From Rolling Stone.com:
Van Halen has signed to Interscope Records, a source with knowledge of the talks tells Rolling Stone. The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter, which wrote that Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine was personally involved with the negotiations, and quoted an “insider” as saying, “He heard the band was available and wanted to work with them. It was decided at the eleventh hour.” The deal reportedly includes touring, merchandising, marketing and recording.
Rumors were swirling a few months ago that the band was going to sign with Columbia, but supposedly Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth didn’t want to sign with a label on the East Coast. “He was never on board [with Columbia],” the Hollywood Reporter’s source said. “It was as complicated as anyone would imagine, when one side says black, the other says white. The label was pretty skeptical that things would work out.”
Van Halen haven’t released an album of new material since 1998’s ill-fated Van Halen III, which featured Extreme’s Gary Cherone on vocals. They reunited with Sammy Hagar in 2004 for a tour, but shortly afterwards parted ways with the Red Rocker and founding bassist Michael Anthony. They toured in 2007 and 2008 with David Lee Roth and Eddie’s son teenage son Wolfgang Van Halen on bass. There have been numerous reports that the band was recording a new album over the past few years. It will be their first record with David Lee Roth since 1984.
Metal Blade to re-issue FLOTSAM AND JETSAM’s classic album “Doomsday For The Deceiver” as 25th Anniversary vinyl edition in January!
All Flotzillas and Hammerheads out there will be happy to hear that Metal Blade will re-issue the FLOTSAM AND JETSAM classic “Doomsday For The Deceiver” on vinyl as a 2-Gatefold-LP!
The 25th anniversary vinyl edition of this classic album – to be released January 13th/16h, 2012 – will feature a bunch of bonus tracks! Here is the track listing:
(remixed and remastered versions 2006)
1. Hammerhead 06:13
2. Iron Tears 03:50
3. Desecrator 03:48
4. Fade to Black 02:04
5. Doomsday for the Deceiver 09:08
total 25:03 min
(remixed and remastered versions 2006)
6. Metalshock 08:16
7. She Took an Axe 05:16
8. Der Fuhrer 05:44
9. Flotzilla (instrumental) 06:09
total 25:25 min
10. U.L.S.W. (rem. version 2006) 04:19
11. Iron Tears (Iron Tears demo) 04:06
12. I Live You Die (Iron Tears demo) 06:07
13. Hammerhead (Metal Shock 1985) 06:34
14. The Evil Sheik (Metal Shock 1985) 05:27
total 26:33 min
15. I Live You Die (Metal Shock 1985) 06:26
16. The Beast Within (Metal Shock 1985) 04:09
17. Children of the Night (live 85 – unreleased) 04:15
18. The Executioner (live 85 – unreleased) 05:42
19. Those Who Defy (live 85 – unreleased) 03:43
20. On the Attack (live 85 – unreleased) 03:38
total 27:53 min
What songs/videos defined 2006? When I started looking back at the humble beginnings of Hard Rock Hideout, one band kept coming to mind, and that was Black Stone Cherry. BSC released their self titled debut in 2006, and their first video “Lonely Train” was a real eye opener. With so many new bands trying to sound like the next Nickelback, Black Stone Cherry stepped out of the shadows to put out a killer CD that still gets a lot of play by this listener to this day.
Check out the “Lonely Train” video clip below.
Andrew Charles Rocks October!
Rock ‘n’ Roll style is available nationwide at Macy’s.
The new fashion line, inspired by Steven Tyler, is officially available at Macy’s stores across the United States and macys.com. Andrew Charles kicked off our month-long celebration in New York City with a surprise appearance by Steven Tyler, and daughters Chelsea, and Mia in the windows of Macy’s, then took the show on the road to Miami, Orlando, Atlanta, and Nashville, for in-store parties, fashion shows, and a special performance by the Andrew Charles All-Stars, featuring special guest drummer Marky Ramone.
Check out AndrewCharles.com for contests, exclusive content, news, and upcoming events, and to find a Macy’s near you that carries Andrew Charles.
Steven Tyler shocked passers by when he made a surprise appearance in the iconic windows of Macy’s, along with his daughters Chelsea and Mia. The rock legend then made his way into the store where he met hundreds of fans and shoppers.
Check out the video clip below.
Germany’s Heavy Metal finest PRIMAL FEAR to release their anticipated ninth studion album “Unbreakable”
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Primal Fear new studio album entitled “Unbreakable” on January 20th 2012 in Europe and January 24th in North America.
After a sensational tour through South America in spring 2011, more dates in Europe plus an outstanding appearance on the 2011 edition of the Wacken Open Air, the band was fired up to enter the recording studio to start tracking their ninth studio album. The target was crystal clear – producer & bassist Mat Sinner: “After touring for two years without breaks, the guys realized the fan favourites very well and we wrote an untamed, powerful and crushing album together”.
“Unbreakable” combines the skills of the strongest Primal Fear line-up ever, with a well-balanced “back to the roots” vibe and an ambitious learning process during their longest tour so far. Classic and ultra-fresh Primal Fear riff-rockers like “Strike”, “Give Em Hell” or the high speed track “And There Was Silence” will hit the bulls-eye, like the rhythm paced metal anthem, first single and new video clip “Bad Guys Wear Black”. Less experiments, more rock! But there will be a nine-minute epic journey with a lot prog approach named “Where Angels Die”, a classic wonderful ballad “Born Again” and the melodic power bomb “Metal Nation”. Singer Ralf Scheepers adds: “the plan was to record an album for the fans with rough metal riffs, screaming vocals and good melodies …… and finally it became a monster – a tough ‘bang-your-head’ metal album called “Unbreakable”.
Magnus Karlsson and Alex Beyrodt are worldwide respected guitarists – together they are unbeatable! Ralf Scheepers vocal performance shines bright on a new level on all new songs. And what can go wrong if you’re backed by one of the best rhythm sections in metal with Randy Black and Mat Sinner? Plus backing vocals by the “Fantastic Four”: Ralf Scheepers, Mat Sinner, Erik Martensson and Oliver Hartmann. You can hear the result on Primal Fears new statement called “Unbreakable”!
“Unbreakable” was produced by Mat Sinner, engineered and mixed by Achim Koehler & the House Of Music studios and some more studios in Germany & Sweden between summer and autumn 2011 and will include the following tracks: Unbreakable (Part1); Strike; Give ‘Em Hell; Bad Guys Wear Black; And There Was Silence; Metal Nation; Where Angels Die; Unbreakable (Part 2); Marching Again; Born Again; Blaze Of Glory; Conviction; Night Of The Jumps (Bonus Track)*; Bad Guys Wear Black (Video)*
* Only available in the first pressing in digipak
“Unbreakable” will be anticipated by the digital only release of the single “Bad Guys Wear Black” which will be available for download and streaming on December 5th 2011. The single will also include “Metal Nation” in an exclusive single mix.
Don’t miss the German Metal Commando when they’re coming to your town!
Ralf Scheepers – Vocals
Alex Beyrodt – Guitars
Magnus Karlsson – Guitar, Keyboards
Randy Black – Guitars
Mat Sinner – Bass & Vocals
The new Ozzy Osbourne rockumentary God Bless Ozzy hits stores tomorrow!
Typically I am not a big fan of bio pictures, but this DVD is interesting from beginning to end. Ozzy’s son, Jack Osbourne is the producer of this movie, and worked on it for over three years before releasing. Jack has put together a terrific, unbiased film that most Ozzy Osbourne fans will want to watch. If you are familiar with Ozzy’s history, the movie might feel like a bit of a rehash of Ozzy’s life, but the interviews, behind the scene photographs and excerpts make this film really stand out.
The documentary has a ton of guest appearances, including Sir Paul McCartney, Tommy Lee, Robert Trujillo and more. There is some rare footage of Randy Rhoads that you won’t see anywhere else.
The Osbourne TV show painted Ozzy as the clown prince of rock n’ roll. If you want to know and learn about the real Ozzy, this is the film that you need to see. I enjoyed God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, and I think you will too.
You can purchase a copy of the movie at this link.
Rating: Out of 10