Cooper, Johnny Depp and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry put the band's self-titled debut album and live lineup together with the help of several high-profile friends, including bassist Duff McKagan, drummer Matt Sorum, guitarist Tommy Henriksen and pianist/guitarist Bruce Witkin.
The group were joined at The Roxy by guests Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and his wife Etty Lau, drummer Zak Starkey and pop singer Kesha.
The Hollywood Vampires live debut featured tracks from the newly-released covers record, including tunes by The Who, John Lennon, T. Rex and more. Butler sat in for a scorching version of Jimi Hendrix's "Manic Depression", while Kesha shared vocals with Cooper on Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love." Check out videohere.
The news follows the band postponing the first four dates of the tour after Daltrey came down with a mystery illness. He has since been diagnosed with viral Meningitis and ordered to rest by doctors.
He had the following to say, "We are very sorry to disappoint our fans in this way. For the last four weeks, I have been in and out of the hospital and have been diagnosed with viral Meningitis.
"I am now on the mend and feeling a lot better but I am going to need a considerable time to recover. The doctors tell me I will make a complete recovery, but that I should not do any touring this year."
Guitarist Pete Townshend adds, "We are rescheduling all the shows for next Spring 2016. We apologize to all our fans who have supported us in the last 50 years. Once Roger is completely well we will come back stronger than ever and Roger and I will give you all a show to remember."
Maiden recorded 16th album The Book Of Souls last year, while frontman Dickinson suspected he was ill but decided not to seek medical attention until work was finished.
McBrain tells Overdrive: "Do you know that none of us knew he was poorly until after the record was done? He performed that whole album, knowing that something wasn't quite right with himself - but didn't get diagnosed till after we'd finished the tracks.
"So The Book of Souls is very special to me and all the rest of the guys. We weren't aware, and neither was he, that he had the tumor." He adds: "I'd be a liar if I didn't think for a minute, 'That's Iron Maiden finished.' I thought more about the possibility of losing my friend than anything else, to be honest.
"I did question his mortality at one point, and thankfully that didn't last long. I got down on my knees and said a prayer, picked my thoughts up and got positive, thinking to myself, 'If anyone can beat this, it's Bruce!'" Read morehere.
In a statement, Bolt Thrower say: "With the heaviest of hearts, and still numb from shock, we have to share the very sad news that on Monday, Bolt Thrower lost our powerhouse drummer, Martin 'Kiddie' Kearns.
"After the first rehearsal for our upcoming tour of Australia, Kiddie suddenly felt unwell which continued throughout the night, and the next day he passed away peacefully in his sleep.
"He was a fantastic dad, husband, son, friend, but to us he was always Kiddie, the same 17-year-old Coventry kid whose drumming style and personality blew us away when he first walked into our rehearsal room more than 20 years ago." Read morehere.
In an Instagram post, he says: "I have had a bit of blood come out of my mouth on the last tour, that freaked me out. Also, as of yesterday, I felt physically off and my throat was feeling irritated. I looked in the mirror with a light and saw the white splotches and kind of freaked.
"I am aware white splotches usually mean an infection, but I cannot help thinking the worse when it comes to my voice - as it is super important to my life. So it contributed to an already mentally and physically off day yesterday. Turns out it is strep throat with some swollen folds."
Leach thanked his doctor for his quick action, and adds: "I'm on the appropriate medications and will only have a one-day set back for recording." Read more and see the post and photohere.
The record label says: "Coming in 2016, the Resurrection Kings. Are you excited to hear a band featuring alumni from Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio, Dokken, Lynch Mob and a host of other awesome bands?"
Goldy last year revealed he was putting together an as-yet-unnamed supergroup. That act features Mark Huff, Wayne Findlay, Chris Moore and Dario Seixas. See the announcement post with group photohere.
The film is set to be screened on Wednesday, October 14th at various theaters across the country. Some markets will have screenings on alternate days, and Albany, New York is listing screenings over a 7 day period. You can see a list of theaters here.
Here is the synopsis: "Filmmaker Katja von Garnier accompanied the Scorpions on their 'Final Sting' dates - originally the band's farewell tour around the globe, from Bangkok via Los Angeles to Moscow, the resulting documentary 'Forever and a Day' is a moving portrait of their unique history, packed with candid moments and Scorpions' memories, culminating with the decision to scrap their retirement plans." Watch the trailer here.
Fans in various cities across North American still have the chance to see the band live on the remaining dates of the first leg of their tour which will be concluding on October 9th in Seattle.See the tour dates here.
Set for the weekend of November 7 and 8 at SIR Studios, the 8th annual event features exhibits by top gear manufacturers and clinics by world-class bassists culminating in an An All-Star Concert featuring this year's award recipients at the Musicians Institute on November 7.
Kilmister will appear at the concert alongside fellow Lifetime Achievement Award honoree and studio session legend Nathan East (Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie, Eric Clapton). A posthumous Bass Player Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to the family of the late Louis Johnson.
Clinic appearances include Duran Duran's John Taylor, Ben Kenney of Incubus, session legend Chuck Rainey, The Mars Volta's Juan Alderete, gospel bass master Andrew Gouche, Tal Wilkenfeld (Jeff Beck, Herbie Hancock), Bill Dickens and former American Idol and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno bandleader Rickey Minor. Read morehere.
The triple album will be released as a Special Edition 3CD Box containing 3 Digipaks and a booklet, Ltd. Deluxe Edition 5LP+3CD Box with each album in a gatefold sleeve and as digital album.
Juha Raivio explains why they went with a triple album: "Making a triple album in this godforsaken digital and modern day and age...Many will say it's madness. I say it is to bring worth, heart and respect back into the music and to the album format where it belongs. This should never turn into a shallow fast food industry where music is only downloaded one song at a time.
"These albums hold life, death, gloom, beauty and despair in their deepest levels and forms. The three chapters are different but connected, one long journey through these songs written up here in the North. Music is holy, albums are holy. See you on the other side friends."See the tracklistings here.
The short clip features audio of Gilmour's rehearsal while fans gather outside the city's Arena - an ancient Roman Amphitheatre built between 27BC and 68AD - to sing along as they wait for gates to open.
The first night of a sold-out 11-date European tour in support of Gilmour's upcoming fourth solo album mirrored the setlist from the guitarist's September 5 warm-up show in Brighton, UK, mixing material from the new record alongside solo and classic Pink Floyd tracks.
Gilmour worked on the project with co-producer Phil Manzanera and wife and lyricist Polly Samson. Due September 18, "Rattle That Lock" will be available in a CD edition with clothbound, foil-blocked cover, including a 22-page booklet, and also on heavyweight vinyl, digital download and a deluxe box edition, which includes 4 Barn Jam films, 4 non-album audio tracks, 4 documentaries, and 2 promo clips. Watch the videohere.
The new collection features the original recordings of every song used in the acclaimed West End musical of the same name, based on the iconic band's career. Davies has also added a selection of works he feels to be in context, alongside interview and live session recordings.
Sunny Afternoon has won four Olivier Awards since it debuted last year, including Best New Musical and Outstanding Achievement In Music. Check out the track detailshere.
Guitarist Paul Sayers reports: "It's is 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 with our next record.
"When it came to making this album we had a bit more time and space to let our creativity go. I'm incredibly proud of what we achieved." Check out the new songhere.
Guitarist Dan O'Connor tells Substream: "We've been into aliens forever. We've always talked about doing a whole line of alien stuff for tour and making stuff really weird and based around the whole freaky alien thing.
"We have weird, spacey music at the beginning of our set and we finally got to do the sci-fi/alien tour theme, which we're really excited about. He adds: "Just this past year on one of our tours, we made it to Roswell, New Mexico, which is super-cool. They have all sorts of cool alien museums about the crash that happened there." Read morehere.
On Vendettas, frontman David Gunn says: "The song is a bleak anthem that embodies not only the voice of the people, but the common agendas or vendettas that we as a people may have against the rest of the world or any opposition.
"We linked up with our little brother Zuse from Jamaica to prove this is not a domestic threat, but a worldwide movement." King 810 released their debut album Memoirs Of A Murderer last year, but their touring plans were thrown into chaos after the arrests of Gunn and bassist Gene Gill on assault charges. Watch the videohere.
Leaves' Eyes recently released a video for The Waking Eye exclusively with Metal Hammer and revealed that touring guitarist Pete Streit had joined the band on a permanent basis. He's taken over from Sander van der Meer who's been battling health issues.
The band will hit the road in October to support the follow-up to 2013's Symphonies Of The Night in October, including seven UK dates. Stream the new songhere.
As a result, they won't appear as planned at the L'Boulevard Festival in Casablanca, Morocco, this weekend. Skindred released the following statement:
"We have unfortunately had to cancel due to Benji being taken ill. Following a surgical procedure he is now on the road to recovery, but sadly won't be able to perform at this event." Read morehere.
And even though he attended rehearsals ahead of each tour he missed, he had to be told he wasn't capable of rejoining his colleagues on the road. King tells Guitar World: "From seven months after he got hurt, we had him come to rehearsal, trying to get him back in. He was trying, but he just wasn't there.
"The hardest thing I ever had to say was, 'You're not ready.' That dude's been my sidekick for 25 years - and I have to tell him he can't go on tour in the band he's been in all his life. That sucked."
King doesn't know if the situation left Hanneman hurt. He continues: "I said to Jeff, 'As much as people are going to see you up there and not grasp, or forget, that the playing is not perfect, I don't want that on YouTube for you to live with.'" Read morehere.
Benton tells Metal Hammer magazine: "I lost my house. It was to do with our contracts, but it happened while we were in the studio and my wife had to move out while we were writing Rise Of The Lion.
"So she's bawling her eyes out down the phone, and I didn't even get to go home while she and my whole house were just uprooted and moved. My whole life turned upside down.
"It was impossible. I was so mad about it. The whole of our career has been all happy smiles and flowers and stuff, and then last year just came out of nowhere."
According to the vocalist, the group had to ask themselves, 'Do we really wanna do this, do we wanna do the band?' Read morehere.
Shows in South America follow before a return to the States at the end of March for ten more cities and a two-week run across Canada. Iron Maiden will then perform in Japan and China before playing dates in New Zealand and Australia and a stop in South Africa, with an extensive summer European leg starting in late May.
The band have announced specific shows for Australia and New Zealand so far, with dates in other territories to be revealed. The 7-show run - with guests The Raven Age - will open in Christchurch, NZ on April 29 and hit Auckland on May 1 before playing 5 dates in Australia. Watch the videohere.
Cornell will launch the record with a 6-week theater tour of North America with $1 from every ticket sold going to the Chris And Vicky Cornell Foundation, a charitable organization that helps to protect the most vulnerable children facing problems such as homelessness, poverty, abuse or neglect.
The singer recently revealed that Soundgarden have begun work on the follow-up to 2012's "King Animal." "We're already working on new material for an album," Cornell told Rolling Stone. "And then I've got several other irons in the fire and things going that I won't mention now. There's a lot of things coming in addition to 'Higher Truth', as well as a new Soundgarden album." Watch Cornell's new songhere.
Frontman Masato Hayakawa says: "Gone is about giving someone you love everything you have and holding on to them until it just falls apart. The feeling you get when you feel so distant from someone despite them saying they're there for you and they care about you.
"I feel a lot of people have had this kind of experience. The anger, frustration and mixed emotions are what we put into this song and video." Watch the videohere.
Keyboardist Thomas Andersen says: "Molok is about a man that, sometime around 1920, decides that wherever anyone worships a God, they always seem to be worshipping stone in some form. Whether it's a grand cathedral, the stone in Mecca or Stonehenge, God seems to have been chased by his worshipers into stone, never to return.
"This harkens back to Norwegian folk myths, where, if a troll was exposed to sunlight, it would turn to stone. But it also reflects the way God has been incommunicado for a very long time."
The record features a guest appearance by Norwegian music archaeologist Gjermund Kolltveit, who plays recreations of stone age instruments on the closing track Molok Rising. Read more and stream the songhere.
Additional footage was taken from their appearance at the Enigma Dance Hall in Milan, New York. Vocalist and keyboardist Andrew Colyer had the following to say about the track:
"Return was the first song that drummer Darin Brannon, guitarist Bill Shannon and I wrote for the debut album. We spent a long time working out all of the different parts, whittling and editing until everyone was satisfied." Watch the videohere.
Savage Messiah, C.R.O.W.N and Talons are also onboard, while Ghold, Ohhms, Undersmile, Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster complete the 27-band bill.
Primordial frontman Nemtheanga says: "We are delighted to return to Damnation Festival this year to headline the Terrorizer stage. Our last show there in 2012 was a great one and we look forward to more of the same this time around as we continue to support our Where Greater Men Have Fallen album." Read more including the full lineuphere.
The group is led by former Crippled Black Phoenix members Karl Demata and Chris Heilmann alongside singer Keith Gladysz of Diet Kong and Typical Reptiles, keyboardist Elisa Montaldo of Il Tempio Delle Clessidre and drummer Mattias Olsson, formerly of Anglagard.
Demote says of bandmate Montaldo: "The first time I heard Elisa play, I knew we had to be in a band. Her innate melodic approach and instinctual understanding and knowledge of 'anything prog' is simply remarkable."
Montaldo adds: "Karl asked me to join the project at the very beginning. My idea of prog is somehow more vintage, more typical 70s Italian style. After various experiments on arrangements and sounds, I went to Karl's studio to record most of the keyboards, where we found the right balance." Watch the videohere.
Brink says: "We're so happy to finally announce our return to the UK. We can't wait to 'become the show' with our UK Blood Legion and feel all your passion."
Guitarist Chris Howarth recently discussed the band's step up to being a headline act, saying: "We can show everybody, 'This is Black Widow - this is the new show.' There are no restrictions from the other bands, so we do what we want to." See the dateshere.
Other acts confirmed are Caravan, Focus, The Enid, Curved Air, Karnataka, A Formal Horse, Wilko Johnson, the Blockheads, Nine Below Zero, John Otway, Stray, Heavy Metal Kids, Tommy Justice and Jackie Lynton. More names will be announced in due course.
It's been set up by the team behind annual music event Weyfest, and the independent Jethro Tull magazine which shares its name with the festival. Read morehere.
Essence was made possible thanks to a Kickstarter campaign and will feature two new tracks and 10 reworked songs. It's available to pre-order from the band's website and their first material since 2014 Incarnate will also be available to purchase at the live shows.
The band said in a statement: "Thanks to the incredible support and confidence you've given us, we were afforded a freedom of creativity that has far exceeded our initial idea.
"We set out to capture some truly unique acoustic versions of your favorite songs. We have enjoyed the process of reincarnation so much that a lot of extra magic has been breathed into the album." See the tour dateshere.
The follow-up to 1984's "Love At First Sting" peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 on its way to selling more than a million copies in the States alone. The project was led by the single "Rhythm Of Love", which featured backing vocals by Canadian rocker Lee Aaron.
Due November 6, the expanded reissue of "Savage Amusement" includes six previously unreleased demo tracks and a companion DVD with videos, interviews and the documentary "To Russia With Love."
The project is one of 8 expanded albums issued the same day, including "Taken By Force" (1977), "Tokyo Tapes" (1978), "Lovedrive" (1979), "Animal Magnetism" (1980), "Blackout" (1982) and "Love At First Sting" (1984) - as well as 1985's "World Wide Live." Watch the videohere.
Alice is promoting his newly-released all-star covers project, Hollywood Vampires, which sees him joined by Johnny Depp and Aerosmith's Joe Perry for an album of covers of tracks by T. Rex, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Doors and more.
The project includes contributions from an all-star lineup that includes Sir Paul McCartney, Perry Farrell, Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh, Slash, Robbie Krieger, Zak Starkey, Brian Johnson and Kip Winger. Watch videos from Cooper's appearance on the showhere.
This song was the last one written for the EP and probably ended up my favorite. It all started with the main intro riff which was meant to mimic a bouncy synth in an EDM groove. Then when you put it next to a thrash beat obviously it gives a different vibe entirely. The other riffs then stemmed out from there, my favorite part is probably the drop on the middle right before the #Djentstep breakdown; it's fun to play and I just dig the groove and chaos. Vocally we collab'd with some producer friends in New Jersey - Danny and Santino at FireRaven productions to really polish up the hooks and the flow.
Jerrod came up with the bulk of the lyrics and the song is basically about addictions, vices and demons. How when you struggle against those foes you can feel totally alone at times and thus 'Almost Human'. A bit depressing perhaps but there's an uplifting side as well, 'The stars will align to show us a better way'; that once we flip that switch in our minds we can eventually 'let go' and release the things that drag us down.
Lastly we got to make a video with director Doug Cook to really showcase the song. In his mad scientist mind he created a very visual representation of the loneliness, in this case pushing it through the lens of technology as well. The robotic cameras being the only presence besides the band and filming us going crazy with energy trying to escape this small mechanical box of a room. Meanwhile the director sits outside and moves the cameras, watching, maybe even fapping (right Doug?).
PS here's a little extra tidbit for the music nerds, the vocal stem only from the track so you can hear some of the layers and other sh*t going on in the vocals (check it out here)
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself as you watch the video here and learn more about the EPright here!
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