Motorhead's Motorboat cruise will be setting sail aboard the Norwegian Sky from Port Miami on September 28th and that night Slayer will perform on the deck of the ship as the fourth and final "blood moon" lunar eclipse of the current lunar tetrad occurs at 10:47 PM Eastern Time.
Apart from Slayer, Motorhead have added several new acts to the cruise including Corrosion of Conformity, The Shrine, Others, No Words, Butterside, Sonia Harley, The Dead Deads.
They join the previously announced performers Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, Exodus, Phil Campbell's All Starr Band, Crobot, Motor Sister, KYNG, Fireball Ministr and Huntress.
The cruise will also feature comedians Brian Posehn and Big Jay Oakerson and is part of Motorhead's 40th anniversary celebration. Frontman Lemmy Kilmister had this to say, "40 years of Motörhead will be celebrated aboard the Motörboat, so boys and girls, you know what THAT means, right? There won't be a dry throat in the house!"
Find more details about the cruisehere.
He was replaced by returning sticksman Chris Slade in the aftermath of his arrest in November. He later pleaded guilty to charges of threatening to kill and drugs possession, and faces a jail term of up to seven years when he appears for sentencing next month.
The band's tour manager has addressed rumors that Rudd would be behind the kit when their Rock Or Bust world tour reaches New Zealand in December.
Garry Van Egmond tells the Bay Of Plenty Times: "Chris Slade will be on drums. He replaced Phil when he left the band some years back." But he adds that there's "no confirmation that Phil has left the band permanently" and continues: "All I can say is that Phil will not be playing the New Zealand concerts." Read morehere.
Lee is remembered for a chain of Hammer House Of Horror films and as Scaramanga in James Bond movie The Man With The Golden Gun. But he found a new audience as Saruman in the Lord Of The Rings series, and as Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequel films.
In his 80s he began working on a series of heavy metal albums. The first, Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross, won him the Spirit Of Metal Award at Metal Hammer's 2010 Golden Gods, and it was followed by 2013's Charlemagne: The Omens of Death. He released an EP called Metal Knight last year. Read more and watch the Metal Knight video cliphere.
According to the BBC, the taped series finds Simmons playing some his favorite tracks from bands like Rush, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, and Van Halen and KISS covers from artists like Lenny Kravitz, Garth Brooks, Stevie Wonder and more.
The networks also says that later in the series, Simmons will share the stories behind some of his most noteworthy collaborations including co-writing songs with Bob Dylan and Lou Reed (whom Simmons worked with on the 1981 KISS album 'Music From the Elder').
Simmons had this to say about the show, "When I was a kid and I turned on the radio - sure we had American RnB and we had the American versions of Rock and Roll - but it wasn't until I heard the Beatles, and then the Stones, and then Led Zeppelin and on and on and on that I feel in love deeply with this thing we call Rock.
"America created Rock and Roll, but it was the UK that gave the world Rock - Classic Rock. Guitars, amplifiers turned up to 11 - yes glorious 11. Louder is better. Bigger is better. You're girlfriend has been lying to you all these years - size does matter."
He adds, "I'm flattered that BBC Radio 2 has given me the chance to play the music that I love dearly, that I continue to play over and over again, that I introduce young people to. I
"'ll never forget when my son, Nick, first heard Boys Are Back In Town by Thin Lizzy, he went, 'What's that?' And then I played him Queen, and goes, 'What's that?', and that music continues to attracts new ears generation after generation which is why its Classic - Classic Rock."
Stream the first episode "Let There Be Rock"here.
"Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014", was captured during the band's headline performance at the Download Festival at Donington Park on June 15, 2014 in front of 80,000 fans.
The 19-song set list features many of the band's classic tracks including 'Dream On', 'Walk This Way', 'Sweet Emotion', 'Train Kept A-Rollin'', 'Walk This Way', 'Love in an Elevator', 'Janie's Got a Gun', 'Dude (Looks Like a Lady)' and more.
Frontman Steven Tyler had this to say about the show, "It's always an absolute hoot that leaves me howling at the moon, performing at Donington we couldn't have had a better time on stage that night. I could feel the vibes of all the greats pulsing through the stage."
Tom Hamilton says, "We're really proud and grateful to have been chosen to headline the Download festival at Donington for 2014. It was an awesome experience and I think this film captures it. Special thanks to the insane fans who stuck with us through mud and rain."
Joe Perry adds, "We have played Donington many times but this performance was one of our best. Thanks to our fans who were there who helped us make it a night to remember… It will give our fans who weren't there around the world a chance to relive an ass-kicking night of rock and roll."Check out the tracklisting here.
Downing was asked about the band carrying on following their Farewell tour and his departure. He responded, "I'm glad Priest is continuing on. I was so close to doing that tour it wasn't funny. It was just one of those things. I had lots and lots of reasons for not continuing, as I wasn't content with things as they were.
"I wasn't happy with the band's live performance. I thought it could have been better, not that the fans would notice. To me, Priest was always a stealth machine and that's what I liked about it. Even though you get older you still need to be able to deliver the goods.
"People came a long way and paid a lot of money to see us so you've got to make sure you still give 110%. I thought that should be inherent and what it should always be."
He was then asked if he would ever consider reuniting with the band, even for a special one-off show and he said, ["Laughing] No, I don't think that will ever, ever happen!"
But he then went on to say the following about his replacement in the band, "obviously I'm quite happy for Richie Faulkner to be in the band. But, I really wasn't expecting to have someone who had so many familiarities as me, the looks and everything. At a glance nothing too much has changed for the fans."
Read the full interviewhere.
McKagan tells Consequence Of Sound: "I've played on a bunch of Izzy's records over the last 15 years and it was really nice to be in the studio with him for a couple of days.
"I really trust whatever he does. If he says, 'I've got a part,' I know he's got a part. It's not like, 'Let me hear it.' It's like, 'He's got the part. Good - that's taken care of.'"
Discussing the chance of working together in the future, he says: "I'd like to do more music with him. For the rest of my life." Read more and watch videohere.
Laiho writes on his Facebook page, "Hey ladies and gents, sorry I have to be brief here but there's a rumor in the Russian social media that I'm in a hospital. Umm... huh? Motherf***er, I'm right here alive n' kickin'. So please my friends, ignore that hospital sh*t. F*** that guy who started it! Catch u later, horns up!"
The band also posted a message yesterday ahead of their show in Saint Petersburg, "Hatecrew Russia! There is some bullsh*t going on Russian social media about Alexi missing the show. However we can assure you we are all here in St.Petersbourg and ready to rock!"
The band perform tonight in Moscow at the Ray Just Arena followed by another Russian show tomorrow night (June 13th) before they head to Europe for a string of dates that conclude on August 1st in Kuopio, Finland.
The European summer dates come ahead of the release of the band's new studio album "I Worship Chaos" which is scheduled to hit stores across the globe on October 2nd.
Laiho had this to say about the new album; "We are close to putting the finishing touches on the new COB record 'I Worship Chaos' and as much fun (but most importantly raw, literally bloody knuckled hard work) it has been making it, I'm more than happy and even more anxious to share this chaos with the rest of the world. So people, put your shades and helmets on, it will get very dark and it might hurt, in a perfect COB fashion of course!"See their tour dates here.
The 22-date tour is set to kick off on July 29th at The Square in Harlow, Essex and will be concluding on August 26th at the London 02 Islington Academy.
Harris has this to say about the trek, "As Maiden fans know, the band is unable to tour this year so I thought I'd do some British Lion live dates and make it a full UK tour this time round so we could get to places we didn't get a chance to play during the previous tours.
"We have a lot of fun doing the British Lion shows and we're playing clubs again, to keep that same vibe and intimacy which the fans seem to love as much as we do. We have some new songs in the set-list, so are really looking forward to getting out there and seeing everyone!"
The band was formed by former LA Guns guitarist Tracii Guns, Poison drummer Rikki Rockett, Cinderella bassist Eric Brittingham and Cheap Thrill vocalist Brandon Gibbs. But Brittingham has moved on, with former Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot and Whitesnake man Sarzo coming on board.
Devil City Angels' self-titled debut album was produced by the band in Los Angeles and mixed in Nashville by Anthony Focx. It's scheduled for release on September 18. The band launched a PledgeMusic campaign for the album last year. Read morehere.
He tells the publication, "It's much more interesting than I thought it was going to be. I thought, 'Well, I'll just go into the studio and I'll whip off 10 or 11 of my songs just the way I wrote them.' So I sat down and I started singing them; when I started first listening to them they all sounded like they were on stage, without the band. It's just the way I've been doing these songs for 40 years, some of them.
"Then I realized this isn't what I want. I want as if you'd come up to the hotel before the show and we were talking and I'd be, 'Hey, I've got this new song 'Lines On My Face' I want to play you,' and I sit on the bed and I pull out an acoustic and I play it to you. That's the quality I'm shooting for."
Frampton also spoke with the publication about his involvement with AxCent Tuning Systems LLC's Crowdfunder.com campaign. Read more details about thathere.
Bach has revealed that his 18 and Live Tour will be visiting New Zealand and Australia beginning with a show in Christchurch, NZ on September 18th and concluding on September 27th with a concert at the Astor Theatre in Perth, AU.
He kicked off the North American leg of the tour on Tuesday in Portland OR and begins a string of Canadian dates tonight (June 12th) in Edmonton with the tour leg scheduled to conclude on July 14th in Dallas.
Bach will be heading across the Atlantic in late July to perform in Tel Aviv, Israel on July 24th followed by two shows in Spain (Barcelona on July 25th and Madrid on July 26th).
The tours come ahead of the release of Bach's autobiography, "18 And Life on Skid Row" which is scheduled to be released by Harper Collins in January of next year.
Aerosmith's Blue Army Tour will be kicking off tomorrow night (June 13th) at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ and will conclude on August 7th in Canton, OH at Tom Bensen Hall of Fame Stadium.
Guitarist Vernon Reid had this to say about the summer dates with Aerosmith, "It's incredibly exciting for us to open for one of America's, and the world's, most prominent rock bands."
Living Colour's announced headline dates including shows in Londonderry, NH; Uncasville, CT; Brooklyn, NY and Anaheim, Ca, with more dates still to be announced. The band will also be taking part in this year's Riot Fest in Chicago, which will be taking place on September 11th-13th.See the tour dates here.
Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus had this to say about the announcement, "What an incredible honor for us to share the stage with real life rock and roll icons, the Rolling Stones!
"There are a lot of bucket list moments that you dream up as a performing musician, and this is a pretty wild one to actually have come true. You in fact CAN get some satisfaction!"
The Rolling Stones kicked off The Zip Code tour last month in San Diego, Ca and the trek is scheduled to wrap up on July 15th at the Le Festival D'Été de Québec in Quebec, QC.See the remaining dates here.
It was recorded at Applehead Studios, Woodstock, New York in October last year, where Moreno, Todd Wilkinson, CrookOne, Gil Sharone, Rick Verrett and Chuck X invited a small audience to join them for the recording sessions.
The album features reworkings of their material along with new versions of tracks that were previously only available as demos. It was helped along by a PledgeMusic campaign which still has a month to run. Read morehere.
The Swedish band this week revealed they'd been removed from the tour without being given any explanation. Now organizers Continental Concerts say "unforeseen financial issues" are to blame for Entombed AD's removal.
Nine remaining dates will go ahead as Deicide headline gigs featuring special guest support acts, Blabbermouth reports. However, it's not clear whether the acts originally billed as part of the Metal Alliance tour - Hate Eternal, Black Crown Initiate, Lorna Shore and Svart Crown - will appear.
Continental Concerts say: "Due to unforeseen financial issues, Continental Concerts and the Metal Alliance Tour regret to announce that the 2015 Metal Alliance Tour has been cancelled. However, the remaining dates will continue as a Deicide headlining run, featuring special guests as support. Entombed AD is not on the bill due to the aforementioned issues." See the Deicide dateshere.
Lindemann recently told Metal Hammer: "We don't have these melodies in Rammstein. I wanted EBM, Depeche Mode-style sequences, so I pushed Peter to do it and he came up with some great stuff."
He added: "Writing songs can be hard. You go to bed with it, you dream about it, you wake up with it. If you find a good one, you never have to work again."
The band released a video for lead track Praise Abort last month. Lindemann are featured in the current edition of Metal Hammer, on sale now in print, digital and via TeamRock+. Check out the album playerhere.
'Live At The Roxy 9/25/14' will be released in multiple formats on June 16th in North America and a day before in the UK. The title will be offered on DVD, Blu-Ray, 3-LP vinyl edition and a two disc CD version, as well as digitally. You can preorder most versions here.
Slash's camp has also announced that they will be releasing the digital version via a BitTorrent Bundle of the release on the same day that they other formats hit stores.See the tracklistings here.
The Moody Blues Cruise III will be setting sail aboard the NCL Pearl from Miami on February 26, 2016 and during the cruise will visit ports in Key West, Florida and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas.
Christopher Cross, Renaissance and Rare Earth lead the initial lineup that also includes John Waite, The Ides of March, Randy Hansen with the Music of Jimi Hendrix, plus Matthew and Gunnar Nelson performing Ricky Nelson Remembered, a special tribute to their legendary father.
The cruise will also feature the return of Moodies Cruise Alumni, The Zombies, The Orchestra, Ambrosia, Randy Hansen and Mellow Yellow. Find more details about the cruisehere.
Bush was sidelined in 2005 when Anthrax reunited with Belladonna for an anniversary tour. When that collapsed, and relationships disintegrated with next frontman Dan Nelson, he returned for a time before Belladonna took the job back in 2010.
He's previously discussed his disappointment over the loss of communication with his former colleagues. Now he says of the anniversary split: "I think it could have been handled a bit better. The manager created a kind of wedge. If those guys said, 'We're considering a reunion tour - it's the right time,' I would have said, 'I understand.'
"The rumors were already circulating, people were asking questions and those guys were trying to deny it. We were doing interviews together and I knew."
But he adds: "It's water under the bridge. I would entertain Armored Saint opening for Anthrax. I do love the music I created in Anthrax - I'd actually prefer them to play a couple of songs." Read more and watch the full interviewhere.
Hammett tells CBS Local: "Our music has an element of danger in it - it's not dangerous, but there's a certain element of danger. I think a lot of extreme athletes can relate to that.
"Our music is the type that sees you through. Athletes want to experience a conclusion then listen to the next song. It helps them see to the end of whatever they're doing. It helps them know they'll make it through."
But he adds: "When I'm out there surfing and there's a f***ing wave that's coming at me that's maybe 10 foot, the last thing I'm thinking about is music. I'm just thinking, 'I've got to be in the right position, I've got to be going a certain speed, I've got to catch this wave or else.'
"For my own process I don't really think about any sort of music. That's just the way I am - when I go running I listen to podcasts." Check out the videohere.
Says frontman Michael Brown: "The album has the sound we had always had in our head for the band. The drums were loud and live, the guitars were aggressive and angry, the bass held down the low end like an elephant and I had never been happier with my voice.
"The songs took you on a journey, they built to climaxes, they made me cry, they made me want to pour beer on myself and party!" Check out the 'Astronaut Juggernaut' lyric videohere.
Filmed on May 15 at Chicago's Thalia Hall, the footage features the band performing the new song to fans in advance of the record's release this week.
Tremonti fans will notice Tanner Keegan is sitting in to handle bass duties in Wolfgang Van Halen's absence due to a scheduling conflict with his namesake band, Van Halen.
"I am still part of Tremonti and very excited for the release of Cauterize," explains Wolfgang, "but unfortunately am unable to participate in the upcoming dates due to my prior commitment with Van Halen for the summer tour in support of the Tokyo Dome Live In Concert album.
"Look forward to seeing all of the Tremonti fans on the road as soon as my schedule permits!" Tremonti wrapped up a spring US tour last month and are currently playing dates in Europe. Check out the live videohere.
"He was a hell-raiser, but a hell of a gentleman at the same time," Wood tells Rolling Stone. "It was hard to think that the same guy that was really polite to your mother in his smoking jacket was also the guy that was drilling through the hotel room to get in bed with [John] Entwistle because he didn't want to be lonely.
"The Who were very encouraging to us. One night they came out to this tiny little dive outside London where we were up onstage, and they were shouting up from the crowd, 'We're Number One!' We were going, 'You bastards!' It was a friendly rivalry."
Hard to believe, but Wood's tenure with the Stones now totals 40 years. "It's as though no time at all has passed," he muses. "Once you're over 30, time just flies, anyway. I still feel like that kid in '65." Read morehere.
"It's like they're holding on to what was but they're not embracing what is," he explained. "It's hard to get those people who were really inspired by him to embrace what we're trying to do now. We want those people who he inspired and those who talk so highly of him to reach out and become a part of what we're doing now …."
Johnson went on express his gratitude to those who have acknowledged his grandfather's impact. "I love what they're doing," he said. "I love the fact that Eric Clapton told us that Robert Johnson was the reason he picked up a guitar. Let's keep his legacy alive by giving to others and helping the younger generation to embrace the same music that you have love for." Read morehere.
"Can't Say No" is one of many great examples of how the collaborative dynamic between Mike Mangan and Mike Blumberg works in REBEL HOUSE RADIO. In this instance, Mike Mangan brought the basic song structure and lyrics/melody to the table, and then Mike Blumberg helped produce, refine, add invaluable ideas, and last but not least...add guitar, to the song. Since both Mikes are also session musicians on their respective instruments (guitar and keyboards), they are a selfcontained songwriting/instrument recording/producing package.
The song was written about the inner turmoil of a guy who has completely fallen under the spell of a beautiful girl who recently came into his life. She is angelic, yet mysterious and elusive. She is chased after by many other men. She gives the impression she cares about him, but then unexpectedly does not show up to dates they plan and often disappears for days at a time. He has a hard time concentrating on anything else when he doesn't know where she is. His mind wanders into dark places, worrying she is with someone else or has lost interest. The pendulum swings from anger to sadness. But no matter how furious he gets, how hurt he is inside, how much worry and frustration has burdened his soul, when she DOES show up and he sees her, he "can't say no" to her charms. He knows he should just walk away, but he can't, so he just "waits and waits". It's an emotional prison.
The song has surprisingly few lyrics, as much of it is repeating the line in the chorus. Lyrics sometimes come quickly, but often in Mike M's case, there is a scratch pad full of crossed out ideas before reaching the final product. Some throw away examples for this song include: "Cos you can't say no when you're comin' down"
"Cos I'm never gonna stop til it come around" "But it feels like somethin' gonna break me out"Read more here.