The 2012 British film follows journalist Kate Spicer as she tries to make her brother Tom's dream of meeting Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich come true. Tom has a form of autism called Fragile X Syndrome.
Kate - with the help of third sibling Will - sets out to take Tom from a care home in England to the United States to meet his hero. Kate says: We had this fantasy of hitting the road with Tom and recreating some of the magic of our teenage years cruising around in £100 cars, eating Burger King and listening to heavy metal on the tape deck. We thought it would be fun, bonding. We wanted to do something good for our brother. We were also sick of him endlessly asking."
But, the film's synopsis explains, "Tom's disabilities, a dysfunctional family, and heavy metal's Labyrinthine backstage world thwart the mission at every turn. Then as they get closer to Lars, Tom the man starts to shine and a touching and inspirational finale ensues."
Ulrich described the film as "deeply moving". Read more from Lars and watch the trailerhere.
The tour will feature support from Reflections, To The Wind, and Invent, Animate and will be kicking off on November 5th in Toronto, On at Hard Luck. The band has announced dates through December 11th with more stops to still be announced.
Texas In July's Benjamin Witkowski had the following to say about their final trek "We have all been patiently waiting the arrival of this announcement. This November/December is going to be an absolute blast, making a trip around North America one last time as TIJ.
"We are all very excited to spend time with fans/friends from all over during this last tour. Just a few more months til the first gig of the last gigs, see you all there!"
Guitarist Chris Davis adds, "Having something that has encompassed so much of our lives for so many years come to an end is not easy, but we are very excited to have one last round of wild shows with all of the fans that made this adventure possible for us.
"We'll be playing songs from every album in the band's catalogue, some that haven't been played in years, or ever at all! Come help us make this last tour one that we will remember for the rest of our lives!"See the tour dates here.
The band premiered the new video late last week which features their mascot Eddie in a series of classic video game scenarios. The track is the first song the band has revealed from their forthcoming album. Watch the "Speed of Light" video here.
The band's new double album, "Book Of Souls", is set to be released on September 4th in various formats including double standard CD, digitally, deluxe 2 CD version and a triple heavy weight vinyl version. Watch the "Speed of Light" documentary videohere.
Well, an interview with the fan on a local rock station (via Uproxx), the fan (Anthony) revealed the real reasons why he was so moved by the moment, and booze did not play a factor.
'My mom died about six months ago," he said, "and I'd just got back from Europe putting her in her crypt, and he just started singing it and I just got all emo. What I hated is he was like, 'Oh he's a drunk guy.' I was dead sober. I don't drink. You know, I might have had a little Colorado green, but I don't drink." Read morehere.
The band posted the following message on their Facebook page, "No one that's never been on the road will ever really know how hard it is. Especially if you have a life altering disease like Adam does, he has had MS since before we even started touring and he has always pushed through the sh*tty sleep schedules, the insane heat, the strain your body goes through on stage, the sh*tty food, not showering for weeks, and everything else horrible that we put our bodies through.
"He has finished every tour he has ever been on with us, but today he woke up with no vision in his left eye and depth perception completely out of whack, it's sad to say that he won't be able to finish this tour with us. Tonight he is going to still play the show with us, but he will have to be sitting in a chair on stage. We have to buy him a flight back to Florida tonight so that he can go to his doctor and hopefully not have another relapse.
"We will be continuing the tour with Austin Coupe of Adaliah, and Bryan Long of Dealey Plaza trading off bass duties for us! Wish Adam the best of luck and we thank the dudes in the other bands beyond words for helping us, and Adam out!"
The album marks Tate's first release since reaching a legal settlement with his former colleagues in Queensryche. The Key is the first in a trilogy of records that explores "international politics, the world economy and social ethos."
Tate says: "We've thrown out the rules for this record, and it's been really liberating. I'm a fan of old prog, and that music didn't stick to rules. It's inspiring and enjoyable to be able to explore, and it's great being in a position to write without constraints."
In the Burn video - directed by Seattle filmmaker Jamie Burton Chamberlin - Tate and the band are seen performing in the back of a stretch Limo, with an array of changing guests. Chamberlin also directed the band's video for Re-Inventing The Future. Watch the "Burn" videohere.
Tyler tweeted a picture of him and "Nashville" star Hayden Panettiere, writing, "Hayden and I getting a little 'crazy' on set at Nashville. You won't want to miss this. #PatsyCline"
The singer has been in Nashville since January working with songwriters on material for his debut solo album on Big Machine Records' affiliated label Dot Records.
Tyler issued the project's lead single, "Love Is Your Name", to radio in May before delivering the debut live performance of the tune on the season 14 finale of American Idol on May 13. Read more and see the photohere.
The series of shows also marked Clapton's 50 years in the music business and more than 200 performances at The Royal Albert Hall. Viewers will hear classic tracks and fan favourites from the Mississippi blues of Robert Johnson that originally inspired him, through Cream, Derek & the Dominos and the many highlights of Clapton's long solo career.
The cinema event will also include a special featurette filmed exclusively for theater audiences. Presented by Paul Gambaccini, it features interviews with Clapton associates Paul Carrack, Andy Fairweather Lowe and Chris Stainton, as well as journalists Hugh Fielder and Paul Sexton. Read morehere.
The new album is set to be released on September 18th and a little over a month later they will kick off the trek on October 20th in Tucson, AZ at Club XS. The tour is set to conclude on November 22nd in Anaheim, CA at the House of Blues.
The tour will feature support from Stick To Your Guns, Emarosa, and Oceans Ate Alaska. Cane Hill will be on most of the trek up until their final show on the tour on November 16th in Colorado Springs.See the tour dates here.
The band will be kicking off the first leg on October 9th in Dallas, TX at Gas Monkey Live and wrapping the leg on November 4th in Lubbock, TX at Jakes. Kadavar and All Them Witches will be the support acts for the first leg (but Kadavar will not be part of the final five shows).
The second leg will feature support from Royal Thunder and is set to launch on November 18th in New Orleans at One Eyed Jacks and will conclude on December 19th in Corpus Christi, TX at the House of Rock.See the tour dates here.
New singer Papa Emeritus III and two of the Nameless Ghouls were on hand to play a four-song set that included "Jigolo Har Megiddo," "Ghuleh" and "Zombie Queen" from 2013's "Infestissumam", and the title track to their 2013 Dave Grohl-produced EP "If You Have Ghost."
Following the performance, Ghost reportedly hosted 2- hour meet and greet with fans at the store. The Unholy/Unplugged trek will sees the band hit four more US cities this week, including Los Angles, Phoenix, Baltimore and Brooklyn .
The intimate acoustic performances will be followed a month later by the Black To The Future North American tour, which begins at The Fillmore in Washington, DC on September 22. Watch video from the tour kick offhere.
Kisser tells Impact: "The new album, we're gonna starting working now. I have a lot of riffs here and there. Eloy also has some ideas. But we need really to start organizing and then get ready for practice and really develop the songs properly. But we're gonna take our time, probably for an end of 2016 release."
He adds that recent 30th anniversary celebration single Under My Skin won't be on their next release. He says: "That song is not a part of any album, it's something very specific for this year, a celebration of 30 years." Read more and watch the full interviewhere.
Joining them in Denner Shermann are Demonica bassist Marc Grabowskie, former Mercyful Fate drummer Snowy Shaw and Death Dealer singer Sean Peck.
Denner had the following to say about the group: "Creating these songs with this lineup really ignited my metal fire hotter than ever. I'm sure the fans are going to love this thing."
Shermann adds: "This mix ended up really having an old-school feel to it that sounds awesome when blasting at an unhealthy volume." Satan's Tomb will be available in CD, vinyl and digital download formats. watch a trailer for the recordhere.
The three-day event featured performances from Coal Chamber, Fear Factory and the full lineup from The Summer Slaughter Tour - Arch Enemy, Born Of Osiris, Veil of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Cattle Decapitation and Beyond Creation.
Gwar will launch the 30 Years Of Total World Domination Tour on August 25 with guests Butcher Babies and Battlecross - which includes three Riot Fest shows - and now they've added an autumn run with Born Of Osiris and Battlecross. Canadian dates will see Cryptopsy in the lineup.
With newly-announced shows set to start October 7 in Cincinnati, guitarist Pustulus Maximus offers a preview of what fans can expect during the autumn run.
He says: "I have yet to grasp this concept of the internet and the spouting of self-important speeches by people in social media - the internet must die, so Gwar will kill it.
"Management tells me the internet is not a person that can be fought and killed, but they don't know the true power of a Scumdog. We kill everything." Check out the dateshere.
The band announced Latvala's departure from the lineup on friendly terms in May after 12 years with the group. Laiho says he was probably the band member most affected during the recording of I Worship Chaos and that the lineup change ultimately brought the group closer together.
He tells Metal Exposure: "It was more work for me obviously, because I was working double shifts with the guitars. I didn't mind. If anything, I think it sounds tighter than ever, so at least something good came out of that.
"Surprisingly it went very smoothly. Roope and the rest of us parted ways three days before hitting the studio. I think that it brought all of us ever closer and made us work harder." Read morehere.
Due August 28 (September 18 in North America), the package sees the band captured in concert at Germany's Wacken Open Air Festival in 2013. "Wacken is a success story beyond par, starting out humbly by two friends in a field in rural Germany and becoming one of the best organized and attended metal festivals ever," says bassist Roger Glover. "We were most impressed by the facilities, security, backstage, camping… in fact the whole production was superb. As was the crowd, an awesome sight from the stage, generating a palpable sense of occasion. In the sunset, we were treated to a great welcome from the sea of tattoos and black leather facing us.
"Festival crowds are unique because most people are there for the occasion itself rather than for any particular band. For us that is always a welcome challenge and a chance to connect with many who may never have seen us before. But the real stars are all in the audience. Thank you, Wacken."
A second live set, "…To The Rising Sun (In Tokyo)" - which presents the group live at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo in April of 2014 - will also be issued the same day. Watch the videohere.
"Somewhere between Innocence & Decadence is where you will find Graveyard, hard at work trying to figure out which apples that will fall from what tree," says drummer Axel Sjöberg. "Can you see us? We're that little hopeless case of a fly in denial - since forever stuck between the piles of sh*t that your ever repeating life keeps lining up for you."
Innocence & Decadence will be released on September 18, and can be pre-ordered now. "It's gonna be an album filled to the rim with a little bit of this," say the band. "And, for all of those who might wonder or worry - there will be quite a lot of that on it as well. We've had a great time recording the album at the "gemytliga" Atlantis Studios in Stockholm together with Janne Hansson and Johan Lindström." Watch the new videohere.
Megadeth are on track for a late 2015 release of their forthcoming 15th album. Recorded in Nashville, the untitled project is co-produced by frontman Dave Mustaine and Toby Wright (Alice In Chains, Korn), and is currently being mixed by Lamb Of God producer Josh Wilbur.
The project features new guitarist Kiko Loureiro and guest drummer Chris Adler from Lamb Of God. Megadeth debuted their new lineup during a performance at the Festival D'été De Québec (Quebec City Summer Festival) in Quebec City on July 18. See the newly announced tour dateshere.
Liam Heatherson, co-founder of Beyond The Point website, which promotes local history in the Essex town, painted the scene. He tells the Yellow Advertiser:
"I was delighted to add this mural to the seawall. We worked from an old black and white photograph of the original group - somehow black and white captured the mood we wanted to create." Read morehere.
Following his 2007 retirement from touring after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, Toto bassist Mike Porcaro died in March while Yes bassist Chris Squire passed away on June 27 from leukemia.
When the tour was first announced, Lukather declared Yes as the group's musical heroes and the pairing a "crazy dream come true", and now says the losses have only served to further strengthen the personal bond and mutual respect between the two bands.
Lukather tells Ultimate Classic Rock: "There's a greater connection there than people realise. We've worked together in various configurations. And then both of us have suffered a tragic loss at the same time - we lost Mike Porcaro and they lost Chris Squire, sadly. He was a hero of mine.
"I used to line up when I was a kid to get tickets to see the Close To The Edge tour at the Forum in LA. Steve Howe is one of my all-time guitar heroes, and we've worked together in various configurations. Geoff Downes and I worked on Asia records and Steve Porcaro was in a band with Chris Squire briefly, with Billy Sherwood, who is filling in for Chris." Read morehere.
The band are led by Earthless mainman Isaiah Mitchell, who's joined by Camilla Saufley-Mitchell, Justin Pinkerton and Aaron Morgan in the lineup. It's their first release since their self-titled 2012 debut.
Mitchell tells Prog: "The lyrics for Dervishing are very simple in meaning. The world is turning constantly and forever changing - rotation of seasons and cycles.
"I felt that the image of the whirling dervish would be an appropriate metaphor to express our oneness with the Earth. I want the listener to hear the hope and positivity for a happy planet that this song conveys to me." Stream the trackhere.
As we do not really have a single, I'll tell you something about the song that has the most personal meaning for me on the album. It is actually the most melancholic one but also the one with the most positive meaning.
Normally almost any of the journalists think of "crushing", "depressing" or similar stuff, when writing about our music - which is okay, but ...
There was this one incident, when Daniel (our singer) and me strolled around the festival site of a German festival and were stopped by an almost bald headed girl. She just told us: "Thank you for your music - it saved my life during chemo therapy."
Besides being stunned by such an ultimate compliment, I guess, that was the first time, I realized, all these writers were probably right on a "scratching the surface level", but so wrong at the same time.
These few words and some personal experiences were much of an inspiration for my "The light in the weed" lyrics (besides interpreting the last chapters of W.H.Hodgson's novel "The Boats Of The Glen Carrig", of course). I loved the thought of having our album end in such positive and surprising way, too.
Musically I wrote the main song actually for some hobby electronic project of mine. But it turned out, the rhythm of this one was too twisted for "four to the floor stuff". So I showed the chords to the guys as I thought this probably could fit way better to AHAB. When we started working on it, Daniel, Stephan and Cornelius put in their interpretation of the chords and suddenly it turned out to be a very emotional AHAB song. I had goosebumps, when I first heard the whole song with the subtle drumming, the warm bass grooves and Daniel's haunting vocal lines. Him singing the last four lines at the very end of such "crushing" and "depressing" album was a very special moment for me. And it hopefully makes people listen to our music in between the lines as well.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album