Hammett played down the rumor, saying it was more frustration at the time than serious consideration of firing Lars. "You know, that was just an old thing," Hammett said in the interview with PYX 106 (via Blabbermouth). "I think at one point or another, we were pissed off at Lars, around maybe 1985 or something.
"We were unhappy, and we might have grumbled something to someone. And then that person might have picked up on it and made it something a lot bigger than it actually was."
Hammett may have been referring to Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. They report that Ian wrote about Metallica wanting to fire Lars in 1986 in his autobiography "I Am The Man".
Ian claims that Hammett and late bass player Cliff Burton told him that "they couldn't take being in the band with [Ulrich] anymore and were done putting up with him. I didn't ask why they were gonna kick Lars out. I figured it was because they wanted a better drummer, but apparently there was also a lot of business-related stuff going on behind the scenes they weren't thrilled with."
Hammett went on to praise Lars in the interview, saying, "To be completely honest, [Lars] has a lot of drive, and that's a part of the reason why I love the man. His drive and his motivation is just so intense, you know."
The pair answered a variety of questions submitted by fans, including some looking for an update on the Toronto band's plans following what may have been the group's final tour.
"Are we going to tour again?" asked Lee. "That's the question that I'd like to know myself. I can't answer the question because I have no idea myself but it doesn't look good at this point.
"Not all of us agree on whether they want to tour again. It's difficult because we all have a sort of different idea about touring and, at this moment, we are not all on the same page."
During the 40th anniversary tour, the bassist discussed Rush's plans to scale back the length of touring as band members approach their mid-60s in the next few years, with drummer Neil Peart wishing to spend more time at home with his family in California.
Asked if they will regroup to write and record new music moving forward, Lee says "We don't have any immediate plans for that. Right now we're on holiday. I hope once the new year rolls around and the juices get flowing and we get hungry again we can talk about that." Read morehere.
STP branded him a "toxic" influence after his departure for the second time. They later brought in Chester Bennington as his replacement - but the Linkin Park frontman confirmed last week that he was no longer working with them.
Asked about his firing, Weiland tells 93.1 The Fox Rocks: "Part of it was the recording process. Don Was was there producing the album, and Robert and Dean wanted to produce the album with just the band.
"I didn't think that was a good idea. I kind of thought it was too many cooks in the kitchen. It was a difference of vision and it kind of started things off on the wrong foot. Then it spilt over into the touring."
Asked what he'd say if STP called him and invited him to rejoin, Weiland replies: "I think it would be beneficial to wait a little while - give it a little bit of time to let some air between us all before that happens. Like a year or something like that." Read morehere.
Blackmore is teaming up with the Lords Of Black vocalist, Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore's Night drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau for three concerts in June.
"I don't know from how long they had me on their list," Romero tells Rafabasa.com, "but they contacted me some months ago, at the beginning of summer, to tell me about a chance for an audition. I deeply remember that 'first day' and that first 'hello', doing your daily activities and receiving an email from Ritchie Blackmore himself is quite hard to assimilate, after a few days days, even weeks."
Prior to revealing the Rainbow 2016 lineup, Blackmore described Romero as "a cross between Ronnie James Dio meets Freddie Mercury." "I just think about how lucky I feel, not just to get the gig, but how the hell they found me!," says Romero. "Having so many good singers worldwide. From the first contact I just tried to give my best to get it, I always believed in myself and with the support of my family and close friends, even more.
"About his words I just can be thankful, he put the bar quite high with his description. But I'm also glad with his confidence on me to this huge task."
Read more and check out Romero's take on the Deep Purple classic "Stormbringer"here.
The nearly 6-hour event began with a silent auction followed by various performers before a 30 minute set from Aoki and full performance from Linkin Park.
During the band's performance Mark Hoppus, the night's emcee, joined the band on stage with No Doubt's Adrian Young to perform their 2003 smash "Numb." Thanks to Skye Hoppus,' Mark's wife, Hoppus can be seen playing bass and singing back-ups while Young contributes on drums. Read morehere.
The Californian hardcore punks will launch the trek in Hannover, Germany, on February 4. They play two shows at London's Underworld later that month.
At the first show on February 17, they will be performing their 2012 album Diamond in full and the following night they play this year's Disobedient in its entirety.
Counterparts and Wold Down will act as support on the tour, with another special guest still to be confirmed. See the tour dateshere.
McMahon tells Digital Tour Bus: "Lately, Andy has been f***ing with Sworn In. They have these three ignorant ego-risers made from steel with four legs. Andy has been stealing a leg a day and hiding it so that they don't have their ego risers to stand up and look all big and strong.
"They were looking for the sh*t for ages. At the time I didn't even know what was going on. Andy kept it to himself, he can be super sadistic sometimes. He really f***ed them over. The whole time the legs were under this table. They were coming on here and smoking up all of our weed because they don't have any of their own.
"They would sit right next to the stolen pole and didn't even realize it. They'd trip over it and not notice it." Watch the full interviewhere.
Singer Patty Walters says: "Speak Soft is about always falling short for someone you love and seeing only the damage you're causing. We loved the idea of Speak Soft being track one on the album, opening with raw acapella vocals and unapologetically honest lyrics.
"It's been a truly dizzying and overwhelming year for us. To think this album only came out six months ago truly blows me away. I'm so excited to write our next album and see where it takes us."
The performance shots in the video - directed by Chris Porter - were filmed on a recent tour of Australia. Guitarist Benn Biss adds: "This is the first video we've done that's a little more serious. We couldn't be happier with the way this video, and more importantly this year, turned out for us.
"We can't wait to see what 2016 brings and to see how much further we can take this band that started in a living room in Brighton." Watch the videohere.
"Thank God For Girls" along with the band's most recently released track "Do You Wanna Get High?" are the first new music to be released since 2014's album Everything Will Be Alright In The End.
In the new video for "Thank God For Girls" Rivers has many tricks up his sleeve, including producing a cannoli from one parishioner's ear. Watch the cliphere.
Buckley tells Kerrang: "Right before recording the last record From Parts Unknown, I was feeling really exhausted with the way things were going, so I started getting into meditation and some spiritual type things, which are completely not typical of my character.
"If anyone had told me that would appeal to me five years ago I never would have believed them. I took this weird little detour outside of the way my life was going and had these new experiences, which really made me start looking at things differently."
He's keen to write more novels in the future but insists he'll hold off for the time being. Read morehere.
He tells The Metal Voice: "We are going to have a little break after this tour, and after that break we are going to start writing music for the next album. We have some riffs but once we start getting into the process it's going to be lots of brainstorming. It's going to be somewhere around February."
Mainman King Diamond said earlier this year that he and the band wouldn't be rushed into recording fresh material - but vowed what they delivered would be "the best you've ever heard from us." Watch the full interviewhere.
Manson was scheduled to play at Le Zenith in the French capital Monday (November 16), but the show has been pulled following Friday's terror attacks in the city which saw 89 people killed at an Eagles Of Death Metal show. In total, 129 people lost their lives in a series of coordinated attacks around Paris and 352 more were hurt.
A statement on Manson's Facebook page reads: "Due to the recent events in Paris, Marilyn Manson's show scheduled for Nov 16 at Le Zenith in Paris has been cancelled. Marilyn Manson will resume the tour in Brussels on Nov 18."
Motorhead, Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch, Twenty One Pilots, U2, Deftones and the Foo Fighters have all cancelled shows in France in the wake of the attacks, with some pulling the plug on their entire European touring schedule.
Meanwhile, a 22-year-old woman who survived the Bataclan shootings has told how she pretended to be dead for over an hour as the attackers carried out the murders. Read her accounthere.
In August, Foreigner recorded their forthcoming album, "The Hits Unplugged and Live", at a private event benefitting JDRF (formally known as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) at The Ford Motor Company Conference and Event Center in Dearborn, Michigan.
The band donated their performance that evening and royalties from the record - which will released in early 2016 - to JDRF. In recent years, Foreigner have issued several live and compilation albums, while their last studio effort was 2009's "Can't Slow Down." See the tour dateshere.
The performance at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ is considered legendary in Springsteen circles as the New Jersey rocker and his band were on the road in support of their first double album.
Due December 4, "The Ties That Bind: The River Collection" presents the live show from Arizona alongside the 1980 album and its scrapped 1979 draft "The Ties That Bind", plus 22 outtakes from the studio sessions and an hour-long documentary/interview with Springsteen.
The rocker is previewing the upcoming package with an unreleased studio outtake, "Meet Me In The City", and a live version of "Ramrod." "The River" earned Springsteen his first No. 1 US album on the Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 5 million copies in the States alone. Watch the videohere.
Biersack tells AP: "With the Black Veil record, we really wanted to take time with it and we're still in the early stages of writing. We didn't want to start getting into the studio before it was ready and so I've been working on the Andy Black record.
"Once we wrap up it up then we start to shift focus entirely to the new Black Veil Brides album." Biersack says he hopes to release a solo single by the end of the year and is eyeing early 2016 for the album launch. Watch the full interviewhere.
The double CD includes their 2014 record along with new tracks, cover versions and alternative takes on their own material. Signed copies of the CD are available to pre-order via Easy Life Records.
Lower Than Atlantis head out on a UK tour next month with Moose Blood, As It Is, Brawlers and Black Foxxes. Frontman Mike Duce said: "We can't wait to play our biggest tour ever.
"This has been our most successful album to date and these shows will feel more like parties around the UK celebrating a stellar year." Stream the songhere.
It's possible the solo album will arrived before Opeth's 12th title - although work has begun on that too. Akerfeldt tells FaceCulture: "I'm thinking of a project that I want to do with a couple of friends. I can probably with confidence say that it will happen.
"I've been thinking about it a lot. I can't get it out of my head, so it means something." He adds: "It will be in Swedish. I asked Dan if he wants to play drums. Another friend is a classically-trained piano player, but he plays bass and has a really cool vintage studio, so I'm thinking of doing something like that.
"I'm not sure how it's going to end up. I want it to be not so progressive, really - but maybe more folky and psychedelic, I think." Read more and watch the full interviewhere.
Having just wrapped up a support tour with Skindred, the Japanese rockers have confirmed a headline trek across the UK that will be kicking off in Southend on March 16th.
Frontman Kenta Koie says: "We can't wait to bring Xeno back to the UK and all our fans. We're going to bring the noise in a serious way for this huge headline tour, so you better not miss out." See the dateshere.
The 3-disc edition includes 28-minute piece The 1984 Suite, based on tracks from Discovery and The Killing Fields, a new version of Poison Arrows - renamed Zombies - a 5.1 mix and three promo videos.
The remastered title, which includes classic tracks The Lake and To France, will arrive on January 29. Check out the full track details including the bonus tracks and DVD detailshere.
With our album, we tried to put together a message about bringing communities together and creating a vibe of togetherness for people. "Life is Easy" tells mini stories in each verse to touch on various ways someone could ultimately interpret the phrase. It started with the chorus melody in Larry's (Ford - vocalist and lead singer in Arcadia) head leading him to support that feeling lyrically in the verses. The music flowed from there with the rest of the band.
Writing the song came pretty naturally. Then, we knew it was a matter of capturing that vision in the studio which can be tough. Our producer, Nolan Rossi, did a fantastic job capturing our vision and bringing it to life. Although we recorded the entire album with live tracking. It still helps so much to have a producer who can tweak tones and cadences to make a song what it is.
The chorus outro was an in-studio idea that we came up with as we were brainstorming. We brought in a couple of friends to sing in one mic while Larry played the acoustic live too - it created the sound of a small group grooving. Nolan and the owner of the studio Scott also joined in on the singing. When people listen to that song, since it's the first song on the album, we hope that it engages them and sets the tone for the rest of the record.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the albumright here!
He split with the band in February to concentrate on We Are Harlot, and he's also working on a solo album that's expected to feature elements of country music.
Worsnop said at the time: "We reached a point, musically, where we wanted different things." But guitarist Ben Bruce later said there was more to it, reporting: "He didn't like screaming, he didn't like heavy music."
Asked by a fan whether he'd return to a heavier sound, Worsnop says in a tweet: "Not opposed to it, but nothing planned at this point in time." Read morehere.
Dani Filth and co appear at the North Wales event on Friday, March 11, and have confirmed shows in Chester, Dublin and Belfast. They appear at the Live Rooms in Chester on March 12, the Dublin Academy on March 13 and Belfast's Limelight 1 on March 14.
They recently announced a run of North American shows under the Inquisitional Torture banner in support of latest album Hammer Of The Witches, released earlier this year via Nuclear Blast. See the dateshere.
He recently published his memoirs, What's Exactly The Matter With Me? with S.E. Feinberg, and his latest album, My Beethoven has recently been released on Foothill Records.
Bob Dylan said of Sloan's iconic song "Eve Of Destruction", which was recorded by several artists including the best known Barry McGuire, "There are no more escapes. If you want to find out anything that's happening now, you have to listen to the music I don't mean the words. Though, Eve Of Destruction will tell you something about it."
A release date for the SACD was not included in the announcement but Amazon is currently taking here and they list December 11th release date. We were sent the following details:
Audio Fidelity will be releasing the final Alice Cooper group album on 4.0 Quad SACD. is the seventh studio album by Alice Cooper and it was the last album to feature the entire original band, and it was a true grand finale at that. Cooper stated in an interview at the time that the album marked a return to fundamentals. "It's not complicated in any sense...It's very basic rock & roll throughout."
The two best-known tracks are undoubtedly the Top 20 anthem "Teenage Lament '74," which features none other than Liza Minnelli, Ronnie Spector, Labelle and the Pointer Sisters on backing vocals, and the rollicking title track. But other tracks are just as good - the Led Zep-stomping opener, "Big Apple Dreamin' (Hippo)," the gentle "Hard Hearted Alice" (a precursor to Cooper's future ballad-oriented direction), the raging "Working Up a Sweat," and "Man with the Golden Gun."
The 1973 return to the band's more hard rock roots was a successful creative choice and catapulted Muscle Of Love into Billboard's Top 10 Album Chart. That sound, complete with the prog-rock/heavy metal workouts, has proven over the years to be a significant piece of the Alice Cooper legacy.See the tracklisting here.
The tour is scheduled to kick off on St. Patrick's Day, March 17th, in Baltimore, MD at the Baltimore Soundstage and will criss-cross the U.S. and Canada before wrapping up on April 15th in Philadelphia, PA at the Union Transfer.
The month long trek will include stops in Charlotte, Atlanta, Ybor City, Dallas, Austin, Scottsdale, San Diego, Santa Ana, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Dallas, Lawrence, Minneapolis, Chicago, Cleveland, Toronto, New York, and Boston.See the dates here.
Frontiers Music Srl will be releasing the "Rulebreaker" album in various formats including CD, deluxe CD/DVD (featuring two bonus tracks), and digitally. In the meantime, fans can watch the new video here.
Primal Fear will be celebrating the North American release of "Rulebreaker" by launching coheadlining tour with Luca Turilli's Rhapsody next spring. The trek kicks off on April 26th in Hartford, CT.See the tour dates and the various album versions track details here.
January 28th will see a performance in Monterrey, at Cafe Iguana, with night three landing at Palacio de los Deportes' Pabellon Oeste on January 30th. The final show will boast a setlist of exclusive songs and feature very special guests, Armageddon, which features Michael Amott's brother / ex- Arch Enemy guitar player, Christopher Amott.
Arch Enemy's Michael Amott had the following to say about the upcoming dates, "Very excited to have the opportunity of returning to Mexico for three shows in January 2016! Mexico has been host to some of the craziest and most intense Arch Enemy shows - and this time will be no different I'm sure. This is War Eternal! Que viva Mexico!"
Tickets are available at TicketMaster for Mexico City and Chihuahua and for Monterrey on Super Boletos. In addition to the Mexican dates, Arch Enemy will also make a special appearance at the 2016 NAMM conference at the Schecter after party.
Guitarist and vocalist Ally Dickaty says - "It's one of those intense tracks from our new album. It's full of urgency and energy. Lyrically it's about the disillusionment and boredom of everyday life."
Dickaty, drummer Danny Dolan and bassist Matt Rose are expected to release the record in 2016 and will play London's Lexington on Thursday (November 19). Stream the songhere.
The run follows their first road trip together in 2014, and the duo are gearing up to release a live album recorded on the journey. Organisers say - "If your musical preference is a combination of rootsy blues and folk Americana, delivered with irreverent humor and nuggets of folklore, then look no further.
"This transatlantic duo of multi-award winners ticks all the boxes, combining the talents of Europe's leading contemporary Bluesman with the Grammy-nominated songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Mississippi." See the dateshere.
The band released the following statement about the cancelation, "Much has been said, as well as seen, on every media outlet about the events in Paris. Some of us were in attendance at the Le Bataclan, and the rest of our family, just blocks away on this night. We have been to Paris many, many times, and we've had some of the most amazing shows in this tremendously electric city.
"With this being said, and with our deepest condolences, love and respect to everyone affected, and to all of us who share this planet, we must return home to our loved ones. We will return when appropriate.
"For ticket holders, we will have more information soon, so please hang tight. Until then, please never forget the power of gathering, and one of the most unbelievable feelings of all: that P.M.A.
"With much love and respect."
Sykes joked earlier this month that Chris Martin and co had "jacked" their idea. And in a new interview with NME, Sykes insists it couldn't have happened by accident.
He says: "They might not have known at first, but obviously if you Google 'flower of life' the first thing that comes up is 'Bring Me The Horizon - Sempiternal'. Someone's gonna have said something to them, so whether it was intentional or not, it is the same."
The frontman does concede that the symbol is not theirs and he says it's "kind of cool" that a band the size of Coldplay are sharing it." Read morehere.
The new album is set to be released on December 18th. The band premiered "Shock Me" on Sunday night (November 15th) on Dan Carter's Rock Show on BBC Radio 1 and followed up with the online premiere on YouTube.
Baroness' John Baizley had the following to say about the track, "Along with the rest of Purple, 'Shock Me' represents the net result of an arduous reformation/rehabilitation process following the release of Yellow & Green and the bus accident that nearly ended us.
"We were unsure three years ago whether we'd be able to be at this point again; and while it hasn't been a particularly easy road to get back, it is truly thrilling to feel that familiar anxious excitement that comes before we release a new album and to put new music out into the world. We treasure these moments of excitement, as they have taken on a deeper level of significance in recent years." Stream the songhere.
Director Zohan Bihac says: "I wanted to do something that nobody's expecting what there would be because the song is about fishing girls. I think it was very important that this time it has to be totally different than the last video to give the people something else, a matter of perspective of the guys or the music or this work."
The Fish On single release includes the previously unreleased track G-Spot Michael and the Drago Baotic Smooth Version of Praise Abort. Rammstein recently released the live DVD In Amerika, which features a 2010 concert at New York's Madison Square Garden that marked the band's first US show in a decade. Watch the video cliphere.
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