GOTTHARD have been elected for the finale of Switzerland ´s biggest music TV show called “The Greatest Swiss Hits”. 27,52% of the audience chose the wonderful hit single ballad “Heaven”. With this result, GOTTHARD are number one with entering the finale, followed by PETER, SUE UND MARC with «Io Senza Te» (15.39 %) and FABIENNE LOUVES & MARC SWAY with «Hemmigslos Liebe» (10.28 %).
On November, 30th, the great finale will take place, broadcasted by SF – Swiss TV. Good luck for GOTTHARD and we hope for a lot of votings on November 30th!
Check out the video for Gotthard’s Heaven below.
Amoral is a five-piece again! Since the announcement of Niko leaving we’ve received tons of applications from singers all over the world. As we mentioned earlier, we wanted to find a guy who was not only able to handle the growling of the old songs, but who also had a strong melodic voice. Well, little did we know that we’d end up with one of the most talented vocalists around! Ari’s merits as a singer are well known (at least here in Finland), but it might surprise a lot of people that the dude can also growl with the best of them! And the fact remains that he truly was the strongest candidate from all those who applied for the job.
Being the sneaky bastards that we are, we have been writing and practising hard for a long while now while keeping low profile, and we’re happy to announce that the material for the 4th Amoral album is just about ready! The recording will start next month and will go on through January. The album should be out before the summer. Of course, we’ll keep you guys posted on updates.
Now, before some of you oldschool Amoral maniacs condemn us to hell: No, we’re not going power metal on your asses. The trademark riffs are still there. The little quirkiness. The “fuck everybody” attitude. And most importantly, the songs are just as strong as you’ve come to expect from us. Stronger, actually. You could clearly see on Reptile Ride already that we were eager to push our music to a more melodic direction, and the next natural step was to go all the way with the vocals. This is a new beginning for us, and we truly believe our best work is still ahead of us.
P.S. Those of you who are not familiar with Ari’s work yet, check out his Myspace site.
If you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift for that special rock fan in your life – skip the long lines at the mall and give the gift of Rock Gone Wild 2009! For a limited time on Black Friday, purchase three (3) four-day general admission tickets and receive two (2) additional tickets FREE! Simply visit www.rockgonewild.com to order tickets and to submit your band suggestions. Rock Gone Wild, the most diverse hard rock festival in America, is slated for August 20-23, 2009 in Algona, Iowa.
America, the day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday. Traditionally one of the biggest shopping days of the year, consumers grab great bargains. On Friday, November 28, 2008 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST fans can purchase three (3) four-day general admission tickets – and receive two additional tickets FREE! That means five friends can attend Rock Gone Wild for the price of only three tickets. This is a one-time Black Friday offer only valid on general admission tickets during the four hour window of 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST. Tickets are guaranteed in time for Christmas! Visit http://www.rockgonewild.com/to purchase tickets and for more information.
More than 50 bands will play Rock Gone Wild over four days on two stages. Bands already announced include Puddle of Mudd, Skid Row, Kix, Great White, Hardcore Superstar, Lizzy Borden, Dangerous Toys, Helix, Saigon Kick, Rhino Bucket and Junkyard.
Rock Gone Wild will take place at the Freedom Park festival grounds, located at 2507- 160th Avenue in Algona, Iowa.
If you build it, they will rock.
One of Norway’s most successful bands since the 80’s are releasing a new album in 2009.
With album classics like Commandos,Stage Dolls and Stripped Stage Dolls dominated the Norwegian music-scene in the 80’s and early 90’s.
After continuous touring in Norway followed by USA the single Love cries went into the American Bilboard top 100 (46#) and 3# in the Album Rock Charts.
The album is planned for release Spring 2009 in Norway and Europe followed up by touring.
Billboard.com is reporting that Nickelback will begin a North American tour Feb. 25 in Nashville in support of its just-released Roadrunner album “Dark Horse.” Tickets go on sale Dec. 5 via LiveNation.com, but Nickelback fan club members get first crack on Friday (Nov. 28).
Seether and Saving Abel will support on the jaunt, which runs through April 23 in Columbia, S.C.
“Dark Horse” is expected to debut tomorrow in the upper reaches of The Billboard 200. First single “Gotta Be Somebody” has sold 570,000 downloads in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Asked recently by Billboard why NIckelback opted to wait to tour until next year, frontman Chad Kroeger said, “We’ve been bitten too many times by going out too early. I’m always adamant about making sure there’s at least a true rock song from the band that’s gone to radio, just to give a more diverse selection of music for people to listen to.
“We’ve been consulting with some people; I’m interested to see someone else’s take on what this band could look like live, and we’ve had some real interesting stuff come back,” he continued. “I think we’re gonna try some stuff that, believe it or not, no one has ever done live before.”
Here are Nickelback’s tour dates:
Feb. 25: Nashville (Sommet Center)
Feb. 27: Lexington, Ky. (Rupp Arena)
Feb. 28: Detroit (Joe Louis Arena)
Mar. 2: Toronto (Air Canada Centre)
Mar. 3: Hamilton, Ont. (Copps Coliseum)
Mar. 5: Worcester, Mass. (DSU Center)
Mar. 6: East Rutherford, N.J. (IZOD Center)
Mar. 8: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun Arena)
Mar. 9: Philadelphia (Wachovia Center)
Mar. 11: Columbus, Ohio (Nationwide Arena)
Mar. 12: Rosemont, Ill. (Allstate Arena)
Mar. 14: Milwaukee (Bradley Center)
Mar. 15: Moline, Ill. (I Wireless Center)
Mar. 17: Omaha, Neb. (Qwest Center)
Mar. 18: Des Moines, Iowa (Wells Fargo Arena)
Apr. 1: Edmonton, Alberta (Rexall Centre)
Apr. 2: Calgary (Pengrowth Saddledome)
Apr. 4: Saskatoon,(Credit Union Centre)
Apr. 5: Winnipeg (MTS Centre)
Apr. 7: Minneapolis (Target Center)
Apr. 8: Kansas City. Mo. (Sprint Center)
Apr. 10: Tulsa, Okla. (BOK Center)
Apr. 13: Bossier City, La. (CenturyTel Center)
Apr. 14: San Antonio (AT&T Center)
Apr. 16: Houston (Toyota Center)
Apr. 17: New Orleans (New Orleans Arena)
Apr. 19: Little Rock, Ark. (Alltel Arena)
Apr. 22: Jacksonville, Fla. (Veterans Memorial Arena)
Apr. 23: Columbia, S.C. (Colonial Life Arena)
Sweden Rock Festival – Solvesborg 3-4-5-6 June 2009
22 of 75 bands confirmed – tickets on sale now at www.swedenrock.com!
Saturday evening, during the Sweden Rock Kick Off party in Stockholm, the first 22 bands confirmed for the 2009 edition of the Sweden Rock Festival were announced. At the same time, limited edition 4-day tickets were released. These tickets will only be available until January 31st and the price is the same as last year: 1990 SEK plus advance fee. 1-day, 3-day and regular 4-day tickets will be on sale from February 1st.
In other news for next years festival, is that the Rock Stage sound system will be upgraded to Festival Stage standards, the number of water closets on the festival ground will be increased by 50 percent, and an extended collaboration with Visit Blekinge will provide visitors better service for booking accommodation and ground travel.
Bands confirmed so far:
In Flames (S) – Will bring the biggest stage production in the bands history and perform a “special” setlist. Additional surprises are to be expected. This will be the bands only show in Sweden next summer.
Heaven & Hell (UK/US) – Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio on vocals. The first Black Sabbath studio album in 14 years will be released in March – under the name Heaven & Hell to avoid confusion with the still active Ozzy Osbourne fronted version of the band. This will be their only show in Sweden.
Dream Theater (US) – The prog metal masters have decided to start the European tour at Sweden Rock Festival. This will be their only show in Scandinavia in 2009.
Europe (S) – The most successful rock band in Swedish history. Headlined SRF 2004. Will release a new album in May.
Foreigner (US) – Have sold more than 50 million records but only played in Sweden once before, in 1991. This will be their only show in Sweden in 2009.
Hammerfall (S) – The new line-up featuring original bass player Fredrik Larsson and Poodles/Talisman/Great King Rat axeman Pontus Norgren will bring a super sized stage show, exclusive to Sweden Rock Festival!
Motorhead (UK/S) – The Sweden Rock Festival “house band” are once again bringing their full stage show including the “Bomber” plane ligting rig.
Lita Ford (USA) – She put her career on ice in 1997, but now she is back! This will be her only show in Scandinavia.
Uriah Heep (UK) – Recently released their first studio album in ten years.
Marillion (UK) – The only show in Scandinavia in 2009.
Amon Amarth (S)
Riot (USA) – The “Thundersteel” and “Privilige of Power” line-up reunited, exclusively for Sweden Rock Festival!
Blackfoot (USA) – The only show in Sweden this summer.
Forbidden (US) – The only show in Sweden.
The Outlaws (USA) – The only show in Scandinavia.
The Tubes (USA) – The only show in Scandinavia.
Seventh Wonder (S)
Another 50 bands will be added to the line-up!
More information about all bands confirmed so far, about our tickets and the festival in general can be found on our website, www.swedenrock.com.
Motley Crue announced today that Eleven Seven Music/Motley Records will release vinyl configurations of their current hit album Saints of Los Angeles along with their first five classic studio albums, Too Fast For Love (1981); Shout at the Devil (1983); Theatre of Pain (1985); Girls, Girls, Girls (1987) and Dr. Feelgood (1989) on Tuesday, November 25. Each album is pressed on high quality 180 gram vinyl and cut from the original analog master tapes.
To mark this occasion, Motley Crue is releasing a limited edition leather box set, Journals Of The Damned, containing all six vinyl releases. Limited to a sales run of 500, each set is individually numbered and also contains a Shout At the Devil Era lithograph signed by all four members of the band. The sets are available exclusively for order at www.motley.com.
The release of these Motley Crue albums on vinyl comes as many music fans are embracing vinyl for its superior sound quality and new technology allowing the transfer to MP3. With increased availability at major music retailers and online, LPs are making a comeback.
“I remember opening up my first vinyl and seeing the incredible artwork it had. There’s nothing like it,” said Nikki Sixx. “You also get that true gritty sound on vinyl that really makes a rock record sound great which CD’s can never achieve. With the current resurgence of vinyl, it came at a perfect time for us to open up the next generation of rock fans to what they’ve been missing out on.”
Saints of Los Angeles 2009 Tour Dates:
- (2/2-3/18 with Hinder, Theory of a Deadman and The Last Vegas)
- 2/2/09 – San Diego, CA – Cox Arena **
- 2/4/09 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center **
- 2/6/09 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel**
- 2/7/09 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel **
- 2/10/09 – Omaha, NE – Quest Center **
- 2/11/09 – Moline, IL – iWireless Center **
- 2/13/09 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena **
- 2/14/09 – Madison, WI – Alliant Energy Center **
- 2/15/09 – Rockford, IL – MetroCentre **
- 2/17/09 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena **
- 2/18/09 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center **
- 2/19/09 – Green Bay, WI – Resch Center **
- 2/21/09 – Nashville, TN – Sommet Center **
- 2/22/09 – Birmingham, AL – BJCC Arena**
- 2/25/09 – Greenville, SC – BI-LO Center **
- 2/27/09 – Lafayette, LA – Cajun Dome ***
- 2/28/09 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Arena ***
- 3/3/09 – Miami, FL – Hard Rock Casino***
- 3/4/09 – Orlando, FL – UCF Arena **
- 3/6/09 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa **
- 3/7/09 – Erie, PA – Erie Civic Center **
- 3/8/09 – Hershey, PA – Giant Center ***
- 3/10/09 – Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place *
- 3/11/09 – Hamilton, ON – Copps Coliseum *
- 3/13/09 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena **
- 3/14/09 – Baltimore, MD – 1st Mariner Arena **
- 3/16/09 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden **
- 3/17/09 – Manchester, NH – Verizon Wireless Arena**
- 3/18/09 – Portland, ME – Cumberland County Civic Center **
(2/6-2/7 and 3/3 with Mötley Crüe and The Last Vegas ONLY)
* Indicates On-Sale November 21
** Indicates On-Sale November 22
*** Indicates On-Sale December 6
Tom Zutaut, the man who signed GUNS N’ ROSES to Geffen Recordsback in the mis-’80s, was unceremoniously booted out of the “Chinese Democracy” listening party, held at the Roxy Theater in West Hollywood, California last Tuesday (November 18).
Tom tells Classic Rock magazine, “Yeah, sadly it is true that I was escorted out of the Roxy by a beefy security guy just prior to the last three songs of the playback. I did stand on the sidewalk and hear the last three anyway.
“I believe that love and hate are a complicated thing but ultimately the same thing. I love Axl and think ‘Chinese Democracy’ is a genius body of music. Although I had heard most of the album in an unfinished form six-seven years ago, and more recently through some of the leaks, I really wanted to hear it played back over a loud PA in its final form as imagined by its creator, W. Axl Rose.
“It is sad and disappointing to me that those around Axl would lie to him to fuel his hatred towards me with imaginary events used to drive a wedge between us. I love him deeply, will always love him and wish only the greatest success to one of the world’s last true creative musical sparks with a god-given voice. I am proud of my contributions to his career and am always there for him should he one day become enlightened to the truth of what surrounds him. It is also sad that he doesn’t mention the hard work I put in on my short involvement with ‘Chinese Democracy’with even a ‘Thank You’ considering lesser players are credited or thanked in the liner notes — even those who ridiculed him, belittled and made fun of him behind his back while I defended his genius ’til those around him poisoned him against me with distortions and lies.
“I wear his hatred as a badge of honor as it would be far worse for him not to care at all.”
The surviving members of MELDRUM — the band formed by ex-PHANTOM BLUE guitarist Michelle Meldrum, who died on May 21 as a result of a cystic growth that had restricted oxygen and blood flow to her brain, rendering her braindead — have completed work on the group’s third album (for which Michelle recorded her tracks prior to her passing), entitled“Lifer”.
“Lifer” stands as a proud tribute to Michelle, who wrote the material for the CD with drummer Gene Hoglan (DARK ANGEL, DEATH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD), along with new members Laura Christine (bass) and Michele Madden (vocals).
“Lifer” is sonically different in direction than anything previously released by the band. With new life, and new talent, this album has carried the talents these four have to a higher level.
Commented Hoglan: “Let me say this: Never have I obsessed over the recording of any album I’ve been involved in as I have with MELDRUM‘s latest. The tragic circumstances that took Michelle from us also provided us with a laser-sharp focus to record the most amazing album we could.Michele Madden, Laura Christine, and hell, even Chicken, our engineer, put forth performances of a lifetime, with each member’s full love and respect going into every nuance of every song. Not only to honorMichelle, but to also lay down some bad-ass music, which was ultimately what she stood for… what MELDRUM stands for. I think the songs speak for themselves, and I, for one, have never been prouder to be a part of a family, let alone a project such as this. Metal with balls. Crank it up, indeed.”
“Lifer” is scheduled for release in early 2009. MELDRUM plans to unveil previews from their studio sessions on their Myspace in coming weeks, with news on the new release, music videos and tours forthcoming.
It isn’t every day when you get to talk to a guitar legend like Yngwie Malmsteen. I have listened to his music since I was a teenager, and never imagined that I would one day get the honor to talk to him. I have heard lots of unpleasant things about Yngwie over the years, so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I interviewed him. What I found was a person who was very easy to talk to, and at times quite humorous. He was a total class act during our interview session. We talked about his new album “Perpetual Flame”, his history and influences, and his opinion on music today.
HRH: How did you start working with Ripper Owens?
Yngwie Malmsteen: Well, what happened was I did this album a little different than normal. Normally you have like a cycle where you make a record, you go on tour for that record, then you come home and start writing songs for a record and do another tour. This time around I was just writing songs as I was touring for the last album. I eventually had enough music to cut real songs. I went in recorded like 30 songs. Then I went back on tour and so forth. The songs all sounded different when I came back. Everytime I came back I wrote some guitars, I wrote some bass, I wrote some lyrics. Eventually the songs started taking shape so much that they had names and they were finished. Songs like Death Dealer and Live to Fight (Another Day) and so forth. I realized that the singer that I had at the time (Doogie White) he would not fit the new songs, so Tim’s name came up. I invited him down to Miami. I said hey do you want to come down and sing with me a bit. He came down, I showed him a couple of songs, and that was it.
HRH: You worked with him once before on the Bat Head Soup CD right?
Yngwie Malmsteen: Yeah, but that was different. I was in one studio and he was in another one.
HRH: Ripper’s voice really seems to compliment your style of playing. “Death Dealer” and “Red Devil” are two of the coolest songs I have heard by you in quite some time. What was the recording process like for Perpetual Flame?
Yngwie Malmsteen: Thank you. It was a little different because I needed drums. I went on tour. I came back, I had guitars and bass recorded and lots of lyrics. I came back again added keyboards. I had my Pro tools on my laptop and I was hanging out with a guy who had a string section who put some strings on it. All of the recording was done and Tim came in and just sang the lyrics I had written, and that was it. It was pretty simple. It was done in sections.
HRH: How does Ripper compare to past singers that you have worked with?
Yngwie Malmsteen: His voice really fits in with almost exactly what I hear in my head. When I write songs like “Death Dealer” and “Damnation Game” I know what I am looking for. That is why I decided Doogie wasn’t going to cut it. I feel that Tim fits right in.
HRH: This album is a lot heavier than the last couple of discs you have put out. Was that your intention when you were writing the music?
Yngwie Malmsteen: Not in the beginning, but the songs started coming together, and I knew that is what we were going with. In the beginning, I was kind of letting it flow . That was one of the reasons why I changed singers too, because the songs were starting to get so heavy, that there was no way that Doogie would have fit in.
HRH: You have a pretty large collection of guitars. Which guitars did you use while recording Perpetual Flame?
Yngwie Malmsteen: I used a lot of different ones. Fender Strats, and different bases of course and two Marshalls. The Fender guitars I used on this album from the late 60’s and the Marshall amps are also very old.
HRH: What are your Tour plans for the new album?
Yngwie Malmsteen: We have done Europe in the summer, not so much for the album, but we just toured. We did five weeks in America, by no long shot was this complete tour but it was good. We will be going to South America, Japan, Australia, America and Europe again. It is going to be a big tour.
HRH: There are quite a few festivals popping up in the United States. Do you see yourself performing at one of the new musical festivals like Rock Gone Wild, Rocklahoma or Rock the Bayou?
Yngwie Malmsteen: Yeah, sure why not, that is always cool.
HRH: The number of guitarists that cite you as an influence is pretty much endless. Who inspired you to pick up the guitar and make music such a huge part of your life?
Yngwie Malmsteen: I grew up in a very musical family. My older brother and sister they were very good musicians. I was the youngest. I got my first guitar when I was five years old. On the news they showed the day that Jimi Hendrix died. They showed him setting his guitar on fire at Monterey Pop. I saw him burn his guitar and I knew that is what I wanted to do. I started playing the guitar the same day. A year later or so I got a record from sister. She gave me the Deep Purple Fireball album. I thought it was very cool. When I grew up in Sweden there was nothing there. It was completely empty from rock and roll and music or anything like that. There was classical and Jazz, but nothing like what it was here. The impact of hearing Purple was very big on me. I really like that. The biggest influence on my music are Bach, Vivaldi and Niccolò Paganini. If you listen to my stuff you will hear it.
HRH: If you could give advice to any young guitar players out there, what would you tell them?
Yngwie Malmsteen: It all depends on what they want to achieve. If they want to achieve greatness and be like something that is out of the ordinary. It is a lot of hardwork. There are no shortcuts to that. Obviously, if they wanted to learn how to play, they can learn bits and things and carry on. It all depends on what they want to do. If they want to be serious, there is a lot of hard work involved.
HRH: There have been a lot of classic hard rock and metal acts reunite over the last few years. Ron Keel has recently announced the reunion of KEEL for several live shows next year. Can you see yourself doing a Steeler or Alcatrazz reunion in the near future?
Yngwie Malmsteen: I have been contacted a lot about that. I don’t know. I will never say never.
HRH: What is your opinion on the current guitarists of today?
Yngwie Malmsteen: I haven’t really kept track of them. I am so extremely busy with what I am doing myself. When I am not playing music I am usually doing other things. Playing around with my Ferraris and playing Tennis and things like that. What I understand there is a new group of kids that are very serious about playing which is great, I think that is a good thing.
HRH: Are you still a big Ferrari Fan?
Yngwie Malmsteen: (Passionately) Ohh Yeah!
HRH: Have you seen the new Spider Model that has just been released?
Yngwie Malmsteen: Yeah, but I am more into the vintage Ferarris.
HRH:Why do you think hard rock/metal was able to maintain it’s popularity in Europe and Asia but not here in the states?
Yngwie Malmsteen: I am not even sure about that. What I do know is Rock and roll and metal never goes away ever. It took the back seat in America in the 90’s. In Japan and South America it was still really big. I never followed trends so I don’t know the exact function of them. I think there must be somebody in league to changing things. When the glam metal thing of the late 80’s became to glammy, then instead of having two bottles of hair spray in your hair, it became better not to wash your hair at all. To me its all trend stuff. I don’t follow that stuff. I just do what I feel is the right thing. I don’t know what the reason is for that. Its not fashion.
HRH: Did your involvement in the G3 Tour with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai help get your music back out there in the U.S.?
Yngwie Malmsteen: It had some impact, sure, yeah. I think that it helped all three of us, but I think the most important thing now, that you can see nowadays are kids are being introduced to this music through video games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero. This seems to be a big influence on kids. Its a new thing to them.
HRH: What do you think about the new generation of music fans being introduced to hard rock and metal through games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band?
Yngwie Malmsteen: When we were younger it was Radio and MTV. It is just a different way of getting it. If they have a game that has rock and roll in it, that is going to introduce the kids to the music. That is good. It is cool.
HRH: Are their any plans for your songs to be added in future editions of the games?
Yngwie Malmsteen: I think so yeah. I am pretty sure that is happening right now. (A few days after our interview, it was announced that some of the songs from Perpetual Flame would be available for download in the game Rockband.)
HRH: Your son Antonio is 10 now right? Has he taken on your passion for music yet?
Yngwie Malmsteen: Yeah, Not in the same way that I did. When I grew up there was no TV, nothing. The guitar could be my whole life. The kids today have internet and TV and games and all that stuff. When he does pick up the guitar, he is a natural for sure. For sure he is going to play. I was so extreme, I was playing 24/7 all my life. That was bizarre anyway, kind of like a (laughs) a circus freak you know.
HRH: There is a new line of Yngwie Malsteen Play Loud tribute guitars from Fender coming out next week. What you can you tell us about those?
Yngwie Malmsteen: Fender had made my guitars for 20 years now. The model has been improved on and updated. It is just fantastic, that is why I love to play it. This is a special series of just 100 pieces that is an exact replica of the guitar that I brought with me from Sweden when I was a teenager. It has the exact same rust particle scratch, feels the same, smells the same. It is amazing. I have never seen anything like it my life. It is scary, it is frightening. It is limited to 100 pieces.
HRH: I saw how the even mimicked your bite marks on the guitar, and wondered how they did that.
Yngwie Malmsteen: I wondered if they had some witchcraft going on there. (laughs)
HRH: You were recently inducted to Guitar Center’s Rockwalk in Hollywood, what was that experience like?
Yngwie Malmsteen: Very Bizarre (laughs). I have time to reflect on it now. Apparently it is in the street already. The next time I go there I will see it. I remember walking those streets as teenager. Its amazing. I don’t know what else to say. Thank you, I am honored.
HRH: Is there anything you would like to tell your fans in closing?
Yngwie Malmsteen: I would like to say thank you. I would like everyone to check out my new record Perpetual Flame. If they have heard my stuff before they will dig it. If they haven’t I hope they will dig it. Thank you for the support for twenty years. God Bless You All! God Bless America!