Alice Cooper's Hollywood Vampires performed a version of Ace Of Spades to a surprised audience of pop and rap fans during the gala event in Los Angeles. But Ken Ehrlich - who was struggling to include an unusually large number of artists' deaths in the weeks beforehand - hadn't planned anything special.
Ehlrich tells Billboard: "I will confess I didn't have a lot of Motorhead on my iPad. The metalheads have Dave Grohl to thank for that, because when I asked Dave if he would introduce that segment, he said, 'I'll do it - if you do something for Lemmy.'"
Grohl said on stage: "Many of us play rock'n'roll but a rare few among us are rock'n'roll. Lemmy was rock'n'roll. He was a rebel, an outsider, one of a kind, and a way of life. He was Motorhead. He was a legend and I was proud to call him my friend." Read morehere.
The former Deep Purple guitarist, who quit heavy music in 1997 to form Blackmore's Night, last year announced a handful of Rainbow shows featuring an all-new lineup.
Turner - who'd stated he was working on reunion plans with the axeman - tells SiriusXM's Eddie Trunk: "I was shocked. I wanted an authentic lineup. I was talking to Bob Daisley, Bobby Rondinelli, Roger Glover, Don Airey. There's a whole bunch of guys that were really willing to get involved.
"I spent a good year working that out with his manager. Everybody thought I was delusional, and I know I wasn't delusional at all - they were telling me this was going to happen. It made so much sense, especially with the deal that was presented to him."
The singer discovered he wasn't going to be part of Blackmore's plans via a press interview. "I thought it was a classless thing to do," he says, but adds: "I have no sour grapes about this, so let that be told.
"But I think a man of his status, an icon, really deserves a lot more. I really wish he had done it a different way for the fans - I think the fans deserve better than a cover band." Read morehere.
In a short statement the band simply say: "In our deepest pain and disbelief we would like to inform you that our dearest friend and brother Piotr Grudzinski has passed away this morning. We kindly ask you to respect the privacy of his family and friends."
The band had been preparing for a Polish tour with support acts Lion Shepherd and Sounds Like The End Of The World. They are also booked to headline this year's RoSFest on the Saturday night. Read morehere.
The band had this to say, "SxTx is beyond excited to announce the legendary Dave Lombardo will be playing drums for Suicidal on the upcoming Megadeth tour! You know what that means....it's gonna be CYCO and BRUTAL!"
Suicidal Tendencies will be joining Megadeth for the bulk of the trek beginning on February 26th in Las Vegas, NV at The Pearl and playing their last show on the tour on March 21st in Boston at the House of Blues
The full Megadeth tour kicked off this past Saturday (February 20th) in Dallas and is set to conclude on March 24th in Quebec, QC. Two Honolulu dates on March 2nd and 3rd will feature only Megadeth.
Suicidal Tendencies have announced their own headline shows for those dates. They will play Bend, OR on March 2nd at the Domino Room and Seattle at the Showbox the next night.See the tour dates here.
As a result, Dust also features the lineup of guitarist and vocalist Mark Tremonti, guitarist Eric Friedman, bassist Wolfgang Van Halen and drummer Garrett Whitlock.
The frontman says the two projects developed quite naturally in the studio. Tremonti told Army Of 12 Germany: "At first I just wanted to record as many songs as possible. But when I stepped back and listened to it, I was, like, 'You know what? Let's make two records.' So I left some of my favourite songs on the second record, just so people aren't gonna buy the first record and then go, 'Okay, this is the good record and this is the bad one.'
"The title track Dust has the best chorus of the whole recording process. Dust has my favourite solo. The opening track, My Last Mistake, is one of my favourite songs. It's got the big ballad of the two records. It's definitely not the 'b-sides' of Cauterize." Read morehere.
The follow-up to 2013's The Sun Comes Out Tonight was produced by frontman Richard Patrick, who took on the role in an effort to help shape the direction and sound.
Patrick tells Billboard: "On the last record, there was another guy at the label who signed us, and I felt a responsibility to him. He wanted a big rock sound so I let the guitars be the main focus.
"With this record I said, 'Let me focus on being the kind of artist I was when I was at Warner Bros.' and Wind-Up was way into that. It's way more of what we used to be and so much of where we are." Read more and watch the preview cliphere.
The shoot was directed and produced by Marcus Wild while the band visited the Warpigs brewery in Copenhagen, Denmark. They were on site to brew their own beer but decided to kill two birds with one stone and film the day out for the promo.
Entombed AD say: "We were looking forward to a day of brewing, drinking beer and eating barbecue. Then we were told we needed a new video as soon as possible. So we had a perfect solution: let's just film us brewing, drinking and eating and spending the whole budget on that. So we did. Best day at work ever." Watch the videohere.
The band was formed by Fabrizio Grossi, Lance Lopez and Kenny Aronoff and features guest contributions from Walter Trout, Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Robben Ford, Eric Gales and Chris Duarte.
Grossi said of the project: "More than a band, I like to see this entity as a party - a party with hosts and a bunch of friends coming over. Without the blues there is no soul and without the soul there is no feeling and groove and tension. It's our own respectful tribute to what blues means to us." Stream the albumhere.
Bonamassa recently said: "I want people to hear my evolution as a blues-rock musician - somebody who isn't resting on accomplishments, who is always pushing forward and thinking about how music can evolve."
He'll perform three shows in the UK next month, then return in July for five concerts entitled Salute To The British Blues Explosion, designed as a "homage to the music of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page." Watch the video and grab the download linkhere.
Frontman Tyler 'Telle' Smith says: "Dark Matter is the result of our most in-depth writing and recording session we've done, and is something we consider to be our most dynamic and expansive album to date.
"This record completely defines and expresses who we are, and where we are going, taking the listener to the darkest and most honest places our band has dared to venture."
The Word Alive are kicking off their North American tour tonight (February 19) at San Diego's Soma. They're also scheduled to play the Longlive festival in Lyon, France, on May 14. Watch the videohere.
He added: "Right now, I think The Brotherhood Of The Snake is what we're going to title the album - and it's the first single. I think it's probably going to be a freebie that we'll just give people to check out."
Guitarist and founding member Eric Peterson previously revealed the band chose to delay recording the album until they finished their "killer" tour with Slayer and Carcass. See the tour dateshere.
Vocalist Heidi Shepherd says: "We've been itching to get back to Europe and the UK since our festival run last summer. I'm so excited to see our friends and melt some new faces.
"Can't wait to bring the live Butcher Babies show to our fan base that has been eager to have us back. See you soon and get ready to rage." Currently on the road in North America with Cradle Of Filth, Butcher Babies will host a short headline run of shows Stateside before the UK dates. See the newly announced dateshere.
The gigs have been scheduled in support of their latest album Trips, which will be released on April 29 via InsideOut Music. It includes vocals by Petter Carlsen following the departure of Martin 'Marsen' Fischer. And although he's no longer part of the German outfit, Fischer still contributed to the recording process on the follow-up to 2014's Nighthawk.
The band say in a statement: "Since he wanted to focus on his private life Martin Fischer has decided to step back - but he didn't leave without recording most of the keyboards and sound effects on Trips.
"About half of the new songs come with vocals and Petter did one hell of a job. We are really happy to have him onboard. In case his name rings a bell you are right - he already did vocals on Welcome Change on The Flood Inside. We are sure that you'll love the new stuff with him singing." Read more including the tour dateshere.
The band say: "This was one of the first songs we wrote when we were in session writing Statues. It was one of those tracks that came together in about three hours and practically wrote itself.
"It is part three of a four-part story that is pieced together on the album. In the new video you will get a glimpse at part of this story. All will become clear soon."
Last month, the Brighton-based outfit released a stream of their track Set In Stone from Statues, which is available for pre-order from their label's website. Watch the videohere.
Drifter is said to be "darker" than their previous material in a way that "captures how they felt as humanly as possible." Kordic says: "Sometimes it can take a lot of effort and hard work to stay grounded and stay on the right side of that line. Life vs death, the unknown - and cats."
Greaves adds: "We don't write songs in any way with this big concept in mind. We just put our thoughts into words and feelings into music, whatever they may be." Read morehere.
In the teaser clip, Wilson says: "I rushed to the studio to do vocals on a good half an hour of the album, I should think. The songwriting is superb. What a fun day I've had. I hope my vocals do it justice."
Waves Of Destruction will be released in June. Threshold, who appear at ProgPower Europe in September, last year released live album European Journey, while Wilson and Adam Wakeman launched an acoustic album in January. Watch the videohere.
Other artists also confirmed for the two-day festival are The Bronx, Heart Of A Coward, I Killed The Prom Queen, Arcane Roots, Rolo Tomassi, Agent Fresco, Good Tiger, Intervals, SHVPES, Giants, Max Raptor, Slab Dragger, Falls, Calls Landing, Plini and Wars.
They join previously announced artists Sikth, Refused, While She Sleeps, Animals As Leaders, Hacktivist, Gnarwolves, Krokodil, No Consequence, Devil Sold His Soul, Forever Never, Vukovi, Murdock and When Our Time Comes.
The festival was forced to move from its spiritual home at Port Lympne as the original venue is undergoing a major overhaul. Festival organizer James Dutton said: "Searching for a new site has given us the opportunity to explore a more central location in the UK, which is something our fans have been requesting." Read morehere.
I'm going to chat a little bit about our latest video release "Possessed" that we have just dropped with Artery recordings. so... Most would look at the title of this song and the image of our band thinking the obvious. Possession, goblins and ghouls... Far from it in honesty, metaphoric maybe. Even so from day one of our writing process for this song we agreed as A whole this would be a powerful expression of past sadness, memories and despair. This being our second musical creation.
We are close friends, meaning we are able to be very open with one another, helping us to understand our next movements towards this piece. Taking everyone's problems and personal feelings in to account. Working metaphorically with lyrics along with our expression of shape and structure, it was as though a weight had been lifted from each of our shoulders, without ruining the imagination of any listeners. Simply for the purpose of imagination, The aim is that no matter what the relation with it is that you have some at all. Whatever it may be.
We felt it a must to have both styles if vocals within this song, it's in no way aggressive. Just A notification on paper of lessons that we know we have learnt. A stage in life that we've overcome individually and together.
More of this to come as we are currently in the process or writing our album release set for late this year/early next. Improving and growing. Watch this space.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the band and the EPright here!
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