The crash happened on a flight from South Carolina to California. Although the 39-year-old was in the hospital for four months and had to endure 27 surgeries, he was one of the lucky ones.
The crash claimed the lives of four passengers, including Barker's assistant Chris Barker, two members of his crew, and a security team member. DJ AM also survived the plane crash, but died in 2010 from an accidental drug overdose.
The Blink-182 drummer tells ABC, "I mean, [medical officials] had to take my phone out of my room because I was making these phone calls. I would call friends of mine and go, 'You know, I'll deposit a million dollars into whoever's bank account. Like, I'm done." Read morehere.
Renoff discussed the story while speaking to the Boston Herald about his new book on the early years of Roth's band, "Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal".
When asked for one of his favorite stories of decadence that he discovered while writing the book, Renoff responded, "I didn't discover the story, but I was able to really flesh out all of the details about the notorious Birmingham, Alabama 'Krell [Cocaine] War' between Ozzy and [Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth].
"In November 1978 in Birmingham hotel room, they both snorted enough coke to kill an elephant. After a bus ride to Nashville, Ozzy passed out for 24 hours in the wrong hotel room and in effect was missing.
"The police thought he'd been kidnapped. Let's face it, any story involving Ozzy, DLR, and drugs is going to be a fun one to tell." Read more of the interviewhere.
The special release on November 27th will feature the song released as a 12 inch limited edition vinyl that will include the original B-side "I'm In Love With My Car".
The legendary band received the Classic Song Award at the Q Awards earlier this week in London for the song, which celebrates its official 40th anniversary on Halloween, marking its original release on October 31, 1975.
A week prior to Record Store Day, the band will be releasing a special live package from that era. "Queen, A Night At The Odeon, Live At Hammersmith '75" is set to be released in CD, 2 LP vinyl and Super Deluxe Box Set formats as well as on DVD, SD Blu-Ray.
The show was captured during the final stop of the Queen Invite You To A Night At The Opera UK tour, which was the first tour to feature the band performing "Bohemian Rhapsody."here.
The band revealed that they will headline the Rock In Vienna Festival in Austria, which takes place between June 3-5 and will also headline the Sonisphere Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland on Friday June 3rd.
Iron Maiden have also unveiled two additional headlining shows, including the Telenor Arena in Osolo Norway on June 15 and the Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, Denmark on June 21 with The Raven Age and special guests Ghost. Read morehere.
All Shall Perish also features co-founders Matt Kukendall, Ben Orum and Caysen Russo, plus Chris Storey - but bassist Mike Tiner will not return as a result of the courtroom dramas.
A statement says: "The deathcore titans, hailed by fellow Bay Area dwellers like Kirk Hammett and Robb Flynn, are making new music. Hermida will continue in his role as full-time vocalist for Suicide Silence. Original vocalist Craig Betit also plans to contribute." Read morehere.
"We don't have confirmation on how much of the performance may be included in CBS' TV coverage," says Hagar, "so come in person if you want to be sure to enjoy it all! Redheads, post a gameday message using the hashtag #LevisStadium for a chance to be put up on the big screen when Sammy plays halftime at the 49ers vs. Seahawks game this Thursday!
"Whether you're in the crowd or across the country, the hashtag #LevisStadium on any social platform will get your comment/tweet submitted!
"Feel free to also tag the following to get all things Redrocker included in the viral conversation: #AWHAFY #49ers #Seahawks #LevisStadium" Read morehere.
The band report that the lineup change is amicable, and Worsnop's temporary position gives them time to recruit the perfect full-time replacement.
Buchanan joined the band in 2011 after the departure of Richie Hevanz, and appeared on 2012 debut album Filthy Empire. Heaven's Basement say: "We've all had a fantastic few years but we simply feel that our time together has run its course.
"We'll be looking for a new singer to move forward with and are excited for this new era. We can't wait to bring to life all of the new music that we have written and to get back onstage for you as soon as possible." Read morehere.
The 16-song collection features three new recordings, including a version of Pastorius classic Come On Come Over by supergroup Mass Mental, featuring Trujillo, Flea, Skindred's Benji Webbe and Ugly Kid Joe's Whit Crane.
The soundtrack was produced by Trujillo and Pastorius' son John. As well as Jaco solo tracks, it includes Weather Report classics and collaborations with Joni Mitchell, Ian Hunter, Herbie Hancock and more.
Pastorius is widely regarded as one of the most influential and talented electric bass players of all time. He died in 1987 at the age of 35 following a fight in a Florida club. Jaco will be available via VOD services, digital download and on DVD/Blu-ray. Check out the tracklistinghere.
"Many thanks to Q Magazine and to Gibson," commented Iommi. "I have a long history with the guitar-maker." To commemorate the event, Gibson compiled some thoughts about why Iommi is so deserving of this special honor.
He invented a new genre of music: Sure, the phrase "heavy metal" had been invoked before (check out the lyrics to "Born to Be Wild"), but it was Iommi's minor pentatonic riffs, combined with "doom-and-gloom" imagery, that truly gave birth to the genre. "Every time I'm questioned about this, it's been confusing for me," Iommi told Gibson.com, in 2008. "It's just something that came out of me that was totally different because it was like doomy and the riffs were a bit frightening. And you know, it was something that I felt. It's really a mystical thing."
He's met-and conquered-adversity: Dating back to when he severed the tips of two fretting fingers, in a pre-Black Sabbath accident, Iommi has always persevered in the face of potential setbacks. Early on, in 1974, he explained how he adapted in the wake of the injury, with the help of thimbles as prosthetics. "I had to start all over again, which was kind of a drag," he said. "It involved a lot of determination and a lot of hard work and practice. I had to adopt a totally different way of playing. I mean, it's much easier when the flesh is there as it should be. Instead of, say, pulling a note, I have to sort of push it up to get a vibrato."
He's a riff maestro: From "Iron Man" to "Paranoid," from "War Pigs" to "Children of the Grave," Black Sabbath's songs have been powered primarily by riffs that, today, are etched into the fabric of classic metal. With characteristic humility, Iommi tends to downplay that singular gift. "[Drummer] Bill Ward may have played something and I just reacted to it," he told Gibson.com, explaining the origins of the riff for "Iron Man." "But I'm not sure, I really don't know. Without Bill and Ozzy that song would have never happened. I think it came at rehearsal. It was one of those occasions where I said, 'I've got a riff, I'll come up with something.' Then I just built it, worked on it from that. A lot of that stuff came fairly quickly; it just sort of happened."
His influence is pervasive: The likes of Judas Priest, Megadeth, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Slayer-even Nirvana-would be unthinkable were it not for the pioneering impact of Iommi's work. Mastodon's Brent Hinds spoke for many when he wrote these words for Rolling Stone: "I remember the first time I heard Black Sabbath. My older brother got their album, Master of Reality, from a kid who lived next door. The music just struck me like lightning. Tony is a metal pioneer, but there's a real finesse to his playing; it's not all that fast. His phrasing has such a classic vibe, and I draw a lot of inspiration from Tony's trilling. I truly enter the Iommi-sphere every time I put a guitar on."
He's always taken the high road: Rock and rollers tend to be notorious back-biters. But … sift through the voluminous interviews Iommi has done through the years, and you'll be hard-pressed to find unkind words about anyone, including bandmates, former bandmates and peers. In 2008, Guitar World asked Iommi to recall his initial reaction to Ozzy Osbourne's first solo album, Blizzard of Oz. "It was good," he said. "I loved Randy [Rhoad's] playing. I didn't rush out right away to buy Ozzy's album because I was into what we were doing at the time. But I was pleased for Ozzy. It was the spark that got him going, and it was exactly what he needed." Later, in 2013, Iommi was asked about drummer Bill Ward's refusal to rejoin the band, purportedly over money issues. "It would've been nice to have had Bill involved," Iommi told Mercury News. "But we waited long enough for Bill, and what can we do? We can't make him do it. It was his decision. It was sad." Read morehere.
The US Top 10 lead single from "Steel Wheels" introduced the 1989 album, which peaked at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 and went on to sell more than 2 million copies in the States alone.
Due October 30 on DVD and Blu-ray with a new mixby Bob Clearmountain, the new live package captures the band during the first series of concerts they ever played in Japan.
"Mixed Emotions" is the second preview from the set following the group's cover of the 1963 Bob & Earl track "The Harlem Shuffle." Check out the new videohere.
"We recorded and recorded and recorded and recorded," says Springsteen. "We were in the studio day after day after day, you know. I probably worked the hardest on some of things that ended up as outtakes…you never knew, I never knew. I didn't know where it was going."
The 4CD/3DVD package offers the original double album alongside "The Ties That Bind" - a 10-track album that Springsteen recorded in 1979 as a follow up to 1978's "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" but never released.
The set also includes 22 outtakes from the studio sessions alongside an hour-long documentary/interview with Springsteen and a legendary 1980 concert filmed at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.
The package adds a hardcover 148-page coffee table book containing 200 studio and live photographs plus memorabilia documenting the album and the era. Watch the videohere.
Tremonti - the solo project of Creed and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark - hired Tanner Keegan to fill in, but would welcome Wolfgang back with open arms just as soon as he's ready.
Mark Tremonti tells Robb's Metalworks: "It's totally up to him. I think they just finished the Van Halen tour last week, and he's working on an album of his own.
"That will probably take precedence over this while he's doing that, but I'm sure when he's not doing that and whenever he wants to throw with us, he's got that opportunity. He's probably in my same situation. I've got Alter Bridge and Tremonti. Now he's gonna have that band and this band, so whenever the schedules match up, we'll be touring. But Tanner Keegan's out with us, and he's been killing it. The fans love him." Read morehere.
Festival organizer Andy Copping says: "I cannot wait for this year- three of the biggest names in rock are heading to Donington. Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath have legacies to rival Download festival and its rich rock heritage, it's a match made in rock heaven.
"The mighty Iron Maiden back after another yet another no.1 album, the legendary Black Sabbath on their final tour and Rammstein, who blow me away every time I see them. Their headlining set at Download 2016 will make rock history." Read more including Rammstein's reactionhere.
West recently explained the album title by saying: "I used to hate soundchecks. With my partner Felix Pappalardi, if we did a soundcheck we'd have to do half a show.
"One of his, one of mine... and we both sang. I like doing soundchecks now, because he's not around to bust my balls." The record features guest appearances from Brian May, Peter Frampton and the late Jack Bruce. Check out the new songhere.
The track appears on second album They Bleed Red, to be launched on November 6. When the original cut was released, drummer John Sankey said:
"We had no interest in doing another performance video with us jamming out. This was all about us having fun, getting crazy, living the dream and sharing it with the world to enjoy."
Watch the original version and grab the link to the new uncensored cliphere.
The two remaining original members haven't always had the closest of relationships - with frontman Araya admitting earlier this year that he and King often didn't communicate in the past.
Holt tells The Jasta Show: "People have asked me, 'What do you think is the most important thing you brought to Slayer?' It sounds like a really hippie way to say it - I'd say it's unity.
"I'm really close to everybody in the band. I maybe have been a bridge in keeping everybody smiling. I'm always in a good mood. I'm a hard guy to piss off."
He adds: "We have our times when I hang out with Kerry at night. I hang out with Tom and Paul at different times. But everybody's happy - everybody's enjoying it." Read morehere.
Frontman Craig Mabbitt says of the album: "It has been a real team effort this time around. We've all worked on lyrics, all contributed to the songwriting process.
"We're the most unified as a team I think we've ever been, certainly in my history in the band. I actually wish we hadn't done a self-titled album already because I think this is our most definitive statement yet." Watch the videohere.
The tune was the lead single from his tenth album, "Strut", which peaked at No. 19 on the US Billboard 200 but failed to achieve Gold status in the country.
"The Chamber" follows the preview of his 1993 smash, "Are You Gonna Go My Way", from "Just Let Go", which was filmed over three months in late 2014 during the European leg of the singer's world tour in support of the project.
"The film takes a deeper look into what it's like to be on tour," says Kravitz, "and also gives an intimate perspective into my life with my band, both on and off the stage." Watch the videohere.
The new online video preview includes clips from all 10 tracks on the follow-up to their self-titled 2012 debut, plus iTunes bonus song Time Won't Leave.
Guitarist Paul Sayers recently said: "It's a real step on for us, sonically and artistically. Playing so many shows together over the last three years allowed us to develop a really clear idea of where we wanted to go." Check out the previewhere.
Bryan Josh and Olivia Sparnenn-Josh performed under the name Mostly Autumn Acoustic for a run of shows in 2014, and they describe the experience as "a very exciting journey with one of our heroes."
"Mostly Autumn Acoustic: The Genesis Revisited Tour 2014" comes complete with Sparnenn-Josh's recording of The Rain Song as a bonus track. Check out the song listinghere.
Singer Carla Harvey says Igniter is about "the anger and frustration that we can let consume and even destroy us at times." She adds: "When we first started Butcher Babies, I was in a much darker place and often let that rage overtake me, but after six years of having a healthy outlet for those feelings through our music, I'm a completely different person.
"I love that the video for Igniter, shot while we toured the UK this summer, shows a juxtaposition of on stage rage and our off stage fun personalities. It speaks volumes to the release that music provides not only for the listener, but the creators."
Fellow vocalist Heidi Shepherd adds that the clip shows the band's "goofy, off-stage personalities." Watch the videohere.
Vocalist Vince High previously told TeamRock they wanted to set the record straight with the authorised collection. He said: "This is important for several reasons - not least of which is the fact that the CD release in 1998 was done without any input from the band whatsoever.
"The company concerned even got some of the song titles wrong. We didn't know it had been released until after it came out. It's now long out of print and fans are having to pay silly money on the net." Read more including the tracklistinghere.
The tour - in support of debut album The Key - kicks off in Germany on November 13 and tickets can be purchased via the band's website. Support at the English shows comes from British band ICON.
Former Queensryche singer Tate recently revealed his new outfit's second album has already been recorded, while work on the final part of the planned trilogy is underway. See the dateshere.
The track comes from Bring Me The Horizon's fifth album That's The Spirit, which was issued in September. On the album, frontman Oli Sykes previously said:
"This time round the challenge wasn't just for people to be impressed that a screamer's learned to sing. We had to come back with something that would be impressive for people who had no idea of the history of the band." Watch the videohere.
Live Corruption was recorded in 1990 at Salisbury Art Centre in England and features the band's classic lineup of Barney Greenway, Jesse Pintado, Mitch Harris, Shane Embury and Mick Harris.
On November 20, Earache Records will release the set on limited edition vinyl - with 300 clear and black splatter versions available and just 100 copies of a special 'black series' version being issued. See the track detailshere.
The band's management describe Anarchytecture as "a collection of hard-hitting alternative rock anthems, brimming with punchy riffs and the sort of fire that can only burn from the heart and soul of vocal powerhouse, Skin."
The follow-up to 2012's Black Traffic was produced by Royal Blood and Killing Joke engineer Tom Dalgety at RAK Studios in London, with mixing duties divided between Dalgety and Jeremy Wheatley. Mastering will be handled by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in New York. See the tour dateshere.
Family of Strangers was the very first song Doll Skin ever wrote. It existed before we gave our band the name Doll Skin, actually! We were adamant about adding an original to our set for the battle of the bands we were participating in at drummer Meghan's high school. It would be our first gig ever, and we knew not a lot of bands would have originals, especially for a small high school battle. As soon as Alex perfected the main riff, and Nicole wrote a solid bass part, Meghan knew exactly what lyrics to pull for the song.
A year back, she wrote the lyrics about how connected a room full of fans can feel to each other during a concert. Complete strangers can become instant friends because they already have one thing in common; their love for music. For that one day, these people can all feel like family. Sydney phrased the melody to sound pretty punk heavy. We wanted the song to be huge in sound! We actually sped up the tempo at least 25 bpm's after five months of playing it slower live. It sounds way cooler at a faster tempo. It evolved even more when we recorded it at the Platinum Underground!
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the band and the new EPright here!
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