version)
+ Bonus DVD
Dark Roots of Earth Vinyl Track Listing:
01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence
SIDE D (Bonus):
10 Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11 Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12 Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)