And the status of guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, who said in February that he was in a "very awkward position" with reference to Guns N' Roses, has still not been confirmed.
Fortus tells Rock.About.com: "The current status is pretty up in the air. The last I heard, they wanted to finish up the recordings and put them out next year and start touring. But it's been a while since I've heard from anybody in that camp - management or Axl. So I really don't know."
He adds: "There's a lot of stuff recorded. I have no idea what will be used or scrapped, or if we'll end up redoing it. I really have no idea what's going on with that stuff." Read morehere.
Hoppus made the revelation during an interview with Billboard where he was discussing his debut gig in movies, scoring his very first film with the new animated short "I'm Scared."
The music trade publication reported that Hoppus told them that the band "with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba replacing guitarist Tom DeLonge, will head back into the studio in August."
Hoppus and Travis Barker called on Skiba to perform with them at some shows earlier this year after the band had an unexpected split with Tom DeLonge. Read the full Billboard feature and check out the exclusive clip they have from the short film scorehere.
The feud between Eddie and Sammy erupted after the guitarist made negative comments about Michael Anthony, downplaying the former Van Halen bass player and vocalist's contributions to the band.
Snider firsts defended Hagar, "You know, Sammy's the real deal. He's talented and he's a bad-ass. You know, he was a boxer before he was a singer, so he's fearless and he speaks his mind, and he has the success and the talent and the following to really back it up even more [than] the physical strength."
He then discussed Eddie Van Halen, "As far as Eddie goes, anybody who is really watching and paying attention, Eddie's out of his mind. I don't know, has anybody seen the thing where he just showed up and started jamming with some Mexican band at a restaurant and his boots were so destroyed that his toes were hanging out and his toenails?"
Snider asked the interviewer if they had seen the photos and when they answered no, he continued, "It's homeless s***. I first got wind of this back in the '90s when my son came home, who was about 8, and he said, 'Dad, do you know who Eddie Van Halen is?' And I'm like, 'Uh, yeah.' He goes, 'He was in my school today.' I was like, 'What? He was at your school?'
"This is on Long Island. Long story short, when he had the tongue cancer, his cancer specialist - one of them - was at Stony Brook University on Long Island, so he was flying in for treatment, [and] as a favor, because the teacher of this doctor's son was a Van Halen fan, he went to the school for a surprise visit to say hi to the teacher. But my son, he said that he looked like a homeless person. He looked like a bum, and I've heard that from so many people.
"So you're not dealing with a guy who has got it all together in the first place. With all of that being said, I don't even know what to say about him, other than bravo to Sammy for speaking out on Michael's behalf and not allowing that kind of trash-talk." Read the full exchangehere.
King's comments come after Mayhem Festival and Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman made headlines after saying in an interview that metal bands have become "gray, bald and fat."
The Slayer guitarist spoke with Metal Insider this past weekend and had the following to say about the organizers of the tour, "Do I know this tour wasn't booked correctly? Absolutely I know this tour wasn't booked correctly.
"Gary Holt made the comment that usually there's the Main Stage, a second stage, a third stage, and then that piece of sh*t record stage…now what they're calling a second stage is at best a fourth stage and they're wondering why people aren't showing up.
"I think they waited too long and think all the talent that could have been on this took gigs in Europe. Because there's nobody here touring. It's easy to fill these stages but I guess they wanted a different price point, take away the second and third stage which I think had a lot of value. To me a second stage headliner is Anthrax, Machine Head…Whoever booked this made a gigantic error."
King was then asked if he felt that Slayer is having to carry the tour this year and he said, "(Without the extra stages) It's basically a glorified Slayer show. Let me put it to you this way, last year Slayer, Suicidal (Tendencies), and Exodus played the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee and sold it out. Mayhem came through 10 days ago and didn't sell it out. That's what I'm going up against here."
Read the full article including King's response to Lyman's "gray, bald and fat" commentshere.
The band will once again be performing the album in full at the shows on the tour and will be taking requests from fans to pick which songs from other parts of their career to perform during the encores.
The tour will include support from Suicide Silence and Islander and is scheduled to get underway on October 1st in Chicago, IL at the Aragon Ballroom and conclude on October 30th in Oakland, CA at The Fox Theater.See the tour dates here.
Former Goldie drummer Tom Knowles paid tribute to Black via the Newcastle Chronicle: "Dave was a truly wonderful guitar player and was an inspiration to so many.
"It's only two weeks since I last saw him play. He seemed in good spirits - I am at a loss to understand just what has happened. We have lost something very special. But, I have the memories." Read morehere.
Now, White says the band will move forward at Squire's request. "It's certainly going to be hard without him, but he called me and asked me to keep everything going regardless of what happens," White tells Billboard.
"So absolutely we're moving ahead. I'm gonna do it for him. The fans are behind the band and want the band to keep moving forward here. It doesn't seem like anybody's kind of given up on the band, which is really encouraging and it'll help us move things forward.
"Things can't just stop, you know? We've got to maintain the Yes name and ... meet the high standards of musicianship Chris created." Read morehere.
After four U.S. albums, AC/DC had finally gained a foothold in America with the breakout album Highway to Hell. But just when success was within their grasp, lead singer and co-writer Bon Scott died after a hard night of drinking. For most bands, losing a singer and frontman is a fatal blow, but not for AC/DC.
Following Bon's funeral in Australia, Malcolm and Angus Young returned to the UK to work through their grief the only way they knew how, writing music. Angus Young tells InTheStudio host Redbeard just how serious the band took their situation.
"We sat down and we said, 'This has got to be good. It HAS to be good'... If it had been the last thing we had done as a band, it had to be something." - Angus Young
Something, it was. At the time no one, not even the band could have imagined the heights to which AC/DC Back In Black would climb, going on to sell over 48 million records worldwide, the Mt. Everest of Rock (second only to Michael Jackson's Thriller ). Back in Black became an album full of Rock and Roll anthems like "Hells Bells", "You Shook Me All Night Long", "What Do You Do For Money Honey", "Shoot To Thrill", "Have A Drink On Me", "Rock'N'Roll Ain't Noise Pollution", and of course the title cut "Back In Black".
InTheStudio host Redbeard speaks candidly with Angus Young and Brian Johnson about the Back In Black period, including the death of Bon Scott, the hiring of Brian Johnson, the adventures of recording in the Bahamas, to their first gig ever with Brian in Belgium.
The AC/DC story would not be complete without a tribute to band patriarch Malcolm Young, who is on medical leave but continues to inspire.
"He's a sort of heart and soul behind the band. He lives and breathes it, and he's so important to all of us as a father figure. I can't say too much about the guy." - Brian Johnson
Stream the episodehere.
The group's debut album Greatest Hits Vol. 1 is due on July 31 via Rise Records, and the project is the brainchild of Corrosion Of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin, My Ruin guitarist Mick Murphy and producer John 'Lou' Lousteau.
The lineup features more than 30 members, including Reed's COC bandmates Mike Dean and Woody Weatherman, Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Pat Smear, Corey Taylor, Nick Oliveri and many others.
Mullin previously told TeamRock: "There's some pretty big names. But pretty much everybody on the list, I've known forever. It kind of reminds me of the old days when I used to put on punk rock shows in Raleigh, and I'd get my friends from Richmond or DC to come and play a show.
"The only guy I didn't know on this was Corey Taylor, but Lou from the studio is friends with him, and he was like, 'I'll do it next week.'" Stream the new songhere.
He tells Revolver: "Finding Kiko was really a mind-blower. It was the first time since Marty Friedman joined the band that I was really intimidated as a player. He's such an amazing talent, and he's been coming in with all of these fresh ideas."
Mustaine previously revealed a handful of titles from the new album but admits he's been struggling to finish some of the songs. He continues: "I'm having a little bit of writer's block with the lyrics. I've got lyrics to nine of the songs written but the music's so good that I'll write something and go, 'Well, that doesn't live up to the music.'" Read morehere.
Once Human, Before The Mourning, The Bloodline will be the support acts for the tour which will be kicking off on August 23rd in Flagstaff AZ and wrapping up on September 16th in Gallup, NM.
Guitarist Dino Cazares had the following to say about the new tour dates, "We are pumped to playing our first U.S. headline dates in support of our new album Genexus.
"We feel these shows will be a great blend of our new songs, along with tons of material from our classics! We are also proud to bring 3 fresh new bands as support acts; each offering something different."
The band's new studio album, "Genexus", is set to be released on August 7th and was produced by Cazares and vocalist Burton C. Bell along with Rhys Fulber.See the tour dates here.
Sykes explained that the album has a loose concept behind it, "It's a celebration of depression. A way of making light of it. 'That's The Spirit' - it's quite a depressing phrase when you think about it - the sort of thing you only ever use when you know there's no positive answer to the situation." Read the full feature here.
The band has already given fans an early taste of what is to come with the release of the song "Happy" which they premiered on BBC's Radio 1 last week. A stream of the track can be heardhere.
"From The Setting Sun… (In Wacken)" sees the group captured in concert at Germany's Wacken Open Air Festival in 2013, while "…To The Rising Sun (In Tokyo)" presents the group live at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo in April of 2014.
"One band, two crowds, two countries - a tale of two cities indeed," says bassist Roger Glover. "From Germany's Wacken Open Air Festival, one of the biggest metal festivals in the world - and a city unto itself - to Japan and the stately Nippon Budokan, the most revered venue in Tokyo. Each with its own distinct personality." Read morehere.
Tickets go on sale on Monday, July 27 at 10 AM local time in each market via the usual outlets. Every ticket purchased online will include a "Rattle That Lock" CD.
Due September 18, "Rattle That Lock" sees Gilmour working alongside wife and lyricist Polly Samson and co-producer Phil Manzanera on the project. "Rattle That Lock" will be available in a CD edition with clothbound, foil-blocked cover, including a 22-page booklet, and also on heavyweight vinyl, digital download and a deluxe box edition, which includes 4 Barn Jam films, 4 non-album audio tracks, 4 documentaries, and 2 promo clips.
A Deluxe Edition on CD+DVD or CD+Blu-ray versions will include 2 hardback books, a double-sided poster, a postcard in a dedicated envelope and a Gilmour guitar pick. See the dateshere.
The former Rainbow, Alcatrazz and Michael Schenker Group singer said earlier this year that he hoped to release a follow-up to his last solo album, 1999's The Day I Went Mad.
He also confirmed the lineup of his Graham Bonnet Band will feature bassist Beth-Ami Heavenstone, drummer Chase Manhattan and guitarist Conrado Pesinato. Check out the first trackhere.
Moebius was born in Switzerland in 1944 and studied art in Brussels and Berlin in the 60s. There, he met Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Tangerine Dream's Conrad Schnitzler and together they formed Kluster in 1969.
When Schnitzler left the band they changed the name to Cluster and released 15 albums, including two collaborations with Brian Eno: 1977's Cluster & Eno and After The Heat the following year. Read morehere.
Glockler says: "We've been wanting to work together for years and we finally decided to make it happen. I've asked my friend Al Barrow of Magnum to work with us.
"More info on the project, as well as others who will be working with us, will be announced as and when. So looking forward to this - I know it's going to be fantastic." Read more and see the full announcement posthere.
Guy tells Rolling Stone: "Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon walked straight in my studio while I was singing, with a bunch of white guys who lined up against the wall while I was singing.
"I got pissed off: 'Who in the hell are these guys?' I had never seen a white man with hair that long and high-heeled boots before." But he adds: "When they came to America, they recognized some of the greatest musicians I'd admired - Ike and Tina Turner, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf - and let America know who we were. They let white America know what the blues is. We owe those guys all the thanks in the world."
Guy says of the tour, which also featured Junior Wells: "They were so damn wild back then I couldn't keep up with them. They were just a wild bunch of kids playing the best music that you ever heard." Read morehere.
He tells MusicFrenzy: "I know there is a contingency of people out there that say, 'Ah, Phil can't do this and that anymore.' And you're damn right - there's no way I'd be able to sing Cemetery Gates or something like that again. Not that I'd want to.
"I purposely moved on from that style of vocal, because I felt that style had been beaten to death. And I know there's a contingency of people who prefer the singing voice over extreme vocals - because I can do both.
"It's all about the mood I'm in. I can f***ing sing - I've got soul, Jack. I've got a little 'brother' in me, if you know what I'm saying. I'm from New Orleans. So, anybody who doesn't think the kid can still sing, or I'm copping out, I've just gotta say - you're wrong." Read morehere.
Marillion, Anathema, Bigelf, Caravan, Spock's Beard, Lifesigns and others line up alongside the host band aboard the Norwegian Pearl in the Caribbean from November 15 to 19.
Portnoy says in a promotional video: "It's very bittersweet, this Cruise To The Edge, because we're all very sad about Chris. But we're going to go there and celebrate his life and career. It's going to be a great celebration." Watch the announcement videohere.
"We are really happy to be partnering up once again with HardDrive for our upcoming tour," says Mark Tremonti. "We are equally as excited to tour with an awesome band as co-headliner. Our friends in Trivium!"
"We in Trivium are incredibly excited to be going on tour with Tremonti," adds Trivium vocalist and guitarist, Matt Heafy. "It's awesome to see two fellow metal and rock bands that are grown from metal, grown from the same bands, grown from the same hometown, to be able to go out and show the world our own brand of metal and show the world what we love to do and how we love to do it. We can't wait to see everyone out there; we know it's going to be a great time!" Read more including the dateshere.
The album is set to hit stores on August 21st and the band will kick off the special series of shows the night before (August 20) in Los Angeles at the Mayan.
The band will then celebrate release night (August 21st) with a show at the House of Blues in Anaheim and the following night they will head south to play the final album release show at the House of Blues in San Diego.
"We've scanned the original film shot in 1992," says Waters, "and have made a new video." Due July 24, the updated version of Waters third solo record will include a new 5.1 surround remix of the album on high-definition Blu-ray audio and a new remastered stereo mix completed by longtime Roger Waters / Pink Floyd collaborator and co-producer James Guthrie.
The cover and gatefold art has been updated for 2015 by Sean Evans, the creative director of Waters' 2010-2013 "The Wall Live" tour and movie. Inspired by Neil Postman's 1985 book "Amusing Ourselves To Death", Waters explored the concept of a society increasingly in thrall to its television screens.
"I'm remembering the record from [over] 20 years ago," says Waters, "that most of what I had to say then sadly still pertains today and is maybe even more relevant to our predicament as people in 2015 even than it was in 1992."
"Amused To Death" features guitar work by Jeff Beck and a lineup of guest vocalists that includes Don Henley ("It's a Miracle"), Rita Coolidge ("Amused To Death") and soul singer P.P. Arnold ("Perfect Sense" Parts I and II").
The 2015 reissue will be available on CD, CD/Blu-ray, Hi-res digital download, 2LP 200 gram vinyl and a limited edition, numbered 2LP picture disc vinyl. Watch the videohere.
"Tuesday's Gone" originally appeared on the group's 1973 debut, "(Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd)." The album peaked at No. 27 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 2 million copies in the States alone.
Allman was just one of several guests to perform at the "One More For The Fans" event, which saw performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd and Trace Adkins, Alabama, Blackberry Smoke, Charlie Daniels, Gov't Mule, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt and many more.
As part of the campaign to save the Fox Theatre from demolition, Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded their 1976 live album, "One More From The Road", at the landmark theatre; the title of the tribute concert and release was inspired by that legendary album's title. Watch the videohere.
Entitled "London 81", the album features a recording of The Greg Lake Band's concert at the Hammersmith Odeon on November 5, 1981. A digital version of the album entitled "Live In London '81" was released in 2012.
Glass Onyon sent over the following details about the new CD and vinyl releases: The concert recording features ELP and King Crimson classic tracks such as "Lucky Man", "Karn Evil 9", "21st Century Schizoid Man" and "In The Court of The Crimson King", as well as songs from his critically acclaimed first solo album from 1981. As a founding member of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Greg Lake has been a major force in music for over 40 years. He has long been considered a legendary voice and musical powerhouse whose impact changed the landscape of rock and roll. Many simply refer to him as "The Voice".
The Greg Lake Band made its live debut on one of the biggest stages available to it, the annual Reading Festival in England in August 1981. Much of the set was new to the audience - Greg's first solo album would not be released for another month. But the band received a wild reception regardless, and there were enough old favorites on display to ensure the fans remained happy…including the show opener "Fanfare for the Common Man," truly one of the most effective showstoppers ever to have opened a concert.
The band's full tour kicked off in October. Purposefully, Lake demanded smaller venues, the theaters and universities that truly represented a refreshing change from the monster domes he'd visited the last time he hit the road in 1977 with ELP. The string of shows launched in Wales, at Aberystwyth University, then moved onto Cardiff University, Dunstable Queensway Hall, Norwich University, Liverpool Royal Court Theatre, Newcastle Mayfair, Glasgow University, Edinburgh Playhouse, Sheffield Lyceum, University of Kent Canterbury, Birmingham Odeon, Leicester Polytechnic, Bournemouth Winter Gardens, Exeter University, St Austell Cornwall Coliseum, Crawley Leisure Centre and, finally, London's Hammersmith Odeon.
It was not an extravagant performance - no lasers, no levitating keyboards, no priceless Persian carpets. The myths and legends that surrounded ELP when they toured were all firmly locked away. The Greg Lake Band toured like a band, and on stage they simply took up their positions and played. Brilliantly.
That last date on the tour is where this disc was recorded, in front of 2,000 fans who now had every note of Greg's new album memorized, and the rest of the set firmly entrenched in their DNA: the snatch of "Karn Evil 9" that eased out of the opening "Fanfare"; "Love You Too Much," the song Lake co-wrote with Dylan in what remains another of the tantalizing collaborations of the age; "Retribution Drive" and "The Lie" from Greg Lake. "21st Century Schizoid Man" and "The Court Of The Crimson King," from Lake's stint with King Crimson, wrapped up the evening in positively rhapsodic fashion, and, finally, "C'est La Vie," from ELP's Works. (The version of this track included on the CD is taken from a show in New York City 1981)See the tracklisting here.
The new two-minute long teaser video features a sample of their song "Human (Like the Rest of Us)" and video footage of the band in the studio performing the track. Watch the video here.
Fans can catch the band on their current North American tour with Sons Of Texas which will keep the band on the road until September 18th when they perform at Razor 94.7 Edgefest in Green Bay, WI.See the tour dates here.
The tour follows their The Bridge run of UK shows, nominated for a Progressive Music Award this year. Band founded Robert John Godfrey last year won the Visionary Prog Award while frontman Joe Payne was named Best Male Vocalist.
Dust will be directed by illusionist Simon Drake, who works on Kate Bush's Tour Of Life and is also known for Channel 4's Secret Cabaret. Payne tells Prog: "We're incredibly lucky to have Simon's support. The work he has done is really something to be admired, and it's incredibly flattering to feel like that wants to work with us as much as we want to work with him.
"With The Bride you'll see the result of our eccentric minds coming together. The shows will be as mad as we are - if that's possible." Read more and see the tour dateshere.
Vocalist Ben Barlow says: "As soon as you click play, you're gonna be hit in the face with a riff. We wanted this to be a fun song. We wanted to make people move, to mosh, jump around and scream the lyrics.
"And in the lyrics I really just wanted to shed some positivity on a somewhat pessimistic scene. I don't want our fans to be cutting themselves listening to our music - I wanted people to know that life's not out to get you."
The video for Gold Steps is directed by Kyle Thrash. Barlow says: "We wanted the video to be as fun as the song. Kyle absolutely killed it. It's basically us driving through some Pennsylvania back roads on a flat bed truck with a mini skate ramp on it, and we're playing on the ramp before ending up at a lake where we played in front of a massive firework display.
"It was pretty sketchy, there was absolutely no health and safety involved, but it was a lot of fun. Thanks to everyone that came down to the shoot, they really helped bring a great vibe and a lot of energy, and I really think that comes across in the video." Watch the videohere.
But she'll continue to face bouts of schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder - which have left her in a suicidal state on a number of occasions over the years.
Janus tells Revolver: "During the process of writing and recording our third album Static, I began to feel like something bad was growing within me. When we were on tour with Amon Amarth, I started to bleed heavily between my periods. I had a procedure, and my doctor found early stages of cancer in my uterus."
But she says: "I know I'll survive - I've survived much worse." That includes schizoaffective disorder, diagnosed when she was 20, after she'd been showing symptoms for several years.
Janus is now cancer-free following a successful hysterectomy a few weeks ago. The singer is also opening up for the first time about her lifelong struggle with mental health issues "I was suicidal constantly," she recalls. "In my mid-20s it shifted to full-blown mania. I can't really remember much of my 20s. I lost my long-term memory and can't remember names, faces, or even places." Read morehere.
Soord says: "I'm really looking forward to touring the UK with Sweet Billy Pilgrim this September. I've not yet decided exactly how I am going to translate my solo work to the stage but it will definitely involve some other performers. Maybe real, maybe virtual. We'll see!"
Meanwhile, The Pineapple Thief have shared a promo for their track A Sense Of Fear from last year's Magnolia. The unofficial video was created by students on the Motion Graphics And Animation course at Northumbria University. View it and the tour dateshere.
It will be available on 12-inch 180 gram vinyl on September 4 via Manhaton Records - and it's now available to pre-order. The band's third album has been remastered by Ray Staff, who's previously worked with artists including Led Zeppelin and Genesis.
Vocalist and guitarist Alan Nimmo said of the record which originally launched in May: "We're really proud of the album. It's faster, louder, more energetic and more exciting. It's got the potential to blow the roof off." Read morehere.
Foster says: "Like most musicians, I never stop writing music and over the years some would stick with me as ideas for my second solo album. Those ideas are now developing into something truly wonderful and I'm really proud of what I've composed for Dreamless.
"There will be a mix of vocal and instrumental tracks as was the case with Gravity. My very good mate Al Unsworth will be producing and engineering and there will an array of incredible musicians who will be joining me." Read morehere.
The film - directed by Paul Feig and starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones - is filming a metal concert scene in Boston, MA, from July 28 to 30.
Casting director Billy Dowd tells the Boston Globe he's looking for people 35 and under, as well as older people who look like metalheads, to play the audience at a heavy metal show. Read morehere.
Dege is perhaps best known for Too Old To Die Young, a track taken from his first album, Folk Songs Of The American Longhair, which featured on Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained soundtrack. "Frankly, every track on the Brother Dege CD could have been in the movie," says Tarantino. "It works and has a badass score sound to it. Almost every song could be a theme song. It's like a greatest hits album."
Scorched Earth Policy was first released last year as a digital mixtape containing a selection of studio songs, demos, covers and field recordings, but has now been turned into a studio album featuring four new studio tracks. Dege says the album turns his "Delta, sonic-slide sound into the psyouthern, psych swamposphere."
"Scorched Earth Policy (Deluxe) is like a party record for misanthropes," says Dege. "Or a comedown for the unicorn crowd. It's a continuation of the psyouthern mutation - double droning slide guitars, tribal drums, low end - where we pull southern rock further away from the flashy guitar lick thing as well as the cultural trappings of the past...and more toward the rural psychedelic landscape we grew up around.
"This is album is more about future sonic exploration, and not so much care taking any folk roots traditions. It's about not getting stuck doing the same thing you've been doing. I like to keep moving. Forward and backward at the same time. It's like getting in a time machine and grinding the gears...just to see where the songs take you. People are really down on the south right now, because of the Confederate flag stuff...but what they don't realise is...there's so many of us down here that are WAY past that...and even further along the multicultural highway of love and equality than our brethren to the north.
"I see a lot more segregation up north than I do in the Deep South. This record is repping southern hemispheres around the world - not just the southern US - where people tend to be more free spirited, wear less clothes, live on the water, and simply thrive in the heat." Stream the albumhere.
"With Cobras And Fire I wanted to present these songs in a much stranger and dirtier atmosphere," says frontman Dave Wyndorf. "Less 'classic rock' and more... well, I'd guess I'd call it a deranged fusion of garage-psych, fuzz punk and movie soundtrack music.
"It's almost completely re-recorded (with the bulk of the guitar and bass playing by co-producer Phil Caivano) and as in Milking The Stars I've added organ, piano, sitars and more to flesh out a completely new sound for these tunes.
"There's also a Hawkwind/Pink Fairies inspired cover version of The Temptations 1969 classic 'Ball Of Confusion' with background vocals by Monster Magnet co-founder and Rib Eye Bros. frontman Tim Cronin. Plus an 8-minute, tripped out sonic adventure entitled 'I Live Behind The Paradise Machine' specially created by mixer extraordinaire Evil Joe Barresi. Joe is at his best here, seamlessly integrating elements from several Magnet songs into a new, stand alone composition." Read morehere.
Kobametal got the trio - Su-Metal, Yuimetal and Moametal - together and turned them from a pop idol group into a global phenomenon. But as a metalhead himself, he admits he wouldn't have been a fan if they hit the scene a decade ago.
He tells Metal Hammer magazine: "If Babymetal had appeared 10 years ago, I would have been one of those people bashing them for ruining metal. But the reason I wanted to create Babymetal is that out of all the genres of music, metal is the only one that's open to so many different types." Read morehere.