Snider and his Twisted Sister bandmates revealed their plans to retire following the death of drummer AJ Pero in March of this year. The band recruited Mike Portnoy to play with them for their final shows with some that took place this year, with more to follow next year with the final dates of their "Forty and F*ck It" shows that will both act as their farewell and a celebration of their 40th anniversary of their most successful lineup (Snider, JJ French, Eddie Ojeda, and Mark Mendoza.
Twister Sister played their final show of 2015 at the Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater in Hinckley, MN last Friday (September 11) and during their performance of "I Wanna Rock", Snider mentioned the band's retirement plans and took aim at other bands that launched farewell tours only to decide to continue.
Snider told the fans in the audience, "Twisted Sister is calling it quits and that's no bulls-t. None of this Judas Priest, Scorpions fake out tour. No, for real."
He also questioned Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil's singing ability during the song when fans started to sing along to "I Wanna Rock." He told the audience, "I appreciate you guys helping me sing, but I'm not Vince Neil. I can sing man, what's up? I'm just sayin', watch."
While Snider didn't directly address his recent feud with Paul Stanley, the KISS frontman did indirectly get brought up during the show via a t-shirt that a fan tossed on stage. Read about that and watch video of Snider's commentshere.
Stinson, who was a part of his own reunion with The Replacements, had the following to say to The Current about a classic Guns N' Roses reunion, "I'll be perfectly honest with you, man. I hope they do because when you go back to where you started from and just check that out, and feel that for a moment after you've gone on and done all these other things, you know, there's a reward that comes with that, and I had that with the [Replacements]. It's a good thing; it's a good thing to do once in a while. And I hope it works out for 'em, if it actually happens."
He was also asked about the status of the current lineup, which hasn't performed together since April of last year. Stinson was reluctant to discuss the issue but blamed the inactivity on his other commitments and not any politics within Guns N Roses.
"I don't really want to talk about on air cause what happened with it, it has nothing to do with Axl [Rose] or any of that stuff. It had more to do with my personal situation. Basically, I played my last gig in Las Vegas with them and had to come home and tend to that the best I could while the Replacements were kinda being offered up.
"My guess is that, at some point, someone's gonna call me and tell me what's up with that. 'Cause we all left, we've left on friendly terms. It wasn't like a bad thing. But another guitar player, DJ Ashba, I think he officially quit to do something but, you know, I had to walk away and take care of my stuff."
"It has that swaggering, mid-tempo rhythm, like 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' and 'Rock Of Ages'," Elliott tells Rolling Stone. "The idea was, we wanted something familiar. I mean, when AC/DC comes back after years away, you're not going to get 'Bohemian Rhapsody' from 'em, you know? And you don't want it, either - you want 'Back In Black,' or something like it. For us, this is what we do. And it's something we enjoy doing.
"It's a call to arms, you know? Rick Savage wrote 80 percent of the song. I wrote the verses, he wrote all the music and the choruses. He came in with it, and we knew it was a classic Def Leppard song."
Elliott unveiled the tracklisting for the 14-song project this week as the group continue an extensive North American tour with Styx and Tesla. Stream the new songhere.
King told the Artisan News Service, "I love the imagery … I just hate the f-ing music … I wanna like 'em, I just can't." He added, "I know Ghost is hugely popular, and I'm very happy for their popularity, and like I said, the nicest guys you'll ever meet. It's just not my music, and I've tried so hard."
One of Ghost's Nameless Ghouls was asked about King's comments in a video interview with Metal Injection (via Loudwire) and responded, "I don't even think that what he said was negative. He just said that he didn't like the band, that he didn't like the music. And you know, we're not for everybody. We've never tried to please everybody, so I didn't even see the negative element in what he said."
He adds, "It doesn't change my opinion on Slayer. I've been a Slayer fan ever since I was a kid and I still love several of their records with all my heart. For me, it wasn't changing anything." Watch the full interviewhere.
According to Le Journal de Quebec, the beer will be available on Sept. 28 and available in cans, coming in cases of 15 and 24. Labatt will produce over 91-thousand black Budweiser cans, featuring lightning bolts, a nod to the band's 1984 album Ride The Lightning.
Metallica closed down Quebec's Pepsi Coliseum with a show on Monday (Sept. 14) and will open the brand new Vidéotron Centre on Wednesday (Sept. 16). The beer was designed to commemorate the venue's grand opening. Check out photos of the beerhere.
The first night of each pair will include a performance of 2005 album Hours, while the second will feature 2003 debut Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation.
Frontman Matthew Davies-Kreye says: "We've done everything we set out to do, and way more than I could ever have hoped for - so I'm not upset. We all felt that Chapter And Verse was a pretty decent full stop on an incredible 14 and a half years of making music together." See the farewell tour dateshere.
Available in single-disc CD, CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray combos, and even a 2-LP vinyl, the deluxe edition features remixed audio including new stereo mixes and mixes in 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS HD surround audio.
Equally exciting for fans, the deluxe edition combo packs feature numerous promotional videos, many of which have not been made available for purchase before. Via Ultimate Classic Rock, "An 18-person team of film and video technicians and restoration artists was assembled by Apple Corps to undertake painstaking frame-by-frame cleaning, color-grading, digital enhancement and new edits that took months of dedicated, 'round-the-clock work to accomplish."
And if that's not enticing enough, The Beatles 1+ adds even more to the pot by offering buyers a Blu-ray (or DVD) featuring alternative endings to several music videos, and an expanded 124-page book. The deluxe editions are now available for pre-order. Check out the additional material for The Beatles 1+here.
Now he's put off the shows he'd scheduled for the UK and Europe in October and November. A statement says: "We are incredibly disappointed that the dates are being postponed indefinitely, but Tony needs to focus completely on his recovery at this time.
MacAlpine, who launched solo album Concrete Gardens in April, said last month: "I'm determined to make these dates up and rock your city soon." Read morehere.
Asked if Puscifer's sense of humor takes a back seat to make way for heavier themes on Money Shot, Keenan tells Rolling Stone: "I can see how someone would think that, but I see the humor all the way through it, even in the heavier tracks.
"On our earlier stuff, we completely separated it - Cuntry Boner over here, and then Indigo Children over here. Here, they've been integrated more. It's like a fine wine that's been ageing in a large cask for two years, instead of being right out of the press and into the bottle."
Keenan adds that he hopes the album will inspire some listeners to be better people. He says: "I feel like we really are far removed from social responsibility - and spiritual responsibility. So all you can really do is just try to be a better person every day, try to improve yourself every day, and your perspective on the world.
"And then, whatever you put out into the world, hope that it might inspire somebody to try to be a better person." Read more and check out the new songhere.
The cover of rockabilly singer Roy Head's 1965 hit is the first preview of the Cuban music-inspired project, which sees Gibbons joined by a handpicked group of musicians dubbed The BFG's.
Due November 6, "Perfectamundo" was produced by Gibbons and Joe Hardy and recorded in Houston, Los Angeles, Austin and Pontevedra, Spain. The project was sparked by an invitation to perform at the 2014 Havana Jazz Festival and, while Gibbons was unable to attend, the concept inspired the ZZ Top guitarist to begin work in his Houston studio.
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 play. Check out the videohere.
Standing on the stage's sidelines, Novoselic repeatedly posted videos, pictures and opinions, exclaiming what a fantastic show Foo Fighters put on. He ended by calling Foo Fighters the "best band in the world."
His very first tweet grabbed a shot of Dave Grohl's rock chair, which the musician has been using since breaking his leg on tour. Grohl's attitude to keep on rocking despite the significant injury may have played a part in Novoselic's comments. Real rockers keep on rocking.
He posted a few other action shots involving the chair, including the time Grohl used it to "walk" out onto the stage thrust. Check out the tweetshere.
The band confirmed previously that they'd give fans who pre-order the game access to three exclusive tracks - which can now be revealed as Shepherd Of Fire, Buried Alive and Nightmare.
As frontman M Shadows said in June, the tracks will feature concert footage recorded at the band's headline performance in front of 70,000 fans at last year's Download festival. Read morehere.
Burnley became embroiled in a legal battle with his former bandmates during the hiatus while also battling a mystery illness which causes him chronic pain.
He said: "The agony never goes away. People ask me how I deal with it and it's because I have no choice. Now I get angry. If I'm dizzy onstage it'll push me even harder.
"I don't let it peck at me little by little, I charge right through it. And if I go down, I go down doing what I love for the people that want to see me perform." Watch the videohere.
The publishers say the book "puts the four Kiss solo albums under the microscope like never before." More than 30 brand-new interviews were conducted with people who either worked directly on the solo albums or have a strong connection with the projects.
Some of those who feature are Ben D Bollinger, John Cavazos, Eric Troyer, Neil Jason, Michele Slater, Michael Des Barres, Richard T Bear, Mitch Weissman and Brendan Harkin. Read more and see a promo video for the bookhere.
And on Trivium's latest single Silence In The Snow, he can be heard delivering a more melodic sound, a pattern which is followed throughout the album of the same name.
Heafy tells Metal Hammer magazine that he hooked up with signing coach Ron Anderson after a recommendation from Avenged Sevenfold's M Shadows. He says: "Ron's taught Axl Rose, Chris Cornell, Janet Jackson - the list goes on.
"Not only has he helped my clean singing, but he's taught me a correct screaming technique, because what I'd been doing for 15 years was incorrect and I was on the brink of destroying my voice.
"In the past, singing was such a strain and screaming would give me headaches and make my lungs hurt and my throat hurt. But I thought that was the way it was supposed to be." Read morehere.
The new album, entitled "A War Against You" will be issued via Century Media - and the band have also outlined plans for a European headline tour to support the record.
Vocalist Zoli Teglas, bassist Brett Rasmussen, drummer Craig Anderson and guitarists Brian Balchack and Kevin Kilkenny will head out on the road with Terror, H20, Iron Reagan, Twitching Tongues and Wisdom In. See the tour dateshere.
The clip was filmed on the Pembroke coast of South Wales and sees vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe taking the role of a lone musician who stumbles upon a woman who has been the victim of a shipwreck.
Director James Shamrock says the promo is inspired by French romantic painter Theodore Gericault's work Raft Of Medusa, and by recent media coverage of stricken refugees.
He says: "In May this year I read in the news reports of a 'ghost ship' carrying 350 starving Rohingya Muslims vanishing off Thailand. Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand refused to engage in search-and-rescue operations, instead pushing the boats back to sea, letting the people starve and refusing to accept the asylum seekers - similar to the story behind Raft Of Medusa.
"It was only later in the year as we were filming the music video down around the Pembrokeshire coast that the media took a greater interest in the deaths of asylum seekers in the Med.
"The song has allowed me to bring to life not only issues that are currently facing us all, but a masterpiece that reflects a similar tragedy from centuries ago." Watch the videohere.
The set was recorded at various places, including Gilmour's Astoria houseboat studio and in Hove, Sussex, UK. The project was first previewed with the release of the title track.
"The song 'Rattle That Lock' was inspired, musically, by the sound that's played on French railway stations," says Gilmour. "Before they make an announcement - a 4-note jingle is played. Every time I heard it, it would make me want to start dancing."
Gilmour launched the Rattle That Lock tour in Pula, Croatia on September 12. The first stop of a sold-out 11-date European tour was held at the city's Arena - an ancient Roman Amphitheatre built between 27BC - 68AD - following a September 5 warm-up show in Brighton, UK. Watch the new preview videohere.
Frontman Rou Reynolds says: "We presented Danny with this absolutely raucous track, with ridiculous time signatures, all of which were outside of his comfort zone - and he turned it into a summery tune! You'd never think this song could be anything but furious, but what he's done is awesome."
The Mindsweep: Hospitalised will be released on October 30 and it's available for pre-order now. Enter Shikari launch a European tour this week and return to the UK in February. Watch the videohere.
Frontwoman Jill Janus had the following to say about the new album: "The evolution of Huntress bleeds into Static. It is the heaviest and catchiest record we've written."
The band were forced to cancel their planned September US tour to give Janus time to recover following her uterine cancer surgery. They'll return to live action on September 28 when they set sail from Florida on Motorhead's Motorboat Cruise. Check out the album previewhere.
But that changed when guitarist Chad Gilbert, who's engaged to Williams, mentioned the concept to her. Bolooki tells Stars: "You probably won't believe it, but it was actually her idea.
"We decided to look into having a female singer on Vicious Love, to make it a duet. Ian, our bass player, had been pushing for us to get in contact with Kacey, who's actually an NFG fan.
"Chad Gilbert asked Hayley to help out - and upon hearing of our plans, Hayley asked why we weren't asking her to sing on it, and said she wanted to do it herself." Read more and check out the songhere.
Due October 2, the Maryland group's follow-up to 2013's "Earth Rocker" will be issued via their own Weathermaker Music label. The band are previewing the album with the release of the lead track, "X-Ray Visions."
Clutch will play two US east coast shows in Maryland and New Jersey this weekend in advance of the launch of a US tour in Fort Lauderdale, FL on October 3. Watch the new behind the scenes clip and the 'X-Ray Visions' videohere.
The Reading appearance was the fifth date on a short run across Europe that saw the band playing a mix of headline and festival shows. Metallica are gearing up to play a headline set at the 30th anniversary of Rock In Rio on September 19.
"We're very excited," says the band, "that we have been invited to be a part of the original Rock In Rio 30-year celebration by headlining one night during the festivities taking place September 18th - 27th, 2015 at the City of Rock in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
"It promises to be quite the party as we join a stellar festival line up including Faith No More, System Of A Down, Queens Of The Stone Age, Slipknot and many others." Watch the video cliphere.
The bassist reports that their heavy touring schedule had put the brakes on their creativity - but they're getting down to business ahead of their US tour with Chelsea Grin, which kicks off next month.
Stringer tells Loudwire: "We're going to be writing for the new record, coming back to America and then going back to Europe after that and then going back to Australia and touring." Read morehere.
They have been writing the follow-up to 2013's Old Souls and report that they have come up with their "most dynamic" music to date, although no release date has been confirmed.
Deaf Havana say: "We've found a new direction in our sound but one that was completely unforced, that's just how the songs come out. It's the darkest, most honest, most dynamic music we've ever written. We've never felt this together as a band and we're all raring to get it started." See the tour dateshere.
Like many of the times I bring a song to the band they all crack up and think we can't do a song like this... This was one of those times. When I present a song it's usually me having an idea in my head what the song is gonna sound like, but it's not easy portraying that idea with my guitar skills and little or no lyrics. This time like many times before I stand tall and say "This will be epic!" and take matters in my own hands, convince the drummer to learn the song and do a demo of it with me playing the guitar. This is when the other guys turn their head and go "This is stupid, I only like this when drinking beer!". I give them beer and go "How do you wanna do it?", and then we're off. Getting some real guitar tracks added to the mix, proper solos and a few changes here and there and the song turns out pretty much the way I wanted it from the start. The band suddenly thinks the song is good enough for a single and being able to enjoy the song sober. This has been the case with many of our best songs and i guess the guys have started to trust my songwriting. But I'm pretty sure they'll never stop laughing when I pick up a guitar and start playing my latest great masterpiece.
I guess you can call our latest release a concept album. It's a story of a new breed of humans being grown by unknown alien super masterminds and trained to inhabit planets all over the universe. It was our bass player who came up with the story. One of these groups of men was shipped to an earthlike planet to be ruled by the alien masterminds.
The song itself was written about this prodigal son who suspects something is wrong with situation on this planet. He unites the people and starts a war against the aliens. Of course our hero wins the war and is crowned king of the new world. All is well but as time passes by and he starts to become more and more like the very ones he was fighting from the start, and a new revolution is born...
Don't get me started on the video, I have no idea what went wrong there but it's AWESOME
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself as you check out the video here and learn more about the albumright here!
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