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(hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne says that he hopes original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward will return to the lineup for the band's final album and tour. Ward declined to participate in the reunion album - 2013's "13" - and tour over a contractual dispute; the group recorded the project with Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine while Ozzy's solo drummer, Tommy Clufetos, handled live dates for the tour.
Ozzy tells Esquire: "What I'm really happy about is, if this is Black Sabbath's last hurrah, then we'll have ended it on an up note rather than when I left in 1979 and everybody was f***ed up on one thing or another and I was marked out as being the worst, you know. It ended on a bad note, so..."
"The only thing sad about it is I hope Bill Ward can get his stuff together to do this because... one of the biggest things I'm proud of in my life was that Black Sabbath wasn't a band that was created by some business mogul in London or New York. That we were four guys who had a great idea and it worked from record one, and we still... Would you believe that it took 45 years to get our first number-one album in America? It was amazing to me."
Asked if the band have started writing songs for the final Sabbath album, Ozzy says, "No. Although I texted [guitarist] Tony [Iommi] the other day. I said, 'It would be a great idea if you could send me some musical ideas so I can try and work some melodies around so we don't have to go searching for the song structure.' So I'm not starting from a cold block, you know?"
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(The Blues Gregg Allmann has stated that no special guests will take part in the Allman Brothers Band's final shows, which are taking place between now and next week.
The only exception would have been former guitarist Dickey Betts, who was asked to take part, but won't. Their last residency at New York's Beacon Theatre began last night, and ends on Monday, October 28 - with only the current lineup on stage every night.
Allman tells Relix: "We held a meeting and decided there's only six gigs left, and we're going to play them ourselves." Asked about Betts, he says: "Dickey is in the middle of a hunting trip. Of course we reached out."
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(Classic Rock) Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has recalled two attempts at suicide while he was a teenager, and offered a message of hope for others who struggle with depression.
He began self-harming around the age of 17 as he spent two years living under a bridge in his home town of Des Moines, Iowa, and wasn't able to escape from his mental health issues through writing.
Taylor tells the You Rock Foundation: "The only thing that really helped was writing. It felt like when I was writing I could work it out and really be able to get my head around it.
"I didn't have any money, I didn't have any notebooks. It was a really, really dark time for me. I definitely got to the point where I was ready to end it all - I had the razor in my hand and I started cutting myself. But it was a pressure valve kind of situation, where it wasn't like I was going to end it; I just needed to feel something real to snap me out of it."
He later swallowed "a bunch of pills" in a more serious attempt. He remembers: "My grandma took me to the hospital, they fed me ipecac, I threw up, then they had to force-feed me liquid charcoal to get my stomach to settle down. That was probably the lowest moment of my life - because I'd done it to myself." Read more here.
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Foo Fighters have revealed their big plans for their very first stadium headline show in the United States which will be taking place in Chicago next summer and will include support from local music heroes.
The band have announced that they will be performing at Wrigley Field on August 29, 2015 and the show will be opened by Urge Overkill, followed by Naked Raygun (who's performance at the Cubby Bear was very show that Dave Grohl attended) and they will be followed by one of Chicago's biggest rock bands, Cheap Trick.
This past weekend, the HBO series Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways premiered and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl also recently addressed how he sees the state of rock in the wake of KISS cofounder Gene Simmons' controversial remarks that rock is dead.
Grohl addressed the issue during an appearance on the Kevin & Bean morning show on Los Angeles radio stations KROQ. He said, "There's lots of rock being played and lots of rock being cared about and being made all over the world. I think popular culture works in cycles.
"Think about where music was just before Nirvana and Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and all those bands that blew up. We were kind of in a place where it almost seemed untouchable. There were a lot of bands that were really heavily stylized and heavily produced. It was really fun and it was fun to party to, but there are some times that you get hungry for something that's real."
He also added, "I want to see a dude sweating blood over his instrument he just smashed on the ground. Everybody has that in them sometimes, and I just think it sort of works in these cycles. For me it's my air, it's my food, it's my lifestyle. It's just what I do. My band is my family and the music we make is our voice. It's never going to disappear. When I step out at a Foo Fighters gig, either in an arena, club or stadium full of people singing 'Everlong' or 'My Hero' or 'Pretender,' rock and roll is alive and well in my house. I'm sorry that some people might feel starved for it."
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(Classic Rock) Nick Mason believes Pink Floyd's final album The Endless River won't translate to the road - and so the band are unlikely to tour. The record, released on November 10, is based on material left over from 1994's The Division Bell and heavily features work by late keyboardist Rick Wright. Mainman David Gilmour recently said it would be their last-ever release.
Now Mason tells Gigwise: "It would be fun to play live, but it doesn't actually lend itself to a proper tour. It's something you could play in the UFO Club in 1967. It certainly isn't a stadium event - and without Rick it's probably impossible.
"The nature of it is that a lot is designed there and then. You wouldn't want to repeat what was on the record; it's not something where you learn it and play it."
Asked directly whether Floyd will tour the album, he replies: "I don't think so." He goes on to discuss the album. Read that here.
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(Classic Rock) Volbeat won't start recording their sixth album until they've taken a six-month break, says drummer Jon Larsen. Frontman Michael Poulsen recently reported he'd begun working on songs for the follow-up to last year's Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies - their first to feature former Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano.
Now Larsen tells SRO Mag: "Michael is already planning small bits and pieces. There's not really any new music in the works. We still have weeks left of touring in the US then we're going to the UK for ten days. After that we have six months off for the first time in two years."
The drummer is looking forward to getting into the studio with Poulsen when the time comes. "I'm kind of the guy that Michael bounces his ideas off," he says. "He comes up with 99.9% of the material. But if the rest of us have an idea and he thinks it's good, he'll use it." Read more here.
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(hennemusic) Poison reunited to play a private show in Southern California on October 18 and the band are sharing photos from the event while teasing a possible reunion next year.
Frontman Bret Michaels first shared photos from rehearsal, writing "Poison's first rehearsal at a private event in So Cal. So far no fist fights, sounds great and feels great. Maybe a reunion in 2015
The day after the special performance, Michaels posted more pictures while adding, "What a great party last night and an awesome time playing with the band!
Last month, Michaels suggested Poison was on track to regroup next year, telling the Cleveland Scene, "It looks like it will happen. It's been a few years - we just want to put together the right package and show to celebrate with everyone."
Poison last toured in 2012 with Def Leppard as part of the Rock Of Ages trek. More including the photos here.
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(Classic Rock) Primus drummer Tim 'Herb' Alexander has returned to live action following open heart surgery. The 49-year-old - who also drums for Puscifer - was back in the stool for Primus at this week's gig in Philadelphia.
Alexander suffered a heart attack in July and his heart had to be stopped while doctors operated to correct the problem. His bandmates in Primus and Puscifer called on fans to form a "global drum circle" and to keep Herb in their thoughts as he went under the knife.
Announcing his return via Facebook, Primus posted a picture of the drummer along with the message: "Ladies and Gentleman... Herb is back!!!" Read more here.
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(Classic Rock) Kerry King says work on Slayer's 11th album is "business as usual," despite the turmoil of lineup changes forced on the band since last year. Drummer Dave Lombardo was dismissed in February 2013 following a pay dispute, and was replaced by Paul Bostaph. Guitarist Jeff Hanneman died three months later of alcohol-related liver failure. He had been absent from the band since the previous year after contracting a flesh-eating disease from a spider bite, with Exodus's Gary Holt filling in.
It means the follow-up to 2009's World Painted Blood will be Slayer's first album without the two original guitarists collaborating in the studio - and King has already admitted he knows some fans expect him to fail.
But he tells ScionAV: "There's more talk about pressure than anything. I mean, I've been making up this music for 30 years. So I think it's business as usual.
"We've got fast material, we've got heavy material, we've got spooky material. So anything you dug about Slayer, historically, you should dig about this record." Read more here.
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(Prog) Procol Harum have revealed that they will be playing a one-off show with the BBC Orchestra & Choir at London's Dominion Theatre on November 24.
Gary Brooker and co will perform for Radio 2 as part of the corporation's Friday Night Is Music Night series. The band have a long history of symphonic performances, although it's the first time in several years they've delivered one in the UK.
Their show with the London Symphony Orchestra resulted in the longest ovation in the history of the Barbican Theatre, and has become the most-requested item in the venue's archive. More including ticket link here.
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(Classic Rock) Glam rock singer and actor Alvin Stardust has died at the age of 72, it's been confirmed. Real name Bernard Jewry, and also known as Shane Fenton, Stardust has recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer, but hadn't stopped performing. His last appearance was in Worcestershire at the weekend.
He'd recently completed work on his first album in 30 years, and the release will go ahead as planned in November. A spokesman had the following to say:
"It's an extraordinary record - we've been playing it to people who thought it was Johnny Cash or Glen Campbell. Nobody guessed it was Alvin. It's fantastic, and it's going to come out next month because that's what he would have wanted."
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(TeamRock Radio) Korn frontman Jonathan Davis says he's ready to revisit his painful past as he gears up to perform controversial song Daddy on tour. They'll mark the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut album by playing it in full on the road with Slipknot - including the song he wrote about being sexually abused at the hands of a family friend, then not being believed by his parents.
Davis tells Alternative Press: "It's been 20 years. I've come to grips with what's happened to me, and everything else. You know what? F*** it - I'm going to play it. I'm a lot more mature than I was doing that record in the beginning. I need to do it for the fans, too."
He adds: "It'll be really special. Daddy has only been played live twice, and some others never, so I think it'll be pretty cool." Now he's a parent himself, Davis has a different view of his career. Read what he had to say here.
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(Classic Rock) Thrash icons Raven have offered an exclusive covers set as part of their campaign to crowdfund their next album. Party Killers includes their take on tracks by Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Queen, Nazareth and others and is being offered as an exclusive incentive to fans who contribute to the band's fundraising campaign for next album ExterminNation.
The band are looking to secure $15,000 for the project, with Kickstarter rewards including t-shirts, patches, a seven-inch vinyl single and now the full covers CD, Party Killers.
Vocalist and bassist John Gallagher says: "We were writing for the new album at a cool studio in Richmond, Virginia, and in the middle of jamming asked the engineer there if we could record a few cover tunes just for the hell of it."
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(Classic Rock) Cream have confirmed details of a career-spanning 6-LP vinyl box set due out next month. Rock's first supergroup release Cream: 1966-1972 on November 24 via Universal Music. It includes the band's four studio and two live sets reissued with reproductions of original artwork on 180-gram heavyweight audiophile vinyl.
Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker roared onto the scene in 1966 with Fresh Cream, introducing a sonic hybrid of blues rock, hard rock and burgeoning psychedelic rock with jazz-influenced drumming.
Disreali Gears arrived in late 1967 and was followed nine months later by the double-album Wheels Of Fire, issued at the same time as the group announced plans to break up after a US tour.
Cream played two farewell concerts at Royal Albert Hall in November 1968 to close out their career. The band's aptly-titled fourth album, 1969's Goodbye, signalled the end of an era and was followed by two live releases - 1970's Live Cream and 1972's Live Cream Volume II. Both were recorded on tour in America during 1967 and 1968.
Read more and check out the tracklisting here.
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(Prog) Opeth mainman Mikael Akerfeldt says there are no plans for a collaborative project with Mastodon's Bill Kelliher and Bjorn Gelotte of In Flames, despite suggestions to the contrary.
Kelliher recently said a project had been discussed, and that he'd exchanged ideas with Gelotte before stalling over his part, saying: "It's harder than I thought it would be, but it's definitely a plan."
But Akerfeldt tells RockSverige: "I don't know of this. He's really cool, no doubt about it, and Bjorn is too - but we've never talked about this." Read more here.
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(Classic Rock) Geoff Tate is looking forward to escaping the constraints of commercial writing as he begins work on his post-Queensryche trilogy. And he says the moment he realised that he no longer has to conform to radio requirements was "like I saw God."
The legal wrangles that exploded after his firing in 2012 ended earlier this year, with his colleagues keeping the band name. He'll continue his career using the name Operation: Mindcrime, and retains the rights to perform both Queensryche concept albums.
Tate tells 10Songs: "It's always been in my head to create music based on a commercial arrangement, just because my band always wrote music for radio, and you had to conform to a format and standard.
"I realised one day that this album is not going be played on the radio because there's no money to promote it. All of a sudden, I went, 'Oh my God - I can do whatever I want.'" Read more here.
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(Classic Rock) Philip Sayce has been forced to cancel his upcoming tour of the UK and Europe, but can't explain the details. He was due to return next month in support of seventh album Influence, which was released in August.
Sayce says in a brief statement: "I am deeply disappointed to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances, our hopes of returning to Europe and the UK next month to perform will not be possible.
"We are diligently looking at ways to reschedule in the new year, and sincerely thank you for all of your continued love, support and understanding." Read more here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Attila's Nate Salemeh has quit the band in order to live a "clean healthy life." The guitarist says in a statement on Facebook that he needed to distance himself from drugs and alcohol and that leaving the metalcore group was a necessary step.
Salemeh says: "I have no bad blood against the guys at all. It was apparent to the people who are close to me - including the guys in the band - that I wasn't happy. I couldn't keep lying to myself.
"It just took some recent events for me to realise it. I had recently decided to make a lifestyle change to clean myself of all drugs and alcohol and it is obvious that this was not the environment that I needed to be in to ensure that I live a clean, healthy and happy life." here.
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(Classic Rock) A final date has been added to Jeff Wayne's last-ever The War Of The Worlds tour. The trek - based on his acclaimed 1978 concept album - will now open at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena on November 27, in addition to the 16 previously-announced appearances in the following weeks.
The final live version stars Liam Neeson in 3D holography, Jason Donovan, Brian McFadden and others - and sees the story's author HG Wells brought to life by Scottish actor Callum O'Neill.
Wayne says: "I decided it was time to give Wells a chance to have his say on why he wrote the first science fiction story ever. He'll be seen and heard in three riveting scenes - aged 33, 53 and 79 - spanning the end of the 19th century and two subsequent world wars."
More including the dates here.
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(Classic Rock) Kate Bush has thanked the fans who attended her Before The Dawn shows for taking her breath away. The 22-date residency in London was her first live major commitment since 1979 - and she's already suggested she may not be seen again for some time.
Bush says: "It was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. I was really delighted that the shows were received so positively and so warmly - but the really unexpected part of it all was the audiences. Audiences you could only ever dream of.
"They took my breath away. Every single night they were so behind us. You could feel their support from the minute we walked on stage. I just never imagined it would be possible to connect with an audience on such a powerful and intimate level; to feel such - well, quite frankly - love. It was like this at every single show."
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(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar is sharing the origins of the 1986 Van Halen classic, "Dreams", as he promotes his newly-released acoustic album, "Lite Roast." The project sees Sammy teamed with Waboritas guitarist Vic Johnson to deliver stripped-down versions of tunes from Hagar's career, including the VH track.
"It was the '5150' record, and we did it in like less than a month," Hagar tells Ultimate Classic Rock. "Mick Jones from Foreigner, I got him to come in and produce it with us, and he was saying, 'You guys need one more song.' We had the whole album except that song. We were saying 'Oh, f- you, we just want to get out on tour,' we were so happy and jacked up that we just couldn't wait to get out and play for the people."
"[Jones] was saying, 'Give me one more song' and we didn't have one - we had nothing," continues the singer. "So Eddie starts pulling out all of these cassette tapes that were laying all over the floor and he's just sticking them in the cassette player and hitting play, fast forward, play, fast forward, play - and all of the sudden we hear [Hagar imitates classic riff from 'Dreams']. All of us look at each other and we're like, 'Oh, that's cool - what's that?' It wasn't like a whole thing - he had the intro and then he had [that riff], so we all said, 'Well, let's work on that.'"
"So the band started working on it and got it sounding really pretty cool," explains Hagar, "and then I'm going, 'Oof, I don't have any idea what to sing to that! I don't have any idea what the lyrics for that are going to be,' and Mick kept saying, 'Come on!' because we weren't on a deadline, but we all wanted to get out to play. And then all of the sudden I was hanging it up, because it just didn't hit me musically, as far as the melody and a lyric [to go along with it]."
At this point, Jones continued to work with Hagar to find a way to make the tune work. "So Mick would come out to my house in the morning and for about a week, and we'd go for a walk on the beach and he would start humming things to try and inspire me," he says. "'What about this?' And I'm going, 'Arrrgh,' and then all of the sudden, I just heard in my head, driving in - I had it in my car cassette player, I'm sure - and I'm listening, and I started going 'Higher and higher' in my head. So I kind of had a melody, I came in and I just started singing, and it was in that f-in' register. I had never sang in that register ever in my life, but it just came out and I just kept singing it."
Read more and listen to both versions of the song here.
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(Classic Rock) James Hetfield insists Metallica are glad they made their infamous movie Some Kind Of Monster - even though they still find it hard to watch. Despite its controversial contents, Metallica will release a 10th anniversary edition next month, with a 25-minute additional feature shot last year.
Asked if the movie makes difficult viewing, Hetfield tells US radio host Elliot Segal: "Yeah -hearing yourself, watching yourself, seeing the mirror back at what other people see. Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, the directors, ended up being pretty much fly on the wall, so you really kind of forget the cameras are there and you're being yourself.
"A lot of times I'm not really comfortable with myself, seeing myself in the situations. But, man, I learned a lot about what I don't like about me, which was good - and I think everyone involved pretty much felt the same way about themselves."
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(TeamRock Radio) Blink-182 offshoot Angels & Airwaves are gearing up to release an animated short movie that will accompany their fifth album The Dream Walker.
Tom DeLonge's outfit will launch Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker online on December 9 - although the date for the follow-up to 2011's Love Part Two hasn't yet been confirmed.
The band explain: "The Dream World is an alternate universe created by humankind's shared unconscious thoughts. When Poet Anderson journeys deep into this world, he meets his own Dream Walker, a mysterious guardian angel who leads Poet to confront his demons and his destiny."
DeLonge recently recalled laughing at the record label exec who told him he'd become rich and famous. Blink-182 are currently working on their seventh album. Watch the trailer here.
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(hennemusic) KISS frontman Paul Stanley is among the guests featured on the next edition of Oprah: Where Are They Now and the show have released a preview of the episode, where Stanley shares his first impression of future bandmate Gene Simmons.
"When I first met Gene over at a guitar player's house that I was playing with and he was playing with in another band, I didn't like him," says Stanley. "I thought he was full of himself, opinionated, brash, insulting. Gene's first comment to me was, 'Oh, I hear you write...play me something.' So he was a bit smug and arrogant and full of himself
and nothing has changed."
Oprah: Where Are They Now airs this Sunday, October 26 at 9:00PM ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Stanley and KISS will play their first Las Vegas residency this fall. Watch the preview here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Butcher Babies have released a video for their cover version of Napoleon XIV's They're Coming To Take Me Away. The song is taken from the group's new covers EP Uncovered, which is out now also features versions of tracks by ZZ Top, Suicidal Tendencies, The Osmonds and SOD.
Singer Carla Harvey says: "It was a blast recording songs that we have been fans of our entire lives and putting our spin on them. We all chose a song that had some significance to us. My pick was They're Coming To Take Me Away, because I have a vivid memory of my stepdad, who I considered completely insane, playing it over and over again on his car stereo when I was a pre-teen. The song is about being taken away to a mental institution. I can still see him tapping his fingers on his steering wheel to the beat."
Explaining the video for They're Coming To Take Me Away, Harvey's fellow singer Heidi Shepherd adds: "As kids, we always loved this creepy, quirky song around Halloween time. So, we thought it would be perfect to ring in the Halloween season with this video reminiscent of old slasher films."
Watch the video and check out the tracklist here.
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(Classic Rock) The Treatment have released a new music video for their track Running With The Dogs, which is the title track from the band's forthcoming second album.
Running With The Dogs will be released in the United States on November 4 via Spinefarm Records. It was originally made available in the UK in February.
Currently in the last week of a headline UK tour, The Treatment are offering immediate downloads of tracks Running With The dogs and Emergency to US fans who pre-order the album from iTunes. Watch the video here.
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(hennemusic) Queen have released a new TV commercial for their forthcoming compilation, "Queen Forever". Due November 10 (Nov. 11 in North America), the set presents a mix of Queen's hits and classic tracks, including three previously unreleased songs featuring Freddie Mercury.
The package includes a long-anticipated track from Queen and Michael Jackson, "There Must Be More To Life Than This", a previously unfinished Mercury-Queen tune "Let Me In Your Heart Again" originating from the band's "The Works" album recording sessions, and the new stripped-down ballad take on "Love Kills."
"Queen Forever" will be available as a 20-track single CD and as an extended 36-track, two-CD set. Fans can watch the online stream of the Queen Forever TV commercial here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Enter Shikari have launched a stream of their track The Last Garrison. It's taken from upcoming fourth album The Mindsweep, set for release via their own label Ambush Reality on January 19.
Frontman Rou Reynolds recently said of the follow-up to 2012's A Flash Flood Of Colour: "We pushed ourselves with some of the rawest angriest vocals we've ever done, as well as some of the most dulcet and delicate. It's even more diverse than normal - we've built more confidence and fearlessness to widen our influences.
"Melody and aggression will always be an important side of what we do, but there's also an effort to concentrate on texture too." Check out the stream of the new song here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Sabaton have released a lyric video for their track Night Witches. The song is taken from the Swedish metal outfit's latest album Heroes, released earlier this year.
According to the band, the song is about female fighter pilots in World War II. Singer Joakim Broden also said in April that the gloomy Swedish weather was partly responsible for the country's prolific track record in producing metal bands.
Sabaton are currently in the middle of a world tour, which hits the UK Next month. You can check out the upcoming UK dates and watch the new lyric video here.
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(Prog) Obsidian Kingdom have released a video for their track Ball-Room, from brand new debut album Mantiis. It's launches today via Season Of Mist.
The label had the following to say about the video, "Behold Obsidian Kingdom's music video for Ball-Room - one of the bloodiest chapters out of Mantiis, and a shocking visual tale portraying sex, death, and a good load of frenzied pleasures.
"The clip is not recommended for the faint of heart. Don't forget to wash your eyes after you've watched it." Obsidian Kingdom play four UK and Ireland dates ahead of a European run. Grab the dates and watch the video here.
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(Radio.com) For this edition of Single Again, Radio.com spoke to Jim Peterik of Survivor, about "Eye of the Tiger" the theme from Rocky III and the biggest hit single of 1982. Peterik's new book Through the Eye of the Tiger details his surprisingly clean-cut career, from his days as a member of the Ides of March (best known for the 1970 hit "Vehicle," which Peterik wrote) on up to songwriting collaborations with Brian Wilson and others.
Radio.com: What do you think will be the most surprising revelation for people reading your book Through the Eye of the Tiger? Jim Peterik: Well I think first of all, people are going to go 'Who's Jim Peterik?' [laughs] And then the revelation might be that he's involved with a lot of songs that are still on the radio that they may even like. And not even just the obvious stuff like "Eye of the Tiger" but also .38 Special and ["Vehicle" by] the Ides of March, which was my first hit record.
What about for the people who were already familiar? I guess it's the fact that-I don't want to moralize in any way, shape or form-that I never really fell into the rock 'n roll lifestyle. I'd like to at least shatter some of the stereotypes that you have to do to make it. They really fell into the huge pitfalls that a lot of rockers did.
Was that difficult with people around you falling into that? It was almost easier-I saw what it did to them and what idiots they were when they were high. And I just wanted to go into the next room and write the next hit song.
Was "Eye of the Tiger" the first time you ever wrote a song to order? Well, it was the first time we really specifically set out to go "OK, we've got to write the most amazing song ever for this movie called Rocky III." We had a great script to work from and the rough cut of the movie right in front of us, so if we messed up we'd have no one to blame but ourselves.
Were you a big fan of the prior Rocky movies or boxing before Stallone approached you? Huge fan of Rocky I, and II was good, too, my wife and I were really into it. So when I got home that fateful day in early 1982, I had a message on my answering machine that went: "Jim, nice answering machine you got there, give me a call, it's Sylvester Stallone." So I thought, yeah, right, c'mon. Stallone would have a handler or an agent
it's not every day you get a message from Stallone. So I thought somebody was pranking me. I called my buddy Sal who did an imitation of him: "Come on, don't do this to me." He's like "Do what?" So I called him back and Stallone answers, "Yo." And I said, "Is this Sylvester Stallone?" And he goes [affects Stallone voice], "Yeah, call me Sly." So I go, "Hi Sly, how you doing?" And he goes, "Yeah, I like the sound of your band. I want that sound for my new movie, can you help me out?" And I said, "Is the pope Catholic?" I knew this was the chance of a lifetime.
He sent us a rough cut of the movie, the first three and a half minutes of a montage. So me and [Survivor guitarist] Frankie Sullivan just watch this thing, and he's got a Les Paul and starts playing the "chugga, chugga, chugga" thing. I see the punches, you know, Mr. T knocking the daylights out of Stallone, and I go "bom
bom bom bom." Literally syncing the guitar part to the punches we see onscreen. So we had a really good start, and then we begged Stallone to send us the whole movie, which he finally did the next day. Begrudgingly, because he wasn't supposed to. But that's when everything took shape, because that's when we see Burgess Meredith's character going "Roc, you're losing the eye of the tiger!" And we go, "There's our song."
How did Stallone shape the song? Were all of his suggestions good ones? They weren't really specific. He said, "I want something with a pulse, something for the kids, something you can pump your fists to." He just shaped us into what he wanted, and we delivered. We demoed the song the day after we wrote it, and he heard it and goes, "You guys really did it, that's what I'm looking for. But you got lazy on me and didn't write a third verse." And I'm glad we wrote that verse, it made it better.
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Today Reagan Jones from the duo Iris tells us about the song "Phenom" from their brand new album "Radiant," which is being released today (October 24). Here is the story:
Phenom is kinda exalting a characteristic of my life few people would want for themselves. I live alone, I travel alone, I do almost everything on my own, and I really enjoy that I can explore life, the world, and grow as a human unimpeded except for those things I let in the way.
Relationships almost never stick with me, I'm always called to being back in my own space, walking with God, and working on the spiritual nature of who I am, where I'm going after death, and what my purpose is here in this life. At the moment, I feel I can leave almost any situation and start over again with an inspired exuberance, so Phenom celebrates this rather odd lifestyle.
It's dangerous to live this way; it's walking a tightrope with the depths of loneliness right beneath you, but I believe by mastering solitude you can turn this into the ride of your life.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!
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