He expects that he'll be back onboard for the band's scheduled appearance on the Kiss Kruise, which sets sail from Miami on October 30. His place for the Australia and New Zealand dates will be filled by Dave Leslie from Aussie band The Baby Animals.
Fortus says: "On September 17, I was involved in a motorcycle accident. As a result, I broke my shoulder blade, collar bone, six ribs, a toe, I have a bruised lung, lacerated liver and a concussion.
"Amazingly, my doctors have assured me that I will make a full recovery. I have never missed a show in my entire career and unfortunately, I will have to miss the entire Australian and New Zealand leg of this tour. I am devastated that I will not be able to play for the Australian and New Zealand fans, who have been so supportive and loyal." Read morehere.
Rickly told fans via social media posts that he was robbed and poisoned outside Rock Cafe St. Pauli, the venue hosting the Reeperbahn Festival that his supergroup No Devotion were set to perform at, but were forced to cancel.
He posted the following on Sunday, "Just a little note to say that I was poisoned and robbed (outside our Reeperbahn Festival venue on Friday) and spent the night in the hospital in Hamburg. I'm recovering and will be in Paris tonight."
He also posted on his Twitter account, "Sorry to anyone that was at our show for the cancellation. The outpouring of love and support for Collect Records, No Devotion, Norman Brannon, Shaun Durkan is nothing short of remarkable."
Menza says: "It's got some elements of that, but I'd say we're just so far beyond everything that's been heard already. It's gonna be a conglomerate of styles. It's gonna be what we like to do best - have fun, play. Our material is gonna be really out there. It's gonna be different. It's gonna be heavy, but it's gonna be us."
Guitarist Poland was a member of Megadeth from 1984 to 1987 and appeared on the group's first two albums, 1985's Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good and 1986's Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
Drummer Menza was on board for four albums between 1989 and 1998, while bassist LoMenzo stepped in from 2006 to 2010 before founding member David Ellefson returned to the fold. Read morehere.
The UK tabloid cites an unnamed "insider" as the source of the news which reports that Taylor provided a "deafening roar to alien warlord the Fisher King as he battles Time Lord Peter Capaldi" in an upcoming episode.
Producers of the show reportedly reached out to Taylor when Slipknot played in Cardiff in January. Taylor, who is said to be a big fan of the show, was given a VIP tour by producers and asked to record his signature scream for the show.
"He agreed instantly and was made up about it," the alleged "insider" told the outlet. Read morehere.
He tells Ultimate Classic Rock, "What we decided to do with Chickenfoot is casually write a record the way we're doing now. Like, Joe (Satriani) and I get together and get the song and then Chad (Smith) put drums on one song already and Mikey (Anthony) put bass on it and we did the vocals.
"We've got one f***ing finished song ('Before I Die') that to me, is the coolest song that we've maybe ever had. It's really bluesy and edgy and modern and it's f***ing cool."
He also explained the differences he sees between Chickenfoot and his other current project the Circle and why he thinks that Chickenfoot will continue, despite speculation that it was over. "I love Chickenfoot. It's just that for me, being able to play my whole career with the Circle is so important to me. I've gotta tell ya, the chemistry in the Circle is right up there with the chemistry in Chickenfoot, when Chad's in the band, Chad, Mike and I. It's the same kind of thing - it's just a little bit different.
"Chickenfoot, I think may be the most creative band I've ever been in. I think it's even more creative than Van Halen was in a sense. Joe is so prolific that Joe can write 20 pieces of music, beginning to end, bridge, chorus, solo section, intro, outro and just bring it and say, 'How do you like this?' And we go, 'Wow, that's great,' or 'Eh, it don't feel right to us - it sounds like Joe solo.' You know, whatever!
"Having a guy like that in the band that is so freakin' prolific - I've never seen a musician in my life like that - because he reads and he writes and he studies…he's a professor, so he's theorizing with music.
"I say, how about some mid-tempo thing like 'Every Breath You Take' by the Police. Joe walks in the next day and he's got it. How about something like 'Black Dog,' which was 'Soap On A Rope,' with the breaks where the vocal is and the next day Joe walks in with that. I mean, not just an idea….that whole f-in' piece and all I had to do is write lyrics and come up with a melody and that f-in' song was done. That's the way Joe is. Being in a band with that kind of creativity and the engine of Chad and Mike on the rhythm section is second to nothing.
"You know, Mike and Jason (Bonham) are bad-ass too, don't get me wrong, but I have to do another record with that band, because it's so creative." Check out the full interviewhere.
Campbell tells the Salt Lake Tribune: "It's going very, very well, thank you. The bad news is this cancer keeps coming back. The good news is the treatment I'm doing largely continues to work, which is a big, big part of the recovery for me, to be able to continue to do what it is that defines who I am.
"I've had a couple rounds of chemo - actually, three rounds of chemo. And last October I did a stem cell transplant. I kind of naively thought that would be it, and I was done with it. I guess, given the benefit now of my experiences with this, I kinda realize that I'll probably be dealing with it for the rest of my life."
But his medical team continues to approach the issue from every possible angle. "I'm trying a process called immunotherapy, which is the latest and greatest thinking in how to treat cancer," says Campbell. Read morehere.
The reunion performance will be taking place during the first day of the two-day festival which is set for October 10th and 11th at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
The band had the following to say, "We're very excited about returning to Japan next month for a performance at the 10th anniversary of the Loud Park festival! We will be bringing two very special guests...original Arch Enemy members Johan Liiva and Christopher Amott!"
The Loud Park appearance will kick off a busy fall touring schedule for the band which includes two shows in Greece before the launch of the Endless Forms Most Beautiful Tour of Europe that will also include Nightwish and Amorphis and will begin on November 16th in Copenhagen. See all of their upcoming tour dateshere.
The pop star has won the approval of Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford in the past, and she recently revealed how she woke up at 5am to buy Maiden's new album The Book Of Souls.
And in an earlier interview, Gaga said she doesn't want to be the next Madonna, as she'd rather be the next Iron Maiden. Now the Maiden vocalist has returned the compliment. He tells Corus Radio: "I think she's great, and I agree with her - she's not the next Madonna. She's way better than that.
"Because, first of all, she can sing - she's got a belter of a voice - and she's a really good instrumentalist. She's got a great sense of drama. And anybody that could turn up to an awards ceremony dressed as a bacon sandwich gets my vote. I mean, she's great." Watch the full interviewhere.
The recently formed group will be coheadlining the trek with Allegaeon and marks the band's very first national tour, which they are launching in support of their debut album "Birth and The Burial."
The tour is scheduled to get underway on October 22nd in Las Vegas at Count's Vamp'd and will be wrapping up on November 15th with an appearance at the Providence Metal Fest in Providence, RI.See the dates here.
The Atlanta outfit returned to their roots by building songs for the album from extended jam sessions. Vocalist Lajon Witherspoon tells The Aquarian Weekly: "We went in with this live effect. There wasn't anything really written for this album, so we set up on the live stage and everything was mic'd, from guitars to drums, so we were able to record while we were rehearsing pieces of songs.
"Then we would go in from 12 noon until 12 midnight and during the day, we would just get up there as the band Sevendust like when we started, which we loved to do, and just jam."
He continues: "Things came out and that's the way this album came together. It was just like the beginning of our career when we sat down and jammed together like a band and it's what I think made this album flow so easily and come out with so many cool songs." Stream the albumhere.
The new track comes as the band prepare to launch their first European tour with new frontman Denis Stoff. He replaced Danny Worsnop, who departed in January, and is on board as the band work on the follow-up to 2013's From Death To Destiny.
Asking Alexandria will co-headline the UK Vans Warped Tour show at London's Alexandria Palace on October 18, with Black Veil Brides sharing top spot. The group will then headline a series of UK gigs alongside Memphis May Fire, August Burns Red and In Hearts Wake.
Guitarist Ben Bruce says: "It's an incredible package. We are back and we truly are better than ever - this tour is going to be absolutely insane." Stream the new songhere.
Gilmour had previously topped the chart in 2006 with his album "On An Island" and The Official Charts Company, which keeps the music charts in the UK, says that he once again came out on top, handily beating Lana Del Rey's "Honeymoon," which landed as this week's No. 2.
Gilmour had the following to say about topping the chart, "It's thrilling to get a Number 1 album, we all want to hit the top spot, however long we've been at it, I'm delighted.
"I owe a debt of thanks to Polly Samson, for writing lyrics on four Number 1 albums, The Division Bell, On An Island, The Endless River, and now Rattle That Lock, and also to Phil Manzanera, my co-producer on the last three albums" Read the reporthere.
The band say: "The venue's more than 18,000 seats were snatched up for the special appearance within less than 30 minutes of going on sale, heralding Rammstein's return with a frenzied fanfare on par with the German band's elaborate stage presentation."
The show is accompanied by a feature-length documentary and a 20-minute film on the making of the 2009 album Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da. The newly-released set was previewed with an official trailer and performance clips of "Rammlied" and "Ich Tu Dir Weh". Watch the videohere.
The new deluxe reissue, "Heady Nuggs 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic 1994-1997" is set to be released on November 27th and will feature the studio album on the first disc, a second disc of bonus tracks and what the band calls "Oddities and Rarities," and a third disc featuring a live 1996 performance from Seattle.
The box set will be issued in various formats including three-CD set, a digital version, as well as a numbered, limited edition five-LP box set. The band will be releasing the vinyl LPs individually at a later date.)See the track details here.
"Quitting the road after years of touring is not an easy decision to make," say the band. "Luke has being playing and touring internationally for many years, but he has always preferred the studio to the stage.
"As long as TTM have been together, Luke has quietly enjoyed a writer/producer career of his own which he now wishes to fully dedicate himself to.
"We support his decision with love and gratitude for the great times we've shared in The Temperance Movement." Read morehere.
The new album is set to be released on October 16th by Frontiers Music SRL and the label has premiered the latest single "Long For The Days" on their Facebook page.
The new album was recorded by Hoekstra and all-star lineup of musicians including Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass), Vinny Appice (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards).
Hoekstra had the following to say about the track, "Long For The Days is a song about reflection and regret over a relationship gone badly. It's a good old-fashioned, classic-rock style track that captures elements of some of my favorite bands (I'll let you figure them out!).
"Vinny Appice (drums) and Tony Franklin (bass) lay it down while Derek Sherinian (keys) provides the right sounds and parts with tasteful perfection. Russell Allen delivers one of my favorite vocal performances EVER and Jeff Scott Soto sings some amazing backgrounds to support them. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing/recording it!" Check out the songhere.
Growing up on a steady diet of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, among others, helped motivate King to form Slayer with Jeff Hanneman as a teenager.
Now, King reveals he's having trouble seeing the next generation develop into hard rock and metal role models of their own. King tells Metal XS: "We were at a festival in South America somewhere, and they feed you a live feed of the stage, so you can watch it like you're out front. And I was watching a band, and I went over to Gary Holt and I said,' Gary, if I was a kid and these were my heroes, I would never pick up an instrument.'
"They didn't compel me to wanna be them, and I think that's what's missing in younger music… There's not a vibe. You look at some bands these days, and I've got nothing against roadies, 'cause I love my crew, but these bands look like roadies. It looks like they're just up there rehearsing, and that doesn't inspire me to wanna play guitar and be just like 'em." Read morehere.
"At the end of summer, we performed an exclusive show on a tiny island outside Helsinki," says drummer Mikko Kaakkuriniemi. "This remote, rugged and expansive location, with its 150 year old lighthouse, was a perfect match for the atmosphere and story of our new single, Sunday Child. With this in mind, the goal was to capture this magical late August day from beginning to end. The music video that followed is like a diary or a photo album of this special event and our gig right by the open sea."
Von Hertzen Brothers recently played at the Prog Awards in London, and are currently on tour. The band's New Day Rising is nominated for the Best Album award at this year's Classic Rock Roll Of Honour. Watch the videohere.
"It was especially exciting because we had just performed many of these songs for the first time, days before," says Flying Colors guitarist Steve Morse.
"We had a blast playing these tunes and can't wait for you to hear them... you can feel the excitement!," adds singer Casey McPherson. "I'm still trying to learn Steve's guitar parts, though."
Second Flight: Live At The Z7 is released on November 13 on multiple formats, including 4K UltraHD, Blu-ray, DVD, LP + MP3, CD, iTunes, Headphone Surround, iTunes and Pono. Read more and watch the videohere.
As the veteran band prepare to launch their second annual Motorboat cruise this week, Lemmy spoke to Rock Overdose about their plans moving forward. Lemmy says: "Touring! We are booked until March and then into the festival season - and in two years there will be another record."
The bassist also addressed the glut of music in today's marketplace. He adds: "In my view, there are more people recording more songs than any other time in history. It is their own responsibility whether to survive if they manage to keep the spirit of rock'n'roll alive." Read morehere.
The long-term mission of the foundation is to make a positive change in the lives of children in need of food, shelter, and medical assistance, and to enhance the lives of children and young adults with special needs. Funds raised are distributed to organizations and hospitals that fulfill the band's mission to enable children to develop their potential, achieve their goals, and become caring and responsible adults. Operating with the mission statement, "Changing the World, One Life at a Time," 3 Doors Down has committed their energies over the past decade to make a tangible contribution for those in need through this annual event, and continuous efforts to generate funding to support these goals.
The event is sponsored by Paul Benton. Guests 18 years and under may attend the event with someone 21 years or older, with Premier Balcony general admission seated tickets at $150 (which includes hors d'oeuvres and open bar), while general admission standing floor tickets are $50.
A VIP upgrade is available for an additional $125 which includes a meet and greet with the band, a photo with 3 Doors Down, an exclusive Hatch show print and gift bag. For more information call 251-586-2208 or gohere.
Byford tells Metal Rules (via Blabbermouth): "We love the album. It's a clash between the retro Saxon and the modern Saxon. It's a massive sound. Andy Sneap's done a great job for us. Andy loves the 80s bands as well, so he's a great producer to get the best of both things going.
"We're not trying to recreate the Wheels Of Steel album. We're trying to move on a bit, but still have the essence of Saxon there. He engineered Sacrifice and mixed it. And I wanted to spend a bit more time on my vocals other than producing, so I knew everything would be safe with Andy." Watch the full interviewhere.
Guitarist John Lamacchia says: "The band is extremely excited to be a part of the Metal Blade family. We couldn't think of a better way to forge ahead with a new chapter in our career.
"We have a new album in the works and we definitely plan to hit the road in support of it. 2016 is going to be an amazing year for Candiria." Read what Michael MacIvor had to sayhere.
The four-night cruise will set sail from Miami on the MSC Divina on January 21st. The band revealed that Tesla star Frank Hannon and the band Kix been added to the line, as well as Rick Allen's Art Exhibit. The newly announced craft beer tasting will require an additional "small fee" which will be announced at a later date.
Previously announced performers include Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer, Last in Line (the band that features the original lineup of Dio's solo band which includes Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell, Vinnie Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell, with Andrew Freeman taking on vocal duties), Mr. Big frontman Eric Martin, Ritchie Kotzen and Kip Winger.
Here is a list of some of the activities that will take place on the voyage:
Def Leppard Theater Performance
Def Leppard "Storytellers" Performance and Q&A
Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell in Last in Line Performance
Eddie Trunk's "Def Leppard - Behind the Music"
Daily performances from support artists on four stages throughout the ship
Support Artist "Storyteller" Performances
Support Artist Meet & Greets/Photo Ops, Jams and Q&A Sessions
Special Events, Theme Nights and much more
Find more information about the cruisehere.
Dr Mick Grierson's team analyzed the tracks most often singled out by critics, with the Nirvana smash hit coming out on top ahead of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, Guns N' Roses classic Sweet Child O' Mine and God Save The Queen by the Sex Pistols.
Dr Grierson tells the Daily Mail: "We looked at a range of measures for each song and compared them to see if there were similarities in these recordings which occur less in other songs.
"We found the most significant thing these songs have in common is that most of them use sound in a very varied, dynamic way when compared to other records.
"This makes the sound of the record exciting, holding the listeners' attention. By the same token, the sounds these songs use and the way they are combined is highly unique in each case." See the top 10 listhere.
Keyboard player Danny Manners says: "We were overwhelmed with the audience response to what were the band's first gigs in 17 years, and how far some of them were willing to travel from all over the world. We hope the video will give the wider public a taste of what Big Big Train is like live."
BBT will release a live-in-the-studio DVD, Stone And Steel, in the coming weeks and are currently working on a new album called Folklore, set for release next year. Watch the videohere.
Rob Morrison (main songwriter on Social): As people become more easily connected, they are simultaneously ostracizing themselves by seeing fewer friends in person and taking more photos of themselves than ever before. "Social" lyrically tries to depict this dichotomy of concurrent self-obsession and self-imposed isolation. Musically, the different instruments meld together but also show-off, themselves wanting to be appreciated on their own, separately rather than as a piece of a whole. That aside, it's a rocker of a tune and grooves hard. Makes the head bob almost to headbanging levels.
Alex Markowitz: Some songs just come together in a few minutes. I know everyone has read an interview or a blog where a musician goes on about how long writing a song takes, saying sometimes it's years before a song comes together. I also know we have heard stories where bands have come up with "mega-hit" songs just by screwing around in the studio. Social just came together in a matter of minutes. Rob came in with the song, and within a few minutes the basic form, beat and feel of the song just erupted from the band. I wish I could describe the pride I feel for my band members, and the years of work we have put into making music when a song just appears from the ether, but I cannot find the words. Songs like this are the reward for our dedication to each other and our music! Of course... we hope other people enjoy it too!
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the albumright here!
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