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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Judas Priest: "Epitaph" Tour Rig Rundown; Video

France, 2011.

Judas Priest guitar techs Adrian Vines and Greg "Weasel" Morganrecently gave EMG a rundown of the gear Priest's Richie Faulknerand Glenn Tipton are using on the band's "Epitaph" world tour. Check out the footage below.

In a recent interview with The Aquarian Weekly, Judas Priest singer Rob Halford stated about Faulkner's addition to the band following the departure of the band's original guitarist, K.K. Downing, "He's turned it up. He's just added a new dynamic to the band, and that's not to be disparaging to K.K., who lives with us every night because we're playing his songs. Most of the songs we're playing on this tour were written byGlenn, Ken and myself, but Richie's got his own vibe. He's on the edge of the stage most of the night, and he is just interacting in such a special way that the Priest fans have totally accepted him. He's just got this tremendous guitarmanship and showmanship that you can't take your eyes off of him. We've never had that type of depth and dimension before in that respect. He's brilliant."

Van Halen: To Announce World Tour At Grammy Nomination Ceremony?

According to Australia's Triple M 104.9, rumour has it that Van Halen will announce a world tour at the Grammy Nominations ceremony in Los Angeles, CA tonight (November 30th) 

An official press release put out by the Grammy's states that the ceremony "will feature a special, live announcement from a truly iconic group regarding their historic band reunion set to take place on the Grammy stage on February 12th, 2012." 

This was accompanied by a tweet from the Grammy's official twitter saying: "Who do u predict the reuniting band will be? Does this hint make u wanna 'Jump' and 'Dance the Night Away'." 
Stay tuned for an update later tonight. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ace Frehley: Forced To Cancel U.K. Dates After Fracturing Wrist

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has been forced to cancel his previously announced U.K. dates due to a fractured left wrist resulting from a fall in his home on Sunday, November 27th. Doctors applied a fiberglass cast to Frehley’s hand and arm, and he has been instructed not to play guitar or use his wrist for a minimum of ten days. Ace would like to convey his deepest heartfelt apologies to all of his U.K. fans and to make it up to them, has already signed on to headlineHard Rock Hell festival in December 2012. He hopes to be able to announce the additional rescheduled dates soon.

Affected dates:

Dec. 01 - Cardiff, Wales - Coal Exchange
Dec. 03 - Pontins Prestatyn, North Wales - Hard Rock Hell Festival
Dec. 04 - London, England - Islington Academy

Ace Frehley's book, "No Regrets: A Rock 'N' Roll Memoir", landed at position No. 10 on the New York Times "Hardcover Nonfiction" best sellers list. The book, which is described as a look back at Ace's "life of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll," arrived on November 1st.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Motörhead: "Complete Early Years" 15 CD And Vinyl Box Out In February 2012; Track List Revealed

Legendary UK metallers Motörhead will release a Complete Early Years 15 CD and Vinyl BoxSet on February 21st, 2012.

The set features all eight of the band’s early albums in five-inch japanese miniature wallets.
The set also includes the band’s early singles, a collector's guide to Motörhead book, a limitededition Justin Hampton Motörhead print, concert programmes and a collection of badges. 

The entire package will be released in a Motörhead-style skull.  

Tracklisting is as follows: 

Disc 1 - Motörhead (1977) 
‘Lost Johnny’ 
‘Iron Horse / Born To Lose’ 
‘White Line Fever’ 
‘Keep Us On The Road’ 
‘The Watcher’ 
‘The Train Kept A-Rollin'’ 

Disc 2 - Beer Drinkers And Hellraisers (1977) 
‘Beer Drinkers And Hellraisers’ 
‘On Parole’ 
‘I'm Your Witchdoctor’ 

Disc 3 - Overkill (1979) 
‘Stay Clean’ 
‘(I Won't) Pay Your Price’ 
‘I'll Be Your Sister’ 
‘No Class’ 
‘Damage Case’ 
‘Tear Ya Down’ 
‘Limb From Limb’ 

Disc 4 - Louie Louie (1978) 
‘Louie Louie’ 
‘Tear Ya Down’ 

Disc 5 - Bomber (1979) 
‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’ 
‘Sweet Revenge’ 
‘Stone Dead Forever’ 
‘All The Aces’ 
‘Step Down’ 
‘Talking Head’ 

Disc 6 - Golden Years EP (1980) 
‘Leaving Here’ (Live) 
‘Stone Dead Forever’ (Live) 
‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’ (Live) 
‘Too Late Too Late’ (Live) 

Disc 7 - Ace Of Spades (1980) 
‘Ace Of Spades’ 
‘Love Me Like A Reptile’ 
‘Shoot You In The Back’ 
‘Live To Win’ 
‘Fast And Loose’ 
‘(We Are) The Roadcrew’ 
‘Fire Fire’ 
‘Bite The Bullet’ 
‘The Chase Is Better Than The Catch’ 
‘The Hammer’ 

Disc 8 - St. Valentine's Day Massacre (EP) (1980) 
‘Please Don't Touch’ 

Disc 9 - No Sleep Till Hammersmith (1981) 
‘Ace Of Spades’ 
‘Stay Clean’ 
‘The Hammer’ 
‘Iron Horse - Born To Lose’ 
‘No Class’ 
‘(We Are) The Roadcrew’ 

Disc 10 - Iron Fist (1982) 
‘Iron Fist’ 
‘Heart Of Stone’ 
‘I'm The Doctor’ 
‘Go To Hell’ 
‘Sex And Outrage’ 
‘Shut It Down’ 
‘(Don't Let 'Em) Grind You Down’ 
‘(Don't Need) No Religion’ 
‘Bang To Rights’ 

Disc 11 - Stand By Your Man EP (1982) 
‘Stand By Your Man’ 
‘No Class’ 

Disc 12 - Another Perfect Day (1983) 
‘Back At The Funny Farm’ 
‘Dancing On Your Grave’ 
‘Rock It’ 
‘One Track Mind’ 
‘Another Perfect Day’ 
‘Marching Off To War’ 
‘I Got Mine’ 
‘Tales Of Glory’ 
‘Die You Bastard!’ 

Disc 13 - Shine (1983) 
‘(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man’ (Live) 
‘(Don't Need) Religion’ (Live) 

Disc 14 - No Remorse (1984): Parts 1 and 2 
‘Ace Of Spades’ 
‘Stay Clean’ 
‘Too Late, Too Late’ 
‘Killed By Death’ 
‘Iron Fist’ 
‘Dancing On Your Grave’ 
‘Please Don't Touch’ 
‘Stone Dead Forever’ 
‘Like A Nightmare’ 
‘Steal Your Face’ 
‘Louie Louie’ 
‘No Class’ 
‘Iron Horse’ 
‘(We Are) The Roadcrew’ 
‘Leaving Here (Live)’ 

Disc 15 - Killed By Death (1984) 
‘Killed By Death’ 
‘Under The Knife’ 
‘Under The Knife’  

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Ozzy Osbourne: "Speak Of The Devil Tour" 1982; 25 Minute Film Available

On this day, November 27th, in 1982, Ozzy Osbourne released his album entitled «Speak of the Devil». The album only contained tracks of Osbourne performing his Black Sabbath songs. The album has since been certified Platinum in the United States. You can now watch a 25 minute film from the 1982 tour below:

Dream Theater: "Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory"; Video Report

It was announced back in October that Dream Theater's "Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory" was being issued on double vinyl thanks to the efforts of Karl Groeger, owner of the Brookvale Records in Long Island, NY. The album was released on Black Friday, November 25th, 2011. Details at this location

Artisan News has issued a report on the release. 

Bruce Kulick, John Corabi: Performing At The KISS Expo In Spain November 25th; Videos

Here`s two videos of John Corabi and Bruce Kulick performimg unplugged versions of "Strutter" (not "Hard Luck Woman" as written on the clip) and "Beth".

Guns `n` Roses: "Classic Rock Presents Reckless Road: Guns N’ Roses And The Making Of Appetite For Destruction" Out On December 1st; 1987 CBGB Video Interview Available

Guns `n’ Roses fans! This is something you’ll definitely want to get.

On Thursday, December 1st, Classic Rock will be publishing a bookazine called «Classic Rock Presents Reckless Road: Guns N’ Roses And The Making Of Appetite For Destruction».

This is an authorised book by Marc Canter, which was originally published in America in 2008. It features over 600 never-seen-before pictures and rare memorabilia of Guns n’ Roses in their early days, as the band formed and made the legendary «Appetite For Destruction».

There are also interviews with Slash, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler, as well as the band’s old managers and roadies.

The Eric Carr Legacy; Creatures of the Net Podcast

In this music themed episode of  Creatures Of The Net, show host, Cassius Morris talks about his feelings on Eric Carr and the mark he has left on the world with his dual musical talent.

Also in this episode you will be hearing some awesome Eric Carr songs with commentary from Cassius.

Track listing for today's show:
Little Cesar
Eyes Of Love
Can You Feel It?
Rock And Roll All Night (Eric's Last Live Preformance)
Heavy Metal Baby

Wishbone Ash: Andy Powell Talks New Album In New Interview

Wishbone Ash have created an album that stands easily amongst the best they have ever made. Jeb Wright of Classic Rock Revisited recently sat down with Andy Powell to talk about «Elegant Stealth». Read excerpts below:

Jeb: Classic Rock Revisited has been around since 1999 and I am ashamed to say that this is the first time I have interviewed you. I feel terrible we have not shown you more support but I am so glad I am talking to you know because the new album is fantastic.

Andy: That’s okay, we appreciate it. I have seen the site; it is great.

Jeb: Thank you. I love the new album. This is some good shit!

Andy: That’s really great, man, you’ve made my day.

Jeb: It is not a throwback to the old sound but, Andy, there is a lot, and I mean a lot, of guitar solos.

Andy: On this one, we’ve paid attention to what the fans are saying. We are a live act and we open up in a live arena and we extend things a bit. We decided that we should do that on the record as well. We let it roll; there is nothing too contrived with the guitar solos, it is from the hip.

Jeb: Let’s talk about some of the new songs. I really enjoy “Reason to Believe.” You have the twin leads on there that I never get tired of hearing.

Andy: I wouldn’t be still doing this if it didn’t still excite me. When we first hit upon the twin lead thing it was instant ear candy and it has remained that way. We try to vary the ways we use it. Sometimes we integrate the harmony deeper within the structure of the songs than we used to when we first started out; it is a little more sophisticated.

A couple of years ago, we started some writing sessions in an old manor house in Normandy, France. We videoed the actual writing sessions like a fly on the wall type of thing.

Jeb: Are you talking about the DVD?

Andy: Yes, I am glad you’ve seen it. You can see that “Reason to Believe” started out as a bit of a jam on the DVD. Bob Skeat, our bass player, who is not a person who has come up with many lyrics for the band, although he is an integral part of the writing process, came up with that line, “Reason to Believe.” To me, that sums up who we are as a band. We play all over the place and it takes a lot of faith to do this. That statement sums it all up for us. A dear friend of mine, Ian Harris, wrote the lyrics. It is a really good opener for the album, as it is very upbeat.

Jeb: The one that follows it isn’t too shabby. Lyrically “War of Tears” is pretty deep.

Andy: All of the songs come from a real experience. That one comes from the heart and is triggered from real life. I put that one second on the album because the solos on that one, as you say, ain’t too shabby [laughter.] When Wishbone Ash gets going we really fly. That track, the guitar soloing, we go back and forth and it really flies. We captured it nicely on the recording.

Read the entire interview on this location.

Megadeth: Pro-Shot Footage Of Entire Maquinaria Festival Performance

Professionally filmed video footage of Megadeth's November 12th, 2011 concert at the Maquinaria Festival in Santiago, Chile can be seen below.

The band's setlist was as follows:

01. Trust 
02. Wake Up Dead 
03. Hangar 18 
04. Angry Again 
05. A Tout Le Monde 
06. Whose Life (Is It Anyways?) 
07. Head Crusher 
08. Public Enemy No. 1 
09. Sweating Bullets 
10. Symphony of Destruction 
11. Peace Sells 


12. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Black Sabbath: "The Last Supper (1999)"; Complete Film

"The Last Supper" by Black Sabbath in their original line-up. It features the live shows they put on stage on their U.S tour in 1999. The interview segments are conducted by Henry Rollins. You can now watch the entire film below.


War Pigs
Electric Funeral
Fairies Wear Boots
Into The Void
Sweet Leaf
After Forever
Dirty Women
Black Sabbath
Iron Man
Children of the Grave

Black Sabbath: Working On New Album During Thanksgiving

It shouldn’t shock anyone that Black Sabbath continued working on their new album through the Thanksgiving holiday. They are English and Thanksgiving is an American holiday. However, singer Ozzy Osbourne and his family have assimilated into American culture and celebrate Turkey Day. His daughter, the always outspoken Kelly Osbourne, tweeted that the band’s reunion and album progress put a crimp in her holiday plans.

She posted: “thanx @OfficialSabbath 4 ruining my thanksgiving by staying in the studio u miserable old tea drinkers! ps I’m bringing u food to the studio.”
Miserable old tea drinkers? We love that Kelly doesn’t mince words.
She followed that sarcastic tweet with another, writing: “since its just me and my mum in town looks like we will now be spending thanksgiving in the studio with @OfficialSabbath could be worse :) ” We bet we could find thousands of metalheads and hard rockers who would swap out having turkey and stuffing with family in order to spend time in the studio with Sabbath.

Despite her holiday being jacked by Sabbath’s reunion and recording efforts, Kelly did enjoy a sweet treat, courtesy of dear old dad. Ozzy made a distinctly English desert for his little girl. Kelly tweeted: “to make up for the fact that my dad was w/ @OfficialSabbath recording he made me the best sticky toffee pudding for thanksgiving dinner! <3″

The fact that Sabbath remained hard work during a holiday should further excite fans about the album and the tour, which are set for next year.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Girlschool: New Audio Interview Posted Online

Gary Clarke, who presents the re-launched rock show "Rockulus Maximus" (described as "the most northerly rock show on the U.K. mainland") last week conducted an interview with Denise Dufort and Jackie Chambers of veteran British female hard rockers Girlschool. You can now listen to the chat below.

Girlschool recently re-recorded its classic 1981 album "Hit And Run"to celebrate the LP's 30th anniversary. "Hit And Run Revisited" was released on September 26th via Wacken Records through UDR as a digipack, LP and digital download.

"Hit And Run" was originally made available in March 1981, followed a short time later by a single featuring the title track. Both releases were very successful in the U.K., with the album reaching position No. 5 and the single No. 32 on their respective charts. The LP also charted in New Zealand and in Canada, where it went gold.

Girlschool's current lineup is amazingly the same as it was in 1981, apart from Jackie Chambers, who replaced the late Kelly Johnson. Guitarist/vocalist Kim McAuliffe states about the album, "We've made quite a few changes. But I'm not gonna say anything about them because we're hoping that our fans will notice for themselves, just to see how well they know the original ones. Of course it's a different sound, we haveJackie play now, obviously, instead of Kelly, and also again, studio-wise it's just a completely different experience because the technology now is incredible compared to what we had in those days."

The U.S. version of "Hit And Run", which came out in 1982, featured a different track listing, including songs from Girlschool's first album,"Demolition".

Girlschool's 30th-anniversary album, "Legacy", was released in Europe in November 2008 via Wacken Records/SPV. "Legacy"features a plethora of special guests, including Tony Iommi, Ronnie James Dio,Lemmy, Phil Campbell, "Fast" Eddie Clarke and a couple of members of Twisted Sister. 

Eric Carr: "Tale Of The Fox"; Complete 90 Min. Film Available

"Tale Of The Fox" provides insight into the extraordinary life of Eric Carr, former drummer for KISS, who died, prematurely, on November 24th in 1991. You can now watch the entire movie below:

Deep Purple: Canadian Tour Dates Announced

Deep Purple will tour Canada in February 2012. Find the tour dates below.

In other news Ian Gillan is due to take part in the latest round of the Rock Meets Classic tour, in early 2012. Most dates are in Germany, although a few neighbours are also visited. Other artists taking part are Steve Lukather (Toto), Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band), and Robin Beck. The Bohemian Symphony Orchestra will provide the backing, along with German rockers The Mat Sinner Band.

2 Feb
Mile One Centre ~
St. John's

3 Feb
Pepsi Centre ~
Corner Brook

5 Feb
Metro Centre ~

6 Feb
Casino New Brunswick ~

8 Feb
Civic Centre ~

9 Feb
K-Rock Centre ~

11 Feb
John Labatt Centre ~

12 Feb
Massey Hall ~

13 Feb
Hamilton Place Theatre ~

15 Feb
MTS Centre ~

16 Feb
Brandt Centre ~

17 Feb
TCU Place ~

19 Feb
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium ~

21 Feb
Rexall Place ~

23 Feb
CN Centre ~
Prince George

25 Feb
Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre ~

26 Feb
Queen Elizabeth Theatre ~

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Motörhead: Entire "Die Harald Schmidt Show" (Nov. 22nd) Posted Online; Video

Motörhead took part in an interview and live performance on this past Tuesday night's (November 22nd) edition of the "Die Harald Schmidt Show" (English: "The Harald Schmidt Show"), the German late-night talk show hosted by comedian Harald Schmidt on the German television network Sat.1. You can now watch video footage of the band's appearance by following the links below.

Clip #1
Clip #2
Entire Show

Motörhead returned to the stage on November 12th at Hammersmith Apollo in London, U.K. - just days after Lemmy's hand injury forced the cancelation of the band's concerts in Bristol (November 8) and Norwich (November 11th).

The dates were part of "The Wörld Is Yours" tour, which featured Anti Nowhere League and UK Subs supporting.

Snakecharmer: Two New Songs Recorded; To Support Uriah Heep In December

Snakecharmer have just finished their first two new tracks in the studio and are looking to putting some more material together for a new album for early next year.

Keep your ears open for Snakecharmers tracks on the radio very soon!

On 8th December 2011, Snakecharmer are supporting Uriah Heep at The O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

Six of the UK's most highly-esteemed and experienced rock musicians have joined forces to create Snakecharmer. Original Whitesnake members Micky Moody and Neil Murray have teamed up with Laurie Wisefield (Wishbone Ash), Harry James (Thunder, Magnum), Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne) and Chris Ousey (Heartland) to bring you classic twin-guitar based rock as it should be played.

The list of world-class bands and musicians that the members of Snakecharmer have collectively played with runs into literally hundreds: Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Jeff Beck, Gary Moore, Magnum, Queen & Paul Rodgers, just to name a few.

Micky Moody - guitar, slide guitar, vocals
Neil Murray - bass
Laurie Wisefield - guitar, vocals
Harry James - drums, vocals
Adam Wakeman - keyboards, vocals
Chris Ousey - lead vocals

Eric Carr: 20 Years Since The Death Of a Great Drummer

Eric Carr of KISS died twenty years ago today, November 24th after a brave battle with heart cancer. Carr replaced original drummer Peter Criss just prior to the sessions for the band’s 1981 album «(Music From) The Elder», and remained with the group until he passed away ten years later.

Carr’s hard-hitting and technically impressive drum style, as well as his enthusiastic spirit, has been credited with partially helping to re-invigorate KISS, who were in a severe commercial slump when he joined the band. He went on to record seven studio albums, most certified platinum, with the group before the first signs of his health trouble emerged early in 1991.
Although he fought off a series of escalating medical challenges throughout the year, he was unable to participate in sessions for what would become their 1992 album «Revenge», and eventually succumbed to the disease after suffering both an an aneurysm and a brain hemorrhage.
Despite the fact that Carr was in KISS for an extremely lengthy and successful period in the band’s career, his death was largely ignored by some in the mainstream rock media, partially as a result of the fact that Queen singer Freddie Mercury passed away on the exact same day.

Offended by the lack of coverage, his bandmates wrote an letter to Rolling Stone stating that they were “shocked and disappointed” at Carr’s death being ignored, citing him as “someone who still lived and believed in the spirit of rock and roll” and declaring that “we loved him, the fans loved him and he will never be forgotten.” (You can read the whole letter here.)

Carr’s spirit has indeed lived on in the hearts of Kiss fans. His family has successfully worked hard to keep his memory alive, most recently with the release of this year’s «Unfinished Business», a collection of unreleased solo tracks from throughout his musical career.

Bruce Kulick says this about his band mate:

"Eric Carr will always be remembered by the fans. I had the pleasure to not only work with him, but to get to know the Eric that wasn't on stage.

He was sincere with his fans, and looked forward to meeting them in the lobby after shows. He would sign in the freezing cold to be sure they got a signature.

He wrote back the fan mail he received which I was really impressed by. He took a real interest in what the fans thought, and even if he had a complaint would share that with the fans. Honest maybe to a fault!

His playing was always consistent and his desire for the large drum kit, so that he could really be unique was a constant work in progress. He loved when he got the electronic pads going so he could actually hit some huge power chords by pounding on the pads high up in his kit. He made it musical and exciting, but being short at times he was just lost behind them! That's why he stood on the chair at the end of the drum solo. He always brought the house down with that drum solo.

Of course he had his issues with KISS, and at times it was hard for me to totally understand how he was dealing handling that. But most important, his dedication and love of the music and fans and the job at hand, being the drummer of KISS was his entire life.

He will never be forgotten and I am fortunate to have experienced his friendship and talent during a too short 7 years together."