This Saturday, December 13, Bay Area thrash legends TESTAMENT will be taking over the airwaves on MTV2’s Headbangers Ball. Along with their brand-new video for “More Than Meets The Eye,” HBB will also be airing never-before-seen footage from the band’s shoot at Alcatraz in San Francisco. “More Than Meets The Eye” was produced by Kevin Custer (Kingdom of Sorrow, Beneath The Massacre).
Six TESTAMENT art pieces, performances, and videos will be intertwined with all the videos that air on Headbangers Ball, which airs Saturday night at 2AM Eastern / 1AM Central.
Chuck Billy and Eric Peterson recently commented on Headbangersblog.com about their new video: “We haven’t had a new video out for a long time, since ‘Low’ in ’94. Our new video is for ‘More Than Meets the Eye’, and it was created by Kevin Custer who’s worked with Kingdom of Sorrow and Beneath the Massacre among others. It was really fun working with Kevin. He really worked in tandem with the band’s vision and took it to the next level.
“The band went to LA and shot performance footage in front of a green screen, then Kevin turned that footage into mayhem with some “Formation of Damnation” happening in the background. We’re happy with it as our first video. We look forward to doing more videos and getting into a concept. We’re definitely pleased to have this represent us for the first one from the new record.
“The feel of the video is more about unearthing the demons within and the terror that wrath can incite. And as the song progresses, the mayhem takes over – a reflection of what is inside the band and the music we create… More Than Meets the Eye.”
Produced by Kevin J. Custer of Toaster In The Tub, “More Than Meets The Eye” adds to TESTAMENT’s scorching scene-returning campaign that has included the following highlights:
– participation on the North American Metal Masters summer tour with Judas Priest, Heaven & Hell, and Motörhead
– being showcased on MTV’s 52/52 Artist Of The Week
– debuting at 59 on the Billboard Top 200 chart for selling over 11,500 copies of The Formation Of Damnation the first week of release
– clinching the 1 slot on the FMQB and CMJ radio charts for several consecutive weeks
– winning Metal Hammer’s Golden Gods Award for “Best Album of 2008”
– album awarded 1 in Metal Maniacs’ Top 20 of 2008 Critics’ Picks list
– Most played album on metal radio for 2008 (FMQB)
Be sure to tune in this Saturday for exclusive new Testament footage!
The Alice @ 973 Green Christmas featuring Josh, Keith, and Stevie is SOLD OUT! Check out the Webcast tomorrow/tonight(Friday)night at 8pm PST.
Click here to watch the show live from San Francisco: http://www.radioalice.com/Sarah-and-Vinnie-s-Green-Christmas/3299655
FIRST EVER ROCK SHOW @ The War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco
Co- Headlining is Dweezil Zappa performing Zappa Plays Zappa
Opening is Critically Acclaimed Singer/Songwriter Tim Fite
Les Claypool, infamous bassist and mastermind of the legendary band Primus will add yet another feather of creative genius to his hat. As a showman of colossal proportion, Claypool has created a visual and aural extravaganza in 3-D of the unexpected for his debut at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. This is the first ever rock show to take place at the War Memorial Opera House home to housing the opera and ballet
The Opera House is one of the most beautiful venues in Northern California, and this is the first ever rock concert there. The box seats, usually reserved for ballet or opera season ticket holders, offer a unique viewing experience for groups of 8, including a private vestibule, waitress service and souvenir poster.
Les Claypool rose to fame in the early 90’s as leader of the multi platinum alt rock band Primus. Taking his funk derived mastery of the electric bass and witty story songs, he dove into the jamband scene in 2000. Primus headlined their annual New Year’s Eve Freak Out in the Bay Area from 1992-99, and Claypool has continued the tradition in the Bay Area ever since. His midnight climaxes are legendary and always over the top. Thematically manifesting everything from a band of cave man circa Quest For Fire to a parade of costumed freaks, Claypool takes great pride in his New Years Eve performances and extras. This year’s show will present unparalleled 3D visuals, with 3D glasses included in the ticket as well as other interesting antics that only Claypool himself could derive.
Zappa Plays Zappa has received rave reviews for the last few years, as Dweezil has carried on his father’s legacy. The music of Frank Zappa couldn’t be in better hands than the high level of musicianship collected in this group which includes some alumni from the original band (Ray White, also of KVHW).
This show marks the first ever appearance of a Zappa on the same bill with Claypool. He and Primus have often been compared to Frank, and Primus guitarist Larry LaLonde was recruited by Rykodisc several years ago to compile a Zappa Picks compilation of his favorites from Frank’s catalogue.
Les Claypool with Zappa Plays Zappa & Tim Fite
New Year’s Eve – December 31, 2008 at 8pm
War Memorial Opera House
Ticket prices will range from $69 – $125
Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster Outlets, Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 415-421-TIXS OR 510-625-TIXS.
Well the big day with MONSTER CIRCUS came and went fast, and it was simply amazing. No one really knew what to expect (including me) but the idea of having great players rocking on stage backed by a totally cool Vegas style experience was pulled off without a glitch at the HILTON in Las Vegas on December 9th.
Monster Circus was formed by Tony Montana (who played bass in Great White but is also a fantastic singer and lead guitarist), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy, Whitesnake, Quiet Riot and many more) and John Corabi, who needs no introduction for my fans. These three asked Bobby Rock (Nelson, Slaughter, Vinnie Vincent Invasion) to play drums and myself to join them on stage, with Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) and Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver) as the special guests to play 9 classic hits along with a great show that included fire breathers, pyro, dancers and tight rope style performances in a totally Vegas over-the-top manner.
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According to RollingStone.com another Van Halen tour rider has been unearthed.
We finally have proof of the mother of all insane tour rider demands, Van Halen’s request for “No Brown M&M,” thanks to the Smoking Gun. Written in 1982 and coming in at an astounding 53 pages, the band’s oddball demands range from “herring in sour cream,” countless bottles of alcohol and a “large tube of KY jelly.” But it’s in the rider’s “Munchies” section where we find “M&Ms (Warning: Absolutely No Brown Ones),” meaning someone at each venue was given the job of plucking the brown M&Ms away from their yellow, green and orange candy-shelled counterparts. Keep in mind, this is 1982, so there were actually two shades of brown M&Ms at the time, with the standard brown and tan, which was eventually eliminated to make way for blue. That infamous request for no brown M&Ms spawned both an urban legend (now confirmed) and a joke in Wayne’s World 2. Why the outlandish demand? According to the Smoking Gun, “If brown M&M’s were in the backstage candy bowl, Van Halen surmised that more important aspects of a performance–lighting, staging, security, ticketing–may have been botched by an inattentive promoter.” Nowadays, Van Halen has moved away from banning brown M&Ms and instead request normal things like tutors and room to practice martial arts.
Chart-topping hard-rock band Disturbed have announced a winter leg of their headlining North American tour in support of their current album, the nearly platinum Indestructible. The tour begins January 16th, 2009, in Milwaukee, WI, and crisscrosses the country before finishing up in Utica, NY, on February 27th. Sevendust and Skindred will appear as support.
Disturbed are riding high with their first-ever Grammy Award nomination in the “Best Hard Rock Performance” category for Indestructible’s first single “Inside the Fire,” which set a record when it spent 16 weeks atop the Active Rock Radio chart. Their new single/title track, “Indestructible,” currently sit at No. 2 on Billboard’s Active Rock chart.
The self-produced Indestructible debuted at Number One on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart and remained in the Top 10 for five weeks. It is the band’s third consecutive Number One album, following their platinum-sellers Believe (2002) and Ten Thousand Fists (2005), making Disturbed one of only six rock bands in history to score three consecutive Number One debuts with studio albums. Formed in Chicago in 1996, Disturbed have sold a collective 10 million albums worldwide.
Tour dates below and on-sale dates in parentheses:
1/16 – Milwaukee, WI, Eagles Ballroom (On Sale Now)
1/17 – Springfield, MO, Shrine Mosque (On Sale Now)
1/19 – Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theatre (On Sale: 12/12)
1/21 – Salt Lake City, UT, The Great Salt Air (On Sale: 12/12)
1/23 – Seattle, WA, Everett Arena (On Sale 12/19)
1/24 – Kennwick, WA, Toyota Center (On Sale: 12/13)
1/26 – Sacramento, CA, Arco Arena (On Sale: 12/20)
1/27 – San Jose, CA, San Jose Event Center (On Sale: 12/14)
1/29 – Los Angeles, CA, Palladium (On Sale: 12/19)
1/30 – Las Vegas, NV, Pearl (On Sale: 12/20)
2/02 – El Paso, TX, County Coliseum (On Sale: 12/13)
2/03 – Belton, TX, Bell County Expo (On Sale: 12/13)
2/05 – Midland, TX, Midland Horseshoe Arena (On Sale: 12/13)
2/06 – Corpus Christi, TX, The Pavilion (On Sale: 12/13)
2/10 – Tupelo, MS, Bancorp South Arena (On Sale: 12/12)
2/11 – Augusta, GA, James Brown Arena (On Sale: TBD)
2/13 – Jacksonville, FL, Morrocco Shrine Auditorium (On Sale: 12/13)
2/14 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Pompano Beach Amphitheater (On Sale: 1/10)
2/16 – Ft. Meyers, FL, Germain Arena (On Sale: 1/10)
2/18 – Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues (On Sale: 12/13)
2/19 – Johnson City, TN, Freedom Hall Civic Center (On Sale: TBD)
2/21 – Rochester, NY, Armory (On Sale: TBD)
2/22 – Atlantic City, NJ, House of Blues (On Sale: 12/20)
2/24 – Dayton, OH, Hara Arena (On Sale: TBD)
2/25 – Huntington, WV, Big Sandy Arena (On Sale: 12/19)
2/27 – Utica, NY, Utica Auditorium (On Sale: TBD)
2/28 – Scranton, PA, Scranton Cultural Center (On Sale: TBD)
In recent years, bassist Gene Simmons has been vocal about his lack of enthusiasm about making a new album, which he attributes to the state of the business.
“The record industry is in such a mess,” he told Billboard in November 2007. “There is nothing in me that wants to go in there and do new music. How are you going to deliver it? How are you going to get paid for it if people can just get it for free?”
In 2006, Stanley told Billboard making a new Kiss album in the shadow of the band’s classic repertoire would be a formidable challenge. “The fact is, [fans] may tolerate the new songs, but it’s the old ones you want to hear,” he said. “I think Jimmy Page and Robert Plant found that out. The [Rolling] Stones certainly know it. The Who certainly know it. So unless you’re willing to go into the studio accepting that how your album will be received will never match your expectations, I’m not sure it’s worth the effort.”
Stanley admitted complete control would change his mind. “I would consider doing it if I could do it the way I wanted to do it,” he explained, adding that his 2006 solo album “Live To Win” confirmed how he’d “like music to sound that I’m a part of. To do another Kiss album, I would not be willing to compromise my point of view perhaps as much as I have in recent years.”
It’s unknown how Kiss will distribute the album, which will feature original members Stanley and Simmons alongside guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer.
Following its 35th anniversary tour, which primarily played Europe this summer, Kiss is expected to hit North America at some point in 2009.
In Honor Of Michelle Meldrum
MELDRUM’s drummer, Gene Hoglan, announced the completion of recording their new album, entitled LIFER, consisting of ten tracks for 2009 release.
The new album stands as a proud tribute to founder, Michelle Meldrum, who passed away earlier this year. The album contains material written by both Meldrum and Hoglan, with new member’s bassist Laura Christine and vocalist Michele Madden.
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.
“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,” explains Hoglan. “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 honor Michelle, but to also lay down some badass 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.”
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.
Billboard.com is reporting that Bon Jovi’s Lost Highway tour tops the list of the biggest tours for 2008, based on data reported to Billboard Boxscore from Nov. 14, 2007, through Nov. 11, 2008. The trek, promoted in North America and Europe by AEG Live, grossed $210.6 million and drew 2,157,675 fans.
In second place is Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band’s Magic tour, which grossed $204.5 million for the period. Springsteen reported another $31 million for last year, taking his two-year Boxscore total to more than $235 million.
Rounding out the top 10 are Madonna ($162 million for the still-underway Sticky & Sweet tour), the Police ($150 million on the second leg of their reunion tour), Celine Dion ($91 million), Kenny Chesney ($86 million), Neil Diamond ($81.2 million), Spice Girls ($70 million), Eagles ($56.6 million) and Rascal Flatts ($55.8 million).
The Spice Girls’ 17 sellouts at the O2 Arena last December-January were the highest-grossing engagement of the year, taking in $33.8 million and drawing 256,647. Other top Boxscores for the year were Celine Dion at the Bell Centre in Montreal ($23.1 million), Madonna at Stade de France in Paris ($17.6 million), Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn. (about $17 million), and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. ($14.2 million).
For the overall touring industry, grosses reported to Billboard Boxscore totaled slightly less than $4 billion worldwide, the most ever for a year and up almost 13% over last year.
But global reported concert attendance is virtually flat, with 6% fewer shows. And North American concert attendance is down nearly 2%, after a nearly 20% decrease last year, continuing a troubling trend. Better news is evident on a show-by-show basis; the average box office gross in North America is up 18% and average attendance is up 6.3%, reflecting that some of the attendance decline can be attributed to a decrease in the overall show count.
Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx turned 50 today!
Happy Birthday Nikki!
Backyard Babies has previously released “Minus Celsius” out on Guitar Hero III. Now Guitar Hero World Tour is out and today we are excited to confirm that “Degenerated” will be released as download for this game on 30th December.
It’s so f*cking funny to be a part of this again. Degenerated is the perfect song for the game! The plastic guitar will melt!! says Dregen.
I have known about the band White Flame for over a year now, but their CD, “Yesterday’s News”, was not available in the United States until now.
I originally posted White Flame’s video, “Hour of Emptiness” in the HRH Segment, “Sink or Swim”. The folks that voted all said let it swim unanimously, making White Flame’s Yesterday’s News, Hard Rock Hideout’s first Sink or Swim Winner.
As far as hard rock goes, I love it when a band just gets it, and White Flame does just that. The band cranks their Marshall amps up to ten, plays loud and plays hard. Yesterday’s News is a fine blend of funky, bluesy, kick ass hard rock. White Flame wears their influences on their sleeves on this disc. I can hear touches of Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith, and maybe even Sweet F.A. (remember them?) on this disc.
There are a lot of good songs worth checking out on Yesterday’s News. “Gun” has this awesome groove that will get you headbanging instantly. “Swimsuit Issue Centerfold” is one of the coolest rocking tunes I have heard in a while. Some of my other favorites on this disc are “Kill The Radio” and the title track, “Yesterday’s News” and the awesome ballad “Miss U”.
White Flame’s “Yesterday’s News” isn’t breaking any new musical ground, but if you are a fan of the 80’s era of hard rock, you are bound to love this. This is a hard rock record that needs to be heard by all! On a side note, not only is the CD good, but the ultra cool digipak comes with a booklet that folds out into a mini news paper with song lyrics, photos and more. I thought this was a nice touch, especially from a new band.
The Bottom Line, White Flame is a killer new band with a very good debut record on their hands. If they play their cards right, they will be anything but “Yesterday’s News”. Check them out on myspace at this link.
3. The World We Live In
4. Swimsuit Issue Centerfold
6. Miss U
8. Your Joint Tonight
9. Yesterday’s News
10. Hour Of Emptiness
11. Kill The Radio
12. Close To You
13. My Future Ex-Girlfriend
White Flame is:
Vince – Vocals, Percussions, Guitar
Anthon – Electric, and Acoustic Guitars, Piano, Keyboards
Percussions, Backing Vocals
Bass, Fretless, Backing Vocals
Jony – Drums, Percussion
Proclaimed in Metal Edge magazine to be the “hardest working band in Boston ,” Mongrel is slated to hit the studio in the coming weeks to begin work on the follow up to their debut album “Fear, Lies, & Propaganda.” The yet untitled new album will again be released on Screaming Ferret Wreckords and will be engineered by Tim Koukos (whose prior work includes Nuclear Assault & Meliah Rage) and mixed by Jeff Wallace (whose prior work includes Biohazard, Pro Pain, & End of an Era).
“Since we recorded the last album we’ve been really busy with shows throughout the North Eastern, Mid-West, and Mid-Atlantic states and have expanded our fan base playing shows with The Misfits, GWAR, Otep, Prong, Wednesday13, Piggy D (Rob Zombie bassist), Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses keyboardist), Michale Graves, etc. so we’re really looking forward to finally taking the time to get back into the studio to record our next full length album and to work with Tim (Koukos) and Jeff (Wallace) to help take the recording to the next level” stated the punk/metal band’s founder, Adam Savage.
Mongrel is eyeing an early summer release for the new full length album with an EP to precede it this spring. While no titles for either release are decided, some of the songs expected to be on the next album include “Zombies of War”, “Tarnished Halo”, “Stillborn Savior”, and “Revisionist.” More extensive touring is expected to follow the release of the upcoming album.
Adam Savage: guitars
Drew Barker: vocals
Ed Loguercio: drums
For more information or to contact Mongrel check out www.myspace.com/Mongrel