The new studio album, which is the follow-up to 2013's "Super Collider," is expected on January 22, with "Fatal Illusion" set to be released as a single on October 16.
Mustaine asked fans via Twitter: "So tell me... what do you think about Fatal Illusion and the album cover for Dystopia?" An Amazon listing offers track lengths for 11 of the 15 songs that have been previously listed.
It's the band's first record with new guitarist Kiko Louriero and Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler, who plays a guest role. He'll pull double duties when Megadeth and Lamb Of God tour the UK together in November. See the album cover and stream the new songhere.
The group has revealed nine U.S. dates that begin on February 24th in Ft Lauderdale, FL at the BB&T Center and conclude April 15th in Los Angeles at The Forum. The Raven Age will be the support act for the tour and Maiden also announced that they will be revealing Canadian dates soon.
The band will once again be launching the tour onboard a plane piloted by frontman Bruce Dickinson. The new 'Ed Force One' for the 2016 trek will be Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet.
Dickinson had the following to say about the new dates, "We cannot wait to get back out on tour. Maiden thrive on touring and getting out to our fans, it's also what we enjoy the most. When we play in Fort Lauderdale it will be 19 months since our last show at Sonisphere in the UK so we will be raring to go.
"On previous Ed Force One Tours we only had time to play New York, LA and Florida. For the world tour next year we've made more time in order to take Ed Force One to our fans in many more parts of the country, like Tulsa where we haven't played since 1987 on the Somewhere In Time Tour and Tacoma where we haven't played in 15 years, along with Vegas, Detroit, Chicago and Denver too this time round. We wanted to start off in Ft Lauderdale so we could first visit Nicko's 'Rock 'n Roll Ribs' nearby and have a few Trooper beers to celebrate the start of The Book of Souls World Tour! We will of course visit Canada too and those dates will be announced very soon!
"We haven't decided on the set list as yet and won't until we start rehearsing but we really look forward to playing a number of new songs live, especially as the recording was so much live. However, as it's been a while since we saw you all, I am sure we will include plenty of older fan favourites too. I think the fans will be delighted by what we have in mind. We are also in the middle of creating the new show and rest assured we are working hard to bring you all something spectacular, something with a lot of heart !!! You certainly deserve it for your patience."See the U.S. dates here.
Weiland tells fans in a Facebook post that they can expect to hear music from his entire career, not just from the "Blaster" album. He writes, "This tour is about making a connection.
"We'll perform the hits for the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver fans. I made Blaster for them, but it is fresh; we've made an album that can resonate, and attract a whole new group of fans. It's a rebirth."
The tour will be kicking off on October 28th in Hermosa Beach, CA at Saint Rocke and will crisscross the country before concluding on December 19th in Napa, CA at the City Winery.
This coming Monday, October 5th, The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will be hosting "An Evening with Scott Weiland," which will include a Q&A session and an intimate performance from Scott and his band.See the tour dates here.
The reunion shows, featuring vocalist John Arch, will be taking place to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their "Awaken The Guardian" album. The first performance will occur at next year's Keep It True festival in Germany in late April and the second reunion show will happen at the ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta in early September of 2016.
The band also revealed that the current lineup have completed writing the music that will be featured on their next studio effort, which they expect to release next year via InsideOutMusic.
Jim Matheos had this to say "I'm happy to announce that all the music for FW12 is now written. Still some work to do on lyrics and final arrangements, but the plan is for us to start tracking in December with a release date planned for the first half of 2016."
U.S. fans can catch the band on the road this fall in support of their current album "Darkness In A Different Light", beginning next week when they launch the on October 9th in Hartford, CT at the Webster Theater.
The tour will be concluding on November 2nd in Ramona, CA at the Ramona Mainstage. The first half of the tour will feature support from Imminent Sonic Destruction (Oct. 9 - 21) and the second half will include Vangough (Oct. 23 - Nov. 2).See the tour dates here.
The band released the statement in response to fans that have been posting online audition videos, hoping to score the gig with the band. They write, "While we appreciate the overwhelming interest and support we thought it would be the right thing to do to let everyone know that we already have someone.
"In fact, we have been working with this person for over a year now to make sure that it was a correct fit before making any sudden changes. When we have more to share we will be sure to do that."
One of the online audition videos came from the member of the U.S. Army. The solider, named Chris Hawkins, posted his video online last month on YouTube with the caption "My friends and family speak about me and my playing and I showcase my playing skills and tell you about my life." See it here.
The band specifically mentioned Hawkins in their message. "As for Mr. Chris Hawkins, you rule brother," they wrote. "We look forward to hearing about any future musical endeavors you may have. We appreciate the video and your service to our country. We will reach out and would love to meet with you when our paths cross next."
The new compilation will be released on CD and vinyl by Rhino on October 30th and will feature nine-tracks from the group's albums spanning from 1990's "Cowboys From To Hell" to their 2000 release "Reinventing the Steel". You can pre-order it and see the cover art and track details here.
That same time period of the band's career will also be the focus the new box set Rhino will be releasing on December 11th. The Complete Studio Albums 1990-2000 will be available as a five-disc CD set as well as a five-disc vinyl LP collection.
The vinyl box will feature the albums ("Cowboys From Hell", "Vulgar Display Of Power," "Far Beyond Driven," "The Great Southern Trendkill," and "Reinventing The Steel") on colored vinyl, as well as a 7-inch single of the non-album songs "Piss" and "Avoid The Light".
"Piss" was released as a bonus track on the 20th anniversary reissue of the "Vulgar Display Of Power" album and "Avoid The Light" was on the soundtrack to the film Dracula 2000. The CD version of the box set can be pre-ordered here and the vinyl version is availablehere.
The band have set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise $7500 so they can tour the US as planned later this month. Iwrestledabearonce say: "Our bass player Ricky was moving the van and trailer from one safe storage space to another and parked the van overnight in a church parking lot - the same place used every time we have a stop in this town.
"The theft was discovered the next day on the 21st, and reports were filed. The police have informed us that recovering any of this is extremely unlikely." Read morehere.
Beyond the music, the film follows Waters as he embarks on a deeply personal pilgrimage and reflects on the impact of war with his own family. Woven throughout the film, Waters travels to France to the site where his grandfather is buried, and Italy to a memorial for his father - both lost to war.
"I'm glad that we have an opportunity to share the film with people on a wider scale," says Waters. "It has had a deep effect on my life, and I'm not the only one. This release provides an opportunity to remember all of our fallen loved ones."
The 2-disc Blu-ray and Digital HD features over 95 minutes of bonus footage from the bassist's reunion with Pink Floyd members David Gilmour and Nick Mason at London's O2 Arena in a performance of "Comfortably Numb" during The Wall Live tour. Read more and watch the trailerhere.
"Hit and Run" is a track from the group's latest album "Overboard" and the video was created by Ofir Sasson. Watch it here. The Verve Pipe's Brian Vander Ark had this to say about the clip, "Ofir was able to put a face on the villain that fit perfectly with the lyric - an everyday man, caught in the same everyday routine.
"His villain could have been your brother, uncle, friend, neighbor, co-worker...anyone. What shocked me the most, what I hadn't expected, was the ending. Was he punished by death? Suicide? Was it real or imagined? Was his punishment to relive it endlessly? He brilliantly left it up to the viewer which is something great films can do. I expect people will want to watch it again and again."
The video comes as the band kick off their new music series. The initiative began last week with the release of the song "If I Could Make You Feel," and will continue with new songs released digitally every two weeks via online retailers or via streaming services and tracks will be not be released on CD. Check out the first song in the serieshere.
Anderson says: "A few silly, unobservant people have concluded that the show is either all pre-recorded vocals, or at best, I'm singing about 30% of the words.
"The show was constructed to allow about a third of the performance to be the domain of pre-recorded video guests. I have done a count of all lines of lyrics that I sing - both the total of the whole show, and the songs minus recitatives. With recits there are 589 lines of lyrics, and I sing in 395, or 67%. Without recits there are 500 lines and I sing 364, or 73%."
He says it amounts to more live singing than he'd deliver in a one-hour festival set, and about the same as a 90-minute performance. Anderson continues: "Perhaps audience members are watching the guests on the video screen rather than me, standing in front singing and playing live. But that's what the guests are there for - to add to the entertainment value and sing in character as per the story." Read morehere.
In an excerpt from a book, Mojo reports how McCartney's 1980 track Coming Up inspired Lennon to write his last album Double Fantasy. McCartney says: "I saw a John documentary and somebody was saying, 'I brought this record of Paul's to John and played it for him.' John went, 'Oh, f***ing hell, the bastard's done something good - I've gotta work!'
"I love the idea of forcing him up off his arse. We were always doing that with each other." He adds: "People sometimes see it as an arch rivalry - it wasn't. It was a friendly competition that was actually very necessary." Read morehere.
Drones was released in June and the band are gearing up for 2016's world tour to support it. Howard tells the South China Morning Post: "We've talked about it - but we haven't really talked about when or where.
"I just know we need to do something really different to anything we've done before. It's time to kind of lose our minds a little bit more in the studio, and delve into areas of music that we're not used to or comfortable with." Read morehere.
But before he started work, he asked his Slipknot counterpart - who's written three memoirs - for pointers. Taylor tells Loudwire: "I told him, 'Just write it down. No matter what it is, just write it down.'
"If you hold yourself back because you're looking for that perfect sentence you'll be sitting there for ever. The best thing you can do is just vomit it out, then you can go back."
He says getting a first draft down is like writing a first song, adding: "You're going to f*** up. It's like writing your first song. It may or may not suck, but it's the second one that's important. Write down what you're thinking - you can always take away." Read more and watch the full interviewhere.
But Dokken tells Eddie Trunk's SiriusXM show (via Blabbermouth): "I talked to George about the Dokken reunion. It's been going on for two years - we were all up for it.
"But Jeff is busy with Foreigner until 2018. He said, 'Let's do it in 2018.' By then, ISIS might be running this country. So it's off the books. It's not happening." Read morehere.
The band has reveals a wealth of dates for the trek, with more still to be announced. At this point, the tour is scheduled to kick off on January 12th in Salt Lake City, UT at The Depot.
Big Head Todd & The Monsters are launching the tour in support of their just released live album, "Live At Red Rocks June 6, 2015". Guitarist and singer Todd Park Mohr had the following to say about the release:
"That night at Red Rocks, we couldn't have been more on. When we heard the playback, we knew we just had our best year of live shows ever. We're having a great run recently and are ready to hit it hard again in January with some brand new songs as well as fan favorites."See the tour dates and the tracklisting for the new album here.
The video was directed Viktor Banales and "When I'm With You" follows the release of their previous single "Steady". Watch the new animated clip here.
The group will wrap up their tour with Billy Idol next week and have announced several more U.S. dates this month before they head over to the UK for a tour with Catfish & The Bottlemen.See the tour dates here.
The song was the title track to the band's breakthrough sixth album, which went on to sell more than 2 million copies worldwide. Due October 16, the project presents "Live At Metropolis" - which captures the band performing before a select audience at London's Metropolis Studios - alongside the companion career documentary, "Made In Scotland."
The feature traces Nazareth's career from their formation in 1968 to their breakthrough in the 1970s, and their ongoing career. The film contains classic footage and new interviews with past and present members of the band, including retired lead singer Dan McCafferty, who left the group in 2013 due to health issues.
McCafferty was replaced by frontman Lintin Osborne, who joined the Scottish rockers in 2014. "No Means Of Escape" will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and digitally, with "Live At Metropolis" and "Made In Scotland" available as two separate elements. Watch the videohere.
The Cuban music-inspired record sees the ZZ Top guitarist joined by a handpicked group of musicians dubbed The BFG's. BFG & Co. includes Martin Guigui on piano and B3, B3 player Mike Flanigan, vocalist/bassist Alex Garza and drummer Greg Morrow, with co-producer Hardy offering additional guitar, keys, bass and vocals, and Gary Moon also supplying additional guitar.
Gibbons recently premiered a video for the album's lead single, a cover of rockabilly singer Roy Head's 1965 hit "Treat Her Right." Watch that video and the behind the scenes cliphere.
The opening episode outlined the band's pre-production process in Frederick, MD while the second behind the scenes look saw the band document the recording process as they moved to Austin, TX to work with producer Machine at his Machine Shop studio.
The third episode sees Clutch return to Maryland to put the finishing touches on the project. he project has been launched with the release of the lead single, "X-Ray Visions."
Clutch will open a fall US tour in Fort Lauderdale, FL on October 3. Watch the new video episodehere.
Fans can stream the new single "Silver Hair" here. We were sent these details about the group: Boom Forest is the musical outlet for Nashville based and Baraboo, WI grown musician John Paul Roney. As part of the Boom Forest project, Roney has developed a mythology surrounding the music, and when recorded and on stage, performs as John Rayne, "a techno-evangelist bard from a post-apocalyptic American future."
Boom Forest will hit the road with in Kopecky in between performances at Austin City Limits music festival this weekend, and as part of the Red Bull Sound Select: 30 Days In LA festival this November. See the dateshere.
The new album will be released by Dangerbird Records on October 16th. The new single "Light You Up" can be streamed here and purchased and/or streamed at the leading digital retailers and streaming services.
The band kicked off an east coast tour last night (Oct 1) in Philadelphia and the trek conclude with a special album release show at the Cactus Club in Milwaukee on October 17th.
Remaining Tour Dates:
10/02 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
10/03 - Washington, DC - DC9
10/04 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
10/17 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club (Album Release Show)
Crispian Mills and co will hit the road in February, starting with shows in Glasgow, Manchester and London before dates across Europe before concluding on March 4th in St. Petersburg.
They say: "The time has come. Kula Shaker have finally emerged from the silence and mark their return with live dates throughout the UK and beyond." See the dates and watch the album teaserhere.
In June, singer Rosalie Cunningham told TeamRock Radio, "It's more ambitious and has more scope in a rock opera kind of way. I think it's more direct as well. The songwriting has developed, it's clever pop music.
"The first single is going to be Electric Landlady and we're going to be doing a video for that. The album artwork will be linked with the video which involves me being naked and painted blue." Check out the songhere.
Schenker tells Metal Shock Finland: "It's developing into a very stable band. We start our European tour and we're filming a DVD that will be released in early 2016.
"By around March it will be the end of our world tour - then we'll be getting down to business and recording our third album. Its release is planned for early 2017."
He adds: "We have also planned something very special for the UK tour, but it's not confirmed yet." Read morehere.
The band say: "Gong are pleased to announce they have signed a deal with Madfish. Friends from across the Gong Universe are being invited along for the ride."
Meanwhile, they've distanced themselves from a recently-announced relaunch of the 1970s Radio Gnome Invisible Trilogy. They say: "We do not endorse the BYG/Charly Records release." Read morehere.
The band say the four-track offering takes inspiration from the DC hardcore scene. Frontman Thom Weeks tells DIY: "We tend to get pretty influenced by the music we listen to in the van, so this record definitely has a DC hardcore vibe to it.
"It's heavy, it's short, and it's probably the most agitated we've sounded on record. Thematically, the songs are about having a crisis of faith with society." Watch the videohere.
In the new scene, the band's first rehearsal is captured and sees the group decide on a suitable name. The film's synopsis reads: "Metal-thrashing Brodie is an outcast in a sea of jocks and cheerleaders until he meets a kindred spirit in fellow metalhead Zakk.
"After starting their own band, Brodie and Zakk's resentment of the suburban wasteland leads them to a mysterious piece of sheet music said to grant ultimate power to whoever plays it.
"But the music also summons an ancient evil entity known as Aeloth The Blind One, who threatens to tear apart existence itself. Their classmates and family become inhabited by demonic forces, tearing out their own eyes and turning into psychotic murderers." Watch the preview cliphere.
That was followed by an attack on Rickly in a Hamburg street during which he was robbed and poisoned, leading to the cancellation of a show and a night in hospital.
No Devotion were formed form the ashes of Lostprophets after that band's frontman Ian Watkins was revealed to have committed a string of horrifying sexual offences against children and was jailed for 29 years. Richardson says the abuse directed at No Devotion for their links to Shkreli pales into insignificance in comparison.
He tells Alternative Press: "Trust me, I've seen worse, I've had worse said of me. I have a family and kids and I've been called everything. I don't feel betrayed by Geoff at all. It's just bad luck. Really bad luck. I don't think Geoff didn't dig hard enough on this guy, I don't think he's to blame at all. Shkreli seemed like he just wanted to put his money out there." Read morehere.
Frontman Brendan Lukens tells Fader: "The Thrash Particle came about during a spiralling case of jealousy. Too jealous to understand how dumb I was being, I did and said things to put my relationships to the test. In time, my paranoia grew and I began to hurt those I wanted to be with the most."
The band recently issued a video for Rock Bottom, taken from last year's EP You're Gonna Miss It All. They begin a North American tour this month. Stream the new songhere.
"There will be something cool happening," Krieger tells Billboard. "I can't say exactly what yet, but we never did get our tribute to Ray thing going, so it'll be part of that, for sure, and probably for Jim [Morrison], too." Krieger declined to be more specific, but presumably the anniversary-which occurs in 2017-will include live shows.
"… People still love The Doors' music and I can tell you that it's still fun to play," says Krieger. "I think that's a good indicator right there--if people still like to play it, then people still like to listen to it. I've played on a lot of records that I wouldn't even care about hearing again or playing live, but for some reason the Doors songs are still fun…." Commenthere.
Hart tells the Spokesman-Review: "I'm finding that it's getting in the way of me having a connection to the real world, and that's the only place I can really write from.
"I also just want to take care of myself. I want to have a life with my husband, spend some time with friends and family, and enjoy my life, instead of it all being about touring." Read morehere.
Sylvan, who's currently on tour as vocalist with Steve Hackett's band, says: "This was the hardest song for me to complete. I began writing it right before my mother passed away, and it took a while to gather the strength to finish it off.
"The last sentence of the lyric is actually about her and me, so it was a soul-cleansing experience." He adds: "The idea of the widow emerged from the loss, as she becomes a symbol of death for the whole album." Stream the songhere.
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